Psych Scoop, 4/12/22

April 12th, 2022

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1. Psychology Undergraduate Advising is Hiring A New Student Office Assistant!

The Department of Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office seeks to hire a Front Desk Office Student Assistant. The student assistant is responsible for appointment scheduling, organization of the front desk, and general intake. Many opportunities for projects like social media, graphic design, stats analysis, and more. This is a great position to learn more about the department overall and meet faculty! Starting pay is $12.50 an hour, with raises available for time and performance. If you continue with the office, there is the opportunity to move to a Peer Advising role (which starts at $15 an hour)! Read more information about the position and apply online. Priority application deadline is April 15th but applications will be reviewed through April 29th.

2. Are You Graduating Spring or Summer 2022? Save the Date to Celebrate!

Friday, April 29, 2022, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall Breezeway (outside)

Psychology majors who have applied for Spring or Summer 2022 graduation will soon be receiving an email invitation to the 2022 Psychology Undergraduate Celebration. This psychology undergraduate event recognizes award recipients and graduating seniors in front of peers, staff, faculty, and family for all of their accomplishments! The event will be held on campus Friday, April 29th, 2022 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Please mark your calendars now and keep an eye out for your email invitation, which has already been sent out to graduating students. Are you graduating but haven't received an invitation? Send us an email at

3. Internships in Psychology Information Session

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 4:30 pm- 5:15 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 a session!

4. Getting Started with Psychology Research: Info Session Workshop

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 4:30 pm- 5:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

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

5. Student Experience in the Research University Survey (SERU)

The Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey is one of the most important tools that we have to assess the undergraduate student experience. You can see a summary of some previous SERU results from our last Town Hall. The survey is confidential and should take approximately 25 minutes to complete. This is a reminder that your input will help the University's administration, instructors, advisors, and other staff to enhance programs and curricula, improve student services and policies, strengthen learning opportunities, and ensure a vibrant and supportive learning environment for all students. In appreciation for your participation, all students who complete the survey will receive a 20% off entire purchase coupon to the University of Minnesota Bookstore that can be used in-store or online (exclusions apply). You also may elect to be entered to win one of the following prizes: 1 of 5 $500 Scholarships that will be applied to your student account for fall 2022 or 1 of 140 $25 gift cards to the University Bookstore. Take the survey today!


6. Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium

Wednesday, April 13, 2022, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union

The Undergraduate Research Symposium is an annual research fair held every Spring that gives all undergraduate researchers from all University of Minnesota campuses a chance to share their research, scholarly, and creative projects with the University community. This is a great opportunity to learn more about the research happening around campus as well as see what psychology students are researching!

7. Rejecting De Facto Characterizations of Students from Linguistically Diverse Homes as "At-Risk" for Compromised Educational Outcomes

Thursday, April 14, 2022, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join the Department of Educational Psychology's special education program for the second in a series of talks on Supporting Linguistic Diversity in Education. Jeannette Mancilla-Martinez, associate professor in the Special Education Department at Peabody College, will present her research which aims to better understand and support educational outcomes for students from linguistically diverse homes in the U.S. Register online and get more information on the series on our website.

8. Sara Algoe, PhD - Everyday Behaviors that Promote Social Bonds, and Why they Matter - Interpersonal Relationships Research Colloquium

Friday, April 15, 2022, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online and In-Person, N219 Elliott Hall

This talk addresses everyday social behaviors that make good relationships so “good”, and what we gain by knowing about them. Drawing from theory and methods in relationship science, affective science, and neurobiology, I’ll present several studies that use ecologically valid observations of expressed gratitude, shared laughter, affectionate touch, and simply spending time in the physical presence of a social partner to illuminate biopsychosocial mechanisms through which good relationships influence happiness and health. For example, one study showcases these behaviors in new college students as they develop their first friendships on campus; a five-week field experiment with both members of romantic couples focuses on causality and neurochemical contributions from the oxytocin system; repeated measures of blood over a month provide novel insights for health implications from relationships via inflammatory markers. Discussion focuses on theoretical bases for investigating behaviors tailored to bond-promotion as well as consideration of non-stress pathways to good health from good relationships. RSVP online for Zoom registration. No registration is required if attending in person.

Courses of Interest

9. PSY 4960 - 001: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Methods: R Programming - Fall 2022 (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 Bruininks 530A, 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.

10. 5960-001: Socio-Cultural Psychology - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to general theories and methods in socio-cultural psychology. The course examines how social environment and culture shape psychological and physiological functioning, along with the cyclical nature of these relationships. Together, we will focus on specific topics that bridge socio-cultural psychology and identity, including group and identity formation, stereotyping, prejudice, stigma, intergroup contact, and multiculturalism. We will also focus on how diverse aspects of humans’ day-to-day lives — including social relationships, cognitive processes, basic visual perception, judgments of morality, and mental illness — both differ and are constant across cultures. Last, we will place special emphasis on critiquing research methods and analyzing real-world treatments of culture based on topics covered in the course. This course has a significant and sustained emphasis on diversity, power, and justice issues. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY 3001W: Introduction to Research Methods prior to taking this course, but it is not required.

PSY 5960-001 will meet in Bruininks 530A, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm CST

Instructor: Dr. Drexler James

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

11. PSY 5960-002: Brain, Reward, and Motivation - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

This course is aimed at providing an overview of the concepts of reward, motivation, learning, and decision making, and understanding the brain circuits and molecules that support these processes that are shared across species. To understand this, we will have a combination of lectures, readings, and discussions on our current scientific understanding of reward and motivation in animals and in humans, and compare this to pop culture depictions of the brain (for instance, lots of memes about dopamine) and motivated behavior (for instance, viral videos of cute and surprising antics of animals). The goal for students is to have a better understanding of how their own brains work, to provide perspective on decision making and motivation challenges, and to use this knowledge to improve popular understanding of the brain, one meme at a time. It is strongly suggested that students take PSY 3061: Introduction to Biological Psychology prior to or concurrent with this course, but it is not required.

**Course will be scheduled soon - please check Scoop next week for details

Instructor: Dr. Nicola Grissom

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

12. CSPH 3211: Living on Purpose: An Exploration of Self, Purpose & Community - Fall 2022 (2 credits)

Looking for an elective this fall? 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 four in-person classes that provide time for community and support. Read more about the course online.

Check Schedule Builder for meeting times.

Instructor: Carole Anne Broad, Lisa Clark, Megan Seltz, and Greg Sawyer

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


13. Editorial Board Applications Now OPEN - Minnesota Undergraduate Research & Academic Journal (MURAJ)

The Minnesota Undergraduate Research & Academic Journal (MURAJ) would like to invite you to apply to be an Editorial Board member from July 2022 to June 2023. As an Editorial Board member, you will have the opportunity to interact with other undergraduate reviewers and authors, contribute to a team leading a vibrant community, and help grow our UMN academic journal. Commitment is expected to be 3-4 hours a week, and there are seven different Editorial Board positions open for next year. The application is available onlineInterested students can find more information on our website, and the application is due by 11:59 pm CT on Friday, April 15th. Please contact us with any questions you have at

14. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for students to volunteer in Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel’s adolescent depression research lab. The position will start either this summer or fall, depending on the applicants' availability. Students will primarily work on a research project evaluating the effectiveness of personalized interventions for adolescent depression delivered in community mental health care settings. Responsibilities will include administering data collection procedures with adolescents and parents, coding open-ended survey responses, and data entry. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; and comfort using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications are also required. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field and be willing to commit 4 hours per week, including some weekday evenings and weekend mornings. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume (including GPA and class year) to, and include your availability for this summer and fall.

15. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Position with a Longitudinal Study of Resilience in Military Service Members

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 2022-2023 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 to our 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. Those with prior experience conducting human subjects research, veterans, and military-connected students as well as those from groups that have been historically underrepresented in science as defined by the National Science Foundation are strongly encouraged to apply. 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.

16. *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 are able to commit to 12 months of involvement and have availability between 9-5 Monday through Friday for 2-10 hours per week. To apply, please contact Jennifer Wiseman at with a brief statement of your interest and CV or resume.

Graduate School

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

17. Master of Marketing Program: Admissions 101 Webinar

Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Have you decided the Master of Marketing might be the right fit for you, and now you're ready to apply? Join this information session to learn more about the application requirements and overall admission process, presented by Master of Marketing program staff. Stick around for a Q&A (question and answer) session following the presentation. Register online.

18. Master of Marketing Program: Careers Panel Session

Monday, April 18, 2022, 6:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Are you a current student or recent undergraduate and not sure of next steps? Join this information session to learn more about the versatile field of marketing and the abundant job opportunities. You will also hear from our current students in the program about their career goals and how the Master of Marketing program is helping get them there! Register online.

19. Info session: Special Ed MEd/Teacher Licensures and Online ASD Certificate

Tuesday, April 19, 2022, 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

earn more about graduate and professional programs in special education at the University of Minnesota. Join the Department of Educational Psychology for an info session on its MEd/teaching licensure programs, including the academic behavior specialist (ABS), Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH), and early childhood special education (ECSE) programs. The session will also cover the online autism spectrum disorder certificate—which undergraduate students and MEd and licensure students can add to their coursework, and anyone else looking to learn more about ASD at the graduate level can add as a credential. Register online.


20. INSPIRE U2 (Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates)

INSPIRE U2 (Increasing Statistical Preparation in Research Education for Underrepresented Undergraduates) is a National Science Foundation funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates program (NSF Award #1852056) that aims to provide a learning pathway that will set under-represented female students on a track toward graduate studies and careers in statistical fields. Over the course of the summer, INSPIRE U2 Scholars (majors ranging from biology to journalism to psychology) participate virtually in a series of activities including a Statistics Bootcamp using RStudio (taught by Dr. Blankson), professional development sessions, and weekly mindfulness sessions. INSPIRE U2 Scholars also work on an independent research project using freely available Big Data sets. Participants develop their own research question, conduct data analyses to answer those research questions, and prepare a presentation. Scholars are mentored by faculty (Senior Mentors), and also receive mentorship from an RStudio staff member. More details on the Scholars and Mentors are available. Applications due April 15th.

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.

21. Market Research Intern at Deft Research Inc.

Deft Research is seeking an Intern to join the team in Minneapolis, MN. Deft Research started in 2005 with the goal of better understanding the shopping habits and motivations of seniors purchasing health insurance coverage through the newly created Medicare Part D program. Deft Research is the healthcare industry’s trusted source for relevant market and consumer information. We are committed to helping our clients identify opportunities for innovation and better service and communicate with their members. Our research and guidance support the nation’s top healthcare brands in making more confident business plans and decisions. We offer both innovative custom solutions and industry-leading syndicated services. Read more about the position on Handshake.

22. Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in CLA is Hiring a Student Worker

We are seeking a CLA undergraduate student interested in growing and developing their diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice capacities. We would be delighted to fill this position this semester. Please share this call with students that would be interested in both joining our efforts and adding their voice to the conversation. We invite candidates to complete the online application.

23. Research Assistant - Center for Veterans Research and Education

The Center for Veterans Research and Education (CVRE), whose mission is helping to support innovative research and education initiatives that improve the health and well-being of Veterans, is seeking a Research Assistant at the VA Health Care System. The Research Assistant is responsible for data management, tracking participant payments, survey management, providing support to local study sites, study newsletter, manuscript preparation, and administrative support as needed. The Research Assistant will have a thorough knowledge of study procedures and helps maintain the electronic operating procedures manual. The study’s primary aim is to determine which of two evidence-based strategies for treating post-traumatic stress disorder is more effective, acceptable, and feasible for patients with comorbid substance use disorder: trauma-focused therapy (Prolonged Exposure or Cognitive Processing Therapy) or non-trauma-focused therapy (Present Centered Therapy). Additional study information is available online. Questions may be sent to the HR Department at

24. Behavior Therapist - Behavioral Dimensions, Inc (BDI)

Behavioral Dimensions, Inc (BDI) provides intensive services to children with autism and related disabilities. We are currently hiring undergraduate and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of fields throughout Minnesota. Behavioral Dimensions offers 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. For more information, please visit our website.

25. Mental Health Worker - Andrew Residence

Join Our Team as a Mental Health Worker! Andrew Residence is a mental health residential treatment and nursing facility. We serve adults who are experiencing mental illness and co-occurring disorders. We offer evidence-based, collaborative, and trauma-informed treatment services that align with an individual’s personal goals and needs. Mental Health Workers provide comprehensive services both 1:1 and in a group setting with an emphasis on the milieu to facilitate independent living skills. Other responsibilities include assessing resident mental health status and communicating information to the treatment team, intervening in crisis and non-crisis situations, and administering medications (TMA training provided.) For more information, go to our website or search for us on Indeed!

26. 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 and a $500 sign-on bonus. Feel free to visit our website and apply or reach out to Brienna Cool at if you have any questions about applying. Requirements include must be 21 years of age, must have a driver’s license, and must have a high school diploma or GED.

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