Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: Tuesday October 3, 2023


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This week we launch our PSY&CD spotlight feature... Our new front desk student assistant and psychology major, Inga Larson, and new department chair, Carrie Langner have interviewed each other. Read on to learn more about them.

Dr. Carrie Langner, Department Chair

  • Who are your favorite writers?
  • My favorite authors are Marilynne Robinson, Michael Chabon, and Margaret Atwood. Robinson’s book “Gilead” is probably my favorite novel.
  • Is there anything from any of your previous educators (at any point in your life) that has stuck with you?
  • Yes! My undergraduate advisor told me that even right up to the time before his retirement, he would still get the physical feelings of nervousness before a lecture but that the way he thought about it was very different from when he first started. This was a surprise to me because he is such an excellent teacher and speaker. I have found this really helpful in my career, to reframe my response to challenging situations and to remember the difference between our internal experience and external presentation.
  • What is a location that has sentimental value to you?
  • I grew up in Michigan and there is a lake in the middle of the lower peninsula that my family would visit and camp at every summer. After many years away, we’ve started going there again in the summers when I bring my kids home to see their extended family. I love seeing my kids enjoying the place where my happiest childhood memories occurred.


Inga Larson, PSY/CD Student Assistant

  • What is something that you love about your hometown?
  • I am from Tacoma, Washington, and I love Fall in Tacoma because there is a noticeable season shift. Being away from rainy days has made me realize that maybe I like the rain more than I thought (something I never thought I would say). There is also a strong sense of community in my hometown and lots of fun events going on in the fall! 
  • Where would you most like to live? 
  • I am not set on a location yet, but for right now, I really would like to live in a city! I have never lived in a real metropolitan area so I would love to have that experience. Ideally, I would love to live in San Francisco or New York for some time!
  • Which talent would you most like to have?
  • I would love to be magically transformed to have an amazing singing voice. I love music so much and think it would be really satisfying to be able to sing along really well. Plus, it would be so fun to be able to slay in karaoke!!!

Want to participate in the weekly spotlight?

If you're interested in interviewing another student, faculty member, or staff member in our department, please fill out this google form.








Are you a junior PSY/CD major thinking about pursuing a Ph.D. after graduation? Consider applying to the department's Research Emphasis Track!

The Research Emphasis Track aims to provide PSY/CD students who have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. with an opportunity to participate in advanced independent research training. The track begins in junior year with a two-quarter research internship under the supervision of a faculty member and continues into senior year, culminating with a two-quarter independent empirical senior project. Applicants must be junior PSY or CD majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and major GPA of 3.5. This video provides information for interested students. Here is a link to the application (applications are due Fri, Oct 20).

Below is a list of the faculty members who are potentially accepting new Research Track students this year. We encourage you to read about their research on our Faculty Research Interests page in order to find the best fit with your interests, and reach out to them to discuss their research prior to applying (please do not apply to faculty members not on this list as they are not taking research track students this year).

Dr. Lucy Bencharit (social)

Dr. Jennifer Jipson (developmental)

Dr. Linda Lee (developmental)

Dr. James Antony (cognitive/biological)

Dr. Laura Cacciamani (cognitive/biological)

Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (clinical)



Qualified students may gain research experience working with faculty researchers as a research intern, as part of or apart from the research track. Arranging a research internship is typically initiated by the student. A listing of faculty research interests can be found here. Dr. Cacciamani is currently seeking interns:

  • Dr. Cacciamani is looking for research interns to help with a project investigating the interplay between brain stimulation, sleep, and haptic perception. The students on this project will be involved with literature searching and reading articles, designing the experiment, and collecting data on human participants. Through this internship, students will be fully trained on the theory and implementation of brain stimulation. A 12-hour/week, 2-quarter commitment is required. Strong candidates should be hard-working, detail-oriented, and have an interest in research, the brain, and cognition. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining research experience before applying to PhD programs. If interested in this position, please fill out this online application, and Dr. C will be in touch. For questions, please email





If you are now a senior based on completed coursework, make sure that your intended graduation date is updated with the Cal Poly “changing your graduation term” form on the registrar website.

Field Internships for Winter


You are eligible IF you are graduating W24 or S24. The process will begin around week 4. Please check your email for an invitation to the Canvas site called PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation. This site will help you understand the steps to take to secure a field internship in Fall 2023. (You do not just enroll in internship - you start arranging your internship site the quarter before!)


Tentative Course Offerings (TCO) for 2023-24


Please always check our TCO because it is where we first publish our updates:


Join Safer for weekly dialogues - bring a blanket, and we'll provide lunch and conversation! 

  • Boundaries in the Dorms

    • What does it look like to negotiate privacy... in a quadruple?! Embrace the awkward and get ready for our first Lunch and Learn on navigating sex and intimacy in a shared space.
    • Tuesday 10/3, 12-1pm, Baker Lawn
    • Giveaway: REI hat and Cotopaxi fanny pack
  • Painting Craft Circle: Expressing Healthy Relationships

    • Join Safer and the Transfer Center as we paint what healthy relationships feel like and have meaningful conversations about what it means to build healthy connections with our loved ones.
    • Tuesday 10/10, 12-1 pm, 52-E29
    • Giveaway: Cozy beanie and socks from Mountain Air
  • The Sex Ed You Didn't Get in High School

    • We're all adults not, so let's talk sex. Join Safer and PULSE for a discussion about everything you didn't - but should have - learned in high school.
    • Tuesday 10/17, 12-1pm, Dexter Lawn
    • Giveaway: REI Pride Blanket
  • Hookup Culture Dialogue

    • What does our hook up culture at Cal Poly look like? let's discuss how this impacts our community's views about sex and intimacy. 
    • Tuesday 10/24, 12-1pm, Orfalea Courtyard
    • Giveaway: Camping tumbler and utensils


Interested in Sustainable Global Development?

Engineers Without Borders, Cal Poly is a student-led non-profit organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while creating multidisciplinary and leadership experiences for students. With four international project teams in Fiji, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Local, we work to address issues such as water, education, food security, sanitation, and energy by collaborating with our partnered communities. 

We are hoping to diversify the majors represented in our club in order to fill roles in business and cultural sub teams as well as to harness cross-disciplinary perspectives in designing holistic solutions that fit the needs of our communities.

Whether you're passionate about business development, cultural insights, leadership opportunities, or making a positive impact, EWB has a place for you.

Join us for Crash Course (7-9 PM on 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, and 10/23 in the ATL (Room 07-02)), where you’ll learn about the EWB project process, community-centered design, and everything you need to know to join a project team and make a difference!

Go to to sign up for our mailing list, club Slack channel and all other links. 



¡Adelante! Hispanic-Serving Institution Symposium


On October 17, the Office of University Diversity & Inclusion will be having their ¡Adelante! Hispanic-Serving Institution Symposium. They will be having several workshops and a keynote speech on what it means as Cal Poly moves forward in becoming an HSI. People who are interested in attending can RSVP using the following link:





Cal Poly Music Department 

Our Big Band director is searching for a drummer to play in our big band this quarter.  Are any secret drummers on campus who are interested and available to rehearse MWF 11:10-12 in 45-216 and perform on November 17 at 7:30 pm?  We provide the kit.

If interested, contact Alicia M. Doyle <> 
Info about our jazz ensembles can be found here:






Childcare Jobs


The PSY&CD deparment does not advertise family care opportunities in the Tuesday Newsday, but one of our student clubs runs a Facebook page that serves to link families with students for caregiving needs. The site is "Poly Child Development Club Jobs Page". You will have to request to be added to the group and then, once approved, you will be able to post.




Dear Participant: 

You are being invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to provide a more holistic and contextualized perspective of Asian American and Asian international students’ experiences in higher education, by investigating risk and protective factors impacting Asian American students’ well-being. This study is conducted by Stephanie Chin and Dr. Amanda Mitchell of the University of Louisville, Department of Education and Human Development.

Your participation in the study will involve completing a web-based survey on Qualtrics. The study will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. There are no known risks for your participation in this research study other than possible discomfort in answering personal questions. The information you provide will shed light on psychosociocultural factors impacting the well-being of Asian American students in higher education. Qualtrics does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain confidential, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed over the Internet. Your information will be stored and secured by password protected computer. The information collected may not benefit you directly. The information learned in this study may be helpful to others.

You are eligible to participate if:

* You are 18 years of age or older

* Identify as Asian or Asian American residing in the United States

* Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States (Bachelor’s level and above)

Please see the study link if interested in participating.

Participants of the survey are eligible to enter a raffle for one of sixteen $20 Amazon gift cards as compensation for your time. If you choose to enter the raffle, you will enter your email address at the conclusion of the survey through a separate link. You do not need to provide your email address in order to participate.


These are our most recent job postings. For previously posted opportunities, see here or use the Tuesday Newsday archives at the bottom of this page.



CESAME Learning Facilitators:

- Learn and apply high impact teaching strategies

- Close STEM Access Gaps

- Develop transferable skills that extend beyond subject-specific knowledge skills (i.e. communication, problem solving, management...)

- Inspire environmental action

- Start at $17.50/hour

- Work 2-10 hours/week

CESAME Learning facilitators operate in three different settings. Choose the one that best matches your interest and schedule:

Makers out of School Time (MOST)- Facilitate maker projects in a small group, afterschool programs

- Teaching Assistants in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS)- Tutor students in elementary, middle and high school

Sci Trek- Facilitate elementary science lessons during school time

To apply, click here.




Looking for paid experiences working with children? Be sure to join the Poly Child Development Club Jobs Facebook group! I know - Facebook! So old school BUT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES! :)




How can I learn more about senior project?

We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website.

  • PSY/CD 461 is a seminar-style class where you attend class and work with a team to identify an area of interest and conduct a literature review on that topic. Registration for this is through the usual process.
  • PSY/CD 462 is a supervision-mode class where your team gets matched with a faculty advisor who guides you in developing and conducting a project related to your literature review from PSY/CD 461. The final deliverable includes a written paper that usually consists of sections typical to APA articles (Abstract, Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, References).Registration for this is by permission number given out during PSY/CD 461.

Planning your schedule for the year?

We have updated the Tentative Course Offerings link to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year. REMEMBER, however, things can change so check back often.



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What Kind of Advising is Available?

I have a question related to GE requirements...

The advisors in The College of Liberal Arts Advising Center can answer your questions about General Education (GE) requirements, registration, academic planning, support services, major changes, and academic policies and procedures.Additional useful academic resources can be found on Cal Poly's Enrolled Students web page, including links to the Cal Poly catalog, registration information, academic records and evaluations, finals schedules, etc. Website:

In-Person & Zoom Appointments: Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm (Closed for lunch from 12:00 – 1:00 pm)

Zoom Drop-in Advising: Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm & 2:00 pm – 4:00pm

I have a question related to major and/or minor requirements in Psychology, Child Development, or Gerontology...

The Psychology and Child Development Department has several faculty members who serve as academic advisors for our majors and minors. Students are invited to attend office hours or make appointments with any of these advisors. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.

For 2022-23, the Academic Advisors are:

Advisor Advising Area

Dr. Carrie Langner

Department Chair


Psychology Major 

Child Development Major

Child Development Minor

Gerontology Minor


Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski

(Associate Chair)

Child Development Major 


I have a question about graduate school and/or careers...

All active faculty in the Psychology and Child Development Department hold weekly office hours to support students in talking about educational and career plans. For advisor contact information and office hours, click here.

PSY/CD Advising Structure

The main roles of each of our advisors is outlined below, however our motto is: When in Doubt, Seek Someone Out!  You are welcome to contact any faculty member for support and they will direct you to the most appropriate person depending on your needs.  Click here PSY/CD Advising to read about the new PSY/CD process for helping you!

How Can I Sign Up for an Appointment?

Office hours are posted on the PSY/CD Website (or use QR code below). Unless indicated, office hours are opportunities to drop-in with advising questions, career/graduate school questions, or just to introduce yourself and chat.




Tuesday Newsday: September 26, 2023

The June edition of Tuesday Newsday 2022-23 is available here: Tuesday Newsday: June 13, 2023. From there, you can browse archives from last year's editions.












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