Psych Scoop, 10/4/22

October 4th, 2022

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1. Department of Psychology Update: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility

We are pleased to share the Department of Psychology's first Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility (IDEA) Accountability Report, 2021-22.

This report is meant to communicate progress on action steps identified in our Recommendations to Enhance Equity and Inclusion in our Teaching, Research, and Service document, completed in 2021. It serves as an acknowledgment of our shared responsibility to enhance IDEA in our Department, in psychology education and research, and in the discipline and profession more broadly. We recognize that it is also incumbent upon us to educate leaders who will work to address structural inequality and injustice. This is a progress report meant to highlight both the work we have accomplished, and the work we have yet to do, and is by no means to be taken as an indicator that we are finished.

The IDEA Accountability Report addresses the following five areas, undergraduates are likely to be most interested in the second and fourth categories below:
-Graduate Student Support
-Undergraduate Student Support
-Recruitment, Retention, and Climate
-Curriculum and Instruction
-Research and Programming

Note that Page 3 of the report details how to interpret the color coding system we will use to communicate progress made on each action step in 2021-22. This report will be updated and communicated annually to facilitate ongoing transparency and accountability with this work. All students are invited to share feedback about their experiences. We will also plan to review this effort to gather feedback from our 22-23 Psychology Student Advisory Council this Fall.

2. CONNECT! Schedule an appointment with a Psychology Advisor!

Making connections is a crucial part of your undergraduate experience, especially within your major. Psychology Undergraduate Advising would like to invite you to schedule an appointment to simply CONNECT. Psychology Advisors hold a great deal of psychology-related experience: we have worked in a wide variety of psychology-related positions, completed both undergraduate and graduate programs in psych, traveled and studied abroad, and completed internships and maintained connections with alumni and current graduate students who are working in the field. Relationship building is important, so if there is an advisor with whom you have met in the past, or has experience in something that you are interested in, feel free to request to meet with that specific advisor. October is a great month for these types of appointments; act now before the rush!

3. Which Faculty Would You Like to Get To Know?

We are preparing for this semester’s “Get to Know Your Faculty” event to help students connect with faculty outside a classroom setting in an informal environment. In the past, we’ve featured Dr. Traci Mann (Social), Dr. Amanda Woodward (Quantitative), and Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan (Clinical) using the feedback we collected in Fall 2021. Now, we want to hear from YOU about which faculty you would be interested in connecting with. Please fill out this feedback form to help us decide which faculty to feature in the upcoming semesters.


4. New Transfers: Make the Most of your First Six Weeks!

The First Six Weeks!
Cost: Mostly free, some may vary
Location: In-Person, Online, and Hybrid

There is a lot to explore and learn as you transition to a new campus! In order to help you get off to a strong start and take advantage of all the U has to offer, the Office for Transfer Student Experience created a calendar of events and resources just for you. Some of these events are just for transfer students, some are college or major-specific, and some are open to all U of M students. We are sure you will find something that interests you!

5. Health Professional School Interview Prep Workshop

Friday, October 7, 2022, 9:00 am- 10:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: 103A Memorial Union

This virtual workshop covers the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) structure and strategies for preparation and includes practice at several MMI stations. This workshop is highly interactive and will provide opportunities to practice MMI scenarios and covers tips for virtual interviews. It is intended for applicants to programs that use MMI-style interviewing. Advance registration is required.

6. UMN Libraries on the Go! Tips for Transfer, Commuter, and Non-traditional Students

Tuesday, October 11, 2022, 12:00 pm- 12:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Do you primarily do schoolwork off-campus? Ever wondered how to avoid paying money for articles? Want to know how you can save time, and parking money, and even avoid trips to campus? In this 45-minute workshop, you will learn tips and tricks for doing research for papers and projects, accessing library materials, and getting help when you are off-campus. A Zoom link will be sent out a couple of days prior to the workshop. RSVP online.


7. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Spring Deadline - October 10

UROP provides funding for students to complete 120 hours of research under the mentorship of a faculty member. Students can work with any faculty at the University of Minnesota and do not have to work with someone in their major or even their college. Depending on the academic discipline and faculty mentor, students can join an already established research project or create their own research project. Students set their own timeline for completing their projects, although most complete their UROP in a semester or over the summer. Students work closely with faculty mentors throughout their undergraduate research experience. Students gain valuable connections and skills and faculty are provided with talented undergraduates for research assistance. The application for Spring 2023 funds is Monday, October 10th, 2022Learn more and apply online.

8. *Credit or Volunteer* Developmental Approaches to Understand Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dr. Juan is seeking undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience, specifically in generating literature reviews and performing secondary data analyses. As part of the lab, RAs will learn about how children learn about race and racism and are affected by racism across multiple levels and contexts (e.g., peers, unfamiliar adults/law enforcement, and school adults/educators). In doing so, RAs will read relevant studies, generate systematic literature reviews, and learn how to access and analyze existing longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Experience with data analysis is encouraged but not required. Meetings will be held weekly throughout the semester to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties. Prospective applicants can join for credit in Psy 5993 in Fall 2022 and/or Spring 2023. Opting in for course credit is preferred, but work-study is an option at $15/hour. If you are interested in joining the team, please email Dr. Juan at In your email, please include a cover letter with the following information: (1) self-introduction and background, (2) whether you have had research experience in psychology; (3) what psychology courses you have completed; (4) what you hope to learn by participating in research; and (5) why are you interested in participating in the lab.

Learning Abroad

9. Learning Abroad Center Announcing Linked Internships

The Learning Abroad Center is excited to announce a new program model, the Linked Internship, which will be offered to start in Spring 2023 in Buenos Aires and Florence. This new option has evolved from the Virtual Internships that we have been offering since Summer 2020. It allows students the dual professional experience of working with an organization virtually as well as in person. This is also a cost-effective model! Students will start with a virtual internship during the spring semester and then go abroad in the May term to intern on-site with that same organization. Students will link the virtual internship to the in-person one and also link their experience here to their experience abroad. Linked internships are available for Buenos Aires and Florence.

10. May 2023 Learning Abroad Opportunity: Japanese Traditions & Psychology of Well-Being

In this seminar, immerse yourself in Japanese culture while exploring family-focused topics and examining rituals, and traditions, with an emphasis on how Japan promotes well-being or emotional struggles. These topics have important relevance to extending knowledge in the areas of psychology, human development, and cultural studies. Students receive credit for PSY 3621 - approved for Psychology Distribution Area B course OR as Psychology Elective credit for the Psychology Majors or General Psychology Minor. Applications are now open! Enrollment in this program is limited to 25 students. Admission is granted on a rolling basis and applications are reviewed in the order they are completed. Some programs may fill to capacity prior to the application deadline, therefore applying early is recommended. Additionally, applying early will allow for more time to plan ahead and prepare for the program. Learn more online.

11. National Student Exchange (NSE) - Exchanges Still Available for spring 2023

120+ NSE campuses are still accepting students for spring 2023. See campus availability and deadlines here. NSE allows Uof M students to study at another school in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or U.S. Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year. The most popular exchange locations for U of M students include Alaska, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, Montana, New York, and Puerto Rico. In addition to many public and private colleges and universities, NSE includes 12 HBCUs, 30 HSIs, and 8 AANIPISIs. NSE is affordable! Pay U of M tuition (or in-state tuition to your host campus), and most U of M financial aid and scholarships will follow you. Sign up for an NSE Info Session here. The priority application deadline for the 2023/2024 school year is February 15, 2023. You may begin your NSE application anytime. Start planning your study away adventure now!

Graduate School

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

12. Fall 2022 UMN Graduate Admissions Virtual Information Sessions

Thursday, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2022, 9:00 am- 10:00 am and 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Curious about graduate school? Wondering if it’s right for you? The Graduate Admissions Office hosts virtual information sessions for prospective applicants. Whether you’re already working on an application or even just thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, we would love to meet with you! These sessions are designed to provide general information about the process of applying to a graduate program and answer any questions you may have. RSVP and learn more online.

13. Educational Psychology MA and PhD info sessions

Thursday, October 6, 2022
Counselor Education: 10:00 am- 11:00 am CST, RSVP online.
School psychology PhD and MA/SC, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST, RSVP online.
Cost: Free
Location: Psychology Graduate School Virtual Fair

The Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota is holding some online info sessions for their MA and PhD programs in counselor education and school psychology. The sessions will take place during the Psychology Graduate School Virtual Fair on October 6. Signing up is easy! 1. Register for the Psychology Grad School Virtual Fair. The Virtual Fair will send you details on how to log in the day of once you’ve registered. If you have questions about this process, send an email to or call 770-980-0088. 2. Then, RSVP for the info session(s) you’re interested in attending on October 6 during the virtual fair, using the RSVP links above.

14. Master of Marketing: Admissions 101 Virtual Information Session

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Virtual

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 did not have the chance to research the program. RSVP online.

15. Penn State Psychology Graduate Program Info Session

Wednesday, October 12, 2022, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Are you an underrepresented student interested in Penn State Psychology Graduate Programs? Join us for our information session and panel! Hear from different faculty and students from Penn State's Psychology departments (Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, I-O, and Social). RSVP and learn more online.

16. Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2023 Admission - Clinical Child Psychology Program at the University of Kansas

The Clinical Child Psychology PhD Program at the University of Kansas aims to develop leaders in the research, dissemination, and practice of clinical psychological science to improve the lives of children, adolescents, and families. The Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association as a training program in Clinical Psychology with a Child Emphasis. Clinical child and adolescent psychologists, including pediatric psychologists, are specialists that work with infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and their families when conducting research and delivering clinical services. Our graduates fill leadership roles in a range of service settings, including universities, medical centers, government agencies, mental and behavioral health systems, and community mental health centers. Learn more and apply online. The deadline to apply is December 1st, 2022.


17. Volunteer Opportunities - M Health Fairview

M Health Fairview is looking for volunteers ages 21 and older to assist Clinical Coordinators and Psychiatric Associates in the Behavioral Emergency Center on West Bank. Volunteers will interact with patients and families as they wait, assist with room prep and restocking, act as a liaison for those waiting in the ED, and assist with transporting and discharging patients. Please complete the volunteer application online. Contact Jean Murray by email at or by calling 612-273-6564 with any questions.

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.

18. Psychology Undergraduate Student Services Specialist - Department of Psychology

This position is part of the Psychology Undergraduate Advising team. Department of Psychology professional academic advising staff are responsible for academic advising and program implementation through direct student contact that includes, but is not limited to individual appointments, group advising, course instruction, and workshops. Psychology advisors support approximately 1500 Psychology BA/BS majors, minors, and individualized degree program students. Responsibilities include working in a culturally responsive manner to improve students' academic planning skills, evaluating students' curricular plans, counseling students regarding communication and interpersonal skills related to academic success, managing the advising office, and other academic activities. Finally, the Psychology advisors monitor student progress in order to advise and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties. This position allows for some hybrid work. The salary range is $37-55K, depending on experience and qualifications. Learn more about the responsibilities and apply onlineThis position is especially good for recent (1-3 years) graduates and alum.

19. Psychology Technician - Minneapolis VA

A funded intervention study plans to hire two full-time psychology technicians at the Minneapolis VA. The focus of the study is to adapt and pilot a social-cognitive skills training intervention for individuals with serious mental illness. The positions are funded for 2 years. The incumbents will participate in intervention development sessions with the research team. They will consent participants, complete diagnostic and psychosocial interviews, and conduct social-cognitive and functional skills assessments. They will schedule appointments with participants and study staff. They will provide education about the study to potential participants and assist with other recruitment activities. One position will have a stronger emphasis on assessment. The incumbent in this position will be responsible for the management and processing of data collected through skills assessments and exit interviews. Duties will include scoring and entering data, transcribing interviews, and assisting with qualitative data analysis. The other position will have a stronger intervention emphasis. This incumbent will assist with the preparation, administration, and recording of intervention sessions offered to veterans. All activities will be conducted on-site and under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Incumbents must have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and research experience or a Master’s degree. To apply, send a vita and transcripts to Tasha Nienow, PhD, LP at

20. Research Assistant - Minneapolis VA

This position is 1.0 FTE for a multi-site clinical trial through the VA Cooperative Studies R&D, with Dr. Shiroma serving as the Local Site Investigator. This is an open-label, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial of up to 6 months treatment of adjunctive intranasal (IN) esketamine (ESK) vs. adjunctive aripiprazole (ARI) in Veterans with unipolar Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting the day-to-day tasks required for recruitment and follow-up data collection. They will be responsible for contacting, pre-screening, screening for eligibility, consenting, and randomizing participants as well as ensuring baseline and follow-up assessments are complete, and entering collected study data into a secure data collection system. A qualified candidate will have at least two years of RA experience, preferably in the mental health field, to be eligible for GS PayScale of GS9. The anticipated start date is early 2023 and will last approximately 6 years. Please send any questions and/or your CV or Resume directly to &

22. ICS Worker - Genus Services

Genus Services is hiring both part-time and full-time positions in South St. Paul for their supportive housing role. We are looking for talented Psychology majors who are wanting to gain hands-on experience working with people with a variety of mental health diagnoses. You will be able to work with clients to support them in achieving their daily living and long-term goals, learn to manage their emotions, provide emotional support, and accompany them into the community to socialize and engage in purposeful activities. This is a great role for aspiring Psychology majors who are looking to help those with mental health diagnoses, as well as looking for experience in the mental health field. Schedules can be built entirely around your class schedule and other commitments. If you are interested, please apply here or send an email to Olivia at stating your interest.

22. Behavior Therapist - Behavioral Dimensions

Behavioral Dimensions provides intensive services to children with autism and related disabilities. We offer students excellent opportunities to apply what you are learning in the classroom to real-life situations. You will learn how to implement research-based behavioral techniques to teach young children a wide variety of skills as well as how to prevent and respond to challenging situations. You will receive many hours of training and support from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many entry-level jobs in the human services field require a degree and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience while you are completing your degree. We are able to schedule around busy school schedules. In some cases, we can supervise internships and practicums. For more information, please visit our website.

23. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Apply today for positions starting this semester, during winter break, or secure a spot for the Spring. 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 during your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, min of 12hrs/week (shifts are 4, 6, or 8hrs...any combo to reach 12 hours) but of course, you could work more. Starting pay is $15-$17/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. Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

24. Undergraduate Research Assistant (Work Study) - RISE Lab

The RISE Lab is a growing lab in psychiatry focused on researching stressful experiences. We are currently hiring and are excited to welcome an Undergraduate Research Assistant to the team (Work Study). Some potential duties include: completing medical chart reviews, manuscript editing, literature reviews, submitting Manuscripts to journals, creation of tables, graphs, and or other graphics, social media/website maintenance, participation in regular team meetings (9 AM Tuesdays) to keep the projects on track, problem-solve, and otherwise assure regular progress is made toward team goals and deadlines. If you have any interest in gaining more research experience and or learning more about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Headaches, PTSD, and Depression please do consider applying. Hours are flexible and can be done remotely. Duties can be contingent on what experience and skills a student want to develop. Contact Clara Godoy-Henderson at for more questions.

25. ABCD Research Assistant - MCTFR

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one ABCD Research Assistant (Research Professional 1, 8352P1) responsible for executing all tasks associated with the ABCD (Adolescent Brain and Cognitive Development) protocol which include neuroimaging, neurocognitive assessments, and clinical interview or self-report measures designed to assess eligibility criteria, psychopathology, medical health, social relationships, personality, substance use, and more. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 351546.

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