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Psych Scoop, 6/23/20

June 23, 2020

June 23rd, 2020

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Summer Availability

We do still have appointments available in the summer! We are available throughout the workweek, throughout each day. All appointments are virtual through Zoom, so you do not need to worry about travel. This can be a great time to start thinking about planning for grad school, planning toward graduation, and anything else you may have questions about. You can schedule an appointment here. We are also still available by email at

Courses of Interest

2. New Course - PSY 1010 - Introduction to the Psychology of Pandemics - 1 credit - Fall 2020 Online!

This course will increase students’ understanding of how psychological science can inform our understanding of causes, consequences, and responses to pandemics, such as the COVID- 19/Coronavirus. In doing so, it will expose students to the different subdisciplines of psychology so they can understand the wide range of theories and methods employed in the field. This is one of the only psychology courses in which students will be taught by a wide range of psychology faculty with expertise in cognitive and brain science, clinical psychology, counseling psychology, industrial/organization psychology, personality, social psychology, and quantitative/psychometric methods.

This course does not count as Psychology Elective for most Psychology majors or minors - however, there is one exception. Students that transferred in a 3 credit PSY 1001 course may request that this 1XXX level course be applied to the 4th credit towards PSY 1001. You must email us at to request an APAS update for this option.

3. EPSY 3302 - Intro to Communications Skills for Education & Community Settings - 3 credits - Fall 2020

This course is great for anyone who wants to find ways to work better with others. Learn valuable communication skills and concepts as well as techniques to help you reflect on your own communication style.

EPSY 3302 is Wednesdays, 4:40 pm- 7:30 pm

**Completely Online

Instructor: Sherri Turner, Ph.D. (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.

4. EPSY 5401 - Counseling Procedures - 3 credits- Fall 2020

According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is the process of building relationships with individuals that empower them to accomplish mental health and wellness, education, and career goals. According to the Positive Psychology movement, counseling can help individuals and communities thrive, cultivating what is best within themselves, and enhancing their experiences of work, love, and play. In this course, you will learn a short-term model of counseling that is rooted in both client empowerment and positive psychology, aimed at helping clients, students, and others manage problems more effectively and develop opportunities more fully. The course relates to the COVID-19 pandemic in that students will learn skills to help others manage stress and isolation, overcome anxiety and fear, and make and implement personally-meaningful choices in their lives. This course is appropriate for individuals whose professional work includes counseling and interviewing and for those interested in advising, counseling, and consulting.

EPSY 5401 is Thursdays, 4:40 pm- 7:30 pm

**Completely Online

Instructor: Sherri Turner, Ph.D. (

Note: this course does not count in psychology majors or minors.


5. Conquering The Virtual Interview

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

In this webinar, we will cover how to prepare for your virtual interview, common questions, and a method for responding to interview questions and how to follow up post-interview. There will also be an opportunity for QA during the last 15-20 minutes. Register online.

6. Addressing Racial Inequities in Health Outcomes During COVID and Beyond

Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Structural inequalities between Black and White Americans have always had devastating impacts, and these disparate health outcomes have become even more apparent in the COVID-19 era. Panelists discuss the impact of structural racism on overall health outcomes of black Americans, the framing of police brutality against African-Americans as a public health crisis, how the record of systemic racial injustice in the United States relates to the country's human rights law obligations, racial and economic disparities that exist outside of the U.S., and strategies for addressing gaps on a national and international level to guarantee the right to health in a post-COVID world. Join the webinar via Zoom.

7. Summer Webinar Series: Covid-19 and Incarcerated Populations

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

People in jails and prisons are particularly vulnerable to an infectious disease outbreak given their inherently close quarters, high rates of pre-existing conditions, and limited access to health care. Additionally, they often have limited access to public health information. Join us for a discussion with Professor Shlafer and graduate students/alumni from the School of Public Health and Medical School as they share about their collaboration with Hennepin County to quickly develop accessible COVID-19 educational materials tailored to incarcerated communities in Hennepin County as well as both national and local responses to COVID-19 in jails and prisons. RSVP here.

8. Virtual Yoga with the Arboretum

Thursday, June 25, 2020, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Online

Join in the fun with a free virtual yoga class hosted by the Arboretum and The Transformation Club through Zoom! Stay in shape in mind and body as you practice social distancing from the comfort of your home. Join via Zoom here.


9. *Volunteer or Credit* Psychology Research through Spring 2021

Max Hui Bai from the Federico Lab is seeking for one research assistant to help with projects on political psychology, prejudice, and sociocultural beliefs. The research assistant will help with various aspects of different studies, including but not limited to reviewing literature, recruiting participants, constructing survey instruments, preparing administrative documents, data cleaning, data analysis, and proof-reading. The research assistant may sign up for the PSY 5993 class if they choose to. The assistant is encouraged but not required to attend weekly lab meetings during fall and spring semesters. Preference will be given to candidates who 1. are self-motivated, responsive, curious, enjoy challenges, and pay attention to details. 2. are able to commit to the end of the 2021 Spring semester. Recent projects from the researcher can be found here. To apply, please send an email to Max Hui Bai at with 1. name, 2. a copy of an unofficial transcript, and 3. an explanation (in no more than one short paragraph) of why they are interested in the position, what the student wishes to learn and get out of this research experience, and how they think this may be helpful for furthering their career.

10. *Credit* TNTLAB Undergraduate Research Assistant Opportunity

We are looking for motivated and responsible students to assist with current research projects in Professor Richard Landers' TNTLAB (Testing New Technologies in Learning, Assessment, and Behavior). The mission of TNTLAB is to understand the role and potential of the Internet and related technologies to improve organizations in relation to their employees. This research is conducted through the lens of industrial/organizational (I/O) psychology, which is the science of workplace behavior. We incorporate rigorous experimental and psychometric methods to address questions of interest, which involve a range of technologies, including big data, gamification, virtual reality, video games, handheld devices (e.g., smartphones), online social networking, and web-based training, among others. Research assistants would have the opportunity to assist in data collection efforts, conduct literature reviews and background research, design studies, and read and make judgments about data (i.e., coding). Prospective URAs should submit an application through the TNTLAB website. Please contact Chulin Chen at, the lab manager, with any questions or for more information.


11. Nutritious U Food Pantry Available Over Summer!

The Nutritious U Food Pantry will be offering food to students one day per week at Coffman Memorial Union during the summer months. Students in need can request a bag of groceries using this Food Pantry ordering form. Students can pick up their bag of food at Coffman on Wednesdays from 3-6 pm OR they can choose to have their food delivered to their residence on Wednesday afternoons. Delivery is available for students who live in the following zip codes: 55455, 55454, 55414, 55108, and 55408. Not living on campus? Here are some Minnesota food resources.

12. Reading for Racial Justice

The University of Minnesota Press has collaborated with its authors on an open-access collection of antiracist books, available to read free online through Aug. 31. Access the books here.

13. UMN Libraries Delivery of Print Materials has Started!

This means that upon request, the libraries will scan and digitally deliver print items, such as book chapters and journal articles, via email. For requests of books and other larger items, we will send them to you by U.S. Mail. Here are three ways to make your request:
-Use Libraries search on our website. When you find what you need, request delivery by clicking on the “Get it” button in the search results and a request form will be automatically populated.
-Use any of our licensed databases or WorldCat FirstSearch and the item you choose will auto-populate our request form.
-Go directly to our Interlibrary Loan/Digital Delivery web page and manually complete a request form.

Grad School

14. Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology - Application Deadline Extended!

With a Masters of Arts in counseling and student personnel psychology (CSPP), you’ll be qualified to counsel others throughout their lifespan. Become a school counselor and help students develop academically, personally/socially, and in their careers. Study to be a college and student personnel counselor and work in a higher education setting. Or become a mental health professional and work in a community setting. Whatever you decide, a master's in CSPP leads to a fulfilling career that allows you to do well by doing good. Our admissions deadline for fall 2020 has been extended to July 15. Visit our application page for more information on how to apply.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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15. Research Assistant Position for Study of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatments

We have an opening at the Center for Veterans Research and Education (CVRE) for a full-time research assistant to work on a health services research project, found on this website. The study’s primary aim is to determine which of two evidence-based strategies for treating PTSD is more effective, acceptable, and feasible for patients with comorbid substance use disorder: trauma-focused therapy or non-trauma-focused therapy. The research assistant will: a) Review & extract data from medical records, b) Recruit subjects via telephone, collect data, enter & maintain a database of outcome data collected, c) Conduct research study assessments over the telephone, in accordance with research protocols, d) Organize follow-up assessment mailing, e) Prepare assessment mailings, log returned assessments into study database, f) Scan & verify assessment data into study databases, g) Assist in data cleaning, h) Perform administrative functions including meeting planning, setting up conference calls, maintaining written correspondence, and transcribing memoranda, i) Maintain professional clearances/human studies training to be qualified to work with sensitive data as promulgated by the IRB, HIPAA, VHA, and other regulatory agencies, j) Assist in manuscript preparation as needed (i.e., literature searches & table preparation), k) Independently maintain and organize records & files, l) Develop & distribute patient engagement materials (e.g., quarterly newsletters), and m) Coordinate participant payments.

16. Research Analyst / Senior Research Analyst / Senior Fellow Positions at GiveWell

The objective of our research is to identify the giving opportunities which can most cost-effectively improve the lives of the global poor. GiveWell is expanding our research team so we can broaden the scope of our research and explore global health and development more completely than we have to date. More in this blog post. As a researcher at GiveWell, you will work on a variety of projects. Senior staff work closely with new hires and attempt to tailor your assignments to those best suited to your abilities. You should have a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a quantitative field such as economics, mathematics, or statistics, or equivalent experience. Exceptions may be made for excellent applicants who do not meet this criterion. Senior Fellows should have a relevant advanced degree, such as a Ph.D. in economics. We can sponsor work visas and remote work is available. Read more and apply on our website.