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Psych Scoop, 10/27/20

October 27, 2020

October 27th, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Psych Undergrad Peer Chatroom

Tuesday, November 3, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Psychology Advising invites you to attend the Peer Chatroom hosted by our Peer Advisor, Rucha. As undergraduate peer advisors and fellow majors, we realize that the semester has been very different and it can be overwhelming at times. Making connections and talking to peers can help ease stress. With midterms coming up, we wanted to offer this space for students to de-stress and chat. We will be offering another chatroom before finals as well.

2. Registration Times are Available!

As a reminder, OneStop has entered registration times for the Spring 2021 semester. You can view your registration time on MyU under "My Academics." If you want to meet with Psychology Undergrad Advising before your registration date, be sure to schedule soon! We can get fairly busy during registration.

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: Imposter Syndrome and COVID-19

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 7:00 am CST AND 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

PISA's second global study buddies event is almost here! Join us on November 5th at 7:00 am CST or 3:00 pm CST to learn more about imposter syndrome and how students may have been impacted by it from our transition to online classes due to coronavirus. During the event, you will get to talk psychology, meet other students with similar interests, and maybe even win a fun prize!! Zoom links for the events are coming soon, and be sure to follow us on Instagram @UMNPISA for more updates on GSB and other fun events and opportunities that PISA has to offer. We hope to see you there!


4. 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 hopes 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!

5. Virtual Job/Internship Fair ACR Homes

Wednesday, October 28, 2020, 2:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! Great entry-level health care position. No experience needed. The event will have videos, slides, and a speaking panel talking about the JOBS AND INTERNSHIPS at ACR. We will also be holding fun trivia sections and will be giving away prizes. We will do $5 gift cards for trivia winners, a $50 gift card drawing every half hour at 2:30 pm, 3:00 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:00 pm CST. We will also do a large prize drawing for either an Apple Watch, Ipad Mini, or a $400 gift card of the winner's choice at 4:00 pm. *Must be present to win. *Let them know Kayla sent you. Join the Zoom meeting (Meeting ID: 967 9119 0586).

6. 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.

7. ICD Research Fair

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Interested in directed research in developmental psychology? These credits (CPSY 4994) can count in your PSY major, and/or in a Dev Psych minor! Join us to learn more from staff, faculty, grad students, and current undergrad RAs. The event will be 6-8 pm and you are welcome to attend as much as your schedule and interests allow. An event website will go live closer to the day so please watch for that which will include a more specific schedule, participants, and Zoom links (this information will also be emailed in advance to everyone who submits the RSVP form).  We hope to see you there!

Courses of Interest

8. 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 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 lectures, discussions, 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. CPSY 4310 - 001: Racial Biases in Early Childhood

When and how do we learn about biases in early development? What does research and the media say about biases in early childhood? Can babies be racist? How are biases held by children studied? What are strategies for reducing biases in childhood? These and many other questions will guide students through learning about social biases that develop in childhood, with particular emphasis on racial biases. This Special Topics course is designed to introduce students to the key concepts and theories of perceptual, cognitive, and social systems that facilitate prejudice thinking in early childhood. The primary goal of this course is for students to gain new knowledge in this area of child development, increase reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, and incorporate course material into daily life. Add the course to your shopping cart from Schedule Builder.

CPSY 4310 - 001 is online, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm CST

Instructor: Charisse Pickron, Ph.D.

Note: this course does not count as elective credit for the Psychology majors or minors.


12. Y Collegiate Achievers Program (Y CAP) + Service

Y Collegiate Achievers Program (Y CAP) + Service provides holistic support and resources for first-year U of M college students from underrepresented communities (including students who identify as BIPOC and/or first-generation in their families to attend college and Pell grant eligible). This is an amazing opportunity for students looking for a community to be authentic while adjusting to college and preparing for careers. Learn more and apply today. Reach out to Patti Neiman at for more information.

13. TRIO McNair Scholars Accepting Applications

The federally funded TRIO McNair Scholars program seeks to increase doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by underrepresented and first-generation college students. Through this summer experience and academic year programming, McNair Scholars develop higher-level academic and research skills necessary to gain admission to and successfully complete graduate study. Review application instructions and learn more. Email for questions.

14. Virtual Human Services Career Fairs - Recordings Available

The recording of the Virtual Human Services Career Fair held on October 7th and the recording for the Fair on the 14th are now available. These events are hopefully happening again in the spring.

Graduate School

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

15. Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP)

University of Minnesota’s Developmental and Psychology Departments are teaming up to offer a graduate student-led mentorship program for underrepresented (i.e. BIPOC, low-income, first-gen, LGBTQ+) undergraduates and post-baccalaureates interested in applying to psychology Ph.D. programs. The goal of NPSP is to cultivate long-term support structures between current underrepresented graduate students and diverse undergrad or post-baccalaureate mentees to (1) embrace and celebrate the unique journeys that have led current graduate students to pursue a Ph.D. and (2) inspire and empower the next generation of scholars while enhancing feelings of belonging in academia. The program will consist of a series of virtual information sessions and small group workshops via Zoom and Slack. Sessions will take place on Saturday, November 14th (time TBD). Interested applicants should fill out this survey by Friday, November 6th. For all other questions, please reach out by email to Meriah DeJoseph at and Kate Carosella at

16. 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 a specialist certificate or Ph.D.--right here at the U of M. Learn more and register.

17. Special Education MA, MA with an Emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and Ph.D. Info Sessions

Monday, November 2, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join Associate Professor and Program Coordinator LeAnne Johnson for an info session on the Department of Educational Psychology's mastersmasters with an emphasis in applied behavior analysis, and Ph.D. programs for students who are interested in conducting research in the field of special education. During the session, Dr. Johnson will share information on the three programs and will be available to answer questions. Register to receive Zoom webinar info. Email LeAnne Johnson at with any questions.

18. Psychological Foundations of Education MA and Ph.D. Info Session

Thursday, November 5, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Interested in studying how people think, learn, and teach? Learn more about earning your MA or Ph.D. researching learning and cognitionlearning technologies, or social psychological and developmental processes. Keisha Varma, associate professor of educational psychology and program coordinator for psychological foundations of education will be available to answer any questions you might have. Register for the Zoom link. Contact Keisha Varma at

19. Graduate Program in Psychological Science at UMD: Virtual Information Session

Friday, November 13, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota Duluth is hosting a VIRTUAL INFORMATION SESSION about our Master of Arts in Psychological Science (MAPS). This event provides an opportunity for you to learn about our graduate program and our three tracks (Clinical Counseling, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational). Students can meet with our faculty using zoom breakout rooms organized by tracks, as well as an opportunity to meet with current graduate students. You can choose to participate in some or all of these events. Schedule of Events: 1:00 pm- 1:40 pm Program overview with Director of Graduate Studies; 1:40 pm- 2:20 pm Meet with current faculty: Breakout rooms by track; 2:20 pm- 3:00 pm Meet with current students: Breakout rooms by track; 3:00 pm- 3:30 pm Q&A. For planning purposes, we ask that you register in advance of the Information Session. If you would like to preview our program before attending, go to our websiteRegister and learn more.


20. WATCH Court Observation - The Advocates for Human Rights

WATCH has been monitoring Hennepin County Courts for more than two decades and has recently added court monitoring in Ramsey and Washington counties. Its established court monitoring of trafficking cases complements The Advocates’ decade of work to combat sex trafficking in Minnesota. Without monitoring and accountability, systems fail to protect women. By integrating new and existing volunteers, The Advocates will continue to use court monitoring and documentation to change and implement laws to end violence against women. Volunteering requires an application, interview, reference checks, and three-hour shadowing. Start volunteering with the application below, and help us make the justice system more responsive to crimes of violence against women and children. Questions? Contact watch@advrights.orgApply and read more information.

21. #SpreadInfoNotCovid Video Challenge

TPT NOW, NewPublica, and the Minnesota Department of Health have teamed up to create an opportunity for diverse, youthful creators to compete for $500. Four awards will be made for videos encouraging us to keep up our efforts at masking, distancing, and hand-washing to limit the spread of COVID. Submit your winning video (and get more information).

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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22. 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

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. Mental Health Worker - Residential Transitions, Inc.

Residential Transitions, Inc. is a new and rapidly expanding human services company offering a variety of services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness. We serve clients throughout the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area and offer residential, community, and clinical mental health services. We are looking to hire passionate, motivated professionals seeking to fast-track their career in mental health. We strive to provide high-quality, person-centered care for the individuals we serve. RTI is an approved provider of CEUs and can offer clinically supervised hours/internships towards practicum and licensure. RTI offers internal advancement opportunities for professionals and a generous benefits package (including PTO for part-time employees)! Visit our website for more information.