Epidemiological Research in Clinical and Developmental Psychopathology


Course Objective

In this course the students learn the methods and principles of
epidemiological research in clinical and developmental psychopathology.

Course Content

Students will learn what the contribution of epidemiological research
has been to our knowledge about etiology, diagnostics, prognosis,
prevention, and treatment of mental disorders in children, adolescents
and adults. The students will learn the most basic skills in conducting
epidemiological research and to judge the quality of epidemiological
research from other researchers. We will also focus on the principles
and criteria for causality, internal and external validity, different
types of errors, confounding, and effect modification. Furthermore, we
will teach students basic statistical methods needed for conducting
research in developmental and clinical psychopathology.
Finally, students will develop a clear understanding of how a research
question can be studied within an appropriate design, using relevant
statistical methods, which will be reported in a method section of a

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Written exam on methods and statistical skills; writing the methods
section of a paper.


Mandatory reading includes: Stewart, A. (2016). Basic Statistics and
Epidemiology: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition.
CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group (FL, USA).
Additional mandatory reading is provided through Canvas; this varies
per lecture
Optional reading also provided through Canvas
Students can use Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS
Statistics (4th Ed.). London: Sage.
ISBN 978-1-446249185 or a newer
edition if they have limited SPSS skills

Additional Information

Main lecturer: Prof. dr. Anja C. Huizink with some guest lecturers

General Information

Course Code P_MEPIDRE
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Fac. of Behavioural and Movement Science
Course Coordinator prof. dr. A.C. Huizink
Examiner prof. dr. A.C. Huizink
Teaching Staff prof. dr. A.C. Huizink

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture