Psych Scoop, 12/19/18

December 19, 2017

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Winter Break Hours

Psychology Undergraduate Advising will begin its winter break availability on Friday, December 22nd. Because advisor availability fluctuates, we will not hold drop-in hours during this time period. We are available to meet with students through appointments only. If you would like to meet with an advisor, please submit an Appointment Request Form. With the exception of official University Holidays (12/25, 12/26, 1/1, and 1/15), 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 during our business hours, so feel free to contact us with your questions at Have a wonderful and relaxing break!

Courses & Programs of Interest

2. MOOC on Global Perspectives of Child Resilience - taught by UMN Child Psychology Professor

"Resilience in Children Exposed to Global Trauma, Disaster and War: Global Perspectives" taught by Dr. Ann Masten, Institute of Child Development, UMTC. 

About this course: How do children overcome hazardous experiences to succeed in life? What can be done to protect young people at risk from trauma, war, disasters, and other adversities? Learn about the importance of fostering resilience in children at risk. Class starts January 15th. To learn more and register, visit

Research Lab Opportunities (for credit)

3. Research Assistant Positions in Social Interaction Lab

The Social Interaction Lab is seeking motivated undergraduate research assistants to help with two relationship projects in Spring 2018! In one project, you will be coding phone interviews in which people describe their relationship history and experiences. In the other project, you will be coding video-recordings of couples making financial decisions together. Both projects will help you learn more about relationship science and relationship dynamics. In this lab experience, you will receive extensive training on coding (a valuable skill for graduate school!) and will participate in biweekly lab meetings that involve discussions of current research in the field, professional development, and other topics relevant to psychology and careers/future education with a degree in psychology. The typical RA will spend 6-9 hours in the lab for PSY 5993 credit, though committed volunteers are also welcome. At the end of this experience, most RAs will be eligible to receive a letter of recommendation from the lab, which can be used when applying to graduate school or for jobs. Please email Chloe Huelsnitz ( for more information!

4. Spring 2018 Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Social Psychology

We are seeking undergraduate students to work in Professor Marti Hope Gonzales’s research lab to help with the interpersonal conflicts and forgiveness project. RAs will primarily assist in coding and analyzing the data. In addition, RAs will attend weekly meetings (2:30 to 4:30 on Thursdays). Preference will be given to students who have previous research experience and commit to two or more semesters in the lab. If interested, send your current transcript and/or your CV to Hyun Euh ( by 12pm on Thursday, Dec 28. Students will then be sent the application and considered for the position. Students may earn research credit for PSY 5993.

5. Research Opportunity Investigating ACes - Transportation required

The Child Wellbeing Research Group at the Institute of Child Development (ICD) is looking for volunteer research assistants for a study on the extent to which adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) predict the course of depression in adult patients coming to a behavioral health clinic. The study is being conducted in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Health and CentraCare in St. Cloud. We need research assistants to enter the ACEs and other data manually from patients' charts into an electronic database at the Clinic in St. Cloud. Students will need to provide for transportation themselves. The project will continue through at least the Spring semester. The Clinic is open 8 to 5 on weekdays, and the hours are flexible during times when the Clinic is open. However, due to the limited number of computers on which data can be entered, more than a few RAs cannot do the data entry at the same time.

Directed research credit is available. Applicants who are able to attend weekly lab meetings (2:30-3:30pm on Mondays in 172 ICD) will be given priority. If you are interested, please contact the director of the lab, Canan Karatekin, Ph.D.,

Additional Research Opportunities

6. TRIO McNair Scholars Program - Summer Research Opportunity for Qualified Students

Are you looking for paid and grad school preparation? The federally funded TRIO McNair Scholars Program seeks to increase doctoral program application, matriculation, and degree attainment by first generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented college students. During the the 10-week summer research program, students will: develop a great relationship and conduct research with a professor that is essential to applying for graduate school; receive a $3,500 stipend; receive guidance through the graduate school process, and present their research at a poster session on campus.

Qualifications: must be a first generation college student and low income, or from an underrepresented group; have 2.75 GPA or above, be a full-time sophomore or junior and a US citizen or permanent resident.

Please visit for more information, and to sign up for an Information Session. Deadline to apply is January 22nd, 2018!        

7. Undergrad Summer Research Fellowship in Vision Science

The Center for Visual Science at the University of Rochester announces its 2018 Summer Research Fellowship Program in Vision Science. This is an excellent program for outstanding undergraduate students seeking to expand their research experience. Fellowship will cover travel expenses for US citizens/residents (and up to $500 for foreign students), cover the majority of on-campus housing expenses and provide a $3,820 stipend for a summer of continuous training in a faculty member's lab. Deadline is February 1. To learn more about the program and apply, visit the Center for Vision Science Fellowship website

8. 2018 Latino Mental Health Research Training in Mexico

Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training program (MHIRT) is an 11-week summer research training program designed to prepare undergraduate and pre-doctoral researchers to address disparities in mental health care of U.S. Latinos with serious mental illness. The program is comprised of an intensive one-week training seminar at USC, and a 10-week training program in Puebla México. The first phase will take place at USC and consists of research workshops by some of the top Latino Mental Health Researchers in the country. The one-week intensive seminar will serve to help trainees develop research and professional skills to reduce disparities and to motivate them to pursue advanced research degrees. In addition the seminar will provide them with a cultural orientation to facilitate a smooth transition to living and working in Mexico. Applications are due February 1, 2018. For more information, including eligibility requirements and application, visit the MHIRT website.

Job & Internship Opportunities

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9. PCA Needed for Local Family

Looking for a person to provide care for a 4-year-old boy with autism in South Minneapolis home starting January 8th. Care is needed Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30-4:30pm - additional hours available (up to the whole week). Details below:

"Our son has a speech delay and difficulty following orders, but is relatively easy to care for. He is a super fun, super smart little guy! The person we're looking for should have experience with childcare, and preferably with autism as well. We don't expect the person to provide therapy for our son (he already goes to Fraser and gets therapy at school) but simply care for him knowing the challenges that come with ASD and perhaps putting some extra emphasis on using language, socializing, and expressing himself. We are located in South Minneapolis, a 10 minute drive from campus. The person would have to arrange for their own transportation. We will pay $15/hr. We are located in South Minneapolis, a 10 minute drive from campus. The person would have to arrange for their own transportation. We will pay $15/hr. If you are interested, please email Lorena Armstrong-Duarte at"

10. Summer 2018 Inside Sales Internship at Arrow Electronics, Inc.

Full time, paid summer internship - the Inside Sales Representative intern will assist in the day-to-day sales support and customer service for assigned accounts. The full job posting can be found on GoldPASS, Job ID 209776. Applications are due February 4th, 2018.      

11. Full Time Entry-level, Mental Health Opportunity

Avenica is the leader in providing college graduates with great career opportunities. We are currently seeking a Mental Health Advocate with a National independent behavioral health care company, located in Eden Prairie, MN. This company specializes in management for all behavioral health problems and mental health and chemical dependency diagnoses. The Mental Health Advocate will provide resources to employees of the organizations who are covered under the behavioral health program. This position has provided an excellent opportunity for a person with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Psychology/Sociology to get their foot in the door and use their degree in a supportive and team oriented environment. Interested candidates can email their resume to

12. Full Time Research Job at Minneapolis VA

Dr. Sponheim’s Cognition and Brain (CAB) Lab is looking for full-time staff members to conduct MRI research at the 3 Tesla and 7 Tesla scanners at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research (CMRR) on the Psychosis Human Connectome Project (P-HCP). The goal of the project is to map brain functioning and connectivity in people with psychosis. Primary responsibilities for this position include administering visual behavioral tasks and acquiring MRI data at the CMRR on 3 and 7 Tesla scanners. Secondary responsibilities include analysis of data from both systems and assisting with other tasks on the project as needed (e.g., drawing blood samples, helping with data archiving). The research assistant will administer consent, screening and other study instruments to research participants. Successful candidates will have completed a bachelor’s degree by Jan. 1st , 2018, have a 3.5 GPA (or better), be willing to work evenings and weekends when necessary.

If you are interested in a position and would like more information, please contact Timothy Lano ( with a CV/Resume and unofficial transcript(s) from all institutions you have attended. Finally, please provide 3 references whom we may contact.        

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