Developmental DisordersSemester Course

Developmental Disorders, Semester Course
Major Discipline(s)
Child Development, Psychology
Elective Course
Fall/Spring semester

This course explores maladaptive behaviors, cognitions, and emotions in child development using the biopsychosocial model. This model addresses the multilayered and hierarchical contexts of the child’s life by considering multiple perspectives as regards the genetic, psychological, social, and cultural environments of the child. Within this framework, selected major developmental disorders are considered and the Scandinavian perspective explored. Strengths and weaknesses of diagnosis based on DSM-V is an integral part of the course. You are encouraged to think critically about the diverse factors that have implications for developmental trajectories in relation to research, prevention, and treatment.

Related Discipline(s)

This course would also be of interest to the following discipline(s):
Education / Educational Studies, Neuroscience


Veronika Leonova

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

M.A. in Clinical Psychology (Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2011). Jungian Analytical Psychotherapy education (Moscow Association for Analytical Psychology, 2012). Worked as a clinical psychologist in various institutions and taught as an external lecturer at “The Higher School of Psychology” in Psychoanalysis and Developmental Psychology. In Denmark since 2015. I work with children, adolescents and adults, conducting individual and group therapy in private practice and as a volunteer in NEFOS. You can find out more on my website: With DIS since 2017.

Veronika,Leonova, Psychology, European Clinical Psychology

Charlotte Diamant

DIS Copenhagen Semester Faculty

MSc in Counselling Psychology (City University, London, England, 2000). Primary areas of expertise is theory and practice within: youth suffering from anxiety, family therapy, children as offspring of parents with mental illness. Public speaker in various topics relating to developmental disorders and mental health/illness with the Danish Mental Health Foundation (Psykiatrifonden). External Lecturer at DIS teaching Developmental Psychopathology (now Developmental Disorders) 2002-09. Presently runs private practice. With DIS since 2017.

Psychology, Charlotte Diamant