Psych Scoop, 9/21/2021

September 21st, 2021

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1. Fall 2021 Message from the Chair - Dr. Jeff Simpson, Department Chair

On behalf of the Department of Psychology, I want to formally welcome all of you back to the fall 2021 semester! Whether you are a senior preparing to graduate, a recent high school graduate, or a new transfer student, we know that this is the first time many of you have been in our classrooms in well over a year. While all of us had hoped the pandemic would be significantly diminished by now, we are obviously still dealing with its effects. I am optimistic that we will overcome the pandemic and resume our relatively normal existence on campus sometime soon.

I also want to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Amanda Woodward, who started her appointment on August 30. Dr. Woodward will teach courses in our undergraduate statistics series (i.e., PSY 3801). We will benefit from Dr. Woodward’s expertise in teaching statistics and research methods, including R, as we work to expand and contribute to the open science movement.

Looking ahead, we have another exciting year ahead of us filled with major initiatives and important events. In early August, we received approval from the College (CLA) to proceed with our search for a tenure-track assistant professor, with a focus on psychological approaches to health equity. This will be an important addition to our department's research and curriculum. Undergraduates will have the opportunity to hear from our candidates during teaching demonstrations as part of the fall interview process. Stay tuned for more information on this matter in Psych Scoop!

Also this year, our department is undertaking two major initiatives: a 3-year budget planning process, and an academic program review (APR). The three-year budget planning requires us to develop and submit our general plans while mapping out our strategic goals for the medium and longer-term in tandem with our budgetary and non-budgetary needs and commitments. The academic program review is a process coordinated by the Provost’s Office that involves an “objective assessment of the health and vitality” of our various programs, as well as recommendations for improvement and closer alignment with institutional priorities and values. Both of these initiatives will include opportunities for undergraduate student comments, particularly via our Psychology Undergraduate Student Advisory Council.

Finally, the Department leadership team spent the summer reviewing all responses submitted to the DRAFT Recommendations to Address Inequities and Injustices in our Teaching, Research, and Service. The team has drafted a detailed final report based on all of the feedback and has created an executive summary. We know that diversity, particularly racial and ethnic diversity, is a key component of excellence and is needed to achieve our broader research, teaching, and service missions and goals. Improving equity and inclusion in teaching, research, and service contributes to excellence by 1) removing barriers and improving access to all students, faculty, and staff; 2) countering the influence of implicit bias; 3) broadening engagement and understanding; 4) enhancing our effectiveness; and 5) strengthening and broadening our impact. Grounded in these principles, I am hopeful that everyone will be open to new ideas, perspectives, approaches, and experiences as we mutually pursue beneficial growth and development in our Department.

Have a wonderful fall semester and take care!

Jeff Simpson, Chair
Distinguished University Teaching Professor

2. Fall 2021 Psychology Engagement Award - $500!

Are you participating in an unpaid internship this Fall 2021 semester? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement is available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, etc.). Up to three awards of $500 will be offered for Fall 2021. The application deadline is next Monday, September 27th at 12:00 pm CSTFor 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. Join the Association of Black Psychology Students

The Association of Black Psychology Students (ABPS) is currently recruiting new members and potential leaders for the organization. This Association gives students of African descent an opportunity to develop a professional network geared towards social sciences. Students are encouraged to sign up for emails to receive information about current events, educational opportunities, and webinars If you are looking to become more involved and connect with a committed group of students - please consider joining us or reaching out to learn more! For more information, email

4. Join the Psychology International Student Association

The Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is looking for new members with great opportunities for leadership as well! PISA is a student group that serves and helps international psychology students to succeed at the University. Meetings are informal and open to new members majoring or minoring in psychology. While PISA is geared toward international students, all students are welcome and encouraged to attend PISA's meetings and events. For more information email, the group at

5. First Psychology Club Event of the Semester!

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: 3-115 Keller Hall

We are so excited to announce that we will be having our first Psychology Club event of the semester on Wednesday, September 22nd from 4:30-5:30 pm! This event will take place at Keller Hall in room 3-115. During this event, the board members of the Psychology Club will introduce themselves and tell you a little bit more about the club. We will also play a fun game of Jeopardy and pizza will be provided! This event will be a great opportunity for students to meet other people who are also interested in psychology and for us all to get to know each other. We hope that everyone's classes are going well so far, and we can't wait to see you at our first event of the semester! RSVP today.


6. Fall 2021 Transfer Workshop Series: Study Like a Gopher

Friday, September 24, 2021, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall, Room 512B

Worried about time management? Look for some helpful study tips? This workshop will give you the tools you need to study like a pro! RSVP today.

7. Nutritious U Food Pantry

September 28-30, 2021, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union, 2nd Floor

The Nutritious U Food Pantry provides fresh and healthy food to students that struggle to get enough to eat. Any student can visit the food pantry, no proof of need is needed. Students will select their foods when they show up. The hours will be 12 - 6 pm Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday. Learn more about the pantry.

8. Learning Abroad Fair

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, 10:00 am- 2:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Westbank Outdoor Plaza

Grab some information to begin your international adventure. Tired of the virtual world? Explore the real one. Registration is not required for you to attend this event, you may just show up. If you do enter your information in the form, we will send you a calendar invite and a reminder for this event.

9. Bridge to Doctorate Workshop

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021, 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Are you a first-generation college student, Pell-eligible, and/or from an underrepresented community seeking a pathway to transform systems? Have you ever thought about pursuing a doctorate degree or going to graduate school? An undergraduate research experience is a good starting point for your journey and allows you to connect with faculty. In this workshop, we explore the importance of undergraduate research programs, provide a range of paid research opportunities for you to find the one that fits your research interests, and share tips for applying. Participants will hear from a panel of representatives from undergraduate research programs and will conclude with breakout rooms for students to learn more from panelists. RSVP here.

10. CLA Internship & Career Fair - RSVP Today!

Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The CLA Internship & Career Fair connects CLA students across all 65+ majors with employers and organizations represented from many career field areas. Students can explore internship, volunteer, and full-time opportunities with employers who are hiring CLA students and recent alumni. The CLA Internship & Career Fair will be held virtually through the Handshake platform with in-person support available for students. By attending the fair in a virtual setting, students are able to avoid waiting in long lines by scheduling times to meet with employers in advance. This event is open to all CLA students and recent alumni and is FREE to attend. RSVP and learn more.


11. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position

The Minnesota Aging & Technology Lab is currently seeking a new RA. The volunteer position supports research projects at the VA Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center and the UMN Department of Psychiatry under Dr. Adriana Hughes. Research projects are focused on understanding cognitive and daily functioning in normal aging and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease and developing/evaluating innovative methodologies and tools for cognitive assessment and patient support. Duties include entering/verifying behavioral and neuropsychological test data, assisting with study recruitment, participant communication, administrative tasks, and attending weekly lab meetings. There may be opportunities to contribute to scientific posters or manuscripts depending on interest/commitment and opportunities for a paid position in the future depending on funding availability. RA’s should be able to commit to at least 9 hours per week starting in October or any time after. The position is located at the Minneapolis VA; hours must be completed on-site during business hours and reliable transportation to the VA is required. There is a preference for a GPA of 3.5 or higher, commitment to a full academic year, and who are sophomores and juniors. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, CV/Resume with any relevant psychology or research methods coursework, unofficial transcript, and contact information for 2 references to Sam Lee at for consideration.

Graduate School

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

12. Announcing the 2021 Virtual Diversity in Psychology Program - UMN

October 28-29, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The University of Minnesota’s Diversity in Psychology Program is excited to announce that we are accepting applications for the Fall 2021 virtual diversity program event (October 28-29, 2021). The program is designed for individuals who are historically underrepresented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate training in the Department of Psychology, as well as graduate training in Child Development and Educational Psychology, at the University of Minnesota. The virtual event will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our departments. If you are interested in applying for the Diversity in Psychology Program (or know someone who would be interested), please visit our websiteApplicants must provide the following information and materials by Wednesday, September 29th (5:00 pm CST).

13. Educational Psychology info sessions at Psych Grad School Virtual Fair

Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Learn more about earning your grad degree in educational psychology. We're hosting info sessions on our school psychology MA and Ph.D. (10:00- 11:00 am CST) and counselor education MA (11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST) on October 6, 2021, at the Psychology Graduate School Virtual Fair (free for prospective students) in the University of Minnesota Department of Educational Psychology chat room. Signing up is easy. Register for the fair. The Virtual Fair will send you details on how to log in the day of once you’ve registered. If you have questions about this process, send an email to or call 770-980-0088. Then, RSVP to attend our University of Minnesota Department of Educational Psychology info session during the virtual fair. RSVP for school psych and/or RSVP for counselor education. For general questions, contact

14. Master of Science in Criminal Justice

The Master of Science in Criminal Justice Plus One program at Aurora University offers a streamlined path to your master’s degree through daytime classes held on the main campus. The program is open to students with undergraduate degrees in a wide variety of majors, including cybersecurity, computer science, business administration, psychology, political science, and public policy. You can choose one of two concentrations: Leadership and Administration or Psychology and the Law. Through full-time studies, you can complete your Criminal Justice degree in one year. The program begins in June and finishes the following May. You will also complete an internship aligned with your career goals. These internships often take place at federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, private security agencies, law offices, and probation departments.


15. Association for Psychological Science DISCOUNTED Membership

Join or Renew the Association for Psychological Science (APS) for 50% off! Go to the website and use code STUDENT50 at checkout. The offer ends September 30, 2021. Membership includes research awards and grant opportunities, leadership opportunities, networking and mentoring, journal subscriptions, discounts, and more! Members are eligible for research awards of up to $1,000. All six APS journals and other publications are available to student members. You will also gain access to the APS Student and Early Career Webinar Series. All APS Student Affiliates are automatically part of the APS Student Caucus (APSCC). This opens the door to leadership and other volunteer opportunities that will fill out your CV, expand your skills, and cultivate your professional network.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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16. MCTFR Research Professional 1 (Recruiter) - Department of Psychology

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research seeks to hire a “Recruiter” (8352P1: Research Professional 1) responsible for recruiting participants for four MCTFR longitudinal research protocols. These protocols include both intake and follow-up assessments. Candidate expectations are: (1) prior recruitment experience; (2) demonstrated ability to communicate well via multiple modalities; (3) track record of achieving enrollment goals; and (4) must be able to work with a diverse participant pool. Position works closely with MCTFR Principal Recruiter, general public and other MCTFR assessment staff so outstanding communication and organizational skills are essential. The position has a uniquely flexible work schedule distributed across evenings, weekends, and daytime. The position allows for partial telecommuting. Applications must be submitted online (internal candidates and external candidates).

17. Home Health Aide - United Chapters Living

Great opportunity for students to learn and gain experience in a rewarding field with plenty of room to grow with the company! Inclusive environment and a welcoming team. United Chapters Living operates two customized living facilities in the metro, one in Golden Valley and one in Edina. We are looking for charismatic problem solvers with a passion for helping vulnerable adults seek and reach goals in their everyday life. Our mission is to help each and every resident toward a more independent lifestyle. Contact Ryan Magloughlin at for more information.

18. Resident Assistant - Part-Time - Vail Place

Do you want to work for a mission-driven agency that works together to create connection, opportunity, and purpose? Are you looking to jump-start your career in Human Services. Start by joining as a Resident Assistant today! The Overnight Resident Assistant supports the individual recovery goals of Vail House residents in coordinating services, such as crisis prevention and intervention, medication monitoring, attending to group supports, and independent goals. Vail House is staffed 24 hours a day, and the overnight role is an awake position. Resident Assistants may be asked to help cover shifts and must be available to remain on shift until relieved by a replacement. All Resident Assistants may be required to work weekend, holiday, and overnight hours based on schedule & coverage needs. Please apply at our Career Center.

19. ARMHS Specialist - Lee Carlson Center

Grow your mental health therapist career with a team of talented providers in a supportive environment! Lee Carlson Center for Mental Health & Well-Being is committed to supporting its employees' professional development and making a profound difference in the lives of families. We are a 501c3 non-profit and the primary provider of outpatient mental health services in Hennepin and Anoka Counties and surrounding areas. Each year we offer hope and healing to more than 6,000+ individuals and families struggling with a variety of emotional health issues. Specialists provide Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS) services to enable individuals to develop and enhance psychiatric stability, social competencies, personal and emotional adjustment, and independent living and community skills when these abilities are impaired by the symptoms of mental illness. Competitive wages and benefits (choice of two health plans, dental, life insurance, retirement plan match), supported professional development, generous time off, and reimbursement of licensure available. Must have a minimum of a BA or BS degree in psychology, social work, or human services related field and ability to maintain a valid driver's license. To learn more or to apply, visit our website or email

20. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Get some experience this school year and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester, or even next semester)! 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 only 10 shifts/month, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, and we have locations near campus, and you don't need to have a car! NEW: $2000 hiring/placement bonus!! 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!

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