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Psych Scoop, 3/2/21

March 2, 2021

March 2nd, 2021

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Psychology Advising Announcements

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1. Meet with Psychology Advising!

The month of March a great time to start thinking about your next few semesters! Summer registration opened last week and Fall registration opens on April 12th. Submit an appointment request to start thinking about classes, finding research, planning for grad school, and more!

2. Psychology Undergraduate Spring Semester Town Hall Meeting Minutes

The Psychology Department hosted the Spring semester Undergraduate Town Hall on February 25th. Concerns related to online learning and testing were discussed. Additionally, feedback regarding the Diversity Committee's initiatives was collected. Meetings minutes are now available. We encourage all students to review the minutes and use the anonymous suggestion form to provide feedback. We are looking to hear from students about their experience with online learning, especially experiences related to using Proctorio.

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

Tuesday, March 9th, 2021, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm CST
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!

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. Psych Club/Psi Chi - Coffee Hour with Dr. Iris Vilares

Friday, March 5th, 2021, 9:00 am- 10:00 am CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Hello everyone! We hope you all are doing well and taking care of yourselves this Spring semester. On Friday, we will be hosting a professor coffee hour on Zoom with Dr. Iris Vilares. Dr. Vilares specializes in cognitive neuroscience and decision-making and is also the director of the Decision Making Lab. This is an excellent opportunity for those interested in learning more about the field of cognitive psychology, as well as getting to know faculty outside of the classroom. We are grateful for Dr. Vilares’ 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.


5. Pomodoro for Productivity

Friday, March 5th, 2021, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Gather with other students and staff to work on whatever needs to get done. Come prepared to be productive -- whether that means working on your dissertation, finishing a problem set, or grading exams. Power through with others for accountability, and use this focused time to get stuff done. Then take a group break and repeat. Zoom link will be sent to those registered.

6. Trauma and Truth: A Law and Neuroscience Perspective on Episodic Memory, Credibility and Asylum Law

Friday, March 5th, 2021, 2:00 pm- 3:30 pm CST
Cost: Free
Location: Online

The success of an asylum claim relies, to a large degree, on the perceived credibility of an asylum seeker’s memory. Often the credibility assessments of judges and asylum officers turn on the consistency (or lack thereof) in an asylum seeker’s story. Asylum applicants will often recount their stories at multiple points in the legal journey, including immediately upon entry into the U.S.; in a subsequent written affidavit; and before an asylum officer or an immigration judge. If inconsistencies or inaccuracies emerge, the asylum adjudicator often infers that the asylum seeker intends to deliberately mislead them. In this presentation, Dr. Shen will discuss a foundational, yet failed assumption, animating U.S. asylum law’s approach to credibility---that honest human memory is free of inconsistencies, and that those with histories of trauma are capable of error-free autobiographical recall. Learn more and register.

Courses of Interest

7. Virtual Internships - Learning Abroad Center

The Virtual International Internship 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 to your skills, experience, and internship goals. Learn more from the Learning Abroad Center. Summer applications are due April 1st and Fall applications are due June 1st. For questions about virtual internships or research, contact


8. 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!

9. *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

10. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant

The research intern will assist the research staff at the Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Department. The Department is currently running a research study that is in the active recruitment phase. Intern responsibilities will include working with databases, verifying the accuracy of study data collected, and entering data. Additional responsibilities may include assessing participants using transcranial direct current stimulation and accompanying participants to brain imaging sessions, depending on experience and ability. This research is under the direction of Dr. Jazmin Camchong. The patient population includes patients enrolled in a treatment program for alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, extremely detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral), organizational and interpersonal skills; comfortable using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or a related field, and be willing to commit to 9-10 hours per week for 12 months (hours are usually between 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm CST). To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Jazmin Camchong at

11. *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.

12. *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

Scholarships & Awards

13. 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. The deadline is March 15th at 11:59 pm CST.

14. 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.


15. Food Resources through Swipe Out Hunger

Swipe Out Hunger is a campus organization run by students for students. Our program is committed to providing hungry, food-insecure students with the food resources they need to succeed in school. One in five students on our campus worry about their ability to buy food or have run out of food. We view hunger as a stressor no student should have to deal with. Swipe Out Hunger has a variety of options that can support a wide range of ability, cultural preferences, and dietary needs. To learn more about what resources are available to students, email

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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16. Mental Health Worker

At Residential Transitions INC., people come first, which is why we are proud to call ourselves a leader of person-centered mental health care. Our broad scope of community, residential, and clinical services offered throughout the Twin Cities (including 8 cities, 3 counties, and counting), helps us to meet our goal of assisting individuals in achieving their highest level of independence. We have the resources, the expertise, and the connections we need to make a difference, now we just need you. Apply today to join our growing team of Mental Health Professionals! Contact Kaleb Larsen at with any questions.

17. Behavioral Therapist - Breakthrough Therapy Center

Breakthrough Therapy Center is currently looking for qualified and passionate mental health professionals who want to work with young clients with Autism and related disorders in a 1:1 capacity. At Breakthrough Therapy, our goal is to help young children in the advancement of their lives with the help of professionals who care and are passionate about their work. We strive to meet our 4 main core goals: quality treatment, sensitivity, confidentiality, and professionalism. We provide effective training, competitive pay, and a clear path to career advancement. We are looking for college students, college graduated, and individuals in the psych and mental health field. Full-time, part-time, internships, and volunteering opportunities are all available. Please email resumes and contact information to

18. Behavioral Coach - Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research

The Minnesota Center for Eating Disorders Research through the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota is seeking graduates with Bachelor's degrees (including current graduate students) to serve as behavioral coaches for a federally funded health intervention study with parents and teens. Behavioral coaching positions are part-time (5-10 hours/week) including Monday evenings 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm CST and Wednesdays 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm CST. Please email resume or CV to Carol Peterson, Ph.D., at

19. Job Opportunity for Graduating Seniors - University of Chicago

We just opened up an application for a research coordinator in the Department of Psychiatry in the Addictive, Compulsive, and Impulsive Disorders Lab. The job provides technical support activities related to scientific research projects. Ensures compliance of research activities with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies, procedures, directives, and mandates. Assists in drafting presentations on research findings. Our lab primarily works with addictive, compulsive, and impulsive disorders. Works alongside another coordinator to help manage the day-to-day processes of the lab. Under limited direction, but can work as a team. Collects, records, and analyzes data. Conducts literature reviews. Participates in writing reports and manuscripts. Oversees management of several studies. Ensures compliance with institutional, state, and federal regulatory policies. Works directly with research subjects on a daily or weekly basis. Able to attend conferences to present individual research. Learn more and apply!

20. Peer Advisor - CLA Career Services

CLA Career Services is the career services office for students in the College of Liberal Arts (CLA). We offer resources and services to help CLA students choose a major, search for internships, jobs, and/or volunteer opportunities, revise their resume and cover letter, choose a career, apply to graduate/professional school, and prepare for opportunities post-graduation. Peer Advisors work in the resource room at CLA Career Services providing assistance to a diverse population of students, in all of the above areas, on a drop-in basis. More information on CLA Career ServicesLearn more and apply. Applications are due by March 25th, 2021!