Dr. Linda L. Walsh
9:30 T Th Sabin 107
||Dr. Linda L. Walsh|
Office Hours:9-10:30 MWF ;
Mailbox: Baker 334 other times by appointment; drop-bys welcome.
Course online syllabus at: http://www.uni.edu/walsh/
|1) Develop an appreciation of the
interaction of biological, psychological and social factors influencing
one's physical well-being and health behaviors.
2) Learn how psychological research methods, theories and principles can be applied to better understand health behaviors, health promotion and health care issues such as patient and caregiver experiences, adherence to treatment regimens, coping with chronic illness and management of pain.
3) Learn about the role of lifestyle factors (diet, exercise, stress, substance abuse, safety behaviors) in the etiology and course of many health problems.
4) Become aware of training and career opportunities in health psychology or related fields.
What Does Good Health Mean to You?
A New Definition of Health
Chapter 1 to p.21
What is Health Psychology?
Careers in Health Psychology
Healthy People 2010
The Role of Theories in Research
Effect of Sexual Motivation on Men's Risk Perception of STDs
Effect of Race & Sex on Physician's Recommendations
An Essay a Day Keeps Dr. Away
Personality Diffs Predict Health Risk
Nightmares Following Earthquakes
The Longevity Game
Psychosocial Intervention With Breast Cancer Patients
Should We Let Go of the Hope That Psychotherapy Increases Survival?
Peer Led HIV Education in "Intervention" Towns
Health Related Behaviors
More on the Theory of Planned Behavior
An Example of the TPB
Understanding How People Change is the 1st Step in Changing Unhealthy Behaviors
Small Steps to Health & Wealth and 25 Behavior Change Strategies
|p 162 - 173
Studyguide for Test 1
Review Health Belief Model
|09-09||T|| It's Not
What You Say, But How You Say It
Health Enhancing Behaviors: Weight Control,Nutrition & Exercise
Health Beliefs Assignment Due Motivational Interviewing
Review the Stages of Change Model
|09-11||TH||Problems With Weight Control: Obesity
Video: Treating Obesity
Maintaining Weight Loss
|09-16||T||Problems With Weight Control: Eating Disorders
Complete the Life Events Stress Test
Alternative site for Stress Test
Read about this test
A "Quickie" Type A/Type B Test
OR a longer test if you're interested
|09-25||TH||Psychoneuroimmunology||Module 6 in Chapter 2 + p. 59-60
Personal Control, Hardiness & Resilience
Guided Imagery for Relaxation
Breathing Relaxation Exercise
General Intro to Relaxation Techniques
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
||Coping With Stress Tips
for Reducing Stress at Work Reducing Caregiver
Biodot Assignment due
Guided Visualization or Imagery
|10-07||T||Health Risking Behaviors: Smoking|| Chapter 7 to 186
|10-09||TH||Video: Smoking Cessation||The
QuitNet - Quit Smoking Resource
Drug therapy to aid in smoking cessation
Behaviors: Alcohol Abuse
Click on & complete "Alcohol Expectancies"
Helping patients beat cocaine addiction
Studyguide for Test 2
Click on and complete "Reacting to Health Problems"
|Midterm Grades Due
Learning to Relate to Patients
NPR: New Emphasis on Doctor-Patient Relationships
Tufts University Lecture on Doctor-Patient Relationship
Click on and complete "Taking Charge of Your Health Care"
Treating the Whole Person
The New Medicine
NPR:A Chronic Pain Sufferer
Health Self-Checks Assignment due.
Mindfulness Meditation & Pain
Try Body Scan Meditation
A Hit For Pain Management
Pain and Pain Management Notes
Video: The Art of Healing
NPR: NIH and Alternative Medicine
NPR: Brain Changes During Meditation or Prayer
Clinical Hypnosis (2) (3)
CAM Science Movement
|11-13||TH||Chronic Illness: Asthma; Arthritis
|11-18||T||Chronic Illess: Diabetes
Video: The Silent Epidemic
Click on and complete "Test Your Hostility and Level of Suppressed Anger"
|Chapter 14 & Module 5 in Chapter 2
|12-02||T||Chronic Illness: Cancer
Click on and complete "Measuring Your Risk of Cancer"
Cancer Support Groups
NPR: Social Support & Breast Cancer
|12-04||TH||Chronic Illness: Caring for
|12-09||T|| Chronic Illness:
|12-11||TH||The Future of
||Chapter 15 Studylist 4
|Health Psychology Resources
Psychology Division 38
APA Health Psychology - Resources
Careers in Health Psychology
The Health Psychology Network
Psychology Sites (from the Department of Psychology, University of
Health Psychology Links by Subtopic (from the Social Psychology Network)
The Health Psychology Library
Health Psychology Articles (from the Department of Psychology, University of Windsor)
that this course draws students from many different majors and with
commitments outside of the class, I have tried to design a flexible set
of assignments that gives you some freedom of choice. A few assignments
I consider important learning experiences for all students. These are
REQUIRED below. Other assignments may be of interest to students with
career goals/interests or to students who prefer to have a greater
of their grade based on assignments and a smaller percentage of their
depending on tests. Many students feel like they have more control over
how well they do on assignments vs the uncertainty of how well they
do on exams. These assignments are labeled OPTIONAL below. Note that
does not mean extra credit: if you choose to do optional assignments
"points possible" increases, the relative importance of tests
In the end your grade will be based on the percentage of points you
Our 4 exams will be worth about 125 each or 500 points total. The
will come from the assignments below. Please note that late
will lose points.
Assignments (15-20 @ 5 pts each)
We will have a number of "before class" and "in-class" assignments related to the material that we are covering. Many of these are short assessments like the "Life Events Stress Test" or "Alcohol Expectancies Test" listed in the syllabus above. Those listed in the syllabus you are to do BEFORE class and bring with you (either the surveys you have printed out and completed or your "results page" from the assessments you actually take online. Sometimes I will pass out surveys to be completed in class (these cannot be made up if you miss class). Each of these activities is worth 5 points. You are required to complete 15 of them and if you do more than that it will count as extra credit.
Health Belief and Behavior Data Assignment
(50 pts) Due 9/9
Administer a short health behavior survey to both yourself and your parents. Discuss similarities and differences and why these might exist. (Handout will be provided in class)
Biodot Assignment (log and write-up - 50
points) Due 10/2
During the course of a day (or longer) you will monitor your stress levels using a primitive biofeedback device and record data on your physical, emotional and cognitive state each hour. You will also try to modify your physiological state using relaxation techniques. (Handout provided in class)
Self-Health Check Data Assignment (50 pts)
Interview 10 or more friends about their self-health check behaviors. Tally and discuss your results. (Handout provided in class)
Note: Optional does not mean Extra Credit -
it means a greater % of your grade will be based on assignments.
Optional Additional Assignment - Health
Psych in the News (25 pts)
This assignment is designed to encourage awareness of health psych related issues covered in the news (newspapers, online news publications, magazines, television news). Find a health psych related news article or news link or tape a news segment and write a brief essay relating it to material in our text or that we cover in class. What does the news item report about health behaviors, health beliefs, health-related thoughts, attitudes or emotions , behavior change techniques, etc.? Where did the data come from? Did the news item provide enough information to allow you to get a sense of the validity of the report? What questions did you have that remained unanswered? Does this data "fit" with what is presented in our text?
Optional Additional Assignment - Why Do
People Smoke? (50 pts)
Interview 10 or more smokers about why they smoke and tally ands discuss your results. (Handout provided in class)
Graduate students will, in addition, be asked to prepare a review of 10 current research reports on a narrowly defined health psychology topic (125 pts; handout will be provided). Keep Dr. Walsh up to date by telling me about the methods and findings of new research on a health psychology topic. Please select and submit your preliminary computer search of research articles on a narrow topic by 10/23, show me 6 related primary sources no later than 11/18, and your completed papers by 12/04.10 pt Extra Credit. Keep a blank videotape handy to record any shows, segments, or news reports related to health psychology. Turn the tape in to me with a summary of the program , why you think it's relevant to the class, and a critical evaluation of the segment using an evaluation handout.(tape will be returned). May be done once for credit.
About Your Prof
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Education: B.S. (Psychology) University of Illinois, Chicago;
M.A. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago;
Ph.D. (Biopsychology) University of Chicago
Married: James Walsh (attorney)
Children: 3 girls (Jennifer, Sara, & Annie)
Hobbies: Gardening, gourmet cooking, travel, concert-hopping, reading
Most unusual experiences: Performing brain surgery on rats, riding an elephant (twice!), climbing the Great Pyramid, wearing a live python around my neck, flying in a blimp, visiting ancient Greek ruins, giving birth
Goals: Continue to learn for the rest of my life, enjoy my professional and private lives, help others discover psychology (especially the biological side of psychology)
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This page was prepared
Walsh, Dept. of Psychology,
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0505.
Last updated 8/25/08