David Sivesind

BA, University of Northern Iowa. Addiction Studies Graduate Certificate, University of Minnesota. MA, PhD, New School for Social Research. Assistant professor of psychology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; clinical psychologist with special interests in addiction, HIV treatment, chronic health condition identity adjustment, LGBT issues, and integrated psychology practice in health-care settings. SLC, 2013–

Current undergraduate courses

The Psychology and Neuroscience of Addictions

Year

This course is a multidisciplinary overview of addiction. Although the primary focus of the course is substance-related addictions and use, the emerging literature regarding nonsubstance addictive behaviors will also be discussed (food, gambling, internet, gaming). Explanations for addiction—spiritual, emotional, biological—have spanned the ages and remain controversial today. This course will explore the study of addiction from historical roots to contemporary theory. Competing theories of substance abuse/addiction will be examined, focusing on the individual with regard to cultural and societal concerns. This course presents a framework for understanding models of substance use and addiction, including neuropsychological advances, with a critical review of the evidence and controversies regarding each. Students will be asked to think critically and constructively about the topic, eschewing dogma of any one approach to the treatment and understanding of substance abuse. Readings will include literature from psychology and medicine to the arts, ethics, and the press. As this is a yearlong course, adequate time will be spent introducing basic social and brain science as it pertains to a later, more advanced examination of exciting neurological research.

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Previous courses

Understanding Addiction: Psychological and Neuropsychological Approaches

Fall

Addiction: a formal award by a magistrate of a thing or person to another person, as the award of a debtor to his creditor; a surrender to a master. —Roman law

Evidence of addiction has been present throughout history. Explanations for addiction—spiritual, emotional, biological—have spanned the ages and remain controversial today. This course will explore the study of addiction from historical roots to contemporary theory. Competing theories of substance abuse/addiction will be examined with a focus on the individual but also with regard to cultural and societal concerns. This course presents a framework for understanding models of substance use and addiction with a critical view of controversies and evidence for each, including neuropsychological advances in the study of addiction. Students will be asked to think critically and constructively about the topic, eschewing dogma of any one approach to the treatment and understanding of substance abuse. Readings range from psychology and medicine to the arts, ethics, and the press. Conference work might build from an academic exploration of substance-use theory (moral, developmental, dynamic, motivational) to a broader conceptualization of cultural, ethical, and cross-discipline understandings.   

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