Psych Scoop, 9/20/22

September 20th, 2022

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1. Department of Psychology Social

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 11:00 am- 12:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Elliot Hall N219

Join us to chat with psychology peers, student groups, and advisors to learn more about research, courses, and resources we offer through the psychology department! Grab some Insomnia cookies and paint a tote bag while you meet some peers. Also, you can get a chance to win a $25 Bookstore gift card by guessing the candy jar!

2. 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. 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 TOMORROW, Wednesday, September 21st.

3. 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 TOMORROWWednesday, September 21st (12:00 pm CST). For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

4. Which Faculty Would You Like to Get To Know?

We are preparing for this semester’s “Get to Know Your Faculty” event to help students connect with faculty outside a classroom setting in an informal environment. In the past, we’ve featured Dr. Traci Mann (Social), Dr. Amanda Woodward (Quantitative), and Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan (Clinical) using the feedback we collected in Fall 2021. Now, we want to hear from YOU about which faculty you would be interested in connecting with. Please fill out this feedback form to help us decide which faculty to feature in the upcoming semesters.

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.

5. Psychology Club Fall Kick-Off Meeting

Tuesday, September 20, 2022, email for exact time
Cost: Free
Location: Appleby 3

Join us for our first meeting of the year! We will be playing bingo, eating pizza, and having a great time! Bring your friends and have the chance to meet other people that are interested in psychology. Please fill out the RSVP so that we can get an estimate on how many people will be attending. Please email for more information.


6. New Transfers: Make the Most of your First Six Weeks!

The First Six Weeks!
Cost: Mostly free, some may vary
Location: In-Person, Online, and Hybrid

There is a lot to explore and learn as you transition to a new campus! In order to help you get off to a strong start and take advantage of all the U has to offer, the Office for Transfer Student Experience created a calendar of events and resources just for you. Some of these events are just for transfer students, some are college or major-specific, and some are open to all U of M students. We are sure you will find something that interests you!

7. Community Engagement Fair

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union Great Hall

Find a volunteer opportunity that fits your needs. Are you looking to get experience in the healthcare field or want to make a difference in a young person’s life? Check out the fair and meet with 50+ community organizations in the Twin Cities, many are within walking distance or a short bus ride from campus. FREE! Open to everyone (undergraduate, graduate, staff, and faculty). No registration is required.

8. Introduction to the MIDB Analytics Core with Saonli Basu, Ph.D., and Mark Fiecas, Ph.D.

Thursday, September 22, 2022, 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Multipurpose Room, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain

The Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain presents the Fall Colloquium Series. Join us, Saonli Basu, Ph.D., and Mark Fiecas, Ph.D., on "Introduction to the MIDB Analytics Core." Learn more online.

9. Start Strong: Early Semester Planning

Sunday, September 25, 2022, 7:30 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Learn new strategies, tools, and hacks that can help you for fall. We will talk about semester planning, Canvas course tips, and go on virtual visits to the UMN Libraries and (peer tutoring centers). Get ideas for keeping up the motivation and staying on track in your courses. Zoom link will be sent to those who register.

10. CLA Career & Internship Fair

Thursday, September 29, 2022, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Club Cambria, Huntington Bank Stadium

At the CLA Internship & Career Fair, you can explore internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities with employers from a variety of industries who are hiring CLA students and recent alumni (1-3 years after graduating) for volunteer, internship, and full-time opportunities. This event is for CLA students and recent alumni and is FREE to attend. Advanced registration by September 28 is requested (but not required) through Handshake. The CLA Internship & Career Fair is open to all CLA students. To request accommodations, please contact Christie Her ( This event is also open to all registered U of M students in colleges outside of CLA.

11. Law School Fair at the University of Minnesota

Monday, October 3, 2022, 12:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union Great Hall

Connect with over 60 law schools from around the country - including all law schools in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Iowa. A complete list of schools is available online, here are a few on the list: Boston University, Loyola Chicago, Colorado Law, University of Michigan, Northwestern, UC - Irvine, USC, and many more! RSVP recommended.


12. *Credit* Addiction Neuroimaging Lab - Research Experience Opportunity

Dr. Anna Zilverstand is looking for volunteer research assistants to work with her Addiction Neuroimaging Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Volunteers will have the chance to assist with a project focused on developing a new functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) protocol investigating cue reactivity to naturalistic scenes of alcohol and opioid use to be used in a study on participants currently in treatment for Alcohol Use or Opioid Use Disorder. Responsibilities will include assisting with protocol and method development, reading of scientific literature, and attending meetings with the lab and/or your assigned supervisor(s). A majority of the project will include viewing various feature films to rate scenes containing drug use/preparation/abuse, as well as rating of scenes including other salient stimuli of interest (eg, food, social interaction). This opportunity is eligible for PSY 4993 credit. Successful candidates typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher, have junior or senior level credits, and may have an interest in pursuing a higher degree in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a copy of your cover letter, CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts to Anna Zilverstand at and Gunner Drossel at

13. *Volunteer* Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research Volunteer

The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research (MCEDR) at the University of Minnesota conducts research on eating and weight disorders and related behaviors, across a broad range of content areas, including identifying and intervening upon risk and maintenance mechanisms of these concerns. MCEDR's volunteer research assistants gain exposure to eating disorders and clinical research through their involvement with current research projects and educational seminars. The deadline to submit applications is September 30th!

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Youth Depression and Self-Injury Research Opportunity

Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel is seeking undergraduate students to work on two intervention studies for teens with depression and self-injury. RAs will watch recordings of conflict negotiation discussions between parents and teens and code their behavior. No previous experience with observational coding is required, as all training will be provided. Students will be expected to commit to 5 hours/week. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit to more than 2 semesters. Ideal candidates must be detail-oriented, able to work independently, and highly motivated. To apply, please email a cover letter and resume with your GPA to Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel at

15. *Credit* 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 contact Ian O'Dowd ( 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.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* Developmental Approaches to Understand Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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 and/or Spring 2023. Opting in for course credit is preferred, but work-study is an option at $15/hour. If you are interested in joining the team, please email Dr. Juan at In your email, please include a cover letter with 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.

Learning Abroad

17. Learning Abroad Center Announcing Linked Internships

The Learning Abroad Center is excited to announce a new program model, the Linked Internship, which will be offered starting in Spring 2023 in Buenos Aires and Florence. This new option has evolved from the Virtual Internships that we have been offering since Summer 2020. It allows students the dual professional experience of working with an organization virtually as well as in-person. This is also a cost-effective model! Students will start with a virtual internship during spring semester and then go abroad in May term to intern on-site with that same organization. Students will link the virtual internship to the in-person one, and also link their experience here to their experience abroad. Linked internships are available for Buenos Aires and Florence.

18. Learning Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 10:00 pm- 2:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: West Bank Plaza

The Learning Abroad Fair is designed for students to discover the variety of learning abroad options available at the University of Minnesota. Students will have the opportunity to meet Learning Abroad Center staff, affiliated program staff, college advisers, and many other departments from around the U that will help with the steps needed to participate in an education abroad experience. No RSVP is required.

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.

19. Psychology Undergraduate Student Services Specialist - Department of Psychology

This position is part of the Psychology Undergraduate Advising team. Department of Psychology professional academic advising staff are responsible for academic advising and program implementation through direct student contact that includes, but is not limited to individual appointments, group advising, course instruction, and workshops. Psychology advisors support approximately 1500 Psychology BA/BS majors, minors, and individualized degree program students. Responsibilities include working in a culturally responsive manner to improve students' academic planning skills, evaluating students' curricular plans, counseling students regarding communication and interpersonal skills related to academic success, managing the advising office, and other academic activities. Finally, the Psychology advisors monitor student progress in order to advise and recommend resources and solutions to academic difficulties. This position allows for some hybrid work. The salary range is $37-55K, depending on experience and qualifications. Learn more about the responsibilities and apply onlineThis position is especially good for recent (1-3 years) graduates and alum.

20. Teacher's Aide - Montessori Renaissance Academy

Montessori Renaissance Academy is a private, nonprofit Montessori school located in the north metropolitan suburb of Anoka, MN. For more than 22 years, we have been providing children from 16 months through 10th grade with an alternative to more traditional schools. We are seeking full and part-time teacher aides and assistants for our toddler, children’s house, and elementary classrooms between the hours of 6:30 am and 6:00 pm. As a teacher’s aide, you will work closely with the lead teacher to help implement the Montessori curriculum in a safe and nurturing classroom. If you are interested please email your resume and any questions to Madison at!

21. Mental Health Practitioner - Fraser

A $750.00 hiring bonus is available for external new hires! As a Mental Health Technician, you will work in Fraser's preschool day treatment program supporting preschool-aged children. This is a great entry-level position located in school/community collaborative Fraser sites, to begin a career with Fraser and gain hands-on experience working with children! This employment opportunity might also qualify for an undergraduate school's internship requirements. Primary Responsibilities include work with children in a small group therapeutic setting, implement and track goal progress for children, and support with personal cares and daily living skills. Apply online.

22. Psychology Technician - Minneapolis VA

A funded intervention study plans to hire two full-time psychology technicians at the Minneapolis VA. The focus of the study is to adapt and pilot a social-cognitive skills training intervention for individuals with serious mental illness. The positions are funded for 2 years. The incumbents will participate in intervention development sessions with the research team. They will consent participants, complete diagnostic and psychosocial interviews, and conduct social-cognitive and functional skills assessments. They will schedule appointments with participants and study staff. They will provide education about the study to potential participants and assist with other recruitment activities. One position will have a stronger emphasis on assessment. The incumbent in this position will be responsible for management and processing of data collected through skills assessments and exit interviews. Duties will include scoring and entering data, transcribing interviews, and assisting with qualitative data analysis. The other position will have a stronger intervention emphasis. This incumbent will assist with preparation, administration, and recording of intervention sessions offered to veterans. All activities will be conducted on-site and under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. Incumbents must have a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and research experience or a Master’s degree. To apply, send a vita and transcripts to Tasha Nienow, Ph.D., LP at

23. Research Assistant - Minneapolis VA

This position is 1.0 FTE for a multi-site clinical trial through the VA Cooperative Studies R&D, with Dr. Shiroma serving as the Local Site Investigator. This is an open-label, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial of up to 6 months treatment of adjunctive intranasal (IN) esketamine (ESK) vs. adjunctive aripiprazole (ARI) in Veterans with unipolar Treatment Resistant Depression (TRD). The Research Assistant will be responsible for conducting the day-to-day tasks required for recruitment and follow-up data collection. They will be responsible for contacting, pre-screening, screening for eligibility, consenting, and randomizing participants as well as ensuring baseline and follow-up assessments are complete, and entering collected study data into a secure data collection system. A qualified candidate will have at least two years of RA experience, preferably in the mental health field, to be eligible for GS PayScale of GS9. The anticipated start date is early 2023 and will last approximately 6 years. Please send any questions and/or your CV or Resume directly to &

24. ICS Worker - Genus Services

Genus Services is hiring both part-time and full-time positions in 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.

25. Behavior Therapist - Behavioral Dimensions

Behavioral Dimensions provides intensive services to children with autism and related disabilities. We offer 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 by professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many entry-level jobs in the human services field require a degree and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience while you are completing your degree. We are able to schedule around busy school schedules. In some cases, we can supervise internships and practicums. For more information, please visit our website.

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