Psych Scoop, 6/28/22

June 28th, 2022

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1. Announcing the 2022 Diversity in Psychology Virtual Program

The University of Minnesota’s Diversity in Psychology Program is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Fall 2022 virtual diversity program event (Friday, November 4, 2022). The program is designed for individuals who are historically underrepresented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in earning their Ph.D. from the Department of Psychology, Institute of Child Development, or the Department of Educational Psychology, at the University of Minnesota. As a participant in the program, you will learn, through formal and informal experiences, how to construct a successful graduate school application. You’ll also have the opportunity to get a sense of the graduate school experience in our departments. If you are interested in applying for the Diversity in Psychology Program (or know someone who might be), please visit our website.


2. Save the Date: 2022 AMENA-Psy Conference

Friday, September 23, 2022- Saturday, September 24, 2022
Cost: $25 for undergraduates
Location: Virtual

The American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association (AMENA-Psy) is hosting our third conference on Friday, September 23rd to Saturday, September 24th, 2022. The conference will be held virtually from 11:00 am to 7:20 pm EST on Friday, and from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm EST on Saturday. The theme of the conference this year is MENA Intersectionality: Embracing Our Shared and Unique Experiences. The conference is designed to balance the delivery of content and the opportunity for interactive discussion between attendees and presenters in a virtual environment. Multidisciplinary, international, and student scholars are welcome! Please visit our website for more details about the conference, our theme, and call for proposals!

3. Underrepresented Students in STEM Symposium

Saturday, September 24, 2022
Cost: Free
Location: TBD

The Underrepresented Students STEM Symposium invites you to submit an application to participate in a symposium taking place on September 24, 2022. This symposium is free and tentatively going to be held in person at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, East Bank Campus. The symposium will allow underrepresented students to present research, current literature, or a research proposal to STEM professionals and other undergraduate students. Students will be paired with a mentor to work through the presentation process and for future questions about graduate school and applications. The symposium will also include panels on what graduate school entails, how to apply, and what grad student life looks like. Learn more and RSVP online.


4. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity with Adolescent Suicide Risk and Depression Study

Dr. Karina Quevedo (Department of Psychiatry) is looking for detail-oriented Undergraduates who are interested in neuroscience or psychology research! There is an opportunity to gain directed research credit. Committed and dedicated volunteers will have the opportunity to become co-authors on scientific papers. About the Lab: The Health and Emotions in Adolescents Trajectories (HEAT) Laboratory is a neuroimaging lab conducting several studies to better understand brain functions of suicidality and depression in adolescents during emotion regulation and cognition fMRI tasks. Our ongoing study specifically looks at the potential use of real-time functional magnetic research as a tool for treatments of suicidality. Volunteers can choose to do one or more of the following tasks: 1) interface with participants and families to gain clinical experiences, 2) conduct fMRI scan, 3) analyze data, 4) write papers, 5) recruit participants, and 6) perform basic office work. Who We Want: We prefer freshman and sophomore students. Volunteers should have good computer and social skills. Students who are interested in one of the first four listed tasks are required to commit to at least one full year as those tasks are time-intensive to teach and learn. Students should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 and be willing to devote 5-12 hours a week. If interested, please fill out this online survey and email Hoang-Giang Nguyen at with a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript.

Learning Abroad

5. Virtual Internships - Learning Abroad Center

The Virtual International Internship is a four-credit internship opportunity. It’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills. You’ll work on projects from the US for an international organization in Argentina, Ecuador, France, Italy, Kenya, Senegal, Spain, or the United Kingdom, while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience, expand your skill base, earn four credits from coursework, and maximize your time. While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match to your skills, experience, and internship goals. Applications for Fall 2022 are now open.

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

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

Graduate School

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

7. Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS) at the University of Minnesota Duluth Accepting Applications for I-O Psychology for Fall 2022

The MAPS program offers a terminal Master’s Degree that prepares graduate students with research-based knowledge and skills that are essential for acceptance into doctoral programs and successful careers in organizational, educational, clinical, and counseling settings. We are one program with three integrated tracks: Clinical-Counseling Psychology, Experimental Psychology, and Industrial-Organizational Psychology (program accepting applications for Fall 2022)Learn more and apply online.


8. Online Pre-Law 101 Module

Check out the Pre-Law 101 Module. This module is perfect for someone just starting to explore law school, and outlines how to explore ways to gain experience and a brief overview of the timeline and application process.

9. Health Career Exploration Courses

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center has a variety of courses to help students explore health careers. AHS 1101 is a great fit for someone still considering many different options. The Future Physician Series is designed for students interested in learning about a career in medicine. Our global seminars take students out of their comfort zones to learn about themselves and health in a larger context. The Writing a Personal Statement course helps students tell their story when they are nearing application time. Learn more online!

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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10. Research Coordinator - Minneapolis VA Health Care System

We have an opening at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System for a full-time Research Coordinator (RC) under the direction of Casey Gilmore, Ph.D. The RC will be responsible for coordinating the “Effects of Neuromodulation and Cognitive Training for Suicide in Veterans (ENACTS)” study and assisting with the performance of various research projects (depending on current study needs) in a clinical setting. Data collection may involve the use of technology including transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), electroencephalography (EEG), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This position will require working directly with clinical patients in a research capacity. Clinical populations include high-risk suicide inpatients, traumatic brain injury, depression, anxiety, substance use, and impulsivity. Starting pay will be a GS-7 level position (based on qualifications). For a full position description and information on applying, please contact Dr. Casey Gilmore at

11. Youth Residential Counselor - CRTC

CRTC is looking for more Residential Counselors. As a Residential Counselor, you gain hands-on, therapeutic experience without needing a Graduate Degree. If 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 for this job. Our Residential Counselors play a huge part in creating and maintaining a therapeutic environment for our kids. Learn more online or by contacting me, Annie O'Hagan at

12. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Apply today for positions starting now over the summer or secure a spot for the Fall. You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities. You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, min of 12hrs/week (shifts are 4, 6, or 8hrs...any combo to reach 12 hours) but of course, you could work more. Starting pay is $13-$15/hr depending on the shift you work, paid training, and we have locations near campus, and you don't need to have a car! On top of all of that, we even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that end with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist. Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!

13. Clinical Research Coordinator opening at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School

The focus of our research is on self-injury and depression among youth. We are currently looking to hire one full-time clinical research coordinator to assist with studies aimed at improving short-term risk prediction for suicidal behavior in adolescents. Studies assessing proximal risk for suicidal behavior use computational methods to model neurocognitive markers and/or ambulatory indices (i.e., mobile technology including actigraphy, passive sensing of physiological arousal, passive sensing of social engagement and physical activity, and ecological momentary assessment) in psychiatrically hospitalized youth. Additional studies focus on employing computer vision to identify visual indicators of suicide risk among adolescents. Research coordinators will work under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Liu and Dr. Taylor Burke at Massachusetts General Hospital. These positions are particularly well suited for individuals seeking to gain research and clinical experience prior to graduate or medical school. Qualified applicants must have a bachelor's degree, strong writing, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and be able to work autonomously as well within a collaborative team environment. Prior research, particularly independent research projects, or clinical experience is strongly recommended. See our website for more info.

14. Research Coordinator Position at the University of Minnesota

Dr. Bob Krueger and Dr. Glenn Roisman of the University of Minnesota, Co-Principal Investigators on two coordinated five-year NIH-funded grants to follow up the large Sibling Interaction and Behavior Study (SIBS) and the Minnesota Twin Registry (MTR) cohorts into late life, seek to hire a Research Coordinator (8352P2: Researcher 2) responsible for coordinating field studies by recruiting participants and coordinating research assistants (e.g., scheduling participant visits). The Research Coordinator will review data to assure quality and prepare data for analysis and publication, as well as maintain records and assist with communication with the UMN IRB and the research sponsor (NIH/NIA). They will ensure that components of the project are completed in an ethically and scientifically rigorous manner. These duties require knowledge and experience with health research, including knowledge of relevant regulations and reporting requirements and procedures. In addition, the Research Coordinator will serve as a key resource to the PIs and other staff regarding regulatory compliance, including identification of potential issues and working to resolve issues in collaboration with the PIs and other project staff. The Research Coordinator will work closely with the SIBS and MTR research participants, co-investigators, and RAs, so a bachelor’s degree is required and research experience, knowledge, and skills plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred. Search for Job ID 348894 on the UMN Human Resources page.

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