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Psych Scoop, 8/24/16

August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016

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Psychology Advising

1. Sexual Assault & Higher Education: Training Modules & Information

The Department of Psychology supports the efforts of the University of Minnesota towards prevention of sexual assault. We encourage all students to participate in the free online training that has been established for undergraduate students and graduate students. The training highlights pertinent issues regarding sexual assault, including, but not limited to: defining healthy relationships, consent, bystander intervention, and gender roles. Haven (for undergraduate students under the age of 25) and Haven Plus (for undergraduates over 25, graduate students, and professional students) is the training available at no cost to University of Minnesota students. Additionally, to learn more about how you can help reduce sexual assault at the University of Minnesota, please visit the Aurora Center.

2. Save the Date! PsyCareer Exploration Fair

Wednesday, September 21st, 6:00-7:30pm

Wondering what you can do with your major in Psychology? You’re not alone! Visit the PsyCareer Exploration Fair on Wednesday, September 21st to learn about various career pathways alumni have taken with their psychology majors. Alumni will be available to answer questions about different industries between 6pm - 7:30pm in Elliott Hall N219. Stop by as your schedule allows! Light snacks and refreshments will be provided - please let us know if you plan to attend:

Psychology International Student Association - PISA

PLEASE NOTE: All students interested in Psychology are welcome to participate in Psi Chi/ Psychology Student Association activities. No previous participation or membership is required. If you're interested, please attend!

3. Apply for an Officer Position for 2016-17

The Psychology International Student Association, aka PISA, is recruiting 3 more officers for term 2016-2017! All students, both international or local, are welcome to apply for the club. Don't miss the chance and apply latest by 31st August! Interviews will be held on September 2nd, 2016. Apply now at:


4. Global Gopher Events for New International Students

Various events happening August 22nd-September 2nd. RSVP here.

New international students: Start your UMN experience off in the best way possible by attending Global Gopher Events (August 22-September 2)! This is a special opportunity for all new international students to make new friends, prepare for classes, and discover all of the amazing services the University offers with advice from experienced international student leaders. The Global Gopher Events schedule is now on the ISSS website! Take a look and RSVP for the events you will attend! All Global Gopher Events programming are optional. You should not miss any of your orientations or program meetings to attend Global Gopher Events. See the Facebook event page.

5. Save the Date for the Community Involvement Fair

Wednesday, September 21st, 10:00am-2:00pm, Coffman Union, Great Hall

You can make a difference in the Twin Cities community! This event provides students a chance to learn about local volunteer and internship opportunities for individuals and groups. Talk to representatives from more than 90 organizations to find a position that matches your major and/or interests. Learn about volunteer and internship positions in fields such as: youth education and mentoring, ELL/ESL tutoring, the environment, animal rights, healthcare / public health, law / criminal justice, housing / homelessness, political organizing, public policy, family services / family violence, the arts, GLBT communities, and women and gender issues. More information can be found here:


IMPORTANT: Not all research opportunities listed below are affiliated with the Department of Psychology. If you are receiving credit for a research experience outside the Psychology Department, you will need to check with Psychology Advising about how it will fit into your academic program.

6. Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Developmental Psychology

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detail-oriented students who can work in Dr. Albert Yonas' research lab this fall to help with a literature review, recruiting participants, collecting data, debriefing participants, coding and analyzing data, participating in research lab meetings, etc. Please contact if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your work, and especially your statistical skills using SPSS, R and/or other statistical software. This position is eligible for PSY 4993 credit.

7. Tobacco & Marijuana Lab Seeking Research Assistants

We are looking for responsible, enthusiastic, and detailed-oriented students who can work in Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami’s research lab and help with data entry, participant phone screening questionnaires, assisting with running participants, and other lab activities related to Tobacco Regulatory Science. Additional projects in the lab include examining patterns of use among co-users of tobacco and marijuana. Please contact Dr. Ellen Meier by email ( if you are interested and attach a 1 page resume that includes information about your work and schooling experience, references, skills using Microsoft Office (WORD, Excel, etc.), SPSS, R and/or other statistical software. This position is eligible for PSY 4993 credit.

8. Seeking Research Assistants for Study Testing E-Cigarette Warning Labels

We are looking for undergraduate research assistants to start fall 2016 who will work on a research project on e-cigarette warning labels. Dr. Sherri Jean Katz and Dr. Dorothy Hatsukami are the researchers directing this project. Research assistants would help to prepare the study, collect data in area high schools, review preliminary datasets, and work on other lab activities related to Tobacco Regulatory Science. Please contact Dr. Sherri Jean Katz by email ( if you are interested. Please attach a 1 page resume that includes your educational background, any professional or work experience you have had, references, and computer skills (including your experience using Word, Excel, and SPSS). Students may earn PSY 4993 credit for this experience.

9. Industrial/Organizational Psychology Research Opportunity

We are seeking a student who is interested in psychological assessment, selection, and training and development. Research projects in our office would involve learning about several commonly used psychological inventories, selection processes, and the development of training and team-building programs. The work would involve applied research in developing and testing norms and literature reviews for selection programs and instrument development. Our consulting firm is located in downtown Minneapolis, accessible by bus and light rail. Psychology students may receive PSY 4993 credit under the supervision of Dr. Pendergrass. If interested, please send a resume and a cover letter describing your career interests to Dr. Laura Pendergrass at

10. Undergraduate Research Opportunity at VA Medical Center

A laboratory at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System is conducting treatment outcome research to examine aspects of cognition in multiple patient populations. There is an opportunity for 2-4 undergraduate students to become involved with this project as a Research Lab in Psychology experience. The students will learn about the assessment of cognition and social cognition as well as 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 instructors, 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 This opportunity is eligible for PSY 4993 credit.

11. Research Assistants Needed in Political Communication Study

The Political Communication Lab is looking for undergraduate research assistants to start work during the Fall semester, earning research credit for PSY 5993. RAs will be assisting with coding and data analysis in a study examining the relationship between different types of verbal accounts (e.g., excuses or denials) and political scandal. Responsibilities include coding verbal accounts taken from a large news archives database, and attending a weekly team lab meeting, which will be scheduled based on lab members' availability. Opportunities to run research studies and interact with participants may also be available. The position runs during the Fall semester, with the opportunity to continue into the Spring. Strong candidates for this position will be conscientious, bright, motivated students interested in the research process. Preference will be given to students enrolled in the University Honors Program, to students willing commit to at least 2 semesters in the lab, and to those with previous research experience.

If you would like to apply for an RA position, send an email with the subject line “Political Communication Research Assistant Position” to Ally Williams ( and Pierce Ekstrom ( by 1pm on Friday, September 9th, containing the following information: A. Name; B. Email; C. Class Year; D. Cumulative GPA; D. Reason for Applying (no more than 1 sentence, please). Only students who respond accordingly will be sent the full research assistant application and considered for this position.


IMPORTANT: Not all courses listed below are offered by the Department of Psychology, and you will need to meet with your college advisor to find out how they will fit into your academic program.

12. CSPH 1101: Self, Society, & Environment

This fall, the University's Center for Spirituality & Healing is pleased to offer CSPH 1101: Self, Society, and Environment - An Interconnected Worldview, which is a 3 credit blended course. If you're interested in learning more, please visit, where you'll find an instructor video, a course description, the flier, and the course objectives. Discover other great courses through the Center for Spirituality & Healing by visiting

13. AHS 2400: Writing a Personal Statement

Are you a pre-health student planning grad school? Start preparing yourself with this 1-credit/ S/N course, designed pre-health students who are within one year of applying to their health professional program. Throughout the semester, students will learn how to build their story through critical reflection, develop an organized approach to writing, and receive continuous feedback through each phase of the writing process. Students must be within one year of applying to a health professional program to take this course and must submit an online enrollment request form. Note: demand for this class is higher in spring semester; consider enrolling for fall!

14. Rehabilitation Science Courses

Interested in learning more about rehabilitation science? Seats are still open in a number of classes in the RSC Department for fall. Courses include RSC 5814: Age, Exercise, and Rehabilitation and RSC 5841: Applied Date Acquisition and Processing. Interested students should email Rich Adamczak ( for registration information and to obtain departmental permission numbers when needed. Most courses take place in Children’s Rehab Center on the University’s east bank campus. Confirmation of course location will be provided to registered students in advance of the first day of class.

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

IMPORTANT: Organizations listed below are not necessarily affiliated with or endorsed by the Department of Psychology or Psychology Undergraduate Advising. Please exercise the same discretion you would in viewing any other source.

15. TRIO Upward Bound is Hiring Tutors & TAs

TRIO Upward Bound, a college-prep program for low-income and first generation Minneapolis high school students, is currently looking to hire academic support staff for our school-year programming and services. Student Jobs include Tutor (Job ID 312382) and Undergraduate Teaching Assistant (Job ID 312384). For more information and to apply, go to Click on "University Students” and enter job ID number listed above. Questions? Inquiries go to Tricia Wilkinson, Interim Assistant Director, or 612-625-3369.

16. Learning Abroad Center is Hiring 2 Student Positions

The Learning Abroad Center (LAC) is excited to announce that we have two student positions for which we are currently hiring. Both positions are critical to supporting instructor-led study abroad programs and would be great opportunities for students looking to get into international higher education after graduation. The Instructor-led Program Assistant position (Job Opening ID 312003), will assist in supporting the LAC Instructor-led program team in promotion, recruitment, statistics, research, and additional duties. The Global Campus Partner (GCP) Program Assistant (Job Opening ID 312004), will assist in supporting the GCP program team in program organization, statistics, research, and additional duties. For more infroamtion and to apply, go to then choose “University Students”. Once on the search page, students can search for one (or both!) of the job opening ID numbers above.

17. MN Department of Human Services is Hiring-Recruiter/Human Resources Specialist

The MN Department of Human Services is Hiring a Recruiter/Human Resources Specialist. As a Recruiter, you will be responsible for providing full-cycle recruiting and staffing services working collaboratively as part of a Recruitment Team housed in the Office of Human Resources. Day-to-day tasks include consulting with hiring managers on their staffing needs, developing recruitment plans and job postings, attending job fairs and other recruitment events, sourcing candidates, reviewing resumes, and advising hiring managers on the selection process. The Department of Human Services helps provide essential services to Minnesota's most vulnerable residents and is the largest state government agency in Minnesota. This position is a great opportunity to join a team dedicated to recruiting and retaining staff that are interested in advancing the agency’s mission – helping people meet their basic needs so they can live in dignity and achieve their highest potential. For more information and to apply, go to and enter Job ID 7453 in keywords search. Applications are due August 29th. If you have questions about the position, contact Elizabeth Nelson at or 651.431.3016.

18. Family Wise Seeking Part-Time and Full Time Facilitators

Since 1976, FamilyWise has been helping to educate, empower and enrich families who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness and domestic violence. The High Fidelity Wraparound Facilitator facilitates a team process to give families and youth with behavioral health issues voice and choice with the outcome of living in a stable family or community setting. Facilitators focus on identifying needs along with focusing on family culture and team composition through weekly family or youth check ins and monthly team meetings. Due to program expansion, FamilyWise is hiring a new Facilitator to work within the metro area, including Washington County. B.A. or B.S. in Social Work, Psychology, Parent Education or related field. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Anna VonRueden by email at or by fax at 612.617.0193. Visit our website at or the MCN job board for a full position description.

19. Family Wise Seeking Part-Time Family Specialists

Since 1976, FamilyWise has been helping to educate, empower and enrich families who are struggling with poverty, substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness and domestic violence. As part of a multidisciplinary team, Family Specialists utilize a strengths based family model of parent education and therapeutic parent coaching in the provision of services to clients referred from County systems. Specialist work with families in their homes to eliminate child abuse and neglect by parents; to improve parenting skills; and to reunify children with their parents when possible. FamilyWise is hiring a new Family Specialist to work within Hennepin County and Anoka County. B.A. or B.S. in Social Work, Psychology, Parent Education or related field. Please submit a cover letter and resume to Char Johnson by email at or by fax at 612.617.0193. Visit our website at or the MCN job board for a full position description.

20. Entry-Level Cognitive Trainer Positions Open at New Location in St. Louis Park

We are currently seeking energetic individuals who have a strong desire to positively impact the lives of others through our intensive cognitive training program. Join our team as a Cognitive Skills Trainer at our centers in Chanhassen, Maple Grove and Vadnais Heights or at our new location in Minneapolis/St. Louis Park. Like a personal trainer for the brain, our part-time Cognitive Skills Trainers work with students in an intense, one-on-one environment to improve learning, reading, and math. We utilize specific techniques to strengthen cognitive learning skills, attention, and memory in students from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups such as K-12 students, adults, and those with traumatic brain injuries and other cognitive impairments. We are looking for quick thinking, high energy individuals who are pursuing or have completed a bachelor’s degree in Psychology or other social science. We require at least four weekdays with availability from 4PM-8PM. This is a great long-term part-time position for individuals seeking psychology experience. Training is provided. For more information and to request an interview give us a call at 952-949-6900. After calling - resumes can be sent to