Abnormal Psychology: Time for a Change
Covering the history and terminology behind Abnormal Psychology, reasons for a name change, and how academe can help implement changes to a more timely, accurate, and respectful title and description.
Dr. Jill M. Hooley, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology in Memory of William James, Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Dr. Matthew K. Nock, Department Chair, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
What’s in a name? When it comes to "Abnormal Psychology,” the answer is, a lot. In the modern era, the word abnormal has come to be viewed negatively, contributing to the stigma routinely experienced by people with mental disorders. It is also no longer especially accurate. In this session, Jill Hooley and Matthew Nock will describe the history and terminology that led to the creation of Abnormal Psychology, discuss current reasons for a name change, and share ideas about how departments and instructors can help implement the proposed changes to a more timely, accurate, and respectful course title and description.