Psych Scoop, 11/15/22

November 15th, 2022

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1. Alumni Spotlight: Omar Ahmed

Psych Advising has started a monthly alumni spotlight to showcase what our amazing alumni are up to! Omar Ahmed (Spring '20) works as a Clinical Outcomes Coordinator for Gillette Children's. Read more about his tips on finding a career path, getting the most out of your major, and moreNominate someone who you think would be great to spotlight, including yourself!

2. Psychology Research Info Sessions

Various Dates
Cost: Free
Location: Online or In Person

Join this session to learn more about getting started with psych research. In the workshop, we will focus on sharing resources on how 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. Please email with questions or to request disability-related accommodations. RSVP to sign up for a session.
Join us at any listed times!
1.) Wednesday, November 16th, 2022, 4:15 pm - 5:15 pm CST, Zoom
2.) Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST, N219 Elliott Hall
3.) Wednesday, December 7th, 2022,4:15 pm - 5:15 pm CST, Zoom

Courses of Interest

3. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits - Spring 2023

Make an internship experience count toward your PSY Major! PSY 3896 class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2023 semester. Online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Students must apply to and accept a position on their own, but guidance is available. Example sites include Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and even more on HandshakeRead more about what students have to say about PSY 3896! Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Student secures an internship with a site
2.) Submit a "Request an Experience" form on Handshake and receive approval
3.) Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

4. PSY 4960 - 002: Introduction to Open Science - 3 Credits - Spring 2023

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 before taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960 - 002 will meet in Bruininks Hall 131B, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am CST

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

5. PSY 4960 - 003: Race and the Developing Child - 3 credits - Spring 2023

this course, students review racial, ethnic, and cultural (hereafter: REC) diversity in child and youth development and how this diversity influences their lives. Students will learn about the long history and recent resurgence of research into the role of REC contexts for children and adolescents. This research often challenges popular notions while revealing broader themes regarding the role of REC in development. Consequently, the main goal of this course is for students to learn about these research findings and draw implications for child and youth development, particularly for those populations who are stigmatized due to racial, ethnic, and cultural status. A second main goal of the course is for students to learn about the developmental progression in how children and youth make sense of the REC aspects of their lives and social worlds. Students can apply this knowledge to design developmentally-sensitive programming and dialogues with children and youth. A third goal of the course is for students to develop an understanding of broad themes and principles that are consistent across REC contexts but may be expressed differently in specific REC contexts. These broad themes include ethnic/racial stigmatization, cultural socialization, and REC identity development which are expressed differently in each ethnic, racial and cultural context. The fourth goal of the course is for students to gain skills in understanding how themes associated with a particular REC group are expressed uniquely by individuals. No enforced prerequisites, PSY 3001W or equivalent recommended.

PSY 4960 - 003 will meet in Burton Hall 125, Tuesdays from 5:00 pm- 7:30 pm CST

Instructor: Dr. Juan Del Toro

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

6. PSY 5960 - 001: Anxiety-Related Choice: Psychology, Neurobiology, and Clinical Relevance - 3 credits - Spring 2023

Over the past 30 years, decision science has made significant advances in understanding the mechanisms of choice and the underlying brain processes but has done so almost exclusively for economic or reward-based decisions to the exclusion of anxiety-related choice. This is a significant omission given the broad consensus that anxious reactivity is often a crucial factor motivating human choice. Furthermore, decision-making abnormalities are a core component of clinical anxiety whereby heightened anxiety motivates excessive decisions to avoid the source of threat at the cost of missed opportunities to pursue valued outcomes. The anxiety-related choice is thus critical to both basic decision science and clinical applications of this knowledge. This seminar surveys the fundamental concepts, methods, and psychobiological findings on reward-related choice with an eye toward applications to anxiety-related choice. Furthermore, we will review the existing literature on the basic psychological and neural mechanisms subserving anxiety-related choice and what goes awry with such mechanisms in the case of clinical anxiety. No enforced prerequisites, PSY 3001W or equivalent recommended.

PSY 5960 - 001 meeting pattern is TBA and will be based on instructor & student availability

Instructor: Dr. Shmuel Lissek,

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

7. CSPH 3211: Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose & Community - 2 credits - Spring 2023

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, self-compassion, sources of happiness, and mindfulness. This is a blended course with three in-person classes that provide time for community and support. Read more about the course online. Check Schedule Builder for meeting times.

Note: this course does not count for credit for the Psychology majors or minors.

8. EPSY Counselor Education Research Practicum Courses - Spring 2023

The Counselor Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology would like to invite you to register for one of our Spring 2023 Counseling Research Practicum courses! These courses will help you explore your research interests, and develop research skills that you can use in counseling, psychology, human service, and related fields. Graduate students and upper-level undergrads are welcome to enroll.

Note: this course does not count for credit for the Psychology majors or minors.

9. EPSY 1281: Psychological Science Applied - 4 credits - Spring 2023

EPSY 1281 introduces students to applied psychology as a discipline and reviews fundamental principles of psychology through the lenses of applied and professional areas. We spend a lot of time building relationships and developing learning strategies that will help you thrive in this class and all of your other classes. Each topic applies concepts from psychology to real-world problems. The course serves as a foundation for future coursework in education, health sciences, and psychology. The course is designed to meet the Liberal Arts/Social Sciences core requirement. More info and enroll online.

Note: this course does not count for credit for the Psychology majors or minors.


10. Personal Statement Consultations for International Students

starts Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Various

Are you an undergraduate international student (F-1 or J-1 visa) preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process! Visit the Personal Statement Consultations Program to receive feedback on your statement from trained international graduate student Personal Statement Consultants! We have three options for you to receive feedback (depending on weekly availability): in-person 30-minute consultation, Zoom 30-minute consultation, and asynchronous video feedback and comments for you to review on your own time. Our international graduate student consultants are uniquely able to share their experiences with you and to be a part of your support system on your graduate school application journey. The Personal Statement Consultations program is open from November 15th through January 13th. Learn more and sign up online.

11. Naltrexone Overdose Prevention Training

Saturday, November 19, 2022, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Folwell Hall Room 6

Are you interested in psychedelic research, art, culture, and experiences? Well, we have a club just for that! We provide a safe space for people to discuss these topics without judgment. Join us on November 19th @ 2 pm in Folwell Hall, room 6, when we are hosting the Steve Rummler Hope Network to discuss opiates and how to use naltrexone to treat a suspected overdose. Attendance is free, but please RSVP for our this event online.


12. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Assistant

D.A.N.C.E (Development, Affective Neuroscience, Culture & Environment) Lab led by Dr. Ka I Ip at the Institute of Child Development is recruiting Research Assistants, starting in Spring 2023. The position is given with a registration of CPSY 4994 with a commitment to at least 2 semesters. D.A.N.C.E lab's current work focuses on typical and atypical emotion regulation development, cultural factors that shape regulation, and how early life stress, social determinants of health and structural racism (e.g., discrimination, neighborhood disparities) may “get under the skin” to confer intergenerational risk and resilience for developmental psychopathology and health disparities, especially among children and adolescents from marginalized backgrounds. Students will gain hands-on experience (but not limited to) (1) literature review, (2) survey design using Qualtrics and RedCap (3) interview assessment, (4) mobile EEG & fNIRS experiment set up, (2) subject recruitment and flyer design, (3) data coding and collection, and (4) other administrative tasks (e.g., IRB) as needed. If interested, please send your Unofficial Transcript, CV/Resume, and cover letter to Yangchenchen Liu at For the cover letter, you may include (1) a self-introduction/background, (2) your interest (3) any research experience in psychology, sociology, and other related fields (4) experience that could be an asset to the lab environment (5) things that you hope to learn and (6) time commitment.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position for Spring 2023 and Fall 2023

Dr. Adriana Hughes’ Cognition, Aging, and Technology Lab is recruiting one motivated and detail-oriented undergraduate research assistant to start in the Spring 2023 semester. Research projects in our lab include a project developing a new tablet-based memory and thinking program for older adults as well as a longitudinal study monitoring cognition and instrumental activities of daily living trajectories using in-home technology in older adults with cognitive impairment. The RA’s responsibilities may include recruiting participants, data entry and verification, conducting literature reviews, and attending weekly lab meetings. The RA would need to be able to work onsite at the Minneapolis VA. The position can be volunteer or for PSY 4993/5993 credit. We are especially looking for applicants who could commit to working in the lab for at least two semesters. A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above is preferred. If you are interested, please fill out this form. If you have questions, please email Catherine Ju at

14. *Credit or Volunteer* PSY 4993/5993 Opportunity with Prosocial Research Projects

We are looking for a motivated undergraduate student to assist with a doctoral dissertation on volunteering. Due to the nature of the work and the virtual nature of research, successful students will need to be self-motivated. Briefly, the student will assist with tasks related to data collection, data analysis, literature search/review, and R coding. There is a strong preference for those who have some familiarity with the R statistical software as well as being interested in prosocial action and/or volunteering. Interested students can apply online. Please contact Joshua Braverman at with any questions or to express interest. The deadline to apply for the Spring semester position is December 1st.

15. *Credit or Volunteer* I/O Psychology Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity [VIRTUAL]

We are looking for several motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project on corporate social responsibility in Professor Deniz Ones’ Corporate Social Responsibility Research Lab, headed by Phoebe Hessen. Research assistants can participate in the lab either on a volunteer basis or for credit in PSY 5993 in Spring 2023 (applicants who plan to take the lab for credit will be preferred). The research project is focused on understanding the content of organizations’ social responsibility reporting. RA’s will work closely with a Ph. D. student to carry out tasks including conducting literature reviews and background research, collecting critical incidents of socially responsible behavior from organizations’ sustainability reporting, reading and making judgments about these incidents (i.e., coding), and data analysis. The program will begin with intensive onboarding the week of January 9th-13th (~20 hours, 5 synchronous and 15 asynchronous). Weekly meetings will be held throughout the semester to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties (held virtually through Zoom for the entirety of the semester). Prospective applicants should fill out a brief application. Please contact Phoebe Hessen at with any questions or for more information. The deadline to apply for a Spring semester position is December 5th, but applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* Community Policing Project

We are looking for an undergraduate who can help with an ongoing community policing project. Having a car is a requirement as some of the work needs to be done at the police station with which we are partnering. Hours are about 10/week. Please send a resume or CV, unofficial transcription, and a brief introduction of who you are and why helping with this research project is of interest to you to Professor Vohs at

17. *Credit* PSYC 5993 Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research Opportunity

Dr. Robert Krueger's lab is recruiting three research assistants (RA) for two longitudinal projects on cognition, relationships, and personality. These projects will involve a range of different tasks including attending lab meetings, data management, participant relocation, and other tasks based on the needs of the projects. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit to more than one semester. Some tasks may be able to be completed remotely. As an RA, you will report to the Project Coordinator. Email Matt Gunderson at for more information.

18. *Credit* NICE Research Lab

The NICE Research Lab, directed by Dr. Moin Syed, is seeking undergraduate research assistants for Spring 2023. The focus of our work will be a longitudinal project focused on the psychological and educational experiences of under-represented racial/ethnic minority students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) majors. As an RA, you will help with data collection from participants, read and summarize relevant psychology research on the topic, and conduct a small empirical project of your own using the data. The dataset includes a number of variables related to identity, personality, race/ethnicity, well-being, social relationships, and so on, so there are many possibilities to explore your own interests within the project. No prior experience is necessary. Apply at the link, and we will be in touch!

Learning Abroad

19. National Student Exchange (NSE) - Apply for the 2023-2024 School Year!

Now is the time to plan your NSE exchange for summer 2023, fall 2023, or spring 2024! Through NSE, you can study at another school in the U.S., Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands for a summer, semester, or year! There are over 180 NSE campuses available for exchange. NSE is affordable and accessible, and credits transfer back easily into your degree. February 15th, 2023 is the priority application deadline for the 2023/2024 school year. Begin your NSE application anytime.

Graduate School

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

20. Online info session: Special education MEd/licensure, minor, and online ASD certificate

Thursday, November 17, 2022, 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join special education advisors and faculty for an online information session on our programs, including our MEd/teaching licensures (academic behavior strategist, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and early childhood special education); special education minor for master's students; or online autism spectrum disorder certificate. RSVP online.

21. Virtual Office Hours For Psychology Ph.D. Applicants - Duke University

Starts Friday, November 4, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

To enhance recruitment of BIPOC, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ students in psychology Ph.D. programs, Duke University's Department of Psychology & Neuroscience is holding our 3rd Annual Virtual Office Hours Program. All are welcome, but BIPOC, first-generation, low-income, and LGBTQIA+ applicants are especially encouraged to sign up. Between November 4th and 18th, you will receive individualized feedback (via one-on-one Zoom meetings) on your application materials (personal, research, and/or diversity statements + CV) from faculty, post-docs, clinical interns, and graduate students at Duke. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the graduate school application process. You DO NOT have to be applying to one of Duke's Ph.D. programs. This is a resource for ANYONE applying to ANY psychology Ph.D. program. If you intend to apply to one of Duke's Ph.D. programs, we require that you submit materials that you plan to submit to another university for review to maintain equity in our admissions process. Learn more and seek feedback through our online form.

22. U of MN Systemwide Virtual Diversity Conference & Graduate Fair

November 14-18, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) will be hosting a U of MN Systemwide Virtual Diversity Conference & Graduate Fair from November 14th - 18th. Themed “Boldly You: Finding Community & Belonging,” the event will prioritize and invite underrepresented students/students of color from all U of MN system campuses to learn more about graduate program offerings and resources at the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. The week of virtual events will include a diversity conference, where prospective students will hear from a dynamic keynote speaker about how to prepare for graduate education; Zoom information sessions on navigating the admissions process and the importance of applying early; and a multi-day graduate and resource fair to learn more about graduate programs and support offered to graduate students at the University. RSVP and learn more on our website!

Engagement Opportunities

23. Clinic Receptionist - Walk-In Counseling Center

Walk-In Counseling Center has a great need for in-person afternoon clinic receptionists for the first term 2023 schedule starting in January. We are hoping to reopen for in-person services at the Minneapolis location (2421 Chicago Avenue South) on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoon from 12:45 pm to 5 pm and will need two clinic receptionists for each of these teams. If you are interested in volunteering as an in-person afternoon clinic receptionist, please go to Walk-In's website and complete a clinic receptionist application and send it to Pang Chang by email at ASAP.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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24. 10KFS Participant & Study Support Student Worker

The 10,000 Families Study is hiring one or more students to assist with communication and support of study participants and tracking/monitoring, as well as occasional support of meetings and recruitment events, and other study needs. Hours are flexible and could range from 8-20 per week, depending on student availability. Most work can be conducted remotely, with the exception of some events. This is the ideal position for a student looking to develop and strengthen research skills and support nationally recognized efforts to improve family health in MN. Check out for in-depth info about the 10,000 Families Study. Led by multidisciplinary faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Public Health in partnership with the Masonic Cancer Center, 10KFS is a population-based cohort study looking at lifestyle, genetic, and environmental influences on health and the development of disease over time. An ideal candidate will bring a desire to learn, excellent organizational and communication skills, and the ability to work in a team-based, fast-paced environment. Both undergraduate and graduate student applicants (inc those with work-study) are welcome. Because of the complexity of the study and learning curve, availability for at least a year is preferred. Compensation: Hourly rate is commensurate with experience. For more information, contact Andrea Hickle at To apply, search for job ID #352459 under Students at the UMN Job Site.

25. Research Assistant, Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR) Minneapolis VA Health Care System

The Center for Care Delivery and Outcomes Research (CCDOR) has an opening for a half or full-time Research Assistant for a funded suicide prevention study that will lay a foundation for understanding the effective treatments and supports needed for Veterans who experience a suicide loss, including women and Native and Indigenous Veterans. Using explanatory sequential mixed methods, this study will identify the mental health outcomes associated with knowing someone who has died by suicide and risk and protective factors. The research assistant will join an interdisciplinary team and work under Dr. Nina Sayer, a clinical psychologist and health services researcher with expertise in trauma-related mental health disorders and healthcare. Responsibilities involve preparing survey mailings, monitoring recruitment, scheduling and administering phone interviews, scanning completed surveys, and literature reviews, and assisting with dissemination activities. The yearly salary for half-time is $24,158 and for full time is $48,317. Position renewable, pending performance review, for up to three years. To be considered for this position, please submit a CV/resume and a cover letter to Robert Orazem, Ph.D., at by November 23, 2022.

26. Office Assistant/Peer Advisors - CLA Student Services Johnston Hall

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Services office is looking for peer advisors! Our office provides direct service to students as a key information, intake, peer advising, and referral office for all CLA undergraduate students. As a peer advisor in the CLA Student Services office located in Johnston Hall, serves as a pivotal outreach and communication arm of CLA Student Services (CLASS) for students, faculty, staff, the university community, and the general public. Functionally, the CLASS team operates as the "front door" of the College for the majority of our incoming first-year and transfer students. Our team also supports CLA advising by assisting students with basic advising decisions and referrals to professional advising staff. The CLASS office staff coordinate registration and orientation operations for the college, maintain student records, and provide mail and equipment services to CLASS. The CLASS office staff provide critical central support and communications for advising functions throughout CLASS, including the student advising communities, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Program, Individualized Degree Programs, and the First and Second Year Experience program. Students served are continuing CLA students with special emphasis on newly admitted students. Applications must be submitted online and must attach a cover letter and resume for consideration. Learn more & apply online by searching job ID #352634.

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