Spring 2011 • Issue 22


New Course in Psychopathology and Behavioral Evaluation

Photo of Vatsalya VatsalyaVatsalya Vatsalya M.D., M.S., P.G.D., of the Section on Human Psychopharmacology, will be the principal instructor for a new course developed by NIAAA to be offered at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH. The course, MEDI 505: Psychopathology and Behavioral Evaluation, is aimed at students preparing for careers in clinical work, academics, and research related to psychology, mental health, nursing, and other health care fields. The course will familiarize students with the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–IV–TR) standards of classification, psychological pathologies, neuroimaging concepts, and methods for evaluating patients using advanced statistical techniques.

This course will familiarize students with clinical cases and assist them in learning how to correlate and apply basic and clinical scientific concepts related to behavioral measures. The course also will provide a foundation for understanding and applying the factual and conceptual information gained from research in areas such as etiology and epidemiology. There will be an emphasis on occurrence, symptoms, and criteria for differential diagnoses of various disorders, with an evidence-based review of relevant scientific literature. The 3-credit course will take place at FAES, One Cloister Court, Bethesda, MD, from January 24, 2011, through May 13, 2011. Registration begins January 10, 2011. For more information, contact the FAES Graduate School at 301–496–7976.