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Psych Scoop, 11/19/19

November 19, 2019

November 19th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Scheduling Reminders

The University will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th. Please keep this in mind if you are hoping to come to drop-ins or schedule an appointment soon. There will be no drop-ins on Thursday, November 28th. As always, feel free to email any questions to us at

2. Research Contract System Open

The research contract system is now live. 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. IOPC: Bake Sale and Board Elections

tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 11:00 am- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Memorial Union, outside of food court

The Industrial-Organizational Psychology Club (IOPC) will be having a bake sale this Wednesday (11/20) from 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM outside the food court. Come and support our club while enjoying yummy treats! Would you like to contribute further to IOPC? Apply to be a board member! Fill out the application. Information about what positions are available to apply for can be found here.

Courses of Interest

4. 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.

5. PSY 4960-002: Introduction to Positive Psychology - 3 Credits - 5 Seats Left!

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 lectures and discussions. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.


8. 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. 19th!)
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 today, November 19th (deadline extended!).

9. November Nutritious U Food Pantry

Tuesday, November 19 - Thursday, November 21, 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 November 19th-21st 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 reusable bag! Find out more information.

10. Seeing U in Healthcare: Diversity Panel & Making Connections

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Blegen Hall 317

This is a great session for students interested in learning from the experiences of current healthcare professionals in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and more. Panelists will share their stories about navigating professional graduate school to launching into practice and the importance of diversity in healthcare. All students are welcome. Find more information on GoldPASS.

11. International STEM Alumni Connections

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 4:30 pm- 6:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Tate 120

Are you curious about internship and job opportunities in the US? Join International STEM Alumni Connections to learn more from five UMN International Alumni who are currently working in the Twin Cities. Alumni, who graduated from STEM majors, will share their tips and advice for internship and job search and application processes, and strategies for navigating the US workplace. Here you can also ask international alumni your own questions about careers in the US. Free food and refreshments will be provided! This event is co-presented by Career Services Administration & CSE Career Services; all UMN undergraduate international students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Email Jane at with any questions about this event.

12. People of Color and Indigenous People in Law, Politics and Government Professions

Thursday, November 21, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks 131B

The CLA Student board invites you to network with other students interested in working in legal careers and CLA alumni. They will provide dinner and networking time for students, to meet with alumni of Color and Indigenous Alumni working in law, government, or legal professions. We would love for you to be a part of this exciting event. Students, if you're interested in careers in law and would like to hear about alumni of Color or Indigenous alumni experiences in the field, this is an incredible opportunity for you to gain information about real-world experience. RSVP required, space is limited. Students, please register by using this link.

13. DirecTrack to Teaching Program Information Session

Friday, November 22, 2019, 12:30 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Peik 215

Interested in teaching? DirecTrack may be a great fit for you! Come to one of our information sessions that are coming up! We will go over the DTT basics and get you all the information you need to know! Register to attend here. Questions? Reach out to Brett at for more information!


14. *Volunteer* Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute

Dr. Sandra Japuntich at Hennepin Healthcare Research Institute is looking for volunteers to work on a study about lung cancer screening. Lung cancer screening, with a low-dose CT scan, of high-risk current and former smokers, has been shown to reduce lung cancer death by 20% however, few people receive this test. This study is funded by the American Cancer Society and aims to find out what the rates of lung cancer screening are in two medical centers, real-world experiences during lung cancer screening for patients and providers, and whether there are disparities in lung cancer screening by race. In collaboration with the Principal Investigator, Sandra Japuntich Ph.D., and supervised by Berman Center Research Coordinator Elena Friedman, the Research Assistant will help to administer surveys to patients and providers. The volunteer opportunity would start in January and ideally, work 8-10 hours per week. Potential benefits to research volunteers include gaining research experience, mentorship from a clinical psychology researcher, interacting with patients and opportunities to be included on publications and presentations. Successful candidates will have excellent time management, organization, problem-solving skills, be comfortable communicating over the phone, proficient typing ability and be detail-oriented. Interested volunteers should contact Dr. Japuntich at or 612-873-6856.


15. Personal Statement Consultations for Undergraduate International Students

Are you preparing an application for a graduate or professional school program? The Personal Statement is an important part of the application process! Meet with a Personal Statement Consultant to have yours reviewed in a consultation appointment. Appointments are 30 minutes, and available on a drop-in basis in Bruininks Hall and Lind Hall. You can visit a Personal Statement Consultant more than once. Our consultants are international students just like you; they are current UMN graduate students who can share their graduate school experiences with you. Personal Statement Consultations are available November 18th through January 17th. View the schedule here. The weekly schedule will be posted at least one week in advance, so you will know 2-3 weeks of the schedule at a time. Don't forget to bring your Personal Statement draft to your appointment! Email Jane at if you have any questions about Personal Statement Consultations. All UMN international undergraduate students are welcome to participate, thanks to the UMN International Student and Scholar Services Culture Corps program for making this possible.

16. TRIO McNair Scholar Program Applications Open

This is a reminder that applications for the TRIO McNair Scholar program are open. The goal of McNair Scholars is to give undergraduate students intensive, faculty-driven research experiences and prepare students for entry into and success in graduate school. Learn more information and apply today. Applications are due January 21st, 2020.

Grad School

17. Ph.D. and MA Programs in Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri-St. Louis, USA

The Behavioral Neuroscience Program offers intense training in four critical areas of skill development that are required to successfully fulfill an academic career. The universal training goals of the Behavioral Neuroscience program are the following: Critical thinking, application of research methods and analyses, scientific writing, and teaching. Our research specialties include Social, Cognitive, Affective, and Clinical Neuroscience on topics such as neurophysiological correlates of posttraumatic stress disorder, self-reflection, and default mode network, the neurocognition of emotion and romantic love, prejudice and discrimination, and health disparities. We soon will have training on the neuroscience of substance abuse and addiction. Please note we no longer offer training in animal models. Our Department of Psychological Sciences currently trains more than 50 Ph.D. candidates, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment. The Department is equipped with several EEG systems, physiological research suites including eye-tracking, cardiovascular measures, and skin conductance. Many faculty have connections to facilities with magnetic resonance imaging equipment. We also have an active chapter of Graduate Women in Science. Applications are due January 15th, 2020.

18. Ph.D. Program in Organizational Behavior - Cornell University

Cornell University is among the world’s most prestigious research universities, and its ILR School provides a unique, multidisciplinary environment in which to pursue graduate work studying organizations. Cornell ILR focuses on the world of work, with doctoral programs not only in OB, but also related fields such as human resources, dispute resolution, and labor relations, and social statistics. ILR OB students and faculty often work closely with major organizational scholars in other areas of Cornell as well, including Johnson Graduate School of Management, the School of Hotel Administration, and the Departments of Sociology and Psychology. Find more information here. Applications are due January 2nd.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

19. Project Engage

Dr. LeAnne Johnson's Project Engage is looking for immediate hire for an hourly data collector position to help test a new technology-based observation system for use in preschool classrooms. The position is about 4-14 hours a week during typical school hours and can be flexible. This position does require you to be able to drive yourself to schools around the metro area (mileage is reimbursed). The position starts immediately and will continue through early June 2020. For more information and to apply, select this link.

20. Research Assistant for the Marcus Autism Center Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Program

The Marcus Autism Center is hiring a Research Assistant within the Pediatric Neuroimaging Research Core. This position is for Bachelor-level or above applicants who have prior experience working in a clinical and/or research environment. Successful applicants will engage in two years of clinical and research experiences through various longitudinal MRI studies of infants at high and low-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and through an MRI study of participants with 3q29 deletion. The primary responsibilities of the Research Assistant will be collecting MRI and eye-tracking data from infants and children, conducting clinical assessments on these participants, data entry and management, and consenting, scheduling, and hosting families who participate in our studies. The Research Assistant will also have the opportunity to attend events such as autism grand rounds meetings (twice a month), our summer-intensive training seminar covering clinical research in autism (one week), and weekly lab meetings. Strong consideration will be given to candidates who have previous experience with infants or young children with autism and who are interested in research operations and neuroimaging research. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Sarah Shultz at 1920 Briarcliff Road, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 or

21. Interested in being a Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant?

Professor Elizabeth Campbell in the Department of Work and Organizations is looking for FOUR talented undergraduates to fill research assistant, teaching assistant, and project management roles. Students with a psychology background or Carlson background are encouraged to apply. Responsibilities vary by position but include running experiments, preparing class materials, analyzing data, and various administrative tasks. Pay for all positions is between $13.00-14.50/hour. Please view detailed descriptions for each job as well as hours per week and start dates. Email Claudia Herbert at with questions.

22. David Hoy & Associates (DH&A) – Hiring Part-Time Administrative Assistant in Golden Valley

DH&A is a mental health agency offering both in-home and office-based counseling services. We are looking to fill a part-time Administrative Assistant position at our Golden Valley office. Hours are 12:45-6:15 Monday-Thursday. You will work independently in a new office suite but work closely with our current Administrative Assistants greeting clients, answering phones, taking new client referrals, managing faxes and records requests and keeping the tone of the office calm and happy. This position is perfect for someone who is comfortable working in a fast pace work environment and is interested in experiencing what it is like to work in a therapy office! To apply for this position send your cover letter and resume to Nicole Recke at