Psych Scoop, 12/7/21

December 7th, 2021

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1. Get to Know Your Faculty Recap and Recording

Dr. Amanda Woodward, the newest faculty hire, recently joined us for a Get to Know Your Faculty event. A big thank you to her for sharing her journey and answering questions from students. Dr. Woodward’s research is a mix of social and developmental psychology, focusing on early social cognition. If you missed the event, you can watch it here. Find out whether Dr. Woodward prefers R programming or SPSS to run statistical analysis. She will be teaching a topics course (PSY 4960-003) for students interested in learning R programming.

2. Central Office Student Assistant - Department of Psychology

The Department of Psychology Central Office seeks to hire a Central Office Student Assistant. The student assistant is responsible for management, organization, and guest relations of the Central Office in the Department of Psychology. This is a great position to learn more about the department overall and meet the faculty of the Psych Department! Starting pay is $12.50 an hour, with raises available for time and performance. Read more information about the position and apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 344702.


3. Psych Mic Webinar with Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Alec Miller

Wednesday, December 8, 2021, 11:30 am- 12:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

How does someone with a passion for treating individuals with mental health problems launch a successful career in psychology — co-founding a successful group practice and training center, heading several research studies, co-authoring four books and more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, conducting over 1,000 lectures and workshops worldwide, starting a non-profit foundation and earning numerous awards and honors for his clinical, scientific and service contributions? Tune in with Maya Metser from the Psych Mic podcast for a special Q&A with CBC co-founder and renowned clinical psychologist, Dr. Alec Miller, to learn about how he got to where he is today and hear advice on succeeding in the clinical field! RSVP here.

Courses of Interest

4. 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 Handshake. 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 Handshake 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.

5. 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.

6. 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 prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 4960-001 will meet in Elliott Hall N423, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:45 am- 11:00 am CST

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.


7. Submit Undergraduate Research to MURAJ

You are invited to submit your research for publication in the Minnesota Undergraduate Research and Academic Journal (MURAJ). To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota. Submissions are due by 11:59 P.M. CST on December 31st. If you have any questions, please reach out to

8. Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology Call for Submissions - UCLA

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 2022. URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all universities. Last year, we received submissions ranging from local to international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research. Papers must be original work and have never been published before. If you have not completed an independent research project, we still encourage you to apply by submitting a “literature review article” which does not require access to research data. The deadline to submit papers has been extended to December 15, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. PST. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. Read more and submit your paper today!

9. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Positions in Woodward Lab

Dr. Amanda Woodward is seeking undergraduate research assistants to contribute to research studies investigating aspects of social cognition during Spring 2021. Research projects will examine how young children (2 - 6 years) and adults view social exclusion and friendship. Research assistants will gain skills related to conducting developmental research online. These positions are ideal for students who would like to get hands-on experience with data collection, analysis, and study design. Students should be willing to commit to 6 – 9 hours of lab work a week (including some weekend or evening availability). Opportunities to continue past the Spring semester may be available. Please contact Dr. Woodward if interested by email at and include a brief note about your interest. For more information about this research or my mentorship style, please visit my website.

10. *Credit or Volunteer* Online Undergraduate Research Opportunity — Psychology of Environmental Sustainability

Professor Deniz Ones’ Organizational Environmental Sustainability “Green” research lab, headed by Yagizhan Yazar & Yilei Wang, will be conducting an online research program. The program can be taken for PSY 5993 (3 credits) in the spring semester, can be combined with the Capstone project, or can be completed on a volunteer basis. During this program, the participants will: 1) Gain experience in research on organizational environmental sustainability; 2) assist in data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis; and 3) learn about cutting-edge research in environmental sustainability in and of organizations, and other I-O related topics. Tips and suggestions for pursuing advanced degrees in I-O psychology will be shared. The program will start with an intensive synchronous onboarding training that will take place from 1/3 to 1/7. The program will complete on 3/25. The number of participants is limited to 12. The application is open until December 12th and may be accessed through this link. Questions may be e-mailed to Yilei Wang at and Yagizhan Yazar at

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

We are looking for motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project in Professor Deniz Ones’ Corporate Social Responsibility Research Lab, headed by Phoebe Hessen, as volunteers or for credit in PSY 5993. The research project is focused on understanding the content of organizations’ socially responsible initiatives. RAs will work closely with a Ph. D. student to carry out responsibilities including conducting literature reviews and background research, reading and making judgments about critical incidents of socially responsible behavior from organizations’ sustainability reporting (i.e., coding), and data analysis. Weekly meetings will be held throughout the semester to discuss progress and answer questions (held virtually through Zoom). Prospective applicants should fill out a brief application here. Please contact Phoebe Hessen at with any questions or for more information. The deadline to apply for a Spring Semester position is January 3rd.

12. *Credit or Volunteer* Research assistants needed for a Spring 2022 online study

My dissertation is focused on the psychophysiology of social evaluation. A component of this research concerns the role of race and gender in social interactions. As such, we are seeking, in particular, woman-identifying, White-presenting RAs to facilitate some aspects of the study design. All work will be able to be completed virtually, provided some basic requirements, such as having a quiet, private place to work and stable internet connection. Must have afternoon/evening availability. Note: Because this experiment investigates the role of race and gender, woman-identifying, White-presenting RAs are needed for the available position, in order to ensure the scientific validity of findings. Please reach out to me with any questions. • Fully online, no in-person components • Afternoon/evening availability required, weekdays and/or weekends • White-presenting and woman-identifying • Experimenter role -- running participants through the Zoom session (administering questionnaires, running participant through online tasks, overseeing saliva collection, interviewing) • Must have a computer (i.e., not a tablet) that can record and download video from Zoom and strong internet access • Secondary tasks include data processing and qualitative analysis • Important to be meticulous and good at multi-tasking Any interested applicants should email Keira Leneman at to get more information about the study and research assistant roles. Please include a CV/resume.

13. *Credit or Volunteer* PSY 5993 “How polygraph tests contribute to false convictions” with Professor Iacono

For this directed research opportunity, we will be reviewing case files from individuals who, following a polygraph test, confessed to a crime they did not commit. The case material comes from the Innocence Project and the National Registry of Exonerations and consists of legal compendiums, court records, and news accounts that cover the investigation, conviction, appeal, and exoneration of these individuals. The information we use is available online, and any study meetings we have will be over Zoom, some of which will be on Thursdays, from 3:30 to 5 PM. Students will be tasked with finding files, carefully reading these narrative files, and conscientiously coding information that documents the characteristics of these individuals, the nature of their interrogation by the police, and the role polygraphs played in the elicitation of their false confessions. Students will be expected to analyze these data and write a brief paper on their findings. This directed study focuses on one application of forensic lie detection, an area of applied psychology that intersects with law and public policy. If you are interested in learning more about this section of PSY 5993, please e-mail a copy of your transcript, a resume, and a paragraph explaining your interest in this topic to Dr. Iacono at Put in the subject line: 5993 polygraph and false convictions.


14. TRIO McNair Scholars Accepting Applications for Summer 2022

The University of Minnesota's federally funded TRIO McNair Scholars Program is now accepting applications for our 2022 McNair Cohort. The McNair Program strives to increase the rate of doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by first-generation college students who are underrepresented in graduate programs. Through rigorous and intentional programming, the McNair Program generates in our students the higher-level academic and research skills necessary to gain admission to and successfully complete graduate study. A key strength of UMN McNair is the over two hundred faculty mentors from throughout the University who volunteer their time to mentor and support McNair Scholars. Attend an info session or explore the website to learn more. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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15. Community Mental Health Worker - Residential Transitions, Inc.

Residential Transitions, Inc. is an award-winning organization that provides person-centered care for adults with disabilities to live independently. We serve our clients in the community, in their homes, and at our sites throughout the metro. We make the difference in the lives of the individuals that we serve, and now we just need you. We are hiring for a wide range of positions from entry-level to management and our organization is an incredible place to start or further your mental health career. Residential Transitions, Inc. is also proud to offer free CEUs and can offer clinically supervised hours towards practicum and licensure. In addition, RTI provides monthly training at no cost to you! Explore all of our opportunities on our website.

16. Research Professionals - TRiCAM UMN

The Translational Research in Cognitive and Affective Mechanisms (TRiCAM) laboratory in the Department of Psychology seeks to hire a Research Specialist (Research Professional 1, 8352P1) responsible for conducting human psychological research and coordinating scholars (to include students and other scientists) affiliated with the laboratory. The Research Specialist will work as part of a team to refine experimental protocols, and then to recruit, test, and train research participants in completing the protocols. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 344444.

TRiCAM is also seeking applicants for an Advanced Research Coordinator (Research Professional 2, 8352P2). This position is ideal for an advanced scientist or researcher who wants to grow their career by engaging in all aspects of experimental psychopathology, including patient interactions, data collection, analyses, training, and supervising other scientists, with the potential for interpretation and manuscript preparation. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Apply online via the University of Minnesota Employment System; reference job opening ID 344542.

17. Clinical Research Assistant - Pediatric Anxiety Research Center, Rhode Island

The Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC; located in Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI and affiliated with the Brown Medical School) is an integrated research and clinical program nationally recognized in pediatric OCD and anxiety. PARC encompasses research projects, outpatient services, and an Intensive Treatment Program for OCD. PARC is looking for a full-time clinical research assistant to support research activities for multiple ongoing research projects. Commitment to at least two years in a position is preferred. The Improving Access to Child Anxiety Treatment (IMPACT) study is focused on increasing treatment options for youth with anxiety and OCD funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Research duties may include consenting patients and families, scheduling participants, data entry and analysis, collaboration with community partners and stakeholders, preparing submissions to the Institutional Review Board (IRB), drafting study progress reports for funders, and behavioral coding of exposure treatment sessions. Participation in multidisciplinary discussions regarding research design and implementation is expected. Clinical responsibilities will include screening research participants, administering rating scales, and administering diagnostic interviews to study participants. Bachelor's degree required. This position requires relocation/ ability to commute to Bradley Hospital in East Providence, RI. The position starts in early 2022. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and two written recommendations (sent directly by your recommenders) to Kate Sheehan at no later than December 15, 2021. We will review applications as they are received and contact applicants to extend interview invitations. Please address application materials (i.e., cover letter, resume/CV, and two letters of recommendation) to Kristen Benito, Ph.D. We are actively trying to increase the diversity and representativeness of the Pediatric Anxiety Research Center and the people it serves. Applicants from diverse backgrounds and/or who speak Spanish are strongly encouraged to apply.

18. AVID Tutors - Roseville Area Schools

Roseville Area Schools has openings for AVID Tutors to provide program support to middle and high school-age students. This position pays $15.00 an hour, and schedules vary. Roseville Area Schools is committed to ensuring an equitable and respectful educational experience for every student, family, and staff member, regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, ability, home or first language, religion, national origin, age, or physical appearance. Roseville Area Schools seeks individuals who embody this commitment. Apply online.

19. Global Mental Health Summer Intern

The Columbia University Global Mental Health Programs represent a network of faculty and programs focused on research and capacity building around the world, especially in low- and middle-income countries where the number of mental health professionals falls far from meeting the needs of communities. In partnership with global colleagues, we are developing, supervising, disseminating, supporting, and implementing evidence-based programs that have real impact. The Columbia GMHP Summer Internship Program is an eight-week Summer Internship that has supported five cohorts of undergraduate students thus far, whose intellectual curiosity, passion, and empathy drives them to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges of mental health care. The internship positions are selected on a competitive basis and open to rising senior undergraduate students interested in global mental health. Applications are now open, please visit our website for more information.

20. Research Fellowships - Yale ACE and SANA

The Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) will select one or more highly qualified college graduates for research fellowship positions at the Yale Child Study Center (CSC). The Yale CSC is a leading institution for clinical diagnostic services and multidisciplinary research on ASD involving behavioral neuroscience, physiology, neuroimaging, molecular genetics, and early intervention. Both research fellowship positions will support the design and implementation of research protocols focused on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders. Research fellows have opportunities to be involved in aspects of each study ranging from implementation of novel behavioral, eye-tracking, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging experiments, to participating directly in subject characterization by conducting structured parent interviews and assessing participants, to data processing and analysis. Fellows will receive training in the development of novel behavioral, eye-tracking, and psychophysiological sensing technologies. Additionally, fellows will be given an opportunity to prepare their own conference abstract from the point of data collection through data analysis and abstract submission.

21. Summer Camp Internship Opportunity Working With Neurodivergent Population

Camp Akeela and Beyond Akeela are coed New England summer camps for children/teens between 4th-12th grade, structured in a way that develops social skills, confidence, and independence in a socially immersive community. We are seeking energetic students and recent grads who will use their knowledge and experience in youth development to facilitate an enriching, safe, and fun camp experience for their campers. Our campers are diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or a similar social communication disorder. Counselors are the heart of camp. Counselors guide campers through the day-to-day life at camp, ensuring their emotional and physical well-being, and serving as a role model. They build strong relationships with campers and leverage those relationships to provide social guidance and facilitation while helping campers work through conflicts with peers and other stressors appropriately. The position challenges counselors to develop and exercise professional skills that are essential for the clinical or educational workplace, all while having an incredibly fun and life-changing summer experience. All staff receive a week-long training before camp and have continuous support from a professional leadership team throughout the summer. Ready to join the Akeela family? Apply here!

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