This unit aims to integrate neuropsychology and health psychology to understand the psychological implications of health disorders/disabilities across the lifespan. The health psychology component will examine the relationships between psychological and physical functioning across a range of medical disorders and the way in which cognitive and behavioural factors influence psychological and physical functioning of those with health related problems. This component of the course will be concerned with theories and interventions that improve quality of life for people with medical problems. The course will aim to investigate theories and practice in the areas of improving adherence to treatment, facilitating medical decision-making, adjustment to illness, working with patients and their families with chronic illness and dealing with death and dying. The neuropsychology component of this unit of study will introduce students to core neuropsychological concepts in most common disorders that involve the central nervous system. The course aims to develop students' understanding of functional brain organisation, recovery of function, core neuropsychological syndromes and rehabilitation. Lectures will include theoretical components, case presentations and discussions.
2-hour weekly lectures, 1-day seminars
Written assignment (2500 words) (100%)
Enrolment is restricted to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology degree at the University of Sydney.