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Whisman, Mark Professor

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  • A major focus of Dr. Whisman's research is on the role of intimate relationships such as marriage on the onset, course, severity, and treatment of psychopathology, with a particular emphasis on depression. In addition, he studies the association between intimate relationship functioning and physical health and well-being. He is also interested in the efficacy of couple-based interventions in the prevention and treatment of mental and physical health problems. Another major focus of Dr. Whisman's research is on cognitive theory, particularly rumination, and cognitive therapy of depression..

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  • relationships, marriage, depression, couple therapy, cognitive therapy, health, mental health, cognition, psychopathology

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Teaching

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  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 4101 - Honors Thesis 1
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Completing an Honors Thesis under the direction of the course instructor will be the focus of this course. Students will each conduct an original, empirical research project, including developing the research idea, collecting and analyzing data, and writing their thesis, as well as practice their oral defense. Students will additionally acquire applied experience in research methods, statistics, and data analysis.
  • PSYC 4201 - Honors Thesis 2
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Completing an Honors Thesis under the direction of the instructor will be the focus of this course. Students will each conduct an original, empirical research project, including developing the research idea, collecting and analyzing data, and writing their thesis, as well as practice their oral defense. Students will additionally acquire applied experience in research methods, statistics and data analysis.
  • PSYC 4541 - Special Topics in Psychology- Social Science
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019
    Examines individual or social dimensions of human behavior. Students will develop expertise in basic theories, as well as in measurement techniques and data interpretation regarding issues of societal significance. Students will consider applications of that knowledge, ranging from the development of new theory to solving problems. Particular section content is determined by instructor. PSYC 4541 and/or PSYC 4551 may be taken 3 times with different topics, for a total of 9 credits
  • PSYC 6911 - Research Practicum
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Fall 2019
  • PSYC 7713 - Practicum in Clinical Psychology
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019
    Provides direct clinical experience for clinical graduate students only. May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours. Instructor consent required.

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