Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: October 5th, 2021


PSYCD Department Phone/Email

Phone: (805) 756-2033


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  3. Get involved in the Poly Child Development Club, the Psychology Club and Psi Chi (the National Honors Society for Psychology). 
  4. Get advising. Scroll to the bottom of Tuesday Newsday for information about advising appointments and faculty office hours. 



Temporary Suspension of PSY Minor Applications 

  • Due to the highly impacted nature of psychology courses, no new PSY minor applications will be accepted in 2021-22 (TBD when we will reinstate the minor - please check the PSYCD website in Fall 2022 for further updates).
  • Psychology classes remain open to all students with the necessary prerequisites - feel free to take the courses that interest you even though you are not taking them "for" a minor. 
  • Any student who will have completed PSY minor requirements by the end of Fall 2021 can still submit a minor application form and be awarded the minor. 
  • Students who declared a PSY minor prior to FAll 2021 can proceed with their minor, but note that minors do not have priority enrollment in courses and there is no guarantee that you will be able to complete the minor. 
  • We understand that the hold on the psychology minor program may be disappointing and we urge students with concerns to talk with their faculty advisors. Office Hours and Advising Opportunities
    • Please note that having a minor on your transcript is very unlikely to influence your career trajectory; rather, we can support you in highlighting the knowledge and skills you've gained in PSY courses and relevant experiences in a way that's far stronger than simply having a minor listed on your official documents.
    • For students who would like to add a minor to their academic record, we urge you to explore the wealth of other minor offerings at Cal Poly. See a complete list here.
  • Note that the CD and Gerontology minors are continuing to accept applications.
  • If you have already declared a minor in any field of study, but no longer plan to complete it, please fill out the "Drop Minor Request" form.  

Plan Ahead:  Schedule Information for 2021-22

  • We have updated the Tentative Course Offerings page to reflect the courses we are offering this academic year. REMEMBER that things can change so check back often. Note that course mode is only provided for fall.  Winter and spring course modes are not yet finalized. And summer courses are not yet scheduled.

  • PSY 458 and CD 411 will not be offered in 2021-22 or 2022-23.  If you are a PSY or CD major on the 2017-19 catalog who needs these classes to graduate, please consider the options below. If you would like to discuss an alternative substitution, email Dr. Jipson.

    • The best options for PSY 458 substitution are PSY 330, PSY 357, PSY 430, PSY 440, and PSY 480. Once you are enrolled in one of these classes, let Robyn Hastin know and she can initiate substitution approval paperwork.
    • The best options for a CD 411 substitution are CD 460, CD 356, or another upper-division CD course. Once you are enrolled in one of these classes, let Robyn Hastin know and she can initiate substitution approval paperwork.
      • Please note that all CD students still need to take CD 302. There is no substitution for this 2-unit course.
  • PSY 344 Behavioral Genetics will not be offered in 2021-22. Please wait until 2022-23 or take BIO 302.  
  • We will allow students who have not taken the GWR to enroll in CD 461 Senior Project Seminar this year. Email Robyn Hastin to be provided with a permission number.  (Note that this is not a prerequisite for PSY 461 so no permission number is needed for PSY students).



(Please direct all internship-related questions to Dr. Julie Garcia)


  • Fieldwork internships will be limited to students graduating in or before Summer 2022 and to students on the PSYCD Research Track (PSY/CD 453, 454)
  • There is a mandatory presentation that you must watch and survey to complete by Friday, October 15 (link forthcoming) to secure an internship placement for Winter 2021. We will host a Q&A on Friday 10/15/21 from 1-2 p.m. at this zoom link:
    • You must authenticate with your CP email to join the meeting. Be sure to review the video presentation PRIOR to attending the Q & A session.
    • You MUST watch the mandatory presentation, and complete the survey discussed in the presentation, IF you will be in your first quarter of field internship in Winter 2021 OR if you will be switching to a new internship site from Fall 2021.
    • You do NOT need to attend the internship placement meeting if you are staying at the same internship site from Fall 2021, OR if you are doing a research internship* with a faculty member.

Please read more about internships, including prerequisites and field work sites, here. However, please note that some fieldwork sites on our list may be unavailable due to public health restrictions. In addition, some placements may require that interns be vaccinated.


  • Research internships will be limited to students graduating in or before Summer 2022 and to students on the PSYCD Research Track (PSY/CD 448, 449)

  • To explore the possibility of a research internship, please review faculty research interests on our faculty page. Not all faculty are accepting research interns at this time. To find out whether you might join a faculty research lab, attend the office hours for professors whose research activities match your interests.


The PSYCD Research Track is accepting applicants

Are you a junior PSY/CD major thinking about pursuing a Ph.D. after graduation?

Consider applying to our 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. 

To apply, please fill out the form at the link below. We encourage you to contact prospective faculty supervisors prior to applying in order to learn more about their research and whether they are accepting research track students this year. 

For more information on the timeline and expectations of the Research Emphasis Track, please see the attached information sheet. Questions can be directed to Dr. Cacciamani at Applications are due by Friday, October 15.

Research Assistant Positions with Dr. Jovanovic

Dr. J is looking for volunteer Research Assistants for Fall  2021 to work in her Relationships Lab. Her current study involves collecting the Love Life Stories of emerging adults as a way of examining how romantic and sexual experiences inform or are informed by aspects of self or identity. The primary responsibility of selected volunteers will be to edit the interview transcripts. Research assistants will also read previous research related to the study and participate in weekly lab meetings. Research assistants must be willing to commit to volunteering in the lab for 5-10 hours per week. Successful volunteers who are graduating seniors will be considered for PSY/CD 448 or 449 research assistantships during Winter and/or Spring quarters. If interested, please fill out the Relationships Lab Application Form.

Research Assistant Positions with Dr. Cacciamani

Dr. Cacciamani is seeking 1-3 research interns, starting immediately, who would help out on an existing project on meditation and personality. The student(s) should have senior standing and would enroll in PSY 448 this quarter and PSY 449 next quarter. Duties include running participants (in-person for ~6 hours/week), analyzing data, reading research articles, writing manuscripts, and more. Strong candidates have an interest in research and meditation, are detail-oriented, and have availability during the week to be in the lab. If interested, please fill out this form: (NOTE that the deadline to add a class is Weds 9/29, so don't delay!)

Research Assistant Positions with Dr. Bencharit

Dr. Bencharit is looking for Research Assistants for Fall quarter 2021, to work in her Culture, Diversity, and Identity lab. A 2-quarter commitment is strongly preferred. If interested, please fill out the application form at:

Please submit your application (with resume and letter of interest) and it will be considered on a rolling (first come first serve) basis. 

Current Studies:

  • The Role of Culture and Emotion in Employment Settings: This project examines how cultural differences in emotional values shape hiring disparities in the U.S. and abroad.
  • There Is No “I” In Team: This project examines the ways in which messages of independence (e.g., asserting your own ideas) and interdependence (e.g., listening to the ideas of others) can dramatically shape teamwork outcomes and team members’ feelings of belonging across teams that are diverse with respect to race and ethnicity, gender, and culture of origin. 
  • Healthy Spaces; This interdisciplinary study examines how diverse racial and gender representations (versus non-diverse representations) in our environments facilitate creativity, impact stress and well-being, and enhance belonging.

Research Assistant Roles and Responsibilities: No prior research experience required. Strong candidates are intellectually curious, diligent, conscientious, highly responsible, and detail-oriented. An interest in culture, emotion, diversity and/or identity is strongly preferred. As a member of the lab, RAs may be involved in facilitating data collection as an experimenter, interacting with participants, administering surveys, performing literature reviews, editing manuscripts for publication, data entry, coding of qualitative data, coding of video, images, or audio data, and other duties. Duties will vary each quarter depending on the status of each project. In addition, each RA is expected to attend and contribute to a one-hour weekly lab meeting, and meet at least once per quarter with Dr. Bencharit.

Each RA is required to complete a professional development project or research report. Professional development projects can include: resume and cover letter for a psychology-related job or internship opportunity, a personal statement for admission to graduate school, or an analysis of the pros and cons of different graduate school options or career options. Research reports can include: literature analysis of an area of study related to a project, report of the methods and results of an ongoing project, report of coding outcomes and qualitative analyses, etc.

Spooky Fall Bravery Inspo from Professor Block



Poly Child Development Club (PCDC)

The first general club meeting is going to be this Thursday, October 7th from 11 am to 12 pm in 38-127.  

And then get ready for... PCDC Halloween fun! 

Psychology Club

The Psych Club is so excited to get meetings and events started this quarter! For any and all information regarding these upcoming dates and times, please head over to the Psych Club Instagram @cpslo.psyclub. We can’t wait to meet you all! ”For further questions, reach us at   



Mindfulness Event 10/7th @3:30 p.m.

While mindfulness increases our awareness of the present, self-compassion encourages greater kindness and understanding of periods of suffering. Individuals who are more self-compassionate tend to have greater happiness, life satisfaction and motivation, and overall better physical and mental health.

In this personal development event, Marisha Dixon, Wellness Leader and TFA alum, will guide us through a journey to finding self-compassion through mindfulness and visualization. Join us at the first event in Teach For America’s new personal growth series Thrive: Developing Mindful Self-Compassion on Thursday, October 7th 3:30-4:30 PM PST, RSVP here.

Grad School and Fellowships Month

This is a collaboration between Office of Student Research, LSAMP, Graduate Education, School of Education, BEACON Mentors, CSM PreHealth Advising, and Career Services.  All events are virtual and linked to in the attached pdf

It is time for Cal Poly undergrad & grad students to register for the free 2021 Virtual California Forum for Diversity in Graduate Education, which will be held virtually on October 22-23, 2021. For two days, live virtual forum workshops will provide information about selecting the right graduate program; the graduate application process; financial aid opportunities; preparing for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and employment prospects.  Participants also receive exclusive access to a calendar of recruitment events and open houses from over 200 leading institutions nationwide throughout the Fall 2021 term – access starts as soon as you register.  Register here: Passcode: bear2021





Workshop: How to Launch Your Group Project

Free workshop for college students on 10/14 at 5 p.m. entitled, "How to Launch your Group Project."  Here is the info: Dr. Deb is a friend of the PSYCD department and draws on her deep experience as a relationships researcher, college professor, and collaboration facilitator to help you get this quarter's group projects off on the right foot.

UC Riverside PhD Program Information Session October 18th

Diversity Open House for William & Mary M.S. in Psychological Sciences 10/26th

You are invited to the Diversity Open House for the William & Mary Masters Program in Psychological Sciences. Click here to RSVP. 

Research Study Opportunity

Consider participating in an online research study that Dr. Stephanie Ries and Dr. Henrike Blumenfeld are running through SDSU's Speech-Language Pathology department. One of our very own Cal Poly students is a research assistant on this project.  They are looking for Spanish-English bilinguals, ages 18-80 to participate in this study. It takes about 2 hours to complete, and participants are sent a link and can complete it on their own time. 



Little Wings Preschool

Little Wings is looking for a Preschool Teacher assistant who can help to create a fun learning environment. The Preschool Teacher will be responsible for supporting the lead teacher in monitoring and teaching the 2-6 year old children in our program. Current position will support with the 2/3 year old children in the morning and 2-6 year old combination children in the afternoon. Our school has a 50/50 combination of children with special needs and typically developing children in their class. This individual must have a passion for working with all children with different needs. If you love working with kids and have previous experience in an early learning environment, please apply today. For information see this flyer.

Monarch Behavior Solutions

Monarch Behavior Solutions is currently looking to hire 1-2 behavior technicians ring part time to full time (10-30 hours per week) and can offer flexible work scheduling for students. Pay ranges between $15-25/hour. The position(s) offer tremendous hands-on experience for anyone interested in pursuing a career path supporting children/families with unique learning needs. We are now 100% center-based, which allows for really meaningful supervision and team building amongst coworkers. And while we are dedicated ABA provider, families tell us our programs feel different than other ABA providers they have worked with in the past. I believe this is because we really focus on understanding the whole child -- the family dynamics/culture/priorities, the child's learning history, and what is not just behaviorally indicated, but what is developmentally appropriate and supportive for the child. More information about our agency and programming can be found on our website:

Anyone interested in applying can email our Clinical Director, Whitney Higgins at

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Zoom links for faculty office hours can be found on the PSYCD Website. Remember that these times are reserved for you! Drop in with advising questions, career/graduate school questions, or just to introduce yourself and chat.

  • Remember: Your faculty advisor can serve as your academic and career mentor and their signature is often needed for important paperwork. Be sure to reach out to talk with your faculty advisor on a regular basis. PSY First Year Students and new transfers received an email from the department with the name of your faculty advisor. CD students can find their advisor under Academic Advising on our department website. Students admitted into the PSYCD majors through ICMA will receive an email with advisor information.
  • Returning students can contact the department office if you need to be reminded of your faculty advisor's name and contact information.
  • Dr. Jipson is also available to advise students advise about minors, ICMAs, course schedules, and graduation requirements.*  Her office hours are listed below.  Please use the calendar links below to sign up for appointments.  

*All internship-related questions should be directed to Dr. Julie Garcia.

Dr. Jipson's In-Person Advising

Use this link to schedule:

  • Mondays 12-2/Thursdays 9-11 a.m.: In person advising only. Students can schedule a 15 minute time slot using the In-Person calendar link above, or drop in.  If dropping in, priority will be given to those with an appointment.

Dr. Jipson's Zoom Advising

Use this link to schedule:

  • Tuesdays 1-2 p.m/ Wednesdays 8:30-10:30 a.m.. Zoom advising only.  Students can schedule a 15 minute time slot using the Zoom appointment calendar link.



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