Psych Scoop, 11/9/21

November 9th, 2021

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1. Alumni Spotlight: Hannah Schmitz

Psych Advising has started a monthly alumni spotlight to showcase what our amazing alumni are up to! Our first spotlight is on Hannah Schmitz ('16) who now works as a Mental Health Coordinator. Read more about her 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. Get to Know Your Faculty: Connections in Psych

tomorrow, Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online, Zoom Link

Exciting news- we are featuring Dr. Amanda Woodward, the psych department’s newest faculty hire and instructor for PSY 3801 Psych Stats this semester! Dr. Woodward is joining us after teaching at the University of California. Stop by to connect with our featured faculty on a personal and academic level. Her research interests lie in early social cognition. Her current focus is on how children think about those who have included or excluded them and what factors influence these judgments. We can't wait to see you there on Zoom!

3. Internships in Psychology Information Session

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 4:45 pm CST
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 4:45 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

This session provides an overview of internship opportunities for Psychology students. How to search for internship opportunities, an overview of our PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology class, and find out how to make an internship part of your Psychology Major or undergraduate experience. Sign-up to attend!

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.

4. Psych Club Event Ideas

Please fill out this form to tell Psych Club which events interest you and which do not. Also at the end, if you have any ideas for events please write them down.


5. ACR Homes Virtual Info Session

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online, RSVP for Zoom Link

Stop in to hear about the Job and Internship opportunities for undergrad students, and even how ACR has helped many students get into their medical schools or graduate programs of choice! There will be large PRIZE giveaways throughout the event, Q&A, and a professional SPEAKING PANEL with fellow students and alumni from various majors to share their experiences and offer advice! (Backgrounds in PA, Pre-Med, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Child Psych, SLHS, Nursing, and more.) Come hear about the meaningful work that can build your resume and give you unparalleled experience!

6. Employment-Based Visas and Permanent Residency Session with Immigration Attorney, John Medeiros

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, 11:30 am- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join us for a live “Watch Party” of a recorded presentation discussing the various types of employment-based visas (including H-1B) and paths to permanent residency (“green card”). The presentation will be done by John Medeiros, an immigration attorney with nearly 30 years of experience in immigration law. This event will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, November 17th at 11:30 am CST, and it will include a live Question and Answer opportunity with John who will be present to address your questions. This event will also be recorded and shared on the ISSS website. There will also be a separate workshop exclusively about H-1B visas in early December. RSVP for the Zoom link.

Courses of Interest

7. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits

Make your internship experience count toward your PSY Major! The class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2022 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Example sites from the past 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 GoldPass. You have time! Late registration is allowed through the end of the 2nd week of the Spring semester. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Student secures an internship with a site
2.) Submit a "Request an Experience" form on GoldPASS and receive approval
3.) Permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you
PSY 3896 coursework is online (asynchronous); sites requiring in-person work will need to be approved by the College Internship staff

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

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

8. PSY 4206: Interventions for Health and Wellness - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in learning about empirically-tested psychological interventions to increase health and happiness. In the first half of the course, the focus will be on interventions for wellbeing, and students will test different strategies on themselves each week (as well as read the research literature on the strategies) as they attempt to increase their happiness levels. In the second half of the course, the focus will be on interventions to change health behavior, and students will again test different strategies on themselves each week as they attempt to maintain a new health goal. A group project will involve creating an intervention to increase happiness on campus. The course consists of lectures, discussion, data collection, etc. Limited to 30 students. Prerequisite: PSY 3206 is recommended, but not required.

PSY 4206 will meet in Elliott Hall N391, Wednesdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am CST

Instructor: Traci Mann

Note: This course was formerly PSY 4960-001, acceptable as a Distribution Area B course for the majors or minors or a Psychology elective.

9. PSY 4960 - 002: Psychology & Diversity Science - 3 credits

This is an advanced course for undergraduate students interested in research, theory, history, and practice related to psychological perspectives in Diversity Science. Diversity Science broadly pertains to understanding causes, consequences, and correlates of human group-based variations, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and the like. Students will learn how to adopt a scientific, analytic perspective on current issues and debates related to diversity within both academic research and popular culture. The course consists of lectures, discussions, and a substantial amount of hands-on learning through the use and analysis of relevant research data. The prerequisite is PSY 3001W. In addition, completion of PSY 3301 is strongly recommended.

PSY 4960 - 002 will meet in Bruininks 131A, Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST

Instructor: Moin Syed

Note: This course will be renumbered to PSY 4301, acceptable as a Distribution Area B course for the majors or minors or a Psychology elective.

10. PSY 4960-003: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods: R Programming (3 credits)

Conducting psychological research involves collecting data, but what happens next? Completing research projects involves more than just analyzing data! In this course, we will learn about the research pipeline and how to incorporate Open Science practices to generate reproducible and transparent analyses. Specifically, students will learn both basic and advanced R programming to carry out data cleaning, analyses, and visualization. Finally, students will learn how to share their code and data via GitHub. A large component of this course will involve hands-on programming that will culminate in an independent final project. 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 4960-001 is Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST, room TBD

Instructor: Dr. Amanda Woodward

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email us at about the course.


12. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Position with a Longitudinal Study of Resilience in Military Service Members - 1 Year+

The Advancing Research on Mechanisms of Resilience (ARMOR) Project, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Polusny at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, is looking for research assistants for the 2021-2022 school year and beyond! The current longitudinal study examines processes contributing to resilience in military personnel. Research assistants who join the ARMOR Project will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a large cohort study that utilizes evidence-based longitudinal tracking and survey methods. This is a volunteer position and requires a minimum of 10-12 hours per week commitment onsite at the Minneapolis VA and attendance at our in-person weekly lab meeting. Students accepted to the lab can apply to receive research credit for the course PSY4993 after committing 2-3 months as a volunteer. Preference will be given to students who have a minimum GPA of 3.5, are available year-round, and are able to make a multiple-semester commitment. Veterans or those with experience working with veterans or the military may be given priority. To apply, send an email with “ARMOR RA Position” in the subject line to the Project Coordinator, Shelly Hubbling at Include your cover letter, resume/CV, and copies of your unofficial transcripts.

13. *Credit, Volunteer, or Paid* Research Assistant Studying Traumatic Brain Injury and Traumatic Stress at Minneapolis VA

Drs. Seth Disner, Nicholas Davenport, and Scott Sponheim are looking for a full-time or part-time paid Research Assistant to work at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. This individual will assist in projects investigating the long-term neurologic effects and treatment outcomes related to traumatic brain injury and stress disorders in military service members. Research methods use genetic analysis, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cognitive testing, and assessments of trauma exposure and symptoms. Responsibilities will include overseeing participant recruitment, collection/management of genetic samples, and management of study-related databases (including large-scale genomic and imaging datasets from international collaborations). Additionally, the opportunity exists for qualified candidates to become involved in data analysis under the supervision of study investigators (including possible MRI and/or genomic analyses). This position is only available to citizens of the United States. Those looking to be paid for the experience must currently hold a 4-year degree. Successful candidates typically have an academic background in psychology or related sciences and a 3.5 GPA or higher. The preferred candidate has experience working with military veteran populations, administering clinical assessments, and experience with data management/statistical analysis programs. If you are interested, please send a copy of your cover letter, resume, and unofficial transcripts to Dr. Seth Disner at

14. *Volunteer* Internship with Clinical and Research Experience

The Center for Practice Transformation in the School of Social Work is seeking highly motivated volunteer student interns to assist with community-based research. CPT is currently conducting outcomes research with a large substance use disorder treatment provider based in Minnesota. Student responsibilities would include participant outreach, phone-based data collection, and data entry. Qualifications include excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; basic computer skills including use of Microsoft Excel, interest in clinical care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and the ability to work remotely. Preference will be given to students who can commit to 12 months of involvement and have availability after 12 pm for 2-10 hours per week. To apply, please contact Jennifer Wiseman at with a brief statement of your interest and CV or resume.

15. *Credit or Volunteer* VA TBI Research Opportunity

The Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA is looking for new volunteer research assistants. Current projects focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members and veterans. Research assistant duties include screening and recruiting participants, scheduling research appointments, running research sessions, conducting follow-up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, and reporting progress to collaborators. Dr. Finn expects volunteer research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab. Due to the training required, volunteers are expected to commit to at least two semesters in the lab. REPAIR research takes place in a medical rehabilitation environment, and as such, professional behavior and attire are expected. Ideal candidates will have a GPA ≥ 3.2, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Per Department of Veterans Affairs policy, all research assistants must be U.S. citizens. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae to Dr. Finn at

Graduate School

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

16. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Information Session

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, 11:30 am- 12:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

UWM's Ph.D. specialization in Counseling Psychology follows a scientist-practitioner model that integrates theory, practice, and research to give you the scientific knowledge and skills needed to work with multicultural populations and in diverse settings. Our Ph.D. students are expected to conduct research and to advance the science of counseling psychology through scholarly inquiry. Our program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association through 2029, will prepare you to work as a counseling psychologist in a variety of settings, including universities hospitals, mental health clinics, and private practice. RSVP here to receive a link to the information session.

17. Learn More About FSOS Graduate Programs

Thursday, November 11th, 2021, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Department of Family Social Science will be hosting a virtual information session for prospective MA, MA/Ph.D., and Ph.D. 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! This session is designed to provide general information about the process of applying to our graduate programs and answer any questions you may have. The final half-hour will focus on the FSOS Ph.D. Couple and Family Therapy specialization. RSVP here.

18. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Diversifying Clinical Psychology Virtual Event

Tuesday, November 16th, 2021, 6:30 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

This event is for prospective applicants who identify with backgrounds historically underrepresented in Clinical Psychology, which may include Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and other people of color, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+, individuals with disabilities, those from low-income backgrounds, and first-generation college students. During this event, UWM’s Clinical Psychology Program will host breakout rooms where attendees can meet with their faculty member(s) of interest and a student panel to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the program. To attend this event, please register by November 15th, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST.


19. Apply to Volunteer at The Aurora Center

Applications are now open to apply to volunteer at The Aurora Center. The Aurora Center offers volunteer opportunities at The University of Minnesota that are focused on providing support to survivors and educating to the campus. All positions are designed to foster leadership and professional skill development for volunteers. The Aurora Center is an advocacy office on campus that supports victim-survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Applications are due November 22 at 4 p.m.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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20. MCTFR Research Professional 1 (ABCD Research Assistant)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire one ABCD Research Assistant (8352R1: Researcher 1) 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, and substance use, and more. Research Assistants will review data to assure quality and transfer data to ABCD Informatics Center. They will work closely with the ABCD research participants assessing complex psychological traits. A bachelor's degree in psychology or related field is required, as well as a flexible work schedule (evenings and weekends) and the ability to work onsite at and transition between the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) and Elliott Hall. Research experience, knowledge of the DSM, excellent verbal communication, attention to detail, problem-solving skills, and the ability to work independently are preferred. Apply online (internal applicants and external applicants).

21. ABCD Undergraduate Research Assistant

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) seeks to hire two undergraduate research assistants (UGRAs) registered for study at the University of Minnesota for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study as "ABCD UGRA” (2221: Student Academic Support) responsible for assisting the ABCD Researcher Assistants in completing on-site and remote protocols for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. The position will also require data entry and other miscellaneous duties. Learn more and apply.

22. Residential Counselor - Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC)

Children's Residential Treatment Center (CRTC) is looking for more Residential Counselors. CRTC is a great way to gain hands-on, therapeutic experience without needing a Graduate Degree. If any of you are interested in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, learning de-escalation techniques, and being a positive role model for teens with various mental health diagnoses, I highly encourage you to apply to this job. Our Residential Counselors play a huge part in creating and maintaining a therapeutic environment for our kids. We are also offering a $500 sign-on bonus. Apply today.

23. Caregiver - English Rose

Earn while you learn! English Rose, a nationally known provider of dementia care, has opportunities for psychology students interested in neurology and dementia. The population 65 and older is growing faster than all other age groups! Within this group, there is probably no other patient population that presents such diversity for a psychologist than those suffering from some form of dementia. English Rose will help you build your knowledge and understanding of dementia and other neurological disorders. Our expertise, holistic approach, and high staff-to-resident ratio (1-3) help to minimize changes in mood and behavior associated with dementia, resulting in an enhanced quality of life for our residents. You’ll be part of a team providing hands-on care, and just as important, building loving relationships. English Rose is a residential care provider located in Edina offering flexible work schedules and highly competitive pay! Work as little as every other weekend or as much as full-time during your breaks and summer vacation. Our wages range from $16-$25 per hour based on experience with sign-on bonus up to $1,000. No experience or certification is necessary. We provide paid training. Visit us online!

24. Residential Counselor - Avanti

Share your talent and experiences to enrich the lives of youth who are struggling with their mental health. Join a team of passionate people, develop your skills, and begin your career working for the common good. At Avanti, we build lives. Youth who are struggling with their mental health often feel hopeless and lost. Avanti helps youth ages 12-17 and whose sex is assigned as female build hope and a path forward. As part of Volunteers of America Minnesota and Wisconsin, Avanti provides therapeutic residential treatment. With the support of staff, residents learn to leverage their strengths to develop self-love, mindfulness, and healthy habits that promote well-being for life. We don’t just save lives; we help build them. Get paid while gaining experience in the mental health field with wages starting at $15.50/hr and performance raises every 6 months. Feel free to visit our website to learn moreApply on our website or reach out to Brienna Cool at if you have any questions about applying. Requirements: must be 21 years of age, must have a driver’s license, and must have a high school diploma or GED.

25. CBS Nature of Life Program Assistant Posting

The Biology Teaching and Learning Department in CBS is excited to announce that we are seeking applicants for a new Nature of Life Program Assistant position, due to the increase in incoming CBS students and expansion of Nature of Life activities. The Nature of Life program is a flagship collegiate program providing all CBS students in their first and second years with programming to support the transition to college, personal, academic, major, and career success; peer mentoring is a large facet of our programming. This new position will include support of curricular delivery, student and student leader activities, and program administration for Nature of Life activities. It is a full-time appointment, entry-level position with a need to be Twin Cities based. The position requires some in-person work during the year and time spent at Itasca for the summer program. Please share this announcement widely with interested and qualified candidates or appropriate listservs that you may know of or manage. Although candidates with a STEM degree, U of M, or CBS knowledge would be of high interest, we are also keen to review applicants with a wide variety of academic backgrounds and experience. This posting is available online and can be found under Job ID 343996. The priority application deadline is Friday, November 12th, 2021.

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