Welcome to the instructional web site of    David A. “Tony” Hoffman, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Cruz
Room 352, Social Sciences Building 2
About Tony Phone: (831) 247-5558      Fax: (831) 423-6106      Email: <tonyhoffman@rattlebrain.com>

“We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race.”

–Kofi Annan, former Secretary General of the United Nations



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Abnormal Psychology
Adolescent Development
Child Psychopathology
Children and War
Children in Extreme Circumstances
Crisis in Haiti
Developmental Psychology
Family Therapy, Culture and the Ecology of Childhood
Peace Psychology
Psychology Field Study

Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

This course is an introduction to human psychopathology. It describes the basic issues and problems of people who experience behavioral and psychological disorders. All major classes of mental disorders are reviewed, with focus on the development of serious mental disorders. The course is interdisciplinary: medical, psychological, social, cultural, political, and other aspects of mental illness are considered. Students are taught ways to formulate and analyze psychopathology, with the purpose of helping them develop a fundamental understanding of mental disorder, intervention, and prognosis.
download the syllabus "Syllabus170Spring2017.pdf"

This course is an introduction to development from early adolescence to young adulthood. The course concentrates on adolescent psychosocial development in the context of family, peers, school, and society. The course also surveys biological, health, social, and cultural issues associated with adolescence.
download the syllabus " Syllabus102win2012.pdf"

ANECA: Ayudando Niños en Centro America

This service learning program trains upper division social science students in work with at-risk children in poor and developing nations. The program trains students about issues affecting at-risk children in Central America. During a five-week period, students live with host families in Puntarenas Costa Rica. They provide community service in nearby El Roblé and Barranca, in a barrio school, orphanages, and albergues (foster programs). Classes and seminars include instruction about Central American street children, abandoned children, child labor, child prostitution, youth substance abuse, child soldiers in Colombia, and local intervention programs. The students receive training in child guidance, in community assessment, service project development, and project implementation. Students design projects that enhance child participation in home, school, and community.

Child Psychopathology

This course is an advanced overview of child psychopathology, reviewing childhood disorders that occur during childhood, the diagnosis of these difficulties, and tactics for intervention. Taught from the perspective of developmental psychopathology, emphasizing the use of empirical research and evidence-based intervention.
download the syllabus "FilmListChPsychopathology.pdf"
download the syllabus "syllChPsychopathPSYC215 2016.pdf"

Children and War

This multidisciplinary upper division course examines the conditions and psychosocial experiences of war-affected children and families.Students review research on war-affected children, observe films on war-affected children, analyze the psychosocial status of children involved in current conflicts, and write papers on psychosocial risks confronted by war-affected children. Humanitarian and peace-building interventions are also reviewed.
download the syllabus "syllabus2017Ch&WarAUB.pdf"

Children in Extreme Circumstances

This course is concerned with child survival in life-threatening contexts. The course surveys research on the lives of street children, institutionalized children, children whose parents have HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illness, orphaned and abandoned children, children living in extreme poverty, war-affected children, and enslaved children. Psychosocial processes of survival, adapting, and coping are examined.

Crisis in Haiti

Haiti is one of the world's most vulnerable nations due to environmental degradation, chronic disease, resource depletion, international intervention and neglect, agricultural decline, weak infrastructure, malnutrition, and poverty. This multidisciplinary seminar reviews the ongoing crises in Haiti, most recently exemplified in the devastating earthquake of January 2010. The seminar examines Haitian society and the Haitian resilience in the midst of extraordinary challenge. The seminar reviews recovery strategies in medicine, psychosocial protection, humanitarian intervention, economic development, agriculture, technology, education, governance, and human rights.
download the syllabus "syllCLN1CrisisinHaiti2012.pdf"

Introduction to Developmental Psychology

This course is an introduction to human psychological development from the prenatal period through adolescence. It introduces basic issues in developmental psychology, child psychology, and adolescence. Although the course concentrates on topics in psychology, it is also concerned with biological, social, and cultural aspects of development. The course investigates the diversity of development in different familial, social, and cultural contexts. Current research and theory are emphasized.
download the syllabus " syllPSYC10 2013.pdf"

An Introduction to Family Therapy, Culture and the Ecology of Childhood

A seminar on family therapy, using new perspectives on childhood, culture, and resilience.
download the syllabus "FamilyTherapyTrainingOutlineDayTwo.pdf"
download the syllabus "FamilyTherapyTrainingOutlineDayOne.pdf"

Seminar in Peace Psychology

This senior seminar is a collaborative investigation into current research and ideas in peace psychology. The seminar is intended to stimulate psychologically informed thinking about how to prevent violence and build peace. The seminar is based on a course on the Psychology of Peace and Violence taught at the UN's University for Peace (Universidad para la Paz) in Latin America. The seminar assumes that an understanding the "psychological roots and causes of human aggression and violence is essential for the transformation of cultures of violence into cultures of peace" (from the UN syllabus). Students research psychosocial aspects of violence, conflict, and peace. Class meetings consist of presentations on these topics. Discussions are facilitated by students themselves, using presentations, guided inquiry and group problem-solving.
download the syllabus "SyllabusPeacePsychWinter2017.pdf"

Psychology Field Study

The UCSC psychology department's field study program places students as interns in human service agencies throughout Santa Cruz County. Students supervised by Tony Hoffman provide field service in schools, mental health clinics, group homes, a suicide prevention service, the juvenile court, a post-incarceration program, programs for adults with serious mental illness, youth resource agencies, special education classes, and other community service agencies. Students attend supervision meetings, keep field notes, and work on research projects that assist the placement agencies.