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Psych Scoop, 5/1/18

May 1, 2018

May 1st, 2018

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Psychology Advising Availability for Summer 2018

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will begin our summer availability Monday, May 14th. We do not hold drop-in hours during summer session, as advisor availability fluctuates. However, we are available to meet with students through appointments. If you would like to meet with an advisor, please submit an Appointment Request Form. Our office remains open during our usual operating hours, though availability of front desk assistance varies during this time as well. We will still be checking and responding to emails frequently, so feel free to contact us with your questions at If you would like to have a research contract signed, please email us ahead of time to let us know when you would like to stop by so we can be sure that there is an advisor available to go over your contract.

2. Seats Still Open in Summer Term PSY 3666: Human Sexuality!

This course will overview of theories, research, and contemporary issues in human sexual behavior from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include sexual anatomy and physiology, hormones and sexual differentiation, cross-cultural perspectives on sexual development, sexual expression, social and health issues, and sexual dysfunction and therapy. The smaller class size over the summer will allow for more in-depth class discussions and a more personalized setting than the typical course which normally has over 50 students. The course is currently set to meet from 1-3:30 on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning on June 11th and ending on August 3rd. For more information please contact the instructor Cory Fleck,

3. Graduating Seniors - Take the CLA Outcomes Survey! 

The College of Liberal Arts is very interested to know what your plans are after graduation. Please take ten minutes to complete The Outcomes Survey, at In CLA, we use the data to deepen our understanding of the career fields our students enter, the employers who hire them, the number of students who enroll in graduate or professional programs, and to capture advice that recent graduates have for our current students. So when a student asks us, "what can I do with a CLA degree?" we have some concrete information to share with them. If you’re still figuring out your plans, remember that all resources in the CLA Career Services office are accessible to you for the first year after your graduation.

Psychology Student Organizations

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!

4. Apply to be a PISA officer for the 2018-2019 School Year!

Passionate about Psychology? Interested in helping other Psychology majors on campus? Wish to polish your leadership and organizational skills? PISA is recruiting for the next academic year! We are looking for driven individuals who care about international students and Psychology! If this sounds like you, please take a few minutes to fill up this form and be part of something bigger than yourself. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us on Facebook or

Officer Application


5. Guthrie Theater Career Expo

May 5th, 9:00am-5:00pm
Guthrie Theater

Cost: Free
Explore the variety of careers in the theater by engaging with professional artists, technicians, craftspeople and arts administrators from across the Twin Cities theater community.

This event is free, but registration is required. The day will feature workshops, panel discussions, informational interviews, resume review and networking.

6. Save the Date: 3rd World Conference on Personality (WAPP 2019)

April 2nd-6th
Hanoi, Vietnam

It is with great pleasure that WAPP invites you to the third World Conference on Personality, to be held in Hanoi Vietnam, April, 2019. This conference will bring together personality psychologists and psychologists with an interest in personality from the various regions of the world to fully display the different perspectives on personality as pursued in different cultures, to stimulate further cooperation across the cultural borders, and to facilitate the commencement of new research-lines in the field.

Share your ideas on personality, individual difference, and intelligence through discussion, informal encounters, taking position, constructive skepticism, and through plain critique. The conference allows a broad array of topics, such as genetic and cultural views on personality, methods and emotions, personality change and work, evolution and ability, the history and future of personality psychology, health, neuroscience, personality on the internet, etc. For more information, check out the website here.


7. DSCN Lab

The DSCN Lab, under the direction of Drs. Stephanie Carlson and Phil Zelazo, is looking to bring on two undergraduate research assistants! We strongly prefer applicants who can commit past summer (i.e multiple semesters) and will accept applications until positions are filled. More information on our lab's research themes and ongoing studies can be found at this link. To apply, please submit a completed application form to

8. Cognition and Brain (CAB) in Psychopathology Lab

Dr. Scott Sponheim's Cognition and Brain (CAB) in Psychopathology Lab at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center is seeking a volunteer research assistant for Summer 2018, and to continue throughout the 2018-2019 school year. We are seeking an individual who has interests in cognition, traumatic brain injury, and/or PTSD. Primarily, we use electroencephalography (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and magnetoencephalography (MEG) in conjunction with cognitive tests, interview based assessments of symptoms, and questionnaires. Responsibilities may include assisting in participant recruitment, screening, scheduling, cognitive assessment, questionnaire administration, and data entry. We require a commitment of at least 10 hours per week. Successful candidates typically have a 3.5 GPA or higher, have junior or senior level credits, and may have an interest in pursuing a higher degree in psychology or related fields. If you are interested, please send a copy of your unofficial transcript and CV/resume to Elsa Mattson (

9. Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory (CDN Lab)

The Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory (CDN Lab) at the Institute of Child Development (ICD) at the University of Minnesota is seeking 6-8 research assistants to collaborate on several active research projects in the summer of 2018. We prefer students who would like directed research credit (e.g., child psychology, psychology, neuroscience, etc.), but are also willing to consider volunteers. Interested individuals should expect to contribute a minimum of 6-12 hours per week in the lab. However, scheduled hours can be flexible to accommodate work, travel or other commitments. Typical activities include: training in responsible conduct of research, training in informed consent and assent, help with telephone recruitment and participant scheduling, mailing of paperwork and biospecimen sample kits to participating families, behavioral testing with young adult or child or adolescent participants, interactions with children and families, administration of questionnaire measures to participants and help in data entry, help in EEG or MRI testing sessions, participation as a confederate in social stress paradigms, or help with processing of raw EEG or MRI data. Interested individuals should contact Dr. Kathleen Thomas ( or fill out an interest form at this website.

10. Undergraduate Research Opportunity - Summer 2018 - Summer 2019

Professor Frank Symons’ somatosensory research team is seeking undergraduate research assistants (UGRA) to assist this summer through summer 2019, with the possibility of extension. The UGRAs will be involved in bio-behavioral research projects related to disability populations, including Rett syndrome and cerebral palsy. Job responsibilities include coding behavioral data, data entry, contacting and scheduling study participants, preparing and mailing study materials, and the potential to collect data in a clinical setting. This work is embedded within a highly collaborative environment with Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare and several basic research labs within the medical school. Our projects would be of particular interest for students interested in the physiology, health, and behavior of individuals with developmental disorders/disabilities. Students are expected to work an average of 15 hours/week in the summer and 10 hours/week during the school year. UGRAs can choose to be paid for their time, register PSY4993 credits, or a combination of both. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic, detail-oriented, and entering their sophomore or junior year this fall. Previous research experience is not required. Please contact Alyssa Merbler at by Sunday, May 20th, 2018 if you’re interested. In your email, please include your summer and fall schedules and commitments and either a resume/CV or a few sentences about your previous experiences and interests.


11. De-Stress is Holding Peer-to-Peer Stress Check Ins

It's getting to be a stressful time of the semester. The De-stress student group is hosting free peer-to-peer Stress Check In appointments where students can talk through the stressors in their lives, come up with solutions, and connect with campus resources. Appointments are available on East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul. Schedule an appointment here.

12. Feel Better Fast Support Group

The Feel Better Fast group through Student Counseling Services runs every Thursday 11:15-12:45pm in Appleby 351. Are you feeling overwhelmed by the demands of the semester? Do you want to learn effective ways to manage stress and practice general self-care? If so, this is the workshop for you! Join us for a 3-session workshop that will teach you techniques on stress and anxiety management, mindfulness, emotion management, and general self-care. To register, complete the screening form and a facilitator will contact you.

13. Thank a U of M Teacher

Did a teacher make a difference for you this semester? Say thanks. It's free. It's quick. It's appreciated.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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14. Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health (MNCAMH)

The Minnesota Center for Chemical and Mental Health (MNCAMH) bridges science to practice to promote lifelong learning and the advancement of clinical skills within the diverse behavioral health workforce. MNCAMH is committed to fostering wellness and recovery for all individuals impacted by substances use and mental health disorders. MNCAMH provides training, research, and resources for service providers to build and sustain excellence in the delivery of broad-based mental and chemical health services.

Clinical Research Intern

Assist MNCAMH executive director, research coordinator, study coordinators, and graduate research assistants in all aspects of data and study planning. Typical work to include data entry, transcription of clinical interview tapes for research, exposure to study design, and exposure to data analysis. Individuals in this position will have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of MNCAMH's work including clinical research, consultation, and training, based on interest. Advanced applicants may have opportunities to assist in running studies with patient populations. Recommended for those with an interest in a career in clinical work or clinical research.

4-6 positions are available; minimum 40 hours a month. Please contact Jillian Wright-Martin ( Flexible dates, but prefer candidates available for the majority of the summer.

15. Research Assistant in Institute of Child Development

Twin Registry (MTR) cohort into late life, seek to hire two Research Assistants (8352R2: Researcher 2) responsible for interviewing study participants (aged 60-80 years) in their homes. Assessments conducted by the Research Assistants will include: an hour-long interview with the twin participants about their childhood experiences, assessments of twin participants’ physical health, and standardized measures of cognitive health. A bachelor degree is required and research experience, knowledge, and skills plus outstanding communication and problem-solving skills are preferred. In addition, applicants must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to use their own car to travel for assessments. To apply for this position Job ID 323528, go to the Human Resources website and enter 323528 in 'Key Words"

16. ADAPT 4 U Research Study

The ADAPT4U (After Deployment: Adaptive Parenting Tools) Study, at the University of Minnesota, is looking for staff to provide childcare during in-home assessments with military families participating in the study.

If you are an UMN student who enjoys working with children and are available nights and weekends starting mid-May, then this might be the position for you!!

To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Aneta Pszczola at