Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: September 20, 2022

PSY/CD Department Phone/Email

Phone: (805) 756-2033

On behalf of the faculty and staff in the PSY/CD Department, I am excited to welcome all of our new and returning students to the 2022-23 academic year! As we begin classes this week, we have close to 500 Psychology Majors, 200 Child Development Majors, and 40 Master's Students. You are all valued members of our community, and we are happy that you have chosen to wonder, explore and learn with one another and with the Cal Poly faculty.   

I'm also very glad that you found your way to Tuesday Newsday! This website will be the primary source of information for you about department opportunities and events. Each week you will receive an email from me ( letting you know that TN is up and ready for you to read.  Sometimes this will be sent in the morning, sometimes later in the day - it all depends on how much news there is to share and how busy things are around the department office!  

I am looking forward to meeting or reconnecting with you - please come visit me sometime in person or on Zoom. You can find my office hours here: Faculty Office Hours.

Wishing you all a wonderful year!

Dr. Jipson (PSY/CD Department Chair)


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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. 



This week's Shout Out goes to all of the students in the MS Program in Psychology.  I had the opportunity to meet many of them last week and it's inspiring to see how dedicated they are to a career in supporting the mental health of others. Thank you for your care, compassion and advocacy!   

One of the many campus resources for mental health support is the SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly, a low cost/free mental health clinic for students, faculty, staff, and community members [].  It is staffed by advanced graduate students in Psych MS program and located in Bldg 2, Room 125.



The PSY/CD Department celebrates Celia Magee's move from student to alum to staff in the short span of 3 months!  Celia graduated from Cal Poly with a B.S. in Psychology in Spring 2022. She is now back in the department in an emergency temp role as an Administrative Support Coordinator. We're so lucky that Celia agreed to assist us while another staff member is out on leave. Stop by the office and say hi to Celia (and the rest of us)! 


New PSY/CD Advising Structure

Students are no longer assigned to one faculty advisor.  To increase flexibility and capitalize on faculty expertise, we have revised our approach. Click here PSY/CD Advising to read about the new PSY/CD process for helping you!

Courses with Space Available

PSY/CD Classes are almost entirely full.  There are a few seats left in:

  • PSY 323-11 Helping Relationships (rare W/F class schedule!)
  • PSY 430 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 440 Memory (asynch, online - rare!)

If you are having difficulty creating a course schedule, please come to one of my office hours this week or see a CLA Advisor.

Apply to Be Part of the PSY/CD Student Advisory Committee

The PSY/CD department is seeking 2 CD students, 4 PSY students and 2 MS student to serve on the Department Student Advisory Committee this academic year.  This committee provides consultation to the department chair regarding issues important to our students. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the department.    The time commitment is a one hour meeting every other week.

Nominations should include a 1-paragraph statement of interest (why are you interested? What unique perspective would you bring to this committee?).  Email your self-nomination to Dr. Jipson, Department Chair ( by October 7th at 5 p.m.

Interested in the PSY/CD Research Track? 

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. 

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).

Learn about Faculty Research Interests here

Developmental Psychology/Child Development: Dr. Linda Lee, Dr. Amber Williams

Clinical/Counseling Psychology: Dr. Susana Lopez

Neuroscience: Dr. James Antony

Social Psychology: Dr. Lucy Bencharit, Dr. Jesús Serrano-Careaga 


Research Positions

Dr. Cacciamani is looking for research interns to help with a project investigating the effect of brain stimulation on creative decision-making in entrepreneurship. 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 entrepreneurship. 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


Let ASI Help You Flex Your Rights!

Being a civically engaged and informed student is vital for our communities to thrive at the local, state, and national level. Take a moment to ensure you are registered to vote. Even if you are unable to register to vote, there are still ways to exert your influence by attending public meetings, speaking at open forums, petitioning, grassroots organizing efforts, or attending a civic engagement event hosted by Student Government.

Need $ for Food? 

The CalFresh Outreach Team can help connect you with up to $250 a month to buy groceries at your favorite stores and many farmers’ markets! Get money to buy food, eat better, work less and focus more on school.  It’s easy to set up an appointment with a CalFresh Student Advocate to determine your eligibility, walk you through the application and answer any questions you may have. Visit to schedule an appointment today! Hours are: M-W 10am to 7pm and TH 10:00am to 5pm. Although you can apply online here on your own, we encourage you to apply with the help of the CalFresh Outreach Team to help with any questions or concerns. Follow the CalFresh team on Instagram @calfreshcalpoly

Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair (9/20 & 10/6)

For those of you interested in genetic counseling, there is a virtual career fair coming up on September 20th and October 6th. The fair is hosted by  Minority Genetic Professionals Network (MGPN), and it would be a great opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the field. For more information and registration you can use this link  

Audition for Twelfth Night (Open to All, 9/22 & 9/23)

Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration (10/10)




Please check Tuesday Newsday archives for past info on opportunities.


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.

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 :)

^^posted 9/20/22^^



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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. Jennifer Jipson

Department Chair


Psychology Major 

Child Development Major

Psychology Minor

Child Development Minor

Gerontology Minor


Dr. Denise Daniels

(Associate Chair)


Child Development Major

Child Development Minor

Interim Internship Coordinator


Dr. Taylor Smith

(Associate Chair)

Psychology Major 

Psychology Minor

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.

PSYCD 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.

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.



The June edition of Tuesday Newsday 2021-22 is available here Tuesday Newsday: June 7, 2022.  From there, you can browse archives from last year's editions.

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