You are required to write and submit a research paper (4 pages, excluding the cover page and reference page = 6 pages in total).

You are required to write and submit a research paper (4 pages, excluding the cover page and reference page = 6 pages in total).

You may choose your own topic or pick a topic from a Research Exercise found in each chapter unit.

Each chapter has accompanying research exercises. You may choose to write your research paper off a topic from these research exercises OR you may also choose to identify your own topic. Either way, it is imperative to communicate with the instructor about your research paper with any questions you may have. The research exercises that accompany each chapter further stimulate critical thinking about the topic. Each research exercise contains questions and resources that will be helpful in writing your paper, if you choose that topic.

Microsoft Word. The paper must be 1,000 words or more (about four double-spaced pages). All papers need to be TYPED, DOUBLE SPACED ON STANDARD-SIZED PAPER (8.5 X 11 inches) WITH MARGINS OF 1 INCH ON ALL SIDES AND USE TIMES NEW ROMAN 12 POINT FONT.

Your journal articles in your paper should be referenced. You can use your text and at least TWO outside sources to document your papers. Please use the American Psychological Association (APA) style writing format for referencing your sources. Reference Librarians at each campus of the college can also help you with this.

  • Here is a website with information on the APA documentation style:
  • The American Psychological Association writing format should be used.  Reference librarians at each campus, in person or via phone or Internet, can assist you with this.


Assessing Criminal Competence.

Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence

Drug Addiction and Recovery

Dissociative Disorders (Multiple Personality Disorder)

The role of neurotransmitters in anxiety disorder

Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder

Comparison of psychosexual theories of Alfred Kinsey and Sigmund Freud  

When Therapy Goes Too Far:  A Case of Dissociative Disorder (Multiple Personality Disorder)

The recognition and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder in war veterans

Criminal Profiling: Reality behind the Myth (ch 16)

Teens and mental illness

Suicide – Gender and Suicide rates across the life span

Women and Depression: Understanding the Gender Gap

The Picture of Schizophrenia

Societal Pressures that Lead to Eating Disorders

Adolescent Depression

Suicide – The Grim Facts (ch. 8)

Psychological traits of pedophiles AND the treatment of convicted pedophiles

Social Anxiety Disorder

Adolescent antisocial personality disorder:

Soldier Support

The State of the Nation’s Mental Health

What is the state of the Nation’s Mental Health

The relationship of sleep to psychological and physical health.

Schizophrenia: diagnostic criteria, differential diagnosis and diagnostic challenges

Altruistic Suicide


Surgeon General’s Study Focuses on Suicide as a Public Health Problem (ch. 8)

Intrusive thoughts and OCD

Dissociative Disorders

The development of phobias, looked at from three psychological theories – psychoanalysis, cognitive-behaviorism, humanism

Depression During and After Pregnancy

Attention Deficit Disorder

Body Dysmorphic Disorder as a form of Obsessive Compulsive disorder

A Virtual Cure

The History and Treatment of Sexual Addictions

The History and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders

Eating Disorders: Family systems

Bipolar disorder – How this effects the person diagnosed with the disorder and the people in their lives

Antisocial Personality Disorder – Diagnosing Psychopathology and Sociopaths. The effects of APD and how widespread it is in society.

Women and Sex: What is Dysfunctional

The interrelationship of genes and smoking behaviors

Assessing the Role of the DSM-V

Long term effects of sexual abuse on children

Researching the Causes and Treatment of Autism-Spectrum Disorders (ch. 14)

Bipolar Disorder: Adolescence Diagnostic Implications

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