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Psych Scoop, 12/18/18

December 18, 2018

December 18th, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Winter Break Advising Hours

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will be closed next week Monday, December 24th and Tuesday, December 25th. Winter break availability will run from Wednesday, December 26th – Friday, January 18th. Because advisor availability fluctuates, we will not hold drop-in hours during this time period. We will be available to meet with students through appointments only. If you would like to meet with an advisor, please submit an Appointment Request Form. With the exception of official changes (closed on 12/24, 12/25, and 1/1; close at 2:00 12/21 and 12/31), our office will remain open during our usual operating hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. We will still be checking and responding to emails frequently during our business hours, so feel free to contact us with your questions at

Courses of Interest

2. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits - Elective)

If you are planning to complete or interested in an Internship during the Spring 2019 semester, you may be eligible to sign up for PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits to count toward PSY Major Elective credit). In addition to your Internship Hours (average 6-8 hours/week for 15 weeks at your site).

PSY 3896 class meets weekly, Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:00 pm- 5:15 pm

Folwell Hall 3

Instructor: Dr. Amy Landers

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!


3. Embodied Healing Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT): What is it and How Does it Work?

Sunday, January 13, 2018, 1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Cost: $5-$15
Location: Center for Performing Arts, 3754 Pleasant Ave. Minneapolis, MN

Do you have a passion for psychology and dance? Have you ever wondered what Dance/Movement Therapists do? Do you want to broaden your clinical skills by incorporating non-verbal and embodied expression? Then we have a workshop for you! Learn about a psychotherapeutic approach that uses embodied experiences and movement to promote well-being and healing. This workshop will use discussion, experiential exercises, and practical details to introduce the field of Dance/Movement Therapy (DMT). Join us to learn about our profession, which uses movement, dance, creativity, and body awareness to promote change, growth, and wellness. Contact Barbara Nordstrom-Loed at for pricing and signing up.

4. University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair

Friday, February 22, 2018, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center

Registration is now open on GoldPASS for the University of Minnesota Job and Internship Fair on Friday, February 22 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Over 350 organizations will be there, hiring for internships and full-time jobs, so this is a great opportunity to learn about what is out there for you!

Research (for credit opportunities)

5. Have a research position lined up? Fill out the Online Contract

The online contract can be found by following this link: Scroll down the page to the "How to Register" section and look on step 4. You will be able to fill out the contract there. The contract will then be sent to the faculty member. If you have any questions, please email If you have already submitted your contract for Spring and signed up for your course, you do not need to submit another contract.

6. Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Cognition and Brain Lab

The Cognition and Brain (CAB) lab, directed by Dr. Scott Sponheim at the Minneapolis VA Medical center, is seeking a volunteer research assistant to being in the Spring of 2019. Our current study aims to understand the basis of visual hallucinations in psychosis and how it manifests in the brain. To assess this we are currently using MRI and EEG scans in conjunction with cognitive tests and clinical interviews. We are seeking individuals who have an interest in psychosis and brain imaging. Responsibilities may include recruitment, screening, scheduling, scoring cognitive and clinical assessments, and data entry. We require a commitment of 8-10 hours per week. Successful candidates typically have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have junior or senior level credits. Candidates also have the opportunity to receive PSY 4993 credit. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript and CV/resume to Emily Olson (

7. Mazzocco Early Math and Numeracy lab

Researchers at the Institute of Child Development are currently seeking motivated undergraduate students who are interested in participating in research related to young children's mathematical thinking. Our projects are relevant to students who seek research experiences in developmental, educational, or cognitive psychology. Research credit opportunities are available to students who can commit to 6 to 9 hours a week for 2 or more semesters. Students interested in volunteer experiences will also be considered. Lab responsibilities may include but are not limited to coding video and behavioral data, data management (e.g., scoring and entry), attending lab meetings, participant recruitment, preparing materials for experiments and other research, and supporting data collection. For more information, please visit our website. Interested applicants are encouraged to apply before winter break. If that is not possible, applications are accepted during and after winter break. To apply, please email Taylor Praus-Singh at to request the application form.

8. ADAPT Lab

Undergraduates are invited to apply for a research internship with the ADAPT projects, which study the impact of interventions to support families after military deployments. We are looking for responsible undergraduates in the social sciences or with related experience for our behavioral coding team. Coders are an important part of our research team. Coders watch videos of family members interacting and rate the behaviors according to our coding manual. Coders learn about healthy family interactions from evidence-based practices, which supports professional development toward research and direct service career goals. Coders must have reliable access to the internet in a private space (ability to watch videos where others can’t see or hear), and ability to come to reliability meetings at our office in Minneapolis weekly to 2x per month. Coders need verbal skills, the ability to accept constructive feedback, and time management skills. The weekly time commitment is generally between 3-7 hours per week (not including training weeks). The internship is unpaid, however, many coders opt to obtain research credit for their coding experience with Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, the Principal Investigator for the ADAPT projects. In Person Training Dates: Spring Team: Feb 8, 9, 22, 23 (2 intensive weekends) Summer Team: June 5, 6, 19, 20 (4 five-hour training days). Please contact Coding Manager Kadie Ausherbauer ( with questions or Application: Submit resume, cover letter, and transcript (unofficial is fine).

Grad School

9. DirecTrack to Teaching

The DirecTrack to Teaching program application deadline for 2019 is approaching: Friday, February 1. Winter break is an ideal time for students to begin working on the DTT application. All of the pertinent information about the application (online application, eligibility, application requirements) can be found on the program website.


10. Let's Talk!

Let’s Talk is a program that provides informal drop-in consultations at locations around campus for U of M students throughout the academic year. No appointment is necessary, so you can drop in during the scheduled times. Let’s Talk is not a substitute for formal counseling and does not constitute mental health treatment, but counselors can listen to specific problems, provide support, help explore solutions and give information about other resources. The last day for sessions is this Thursday, December 20th.

11. Personal Statement Consultations for International Students

Are you working on an application for Graduate or Professional School? The personal statement is an important part of the application. Visit with a Personal Statement Consultant to review and provide feedback on your personal statement! Our consultants are experienced graduate students, and they are international students just like you! Consultation appointments are available on a drop-in basis. You can meet with a consultant more than once. The schedule is available at this link. This program is made possible by Culture Corps. Please email Jane at with any questions.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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12. ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! They work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for an average of 4 people who have disabilities. You will get the chance to care for the medical, emotional, and physical needs of the residents as well as enjoying fun activities with them on your shifts. ACR is VERY flexible for students, pays starting up to $15/hr, offers paid training, custom research based INTERNSHIPS, has locations near campus, and you don't even need to have a car! Contact Kayla Wildes,, if you are interested in applying!

13. Unique Camp Counselor Opportunity at Camp Akeela for Children with ASD

Camp Akeela is a traditional overnight summer camp with locations in Vermont and Wisconsin for boys and girls ages 9 - 19. Many of our campers have been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome or a non-verbal learning disability, and are lovingly described as "quirky." Akeela provides counselors the opportunity to play an integral role in a community that changes kids’ lives. You will gain valuable experience working first-hand with children on the autism spectrum, helping them develop social skills and forge lifelong friendships, along with developing tools and strategies to help them find success at camp! We hire counselors on a rolling basis and positions can fill quickly, please apply through our online application at our website, or reach out to Kevin Trimble at with any questions that you have.

14. 2019 Summer Associate Program - Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA)

The IDA Summer Associate Program provides students with a unique opportunity to use their quantitative and analytic skills to work on challenging real-world national security issues. The Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) is a not-for-profit corporation that operates Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs). Two of these FFRDCs are accepting Summer Associates. Staff at the IDA Systems and Analyses Center (SAC) provide objective analyses of national security issues, particularly those requiring scientific and technical expertise, and conduct related research on other national challenges. The Studies and Analyses Center, located in Alexandria, Virginia, is comprised of eight research divisions. More information and application instructions can be seen on the website here.

15. Learning Abroad Center - Internship

If you’re looking for a way to gain work experience, meet other learning abroad students, get involved with the Learning Abroad Center (LAC), or continue to learn from and take advantage of your time abroad, consider applying for the Global Leaders Internship with the LAC. Contribute to the growth of international education, while further developing personally and professionally through a community that helps you stay connected to your experience. Explore more of the details about the position, and if interested, submit an application by January 6th. Email with questions.

16. Start Your Career in Mental Health Care!

Andrew Residence is one of our state's leading providers of residential mental health care. We offer comprehensive long-term care, treatment, and rehabilitation services for adults experiencing mental illness and have helped thousands of residents over the last forty years. We are currently hiring Full Time Mental Health Workers for the evening shift (3-11:30 pm) that includes every other weekend and 3 holidays per year. This position includes training for treatment planning and program management of a caseload of residents as well as training for medication administration and nursing assistant certification. For more information and to submit your application, visit and search “Andrew Residence.” Salary is $17.70 - $19.95 an hour and we pay for all training. Full-time positions require a Bachelor’s Degree in the Behavioral Sciences.