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Dr. Angela Liegey Dougall

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Science

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Liegey Dougall received a PhD in Health Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research examines the biopsychosocial effects of stress on health and illness and she has expertise in biostatistics. She teaches courses in both areas and has been at The University of Texas at Arlington since 2006.

Service Learning Class

BIOL/HEED/PSYC4357- Health Psychology 3 hours credit

This course provides a broad introduction to health psychology and its interface with the medical world. The course provides a balanced presentation of the important issues in the field, as well as specific content topics that are especially relevant today to better understand health and illness. Offered as BIOL 4357, HEED 4357, and KINE 4357. Students seeking science requirement credit must enroll in BIOL 4357; students seeking Certification in Health must enroll in HEED 4357. Prerequisite: PSYC 1315 or BIOL 1333 or BIOL 1441 or BIOL 2457; junior standing recommended.

Academic Outcomes

  • The student will be able to summarize the theory and research of the field of Health Psychology by reviewing and discussing the fundamental and more recent contributions to the science.
  • The student will be able to describe the science of the field of Health Psychology by identifying and discussing the interplay of psychological, biological, behavioral, and social factors in the study of health issues including mechanisms and pathways in disease processes such as the initiation, promotion, and management of disease.
  • The student will be able to apply the basic tenets of Health Psychology to common health issues including both acute conditions and chronic concerns such as HIV disease, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and diabetes.

Service Learning Project

Description: One of the learning objectives for this course is for students to be able to apply the basic tenets of Health Psychology to common health issues, including both acute conditions and chronic concerns. To help meet this objective, a service-learning project has been integrated into this course. There are four (4) options for completing the service-learning project.

Option 1: The first opportunity is to volunteer with a specific organization off-campus as part of a structured program. Specifically, we are partnering with the American Heart Association’s “Get to Goal” program. African-Americans have the highest blood pressure in the world, and the goal of this program is to eliminate this disproportionally high level of blood pressure.  As a volunteer, students will receive training and act as a volunteer health mentor for a person in the program, helping the patient to monitor his/her blood pressure.  Students can communicate with the program member face to face, on the phone or by email.  Volunteers are able to schedule mentoring sessions at their convenience, but the sessions are expected to occur weekly. There are also monthly events at which students may be asked to attend. Students must make a commitment for the entire semester and complete reflection statements.

Option 2: The second opportunity for off-campus service-learning is with the Boys and Girls Club of Arlington at the Roquemore Branch (2001 Van Buren, Arlington, TX. 76011). They have expressed their need for volunteers in a variety of areas. Donielle Smith from UTA Health Services also regularly volunteers there in the evenings. Volunteers at this site would need to get to know the program and the children (What do they need? What can we do to serve them? What can students in this class learn from working with this organization?). As part of this process, volunteers will be able to identify health-related topics that would be relevant for future presentations or activities with the children in this program.  Hours during which students may volunteer include Monday through Friday 3:30-7:00 pm and Saturday (for sports). Volunteers must be willing to commit to a schedule of service that includes at least 10 days/evenings and complete reflection statements.

Option 3: The third option is designed to allow students who are not able or who are unwilling to engage in Options 1 or 2 to still be exposed to similar content without having to go off campus. Students will read 5 articles on topics suited to service-learning events. For each article, students will take a quiz and then write a 3-5 page proposal on how a service-learning project could be designed on this topic for use by this class in a specific population (e.g., children, adults with hypertension, etc.). These five articles will be assigned on Blackboard sequentially throughout the semester (they cannot all be done at one time). This is the DEFAULT option.

Option 4: The fourth option allows students to combine Option 3 with attendance at one-day off-campus health events (worth 20 points each). Students may complete any combination of Option 3 articles, quizzes, and papers with one-day off-campus events until a minimum of 5 are completed (100 points maximum). Eligible off-campus events will be announced on Blackboard and in class. You will have to sign up to volunteer for the events through the channels that are outlined in the announcements (i.e., you will have to directly contact the organization and register with them). You will also be responsible for your own transportation and completion of any waivers or forms for the organization. You will need to submit proof of your attendance, and we will verify your attendance with the event organizers.  It is expected that if you attend and help with one of these events that you will attend during the entire duration of the event. You will also need to complete reflection statements for each event.