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Psych Scoop, 11/3/20

November 3, 2020

November 3rd, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Drop-Ins Canceled on Thursday, November 5th

Drop-ins are canceled on Thursday, November 5th. We will have drop-ins on Wednesday, November 4th and then it will be the regular Fall schedule again next week. You can check the hours on our website or email us with any questions.

2. Psychology Research Panel

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:30 pm- 1:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is hosting a virtual psychology research panel. This is the perfect opportunity to hear from students that are currently involved in research. These students are working in research labs in Psychology, Psychiatry, and ICD with faculty mentors from a variety of areas of specialization. You can ask our panelists about how they got involved in research or what working as an RA looks like! RSVP to receive the Zoom link.

3. Voting Information

Today is Election Day - and there's still time left to vote in MN! Polling locations across the country are open throughout the day. Check for polling locations and times. If you are voting in the state of Minnesota, visit the ACLU of Minnesota for more information about your rights at the polls (you may want to check the ACLU in your state if you are voting outside of MN).

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. PISA: Global Study Buddies: Imposter Syndrome and COVID-19

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 7:00 am CST AND 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

PISA's second global study buddies event is almost here! Join us on November 5th at 7:00 am CST or 3:00 pm CST to learn more about imposter syndrome and how students may have been impacted by it from our transition to online classes due to coronavirus. During the event, you will get to talk psychology, meet other students with similar interests, and maybe even win a fun prize!! Zoom links for the events are coming soon, and be sure to follow us on Instagram @UMNPISA for more updates on GSB and other fun events and opportunities that PISA has to offer. We hope to see you there!


5. ICD Research Fair

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 6:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Interested in directed research in developmental psychology? These credits (CPSY 4994) can count in your PSY major, and/or in a Dev Psych minor! Join us to learn more from staff, faculty, grad students, and current undergrad RAs. The event will be 6-8 pm and you are welcome to attend as much as your schedule and interests allow. An event website will go live closer to the day so please watch for that which will include a more specific schedule, participants, and Zoom links (this information will also be emailed in advance to everyone who submits the RSVP form).  We hope to see you there!

6. Virtual Lunch with Physicians

Thursday, November 5, 2020, 11:00 am CST AND 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

MAPS is hosting a Virtual Lunch with Physicians. This event is an opportunity to network with physicians to learn about their journey through medicine, specialty, what it's like working during COVID, and any other questions you have. It will take place Thursday, November 5th and there will be two sessions. This will be a Zoom event, we will have breakout rooms with one physician and three students in each. RSVP and find more information. You can contact with any questions.

7. Hennepin County Virtual Site Visit (for CLA students)

Friday, November 6, 2020, 10:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

During this virtual visit, you'll get an introduction to Hennepin County, hear from a County Commissioner, and connect with Hennepin County employees to learn more about these topics: Technology in Government, Human Services & Public Health, Ticks & Tricks on Getting a Job, Corrections & Community Rehabilitation, Resident & Real Estate Services. Meeting link will be provided upon registration, which can be done on GoldPASS.

8. Post-Election Dialogue Sessions

Friday, November 6, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
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 for either or both sessions.

Courses of Interest

9. PSY 4960 - 001: Interventions for Health and Wellness

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

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

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. CPSY 4310 - 001: Racial Biases in Early Childhood

When and how do we learn about biases in early development? What do research and the media say about biases in early childhood? Can babies be racist? How are biases held by children studied? What are strategies for reducing biases in childhood? These and many other questions will guide students through learning about social biases that develop in childhood, with particular emphasis on racial biases. This Special Topics course is designed to introduce students to the key concepts and theories of perceptual, cognitive, and social systems that facilitate prejudice thinking in early childhood. The primary goal of this course is for students to gain new knowledge in this area of child development, increase reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, and incorporate course material into daily life. Add the course to your shopping cart from Schedule Builder.

CPSY 4310 - 001 is online, meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30 pm- 3:45 pm CST

Instructor: Charisse Pickron, Ph.D.

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

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 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

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. 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.

18. #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!)

Graduate School

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

19. Next-Gen Psych Scholars Program (NPSP)

University of Minnesota’s Developmental and Psychology Departments are teaming up to offer a graduate student-led mentorship program for underrepresented (i.e. BIPOC, low-income, first-gen, LGBTQ+) undergraduates and post-baccalaureates interested in applying to psychology Ph.D. programs. The goal of NPSP is to cultivate long-term support structures between current underrepresented graduate students and diverse undergrad or post-baccalaureate mentees to (1) embrace and celebrate the unique journeys that have led current graduate students to pursue a Ph.D. and (2) inspire and empower the next generation of scholars while enhancing feelings of belonging in academia. The program will consist of a series of virtual information sessions and small group workshops via Zoom and Slack. Sessions will take place on Saturday, November 14th (time TBD). Interested applicants should fill out this survey by Friday, November 6th. For all other questions, please reach out by email to Meriah DeJoseph at and Kate Carosella at

20. Psychological Foundations of Education MA and Ph.D. Info Session

Thursday, November 5, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Interested in studying how people think, learn, and teach? Learn more about earning your MA or Ph.D. researching learning and cognitionlearning technologies, or social psychological and developmental processes. Keisha Varma, associate professor of educational psychology and program coordinator for psychological foundations of education will be available to answer any questions you might have. Register for the Zoom link. Contact Keisha Varma at

21. 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. Monday, 11/9 at 7:00 pm CST: Q&A with an early career school psychologist; 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 the 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

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. CLA Student Services Peer Advisors

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Services (CLASS) is looking to hire peer advisors! The CLASS Office provides direct service to students as key information, intake, peer advising, and referral office for all CLA undergraduate students. In this role, the CLASS office located in Johnston Hall (or remote), serves as a pivotal outreach and communication arm of CLASS for students, faculty, staff, the university community, and the general public. Functionally, the CLASS team operates as the "front door" of the College for the majority of our incoming first-year and transfer students. Our team also supports CLA advising by assisting students with basic advising decisions and referrals to professional advising staff. To apply, go to the UMN Job Site, select "Students," and search for job posting #337985. You must be able to work for January and summer orientation.