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Jessamy Comer

Lecturer
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

585-475-7429
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Jessamy Comer

Lecturer
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts

Education

BA, Baylor University; MA, Ph.D., University of Rochester

Bio

Dr. Comer joined the psychology department of RIT in fall 2012. She received her BA in psychology from Baylor University, and she received her MA and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Rochester. She is a lecturer and teaches a variety of courses in the department, such as Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Learning and Behavior, Psychotherapy, Social and Emotional Development, and Advanced Developmental Psychology. Her areas of research interest include adolescent development, autonomy development, and parent-child relationships.

585-475-7429

Currently Teaching

PSYC-101
3 Credits
Introduction to the field of psychology. Provides a survey of basic concepts, theories, and research methods. Topics include: thinking critically with psychological science; neuroscience and behavior; sensation and perception; learning; memory; thinking, language, and intelligence; motivation and emotion; personality; psychological disorders and therapy; and social psychology.
PSYC-221H
3 Credits
This course will serve as an introduction to the study of psychopathology and mental illness. The course examines the major categories of mental disorder not only from the descriptive point of view, but also in terms of the major theoretical explanations of the causes of disorder. The major treatment modalities are also covered. This honors course will consist of seminar-style discussions of major course topics as well as independent research work to explore topics related to abnormal psychology in greater depth than the standard abnormal psychology course.
PSYC-713
3 Credits
This course is designed to enhance students' knowledge and skills with regard to infant, child, and adolescent development. We will examine a variety of topics that relate to the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development of children and adolescents in the context of classic and current theory. We will also explore issues such as attachment, resiliency, and policy issues that pertain to positive child and adolescent development. Students will gain an enhanced knowledge of the sequence of child development and the processes that underlie it by studying child development from a chronological approach. Theories that discuss the various domains of development will be examined through each age period. This course will emphasize the interdependence of all domains of development and contribute to an appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research, and applications.
PSYC-235
3 Credits
This course covers topics in learning such as non-associative learning, classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, stimulus control of behavior, reinforcement, generalization and discrimination, and observational learning. Topics on learning and behavior in non-human animals may also be covered.
PSYC-501
3 Credits
This course is intended for students in the psychology major to develop experimental research expertise and put into practice some of what is learned in Research Methods I and II. Students will explore topics of interest for further research in psychology. They will develop one research idea that could either form the basis for a senior project in psychology or is a valid test of a research idea. Students will be supervised by the course instructor as they develop a research question, conduct a literature review, write the introduction, and examine questions about control, validity and reliability. This course will culminate in a research proposal. Students going on to Senior Project in Psychology can use this as a proposal course and must find their faculty adviser for senior project before they finish this course. Students who are not planning for Senior Project will practice writing a proposal and the related skills required to critically examine an advanced topic in Psychology.
PSYC-461
3 Credits
This course takes an in-depth look at some of the normative processes of human social and emotional development. The specific course content will vary depending on the expertise of the instructor, but might include topics like parenting and family relationships, social development and peer relationships, or adolescent social and emotional development. This course is part of the Developmental Track for psychology majors.
PSYC-226
3 Credits
This course explores the process of human development, from conception through adolescence and continuing through later adulthood. The developmental approach integrates across many areas of psychology, including perception, cognition, social and emotional development, personality, morality, human factors, and neuroscience. Topics will include such things as infant brain plasticity, the development of identity in adolescence, and memory changes in adulthood. In addition, experimental methods of developmental research will be introduced and practiced, including issues specific to studying children and adults.

Select Scholarship

Journal Paper
Comer, J., et al. "Japanese Adolescents Disclosure to Parents and Well-being: The Role of Family Decision-making and Domain of Activity." Child Development 85. (2014): 901-907. Print.
Invited Keynote/Presentation
Comer, J., et al. "Japanese Adolescents Justifications and Strategies for Nondisclosure to Parents and Their Association with Depressed Mood." Bi-annual meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence. Society for Research on Adolescence. Austin, TX. 20 Mar. 2014. Conference Presentation.