PSY3405 Syllabus

“Critical” Health Psychology (Interdisciplinary Course on Race and Health)


HD31: Tues/Thursdays 2:30pm-3:45pm

HD32: Tues/Thursdays 2:30pm-3:45pm

Location: Midway 404


Dr. Amanda L. Almond

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Office Hours (Located in Namm 604):

Monday and Wednesdays: By Appointment

Tuesdays (Walk-Ins) 11am-2pm

Thursdays (By appointment) 11am-2pm

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Course (Catalog) Description:

This course will provide an overview of extant literature on theories of health psychology and behavior change within the context of critical race theory and simultaneous to developing an understanding of varied philosophies of science. Prerequisite: PSY1101; ENG1101; CUNY proficiency in reading and writing

Course Text:

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  Learning Outcomes   Assessment Method
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of health psychology and behavior change theories.
Readings, Quizzes , and ProChange Livewell Program for College Students
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the different research methods that psychologists use to study race and health behaviors.
Article Critique (Individual and Group)


  1. Demonstrate an understanding of different disease processes and related behaviors.
Lectures, Guest Lecturers, I’m Positive Paper, Quizzes
  1. Demonstrate an ability to apply health psychology concepts to real world situations and understand the role of a critical health psychologist.


Critical Race Paper, Pre-viewing and Post-viewing Film Activities
Interdisciplinary Course-specific Learning Outcomes Assessment Method  
  1. Purposefully connect and integrate across-discipline knowledge and skills to solve problems.
Readings, Quizzes,  In-class and Online discussions/activities, Prochange Livewell Behavior Program for College Students, Group Work, Papers
  1. Synthesize and transfer knowledge across disciplinary boundaries
Readings, Quizzes,  In-class and Online discussions/activities, Prochange Livewell Behavior Program for College Students, Group Work, Papers
  1. Comprehend factors inherent in complex problems and recognize varied perspectives
Readings, Quizzes,  In-class and Online discussions/activities, Prochange Livewell Behavior Program for College Students, Group Work, Papers
  1. Gain comfort with complexity and uncertainty and identify the work of neighboring experts in various fields via guest talks.


Readings, Quizzes,  In-class and Online discussions/activities, Prochange Livewell Behavior Program for College Students, Group Work, Papers

Course Technology Requirements

  • A working City Tech email account—resolve this matter ASAP please
  • Activated library barcode on your City Tech ID— resolve this matter ASAP please
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  • OpenLab Account
  • Boundless Account
  • Blackboard (for paper submission via SafeAssign)
  • ProChange Livewell Access Card (provided by professor)
  • Camera (Smartphone)
  • YouTube account (or Gmail account)
  • Personal computer to download interactive game OR See library technician for assistance downloading game via City Tech computer
  • Smart phone/mobile personal computer device

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Academic Integrity/Plagiarism

Any occurrence of academic dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism will result a failing grade. In addition, the incidence will be reported to the Academic Integrity Committee. What is academic dishonesty? Academic dishonesty occurs when individuals plagiarize or cheat in the course of their academic work.

Plagiarism is the presenting of someone else’s ideas without proper credit or attribution. These ideas could come from:

  1. Information obtained from books, journals or other printed sources.
  2. The work of other students or of faculty.
  3. Information from the Internet.
  4. Software programs or other electronic material.
  5. Designs produced by other students or faculty. Cheating is the unauthorized use or attempted use of material, information, notes, study aids, devices or communication during an academic exercise.

Examples of cheating include:

  1. Copying from another student during an examination or allowing another to copy your work.
  2. Unauthorized collaboration on a take-home assignment or examination.
  3. Using notes during a closed-book examination.
  4. Taking an examination for another student, or asking or allowing another student to take an examination for you.
  5. Changing a graded exam and returning it for more credit.
  6. Submitting substantial portions of the same paper to more than one course without consulting each instructor.
  7. Preparing answers or writing notes in an exam manual before an examination.
  8. Allowing others to research and write assigned papers or do assigned projects, including the use of commercial term paper services.
  9. Giving assistance to acts of academic misconduct/dishonesty.
  10. Fabricating data (in whole or in part).
  11. Falsifying data (in whole or in part).
  12. Unauthorized use during an examination of electronic or wireless, handheld devices, including computers or other technologies to retrieve or send information during an exam.

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