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Psych Scoop, 5/8/18

May 8, 2018

May 8th, 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. Psych Scoop Summer Editions 

During the summer term, you will begin to receive the Psych Scoop on a bi-weekly rather than weekly basis. The regular schedule will commence as fall term approaches. The summer issues still contain important information and wonderful opportunities, so be sure to check your inbox every other Tuesday!

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.

4. SERU - Have Your Voice Heard 

The University of Minnesota wants to hear abour your experience. Share your story and help create a better campus for all students. Take the survey before June 15th, 2018 to receive discounts and a chance to win additional prizes. Find the SERU survey here.


5. 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,

This course counts for Area B or an elective in the major

6. AAS 3920 - Asian Americans, Culture, and Mental Health for Fall 2018

The ways in which Asian Americans construct and experience their lives are not often discussed in psychology. In this course we will mix psychological theories and methods with a critical lens to explore the Asian American experience. Topics will include identity, discrimination, solidarity, LGBTQ experiences, adoption, family and migration. This course will be taught be Adam Kim. For more information, email Adam Kim or the Asian American Studies Department.

Please note: This course does not count for the Psychology major


7. Workshops in Clinical Hypnosis

June 7-9, 2018
Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN 

Join us for the 47th Annual Workshop in Clinical Hypnosis, being held June 7-9, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West in Plymouth, MN. This unique activity offers two tracks of study for practitioners of all skill levels: Fundamentals and Advanced. The Fundamentals Workshop offers responsive instruction in the theory and applications of hypnosis in a clinical setting. To learn more and to register, visit This year’s Advanced Workshop features Dr. Julie Linden, who will present, “Hypnosis is for Everyone: Tailoring Hypnosis for Gender and Culture.” The Advanced Workshop is ideal for health professionals who have had previous formal training in hypnosis. For more information and to register, visit Attendees are eligible for CME credits, including AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, ANCC Contact Hours and more; please visit the websites above for additional details.

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

April 2nd-6th 2019
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.


9. 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 (

10. 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.

11. 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.


12. 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.

13. Kaplan GRE Math Weekend

Students can refresh their math skills just in time for the GRE® for as little as $29. Are you feeling really rusty? They can attend both Saturday and Sunday for $49. For more information, visit Kaplan's website here.

14. 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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15. Meridian Behavioral Health, Tapestry Women’s Program is Hiring

Meridian Behavioral Health is a leader in behavioral health care and addiction recovery services. MBH programs deliver an expansive set of services to hundreds of clients daily. We are currently searching for full-time and part-time employees to work as a Recovery Specialist at our St. Paul women's residential facility, Tapestry. Employees can expect to provide direct care to patients in the field of mental health, assist with patient admissions/discharges as well as experience charting patient behaviors. Please contact Hannah James at for more information.

16. Camp Akeela - Hiring for Summer

Camp Akeela is an overnight camp in Vermont and Wisonsin that creates a warm, supportive community for children who struggle socially. Most of the campers have been diagnosed with Asperger's or a non-verbal learning disorder. Others are undiagnosed, but "quirky" and struggle to connect with their peers. Akeela's small, supportive community helps campers improve their social skills, make friends, gain self-confidence and have fun! Staff members are primarily college and grad student in the fields of psychology, education, special education, PT, OT, SLP, social work, outdoor education, etc. Staff will not be providing "therapy" in the traditional sense, but will be a key part of a program that integrates a therapeutic approach to recreation and community living. Staff will have the opportunity to work first-hand with children and see the practical applications of their studies, while providing an incredible, life-changing camp experience.

For more information, visit the Camp Akeela website or contact Greg Walker at 866-680-4744 or by email at

17. Center for Community-Engaged Learning is Hiring a Student Office Assistant

The Center for Community-Engaged Learning (CCEL) coordinates Twin Cities campus-wide resources for curricular and co-curricular community-engagement and domestic off-campus study programs. We have a project-oriented and team management approach to accomplishing our work.  The individual will join a staff of innovative, fun, and collaboratively minded colleagues who share a commitment to community engagement, social change and experiential learning. Preferred if student can start work on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 and workstudy is required. For more information, email the office here.