Psych Scoop, 8/23/22

August 23rd, 2022

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Psych Student Advisory Council Application 2022-23

Are you a psych major interested in helping the psych department at the U make progress? Do you want to improve your experience and other students’ experiences in the department? The Psychology Undergraduate Student Advisory Council (SAC) is the perfect way to do that! We are looking for passionate psych students to serve as members of the SAC. The SAC meets with the department leadership at least once a semester to voice their concerns as undergraduates. (All meetings for fall will be held virtually.) The position is for the entire academic year (2022-23) with the option of renewing membership for the next academic year. If you are interested in the position, please fill out the Google Form by Wednesday, September 21st.

2. Psychology Engagement Award - Fall Application Now Open

Are you volunteering in your community this Fall? Or, participating in an unpaid internship here or abroad this semester? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in unpaid learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship, etc.). Up to three awards of $500 will be offered for Fall 2022. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 21st (12:00 pm CST). For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

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.

3. Association of Black Psychology Students 2022-2023 Board Application

The 2022-2023 board applications for ABPS are now live. We are looking for responsible and motivated individuals to join the board! Please fill out this form and we will start the application review process in a timely manner. The priority deadline for board applications is Friday, September 16th at 11:59 PM CST. If you have any questions, please email


4. Interventions for Autistic Adolescents/Young adults: Get-to-Know-the-MIDB Colloquium Series

Thursday, August 25, 2022, 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 1-510 Multipurpose Room, MIDB Annex Building

Join us at our new Get-to-Know-the-MIDB colloquium series and meet the MIDB leadership team and learn about our core research services, clinic structure, and community engagement partners. Each event includes a presentation followed by light refreshments and opportunities for socializing. This event is hosted by Rebekah Hudock (Dr. Hudock is currently offering many research and volunteer opportunities!) and Chimei Lee. No RSVP is required. Find more information on our website.

Courses of Interest

5. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - Fall 2022 (1-4 Credits)

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 Fall 2022 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 Handshake. You have time! Read 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 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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.

9. Gain valuable research experience

The Counselor Education Program in the Department of Educational Psychology would like to invite you to register for one of our fall 2022 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. Read more online.

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

10. EPSY 5609: Infants and Toddlers with Delays/Disabilities: Family-Centered Approaches to Early Intervention - Fall 2022 (3 credits)

This course was designed to provide pre-service and current teachers as well as related service providers with the knowledge and skills needed to understand the dynamic ecosystems of families with a child with disabilities. Students will be introduced to the major methods, philosophies, and current research that emphasize effective family-professional collaboration in planning and service delivery for infants and young children with disabilities in home and community-based settings. More info and register.

EPSY 5609 is remote, Tuesdays 4:40 pm - 7:20 pm CST

Instructor: Brenna Rudolph (

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

Graduate School

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

11. NC State Lifespan Development Graduate School Application and Visitation Information

NC State Lifespan Developmental Psychology Ph.D. Program: Faculty recruiting students: Jason Allaire, Daniel Grühn, Kelly Lynn Mulvey, and Shevaun Neupert. Research areas: healthy aging, stress, and well-being across the lifespan, social development, broadening participation in STEM, bullying, daily diary methods, cognition and emotion, and everyday cognitive functioning. TA and grant-funded positions available; Deadline December 1st, 2022. Apply hereFunded Visitation Program.

12. Apply for the 2022 Diversity in Psychology Virtual Program

The University of Minnesota’s Diversity in Psychology Program is now 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. Applications are due Wednesday, August 31st, by 5:00 pm CST.


13. Autism & Neurodevelopment Clinic Trainees – Evidence-Based Therapies

The Autism and Neurodevelopment Clinic at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for students who would like to gain experience in evidence-based therapies as volunteer trainees in our clinic. Our clinic provides group therapies to address social skills, anxiety management, and the transition to adulthood. On a less frequent basis, we also offer art therapy and parent coaching for parents of children with ADHD. Trainees would gain experience working with children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 8-25) with autism spectrum disorder and/or related neurodevelopmental conditions (e.g., anxiety, ADHD, depression) and their caregivers. Responsibilities of this position may include preparation of treatment materials, co-facilitation of therapy groups, writing of clinical progress notes, and other tasks as assigned. Opportunities for credit may be available. We ask that students commit to 5-10 hours/week in our clinic. Preference will be given to students who can commit to at least a year of training. This position can start immediately. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at to be considered.

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.

14. Behavior Technician - Central Care Services, Inc.

Central Care Services, Inc. (located on 3355 Hiawatha Ave., Minneapolis, MN) is hiring Behavior Technicians! This is a great opportunity for those with majors/minors in Developmental Psychology or related fields to get first-hand experience working under a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Previous experience and training are preferred, but not required, as you will be trained after hire. Behavior Technicians work one-on-one with children on the autism spectrum, using ABA therapy to help clients reach their individual goals. Goals include skills such as social communication social interaction, motor skills, Self-care skills, etc. Starting pay is $18-20/hour, and preference is given to those who can work about 25-40 hours per week. Hours of operation are from 9:30 am- 6 pm on weekdays, and 1 pm- 6 pm on weekends. Please reach out to with a copy of your resume if interested!

15. Community Outreach Advocate - Women's Advocates

Women's Advocates is a non-profit located in St. Paul, Minnesota that is dedicated to walking with victim-survivors and our community to break the cycle of domestic violence. We are currently hiring two full-time Community Outreach Advocates who will be doing both direct advocacy in the community with survivors and violence prevention education! Pay is $22/hour. We’re especially looking for applicants who speak Spanish, Hmong or Somali- but this is certainly not a requirement, and we absolutely welcome English-only speaking applicants! To learn more and apply, please visit our website. Please email Brenisen at with any questions.

16. Research Professional 1 - PARKS Study

The PARKS study is hiring fluent Spanish speakers for recruitment and data collection. This study uses fee waivers and family outreach to promote youth use of park and recreation programs that support physical activity. It is a partnership between the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis and St. Paul Park systems, and parks serving lower-income diverse youth and families. We need one or more friendly people to help us recruit and collect data from Spanish-speaking parents and children. Recruitment involves attending community activities to share information about the study. Data collection includes obtaining consent (explaining the study process) and doing surveys in English and Spanish. Late afternoon hours will be common. Hours are flexible and can range from 1 afternoon/wk up to full-time. Benefits are available starting at 30 hours/wk. Benefits include tuition discount, health insurance, retirement, and paid vacation. The pay range is $20-$24/hr. Interested? Please contact Reed Mitchell by email at or read more online.

17. IHS Worker - Genus Services

Genus Services is hiring both part-time and full-time positions in Minneapolis and South St. Paul for their supportive housing role. We are looking for talented Psychology majors who are wanting to gain hands-on experience working with people with a variety of mental health diagnoses. You will be able to work with clients to support them in achieving their daily living and long-term goals, learn to manage their emotions, provide emotional support, and accompany them into the community to socialize and engage in purposeful activities. This is a great role for aspiring Psychology majors who are looking to help those with mental health diagnoses, as well as looking for experience in the mental health field. Schedules can be built entirely around your class schedule and other commitments. If you are interested, please apply here or send an email to Olivia at stating your interest.

18. Afterschool Program Mentor

We are looking for college (undergraduate and masters level) students interested in serving as mentors to middle and high school students in a local school district (~6 miles from the UMN campus). The after-school program is a part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded research study, led by Drs. Katie Arlinghaus, Barb McMorris, and Nancy Sherwood at the Schools of Public Health and Nursing. This project will focus on integrating social-emotional learning into a physical activity and nutrition afterschool program for high school and middle school students. This opportunity will include training on communicating health messages to youth, youth development, trauma-informed social-emotional skill development, and community-based research. Upon successful completion of training, college students will be responsible for being mentors to middle and high school students and engaging in afterschool activities with students at least once a week. Mentorship in this program includes being comfortable with self-disclosure, modeling physical activities, and sharing personal stories related to curriculum content. College mentors will also attend an in-person weekly training session with research staff on the Twin Cities campus. Faculty are open to discussion about supporting Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) applications, honors thesis projects, and/or opportunities for this experience to count for course credit as appropriate. Apply online.

19. Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer - LearningRx

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Certified Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, or Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our Certified Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific research-supported techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick-thinking, high-energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm or three weekdays from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Starting pay of $18/hr plus signing bonus of $500. Internship credit is available in addition to pay. Training and certification are provided. For more information and to request an interview, email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to

20. Psychology Peer Subject Tutor - Lindahl Academic Center

Psychology Peer Subject Tutors meet in small groups (2-3) of students to review subject-specific material. Meetings are weekly and recurring, lasting the duration of the academic semester. Availability is flexible based on tutor submission. Requirements: Familiarity with chosen subject matter receiving at least a grade of "B" or equivalent in chosen areas. Tutors must remain in good academic standing with a GPA above 3.0 throughout the duration of their employment. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work well in groups and with a diverse population. More information and the application form can be found online.

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