Psych Scoop, 10/31/23


October 31, 2023

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Countdown to Registration - 2 Weeks Out

Registration is right around the corner! Psych Advising is here to help. With registration about a month away, this is a great time to start reviewing your APAS and thinking about what classes you might take for the Spring semester (summer registration will open February 2024). Appointments are currently available to meet with a Psych Advisor. We recommend scheduling sooner rather than later if you would like to meet with Psych Advising because our office can become very busy once registration starts!

2. Join Us for a Psychology Department Improvement Brainstorming Session!

Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Are you eager to share your thoughts and ideas for enhancing our Psychology Department? The Psychology Student Advisory Council invites all psychology students to a collaborative brainstorming session. Your insights and contributions are highly valued! We kindly request you to RSVP by following this link to confirm your attendance. We look forward to seeing you there and working together to make our department even better!

3. PSY 3903 Capstone in Community Engagement Info Sessions

Thursday, November 2, 11:15 am- 12:00 pm
Thursday, November 9, 3:15 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Hybrid: Zoom & Elliott Hall, Room N219

Join psychology advisor Korrina Griffith in an information session about the Community Engagement Capstone option, PSY 3903W. PSY 3903W is a great option for Psychology BA students. The Center for Community-Engaged Learning provides you with the opportunity to work onsite at a nearby community organization for approximately four hours each week throughout the semester. You will then draw from this community experience to help identify the topic of your capstone paper for the PSY 3903W class. In this session, you will learn more about the course, explore options for volunteering, and ask questions to an advisor! Please RSVP to this event here. Questions can be directed to

4. Getting Started with Psychology Research: Info Sessions

Monday, November 13, 3:15 pm- 4:30 pm / N668 Elliott Hall
Tuesday, November 28, 12:30 pm- 1:45 pm / N219 Elliott Hall
Thursday, December 7, 12:30 pm- 1:45 pm / N219 Elliott Hall
Cost: Free
Location: Varies

Interested in getting started with Psychology Research? Are you in need of finding a research position for Capstone (3901W) enrollment? Sign up for an information session that will focus on sharing resources to get started with research that relates to the Psychology Major. You will learn how Psy 4/5993 research works in the department. You will discover how research can fit into your Psychology Major and/or overall enhance your undergraduate experience. You will leave this session with 2-3 ideas to explore for a research position. Sign up to attend a session!

5. Get to Know Your Faculty - Dr. Drexler James!

Friday, November 3, 2023, 11:00 am CST - 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Exciting news! Get to know our featured faculty for Fall 2023, Dr. Drexler James, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Drexler James specializes in social psychology. Dr. Drexler James is currently doing research on Health Disparities and Equity, Social Determinants of Health, and Psychological Essentialism. Dr. Dexler James has taught classes on cultural and socio-cultural psychology. At the event, you can ask questions ranging from "How did you find your passion?" to "What is your favorite Netflix show?" Please RSVP as soon as possible. We can't wait to see you there!

6. UMN Graduate School Info Session - Helping Professions

Thursday, November 9, 2023, 4:30 pm CST - 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall, Room N219 (second floor)

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is excited to host our information session for three graduate programs in the helping professions! Joining us will be representatives from the School of Social Work's M.S.W. in Social Work, the College of Education and Human Development's M.A. in Counseling Education, and the College of Continuing and Professional Studies' Master of Professional Studies in Integrated Behavioral Health! If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in the helping professions, come join! Light refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP here. Questions about this event may be directed to

Courses of Interest

7. PSY 4960 - 001: Introduction to Open Science - 3 Credits - Spring 2024

Open Science has become a term more frequently used in psychological research. Though the term has no single definition, it refers to processes that allow for more transparent and more accessible research. How do we incorporate open science into our research? In this class, students will gain an understanding of what open science is, why it is important to consider open science principles in our research, and how to use open science tools. Specifically, the course will begin by discussing the history of psychological research and the replication crisis and will move into identifying open science principles and associated tools. Students will gain hands-on experience with preregistrations, reproducing analyses in R, and replicating findings from psychological studies. This course will require both group work and independent work to gain a deeper understanding of open science principles. Though not required, a basic understanding of R programming will be helpful for this course. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY3801: Introduction to Psychological Measurement and Data Analysis prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960 - 001 will meet in Elliott Hall N423, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST
Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward
Note: This course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

8. PSY 5501: Self, Society and Health - What's Work Got To Do With It? - 3 Credits - Spring 2024

This class is open to undergraduate and graduate students who have completed Introduction to Research Methods (PSY3001) or who have received instructor approval. This course is designed to introduce undergraduate and graduate students to theory, practice, and research in the fields of Vocational and Occupational Health Psychology. Core topics include the role of work in relation to occupational health, equity, social and personal identities, career choice, career transitions, career interventions, leadership, occupational stressors, and burnout. The format of the course will be a combination of applied assignments, classroom participation (quizzes, group discussions, and presentations), and a paper. Course material will be provided in assigned readings and lectures, related resources, office hours, and classroom activities. Grades will be based on attendance and participation, class assignments, and a paper.

PSY 5501 will meet in Elliott Hall N647, Fridays from 1:00 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Instructor: Dr. Lovey Peissig
Note: This course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

9. CSPH 3211: Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose & Community

Looking for an elective this spring? Consider CSPH 3211 Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose & Community (2 cr). Define what "living purposefully" means to you. Weekly topics include personal values, strengths, contemplative practices, inner ways of knowing, vulnerability, risk-taking, self-compassion, sources of happiness, and mindfulness. This is a blended course with three in-person (Friday) classes that provide time for community and support. Read more about the course online. This course does not fulfill the Psychology major requirements. If you have any questions about the course, please direct them to Carole Anne Broad at

Psychology Student Group Announcements

All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psychology student organizations. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend! To learn more, visit our website.

10. Psych Club/Psi Chi Psychology Talk: Therapy-Based Counseling Edition

Join us on Monday, November 6th from 5:30-7:00 PM in Elliott Hall, Room N119 for our first Psychology Talk of the year! We will be joined by three incredible professionals from the field of counseling psychology: Dr. Rich Lee who is a faculty member of the psych department, Regina Mhiripiri who specializes in marriage & family therapy, and Estefania Alvarez-Zumarraga who specializes in art therapy. They will be talking about their careers, educational journeys, and so much more, so you don’t want to miss this incredible opportunity! If you are interested in attending, please fill out the RSVP form. If you have any questions, feel free to email


11. Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Discrimination and Racial Trauma: Beyond the Mind to the Body

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 5:30 p.m. CST
Cost: Free
Location: Macalester College (John B. Davis Lecture Hall, which is on the lower level of the Campus Center)

Over the past two decades, research examining the impact of self-reported experiences of discrimination and racial trauma on mental and physical health has increased dramatically. Early research focused primarily on mental health and self-reported physical health outcomes, but more recent studies have documented consistent, robust associations between discrimination and other forms of racial trauma and the body. Using examples from several different cohorts of women, the presentation will highlight a program of research documenting linkages between discrimination, racial trauma, and the body, with an emphasis on risk factors for cardiovascular disease in African-American women. For event details and how to register, visit their website.

12. Find your healthcare path with AmeriCorps!

Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 123 Bruininks Hall

Learn how you can build your healthcare experience with AmeriCorps! Hear from two panelists from AmeriCorps as they share their transformative journeys and how their service paved the path for their success in healthcare. AmeriCorps is a national service program that provides driven individuals the enriching opportunity to address critical needs in communities, apply classroom knowledge to real-life settings, and develop the skills and experience needed for future careers. Enjoy some free food and meet some friendly faces this evening to explore your own healthcare path with AmeriCorps to gain life-changing experiences. Check out event details here. Questions about the event can be directed to Teala Matthews at

13. Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Friday, November 3, 2023, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Memorial Union

The Career Fair allows Government and Nonprofit agencies to meet with candidates and alumni from the 30 participating Minnesota 4-year colleges and universities and participating regional colleges. The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The job fair is open only to students and alumni from participating colleges and universities. To learn more about this event visit their website.

14. Transforming Institutions, Empowering Futures: Leveraging First-Gen Identity for First-Gen Students and Professionals

Thursday, November 9, 2023, 10:00 am - 11:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

In recognition of National First-Gen Week, the First-Gen Institute invites you to join us for the keynote by Angela Batista, EdD. Drawing from her own personal narrative as a first-generation student from the Caribbean, Batista will delve into the challenges, triumphs, and the pivotal role of intersections in shaping successful pathways for first-generation students and professionals. In light of the growing diverse campus landscape and recent court decisions, she will share insights about why being a first-generation student matters and how creating a community of practice can amplify student success. RSVP for the event here.

15. Multicultural Performing Arts Event

Tuesday, November 14, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: CMU Theatre

CLA Student board is planning on hosting a cultural performing arts event to highlight the plethora of cultures represented at the University! We invite you to take part in this event and represent your culture, cultural group, and talent through individual or group performances through a selection of stage performances. If you or your group is interested, please fill out the form.


16. Queer Research Symposium

Calling all student researchers! Undergrad, Graduate, & Ph.D. Candidates! Are you doing research in queer, trans & sexuality studies? Or are you a queer researcher looking for an affirming space to present your work? The Steven J. Schochet Endowment's Queer Research Symposium offers an affirming, low-stakes environment to present your work and receive feedback. Deadline for applications is November 19th at 11:59 pmApply here! Questions can be directed to Sophie Fesser (they/them) at

17. Volunteer at The Aurora Center!

The Aurora Center is an advocacy office on campus that serves victim-survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. The Aurora Center also offers volunteer opportunities at the University of Minnesota for full-time students, staff, or faculty who are focused on providing support to survivors and educating the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers. Folks can either apply to be a Direct Service Advocate and help run our 24-hour helpline and support folks directly, or they can apply to be a Violence Prevention Educator and facilitate workshops on campus about consent, bystander intervention, toxic masculinity, and more. Applications are open from now until Monday, November 13th. Students, staff, and faculty can apply here! Questions can be directed to

18. CHEM 1015 & MATH 1271 Study Nights!

CHEM 1015 Study Nights - First Thursdays of each month (Nov. 2nd, Dec. 7th):
Location: Appleby Hall 27

MATH 1271 Study Nights - First Wednesdays of each month (Nov. 1st, Dec. 6th)
Location: Appleby Hall 27

Tutoring & Academic Success Center (TASC) and the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) have partnered to host monthly Study Nights from 6:00-7:00 PM on the first Wednesdays (MATH 1271) and Thursdays (CHEM1015) of each month!

Graduate School

Find Diversity Weekend programs - includes Fall, Spring, and Summer programs. Updated frequently.

19. Virtual Grad Program Fair - Educational Psychology

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 12:00 pm - 3:00 am CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

The Department of Educational Psychology is a part of the College of Education and Human Development of the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Visit us online at the American Psychological Association Grad School Virtual Fair on November 2. This event is free for prospective students! Please visit the RSVP page to view the detailed schedule.

20. University of Minnesota Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICB) Open House

Friday, November 3, 2023, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual

The University of Minnesota Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program is hosting a virtual open house for prospective students interested in learning more about research and career opportunities at the intersection of biology, computer, and data sciences here in Minnesota and beyond. Undergraduates and post-bac students from surrounding areas and other graduate programs are invited to attend to learn about BICB and network with current graduate students from a wide range of research disciplines. The event will consist of an information session about our graduate program, student research talks, a Q&A panel with current students, and application tips. Please RSVP here. For questions, please contact Miranda Nelson, Graduate Program Coordinator, at

21. Master of Marketing Virtual Information Session

Monday, November 6, 2023, 11:00 am - 11:30 am CST
Location: Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall.

Information sessions are a great opportunity for you to get general information about the Master of Marketing program, presented by the MS Programs staff. Following a program overview presentation is a Q & A session. This is an ideal session for people who want to pursue a Carlson School's Master of Marketing program but have not had the chance to research the program. Those interested should RSVP here.

22. Information Session for Masters Program in Duluth

Friday, November 10, 2023, (in-person session 1:15 pm - 3:00 pm & virtual session 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm)
Location: Hybrid

The Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) program at the University of Minnesota Duluth is hosting an Information Session for prospective students on Friday afternoon November 10th. Located in beautiful Duluth MN, students are trained in 1 of 3 tracks: Clinical-Counseling, Industrial-Organizational, or Experimental psychology and prepared for doctoral programs, research careers, and/or employment organizational, educational, clinical, and counseling settings. Whether you are just getting started or preparing your application, come in person or attend online to learn what MAPS has to offer. Visit the link to sign up. Questions about this event can be directed to Dr. Catherine Reich, program director or

23. Graduate Program in Neuroscience Virtual Open House

Saturday, November 11, 2023, 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm CST
Location: Virtual (Zoom)

Are you interested in applying to the Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at the University of Minnesota? Want to hear what is going on in our research labs? The Graduate Program in Neuroscience (GPN) at the University of Minnesota is a large interdisciplinary PhD program, made up of over 125 faculty members. Our goal is to provide training in neuroscience research across a broad range of techniques and disciplines, ranging from the molecular and genetic level to computational. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, our program is a highly collaborative and collegial environment in which to train. Join us for our GPN Open House! Please register using the Google Form. If you have any questions about this event contact our Graduate Program Coordinator Rebecca Hervonen at


24. Serve as a Peer Reviewer with MURAJ!

The Minnesota Undergraduate Research and Academic Journal (MURAJ) is looking for motivated undergraduate students to join our peer reviewer team for the 2023-24 year! You will review manuscripts of original research from your field and prepare them for publishing. The time commitment is only 15 hours per semester. This is a great way to get engaged in the research community at the U; many of our current Editorial Board members started out as reviewers! Never reviewed a manuscript before? No problem! We will train you! Please contact with questions. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, October 22nd. Visit this link to apply!

25. Call For Undergraduate Research Papers!

Have you completed a research paper in a psychology-related field (i.e. psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics)? Are you looking for a platform to publish your work? If so, The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA (URJP) wants you to submit your papers for our annual publication, expected to be released in Spring 2024. URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all over the world. Last year, they received submissions from both local and international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research. Submitted papers must be original work completed by undergraduates (Includes senior honors theses, independent research, reviews, theoretical papers, and other scholarly writing)and have never before been published. The deadline to submit papers has been extended to November 15, 2023, at 11:59 P.M. PST. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. More information regarding our submission criteria and the types of articles accepted can be found on our website. To view our prior publications, please visit our website! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at for further information. We look forward to reviewing your submissions!

26. TRIO McNair Scholars - Applications Due November 9th

The TRIO McNair Scholars Program is more than a research program. Scholars have the opportunity to develop their research and leadership skills while simultaneously preparing for graduate school and building a community with their peers. We are now accepting applicants for the 2024 McNair Scholars cohort! If you are eligible and are interested in learning more about the program, please fill out this form to express your interest and we will reach out. If you or students have any questions, please email

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

27. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Apply today for positions starting NOW, Winter Break, or Spring Semester. You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities. You will get the chance to gain DIRECT PATIENT CARE HOURS by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is flexible for students, 12-16hrs/week (shifts are 4, 6, or 8hrs) but of course, you could work more. Starting pay is $15-$21/hr depending on the shift you work, paid training, and we have locations near campus, and you don't need to have a car! On top of all of that, we even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that end with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist. We are doing interviews 30 min Zoom interviews now to secure your spot up to 6 months before your desired start date. Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

28. EIDBI Behavior Therapist – Level 1 or Level 2 Provider

Holland Center is seeking Behavior Therapists / Level 1 and Level 2 EIDBI Providers to join our established, Twin Cities-based program, working one-on-one with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). As a Behavior Therapist, you will be trained to provide ABA and/or EIDBI services to a diverse caseload of 10-12 clients whose ages range from 18 months to 18 years old. Holland Center employs students from several universities nationwide who are enrolled in master ’s-level programs in Applied Behavior Analysis. Employees of Holland Center who are enrolled as a student in the Master’s program or Graduate Certificate program in Behavior Analysis through Florida Institute of Technology will receive a discounted tuition rate through FIT’s Education Partner program. Students in pursuit of degrees or those who have a degree in ABA or a related field are offered paid Supervised Fieldwork and/or Concentrated Supervised Fieldwork from our team of experienced BCBAs as they work toward eligibility to sit for certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBA). Those interested in the position can visit their website to apply. Questions can be directed to Nicole Miller at

29. The University YMCA is hiring!

The University YMCA is hiring a Site Lead! You must be able to have a two-semester commitment (Fall and Spring preferred), have availability to work 8-10 hours per week at the University YMCA, attend bi-weekly program meetings with Site Leads, and lead and/or support monthly evening seminars (T/W) and scheduled weekend events (i.e. training and/or retreats). Preferred skills include; Preferred Skills: responsibility and accountability. ability to work with people representing diverse demographics, strong interpersonal and communication skills, ability to adapt to change and move the program forward, excellent organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks, excellent follow-through and accountability, a basic understanding of the Youth Development Theory and the Search Institute’s Developmental Assets. For more information about the position and how to apply, contact

30. Direct Care Professional

Seeking Part-Time (6-20 hours/week) Direct Care Professionals for a sweet, young woman with Spina Bifida with physical and mental disabilities. Job starts at $20/hour with eligibility for bonuses and pay increases. No experience necessary! On-the-job training. We work around your schedule - very flexible! Day shifts (M-F), PM shifts (M-F), and weekend shifts are all available. The job is in a private home and payroll/background study through LifeWorks Services, Inc. Typical shifts include: helping Annie with personal care, ensuring safety, accessing the community and fun activities. Great & rewarding experience! Requirements: no back or health problems, no smoking, a vehicle for transportation, great communication skills. For more information about this position view the flyer. Questions about the position can be directed to Iida Jacobsen at or 906-235-3970.

31. Clinical Research Coordinator and Post-Doctoral Fellow Positions

We are looking to hire a post-doctoral research fellow and 2-4 full-time clinical research coordinators (start date summer 2024) to join us at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and assist with nationally and foundation-funded studies aimed at improving short-term risk prediction for suicidal behavior in youth. Studies assessing proximal risk for suicidal behavior use computational methods to model neurocognitive markers and/or ambulatory indices (i.e., mobile technology such as actigraphy, passive physiological arousal and social engagement and physical activity, and ecological momentary assessment) in psychiatrically hospitalized youth. Additional studies focus on employing computer vision to identify visual indicators of suicide risk among adolescents. An additional study aims to examine how parent-child stress interactions may be associated with or protect against suicide risk in adolescents using automatic sensing of acoustic and visual behaviors. The post-doc research fellow and research coordinators will work under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Liu and Dr. Taylor Burke at MGH. The research coordinator positions are particularly well suited for those seeking to gain research/clinical experience prior to grad/ med school. Note: we'll be putting out 2 separate calls for applications (once this fall and again in spring 2024) for CRCs to join us in summer 2024. To learn more about the positions and how to apply, please visit their website. If you have any questions about the positions, please contact Margarid Turnamian at

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