course
Children at Risk

Dec 2016

Best class ever! I loved this class so much. Favorite course taken at Columbia so far. Professor Downey is so nice and her class is very chill. If you are a psych major or just interested in the topic I would strongly recommend this class. We don't only talk about children but important social issues that everyone faces. She is also not a hard grader and wants everyone to do well.

Dec 2016

This class is truly amazing! If you have any interest in infants, children, adolescents, young adults or understanding how our society effects developmental outcomes take this class. This is not like your average pscyh class, we’ve talked about such a diverse range in this class. Here are some examples: school shootings, gang violence, pregnant mothers with substance use problems, children in poverty, teenage mothers, sex-ed curriculum in the US, rejection sensitivity. It was amazing how much freedom you have in what you get to research! Professor Downey invites professionals working in related field and becomes a personalized networking session!

Dec 2016

This class is truly amazing! If you have any interest in infants, children, adolescents, young adults or understanding how our society effects developmental outcomes take this class. This is not like your average pscyh class, we’ve talked about such a diverse range in this class. Here are some examples: school shootings, gang violence, pregnant mothers with substance use problems, children in poverty, teenage mothers, sex-ed curriculum in the US, rejection sensitivity. It was amazing how much freedom you have in what you get to research! Professor Downey invites professionals working in related field and becomes a personalized networking session!

Jan 2000

In Abnormal Psychology she's very interesting, with amusing anecdotes. Her experience with prisoners and various subjects, particularly relationships, make for a very interesting course. You must be there for her lectures, as they are well-covered on the exams. However, as for her Children at Risk lectures, they are boring as hell. Everyone, including the TA, falls asleep. There are just not as many anecdotes, and she goes monotone. This discrepancy may be because the course is newer and she is not as accustomed to the subject material as with the Abnormal material.

Jan 2000

She seems very nice, with anecdotes about her own parenting experiences, her lectures are interesting and her use of the multi-media classroom is very good. Very strict with deadlines.