Arkham Patients’ Psychology AP Study Resource



Invention Summary:


Psychiatrists at Rutgers University have created a unique educational resource for use in promoting and teaching Psychology at a high school level.  In particular, the “Arkham Patients’ (Ark) Psychology” curriculum provides a unique program that promotes participation in Advanced Placement (“AP”) Psychology courses by providing a fun and engaging means to draw students into the material while maintaining a high educational standard.  The resource brings the AP material to life by utilizing scenes from the Batman film series as case studies to illustrate the topics covered in the AP Psychology course curriculum.




The Arkham Patients’ Psychology follows the CollegeBoard’s AP Psychology Outline[1] and provides a series of links to specific scenes in the Batman film series. Each of the fourteen items in the curriculum outline is linked to individual content for the topic area; the content includes:


  • Statement of goals and objectives.


  • An overview of the topic area.


  • Synopsis of a relevant scene from the Batman film that relates to the topic.


  • A time stamp into the film to identify the scene for viewing.




  • Vetted by educators and other reviewers and amended based on feedback.
  • Provides a new type of resource that complements existing class materials and existing AP Psychology study materials, class books, and guides.
  • Encourages students in their study of AP Psychology using interesting, relatable and engaging film content.
  •  A proven methodology which has been in use for many years by the primary author for classes in psychopathology and psychiatry at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Market Information: According to CollegeBoard [2], in 2016:

  • AP Psychology was taught in 8,478 High Schools


  • 293,350 Students enrolled in AP Psychology courses (a 6% increase over 2015)


  • In 2016, 35.8% of the students taking the AP Psychology exam did not pass (e.g., grade of 1 or 2) and 19.1% received a minimum grade of 3.



Intellectual Property & Development Status:


Available through license or distribution agreement.


For information about commercial licenses contact: Andrea Dick





Patent Information:
ID: S2017-118

Anthony Tobia
Saad Arshad
For Information, Contact:
Andrea Dick
Associate Director, Licensing
Rutgers University