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Psych Scoop, 2/9/21

February 9, 2021

February 9th, 2021

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1. Psychology Undergraduate Spring Semester Town Hall

Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The Psychology Department is hosting the Spring 21 Town Hall for undergraduate psych students. The goal of these town halls is to connect students directly with the Department of Psychology leadership. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the Google Form to RSVP. The Zoom link will be sent out to those who RSVP in advance. If you are unable to attend this event, you can leave comments/questions in the form; feedback will be shared anonymously at the Town Hall. The town hall won't be recorded, however, meeting minutes will be shared out afterward. Meeting minutes for the Fall 20 Town Hall can be found here.

2. Get to Know Your Faculty: Connections in Clinical!

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, time TBD
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Exciting news! By popular demand, Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan has been selected as our next faculty for our event ‘Get to Know Your Faculty’. Connect with our featured faculty, Dr. Klimes-Dougan, on a personal and academic level. Dr. Klimes-Dougan runs the Research in Adolescent Depression (RAD) Laboratory. Her research focuses on the neurobiology of mood disorders in adolescents. She is particularly interested in analyzing the risk factors associated with early-stage depression and suicidal risk. Please RSVP by Sunday, March 7th. We can't wait to see you there!


3. Celebrating Black History Month 2021

various dates in February
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Throughout the month of February, MCSE is proud to be working in collaboration with other university affiliates such as SUA, BSU, and the African American & African Studies Department to celebrate Blackness in the past, present, and future. Events include Trivia Night, learning about Neglected Black History, panels, and more. Learn more and get the Zoom links.

4. A Whole Person Approach to Mental Health

Thursday, February 11th, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Mental health is not something that only happens "above the neck". Mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, or ADHD affect the whole person’s health, their lifestyle, and general wellbeing. The UMN Integrative Psychiatry & Wellness team strives to bring integrative or holistic strategies alongside conventional psychiatric treatments. The goal is to treat mental health symptoms and simultaneously cultivate physical and emotional wellbeing. Dr. Zylowska will overview the Integrative Psychiatry and Wellness team’s approach. She will discuss integrative treatments such as supplements, diet modification, functional medicine, or acupuncture for mental health. Learn more and register.

5. Health Disparities Colloquium Series Department of Psychology: Racism, Biopsychosocial Mechanisms, and Racial Disparities in Health: Pathways and Destinations

Thursday, February 11th, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Enrique W. Neblett, Jr., Ph.D. is a Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Associate Director of the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center. Dr. Neblett is one of the leading U.S. scholars in the area of racism and health, with a particular focus on understanding how racism-related stress influences the mental and physical health of African American young people. In his newest line of research, he conducts community-based participatory research with an eye toward developing and implementing interventions, programs, and policies. RSVP and learn more.

6. Mini-Medical School COVID-19: The Way Forward

Monday, February 15th, 2021, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

COVID-19: The Way Forward is an exploratory journey of emerging questions and new developments around COVID-19. As we move into a new phase of the pandemic with vaccines becoming available, we’ll discuss real-time updates and what we believe lies ahead. As COVID-19 vaccines continue to roll out, learn about the science behind the different vaccines being produced in the U.S. and around the world. During session 1 of Mini-Medical School: COVID-19: The Way Forward, University experts will discuss how the vaccines were developed, their safety and efficacy, vaccine resistance, and new variants of COVID-19. By attending the session, you’ll learn about the different types of COVID-19 vaccines, how they work, and how they will change as the virus evolves. RSVP and learn more.

7. Tips and Tools for Spring Semester Planning

Monday, February 15th, 2021, 7:30 pm- 8:15 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Now that spring is underway -- plan the rest of your semester and get organized. Fill out a semester calendar, learn about online peer tutoring, explore tools to be more productive, and connect with other students (maybe even make a virtual study group). The Zoom link will be sent to those who attend. RSVP and learn more.

8. University of Minnesota Job & Internship Fair 2021

Friday, February 26th, 2021, 10:00 am- 4:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Explore unique job and internship opportunities in a variety of industries by connecting with 300+ employers and the UMN Job & Internship Fair. This event is open to all students and is a great opportunity to expand your network and seek opportunities for 2021. The fair will take place virtually and is hosted on GoldPASS powered by Handshake. By using the link above, you can also access tutorials and how-to videos in order to successfully prepare for the fair. Learn more and register for this event.


9. U of M Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program (MSROP)

The Multicultural Summer Research Opportunities Program provides the opportunity for talented undergraduate students to seriously prepare for study and acceptance to graduate school through the development of strong relationships with faculty, access to a series of preparation seminars, and intensive research experience. This program includes a $4,000 stipend and runs from May 31st to August 6th, online. Learn more and apply!

10. *Volunteer* Internship with Clinical and Research Experience

The Center for Practice Transformation in the School of Social Work is seeking highly motivated volunteer student interns to assist with community-based research. CPT is currently conducting outcomes research with a large substance use disorder treatment provider based in Minnesota. Student responsibilities would include participant outreach, phone-based data collection, and data entry. Qualifications include excellent verbal communication and interpersonal skills; basic computer skills including use of Microsoft Excel, interest in clinical care for individuals with mental health and substance use disorders, and the ability to work remotely. Preference will be given to students who are able to commit to 12 months of involvement and have availability after 12:00 pm for 2-10 hours per week. To apply, please contact Tanya Freedland at with a brief statement of your interest and CV or resume.

11. *Credit or Volunteer* RA Opportunities in Research on Bipolar Disorders

We are seeking two highly motivated, responsible, and detail-oriented undergraduates of sophomore or junior standing to contribute to newly funded projects in Dr. Snezana Urosevic’s lab that examines neurobehavioral abnormalities in adults with bipolar disorders (BD) at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. Both credit and volunteer opportunities are available, while paid positions are possible only for select, experienced RAs. Opportunities across open positions include project coordination, data collection, and data management while contributing to a study examining smartphone apps’ ability to track symptom and functional changes in adults with BD and/or to a study examining new interventions for individuals at high risk for suicide during the post-discharge from an inpatient unit. Options to learn to preprocess and analyze EEG and/or MRI data also exist. Potential RAs will attend laboratory meetings and have an opportunity to develop independent research questions based on their interests and available data. Past RAs have authored poster presentations and contributed to manuscript submissions. Competitive applicants will have a strong interest in pursuing graduate-level education and an excellent academic record. If you are interested, please contact Dr. Snezana Urosevic by email at and attach an unofficial transcript and a resume that includes information about your work and research experience, references, software skills, and knowledge.

12. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position Available at the Minneapolis VA

The Advancing Research on Mechanisms of Resilience (ARMOR) Project is currently accepting applications to fill several Volunteer Research Assistant (unpaid) positions on-site at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center ARMOR has implemented strict policies and procedures to ensure the safety of on-site staff and volunteers during COVID-19. The ARMOR Project, led by co-principal investigators Drs. Melissa Polusny and Christopher Erbes, offers the opportunity to join an active team of investigators, including Drs. Scott Sponheim, Nick Davenport, and Shmuel Lissek focused on studying processes contributing to resilience in military personnel and veterans as well as developing and testing novel interventions for PTSD. Research assistants who join the ARMOR Project will receive extensive training and gain hands-on experience conducting a longitudinal cohort study of resilience that includes a laboratory component. For more information about this study, please visit the ARMOR Project website. Although not a requirement, candidates who are willing and available to volunteer time to the lab during some evening hours (4:30 pm- 8:30 pm) and on weekend days are preferred. We are particularly looking for students with research interests in stress, resilience, and anxiety-related processes, and/or interests in working with military personnel. This position includes a 2-semester commitment (Spring and Fall 2021). Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV/resume, and unofficial transcripts via email to Shelly Hubbling at

Graduate School

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

13. Special Education MEd/Licensure, ASD Certificate, and Gap Year Classes Info Session

Thursday, February 11th, 2021, 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join us for one of our upcoming info sessions on our MEd/teaching licensure programs to learn more about earning your graduate degree in special education at the University of Minnesota. We'll also discuss our Autism Spectrum Disorder certificate—which U of M undergraduates and MEd and licensure students can add to their coursework--and anyone else can add as a credential at the graduate level. Not certain you want to commit to graduate school next fall? We're also offering a series of graduate-level gap year courses for non-degree seeking students and will share information on those during the sessions as well. Contact Laura Paczkowski at for more information.

Scholarships & Awards

14. Psychology Engagement Award

Are you participating in an internship here or abroad this spring semester? Or engaging in a learning opportunity that takes you outside of the classroom for a unique experience? The Department of Psychology's Donor Awards for Psychology Undergraduate Engagement are available to support you! The purpose of these awards is to encourage and support psychology majors who engage in learning experiences beyond the University campus and classroom environments (i.e. unpaid internships, volunteer experiences, study abroad containing a psych-related internship or research component, etc.). Up to three awards of $500 will be offered for Spring 2020. The application deadline is February 15th. For details about the awards and application materials, visit our webpage.

15. Psychology Mortensen and Other Scholarships for Current CLA Students

The Department of Psychology is proud to offer Junita J. Mortensen Scholarships for psychology undergraduate students. Students may receive these awards in addition to any other College of Liberal Arts award only if financial need has been demonstrated. Each year several academic scholarships and one study abroad scholarship, each in the amount of $1,000, are awarded to undergraduate psychology students to support their education and academic enhancement within the discipline. For details on the application process and the current application deadline, please visit the College's webpage on continuing student scholarships.

16. Diversity Fellowship at the Minnesota Population Center

The Diversity Fellowship at the Minnesota Population Center at the University of Minnesota is designed to help recruit undergraduate and graduate students to work with MPC member faculty and staff on demographic research projects or IPUMS data infrastructure projects. Benefits include research experience, mentorship, and a paid stipend for the summer. For full details outlining projects or units with openings this summer, as well as qualifications, responsibilities, benefits, and applications instructions see our website. The application deadline is February 28th. Questions concerning the application process may be addressed to

17. A. I. Johnson Scholarship

This scholarship was created to honor Alfred I. Johnson who was a Regent of the University and Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. The selected students commit to completing 400 hours in an off-campus public service internship. This scholarship provides students with a demonstrated interest in public affairs a stipend for their internships. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year. Applicants must show evidence of a strong interest in public affairs, with an intention to pursue a career or avocational activities in public affairs, including any kind of community volunteer activity, organizing to affect public policy, service on government advisory committees, and service in elective offices. Students are not expected to have an internship confirmed at the time of application but they must obtain a public service internship to receive the scholarship. Financial need will be taken into consideration. Learn more and apply. Applications are due March 5th.

18. NEW CLA Scholarship for Undergraduate Research

CLA is partnering with UROP to offer research scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to CLA students. These awards are offered through the UROP program. The application for summer and fall 2021 projects is now open; summer application deadline is coming up soon, on February 22nd. Learn more and apply!


19. Community Engagement Scholars Program

The Community Engagement Scholars Program (CESP) is a program for students who want to make a commitment to community engagement during their undergraduate experience. Students complete volunteer hours, engage in reflective workshops and complete a 1 credit senior capstone project. Because of the rigorous nature of the program, students are also recognized by the board of regents with a notation on their official transcript and a medal of distinction. The program is open to all undergraduate students in every major and college. Learn more and apply.

20. Y Empower to Succeed - YES 2021

Hello from the University YMCA, located on the U of M campus - serving students engaged in cause-driven service within our Y, on campus, and into the greater community! YES 2021 - is our MOVEMENT to better connect youth to students enrolled in college. During the pandemic, we have switched over to a Zoom platform, so that we can continue to support our young people - staying connected and opening up the possibilities to life beyond middle/high school! If you'd like to be part of this movement to empower young people to stay engaged in school and pursue opportunities - please fill out the form and we will contact you as virtual events are scheduled. Typically they are 1-hour commitments, in afterschool time and/or on weekends! Learn more and apply. Contact Patti Neiman at for more questions.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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21. 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!

22. Cognitive Skills Trainer

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Cognitive Skills Trainer at one of our centers in Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, and Shoreview. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm or three weekdays from 4:00 pm- 8:00 pm and Saturdays 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Internship credit available along with starting pay of $15/hr plus signing and performance bonus'. Training and certification are provided. For more information and to request an interview email your resume, preferred location(s), and consistent availability for the position to Nate Maus at

23. Behavior Technician - Behavioral Dimensions

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.

24. Clinical Research Assistant - Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research

The Clinical Research Department at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) in Orangeburg, NY invites applications for a Research Assistant position. Our research involves clinical trials and investigations into the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders including mood disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and schizophrenia. The RA will work on an experienced multi-disciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and research nurses. They will coordinate depression and cognitive impairment studies, with potential involvement in schizophrenia studies, under the supervision of Drs. Dan Iosifescu and Matthew Hoptman. This is an excellent opportunity for obtaining research and clinical experience prior to applying for graduate or medical school. NKI fosters a collaborative environment where research assistants have the opportunity to gain excellent clinical and research experience, with the potential for publication. This position would begin in early summer of 2021. If you are interested, please send a CV/resume and cover letter to Molly Irvin at