NPSM013 Project: Neurodevelopmental disorders

Annotation:

This course has three aims:

1) To acquaint students with the literature on a specific developmental disorder.

2) To provide students with an opportunity to design a specific study to address gaps in that literature.

3) To familiarize students with the format and requirements for submitting a research grant proposal to a major funding agency

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Neuropsychology (jointly with York University) (in English)

Lecturers:

Assist. Prof. Maria Tziraki, PhD
Assoc. Prof. Elena Andonova, Ph.D
Asst. Prof. Mihaela Barokova, Ph.D

Course Description:

Competencies:

Students who complete this course:

1) will know:

• The current state of literature on a specific developmental disorder

• The best practices for designing a study with this specific population

2) will be able to:

• Propose a research study, involving children with neurodevelopmental disorders

• To complete the application process for funding for their proposed research study
Prerequisites:
Enrolment in

Types:
Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:
Project

Language of teaching:
English

Topics:

  1. How to pick a research topic? How to conduct a literature review?
  2. Design a research study with a clinical population. Best practices.
  3. Finding a potential source for research funding. How to meet the funding application instructions.

Bibliography:

The reading list will depend on the topic that the student chooses for their project. Nevertheless, here are some recommended readings about how to conduct a literature review and how to think about developmental disorders.

Bem, D. J. (1995) Writing a review article for Psycho logical Bulletin. Psychological Bulletin, 118, 172-177.

Bem, D. J. (2004). Writing the empirical journal article. In J. M. Darley, M. P. Zanna, & H. L. Roediger III (Eds.), The compleat academic: A career guide (pp. 185–219). American Psychological Association.

Bishop, D. (2010). Which neurodevelopmental disorders get researched and why? PLoSOne, 5, e15112.

Dennis, E. & Thompson, P. (2013). Typical and atypical brain development: A review of neuroimaging studies. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 15, 359-384.

Karmiloff-Smith, A (2009). Nativism versus neuroconstructivism: Rethinking the study of developmental disorders. Developmental Psychology, 45, 56-63.

Koppelman, G. H., & Holloway, J. W. (2012). Successful grant writing. Paediatric respiratory reviews, 13(1), 63-66.

Pennington, B. (2009). How neuropsychology informs our understanding of developmental disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 72-78.

Thomas, M. (2016). Understanding delay in developmental disorders. Child Development Perspectives, 10, 73-80.

Yang, O. O. (2012). Guide to effective grant writing: How to write a successful NIH grant application. New York: Springer.