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Psych Scoop, 10/20/20

October 20, 2020

October 20th, 2020

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1. Psychology Undergrad Fall Semester Town Hall

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 10:00 am- 11:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

This is a follow-up meeting to the Pre-Fall Town Hall hosted in September. You may read the meeting minutes from that event. The goal of these town halls is to connect students directly with the Department of Psychology leadership. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google Form to RSVP. All Psychology Student Advisory Council members have already been invited to this event. The Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP in advance. If you are unable to attend this event, you may leave comments/questions in the form; feedback will be shared anonymously at the Town Hall.

2. Get to Know Your Faculty: Cognitive Connections

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 2:30 pm- 3:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Exciting news! Our office is hosting the third event for students to connect with faculty outside of the classroom in a comfortable and informal setting. Get to know our featured faculty, Dr. Iris Vilares, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Vilares is the director of the Decision-Making Laboratory. She specializes in cognitive psychology and neuroscience. Her research focuses on decision making in people with psychiatric and neurological diseases. At the event, you can ask questions ranging from "How did you find your passion?" to "What is your favorite Netflix show?" Please RSVP as soon as possible. We will email out the Zoom link closer to the event. We can't wait to see you there!

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. PISA: Global Study Buddies

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 7:00 am CST AND 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

PISA is having it’s first global study buddies event of the semester! Come join us on Thursday, October 22nd at either 7:00 am CST or 3:00 pm CST to meet new people, play trivia, and talk psychology! The focus of this event will be sensation and perception, but you are welcome to discuss any and all psychology topics with your peers. GSB is a great way to connect with other psychology students who have the same interests as you. All students both domestic and international are welcome! We hope to see you all there! Check out more information and get the Zoom link.

4. Psychology Club: Coffee Hour Event

Friday, October 23, 2020, 2:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Hello everyone! We hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourself this Fall semester. This week, the Psychology Club will be hosting another professor coffee hour with Professor Patricia Frazier from the Stress and Trauma lab! Dr. Frazier specializes in fields such as reactions to victimization and trauma, coping strategies, recovery, and interaction. Dr. Frazier has additionally taught courses such as Psychology of Stress and Trauma, Counseling Psychology Process, and Outcome Research. We are very grateful for her taking the time to meet with students. If you would like to attend, this event will be this Friday, October 23rd at 2:00 pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be provided through the Psychology club newsletter as well as on our Twitter and Instagram pages - both @umnpsychology. We hope to see you there!


5. Finding a Job with the State of Minnesota or the City of Minneapolis

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

A panel of recruiters from a variety of State of Minnesota and City of Minneapolis departments will discuss how to effectively find job opportunities and how candidates can make themselves more marketable. RSVP and learn more.

6. Nutritious U Food Pantry

Wednesday, October 21, 2020, 2:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union

The Nutritious U Food Pantry will be open this fall. Students in need can request a bag of groceries using this food pantry ordering survey. The order form will be active the week prior to each food pantry event. Students can pick up their bag of food at the Theater Gallery on the first floor of the Memorial Union from 2:00- 6:00 pm CST. See future times and more information.

7. Walking the Talk: Be Inspired by CLA Grads Using Their Influence for Social Change

Thursday, October 22, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

CLA is grounded in the principle that through the liberal arts we can examine, influence, and build a better society for everyone. Many of our graduates are doing just that, and especially in the arena of racial justice. A few of them will share their stories. All of us will be inspired. RSVP and learn more about the panelists.

8. Careers in Japan: Alumni Panel

Tuesday, October 27, 2020, 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Recent news has shown that Japan is increasingly open to a global workforce. Join us for a live webinar to learn more about different pathways and experiences of UMN alumni and recruiting professionals who have worked in Japan in various contexts. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic brings certain challenges to employment around the world and hope that students will join this session to make connections and plan for their next career steps for both the short and long term. All UMN students are welcome to join this presentation. Email us if you have any questions: Jane at and Erica at teal0013@umn.eduRSVP on GoldPASS. There will be a psych alum on this panel!

9. Virtual Government & Nonprofit Career Fair

Friday, October 30, 2020, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Government & Nonprofit Career Fair allows candidates to pursue professional opportunities and internships in all levels of government and nonprofit agencies. The fair is an excellent opportunity for students to network with local Twin-Cities organizations and learn more about what a career in the nonprofit or government sector looks like. At the fair, students can explore internships, full-time jobs, and volunteer positions within these agencies and gain a better understanding of what employers in this sector are looking for in candidates. RSVP and learn more.

Courses of Interest

10. PSY 4960 - 001: Interventions for Health and Wellness

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in learning about empirically-tested psychological interventions to increase health and happiness. In the first half of the course, the focus will be on interventions for wellbeing, and students will test different strategies on themselves each week (as well as read the research literature on the strategies) as they attempt to increase their happiness levels. In the second half of the course, the focus will be on interventions to change a health behavior, and students will again test different strategies on themselves each week as they attempt to maintain a new health goal. A group project will involve creating an intervention to increase happiness on campus. The course consists of lecture, discussion, data collection, etc. Limited to 45 students.

PSY 4960 - 001 will meet online, Wednesdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am CST

Instructor: Traci Mann

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email about the course.

11. PSY 4960 - 002: Positive Psychology

Students will learn about the history of positive psychology along with its applications to several life domains, including relationships, career development, and personal growth. The course will also cover common critiques and misconceptions about positive psychology. Throughout the semester, students will practice implementing interventions designed to enhance well-being in daily life. The class will be completely online and will consist of a mixture of lecture and student-led discussion. Completion of PSY 3001W (Introduction to Research Methods) is strongly recommended prior to taking this course.

PSY 4960 - 002 will meet online, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm CST

Instructor: Richard Douglass

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email about the course.

12. PSY 4960 - 003: Ethnic and Racial Minority Mental Health

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in research, theory, history, and practice related to the well-being and mental health of ethnic and racial minority populations. There will be a particular focus on culture-specific risk and protective factors associated with well-being and mental health, ethnic and racial disparities in mental health, and culturally responsive approaches to preventing and treating mental health problems. Students will learn how to adopt a scientific, analytic perspective on current issues and debates related to minority mental health. This course will consist of lectures, discussions, and hands-on activities. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3301, Introduction to Cultural Psychology, is suggested but not required.

PSY 4960 - 003 is online, meets Tuesdays 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST

Instructor: Rich Lee

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please email about the course.


13. *Credit or Volunteer* Neuroimaging Research Opportunity

We invite undergraduate psychology students to apply for a research assistant position to conduct neuroimaging/MRI research at the Department of Pediatrics in Dr. Igor Nestrasil’s lab (M.D., Ph.D.). We research neurodegeneration mostly in rare genetic diseases such as adrenoleukodystrophy and mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) and correlate the neuroanatomical findings with neuropsychological outcomes. We are also conducting an exploratory study for children to young adult patients who have recovered from the COVID-19 infection. We are looking for students with a strong aptitude for learning scientific concepts and technical computational skills for brain MRI analysis. This research opportunity may be used for PSY4993 research credit. Participation in our lab is an excellent experience for those interested in pursuing a career in research, neuroscience, and health profession. Individuals with a science GPA of 3.0 or better are strongly encouraged to apply. If you have extenuating circumstances that have caused your science GPA to be lower than a 3.0, please attach a letter of explanation. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send an email to Carol Lien at with the following information: (1) a brief explanation of the reason for your interest and your background in a 1/2-1 page cover letter and 1 page CV/Resume, including your science GPA; and (2) a list of the courses in the fields of anatomy, physiology, neuroscience, or other related coursework.

14. *Credit or Volunteer* Behavioral Coding Lab with Military Families- 100% Remote

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a research internship with the ADAPT projects, which study the impact of interventions to support families after military deployments. We are looking for responsible undergraduates in the social sciences or with related experience for our behavioral coding team. Coders are an important part of our research team. Coders watch videos of family members interacting and rate the behaviors according to our coding manual. Coders learn about healthy family interactions from evidence-based practices. Coders must have reliable access to the internet in a private space (ability to watch videos where others can’t see or hear), and time to complete coding and participate in zoom meetings. Due to our investment in skill development for coders, we require that coders intern with us for at least two consecutive terms (fall, spring, summer). Coders need verbal skills, the ability to accept constructive feedback, and time management skills. The weekly time commitment is generally between 3-7 hours per week (not including training weeks). The internship is unpaid, however, many coders opt to obtain research credit for their coding experience with Dr. Gewirtz, PI for the ADAPT projects. Online training: November 5 (4:30-6:30 pm CST), 6 (2:30-6:30 pm CST), 7 (2:30-6:30 pm CST), 12 (4:30-6:30 pm CST), 13 (2:30-6:30 pm CST), and 14 (2:30-6:30 pm CST). Please contact Coding Manager Kadie Ausherbauer at with questions or with your application of your resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial is fine).

15. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Volunteer Data Assistant in Stress Laboratory

The lab of Dr. Justin Anker in the Department of Psychiatry is seeking an undergraduate volunteer to help with data management on multiple survey-based research protocols that assess mental health, stress, and substance use outcomes in large populations. This role will primarily assist with managing and analyzing data using SPSS or R. Applicants must have experience with data analysis, and a background in statistics or working with large datasets is preferred. This is a great opportunity for students interested in pursuing graduate school and learning more about data analysis. Opportunities for credit may be available after one semester of volunteering, and those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. If you are interested, please send a brief introduction and current copies of your resume and transcript to the study coordinator, Kelly Ochocki at

Graduate School

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

16. Family Social Science Graduate Program Virtual Info Session

Tuesday, October 27, 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Department of Family Social Science will host two virtual information sessions for prospective MA, MA/Ph.D., and Ph.D. applicants. Whether you’re already working on an application or even just thinking about pursuing a graduate degree, we would love to meet with you! These sessions are designed to provide general information about the process of applying to our graduate program and answer any questions you may have. The last half hour of each program will focus on the FSOS Couple and Family Therapy Ph.D. specialization. Find more information and Zoom links through the website.

17. School Psychology MA with Specialist Certificate and Ph.D. Info Session

Wednesday, October 28, 2:30 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Attend the Department of Educational Psychology's virtual information session to learn about the field of school psychology and how you can earn your MA with specialist certificate or Ph.D.--right here at the U of M. Learn more and register.


18. Become a Mentor with YMCA

Mentoring can benefit college students just as it benefits mentees. The growth and impact does not stop there, it permeates into many relationships within communities (i.e. education, families, extracurricular activities). Truly mentoring creates many ripples with many reciprocal impacts, often felt life long by mentees and mentors! Be prepared to learn and grow through this process, being a mentor is a role and you will be challenged to improve your skill and be held accountable for your interactions with your peers, the young people, and your team leader. Read about the positions. Contact Patti Neiman with any questions at and application instructions.

19. Shelter Program Internship - Sojourner Project, Inc.

Sojourner Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to the increased safety and well-being of those victimized by domestic violence and abuse. We offer programs and services through advocates on the 24/7 Crisis Line, in the shelter, and in criminal and family court. We also provide information and education to build awareness and promote violence prevention. This internship will allow candidates hands-on experience in our emergency shelter program. Interns will work closely with advocates to provide support, resources, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and their children. After training, interns will provide case management to clients, legal advocacy, and support to Sojourner staff advocates. All interns are required to attend training sessions offered at Sojourner. A background check also needs to be completed. Interns are required to follow all Sojourner guidelines, policies, and procedures outlined in the training. Read more information and apply.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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20. Students: Earn While You Learn at English Rose Suites

English Rose Suites, a nationally known provider of dementia care, has opportunities for psychology students interested in neurology and dementia. The population 65 and older is growing faster than all other age groups! Within this group, there is probably no other patient population that presents such diversity for a psychologist than those suffering from some form of dementia. English Rose Suites will help you build your knowledge and understanding of dementia and other neurological disorders. Our expertise, holistic approach, and high staff-to-resident ratio (1-3) helps to minimize changes in mood and behavior associated with dementia, resulting in an enhanced quality of life for our residents. You’ll be part of a team providing hands-on care, and just as important, building loving relationships. This is a challenging but extremely rewarding position. English Rose Suites is a residential care provider located in Edina offering flexible work schedules and highly competitive pay! Work as little as every other weekend or as much as full time during your breaks and summer vacation. Our wages range from $15-$18 per hour based on experience. No experience or certification is necessary. We will provide paid training. Contact Jane Geiger at

21. Project Coordinator - Center for Veterans Research and Education

Center for Veterans Research and Education (CVRE) is hiring a full-time Research Coordinator working on two randomized clinical trials examining psychotherapies for PTSD. The goal of the first study (COMPASS) is to determine which of two evidence-based strategies for treating PTSD is more effective, acceptable, and feasible for patients with comorbid substance use disorder: trauma-focused therapy (Prolonged Exposure or Cognitive Processing Therapy) or non-trauma-focused therapy (Present Centered Therapy). The primary aim of the second study (CF-CPT) is to examine the impact of a case-formulation adaption of Cognitive Processing Therapy on functioning and PTSD symptoms. Duties include: manage IRB activities, manage COMPASS day-to-day local site operations; recruit and conduct informed consent for study participants; coordinate study participant visits with the local clinical team; conduct veteran outcomes assessments; extract treatment data from VA’s electronic medical record; perform administrative functions for the Principal Investigator; manage research assistant. Qualifications: Master's degree in psychology or related allied health field from an accredited college or university OR a Bachelor's degree in psychology or related allied health field from an accredited college or university with at least 3 years of research experience, 1 year of which included research coordinator responsibilities. Must be a US Citizen. Send CV and cover letter to Shannon Kehle-Forbes at

22. Part-Time Temporary Study Coordinator - Aging and Dementia Lab

This position will be around 14 hours per week to start, with the potential of increasing in hours based on lab needs. Search the UMN Job Website and look for job ID 337825.

23. Researcher 1 - Lifespan Human Connectome Project Aging

The Lifespan Human Connectome Project Aging (HCP-A) research study at The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) is seeking a full-time research assistant. The study will continue through May 2021. A Bachelor’s degree or a combination of comparable education and work experience to equal four years; or a CMA or comparable training in phlebotomy is required. Research assistant duties include administering study protocols including cognitive and behavioral assessments and calling participants for follow-up assessments. The position could possibly acquire in-person samples and MRI data. To apply for the position, please visit the UMN jobs website and search for job ID 337906.

24. Remote HR Talent Acquisition Intern - Quality Bicycle Products

Quality Bicycle Products is in the business of bikes! From creating a portfolio of our own award-winning brands to distributing the top names and best products in the industry, we’re doing our part to further bike-kind. QBP has an exciting opportunity for an HR Talent Acquisition Intern to join our HR team as a key contributor for three months starting in November of 2020. The HR Talent Acquisition Intern will gain meaningful, real work experience by coordinating and executing the full cycle of hiring from sourcing, interviewing through candidate selection for our Diversity Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Internship Program for the summer of 2021. QBP is committed to contributing to a larger culture shift in the bike and outdoor industries & a shift toward inclusivity, embracing new and different ideas, and amplifying diverse perspectives. The purpose of the DEI Internship program is to diversify QBP and the cycling industry by encouraging talented students who are members of underrepresented communities and identities and/or students with a demonstrated commitment towards advancing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to pursue careers in the bicycle industry. Learn more and apply on GoldPASS.