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Psych Scoop, 3/16/21

March 16, 2021

March 16th, 2021

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1. Feedback Requested on Department of Psychology Diversity Committee Recommendations

The Department of Psychology Diversity Committee's DRAFT Recommendations to Address Inequities and Injustices in our Teaching, Research, and Service is complete. We are now requesting your individual feedback on these recommendations as part of our broader consultation process. It is important that we hear from all Department stakeholders, so please take the time to make your voice heard. Topics related to the Undergraduate Student experience are included under "Undergraduate Student Support." Please feel free to give feedback on any and all of the sections. The Department will accept feedback through April 9, 2021Take the survey. While you will need to log into your UMN account, you can provide anonymous feedback.

2. No Drop-Ins On March 18th

There will be no drop-ins on Thursday, March 18th. Please email us if you have any questions or you can plan to attend drop-ins on a different day.

3. Get to Know Your Faculty: Connections in Clinical Recap and Recording

Dr. Bonnie Klimes-Dougan from our Clinical Psych area recently joined us for a Get to Know Your Faculty event. A big thank you to her for sharing her journey and answering questions from students. Her research focuses on the neurobiology of mood disorders, self-harm, and suicide. If you missed the event, you can watch it on YouTube. Find out whether Dr. Klimes-Dougan was born in a) Japan, b) Korea, or c) the US!

4. Psychology Internship Panel

Tuesday, March 30th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Psychology Undergraduate Advising is hosting a virtual internship panel. This is the perfect opportunity to hear from students that are currently involved in internships. These students are working with a variety of employers (non-profits, mental health centers, residential treatment centers, group homes). You can ask our panelists about how they got involved or what working as an intern looks like! Please RSVP by Monday, March 29. We can't wait to see you there!

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.

5. Psych Club/Psi Chi - Coffee Hour with Dr. Traci Mann

Thursday, March 18th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Hello everyone! We hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourselves this Spring semester. On Thursday, March 18th, we will be hosting a professor coffee hour on Zoom with Dr. Traci Mann. Dr. Mann is a professor in Health Psychology, and specializes in understanding self-control of health behaviors, eating regulation, and body image. Dr. Mann is also the director of the Mann Lab, which focuses on people's control over their health behaviors. We are grateful for Dr. Mann’s time, and hope to see you there! If you are interested in attending, we will be sending out the Zoom link through the Psychology club newsletter. If you would like to receive our newsletter, please email us at and we will add you to the mailing list.


6. Brain Awareness Week

Happening now!
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Brain Awareness Week happens every year, and this year it's March 15-21, 2021. We're celebrating by uncovering brain research that's happening all over campus. Check out the BAW 2021 website for links to resources, research information, and a calendar of events with talks, open lab meetings, resume-writing workshops, and Neural Networking Hours where you can drop in and chat with like-minded folks about what it takes to do brain research.

7. Internships Home and Away: Join CLA Career Services and the Learning Abroad Center to Learn About Internship Opportunities Home and Abroad

Thursday, March 18th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Through attendance and participation in this session, you will increase your knowledge of options for finding internships to include Learning Abroad Center internships abroad & international virtual internship options. You will also be able to identify action steps you can take to move forward with an internship search in the US or abroad. Finally, as students, you will be able to understand the value of internship participation with an emphasis on building intercultural competence and personal and professional skills. Learn more and register for this event.

8. Adoptee Deportee: How Transnational Adoption Became an "Immigration Problem"

Thursday, March 18th, 2021, 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

People born overseas and adopted into American families can face uncertainty or challenges to their citizenship years after living their whole lives in this country--even to the point of being deported. This panel brings together adoption scholars Kim Park Nelson, Kit Myers, and Eleana Kim, as well as adoptee rights legal expert Gregory Luce, to discuss how federal immigration policy impacts transnational adoptees and shapes their national, cultural, and familial belonging. Learn more and register.

9. Mapping Prejudice: A Reckoning with Structural Racism in the Twin Cities

Thursday, March 18th, 2021, 7:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

By mapping restrictive covenants, the Mapping Prejudice project has documented the history of structural racism in the Twin Cities, resulting in the highest racial disparities and lowest African-American homeownership rates in the country. In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, the Mapping Prejudice project has attracted media attention from across the globe. What began here has exploded into the largest protest in American history. The whole world was watching as our community was ripped apart, partly as a consequence of decades of unjust and discriminatory housing practices. Learn how community researchers are mapping the hidden histories of race and privilege in your neighborhood — and how you can join them. Learn more and register.

10. "A Campus Divided" Exhibit Uncovered (Online Workshop)

Friday, March 19th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

In this online workshop, learn about the popular 2017 Libraries exhibit, "A Campus Divided: Progressives, Anticommunists, Racists, and Antisemitism at the University of Minnesota 1930-1942," and how the archival documents that were uncovered led to a campus-wide conversation around changing the names of buildings on the University of Minnesota campus. Archivist Kate Dietrick will give a behind-the-scenes virtual look at the exhibit, share some historical documents that were important to the conversations surrounding name changes, and discuss the opportunities and limitations that archives provide when confronting the difficult histories of institutions. Learn more and register.

11. Introduction to Health Administration Careers - Virtual Panel

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021, 11:00 am- 12:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Introduction to Health Administration Careers provides participants with a broad overview of the dynamic world of healthcare administration. Panelists will discuss entry-level career options as well as graduate educational pathways in this growing field. The discussion will be recorded for future use. Learn more and register for this event.


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

13. *Credit or Volunteer* I/O Psychology Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity [VIRTUAL]

We are looking for several 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, either on a volunteer basis or for credit in Summer 2021. 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 of May 17th-21st (~20 hours, 8 synchronous and 12 asynchronous) and end the week of August 13th. Weekly meetings will be held throughout the summer to discuss progress and assist with any difficulties (held virtually through Zoom for the entirety of the summer). 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 Summer position is April 30th, but applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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

The Technology and Research Applications in Neuromodulation (TRAIN Lab) at the Minneapolis VA is looking for an intern to assist the research team with several studies under the direction of Dr. Kelvin Lim, M.D. (UMN faculty, Psychiatry). Current studies involve assessment of neurotrauma, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS). Patient populations include Veterans with brain injury and/or other mental health disorders including depression, PTSD, and substance use. Intern responsibilities will include conducting medical record reviews, preparing study materials, entering and verifying study data, and other tasks as needed. Additional responsibilities based on performance may include recruitment, conducting study assessments, and data analysis. Must be pursuing a degree in psychology or health sciences; courses in psychology, research methods, and statistics will be helpful. Qualified candidates must be extremely detail-oriented, able to work independently and handle shifting priorities, as well as possess strong communication (written and oral) skills. This volunteer position is based at the Minneapolis VA, and a minimum commitment of 8-10 hours a week for 12 months is required. Successful candidates must have a valid SSN (required to work on-site at the VA). If interested, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and current unofficial transcripts to Carrie Gentz at

15. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Opportunity with Adolescent Suicide Risk and Depression Study

Dr. Quevedo is looking for undergraduate students interested in gaining volunteer experience in her lab in the Department of Psychiatry! The Health and Emotions in Adolescents Trajectories (HEAT) Lab is a neuroimaging lab conducting several studies to better understand adolescent depression, suicidality, and self-harm. The HEAT Lab focuses on the brain function of adolescents during emotion regulation and cognition. Additionally, we have developed a line of real-time functional magnetic research that attempts to change brain activity while inside the scanner. We are currently in the data analysis, writing, and publishing phase. Committed and dedicated volunteers will have the opportunity to become co-authors on scientific papers. We are looking for highly motivated students with an interest in neuroscience and a strong motivation to learn scientific writing. Volunteers should have good computer and social skills. They should be able to attend meetings during evenings and weekend hours. Most of the lab procedures and analysis are time-intensive to teach and learn, so only serious students that can commit to at least one full year will be considered. There is an opportunity to gain directed research credit. Students should be in good academic standing and be willing to devote 8-12 hours a week to this study. If interested, please fill out this online survey and email the Research Coordinator, Carmen Santana, a copy of your resume and unofficial transcript at

16. *Credit or Volunteer* Minnesota Center for Eating Disorder Research

The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorder Research is accepting applications for a Volunteer Research Assistant (unpaid) working with the Outpatient Experiences Study, looking at beliefs, expectations, and experiences of people who have participated in mental health treatment and/or eating disorders treatment & 2) the Positive Experiences with Exercise Questionnaire. We are looking for research assistants interested in research in eating disorders, the counseling process, ethics, and/or exercise. This position would initially be involved in literature searches, recruitment and screening, and data management. Both projects have no direct participant involvement so are ideal for people who want to get experience in research while having flexibility in scheduling of volunteer hours. Volunteers currently meet on Mondays at noon (changes each semester based on availability) & are provided with individual professional development support & mentoring. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Candidates must be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months. Interested candidates submit a cover letter and CV or resume to Jessica Barker at to be considered.


17. Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference Seeking Submissions

The Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference (MUCSC) continues to seek abstract submissions from passionate students interested in presenting at our 13th annual conference. Please limit abstracts to no more than 300 words and use the form below to submit them. The deadline for abstract submissions is March 21st. The conference will take place (virtually) on April 24th, 2021. Learn more and submit.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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18. Campus Organizer - NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota

NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota is seeking campus organizers for the 2021-2022 academic year to help develop and sustain a pro-choice presence at the U! Campus organizers will work with support from NARAL staff throughout the year to educate their campuses about abortion access, Fake Women's Health Centers, and civic engagement. If interested, please send resume and letter of interest to Lucy Jones at, or find more information about the position on the website.

19. CAPE is Hiring Peer Coaches and Office Assistants

Peer Coaches hold major exploration drop-in hours in the main CAPE office in 511 Bruininks and/or via Zoom and at satellite locations on campus. Peer coaches are trained to listen to student's experiences and challenges and offer support and resources for exploring majors. In addition to drop-ins, Peer Coaches also serve as teaching assistants for OUE 2001, CAPE's 1-credit major exploration course. The Peer Coaching position would be an excellent fit for students with a personal and/or professional interest in counseling, teaching, advising, mentoring, and coaching. To apply, search for job ID 339637 on the UMN Job Search page.

Office Assistants are integral to the Center for Academic Planning & Exploration, as they are the first point of contact that a student has with our office. They provide administrative support towards CAPE’s overarching mission: to guide students through the exploration process of finding a major that reflects their unique interests, strengths, and personal values. This position will be conducted primarily online during Spring and Summer 2021, with a transition to in-person work following U of M and MDH guidelines. To apply, search for job ID 339636 on the UMN Job Search page.

20. CLA Student Services Peer Advisor/Office Assistant

The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Student Services office provides direct service to students as a key information, intake, peer advising, and referral office for all CLA undergraduate students. In this role, the CLA Student Services office located in Johnston Hall (or remote), serves as a pivotal outreach and communication arm of CLA Student Services (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. The CLASS office staff coordinates registration and orientation operations for the college, maintains student records, and provides mail and equipment services to CLASS. The CLASS office staff provide critical central support and communications for advising functions throughout CLASS, including the student advising communities, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Program, Individualized Degree Programs, and the First and Second Year Experience program. Students served are continuing CLA students with special emphasis on newly admitted students. To learn more about the position and apply, search for job ID 339558 on the UMN Job Search Site.

21. 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 gives 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.

22. Pre-K Social-Emotional Skill Builder

AmeriCorps LEAP (Learning Early Achieves Potential) members serve in early childcare programs with a focus on building relationships and the early EQ skills needed for social and emotional learning development. Children need time to learn about big emotions and the time to practice regulating big feelings and initiating positive social skills - the rules of the road for Kindergarten success. LEAP Members are the critical bridge for the additional time many children need for confidence and flourishing in this area of growth and learning. There is a $1,242 monthly living allowance for full-time (1700 hours) service ($621 monthly for half time/900 hours). Members also receive a $6,195 Segal education award to attend college, graduate school, or pay qualified student loans ($3,098 half-time) upon completion of their service term. See the link for more information on the position.

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

We welcome you to apply for a Clinical Research Assistant position at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (located just outside of New York City). This position would be ideal for candidates who are interested in pursuing Clinical Ph.D. or Medical School programs in the future, as it offers incredible research and clinical experience. The RA will work with patients with mood, psychotic, and neurocognitive disorders. If you are interested, please email Molly Irvin at with your CV and cover letter.