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Psych Scoop, 7/17/18

July 17, 2018

July 17th, 2018

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1. PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits - Elective)

If you are planning to complete or interested in an Internship during Fall 2018 semester, you may be eligible to sign up for PSY 3896: Internship in Psychology (3 credits to count toward PSY Major Elective credit). In addition to your Internship Hours (average 6-8 hours/week for 15 weeks at your site).

PSY 3896 class meets weekly, Thursdays 2:30pm - 4:00pm

Elliott Hall N227

Instructor: Dr. Amy Landers

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!

2. PSY 3960 Undergrad Seminar: Careers in Psychology (1 credit - Elective)

Interested in exploring the vast career options in the field of Psychology? This fall's PSY 3960 course is an introduction to different career paths associated with an undergraduate degree in psychology (BA or BS). Students will gain an understanding of the major strengths and skills developed though study in psychology and how those strengths and skills can be applied in many different career settings. Emphasis will be placed both on careers that require further schooling (e.g., Ph.D, Master's) and careers that do not. The course format will feature guest speakers from a variety of careers and a final project in which the students conduct an in-depth investigation of a career path of their choice.

PSY 3960 class meets weekly, Tuesdays 10:10am - 11:00am

Elliott Hall N119

Instructor: Michael Houlahan

Please email for more information and any questions about this opportunity!


3. Diversity in Psychology Program - University of Minnesota

October 10-12, 2018
Cost: Travel, Housing, and Meals are Provided for all attendees

The Diversity in Psychology Program is designed for individuals who are historically under- represented in psychology graduate programs and who are interested in learning about graduate training in the Department of Psychology, as well as graduate training in Child Development and Educational/School Psychology, at the University of Minnesota. The program will feature a coordinated set of formal and informal experiences designed to familiarize participants with strategies for constructing successful graduate school applications, and to provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the experience of graduate education in our department.

The deadline for receipt of these materials is Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 5 pm (CST). Applications will be reviewed over the next two weeks and selection notifications will be sent in early September. Due to the short time frame, invited applicants will have one week to accept the invitation. For more information, visit our website.

4. GRE Study Courses

Free Demystifying Data Science Event, July 24-25

Are you a data-curious students? Don’t let miss this free, 2-day online conference featuring data science experts talking about career paths and data science application in the workplace.

5. Healthy Communities: Broadening the Lens of Healthcare, Equity, and Policy

Tuesday, August 7th, 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Location: St. Catherine University 
Cost: FREE

Join us for a conversation about the health of Minnesota communities. Representatives from non-profits and state agencies will share information on efforts to further develop equitable healthcare activities, programs, and policies that reflect a broad understanding of what creates health for individuals and communities. Learn about effective responses to diverse communities and successful initiatives for creating real change. For more information, visit the website here.


6. Sensory Friendly Sunday at Walker Art Center

Sensory Friendly Sunday is a monthly, free event at the Walker Art Center for kids, teens and adults with sensory processing differences or Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. We’re looking for volunteers to provide sensory support to event visitors. As a volunteer, you will be supported by Walker staff and receive training from the Walker’s Education team and Rebecca LaChappelle, OTR/L, MSOT at Fraser, along with a free t-shirt! This event runs from 8 – 11am on Sundays August 5 / September 2 / October 7. You’re welcome to volunteer with us for one session or for multiple, depending on your schedule. To express your interest in this opportunity, please email

7. Research on Risk and Resilience RA Position

The Project Competence research group, under the direction of Dr. Ann Masten at the Institute of Child Development, is looking for a research assistant! The current study takes place at People Serving People, a Minneapolis homeless shelter for families, and examines how parents support resilience in their young children. Duties for this position include: recruiting families to participate, conducting tasks with parent participants, watching the siblings of the child participant, and attending lab meeting. This is a volunteer position and requires an 8-12 hour commitment per week. Preference will be given to those who are available in the summer and fall. The start date is as soon as possible.

To apply: Please contact Rebecca Distefano ( Include your name, email, class year, and reasons for applying in the body of the email and "Resilience RA Position" in the subject line. Please also attached your resume.


8. Research Lab in Psychology - MN VA Health Care System

A laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is conducting randomized clinical trials to examine the efficacy of interventions (cognitive remediation, neuromodulation) targeting cognition in multiple patient populations. There is an opportunity for 2 undergraduate students to become involved with this project as a Research Lab in Psychology experience. The students will learn about how cognition is impacted by these psychiatric conditions (schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury) as well assessment and rehabilitation approaches to reduce disability. Students will work as a part of a research team lead by a psychologist and will be involved primarily with scoring measures and entering data, assisting cognitive trainers in the administration of study sessions, and preparing recruitment and study materials. As part of the research experience, students will attend a weekly lab meeting in which topics related to the project are discussed. In addition, students will write an APA-style paper on a related topic. All research activities are conducted at the VA Health Care System. Students must be able to commute to the VA. Student will be asked to register for research credit and to commit an average of 9 hours each week. For more information, please send a resume to Tasha Nienow, PhD at

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9. Fall Internship Opportunities at Washburn Center for Children

Washburn Center for Children is committed to offering families professional therapeutic services to help children experiencing depression, anxiety, behavioral difficulties, trauma or other mental health challenges. We are currently interviewing for unpaid internship positions this fall, 2018 in our Family Focused program in our facility at: 1100 Glenwood Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55405. The Family Focused Program provides families an intensive combination of in-home therapy and a therapeutic preschool for children. It is designed to decrease the potential for harm to children and to help parents provide a safer, more nurturing environment for their children. During the fall interns in Family Focused volunteer 2 half days a week in the preschool. The schedules that are available for fall include: Tuesday and Thursday mornings; Monday and Wednesday afternoons. Morning schedules go from 9:00am to 12:30pm and afternoon schedules go from 12:45pm to 4:15pm. Our fall internship placements run from the last week in August until the middle of December. Applications are available on our website at: To apply for an internship, please click this link. For more information, contact: Colleen Hegy, Intern Coordinator, at 612-872-3341 or email

10. 3 Positions Open- Psychology Technician Position

A recently funded intervention study plans to hire a full-time psychology technician. The study is a randomized clinical trial to evaluate the pairing of two therapeutic techniques, cognitive remediation and a neuromodulation technique call transcranial direct current stimulation (tdcs), as cognitively enhancing intervention for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. The study will be conducted at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The psychology technician will work as part of a research team that is led by a clinical psychologist. The position is funded for 2.5 years.

A Master degree in psychology or a related field is required. Experience with serious mental illness is preferred. The position requires a high degree of organization, accuracy, interpersonal skill, and computer skill.

Please contact Tasha Nienow, PhD, LP at

11. Ramsey County - Sexual Offense Services Program Assistant

There are currently 2 vacancies. One position will be responsible for coordinating best and promising practices into the Ramsey County Sexual Assault Protocol Team (SAPT); monitoring implementation and evaluating sexual assault protocol; and facilitating on-going communication between SAPT members while closely working with the other team members from among 35 agencies. The second position will be responsible for coordinating prevention and education; implementing and assessing best and promising prevention practices within Ramsey County; and developing and managing prevention initiatives, education and training programs.

For further information regarding this posting, visit the online posting here, or please contact Emily Chmel at or by phone at (651) 266-2722.