I currently teach three classes at VU Amsterdam. I also serve as primary thesis advisor and mentor for between four and eight students annually, and I supervise other student research projects, including Ph.D. projects. All of my classes are taught in English.
Advanced Research Methods
This is one of the core skill courses in the VU Amsterdam Social Psychology Research Master programme. The course is designed to give students an overview of some of the critical issues facing social psychology researchers. These include: (1) how to conduct research on human subjects in an ethical manner, (2) how to ethically and precisely report research findings, (3) how to interpret results under the Null Hypothesis Significance Testing framework, (4) how to compute and report effect sizes, (5) how to conduct power analysis, (6) how to assess and interpret the reliability and validity of research instruments. Course activities include 10 lectures, quizzes on assigned readings at the beginning of each class, a paper and a class presentation on a method or instrument frequently used by social psychologists, and a homework portfolio of analyses on an example data set. The course syllabus can be found here.
Advanced Structural Models
This is a course designed for students enrolled in any of several VU Amsterdammaster programmes. The course focuses heavily on confirmatory factor analysis as a base for understanding more complex structural equation models. Course activities include eight lectures, eight practicum sessions in which I lead students through statistical exercises using LISREL software, a term paper in which students write a paper conduct and report a structural equation modeling analysis using their bachelor thesis data, a portfolio of homework assignments, and a final exam. The course syllabus can be found here.
Evolution and Human Behavior
This is a course embedded within the VU Amsterdam honours programme. The course addresses the foundations of evolutionary approaches to human behavior, including the theories underlying most of animal behavior research, our knowledge of the human ancestral past, the varied evolutionary approaches to studying humans (including human behavioral ecology, cultural evolution, and evolutionary psychology), and the information processing mechanisms that underlie psychological adaptations. Course activities include nine three hour lectures, quizzes at the beginning of each lecture, a class presentation and class paper, and a final exam. The course syllabus can be found here.