Lorraine C. Taylor, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor


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Department of Psychology
214 Davie Hall, CB# 3270
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3270

Phone: 919-962-8774
Fax: 919-962-2537
E-Mail: lctaylor@email.unc.edu

Courses Taught by Dr. Lorraine Taylor

PSYC 250 (24)Introduction to Child Psychology


Course Description:  Human development is an amazing process that begins at conception and continues over the life course.  This class provides an introduction to the fundamentals of children’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, from the prenatal period through adolescence.  We will use a scientific framework to guide our study of how children develop.  Students are expected to acquire a basic understanding of how factors within the child, family, and broader society shape the process of development, and we will focus in detail on several key issues facing children in our society today.  There is an optional service-learning opportunity for this class through the APPLES program.




PSYC 463 (129):  Development of Social Behavior and Personality

Course Description:   This course provides an advanced introduction to the study human social relationships and personality development.   Development is a life-long process and at each point along the way, social relationships and personality influence individual well-being.  In this class we will discuss major theories of social and personality development, key themes, research methods, and empirical research findings in the current literature.  Students will be expected to integrate information from a variety of sources, including the assigned readings, information learned in other Psychology courses, current events in society, as well as personal experiences.  This course is taught from a life-span perspective, so issues in infancy and early childhood, adolescence, early and middle adulthood, and late adulthood are discussed.


PSYC 465 (165)Poverty and Development

 Course Description:  Poverty is one of the most consistent and influential risk factors for problematic development across the life span.  This course examines the impact of poverty and family economic hardship on human development. An ecological systems framework will be emphasized in this class, with special attention given to understanding how economic hardship affects the development of young children.  A systems framework is especially useful because this allows for both risk and protective mechanisms to be identified.  Accordingly, this class will focus on the scientific study of poverty as an important developmental risk factor as well as on research on protective factors and resilience among those deemed at-risk because of poverty.  Social policies related to poverty also will be examined in this class.  In Spring 2007, a service-learning requirement will be included in this class.