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Psych Scoop, 11/10/20

November 10, 2020

November 10th, 2020

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1. Registration is Here!

Spring 2021 registration is here! As a note, we are currently booking out for the week of November 30th and beyond. If you would like to meet with us, you can schedule an appointment, but if your registration date and time is before November 30th, you may want to consider joining us at drop-ins!

2. #UMNFirst: Share Your Story

On November 8-13, institutions around the country are invited to celebrate the presence and experiences of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff. Use this form to volunteer your story to be used in the First Gen Proud campaign the week of November 8, 2020 (link). Thank you for joining the University community in celebrating this day! Check out other stories here. (Be sure to mention the Department of Psychology so we can give you a shout out too!)

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. Association of Black Psychology Students: Psych Professional Event

Monday, November 16, 2020, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online, Zoom Link

Join ABPS and other Black professionals in Psychology to discuss the various academic and career pathways within the discipline! Panelists: Dr. Danielle Vrieze, Vanessa Anyanso, Dr. Tabitha Grier-Reed, and Dr. Lovey Peissig

4. Psychology International Student Association: Global Study Buddy

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 7:00 am CST AND 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

PISA has two more global study buddy events of the semester! November 19th and December 3rd from 7:00 am- 8:30 am CST and 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm CST! The goal of our GSB events is to help connect both international and domestic students within psychology, especially during this time when we are unable to connect in-person! We hope to see you all at one or all of our upcoming events! (Remember to also follow us on IG @UMNPISA for more updates!)


5. Ask a Recruiter: Interviewing

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

In this webinar, a moderator will interview experienced recruiters on their perspective of how to effectively interview and how candidates can best highlight their skills and contributions. During the last 20-30 minutes, participants have an opportunity to ask questions regarding the steps that can be taken to improve their candidacy. Recruiter Panelists will center the conversation around their advice for students throughout the different stages of the interview process. Learn more and register for this event.

6. Coffee and Career Connections: Business Industry Panel (Consulting, Sales, Finance, Insurance, HR & Marketing)

Tuesday, November 17, 2020, 9:00 am- 10:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Tune into this panel to meet alumni from the fields of consulting, sales, finance, insurance, HR, and marketing who will speak about their career paths and give advice for pursuing a career and/or advancement in their respective fields. Panelists will discuss effective strategies for seeking a position in this field, sought after skills, industry changes, and more! Learn more and register for this event.

7. Post-Election Dialogue Sessions

Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 3:00 pm- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Come and share your reactions about the elections with campus colleagues and peers so that we can create the campus climate that we hope for, collectively. This is not a space for debate but a supportive space. RSVP and learn more.

Courses of Interest

8. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology - 1-4 Credits

Make your internship experience count toward your PSY Major! The class credits (1-4 credits) are based on the number of hours that you work at your internship during the Spring 2021 semester. The online course assignments are a complement to your learning in your internship setting. Example sites from the past include Minneapolis Public Schools, People Serving People, Sexual Violence Center, Tubman, and the Walk-In Counseling Center. Look for more opportunities in the Psych Scoop and even more on GoldPass. You have time! Late registration is allowed through the end of the 2nd week of the Spring semester. Steps to register for PSY 3896:
1.) Student secures an internship with a site
2.) Submit a "Request an Experience" form on GoldPASS and receive approval
3.) The permission number to register for the course will then be emailed to you
PSY 3896 coursework is online (asynchronous); sites requiring in-person work will need to be approved by the College Internship staff

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.

9. PSY 4960 - 001: 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. 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 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.

10. PSY 4960 - 002: Positive Psychology - 3 Credits

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.

11. PSY 4960 - 003: Ethnic and Racial Minority Mental Health - 3 Credits

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.

12. PSY 5960 - 001: Psychology, Pandemics, and Climate Change - 3 credits

This is an advanced undergrad or graduate class. In this class, we will discuss some of the biggest challenges the world is facing nowadays (Climate change; pandemics) and what Psychology can do to help. We will address underlying reasons why people behave the way they do and discuss ways of constructing environments and incentives such as to promote behavior that addresses the common good. We will also discuss how psychology, climate change, and pandemics influence and are influenced by each other. This class will be interdisciplinary and combine decision-making and game theory with Biology, Economics, and Social and Cognitive Psychology. At the end of the class, students should be able to understand the crucial role of psychology in addressing major world challenges and be equipped with scientifically principled tools to help solve them. This class will consist of lectures (including several guest lectures), discussion, and group work. Completion of PSY 3001W is strongly recommended.

PSY 5960 - 001 is online, meets Fridays from 10:10 am- 12:40 pm CST

Instructor: Iris Vilares

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

13. Virtual Internships through The Learning Abroad Center!

The Virtual International Internship, continuing in Spring 2021, is a four-credit internship opportunity. It’s critical to learn to adapt, acclimate, discover new ways to contribute and be productive working remotely. Virtual internships combined with the internship course give you an opportunity to learn and develop valuable skills. You’ll work on projects from the US for an international organization in Argentina, Australia, China, Czech Republic, Ecuador, France, Ireland, Italy, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Senegal, Spain, or the United Kingdom while adding a global perspective to your professional work experience. You’ll apply your in-class knowledge to real-world meaningful work, gain experience, expand your skill base, earn four credits from coursework, and maximize your time. While we’ll try to place you in your preferred location, keep in mind that our top consideration is making an appropriate match for your skills, experience, and internship goals. Learn more and apply before November 15th, 2020!


14. *Credit* Undergraduate Research Opportunity at the Institute of Child Development

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students to work in Professor Glenn Roisman's Relationships Research Laboratory in the Spring of 2021 to help with (remote) data entry and transcription of interviews about participants' childhood experiences with their primary caregivers. Prospective undergraduate research assistants must be prepared to sign up for 3 credits (approximately 9 hours of work per week, including a flexible schedule and 1-2 weekly, hour-long lab meetings, one of which is Mondays at 10 am). Please contact Professor Roisman by email at if you are interested and indicate your availability for an informal, 15-minute interview via Zoom. Professor Roisman asks that you email in advance of your Zoom appointment your resume and a brief writing sample (no more than 1-page excerpt) from a college paper.

15. *Credit or Volunteer* Service Member and Veteran Rehabilitation Research

The Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab at the Minneapolis VA is currently looking for volunteer research assistants. Current projects largely focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI) in both inpatient and outpatient treatment settings. Research assistant duties include screening and recruiting participants, scheduling research appointments, running research sessions, conducting follow-up assessments, conducting interviews to assess functioning, documenting efforts in clinical charts, coordinating participant payments, collaborating with members of the interdisciplinary rehabilitation team, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, and disseminating results locally. Dr. Finn expects volunteer research assistants to commit at least 8 hours per week to the lab. Due to the training investment required, volunteers are expected to commit to at least one calendar year in the lab (with time off between semesters). REPAIR research takes place in a medical rehabilitation environment, and as such, professional behavior and attire are expected. Ideal candidates will have a GPA ≥ 3.2, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Per Department of Veterans Affairs policy, all research assistants must be U.S. citizens. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Finn at

16. *Credit* I/O Psychology Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity [VIRTUAL]

We are looking for three motivated and responsible students to assist with a current research project on corporate social responsibility in Professor Deniz Ones’ Corporate Social Responsibility Research Lab, headed by Phoebe Hessen, for credit in PSY 5993. The research project is focused on understanding the content of organizations’ socially responsible initiatives. RA’s would work closely with a Ph. D. student to carry out responsibilities including conducting literature reviews and background research, collecting critical incidents of socially responsible initiatives from organizations’ sustainability reporting, reading, and making judgments about these incidents (i.e., coding), and data analysis. The program will begin with intensive onboarding the week prior to the start of the spring semester (~20 hours, 8 synchronous and 12 asynchronous). Weekly meetings will be held throughout the semester to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties (held virtually through Zoom until further notice). Prospective applicants should fill out a brief application. Please contact Phoebe Hessen at with any questions or for more information. The deadline to apply for a Spring Semester position is December 1st, 2020.

17. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Volunteer Research Assistant in Anxiety Laboratory

The laboratory of Dr. Matt Kushner is looking for an undergraduate volunteer research assistant to assist in an ongoing study in the Department of Psychiatry. The purpose of the study is to test a computer-delivered therapy for alcohol use disorder and anxiety. Primary responsibilities include data entry with the possibility of completing participant appointments in the future. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week with preferred availability in the afternoons. Those able to make a multiple-semester commitment will be given priority. If you are interested, please email a copy of your resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter to Research Manager, Nikki Degeneffe at


18. Student Writing Support - Immediate Openings Usually Available

Student Writing Support continues to offer one-to-one writing consultations to all enrolled students! You can bring in anything you are working on at any stage of the writing process. Immediate openings in Zoom are often available. Go to mySWS or visit the SWS virtual front desk to schedule an appointment.

Graduate School

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

19. Upcoming Instagram Live Sessions on School Psychology

Multiple sessions in description
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Learn more about the field of school psychology! Join the School Psychology Student Association Instagram Live Sessions (@umn_spsa) during School Psychology Week. Tuesday, 11/10 at 7:00 pm CST: Q&A with a faculty member about training future school psychologists; Wednesday, 11/11 at 7:00 pm CST: Q&A with a current student who recently applied for internship; Thursday, 11/12 at 7:00 pm CST: Q&A with a student who transitioned from the EdS track to the Ph.D. track; Friday, 11/13 at 5:00 pm CST: Q&A with a recent graduate who is currently completing a Postdoc.

20. LGBTQ+ Graduate Student Panel: Demystifying Graduate Education for Undergraduates

Thursday, November 12, 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Steven J. Schochet Endowment and the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life (GSC) invites you to participate in an event to educate LGBTQ+ undergraduates on the process of applying to graduate school. A panel of graduate and professional students will share advice and insight from their experiences. This program is for LGBTQ+ undergraduate students interested in graduate education. RSVP and learn more.

21. 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: 1:00-1:40 pm Program overview with Director of Graduate Studies; 1:40-2:20 pm Meet with current faculty: Breakout rooms by track; 2:20-3:00 pm Meet with current students: Breakout rooms by track; 3:00-3:30 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.

22. Explore the Possibilities: Graduate School Diversity Virtual Conference and Fair 2020

Tuesday, November 17, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Did you know that the University of Minnesota has more than 200 graduate and professional degree programs? It’s not too early to start exploring Graduate School! This virtual conference and graduate fair offers current University of Minnesota undergraduate students an opportunity to explore the possibilities of what a graduate education can provide for their future academic and career goals. You can meet faculty, staff, and representatives from the Graduate School, Graduate School Diversity Office, and graduate programs, and programs on the Duluth campus. Learn about the application process and funding your graduate education. Meet current graduate students from diverse student organizations and learn about their UMN graduate experiences. Learn more and register.

23. Online MA in Applied Child and Adolescent Development Info Session

Tuesday, November 17, 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Consider an online graduate degree in applied child and adolescent development! The U of M Institute of Child Development MA program will provide you with a strong foundation in developmental psychology and an opportunity to specialize in one of three areas: child lifeinfant and early childhood mental health, or individualized studies. Join us for an info session to learn more about the program, areas of specialization, and how to apply. Learn more and register.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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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.

25. Behavior Technician and Behavior Therapist

Behavioral Dimensions, a private company based out of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, provides intensive services to children with autism and related conditions. We are currently hiring undergraduate, college graduates, and graduate students from colleges and universities studying in a wide variety of human services fields. We at Behavioral Dimensions believe that the experiences we can offer students give them excellent opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom to real-life situations. Students will learn how to implement research-based behavioral techniques to teach young children a wide variety of skills as well as how to prevent and respond to challenging situations. Students receive many hours of training and support from professionals from several different disciplines, all with experience and training in Applied Behavior Analysis. Many jobs in the human services field require a degree, internship, and experience in order to be hired. We can assist in providing the required hours of experience and the internship while students are completing their degrees. Contact Amy Lundquist at with questions.