Psych Scoop, 11/14/17

November 14, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements & Events

1. New Course Number for Psychology of Stress & Trauma

The course number for Psychology of Stress & Trauma is now PSY 4521. The class is the same, the number is new. If you added the class to your shopping cart, be sure to check that it is still there.

PSY 4521: Psychology of Stress and Trauma is scheduled to be offered more regularly moving forward. Previously, it had only been offered in Spring term only. We anticipate it will be scheduled this Summer 2018, and again in Fall 2018. PSY 3001W: Research Methods is the prerequisite for PSY 4521: Psychology of Stress and Trauma. The classes may not be taken concurrently.

2. Spring 2018 Special Topic Seminar: Coding for Psychologists

PSY 5960: Special Topic Seminar: Coding for Psychologists (Elective Area Course, prereq: junior/senior standing), Prof Stephen Engel

Psychology BS majors: PSY 5960 does NOT count toward the PSY 4/5xxx level requirement

The goal of this course is to teach advanced undergraduate and first-year graduate students how to program computers for use in psychology. The basics of programming will be covered first, followed by construction of computer-based experiments, and analysis of psychological data. No experience in programming is required, but general computer literacy is helpful, as are knowledge of experimental design and data analysis.

3. Graduate School: Mental Health Info Session

Thursday, November 30th, 2:30-4:30
N219 Elliott Hall

Wondering about graduate programs that lead to mental health related professions? Join Psychology Undergraduate Advising and Child Psychology Undergradate Advising at the Graduate School: Mental Health Info Session on Thursday, November 30th.

You will have the opportunity to hear from admission representatives from 4 local universities. Each will discuss their degrees & career fields in a large group setting. Following the panel discussion, students will have a chance to interact with program representatives individually at tables. Our panelists will represent master's degree programs in Social Work, Counseling Psychology, School Psychology, and Marriage & Family Therapy. Learn about the differences between various grad programs, how licensure works, what various career paths within mental health look like, and more! Space is limited, so be sure to RSVP by November 22nd at

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!

4. IOPC Event: I-O Psych in the Business Field

Monday, November 20th, 5:30-6:30pm
1-143 Carlson School of Management (West Bank)

Want to find out how Industrial-Organizational Psychology works together with Human Resources? Interested in applying psychology to the field of business, or vice-versa? Come and learn more at the next IOPC event Monday, featuring the director of the MA-HRIR program at Carlson! Director Doepner-Hove will speak about the Masters of Arts in Human Resources and Industrial Relations program, alongside another honorable professor about the PhD program. This is a great opportunity to ask any questions that you may have. Everyone is welcome, including those outside the major. Pizza, donuts, lemonade, and coffee will be provided. We look forward to seeing you all there!

5. New Psi Chi Membership Fees Due December 1st

Were you accepted to Psi Chi this semester? Fees for new Psi Chi members are due Friday, December 1st. Make a check out to Psi Chi for $65, and be sure to include your first and last name, student ID number and x500. Checks can be turned in to the dropbox outside Psychology Advising (N108 Elliott Hall)


6. CLA Alumni & Student Speed Networking

Wednesday, November 15th, 6:30pm
Coffman Union, Campus Club (4th Floor)

The CLA Student Board and the CLA Alumni Society are holding a speed networking event. Current students and alumni will get together to meet, practice networking skills, answer career questions, and make new connections.There will be an hour of speed networking followed by an open networking reception with light appetizers and refreshments. Please register online

Courses of Interest

PLEASE NOTE: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology. If you are unsure how a course will fit into your academic program, please consult your college advisor.

7. Spring Grand Challenge Course Offerings

Grand Challenge Courses provide the opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the complex challenges that we face in the world today. You will work with other students and our award-winning faculty to tackle issues like renewable energy, climate change, global health, reconciliation and justice, fracking, and more. GC courses also fulfill a liberal arts theme requirement and count as an honors experience for UHP students. Find a full list of Spring 2018 GC course offerings at

Have you previously taken a GC course? This spring, GCC 5501 Knowledge to Impact: Creating Action with Your Grand Challenge Idea will provide an opportunity for students who have previously completed a GCC course to continue working on a project with the potential of real-world implementation funded in part by grants from the Office of Undergraduate Education. 

8. CPSY 4310 - Learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences

CPSY 4310 (Special Topics) is focused this spring on ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences: abuse, neglect, parental incarceration, family psychopathology, etc.). Students will study ACES research, learn the root causes and impacts, and then participate in community engagement activities to become an advocate and change agent.

Research Opportunities

9. PSY 4993 Research Assistant Position Investigating Adolescent Substance Abuse

Adjunct professor Dr. Ken Winters is looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students who can work with research projects conducted by me and my colleagues. These projects include 1) the development and testing of a parent resource to address adolescent marijuana use; and 2) the development and evaluation of a personalized brief counseling program. Tasks may also include planning research, building a literature review and participating in research meetings. Please contact Dr. Winters by email ( if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your work and schooling experience, references, and skills using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.).

10. REU Summer Research Program at Yale

The Canine Cognition Center and Social Cognitive Development Lab are seeking applicants for a summer 2018 NSF-REU program. The broad goal of the Comparative and Developmental Origins of Social Cognition REU Site is to provide students from under-represented backgrounds with joint training in developmental and comparative psychology research. Students will gain experience investigating the origins of human social cognition from two different but related perspectives: developmental studies testing human children’s social understanding and comparative studies examining social cognition in domesticated dogs. The REU is coordinated by Psychology professors Dr. Laurie Santos and Dr. Yarrow Dunham. The REU Fellowship includes a $500/week stipend and can cover limited travel costs. For more detailed information and for our application, visit the Canine Cognition Center website. For any specific questions, feel free to email


11. MN Future Doctors Program

The Minnesota Future Doctors (MFD) program recruits and mentors pre-medical students from broadly diverse communities and provides the support and resources needed to achieve academic and professional success as physicians. Applications for the 2017-18 cohort of MFD are being accepted now through December 1, 2017. Please encourage eligible students to visit the program website for more information.                 

12. The Bandana Project - Get involved with mental health advocacy and support your peers

Have you been seeing lime-green bandanas on backpacks across campus and wondered what they mean? A lime-green bandana tied to a backpack signifies that that person is a member of The Bandana Project. The Bandana Project is a peer driven suicide prevention program that has been started by Active Minds - UMN this past year. We are hoping to accomplish this prevention by passing out lime green bandanas to members of the University community that will typically be worn on their backpack. We will also be providing bandana carriers with 4 resource cards that outline a few different mental health resources that are available on campus. The lime green bandana will signify that you are a safe person to approach should someone be experiencing a mental health crisis and that you have resources available to distribute. In addition to this primary goal, a lime green bandana will become a silent show of solidarity with anyone who has experienced difficulty maintaining their mental health. We are hoping that this project will help create a more supportive University community when it comes to mental health issues. If you want to become a bandana carrier, send an email to

Job & 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.

13. Spring 2018 Internships with Rep. Ellison

The Office of Congressman Keith Ellison is looking for enthusiastic interns for our Washington and Minneapolis office. We seek interns who are curious, hardworking, and passionate about serving Minnesota’s 5th district. Though many applicants are studying public policy, our work is broad and we encourage applicants interested in a wide range of careers. Internships are unpaid and begin in January, May, and September, and generally last 3-4 months. While Congressman Ellison encourages all individuals to apply, applicants with strong ties to the Fifth District or Minnesota are preferred. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, women, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. The Position Description can be found online.        

14. National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Program for Recent/Upcoming Graduates

The Emotion and Development Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD is seeking qualified individuals to fill Research Assistant Positions, with employment starting May/June 2018. Our branch conducts research on the pathophysiology, treatment, and prevention of pediatric mood and anxiety disorders.  Research assistants are involved in all aspects of the clinical research process, including analyzing data and interacting with patients. This opportunity is part of the NIH Postbac IRTA program, which provides recent college graduates who are planning to apply to graduate or professional school an opportunity to spend one or two years performing full-time research at the NIH. For more information, including eligibility requirements and application instructions, read the NIH Postbac Program Description.        

15. Pre-Doctoral Research Fellowships at Yale Child Study Center

The Yale Early Social Cognition Lab at the Yale Child Study Center is interested in recruiting highly qualified students for exciting pre-doctoral fellowships for current graduates or graduating seniors. The positions will commence July 2018. Read more about the positions below. Interested students should send cover page, CV, official transcripts, and personal statements no later than January 15, 2018 in order to be considered for the position. Letters of recommendation are due by January 29, 2018. Additional information about the lab can be found on our website:

Yale Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience: Successful applicants will be involved in a 2-year training program involving clinical research experience. The primary training experience will be in daily activities related to behavioral, psychophysiological, eye-tracking and neuroimaging studies of infants and toddlers with and without autism. With research mentorship, selected applicants will be expected to guide a pre-determined project of research from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results.

Yale Fellowship in Translational Technologies in Development: The recipient of the fellowship will be involved in a 2-year training program in data science, cutting-edge computational technologies in a clinically based developmental disabilities research lab.  The primary experience will be in daily activities related to training in rapid prototyping and robust development of translational technologies, which may include eye-tracking technologies, image processing, physiological sensing technologies, machine learning projects and experimental paradigms. With research mentorship, selected applicants will be expected to guide a pre-determined project of research from the point of data collection through analysis and publication of results.

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