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Psych Scoop, 10/29/19

October 29, 2019

October 29th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Work the Undergrad Psych Advising Office!

Our office is currently looking for a Student Office Assistant. Student office assistants help with appointment scheduling, acquiring knowledge about resources around campus, planning events, and more! There are lots of opportunities for learning different areas as well and there is an opportunity for moving into a Peer Advisor role. If you are interested in applying, submit your application on the UMN Job Website and search job ID 333627 under "Students." Your application must include a resume, cover letter, contact information for two references, and expected availability for Spring 2020 (can be based on courses you are hoping to get into). Applications are due tomorrow!

2. New Psychology Event - Get to Know Your Faculty!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 12:45 pm- 1:45 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N219

Exciting news! Our office is piloting a brand new event for students to connect with faculty outside of the classroom in a comfortable and informal setting. Get to know our first featured faculty, Dr. Richard Douglass, on a personal and academic level and enjoy Insomnia cookies. Dr. Douglass specializes in counseling psychology. He is currently doing research on understanding how minority groups are susceptible to stress and how those stressors are associated with general and vocational well-being. For the spring 2020 semester, he will also be teaching a special topics seminar (PSY 4960-002) on Positive Psychology. 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 you can - There is a cap at 30 students! We can't wait to see you there.

3. Research Contract Maintenance- Plan Accordingly!

In preparation for the Spring semester, there will be planned maintenance on the Research Contract system. The contract system is going to be updated to make it easier to submit contracts, track their progress, and more. Because of this, the research contract system will not be accessible from Tuesday, November 5th - Monday, November 11th. We are hoping to launch the contract on Tuesday, November 12th, in time for Spring 2020 registration. There will be some significant changes so it is important to look for the upcoming instructional guides and videos. If you have any questions, email us 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! To learn more, visit our website.

4. Apply to be a General Officer of PISA for 2019-2020 Academic Year!

Psychology International Student Association (PISA) is recruiting General Officers for the 2019-2020 academic year! Please join us and get involved in bridging gaps between international and domestic students in Psychology. It will be a great opportunity for you to meet amazing people and to gain skills to be a leader within the Psychology community at the UMN. General officers who showcase commitment and prove responsibility will be considered for 2020-2021 board members as well! Current or previous student organization experiences are not required so just apply with your passion! If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Courses of Interest

5. PSY 4960: Interventions for Health and Wellness - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in learning about empirically-tested psychological interventions to increase health and happiness. Students will evaluate research on many types of intervention strategies, simultaneously learning about the strategies and learning how to conduct and evaluate intervention research. In the first third of the course, the focus will be on interventions to change a health behavior, and students will test different strategies on themselves each week (as well as read the research literature on the strategies) as they attempt to maintain a new health goal. In the second two-thirds of the course, students will read about and test interventions (again, on themselves) to reduce stress and increase happiness. Students will also do a group project in which they use the psychological principles and strategies taught in class to create and implement an intervention to reduce the stress and/or increase the happiness of the campus community. The course will consist of lectures, discussions, and substantial hands-on learning. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3206: Health Psychology is strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 4960 meets Wednesdays from 9:00 am- 11:30 am

Elliott Hall N391

Instructor: Traci Mann

Note: this course counts as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.

6. CPSY 4310: Risk-Taking in the Teenage Years - 3 credits

Think back to middle school or high school: did you ever make a really bad or really good decision? Which of these decisions led you to where you are today? Adolescence, or the time between ages 10 and 23, is an important developmental period to study decision-making, as adolescents are generally given more autonomy to choose friend groups, classes, interests, and other activities that influence their identity. In this course, you’ll explore: adolescent risk-taking behavior throughout middle school, high school, and college; key changes that occur during adolescence that make it a unique period of development; cognitive and emotional factors that affect adolescent decision-making; and how developmental science can provide adolescents with the skills needed to engage in positive risk-taking versus risk-taking that could result in negative health outcomes like car accidents or drug use.

CPSY 4310 meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm

Burton Hall 120

Instructor: Brandon Almy (contact for more information)

Note: this course does not count as an elective in the Psychology majors or minors. It does count in the Developmental Psychology majors and minors.


7. October Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, October 29 - Thursday, October 31, 2019, 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union

Do you worry your food might run out before you can buy more? Do you lack reliable transportation to an affordable grocery store? If you struggle to get enough, quality food to eat - visit the Nutritious U Food Pantry on October 29th-31st from 12:00 pm- 6:00 pm in Coffman room 210! Any registered undergraduate, graduate, or professional student is welcome! No verification of income required. We care about sustainability - if possible please bring your own reusable bag! Find out more information.

8. Info Session: Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology MA

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Educational Sciences Building 325

Learn more about the M.A. in counseling and student personnel services (CSPP). As a student in the program, you'll counsel others throughout their lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally, socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good. RSVP today.

9. CIA Information Session

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 6:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Fraser Hall 101

Are you interested in protecting our nation’s security and countering international dangers like terrorism, proliferation, and cyber threats? Then join us for a Central Intelligence Agency Information Session. Recruiters will discuss career opportunities across the Agency, provide details on the application and security clearance processes, and answer your questions. The CIA is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students in all fields of study to fill open internship, co-op, and full-time job opportunities for over 100 occupations. See the website for more information on open positions. All CIA positions require US citizenship and relocation to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. RSVP for this event on GoldPASS.

10. H.O.P.E Bake Sale

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 4:00 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union Marketplace

H.O.P.E. is having a delicious bake sale in the Coffman Union Marketplace on Wednesday, October 30th from 4:30 - 6:00 pm! We will be selling Insomnia Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, and lots more yummy treats. Half of our proceeds will go to People Serving People. Come support H.O.P.E. and the community during this time!

11. Pre-Health Transfer Student Application Prep Workshops

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Moos Tower 2-565

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center is hosting two workshops for transfer students who are pre-health (someone who is planning to apply to a health degree program such as medical school, pharmacy, etc.). Workshops will include time to start building your health program action plan, talk about important steps in the application timeline, and help students prioritize the next steps. Please RSVP and indicate which workshop you are planning to attend. Both workshops will take place in 2-565 Moos Tower (PHSRC).

12. Government and Nonprofit Career Fair

Friday, November 1, 2019, 10:00 am- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union Great Hall

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. There are over 80 employers that will be in attendance this year from a wide variety of organizations and industries within the nonprofit and government sectors. Students interested in this career field will find a multitude of resources and employers to connect with. Check out more information and find more specific information about the fair, directions to the event, and a full list of exhibitors in attendance.

13. Employer Office Hours - Learn About Direct Care Positions

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen Hall 330

Are you exploring careers in the healthcare field? Interested in learning more about direct care opportunities? Stop by 524 Bruininks Hall between 1:00 and 4:00 pm on November 5 to connect with organizations who are looking for direct care professionals! Direct care positions (also known as personal care assistants, personal aides, home health aides, etc.) work directly with people, often in their homes, to provide support for an illness, injury, or disability. Sound interesting? This is a casual, come-as-you-are event, so stop by anytime to learn directly from employers about direct care opportunities with their organizations. Many of these organizations are hiring, so it's a good idea to bring your resume! Check GoldPASS for RSVP and a list of participating organizations.

14. Institute of Child Development (ICD) Fall Undergraduate Research Event

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free, food provided
Location: Main floor hallway of ICD (Child Development) building

Learn about ways to get involved (for credit, volunteer, or pay) with child / developmental psychology research labs! Pizza will be provided. This could be a great event to find research positions for Capstone. Reach out to if you have questions about applying CPSY 4994 Research to the Psychology majors.


15. *Volunteer or Credit* Research Assistant at VA Medical Center

A research team in mental health, under the leadership of STRONG STAR (the Department of Defense Consortium on PTSD research), is conducting a year-long intervention drug trial with veterans who have PTSD. We are looking for a student research assistant who would assist with data entry, pre-screening participants, observing patients during study visits, and assisting study staff with other study needs. Time commitment would be for a minimum of 1 semester, 10 hours per week. It would be ideal if the interested student(s) can start Spring Semester (January 2020) and stay through the end of summer 2020. If you are interested, send your unofficial transcript, resume, and a brief letter of interest to Yelena Vorobyov at We hope to start the onboarding process for an RA by end of November 2019.

16. *Volunteer or Credit* Research Assistant for Evidence-Based Trauma Treatments for Children – Ambit Network

The research intern at Ambit Network will assist Ambit Network staff at the Institute for Translational Research in Children’s Mental Health (ITR). Ambit Network is a dissemination and implementation initiative designed to bridge the gap between research and community practice. This is achieved through providing training in various evidence-based treatment models for children to mental health clinicians across Minnesota. Responsibilities include prepping training materials, data entry, troubleshooting, fidelity tracking, and basic data management. This project is headed by Dr. Abi Gewirtz, Director of ITR. Assistants will be supervised by Tanner Zimmerman, Ambit Network’s project manager. Qualified candidates should be extremely detail-oriented, able to work independently, comfortable with computer programs such as the Microsoft Office Suite, and willing to develop new skills and knowledge as it pertains to the project. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology, Child Psychology, or Family Social Science and be willing to commit 9-10 hours per week for the semester of enrollment (equates to 3 research credits). Hours are flexible, but will typically be scheduled between 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. To apply, please send your resume and cover letter or letter of interest to Tanner Zimmerman at

Learning Abroad

17. “Exploring the Good Life in Denmark”: Embedded study abroad seminar for Spring 2020

Interested in spending Spring break 2020 in Denmark studying the “good life?” Check out this faculty-led seminar for undergraduate students. The instructor is Dr. Michael Stebleton, Faculty, CEHD. Accepting priority applications for spring now. Scholarships are available. This is a 10-week course (8 weeks of class before the break; 9 days in country; 2 weeks after). Copenhagen, Denmark is one of the most livable cities in the world. On worldwide surveys of wellbeing, quality of life, and happiness, the Danes are consistently ranked at the top when compared to other global cities. Why do the Scandinavians appear to be so happy? What factors lead to satisfaction and high quality of life? Using positive psychology and happiness research as conceptual frameworks, we will spend time in Copenhagen and take several day trips outside of the city to examine factors that contribute to the well-being and high quality of life. Email Dr. Stebleton at or contact the Learning Abroad Center. The application deadline has been extended to December 1st.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. The Lazarus Project Internship and Practicum Opportunities

The Lazarus Project is currently offering paid practicum and internship placements for those interested in the psychology field. The Lazarus Project is a center-based program offering ABA services to children with ASD located in Plymouth and Mendota Heights. Employment is also available. Send your resumes to Peggy Howell at or call 763-519-1997 with any questions.

19. 2 Positions - Psychology Technician Position

Position 1: Full-time psychology technician is available at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The technician will serve on a randomized clinical trial evaluating a cognitive intervention for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The technician will complete diagnostic interviews and individual symptom assessments with participants. The technician also will conduct cognitive and functional skill assessments with participants that included computerized cognitive measures, a neuropsychological battery, questionnaires, and role-play assessments. All activities will be conducted under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.

Position 2: Full-time psychology technician position is available at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System to serve on a randomized clinical trial to evaluate a cognitive intervention for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The technician will be trained to provide all aspects of the intervention, including administration of specific cognitive training exercises, administration of neuromodulation procedures, and facilitation of discussions about the use of cognitive strategies. The incumbent will also complete diagnostic interviews and individual symptom assessments with participants under the supervision of a licensed psychologist. The position is funded for 1.5 years.

The positions are funded for 1.5 years. To learn more, please contact Tasha Nienow, Ph.D., LP at

20. Yale Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience

The Yale Autism Center of Excellence (ACE) and Yale Social and Affective Neuroscience of Autism Program (SANA) will select highly qualified college graduates for the Yale Fellowship in Developmental Psychopathology and Social Neuroscience at the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC). The YCSC at the Yale School of Medicine is a leading institution for research on childhood developmental and mental health disorders. Through extensive interdepartmental collaborations, the program brings together experts in developmental psychopathology, experimental psychology, statistics, neuroimaging, eye-tracking, psychophysiology, and computational science. The fellowship's curriculum includes participation in the Yale Autism Program’s weekly science meetings, weekly SANA Program meetings, research tutorials and courses, and other didactic experiences at the Yale Child Study Center, School of Medicine, and Departments of Psychology and Statistics. The primary training experience will be in daily activities related to behavioral, psychophysiological, and eye-tracking studies. The lab has many ongoing neuroimaging studies with fetal, neo-natal, and school-aged participants. Fellows are typically involved in aspects of each study ranging from design and implementation of novel behavioral, eye-tracking and psychophysiological experiments, data processing and analysis of experimental data to participating directly in subject characterization by conducting structured parent interviews and assessing participants. Questions and inquiries should be addressed to Dr. Suzanne Macari at sanalab@yale.eduFind more information and application instructions on the website.

21. Position Openings with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Full- and Part-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for one full-time position, as well as another part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) position. To view full job postings, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions below.

Full-Time: ABCD Research Professional 1. Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" then search for the Job ID 333687.

Part-Time: Student Academic Support (ABCD UGRA). Click "Students," then search for the Job ID 331406.