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Psych Scoop, 12/29/20

December 29, 2020

December 29th, 2020

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1. Congrats Fall 2020 Graduates!

We want to extend our sincere and hearty congratulations to each of you on your accomplishment. We know that this day in December may lack the anticipated ceremonious events that typically surround a graduation day. Our hope is that each of you will find a way to celebrate your milestone with loved ones and friends and that you will look back on your time at the University of Minnesota with pride and a major sense of accomplishment. Please accept our warm wishes on the next steps of your journey, wherever that may lead!

2. Office Scheduling Updates

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will be closed on Thursday, 12/31, and Friday, 1/1. Additionally, our office will be closing early on Thursday, 1/7, and Friday, 1/8 at 2:30 pm. Feel free to email us with questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible!

Courses of Interest

3. 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 the 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. Looking for an internshipCheck out this list of potential opportunities!

PSY 3896 is completely online

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Note: this course counts as elective credit for the Psychology majors only.


4. *Credit or Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in the Social Interaction Lab

We are seeking motivated, dedicated, and detail-oriented students to join Dr. Jeff Simpson's Social Interaction Lab for the Spring 2021 term. We will be hiring research assistants to help us code videos of romantic couples' support and conflict discussions. All coding will be completed remotely for the Spring of 2021. RAs will participate in weekly project coding meetings and biweekly meetings that are intended to help RAs better understand current research in psychology and gain applicable professional development skills. Prospective research assistants should be able to commit approximately 9 hours of work per week throughout the semester. We will only be hiring students that are able to commit for more than one semester. For a full list of benefits our lab offers and for application tips, please visit our website. If you are interested, you may apply by following this link. All questions should be directed to Jami Eller at

5. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for 3-4 students to volunteer in Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel’s adolescent depression research lab. Students will be working primarily on a research project that is evaluating the effectiveness of personalized interventions for adolescent depression delivered in a community mental health care setting. Responsibilities will include administering data collection procedures with adolescents and parents, coding open-ended survey responses, and data entry. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; and comfort using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications are also required. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or a related field and be willing to commit 4 hours per week for the academic year (some hours will be 3:00 pm- 7:00 pm CST during the week and occasional weekends). To apply, please send a cover letter including GPA and resume to

6. *Credit* Directed Research in Quantitative Psychology

Dr. Marcoulides and Allie Cooperman are currently recruiting undergraduate students to participate in PSY 5993, Directed Research in Psychology for the Spring 2021 semester. This directed research opportunity will introduce students to research in psychology that utilizes a variety of statistical approaches for answering important research questions, and to the field of Quantitative Psychology more broadly. We will focus on reading, discussing, and critiquing research that examines issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Topics and readings will vary and will largely depend on the interests of the students enrolled. Potential topics may include issues related to fairness in test development, machine learning approaches for risk assessment, and statistical methods for the development and evaluation of interventions for at-risk groups. Students interested in enrolling in this PSY 5993 should email Dr. Marcoulides at or Allie Cooperman at coope782@umn.eduAdditional details about this lab and research opportunity can be found online.

7. *Credit* PSY 5993 Forensic Psychophysiology Seminar with Professor Iacono

In 2003, the National Academy of Sciences published a report reviewing the scientific basis of polygraph examinations and other lie detection techniques. In this seminar, we will examine how the field has evolved since then by reviewing and critiquing the scientific literature published since the NAS report. This seminar focuses on the validity of forensic lie detection, an area of applied psychology that intersects with law and public policy. If you are interested in learning more about this section of PSY 5993, please e-mail a copy of your transcript, a resume, and a paragraph explaining your interest in this topic to Dr. Iacono at


8. Personal Statement Consultations for UMN International Students

The Personal Statement is an important part of the graduate or professional school program application. UMN students have an opportunity to virtually meet with a personal statement consultant to review this aspect of their application. There are two ways to participate; making a live 30 minutes Zoom appointment in Google Calendar, or submitting your Personal Statement, and receiving a recording video of feedback you can view on your own time. This opportunity is available now through January 15th, 2021. Learn more and register for this event here.

9. Emerging Black Child Development Scholars Program

This program is called the Emerging Black Child Development Scholars Program and it is designed to support and encourage undergraduate and post-bac Black scholars interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in fields related to child development. This will be a half-day program that will take place on Friday, January 29th, 2021 from 12:00 pm- 3:30 pm CST and will include panels on maximizing research experiences and effective networking, one-on-one meetings with grad student mentors to get personalized feedback on personal statements, and small group meetings with senior Black Caucus faculty to ask about what makes a competitive applicant. We are soliciting applications for Black juniors, seniors, or post-bac scholars who would be interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in child development who you think would be interested in being a part of this program. I have also attached a program flyer for you to forward. The link to the application for potential mentees is available here. The application deadline is Wednesday, December 30th at 5:00 pm CST.

10. Job Search Communities for December 2020 Grads

Join a CLA Recent Grad (December 2020) Job Search Community! These small groups will launch the week of Jan. 18 and will meet for 60 minutes for five weeks via zoom. By joining a community you'll get structured job support from a career counselor, fellow CLA recent grads, and an employer/alumni volunteer will visit a few sessions to provide their perspective and help with interview prep and practice. To learn more and/or to join a community, fill out this short registration form by January 4th, 2021.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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11. Case Manager - Systems Navigator

As a Case Manager at Natalis Outcomes, located in St. Paul, MN, you are part of an amazing team who share a common goal of helping others who can’t quite make it on their own. Our clients are adults with severe mental illness who need help making connections in the community. You will work with clients to find medical, dental, and psychological services, employment, and/or job training, housing, transportation, and social networks. Be a part of a multi-disciplinary team working together to ensure that the clients we work with get the chance they deserve to have a better life. Join us in making a difference in someone’s life every day. Hours are 8:00 - 4:00, Monday - Friday. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please send your resume to Sue Grundhoffer at

12. Nursing Assistant/Home Health Aide

Students, start now making a difference in the lives of people with dementia and earn while you’re learning! Pay ranges from $15-$20 per hour based on experience with a sign-on bonus up to $1,000 (conditions apply). English Rose Suites will help you build your knowledge and understanding of dementia and other neurological disorders. This is an extremely rewarding position that will prove to be invaluable to you as you head into your career. No experience or certification necessary and we provide paid training! Email Jane Geiger at for more information. Primary Responsibilities of our CNA's and Home Health Aides: • Maintain compassionate and authentic relationships with Residents & Clients • Provide direct care to Residents & Clients with dementia and complex medical conditions, assisting them with bathing, grooming, dressing, and toileting • Support Residents & Clients by providing housekeeping and laundry services, preparing and serving meals and distributing medication Characteristics of a Successful English Rose Team Member • Relationship Driven • Kind, Authentic, Helpful & Compassionate • Personal interest in helping people with dementia and complex medical needs • Thrive in a fast-paced work environment that requires time management & multi-tasking • Ability to maintain calm and clearheaded when faced with challenges • Creative problem solver • Dependable

13. Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellowship Opportunities 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 five fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, the Education Sciences Fellowship, the Clinical Research Fellowship and the Marcus Fellowship in Speech Science and Engineering. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2021 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2021, and they are 2 years in duration. Find further details, contact information, and application instructors on the webpage. Applications are due January 8th, 2021.

14. Summer Camp Counselor

At Camp TEKO we are looking for counselors, lifeguards, and specialists! You must be entering 12th grade or older but you do not need to be Jewish to apply for these positions. The TEKO staff will get to work at 8:15 AM, spend the day at camp (on Lake Minnetonka), and head home at 5:30 PM. Salary is determined based on experience and position. We are looking for fun, creative, and open-minded staff who love working with kids and are able to make responsible choices regarding COVID-19 precautions. Email Abby Kirshbaum at with any questions.

15. Undergraduate Summer Internship Program - Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health

The Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health hosts a competitive summer internship for rising senior undergraduates interested in the growing field of global mental health. Students will be exposed to a wide range of didactic seminars and experiential learning opportunities will be mentored by 1-3 departmental faculty focused on various global mental health initiatives and will gain extensive exposure for networking and shadowing within the healthcare research environment. The summer internship runs for 8 weeks, with students working 4 days a week with the Columbia-WHO Center for Global Mental Health. The 2021 summer internship is planned to be completely remote/virtual with no requirement to travel (BOLD) to Columbia University. If public health recommendations permit, there is potential for a brief three-day, an in-person program in which interns will have a choice to participate in person or remotely based on preference and access. Applications are open and are due January 31st, 2021. Any questions can be directed to

16. Lindahl Academic Center - Psychology Subject Tutor

The Lindahl Academic Center is hiring peer tutors for the Spring Semester 2021 and beyond. These positions are 100% remote (via Zoom) and paid hourly. Schedules are built around your own submitted availability. Tutors will meet with small groups of students on a regularly recurring schedule to review course-specific material in a variety of Psychology Centered Academic Disciplines. Those interested can find more information and apply online. Reach out to Adam Demchak (Tutor Coordinator) at with any questions.

17. Direct Care Professional - ACR Homes

ACR Homes is hiring psychology students to become Direct Care Professionals! WE ARE NOW CONDUCTING 30 min FACETIME/SKYPE INTERVIEWS. Gain some experience and apply today (positions starting now, later this semester, or even winter break). You would work in a home setting alongside a co-worker to care for 4 people who have disabilities (amazing 1:2 ratio). You will get the chance to gain direct patient care hours by caring 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, and we have locations near campus/all over the twin cities, and you don't even need to have a car. We even offer custom research-based INTERNSHIPS that ends with a letter of recommendation from our CEO who is a licensed psychologist. Contact Kayla Wildes at if you are interested in applying!