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Psych Scoop, 11/17/20

November 17, 2020

November 17th, 2020

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1. Peer Chatroom - Tuesday, December 1st

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online, Zoom Link

With finals around the corner, 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. We want to offer this space for students to de-stress and chat. Come de-stress before finals; you might even see Pretzel, Rucha’s cat.

2. Psych Research Panel Recap and Recording

Psych Advising recently hosted the Research Panel. We wanted to give a big shout out to our wonderful panelists: Emame Thompson-Eja, Kerry Houlihan, Hannah Wehrman, and Makayla Owens. If you missed the panel, watch it on YouTube. Hear from psych students about how they got involved in research and what tips they have for students hoping to get involved in research.

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 International Student Association: Global Study Buddy

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

Want to connect with more students who have the same passions for psychology as yourself? Come join PISA on November 19th at either 7:00 AM CST or 3:00 PM CST, to connect with other psychology students, talk psychology, and learn more about coding! Both domestic and international students are welcome! We hope to see you all there! If you would like to be sent the link in advance please email or DM us on Instagram @umnpisa.


4. Virtual Job/Internship Fair ACR Homes

Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online, Zoom, Meeting ID:972 2989 8512

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 at 2:00 pm, 2:15 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 2:30 pm. *Must be present to win. *Let them know Kayla sent you.

5. 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.

6. You’ve Got to be Carefully Taught: Our classrooms are where our children get their social lenses

Thursday, November 19th, 2020, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Let’s take a critical look at how curriculum and pedagogy within our public and private elementary and secondary classrooms can shift how our children view themselves and each other as equally important young citizens. Join us for a conversation about education in the context of student resistance and political upheaval. RSVP here.

7. How individuals, allies, and organizations can disrupt subtle biases in STEM

Friday, November 20, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

More than ever before, people work together with others from different gender, racial, sexual orientation, age, religion, parental status, and ability backgrounds. The challenges that emerge when people from different backgrounds interact can be understood from the perspective of social identity theory. In simple terms, we like people from our own group more than people from other groups. This can lead to dysfunctional behavior. These processes can be disrupted and enable positive interpersonal dynamics. Join EWIS welcoming Dr. Eden King who will share her expertise on the social sciences at the UMN Center for Immunology and provide recommendations for leveraging diversity. RSVP & learn more.

8. Virtual HBCU Info Session - National Student Exchange

Friday, November 20, 2020, 2:30 am- 3:30 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Through the National Student Exchange (NSE), UMN undergrads can exchange to a Historically Black College or University (HBCU) for a semester or year! They continue to pay U of M tuition and receive most UMN financial aid and scholarships. Credits transfer back easily to UMN. There are 12 HBCUs available for exchange through NSE including Alabama A&M, Alabama State, Bowie State, Florida A&M, NC Central, Prairie View A&M, SC State, Southern University, Tuskegee University, UVI St. Croix, UVI St. Thomas, and Virginia State. This info session will feature three U of M students that exchanged to an HBCU. RSVP here and you can learn more by emailing

Courses of Interest

9. 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 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.) 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. GCC 5022: The Human Experience of Sensory Loss: Seeking Equitable and Effective Solutions - 3 credits

Interdisciplinary perspectives on sensory disabilities, especially vision impairment and hearing impairment. Visiting presenters including those with disabilities. Term project and weekly written reflection questions, but no exams. Open to both grad and undergrads. We especially encourage Psychology undergrads to register, especially those with interests in health or counseling professions. A psychology major who took the course wrote "This might be the best chance for any student to acquire concrete knowledge about the experience of living with sensory loss. You would also be able to learn from all perspectives involved in the subject.

GCC 5022 is online, meets Thursdays from 3:00 pm- 5:40 pm CST

Instructors: Gordon Legge and Andrew Oxenham (Psychology); Peggy Nelson (Speech, Language and Hearing Science), Meredith Adams (Medical School)

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

15. EPSY 1281: Psychological Science Applied - 4 credits

This course introduces students to applied psychology as a discipline and reviews fundamental principles of psychology through the lenses of applied and professional areas. The course serves as a foundation for future coursework in education, health sciences, and psychology.

EPSY 1281 is online. Lecture meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:05 am- 9:55 am CST (lectures are recorded), online lab attendance is required

Instructors: Martin Van Boekel (

Note: this course does not count for Psychology majors or minors.


16. *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.

17. *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 proficiency in Microsoft Office products. Per the 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

18. *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 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.

19. *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

20. *Volunteer or Credit* Psychology of Environmental Sustainability Research Program

Professor Deniz Ones’ Organizational Environmental Sustainability “Green” research lab, headed by Yagizhan Yazar & Yilei Wang, will be conducting an online research program. The program can be taken in exchange for PSY 5993 (3 credits) for the spring semester [can be combined with the Capstone project] or by volunteering. During this program, the participants will 1) Gain experience in research on organizational environmental sustainability, 2) assist in data collection, data entry, and statistical analysis, 3) receive instruction in introductory statistical analysis in R, introduction to modern machine learning, and natural language processing techniques, and 4) learn about cutting-edge research in environmental sustainability in and of organizations and other I-O related topics. Tips and suggestions for pursuing advanced degrees in I-O psychology will be shared. This program will have two tracks. One will be a boot camp conducted in January and the other one will be an extensive research program from 1/4 to 3/7. For both tracks, intensive onboarding training will take place from 1/4 to 1/8. The number of participants for both research experiences is limited to 12. Please see the detailed schedule for the boot camp via this link, and for the extensive research program here. The application is open until November 29th and may be accessed through this link. Questions may be e-mailed to Yilei Wang at and Yagizhan Yazar at

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21. 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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22. 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.

23. Client Support Specialist/Psychometrist

Martin-McAllister Consulting Psychologists, Inc., an organizational consulting firm in Edina, is seeking a Client Support Specialist/Psychometrist. Responsibilities would include the administration of psychological tests, scheduling, client support services, front desk support, and some filing and typing. Requires excellent written and oral communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and consistent attention to detail. If interested, please submit a resume and a brief statement of interest to Laura Pendergrass at

24. Research Assistant Position

Professor Betty Zhou at the Carlson School of Management is looking for conscientious and detail-oriented research assistants (RA) for her current research projects. The RA will be primarily responsible for coding behaviors from video and audio recordings. This is a part-time position for current undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and it starts in mid-December. The RA will be expected to work for 160 hours total; 10-20 hours per week during the fall and spring semester and 40 hours per week over winter break. If you are interested, please fill out this form. With any questions, please email Maeve Finnegan at