Assistant Professor of Psychology Jamie Bodenlos has recently been selected by the International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology to give a talk about her recent experimentation with a team-based learning approach to psychopathology. She will speak at the conference in Vancouver in July.
Her research is based on a new active teaching strategy that she used in her 200-level Introduction to Psychopathology class during the Fall 2010 semester. The purpose of team-based learning is to get students to spend their classroom time applying course material in groups rather than simply acquiring it in a lecture. Bodenlos divided her class into teams of five to seven students based on characteristics and interest in the topic. The students stayed in the same groups all semester and worked together on quizzes, evaluating cases of psychological disorders, and preparing debates.
Bodenlos first learned about the idea of team-based learning when she attended the Institute on Active Learning and Teaching at the University of Prince Edward Island in August. “It worked out really well, I wanted to share my experience with other educators.”
She looks forward to the opportunity to present at the conference and speak with the other faculty. “I think I will learn so much from discussions with educators in my discipline.”
Bodenlos joined the HWS faculty in 2009 after serving as an instructor in medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She received a Ph.D. from Louisiana State University and did her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where she began her research examining comorbidities between obesity and psychological disorders. Bodenlos has several papers published in this area of study.