Psych Scoop, 4/30/19

April 30th, 2019

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Psychology Advising Announcements

1. Scheduling an Appointment

During this busy time of year, please plan ahead if you are wanting to come in for an appointment! We are currently booked out until the week of May 13th. If you have short questions, please feel free to email us at to stop by to see us on drop-in.

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.

2. IOPC Guest Speaker: Nathan Kuncel and De-Stress Event

Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Elliott Hall S150

Are you stressed out with finals right around the corner? Do you need to take a break from writing that paper or studying for an exam? Then come join IOPC for its final guest speaker and de-stress event on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019. We will be having Professor Nathan Kuncel, who completed his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota, currently teaches PSY 3711 (Psychology in the Workplace) and has extensive research experience. We will also be having free activities such as coloring, slime, etc. and food to help de-stress. You will get the chance to connect with other Psychology students and take care of yourself during this crucial time in the semester. We look forward to seeing you there! Snacks will be served!

3. RSVP to Attend PISA's Study Group Meeting for Finals!

Saturday, May 4, 2019, 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Bruininks Hall 131-B

Anxious about the crazy finals of Psychology classes? No worries! PISA will hold one last meeting this semester for group study on Saturday, May 4th, 1:00- 3:00 PM in Bruininks Hall 131-B! We have several options for Psychology courses to form study groups, so please go ahead and vote for it. If you don't find the classes you want, feel free to suggest the courses you want to study together and come with your friends! If you want to relax and have fun in our meeting, you can also suggest us any ideas about de-stress activities in this RSVP form. Most importantly, we will offer free snacks and drinks (Who wants some ice cream?)! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out on Facebook or We will announce the final vote result before the event. Attention: We will not have professional tutors during the event, but we are having people who previously took the classes and who are taking the classes the same as you right now!

4. Association of Black Psychology Students Officer Application

Looking to join a new student group and get involved on campus? Look no further because the Association of Black Psychology Students is currently in the process of finding new officers to help lead the organization for the 2019-2020 school year. The organization's mission is to support the academic, social, and career needs of students of African descent in psychology and related disciplines. This Association gives students of African descent an opportunity to develop a professional network geared towards social sciences. The deadline to fill out the application is May 31st. You can find the application here. Please contact with questions.

Courses of Interest

5. PSY 4960: Current Issues in Diversity Science (3 credits - Elective)

This is an advanced topics course for undergraduate students interested in research, theory, history, and practice related to psychological perspectives in Diversity Science. Diversity Science broadly pertains to understanding causes, consequences, and correlates of human group-based variations, in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and the like. Students will learn how to adopt a scientific, analytic perspective on current issues and debates related to diversity within both academic research and popular culture. This course will consist of lecture, discussion, and a substantial amount of hands-on learning through the use and analysis of relevant research data. Prior or concurrent enrollment in PSY 3301: Introduction to Cultural Psychology is suggested but not required. Completion of PSY 3801 and PSY 3001W strongly recommended but not required.

PSY 4960 meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:15 am- 12:30 pm

Bruininks Hall 512B

Instructor: Moin Syed

Note: this course does count as an elective in the Psychology majors. If you are a minor, please reach out to for consultation.

6. PSY 3960: 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 through the 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 10:10 am - 11:00 am

Peik Hall 28

Instructor: Mike Houlahan

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


7. May Trans, GNC, & Allies Meeting

Wednesday, May 1, 5:00 pm- 7:00 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman 210

The Gender and Sexuality Center is partnering with Student Counseling Services for a series of discussion groups for the trans, GNC, & ally communities. Each meeting will cover a different topic related to building allyship for trans & GNC communities. Student Counseling Services and The Gender and Sexuality Center would invite all of you to our May Trans, GNC, & Allies meeting. The meeting is this coming Wednesday, May 1st at 5:00 pm in Appleby 41. We will have reflection on what this discussion series has been like this semester and what our hopes are for its future. All students/faculty/staff are welcome to attend! NO RSVP required. We encourage you to come, learn, discuss, and share experiences of allyship. Hope to see some of you there! Feel free to email Jenna Brownfield at with any questions.

8. CLA Career Services Listening Sessions

Thursday, May 2, 2019, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Monday, May 6, 2019, 12:00 pm- 1:00 pm
Cost: Free, Mesa Pizza provided
Location: 520 Bruininks Hall

Let’s talk about making career planning easier in CLA - Free Mesa Pizza and you might win a $25 gift card in our drawing. You must be a CLA student. There is a limit to 20 students per session! Let us know you can attend and the kind of pizza you like via this RSVP form. If you have questions or accommodations to let us know about please contact Maggie Heier at or by phone at 612-624-7577.

9. Why Addiction is a Learning Disorder and Why it Matters

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 10:00 am- 11:30 am
Cost: Free
Location: Coffman Union Theater

Maia Szalavitz is the author of the New York Times bestseller Unbroken Brain: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding Addiction. The book is widely recognized as an important advance in thinking about the nature of addiction and how to cope with it. Her talk (RSVP to attend) will be followed by a moderated Q&A with MPR’s Stephanie Curtis. Books will be available for purchase before and after the lecture thanks to the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

10. Lavender Celebration

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: The Whole Music Club

Lavender Celebration is an annual event that recognizes the achievements of graduating queer and trans students and honors faculty, staff, community members and students who have advanced inclusion, support and education around LGBTQIA identities. It is an event where LGBTQIA students of all identities are welcome to share their hopes and dreams with one another and be recognized by the institution for their leadership and achievements. Join us as we celebrate past successes and new chapters forward with an award ceremony, entertainment, keynote speakers and, of course, cake! Click here to register.

11. MSP Mingle Networking Event

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:30 pm- 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
Location: Be The Match, 500 North 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401

MSP Mingle provides professionals of color with the opportunity to expand their networks and deepen relationships with members of the business community in a relaxed social setting. Take advantage of this opportunity and register today at this link.

12. Apply for Camp Emerge

Friday, April 26, 2019, 9:00 am- 10:00 am
Cost: $100, includes food, lodging, training, site visits, and more

Camp Emerge is the focal program of Project Emerge. It is a three-day business leadership camp at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management. While exploring what makes the Twin Cities a truly unique learning environment, Camp Emerge participants will gain personal, professional, and cultural leadership training to prepare for the business elements of any career. This selective program will help guide the cohort of participants through their graduate and career exploration. Project Emerge welcomes applications from rising undergraduate juniors and seniors and emerging professionals (1-2 years of experience) from ALL majors. Camp Emerge is designed for people of color, women, LGBTQ, and first-generation students but welcomes applications from all undergraduate juniors, seniors and emerging professionals who might benefit from this opportunity. Learn more and apply for this opportunity here. For more information, email


13. Exam Jam is Here!

Connect with other students in a relaxed atmosphere for free tutoring, review sessions, and destress activities to prepare for final exams. Find more information, schedule tutoring, and more at the website here.


14. Sharon S. Brehm Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships

The Sharon S. Brehm Undergraduate Psychology Scholarships will recognize outstanding psychology undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. The Brehm Scholarships will help defray the students’ direct educational costs (e.g. tuition, institutional fees, required textbooks, etc.). This funding will be available for the Spring 2020 semester. Please review eligibility requirements and how to apply on the website. The deadline is July 1st, 2019.


15. *Credit* Undergraduate Research Opportunity

Professor Bill Iacono’s research team is seeking an undergraduate research assistant (UGRA) to begin this summer and continue in the Fall. The UGRA will be involved with a research project using neuroimaging data from the Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research. The UGRA will have the opportunity to gain experience performing literature searches and analyzing MRI data. We ask that UGRA’s register for 3 credits of PSY 5993 Directed Research. During the summer, UGRA’s may register for 5993 or work on a volunteer basis. UGRA’s are expected to commit to an average of 9 hours of work per week, attend research team meetings, work independently on assigned tasks, and take initiative in communicating with research team members. Ideal candidates are motivated psychology students who are planning to apply to graduate programs in psychology and who have an interest in clinical psychology, neuroscience, behavioral genetics, and/or substance use research. Please contact Victoria Oleynick at, the graduate student overseeing this project, by May 3rd if interested.

16. *Credit or Volunteer* 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 research assistants! 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. Students can receive research credit for the course CPSY 4994. Preference will be given to those who are available in the summer and fall. The start date is May 2019. To apply please contact Cara Lucke at and Kayla Nelson at 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 attach your resume.

17. *Credit or Volunteer* Research Assistant Position

The Minnesota Aging & Technology Lab (MINTECH) is currently looking for new Research Assistants. The volunteer position supports the execution of research projects in the VA Geriatric Research Education & Clinical Center (GRECC) under Dr. Adriana Seelye, which contribute to national efforts to understand cognition and daily functioning in normal aging and prodromal Alzheimer’s disease and to develop and evaluate innovative technologies for cognitive assessment and patient support. Research assistant duties include entering behavioral and neuropsychological test data into the REDCap study database, verifying accuracy of data entered, assisting the study coordinator and PI with recruiting research volunteers, determining eligibility, facilitating study enrollment, making telephone calls to research volunteers, participating in regulatory compliance (IRB, HIPAA training), and attending weekly lab meetings. There are also opportunities to learn and administer assessments to research volunteers depending on one’s interest, time commitment, and skill level. Due to the training burden, Dr. Seelye expects research assistants to commit to at least 9 hours per week to the lab (internship for credit) and to start in June or any time after. Interested parties should send a cover letter addressing qualifications, a current resume or CV that includes any relevant psychology or research methods coursework and current GPA, and a list with the names and email addresses of at least 2 references who can address the applicant's qualifications for the position. Questions should be addressed to Jessica Klinger at or Kurt Benckendorf at

18. *Volunteer* Undergraduate Research Opportunity in Child Psychiatry

We are looking for a student to volunteer in Dr. Meredith Gunlicks-Stoessel’s adolescent depression research lab for Summer 2019 and the Fall 2019 semester. Students will be working primarily on a research project that is evaluating the effectiveness of personalized interventions for adolescent depression delivered in a community mental health care setting. Responsibilities will include preparing study materials, administering data collection procedures with adolescents and parents, and data entry. Qualified candidates must be highly motivated, able to work independently, detail-oriented, and willing to develop new skills as the need arises. Excellent communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills; organizational skills; and comfort using basic computer programs such as Google Docs, Microsoft Word, Excel, and web applications are also required. Candidates must be pursuing a degree in Psychology or related field and be willing to commit to 3-4 hours per week (hours will be 3-7pm during the week and occasional weekends). To apply, please send a cover letter including GPA and resume to Jessica Arend (

Jobs/Internship Opportunities

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19. Position Openings with MN Center for Twin & Family Research (Part-Time, UGRA)

The Minnesota Center for Twin and Family Research (MCTFR) is seeking applicants for two part-time paid undergrad research assistant (UGRA) positions. To view full job postings, go to the UMN Job Board and follow the instructions: Job ID 328970- Data Management & Recruiting UGRA (One position open) and Job ID 329026- Data Manager UGRA (Two positions open).

20. Interested in making a difference in the lives of others and gaining experience in the Mental Health Field? Of course you are, you follow Psych Scoop!

Residential Transitions, Inc. (RTI) is currently looking to fill a number of Mental Health Practitioner positions throughout the Twin Cities Metro area. Our Mental Health Practitioners provide person-centered guidance to our clients and assist them in modeling and practicing skills to help them maintain independence. RTI is looking to hire Full-Time and Part-Time Mental Health Practitioners and has positions open for students currently pursuing a degree as well for those who have obtained their degree. To view our current openings, visit our website. For questions regarding our current openings, please email Erin Brunette at Please note: RTI is a 245D licensed institution, which means all staff must have a valid driver’s license and car insurance on file. We hope to have you join our team!

21. Potential job opportunity for new and recent graduates

The Kalin Lab in the Department of Psychiatry at UW-Madison is looking for a motivated and detail-oriented individual to join our research team as a study coordinator. This individual would oversee operations of a longitudinal study focused on the risk to develop anxiety disorders in preadolescent girls. Those with experience working in a team and with training/management experience would be particularly well-suited for this role. Please see this link for more details about the position and how to apply.

22. GS-7 Research Assistant Opening

The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) has disseminated two evidence-based psychotherapies (EBPs) for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD): Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure (PE). However, outcomes from CPT and PE are not universally positive and many questions remain about what accounts for this variation and how to improve the delivery of CPT and PE. The purpose of this study, Shared Contributions to Outcomes and Retention in EBPs for PTSD (SCORE PTSD) is to examine CPT and PE delivery and outcomes to identify strategies to support therapists and improve Veteran outcomes from CPT and PE. This study starts with quantitative data collection and analysis (which is the priority of the study) followed by qualitative data collection and analysis to explain and expand the quantitative findings. This study is being funded by VA’s Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) and is led by investigators at the Health Services Research Center of Innovation at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, CCDOR. Qualifications include Bachelors (BA/BS) degree in public health, sociology, psychology or related allied health field from an accredited college or university, ideally with at least 1 year of specialized research experience (a candidate without such experience will be considered with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0); prior research experience should include data collection and data storage, institutional review board application processes, and knowledge of descriptive statistical procedures; experience working on previous observational, health services, or data extraction/chart review studies is preferred. Please submit CV and letter of interest to Robert Orazem, Ph.D., at Application material will be accepted until the position is filled.

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