Kerth O'Brien, PhD, Associate Professor, Social Psychology
317 Cramer Hall
Portland State University
P.O. Box 751
Portland, Oregon 97207-0751 (USA)
Telephone (503) 725-3973
E-mail is usually the best way to reach me:
In Fall, 2013, Kerth will teach:
Psy 342 / Soc 342 - Self, Attitudes, and Social Influence, Tues-Thu, 10am-11:50am
- Course Description: Examination of psychological and sociological processes associated with people’s thoughts about and interactions with one another. Particular emphases on self, social identity, social cognition, attitudes, prejudice and persuasion. Expected preparation: Soc 200, or Psy 200 or 204. Credit will not be given for both Soc 342 and Psy 342.
Readings for this course include one text, the current version of Social Psychology by David Myers. The current version of this book is the 11th edition, which I’ve ordered through the Portland State University Bookstore. Some copies for sale include an online "access code" which I don't use in this course.
- Students sometimes ask whether it matters to buy the current edition. When I am asked this, I don’t say “go ahead and buy the prior edition” because I can't say it makes no difference to students. Myers is a thoughtful author and he does revise his texts. For your convenience, I've put both the 11th and 10th editions on reserve in the Portland State University Library; I recommend comparing the library versions in order to decide.
- Regular use of the online, intranet tool Desire2Learn (D2L) is one of our course requirements. You'll be checking D2L at least once before each class meeting (except for the first class meeting). You'll find it helpful to make sure you have D2L access (link here) before classes start.
- The syllabus will be available in class at our first class meeting. See you then!
Psy 471 / Psy 571 -- Health Psychology, Tues-Thu, 2pm-3:50pm
Course description: Study of the social and psychological influences on how people stay well, why some people become ill, and how persons respond to illness. Particular attention to the stress process. Recommended prerequisites: Stat 243 and 244, plus 12 credits in psychology, including Psy 321; Soc 200 may be substituted for 4 of these credits and PHE 223 may be substituted for 4 of these credits.
Readings for this course include two books, both available through the Portland State University Bookstore: Health Psychology by Shelley Taylor (ISBN: 0078035198- current edition), and 10 Simple Solutions to Stress by Claire Michaels Wheeler (ISBN: 9781572244764).
Students sometimes ask whether it matters to buy the current edition of Taylor's book. I cannot recommend a prior edition but I do understand the draw to using one if that is available to you. If your copy is a prior edition, I recommend that you compare it to the current edition which is on reserve at the Portland State University library.
Regular use of the online, intranet tool Desire2Learn (D2L) is one of our course requirements. You'll be checking D2L at least once before each class meeting (except for the first class meeting). You'll find it helpful to make sure you have D2L access (link here) before classes start.
The syllabus will be available in class at our first class meeting. See you then!
Classes taught, various years:
Psychology 514/614: Advanced Applied Social Psychology
Psychology 518/618: Ethics and Professional Issues in Applied Research and Practice
Psychology 554/654: Social Psychology and Mental Health
Psychology 589/689: Adult Socialization--Adult Roles and Identities
Psychology 497/597: Survey Research Methods
Psychology 471/571: Health Psychology
Psychology 410: Introduction to Focus Groups for Psychological Research
Psychology 310: Psychology of Women
Psychology 342/Sociology 342: Social Psychology - Self, Attitudes, Social Influence
Psychology 343/Sociology 343: Social Psychology - Social Relationships and Groups