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ICD Mentors Future Scholars in Developmental Science

The Tri-Psychology Programs, which include Educational Psychology, the Institute of Child Development (ICD), and Psychology, helped fund a new initiative called the Young Scientists Program. Graduate students and postdoctoral mentors from these programs partnered with five high school students interested in developmental psychology. Additionally, mentors taught developmental science curriculum at Avalon Charter School and Ascension Catholic Academy.

OriginNatives: The Growth of a Project

When Jill Fish, PhD, was writing her dissertation she collected a series of digital stories from Native American and Indigenous peoples in and around Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth. One of the many goals of her dissertation was to provide Native Americans with the opportunity to be the author of their own life stories. 75 community members were able to tell stories that often go untold.

Galvan-Ochoa, Honors Undergrad, Invited to Speak to Graduating Students

With the end of the academic year, comes our graduation celebrations. This year, instead of holding an in-person or virtual commencement ceremony, the Undergraduate Honors Program decided to record the invited student speaker and ask others to write letters to the recent graduates. Alonso E. Galvan-Ochoa, BS Psychology, summa cum laude, was selected for this honor. He speaks about graduating during this time of difficult situations, societal and personal, explaining that this is a time of struggle that shapes us. He also speaks about the importance of having a diverse body of support coming from both family and friends, and faculty and staff. Most importantly he mentions the need to continue a journey in which graduates can be mentors and lead a righteous path for generations to come. View Galvan-Ochoa's full speech below and see what other students wrote on the Undergraduate Honors Program website.

Robiner Receives Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology Award

Congratulations William Robiner, PhD, ABPP for being awarded the Toy Caldwell-Colbert Award for Distinguished Educator in Clinical Psychology by APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12! Robiner received his award for his excellence in mentoring including at the Medical School’s Psychology Internship as well as UMN Psychology's Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research (CSPR) students through the internship application process. As part of his mentorship, he leads a meeting every fall with the CSPR and Counseling students where he shares ideas for organizing their application experience and encourages gives encouragement to students.

UMN Researchers Present at the 55th Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology...

On April 17th, several University of Minnesota Psychology students and faculty had the opportunity to present their research at the 55th Annual Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference (MUPC). This virtual event hosted by the University of St. Thomas, allowed participants to engage in poster presentations and student talks as well as attend informational sessions and hear from Keynote speaker Dr. Bryana French of the University of St. Thomas.

Frazier on Decision Hour for Jurors in the Chauvin Trial

In the Derek Chauvin trial, jurors recently were in deliberation, finding themselves involved in one of the most significant police brutality cases in American history. A Star Tribune article titled, “Decision hour arrives for jurors in high-pressure, emotionally draining Chauvin trial,” covers how jurors may face heavy stress in many cases, particularly in high-profile proceedings. Pat Frazier, PhD, professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota states that jurors undergo vicarious trauma exposure paired with the pressure of making a decision and lack of emotional/mental support. Frazier points out that jurors really only have one another as a support system as they are not allowed to discuss the trial with anyone.