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Psych Scoop, 7/23/19

July 23, 2019

July 23rd, 2019 

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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. 

1. Will you be joining Psi Chi at the upcoming APA Convention in Chicago?

This year's 2019 APA Convention is August 8th - 11th. The International Psi Chi group will be hosting programming each day of the convention. Their programming includes a lecture by Beverly Daniel Tatum, the author of "Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" See Psi Chi's program


2. *Credit or Volunteer* Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory (CDN Lab)

The Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Laboratory (CDN Lab) at the Institute of Child Development (ICD) is seeking research assistants for summer and/or fall 2019. Specifically, we are looking for students or volunteers to collaborate on a behavioral study of the potential relationship between daily activities like exercise or reading, and executive function skills in 5-year-olds. We are happy to take volunteers or students for research credit. All research assistants are expected to contribute a minimum of 6 hours per week in the lab. Some participating families are available only during after-school, evening or weekend hours, so some availability at these times is appreciated. Activities will include training in responsible conduct of research, telephone recruitment and participant scheduling, behavioral testing with 5-year-old children, verbal interviews with parents about family routines, administration of questionnaire measures to parents. Interested individuals should email Mackenzie Chiodi at

3. *Credit* Research Lab in Psychology

A laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is conducting a randomized clinical trial to examine the efficacy of a psychotherapy intervention in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. 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 the assessment of trauma and evidence-based approaches to treatment to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Students will work as a part of a research team lead by a psychologist and will be involved with study recruitment activities, participant medical, psychiatric, and cognitive screening, preparation of study materials, scoring measures, and entering data. 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. Students will be asked to register for research credit and to commit an average of 10 hours each week. Students must become volunteers at the hospital to participate in this experience. Volunteers are required to be U.S. Citizens. For more information, please send a resume to Tasha Nienow, Ph.D. at


4. First-Gen Pre-Health Workshop Series

The Pre-Health Student Resource Center will be hosting a series of workshops throughout the 2019-2020 academic year, created specifically for first-gen students who are interested in health professions. Follow the link to see the workshop schedule and have a chance to sign up to get more information.

5. GRE Study Course on Lynda moving to LinkedIn Learning, a library of training videos available to University faculty, staff, and students, was acquired by LinkedIn in 2015. LinkedIn has since transitioned training content to their new platform, LinkedIn Learning. As a result, on July 16-17, the University will transition from to LinkedIn Learning. You can find out more on the IT website about the transition


6. Minnesota Memory Project

The Minnesota Memory Project is accepting psychology internship applications for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semester. The Minnesota Memory Project is a longitudinal study on aging and dementia and is a part of the Center for Memory and Aging at HealthPartners Neuroscience Research Lab at Regions Hospital. As an intern, you can interact with aging population of participants, proctor and score various neuropsychological tests, collect and enter data, and schedule/coordinate participant visits. The internship is unpaid, but interns will get to contribute to the understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia and be team members on a research project. Start and end dates are flexible, and applicants should be prepared to work a minimum of 12 hours a week- with flexibility based upon applicant schedule! If you are interested, please contact Samantha Sherman, Clinical Research Assistant, by email at or by phone at 651-495-6367.

7. 10,000 Families Study Volunteering 

Looking for meaningful volunteering experiences this summer and beyond? The 10,000 Families Study is looking for volunteers to help recruit study participants at the Minnesota State Fair. Volunteers can expect to talk to community members about the study, guide visitors through a study eligibility survey, and engage visitors in fun activities. Volunteers will receive FREE entrance to the State Fair! You will need to complete online CITI Good Clinical Practice and Human Research Protections for Biomedical Study Teams-Basic Course prior to taking part in events--training which may come in handy for your future research endeavors. If you are interested in volunteering with us, e-mail 10,000 Families is a cohort study that aims to enroll 10,000 diverse families across Minnesota and follow them over time to improve our understanding of how genetics, lifestyle, and environment impact health.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities 

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8. Psychology Technician Position

A full-time psychology technician that focuses on study recruitment, participant screening, and study session preparation is available at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The psychology technician would work with the principal investigator and Master’s level clinicians providing psychological interventions to veterans as part of two clinical trials being conducted at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System. The position is funded for 2 years. A Bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field. 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, Ph.D., LP at to learn more.

9. Lindahl Academic Center is Hiring Psychology Tutors!

The Lindahl Academic Center is hiring tutors for Fall 2019! Applicants must possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, and have passed the course they want to tutor with an "A" or "B" (equivalent course from other universities okay). Tutors work as few as three hours and as many as twenty hours per week and make $11/hour (undergraduate students) or $14/hour (graduate students). The most common course we need tutors for is PSY 1001, however, we also have a need for 3XXX level or higher PSY classes. Below is a list of our most commonly requested PSY courses:

PSY 1001, PSY 3001W, PSY 3011, PSY 3051, PSY 3206, PSY 3601, PSY 3711, PSY 3801, and PSY 4032

To apply, please look at our website. Feel free to reach out to our tutor coordinators, Adam Demchak at and Ethan Fenske at if you have questions. From there, we will notify you via email if you have been selected for an interview.

10. Paid Research Assistant Position (Part-Time; 0.6 - 0.8 FTE)

The Neurorehabilitation (Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)) Sexual Health and Intimacy Work Group at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System (MVAMC) Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC) is currently looking for a paid research assistant to provide support for a research project entitled “Improving Communication About Sexual Health for Persons Undergoing Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation for TBI.” Research assistant duties will include consenting research participants, data collection and entry, patient medical chart review, documenting efforts in clinical charts, preparation of educational aids/materials for an interdisciplinary team training, collaboration with other research staff and interdisciplinary TBI rehabilitation team members, preparation of and maintaining documents related to IRB requirements, reporting progress to collaborators and other agencies, conducting literature reviews, and disseminating results locally. There also are opportunities to present at national conferences and to contribute to peer-reviewed manuscripts if this is desired. The ideal candidate will have exceptional organizational and communication skills and attention to detail. The paid position is currently part-time (i.e., 24 - 32 hours per week of work), and this funding level is guaranteed for the next two years. Funds for this research are provided by the State of Minnesota Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury Research Grant Program administered by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education. Candidates who are able to commit to two years are preferred. Interested parties should send a copy of their curriculum vitae/résumé to Dr. Melanie Blahnik, staff psychologist and study principal investigator at

11. Position Openings with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Full- and Part-Time)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for three full-time positions, as well as one part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) position. To view full job postings, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions below.

Full-Time: Click "External Faculty and Staff Applicants" or "Current U Employees" then search for the Job ID. The openings are Principal Recruiter (Job ID: 331402), Recruiter (Job ID: 331400), and Interviewer (Job ID: 331392).

Part-Time: Click "Students" and then search for the Job ID. The opening is ABCD UGRA (Job ID: 331406). 

12. Psychology - Student Tech Support Services

Psychology IT is looking for a UofM Student to assist lecture recordings for "PSY 1001 Introduction to Psychology". This job requires to prepare the classroom technology for the lecture presenter and to adjust the camera during the lecture recording. Apply now! (Job ID: 331416)