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Robert W. Grossman

A Collision of Two Worlds: A Critical Thinking Case Study for Abnormal Psychology

This case uses an excerpt from the novel I Never Promised You a Rose Garden to teach students to recognize symptoms of mental illness. Students read the excerpt and then work in small groups of two to three to identify and label symptoms of mental illness. Emphasis is placed on supporting the students' classifications with direct quotes from the text. This focuses the students' attention on the importance of supporting inferences with evidence. While designed for undergraduates in an abnormal psychology course, the case also could be used in more advanced clinical courses.

Are You Blue? What Can You Do?: A Case Study on Treatment Options for Depression

This case study introduces students to treatment alternatives for depression using a jigsaw method in which groups of students are divided up so that each member of the “home group” becomes the “resident expert” in one of five possible treatment options. Designed for a course in abnormal psychology, this case could be adapted for courses in physiological psychology, pharmacy, and neurobiology.

Exploring Unintentional Racism: The Case of Tim Hanks

This case study is designed to help students explore their attitudes about race and examine the complexity of racism. It also has been used to teach about the social psychology of unintentional racism, attribution theory, and institutionalized racism. The case has been used in an introductory psychology course, in which it was used as the focus of the social psychology unit; in a social psychology course, where it was used to accompany the unit on prejudice; and in a course on prejudice.  In addition, it has been presented in a workshop format to faculty interested in reducing racism and improving multicultural programming.

Stereotype Threat and Recommendations for Overcoming It: A Teaching Case Study

This case study uses an example of racism experienced by a Korean American student to explore the concept of stereotype threat and its impact on college classrooms and student performance. The case was designed for use with college faculty in teach training workshop as well as with psychology students. The case also might be useful for education students.