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PSY 460 - Child Exceptionality and Psychopathology

Approximately 15% of children suffer from serious psychological problems. And, a significant number of these children do not grow out of their childhood difficulties—recent longitudinal studies have found that by their 21st birthday, 3 out of 5 individuals meet criteria for a psychiatric disorder. Views of children with mental disorders has changed over the centuries, from harsh treatments in the 17th and 18th centuries, to a custodial model popular in the early 20th century, to modern evidence-based diagnosis and therapy.

This course provides a broad overview of child exceptionality and psychopathology—covering definition and description, theory and research into etiology, educational implications, and treatment. Topics include: Intellectual Disability, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia, Learning Disorders, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Conduct Problems, Childhood Depression, Anxiety Disorders, and Disorders Related to Child Abuse and Neglect.


PSY 100 (General Psychology)

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801


  • Abnormal Child Psychology, 7th Ed. (2019)
    Mash, Eric J. and Wolfe, David A.
    ISBN: 978-1337624268

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


Lee Rosén
Lee Rosén

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Dr. Rosén is a psychology professor at Colorado State University, past Director of the Psychological Services Center at Colorado State University, and Director of the Clinical/Counseling Psychology Concentration. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University) and completed his residency in clinical psychology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Rosén teaches undergraduate-level courses in Child Exceptionality and Psychopathology and Clinical Psychology, and he supervises the required internship/field placement for the Clinical Concentration. Dr. Rosén specializes in child/adolescent and family problems—in areas ranging from ADHD, parent management training, bipolar disorder, reactive attachment disorder, developmental disabilities, to autism spectrum disorders.