EPSY 1450W: Mind, Body, Health (Conversion Opportunity)

Online (asynchronous) during Summer 1 and Summer 2

Instructor: Melissa Bray

While this is not an Honors course, Prof. Bray welcomes Honors students of all majors and would be happy to offer Honors conversions for interested students.

The role of the mind and its effects on subjective wellbeing (e.g., happiness, stress, depression, anxiety) and the physical body will be explored during this course. The past history and current literature supporting the mind body connection, assessment, and intervention will be presented. Implications for understanding mind body health relative to quality of life will be emphasized.

Experience treatments that alleviate stress, anxiety, depression, and improve happiness as well as attention! This class will introduce you to and allow you to try out experientials such as video self-modeling, virtual reality, self-monitoring, yoga, diet/nutrition, physical activity/exercise, nature/eco health, standard muscle relaxation, relaxation and guided imagery, deep breathing, written emotional expression, gratitude writing, mindfulness, meditation, and yoga.

A glimpse into the experiential portion of the course. 
More information about the instructor and the Mind-Body Health Research Interest Group.

CA 2, W.

Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett is a 1969 Honors graduate of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. He subsequently received his JD degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1972. He began his legal career as associate chief counsel at the Food and Drug Administration, then was Counsel to the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. After leaving the Hill, he founded a 22 lawyer firm, which eventually merged into a large law firm, Ropes & Gray. His practice emphasized policy, legislation and regulatory matters, mostly involving the FDA. Alan retired from the active practice of law in 2017

Kate C Farrar

Kate C. Farrar brings over 15 years of nonprofit management and women’s issue expertise to her role as Executive Director of the Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF). CWEALF is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women, girls, and their families to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives.

She came to CWEALF as the interim Executive Director and was the founder and principal consultant of K.C. Farrar Consulting, LLC serving non-profit organizations in strategic planning, program development and facilitation, and fundraising.

Prior to her consulting work, Kate was the Vice President of the American Association of University Women (AAUW)’s Campus Leadership Programs in Washington, D.C. where she guided the strategy and management of the organization’s nationwide college women’s leadership programs, college/university relationships, and science, technology, engineering, and math programs for girls. In D.C. Kate also served as the associate director of National Programs and Policy at Wider Opportunities for Women where she led the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project (FESS), a nationwide project focused on policies and programs to move low-income families toward economic independence.

To begin her career, Kate lobbied the Connecticut state legislature on behalf of nonprofit organizations with Judith Blei Government Relations and served as a field organizer in Wisconsin for the 2004 presidential campaign. Her interest in politics and advocacy began from an internship with Connecticut Secretary of State Denise Merrill when Merrill was a State Representative serving Storrs.

A lifelong supporter and advocate of women’s representation in politics, Kate is President of the Women Under Forty Political Action Committee, the only nonpartisan PAC in the country that supports young women running for office. She is a graduate of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale, was chosen as the sole U.S. representative at the 2014 Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Youth Political Participation Forum, and named a 2014 Top 50 Political Influencer by Campaigns and Elections magazine.

Kate is a Career Advisor for the UConn College of Arts and Liberal Sciences, a member of Representative Esty’s STEM Advisory Board and on the annual event committee for the Aurora Foundation.

Kate earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a master’s in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. While an undergraduate student at UConn, Kate held leadership roles in Kappa Alpha Theta, served as a Career Resource Assistant at Career Services and was a student teacher for First Year Experience classes. She lives in West Hartford, CT with her husband Chan and their corgi Lizzie.

PSYC 5614: Personnel Psychology

Graduate courses act as Honors credit, as long as you earn a grade of B- or higher.

Instructor:  Janet Barnes-Farrell

Open to psychological sciences majors in their senior year.
Prerequisites: PSYC 2600 (with final grade of A or A-) and instructor consent. If you are currently taking PSYC 2600, permission will be granted contingent on providing the instructor with confirmation of your final grade.

Methods and techniques of personnel psychology.  Topics addressed include job analysis, recruitment, selection and hiring, training and development, performance evaluation, and related areas.

PSYC 5460: Social and Personality Development

Graduate courses act as Honors courses, with Honors credit awarded for a grade of B- or higher. 

Instructor: Rhiannon Smith

Recommended preparation: PSYC 2400, PSYC 2100

Fundamental theory and empirical research on social-emotional development in childhood and adolescence. Topics include social cognition, empathy, aggression, gender, ethnicity, and interpersonal relationships. Students in this course will read and critique empirical journal articles, participate in class discussions, and give class presentations.

2018 Rowe Lecture

Ms. Alicia Ely Yamin is the Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown Law and Program Director for the Health and Human Rights Initiative at the O’Neil Institute for National and Global Health Law. Her career focuses on the intersection of health and human rights, in both the academic world as well as in activism. She is known globally for her scholarship on and advocacy of right-based approaches to health. She contributed to the drafting of several General Comments by the UN treaty bodies, as well as UN Human Rights Council resolutions. She regularly advises the UN bodies related to health and human rights while providing guidance to NGOs on landmark litigation. She has served on WHO Task Forces and is currently a Commissioner on the Lancet Commission on Global Health and Law. Ms. Yamin was awarded the prestigious Joseph H. Flom Fellowship on Global Health and Human Rights from 2007 to 2011.


Ms. Yamin has written a book, Power, Suffering and the Struggle for Dignity: Human Rights Frameworks for Health and Why They Matter, which was published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. This work is focused on defining what a human rights based approach to health and development means, and why it matters. Additionally, it provides a foundation for the understanding of how a human rights based approach implies the potential for social transformation.

PSYC 3884-002: Seminar in Psychology

Instructor: James Magnuson

Science of Learning and the Art of Communication

In this seminar-style course, we will discuss classic and recent findings in the “science of learning,” drawing on fields ranging from cognitive psychology and education to cognitive neuroscience and neurobiology. We will read primary sources and discuss them each week. We will also embrace the idea that effective learning in the sciences (as in all fields) requires effective communication, whether in research papers, course lectures, or presentations to non-scientific audiences. We will critically evaluate best communication practices for different media, venues, and audiences in light of research on the science of learning.

Those interested should contact Dr. Magnuson directly for more information, syllabus, and/or a permission number.

2017 Rowe Lecture

Dr. Feigl-Ding

Eric Feigl-Ding, PhD

Founder/Director of ToxinAlert.org

Faculty at Harvard Chan School of Public Health

Chief Health Economist at Microclinic International

Founder of Campaign for Cancer Prevention

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 5:00 pm in the Student Union Theatre

Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding is an epidemiologist, nutritionist, and health economist. His research focuses on disease risk, digital technology, social networks, public health policy, and economics of prevention. He is principal investigator of several randomized trials in Kentucky, Denmark, and Jordan. Projects for which he is the PI, CEO, or executive director have received more than $10,000,000 in funding. His more than 100 publications in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, The Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Lancet have been cited more than 20,000 times.

As founder of the Campaign for Cancer Prevention in 2007, he led the first online crowdfunding effort to raise more than $500,000 for medical research. This resulted in features in Newsweek, The New York Times, and Chronicles of Philanthropy. He led a two year investigation into the safety of the drug VIOXX.

Dr. Feigl-Ding has been featured in four books and in Craig Newmarks’ 16 People and Organizations Changing the World in 2012. His work was thrice named ‘Best of American Heart Association’ and he received the 2012 Outstanding Young Leader Award from the Boston Chamber of Commerce, the 2015 American Heart Association Grundy Excellence Award, and the 2014 Global Health Project of the Year from the Consortium of Universities for Global Health.

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