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Psych Scoop, 11/12/19

November 12, 2019

November 12th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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

tomorrow, 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! We can't wait to see you there.

2. Research Contract Opening Thursday, November 14th

The research contract system will hopefully be up by Thursday, November 14th. There are some changes in waiting. Be sure to check for updates on our website and there will be new instructional guides on how to log on to the system. If you have any questions, please 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.

3. Psychology Club Fall 2019 Meeting

today, Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union 325

Hello All! Interested in using your skills and stepping into the shoes of a psychologist? Our next meeting is a Case Study Event on Tuesday, November 12th in Memorial Union 325 from 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm. There will be chips and salsa to go along with your deduction skills. We hope to see you there!

4. IOPC: Grad Panel Event and Upcoming Board Elections

tomorrow, Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N391

We hope you are having a great November! Our most anticipated event of the year is only a week away from occurring, and we want you to be a part of it. We will be hosting a Grad Panel Event where grad students share experiences about everything regarding grad school work, the application process, and more. The event will be on Wednesday, Nov. 13th from 5:30 - 7:00 PMFree food and Coca-Cola beverages will be provided by the Student Unions and Activities office.

Additionally, do you want to contribute further to IOPC? If so, apply to be on our board! Check out more information on the board positions that are up for election. Fill out an application if you're interested. If you would like more information regarding the event or the board positions, email

Courses of Interest

5. 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. 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 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. PSY 3206: Health Psychology is strongly recommended as a prerequisite.

PSY 4960-001 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. PSY 4960-002: Introduction to Positive Psychology - 3 Credits

Students enrolled in this course will learn about the history of positive psychology along with its applications to several life domains, including relationships, career development, and personal growth. Additionally, the course will cover common critiques and misconceptions about positive psychology. Throughout the semester, students will learn about various interventions designed to enhance well-being and will practice implementing these techniques into daily life. The class will be a mixture of lecture and discussion. PSY 3001W: Introduction to Research Methods is recommended for this course.

PSY 4960-002 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm

Elliott Hall S160

Instructor: Richard Douglass

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

7. PSY 5960-002: Introduction to Scientific Computing - 3 Credits

This course will provide an introduction to practical computing for scientists. Topics will include regular expression, the Unix command line, shell scripting, the scripting language Python, the statistical computing platform R at an intermediate level, and remote computing resources. The intent is to provide students in behavioral genetics the tools needed to accomplish computationally intensive research tasks, but the material should be of use to students in a broad swath of behavioral and biological sciences. Completion of PSY 3801 strongly recommended. Contact the instructor for more information.

PSY 5960-002 meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:45 am- 11:00 am

Elliott Hall N423

Instructor: James Lee

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

8. PSY 5960-003: Sex, Gender, and Cognition - 3 Credits

This is an advanced topics course for graduate and undergraduate students. Biological mechanisms of sex are variables that affect physiology and development throughout the body, including the brain. Many neuropsychiatric disorders seem to occur differently across genders. However, there are multiple biological mechanisms for sex, and in humans, sex mechanisms are distinct from gender identity. This course is intended to be a critical review of the psychology and neurobiology of sex and gender effects on cognition and behavior. It will focus primarily on executive functions, such as impulse control and decision making, as a candidate cognitive domain where sex and gender effects have been reported, and use these to discuss interpretations, caveats, and best practices in this research area. Over the course, we will cover the independent and dissociable biological spectrums of sex, how these are distinct from gender, and neural mechanisms these can act on. The course will conclude with discussions of how sex and gender can intersect with neuropsychiatric conditions and neurodiversity. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3011 and/or PSY 3061, and PSY 3001W strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 5960-003 meets Fridays from 9:05 am- 11:35 am

Elliott Hall N227

Instructor: Nicola Grissom

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


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

today, 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.

10. Health Management Job & Internship Fair

Monday, November 18, 2019, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Great Hall, Memorial Union

Attend the 2019 Health Management Job & Internship Fair to connect with over 50 employers interested specifically in Health Service Management, Nutrition / Dietetics, and ICP candidates. This is for students of all years and academic standings pursuing jobs and internships in the Health Management field. Find more information and register on GoldPASS.

11. H.O.P.E Presents Navigating Transitions - Figuring Out your College Self (Selves?)

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm (RSVP by Nov. 18th!)
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall N219

H.O.P.E. is launching a new Community Building series where students can come together in meaningful ways that uplift them and alleviates stress. The first event will be called "Navigating Transitions - Figuring Out your College Self (Selves?)". This will be a night to explore where we have been and where we are going with our personal identities and our interpersonal relationships! Tai Mendenhall, a Family Social Science professor and active clinician, will be facilitating with H.O.P.E. Come join us on Wednesday, November 20th from 6:30 - 8:30 PM in Elliott Hall N219 for some important and authentic conversations. Food will be provided! Please RSVP by November 18th.


12. *Volunteer or Credit* REPAIR Lab Research Assistant Positions

The Research Exploring Psychological Assessment and Individualized Rehabilitation (REPAIR) Lab, led by Dr. Jacob Finn, at the Minneapolis VA Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is currently looking for three new volunteer research assistants. The REPAIR lab has two current projects: one outpatient traumatic brain injury study (TBI) and one longitudinal TBI study. The outpatient study focused on mild TBI, and the longitudinal study focuses on the full range of severity. Research assistant duties include screening participants, recruitment of new participants, scheduling research appointments, running research sessions, calling participants for 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 and to commit to at least two full semesters in the lab. REPAIR research takes place in a medical rehabilitation environment, and as such, professional behavior and attire are expected. Ideal candidates will have a GPA of 3.2 or higher, strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and a proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Interested parties should send a copy of their transcripts and a curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Finn at


13. Student Group for Eating Disorder Recovery and Advocacy

The A&M Cooperative is a new student group dedicated to building a safe community on campus for students who have been impacted by eating disorders. Help us work to spread eating disorder awareness or participate in our social events and activities by attending our bi-monthly Wednesday night meetings or our alternating Sunday breakfast meetings! We invite all to join but ask that students with an eating disorder diagnosis be seeking active treatment to protect the safety and health of our current members. If you have any questions or want to become involved, email us at or reach out via our GopherLink page!

14. Hungry to Learn Study Calling for Undergrad Participants

The Division of Epidemiology and Community Health is looking for college students who struggle with or experience challenges around food security. Eligible participants will attend one 60-90 minute focus group in October or November 2019 and will complete a brief survey. Both the focus group and survey questions will ask about food security. The research study is open to currently enrolled undergraduate college students who are at least 18 years of age and experience challenges with food security. Participants will receive a $50 Target gift card for participating. If interested in participating or for more information, please contact the Hungry to Learn Study at

Grad School

15. UNC-Chapel Hill's Diversifying Psychology Weekend: March 26-28, 2020

The UNC Diversifying Psychology Weekend is an opportunity for talented ethnic/racial minority undergraduates and recent college graduates invested in pursuing doctoral-level training in clinical and/or developmental psychology. The program will include seminars, panel discussions, and workshops on the various components of a graduate school application (e.g., personal statement, vita) with the aim of assisting students in developing a competitive application. Students will have the opportunity to meet with UNC clinical and developmental psychology doctoral students and faculty in both formal (e.g., seminars) and informal settings. Additionally, students will get an introduction to the UNC programs in clinical and developmental psychology, as well as to graduate training in psychology more broadly. Travel, housing, and meals are provided for all attendees. The application deadline is December 16, 2019Find more information and complete the application. See more information on the UNC Clinical Psychology Program, the UNC Developmental Psychology Program, and the joint training program across the 6 Psychology Programs.

Also, be sure to check out Psychology Undergrad Advising's list of Diversity in Psychology Programs!

16. Applications for the Ph.D. Programs at ASU Open!

Programs available include Behavioral Neuroscience (primary focus on drug abuse, stress, timing, and memory), Developmental Psychology (aims to understand and improve the lives of children, young adults, and of those entering the late-life years), Cognitive Science (attention, visual perception/working memory, EEG/ERPs, Multiclass-classification analysis), Quantitative Methods (the quantitative concentration focuses on the broad class of quantitative and methodological issues that arise in the conduct of both basic and applied psychological research), Social Psychology (cooperation and conflict, culture, evolutionary social cognition, religion, social behavior, relationships, and addiction research), and the Clinical Psychology program. Applications are due December 1st, 2019 for the Neuroscience and Clinical programs and on December 5th, 2019 for the other programs.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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17. 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 Kate Schroeder at or call 763-519-1197 with any questions.

18. Psychology Technician Position

A 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. The position is funded for 1.5 years. A Master’s degree in psychology is preferred. To learn more, please contact Tasha Nienow, Ph.D., LP at

19. Lindahl Academic Center is Hiring Psychology Tutors!

The Lindahl Academic Center is hiring tutors for Spring 2020! Applicants must possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have passed the course they want to tutor with an "A" or "B" (equivalent course from other universities okay). Tutors work as few as three hours and as many as twenty hours per week. The most common course we need tutors for is PSY 1001, however, we also have a need for 3XXX level or higher PSY classes. Below is a list of our most commonly requested PSY courses:

PSY 1001, PSY 3801, PSY 3051, PSY 3XXX

To apply, please look at our website. Feel free to reach out to our tutor coordinators, Adam Demchak at and Ethan Fenske at if you have questions. From there, we will notify you via email if you have been selected for an interview.

20. 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: MCTFR Research Professional 1: Research Assistant - Recruiter. Two positions are available. Click "External Applicants" or "Current U Employees" then search for the Job ID 334121.

Full-Time: ABCD Research Professional 1. One position is available. Click "External 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.

21. NIMH Intramural Research Training Award Position

The Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience (SMDN), Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN), and Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT) of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, Maryland, seek qualified individuals to fill Postbaccalaureate IRTA (Intramural Research Training Award) positions, with employment starting May through July 2020. SMDN, SDAN, and NNT conduct research on the brain mechanisms of mental illness in youth, with a focus on irritability and anxiety. We also investigate treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy. Responsibilities include assistance with and participation in all aspects of the research enterprise: patient and healthy volunteer screening, recruitment, and training on research tasks; protocol implementation; data collection, entry, and analysis; and manuscript preparation. Interested individuals should complete the online application (link can be found under “Application Procedure”). Following the completion of the online application, individuals should forward a letter of interest and resume to Emily Jones at

22. Fellowship Opportunities in Social Developmental Neuroscience for Seniors and Recent Graduates

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering four fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, the Education Sciences Fellowship, and the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2020 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2020 and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details at Cohen Fellowship and Simons Fellowship.