Psych Scoop, 8/31/22
August 31st, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Join the Chinese Psychology Student Association
The Chinese Psychology Student Association (CPSA) is currently recruiting new members and potential leaders for the organization. CPSA is an academic student association composed of Chinese students with a major in psychology at UMN. Our intention is to set a foundation to unite and provide a platform to communicate, share, and establish comprehensive information in the psychological field between alumni and students, including topics on academic discussions, research/graduate programs, career perspectives, etc. We are looking forward to having people who would love to learn and share psychology knowledge join us. For more information, please email Pengxiang Xia at email@example.com.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org about the course.
7. PSY 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 Elliott Hall N639, 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 email@example.com 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.
PSY 5960-002 will meet in Elliott Hall N639, Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:00 pm- 2:15 pm CST
Instructor: Dr. Nicola Grissom
Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org about the course.
9. PSY 8501: Counseling Psychology: History and Theories - Open For Psychology Honors Students! - Fall 2022 (3 credits)
The purpose of this course is to provide an introduction to the history of counseling psychology and to the common theoretical orientations used by counseling psychologists. Emphasis will be placed on the basic principles of each theory, the application of each theory to counseling practice, the empirical support for each theory, and multicultural considerations. As this is a graduate-level course, it is expected that learners will engage with the material in a thoughtful manner and with various learning modalities: didactic readings, review of empirical evidence, dialogue and discussion, observation and social learning, direct experience, writing, and critical self-reflection. If you would like to enroll in the course, please email Dr. Samantha Anders at email@example.com with your name, degree program, and daytime phone number.
PSY 8501 will meet in Elliott Hall N555, Tuesdays, 12:45 pm- 2:00 pm, and Fridays, 12:30 pm- 1:45 pm CST
Instructor: Dr. Samantha Anders
10. *Credit or Volunteer* VA TBI Research
The Psychological Health and Social Engagement (PHASE) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is looking for research assistants – either as a volunteer or for course credit. Current projects focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in service members and veterans. The PHASE Lab also collaborates with other Minneapolis VA rehabilitation teams. Research assistant duties can include screening and recruiting participants, scheduling research appointments, conducting interviews with patients and their families, administering cognitive and functioning measures, reviewing medical records, entering data, and collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team. Dr. Finn expects research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab. Due to the training commitment required, volunteers are expected to commit to at least two semesters (with time off between semesters if needed). PHASE 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 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/résumé to Dr. Finn at Jacob.Finn@va.gov.
11. *Credit or Volunteer* Social Psychology Undergraduate Research Opportunity
Professor Marti Hope Gonzales is seeking undergraduate students who are interested in gaining experience in social-psychological research. As part of our research on homophobic epithets and the motives underlying their use, we are asking participants to briefly describe a time when they overheard the use of a slur used either derogatorily by straight men or appropriatively by gay men. This is where you come in! We need detail-oriented, thoughtful individuals to help us code these short responses so that we can learn how participants reacted to those real-world situations, what motives they ascribed to the people who used the slur, and what psychological factors influence participants' inferences and reactions. Ultimately, we hope to learn whether these factors will convert passive bystanders to active allies. Depending on schedules this may be a remote position, so you should be comfortable working independently and you should have solid computer skills. If you are interested in joining our research team and registering for our section (Section 009) of PSY 5993, please email Ian O'Dowd at firstname.lastname@example.org. In your reply, please let us know (1) whether you have had research experience in psychology; (2) what psychology courses you have completed (preference will be given to students who have completed statistics, research methods, and social psychology, but this is not a requirement to register for this course; and (3) what you hope to learn by participating in research.
12. *Credit or Volunteer* Health Disparities and Social Psychology Research Experience Opportunity
Dr. James is looking for detail-oriented UMN Psychology Undergraduates who are interested in studying stigma (racism, homophobia), biological race essentialism, and health equity/disparities among racial and sexual minority populations. Students, based on interest and skills, will be involved at almost all stages of the research process: literature review, participant recruitment/data collection, data analysis, and manuscript write-up. If publishable findings emerge from projects, students will—based on prior agreements and their level of input—have their names on any resulting conference presentations or journal papers. Students can either volunteer or work for credit. Students who want to work for credit can earn 3 credits for PSY 5993 for Fall 2022. Preference will be given to those who can work for credit and/or commit to both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023. Weekly meetings will be held throughout the semester to discuss progress, as well as research, academic, and career goals. Interested students should fill out this brief application. Please contact Dr. James (email@example.com with any questions or for more information.
13. *Credit or Volunteer* Psychophysiology Alcohol Recovery and Stress Lab
The laboratory of Dr. Justin Anker is looking for 1-2 undergraduate volunteers in an ongoing stress and psychophysiology study in the Department of Psychiatry. The purpose of the study is to identify markers of recovery for alcohol use disorder and other stress-related mental health conditions. Primary duties initially include the maintenance of experimental protocols (e.g. data entry, literature searches, assisting/prepping participants for psychophysiology data collection) with the opportunity for growth into greater responsibilities. This position requires a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors doing their capstone or required lab research. If you are interested, please send a brief introduction and copy of your resume to the study contact, Meaghyn Kramer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
14. *Credit or Volunteer* Developmental Approaches to Understand Racial Inequities Among Children of Color
Dr. Juan is seeking undergraduate students who are interested in gaining research experience, specifically in generating literature reviews and performing secondary data analyses. As part of the lab, RAs will learn about how children learn about race and racism and are affected by racism across multiple levels and contexts (e.g., peers, unfamiliar adults/law enforcement, and school adults/educators). In doing so, RAs will read relevant studies, generate systematic literature reviews, and learn how to access and analyze existing longitudinal data from the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study, the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, and the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth. Experience with data analysis is encouraged but not required. Meetings will be held weekly throughout the semester to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties. Prospective applicants can join for credit in PSY 5993 in Fall 2022/Spring 2023 or, alternatively, for work-study. Opting in for course credit is preferred, but a work-study is an option at $15/hour. If you are interested in joining the team, please email a cover letter to Dr. Juan Del Toro at email@example.com. In your cover letter, please include the following information: (1) self-introduction and background, (2) whether you have had research experience in psychology; (3) what psychology courses you have completed; (4) what you hope to learn by participating in research; and (5) why are you interested in participating in the lab.
15. *Credit or Volunteer* Health Psychology Research Assistant Opportunity
Dr. Alex Rothman's Health Behavior Change Lab is seeking enthusiastic, responsible, and detail-oriented research assistants (RAs) for this Fall and Spring semesters to run a study related to health-tracking apps. RAs will be tasked with running participants, coordinating participant communication, data management, and participant recruitment. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week over the semester, and preference will be given to students that are able to commit for more than one semester. RAs will also have the chance to learn more about social psychological research and careers in psychology with their graduate student mentor. Interested? Apply today using this google form.
16. *Credit or Volunteer* Clinical Research Coordinator - Autism Clinical Research Lab
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for a clinical research coordinator to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Responsibilities of this position may include administration and scoring of surveys and other assessments, data entry and management, preparation of treatment and research materials, and other tasks as assigned. Coordinators are also welcome to participate in preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to this position over the course of at least 6 months. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.
17. *Credit or Volunteer* Clinical Data Manager - Autism Clinical Research Lab
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for a clinical data manager to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. Responsibilities of this position may include: scoring clinical assessments, data entry, and management of the clinical database. Data managers are also welcome to participate in preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week to this position over the course of at least 6 months. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at email@example.com to be considered.
18. *Credit or Volunteer* Data Collection Experience - Autism Mentorship Program (AMP)
The Autism Clinical Research Lab at the Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain (MIDB) is looking for students to volunteer in our lab. Our research focuses on clinical outcomes from a variety of treatment programs implemented with children, adolescents, and young adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental disorders. This role will focus on the Autism Mentorship Program (AMP), which evaluates the outcomes from a mentoring program for autistic adolescents and adults. Responsibilities of this position may include: administering surveys and interviews to parents, autistic adolescents, and autistic young adults. Data collectors are also welcome to participate in preparation of academic presentations and publications according to experience and capacity. Opportunities for credit may be available. Students must be available to dedicate 10-15 hours/week in September and October of 2022, 5 hours/week in December 2022 and January 2023, and 10-15 hours/week in May and June of 2023. Preference will be given to students who can commit to a year or more in our lab. Autistic students are encouraged to apply. Please send your CV/resume, unofficial transcript, and a letter of introduction and interest to Dr. Rebekah Hudock at firstname.lastname@example.org to be considered.
19. *Credit or Volunteer* Interested in Reading + Learning? Join our Lab
Dr. Panayiota (Pani) Kendeou’s Reading + Learning Lab in the Department of Educational Psychology is looking for a responsible, motivated, and detail-oriented student to volunteer in our lab. Our research aims to improve student learning experiences and outcomes. Specifically, our research projects examine 1) how self-regulated learning strategies improve undergraduates’ statistics learning, and 2) whether paying attention to source information (i.e. author names, publication dates, and in-text citations) can improve learning and memory when reading multiple psychology texts. These studies are looking for help with survey administration (e.g. scheduling and running study sessions on zoom) and data management and analysis (e.g. recording participant info in spreadsheets, coding essays, and audio recording transcriptions). In addition to gaining research experience, students are welcome to attend our weekly lab meetings to learn more about our current projects and the latest research on the science of reading, learning technologies, and misinformation. Please send your CV/Resume, unofficial transcript, and a short introduction to Ali Fulsher at email@example.com to be considered.
20. *Credit or Volunteer* Neuromodulation Research Opportunity
The Non-Invasive Neuromodulation Laboratory (NNL) is looking for volunteers or students interested in earning PSY 4/5993 credit! We specialize in non-invasive neuromodulation techniques (e.g. TMS, tDCS) and neurophysiological recording techniques (e.g. EEG, EMG). Our lab assists UMN study teams with equipment training, data collection, and analysis. We work with studies who are investigating treatments and biomarkers for a variety of clinical populations (both pediatric and adult), including Tourette's syndrome, depression, traumatic brain injuries, and so much more! If you are interested in learning about how you can be a part of our lab and get involved, please fill out this google form, and contact Mia Kellman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Alana Lieske (email@example.com) if you have any questions.
21. *Credit or Volunteer* Culture & Family Life Lab
Directed by Dr. Gail M. Ferguson, our lab is studying the impact of 21st Century globalization on cultural, developmental, and family processes including family health. We are working to better understand and promote the resilience of children and youth, while supporting and equipping their parents, to recognize and skillfully navigate many cultural influences stemming from local cultures in which they live (via ethnic/racial socialization & proximal acculturation), faraway new cultures (via remote acculturation), and faraway heritage cultures (via remote enculturation). All students are welcome to apply. regardless of prior research experience or cultural background because we are studying development in BIPOC and White American, as well as international youth, and we, provide training at the start. As always, we welcome under-represented students and we have a special need this cycle for artistic students (e.g., photoshop/digital interests). The main projects will be Screen Media Use & Globalization Study and Project UNITE. See more info on their website including the lab's online application.
22. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Volunteer Research Opportunity
We are looking for undergraduate student volunteers to assist with the behavioral coding of parents and adolescents engaged in a conflict negotiation discussion. Students will be asked to commit 5 hours per week. Preference will be given to students who can commit to volunteering for 3-4 semesters, as the process of training and becoming reliable in the observational coding system takes some time. To apply, please send a cover letter, including GPA, and resume to Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23. 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 email@example.com to be considered.
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24. 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.
25. Mental Health Youth Counselor - Children’s Residential Treatment Center
Children’s Residential Treatment Center (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. $500 Sign-on bonus! Apply online!
26. Research Professional - University of Minnesota
"The research professional will assist research staff in the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. The Department is currently running a research study that is in the active recruitment phase. Responsibilities will include working with databases, verifying the accuracy of study data collected, assisting with regulatory procedures in research, administering transcranial direct current stimulation, help in brain imaging sessions, data analyses, and presentations. This research is under the direction of Dr. Jazmin Camchong. The patient population includes patients enrolled in a treatment program for substance use disorder. Qualified candidates must have a BS/BA degree, be highly motivated, able to work independently, be extremely detail-oriented, and be willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications (e.g. zoom and in-house software). Candidates must be willing to commit to 40 hours per week. This position is funded by an Administrative Supplement designed to support the career development of Underrepresented minorities in research. Thus, individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong, firstname.lastname@example.org.
27. Undergraduate Research Assistant - Department of Sociology
Professor Rob Warren in the Department of Sociology is seeking to hire several undergraduate research assistants for 10 hours per week starting on October 5th. This is a paid position with very flexible hours; the work would be done remotely. The starting pay rate would be $15/hour. The work would involve coding of High School & Beyond study survey respondents' answers to various questions including their occupation, industry, and educational backgrounds, along with data entry of health information. No previous research or coding experience is required. Successful applicants will have an interest in social science research, be available to start on October 5th, and will be available for weekly project meetings from 2:00- 3:00 pm CT every Wednesday. Additionally, candidates must be able to commit 10 hours per week to the position until the end of the fall semester at least. Working more than 10 hours is also possible. Except for meetings, the hours you would work are entirely flexible. A more detailed job description can be found online. If you are interested in this position, please submit your application using the following link. Applications through that link are due no later than 11:59 pm CT on Monday, September 19. If you have any questions, please reach out to Isabella Stade at email@example.com.