Summer 2023 Courses

We are excited to offer a wide range of psychology courses this summer! Summer courses are open to both University of Rochester students as well as students from other universities.

For more information about the University of Rochester summer sessions, including how to register, see the summer sessions website.


We will offer a mix of in-person and fully online courses this summer. All in-person courses will also offer live-streaming format (via Zoom) at their scheduled times. Some courses will have a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous content. Please see the individual course descriptions and contact the instructor if you have questions about a particular course.

Upper Level Writing

Most of our  summer  courses will also offer students the option of adding a 0.5 credit upper-level writing component. This is something you can arrange with your instructor ahead of time or in the first few days of class.

Courses Offered Summer 2023

Session A (May 15 - June 9 for 4-week courses)

PSYC 171: Social and Emotional Development
Instructor: Ellen Kneeskern
MTWR  9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

An examination of the interpersonal, emotional, cognitive, and environmental factors that influence children's social and emotional development from early infancy through late adolescence. This course will be taught fully online.

PSYC 277: Cultural Bases of Human Development
Instructor: Graciela Trujillo-Hernandez
MTWR 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Despite the importance placed on culture in many theoretical models of human development, most empirical research conducted and taught in a psychology classroom on child and youth development, parenting and peer relationships, and children's adjustment historically have been focused on the United States, Canada, and Western Europe. In this course we will examine the role of culture in human psychological development. Topics include child socialization, parenting, socioemotional development, cognition, acculturation, and globalization. The goals of this course is to 1) increased students’ understanding of culture and its relation to human development, 2) gain a greater appreciation of cultural variation in human development in the world today, 3) acquire knowledge of theories and research that challenge ethnocentrism in human development, and 4) have students practice preparing and presenting their understanding and ideas in oral and written formats. Class meetings will include brief lectures, group discussions about assigned readings, and student presentations. This course will be taught fully online.

PSYC 278: Adolescent Development
Instructor: Sdu Mncwabe
MTWR 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

This course surveys theory and research relating to normal development during adolescence. Adolescent development is examined in a variety of contexts, including families, peer groups, and schools, and issues pertaining to biological, social, and cognitive development are discussed. This course will be taught fully online.

Session B (June 26 - July 21 for 4-week courses; June 26 - August 4 for 6-week course)

PSYC 101: Intro to Psychology
Instructor: Madison Burt
MTWR 1:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Note: PSYC 101 is a 6-week course (June 26 - August 4).

A balanced and integrated survey of psychology with coverage of both social and natural science domains. Sections of PSYC 101 vary, but most consist of lectures, readings, discussions, and demonstrations. This course will be taught in-person with a fully online option available.

PSYC 181: Theories of Personality & Psychotherapy
Instructor: Shin-Young Kim
MTWR 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

A survey of personality, emphasizing modern theoretical approaches, basic methods of investigation, and the relations of these theories to psychotherapy and behavioral change. This course will be offered fully online.

PSYC 282: Psychopathology
Instructor: Rachel Rivera
MTWR 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Upper-level writing section available.

Formerly "Abnormal Psychology". This course provides a conceptual overview to the field of psychopathology. We will take a neurodiversity and cross-cultural approach to discussing assessment and diagnosis, etiology, developmental course, treatment, and prognosis of the major psychological disorders. Current theory and research will be emphasized. This course will be taught fully online.