Stress and Pain 

Attendance and Participation


This class is not your typical university psych class. You will NOT come to class to hear a lecture. Before you get too excited - there will be lectures. It's just that they are pre-recorded and you will watch them "at home" according to a set schedule. These lectures will be divided up into "video segments" with a short multiple-choice quiz at the end of each. For every correct answer you get, you earn "bonus points" which can be redeemed at the end of the semester for "rewards". 

Actual class time will be devoted to "studio class" - where we will work on all activities and projects (except segment quizzes) in groups called a learning pod. Throughout the semester, pods will be reassigned so that each of you will belong to three pods total. What a great way to make new friends, eh?

Studio class attendance is required. You cannot contribute if you are not there! To sweeten the pot even more, you will earn reward points for attending.


Safe Participation

We will be working in close proximity throughout the semester. Given the uncertainty of the COVID virus and the vaccination status of your classmates, I would appreciate it if we all wore masks (properly) in the classroom. If you choose not to, you will need to be assigned to a group with members who are comfortable with this decision. If anyone comes to class visibly unwell (e.g. coughing, sneezing, and/or sniffling) they will be asked to mask up or leave the room (if we are working inside that day). ​These measures will help keep you and everyone else as safe and healthy as possible so we can have a fun semester together.

The TEAM stress intervention plan

This is the only graded activity where there is a group submission (as opposed to individual submissions). I anticipate most of the work on this project can be completed during studio classes. Regardless, everyone on the team MUST contribute equally to the project. If someone puts in, for example, half the time and effort, they will receive only have of the teams' grade on this project. If there are exceptional reasons for being able to participate fairly and equitably, speak to me about this ASAP. You may need to be assigned to a different case study and complete the activity on your own. This will likely disadvantage you - so please make every effort to attend and participate in these team meetings.

Time Commitment


You will be watching approximately 27 hours of recorded lectures and attending 34 hours of studio classes. You should be able to complete many of the graded activities during studio class time. However, some projects (SARA, stress intervention plan, and the self-assessments) will require extra time outside of class. How much time is difficult to estimate, but 30-40 hours total seems reasonable. This means you will need to invest about 7 hours/week throughout the semester. This might seem like a lot, but it is less than the 9 hours per week expected from the Utah System of Higher Education. Plus, you will learn things that may help you live a longer, happier life!