Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: April 13, 2021



The Department of Psychology & Child Development recognizes that many members of our community are experiencing mental and emotional trauma related to the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old Black man who was killed on Sunday during a traffic stop. If you are feeling horrified, sad and angry, you are not alone. Please consider engaging in community and self-careand using your anguish to support action. If you need immediate support, please click here

We want to hear from you!

A committee of PSYCD students and faculty are working on improving diversity, equity, and inclusion in our department and will use the findings of this survey to make policy changes. Please help the PSY&CD department by filling out this anonymous survey.

PSYCD Survey




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Fieldwork Internship Process for Fall 2021

  • Are you a PSYCD major who is graduating next academic year (Fall 21, Winter 22, or Spring 22)?
  • Have you taken PSY 323 (and also CD 230 for CD majors)? 
  • Do you want to take the PSY/CD 453 or PSY/CD 454 field internship course for credit in FALL 2021


Internship Information Presentation & Interest Survey

There is a mandatory presentation that you must watch and survey to complete by Friday, April 23 (link in Tuesday Newsday on April 20th) to secure an internship placement for Fall 2021.  

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 Fall 2021
  • You will be switching to a new internship site from Fall 2021.

You MUST complete the survey (but you do not need to watch the presentation) if....

  • You are staying at the same internship site from Fall 2021 (currently enrolled in PSY or CD 453)
  • You are doing a research internship* with a faculty member

Internship Process Q/A 

We will host a Q &A on Thursday, April 22, from 4-5pm 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. 

Pease read more about internships, including prerequisites and fieldwork sites here. However, please note that some fieldwork sites on our list may be unavailable due to public health restrictions. 

*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. 

PSYCD Events this Week


PCDC Post-Grad Panel Thursday 4/15th

Psych Club Hosts Game Night on Sunday 4/18th @ 7 p.m.

Join The Psych Club for a casual game night playing Among Us this Sunday 4/18 at 7 pm! This will be a fun opportunity to get to know your fellow members and perhaps utilize some reverse psychology in deciphering who is the imposter. Hope to see you there! 




PSYCD Research Internships in 2021-22

Qualified students may gain research experience working with faculty researchers. Arranging a research internship is initiated by the student. A listing of current research projects can be found here.  Interested students will need to talk to individual faculty members about availability of research assistant positions in 2021-22.  

Research Track Info Session 4/29th @ 11:10 a.m.

Interested in pursuing a PhD after graduation? Consider the department's Research Emphasis Track! 

The Research Emphasis Track provides PSY/CD students who have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology (or related field) with an opportunity to participate in advanced independent research training. Applications will be available at the start of the Fall quarter for students with junior standing (see this document for more information on eligibility and requirements). Dr. Cacciamani will be holding a Research Track info/Q&A session on Thursday, April 29 from 11:10-12 on zoom; mark your calendars and come join to learn more! Although only juniors are eligible to apply for the Research Track, everyone is welcome to the info session. It's never too early to start planning!

For questions, contact Dr. Cacciamani at Zoom link will be posted in Tuesday Newsday of that week.

CLA Summer 2021 Undergraduate Research Program (SURP)

Applications are now being accepted for the CLA Summer Undergraduate Research Program.  Up to 9 faculty projects will be available for student applications.  Funded projects will be available for students to review and apply for by May 1.  Please join us for information sessions to address additional questions.  Full details available in the SURP Request for Proposals.

Two information sessions will be held to facilitate preparation for our inaugural SURP:

Questions should be directed to Dawn Neill, Director of Research Engagement and Internationalization, CLA


Summer 2021 Tentative Course Offerings are available on the PSYCD website!

The PSYCD department is offering more summer classes than usual.  All courses will be taught virtually. In the summer, courses are contingent upon student enrollment so this list of classes is tentative but we are hopeful that we will be able to offer them to you.

General information:



Registration Information for Summer 2021

Registration Information for Fall 2021

Faculty and staff n the PSYCD department (and across campus) have been hard at work scheduling courses for Fall 2021.  Currently, we are planning a transitional quarter in which some classes will continue to be offered virtually, and some will be offered in person.  This information will be available to you on May 4th.


Virtual Senior Project Symposium, June 3rd 11-1

Every spring we gather to hear about the work PSYCD seniors have been doing for their senior projects.  Last year, we had to switch to a virtual format and it was so successful that we're doing it again this year! Look for more details in next week's Tuesday Newsday, but for now -- Save the Date!

Cal Poly Virtual Commencement is Saturday, June 12th

For more information about the Cal Poly graduation click here:

Planning has started for our very own PSYCD Graduation Celebration!

We are looking forward to celebrating our amazing PSYCD 2021 graduates.  Stay tuned for more information! If you are interested in helping to plan this event, please email Dr. Jipson at




  • Physical distance doesn't have to mean social distance. Get involved in the Poly Child Development Club, the Psychology Club and/or join Psi Chi (the National Honors Society for Psychology).

  • For  more highlights and news about the PSYCD Department, follow us on Facebook and Instagram and LinkedIn

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    We are going to close out this year with lots of opportunities to just hang out together. PSYCD Virtual Hang Outs will be held on weeks that there are few organized club events.  They will sometimes be club sponsored, sometimes hosted by a few faculty, sometimes hosted by our amazing grad students. Feel free to drop-in and just say hi, or stay awhile and chat about anything and everything. Clubs have been busy organizing events - no additional hangout this week!

Join the 2021-22 Psychology Club Board 

Are you interested in getting more involved with psychology, making new friends, and planning awesome events?  Psychology Club is now accepting applications for next year’s board! Being on board is an excellent way to gain leadership skills, meet other outstanding students, and get involved in the department and community. Holding a board position is a great addition to your academic career, allowing you to connect with faculty, and other students in leadership roles. We cannot wait to work with you!


Positions available this year include:
Vice President
Event Coordinators
Media Liaison

Here’s the application link!

Join the 2021-22 Psi Chi Leadership Board 

Check out Psi Chi's website for information about how to become a part of the Psi Chi leadership board for the 2021-2022 school year. 

You DO NOT need to be a member to fill out this form, however, you should initiate the process this quarter in order to be considered an official member by the start of next school year.

This application is due by April 30th. We are looking for dedicated and passionate students who are eager to develop the Psi Chi legacy at Cal Poly!

Positions available this year include


Vice President



Community Outreach/media liaison*

Diversity and Inclusion Representative*

Position descriptions:



BIPOC Support Group: ROOTS

Share Your Artwork 

All Cal Poly students from marginalized communities (women, POC, LGBTQ+, gender non-conforming, etc.): please submit artwork for an upcoming juried exhibit, “Through the Eyes of the Othered," a senior project by Maddie Roman. 

This exhibition will feature artists from marginalized backgrounds and highlight the intersection between art, society, and social justice. If you identify as a member of a marginalized community and have a passion for social justice, this is a call to you. 

We would love to feature your work. Please fill out this interest form:

Apply for a 2020-21 PSYCD Student Virtual Travel Award

The Psychology & Child Development Department has approved the use of limited discretionary funds during the 2020-2021 academic year for reimbursement of student expenses related to presenting at a virtual conference or attending a virtual conference.

Any Psychology or Child Development major, or Psychology graduate student, who plans to spend personal funds towards such an activity may apply for a PSYCD Virtual Travel Award. Students may apply for one virtual conference reimbursement per academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1, 2021.

Please follow these steps at least 2-3 weeks before the virtual conference (if possible).

  • STEP 1: Fill out the Student Virtual Travel Award Application as soon as you know you will be requesting financial support to attend a virtual conference. You can request the application form from Robyn Hastin
  • STEP 2: If award application is approved, student will be emailed a Virtual Conference Request Form. Student must submit this form at least 10 days prior to the virtual conference.
  • STEP 3: Following the virtual conference, preapproved students must send the following information to Andrea Nash (
    • Registration fee receipt
    • Description of your experience at the conference, and a reflection on how conference attendance contributed to your professional growth (1-2 pages)
    • If you presented at the conference, please also attach evidence of your authorship role, such as an acceptance letter or copy of the conference program that includes your name and the title of your presentation.

Have you (virtually) attended a conference? 

The Cal Poly PSY/CD Department and Psychology Club want to hear about your experience attending or presenting research at conferences. We are hoping to share your experiences so that other students may be encouraged to attend future conferences.

Please respond to this survey:

Feel free to reach out to Rebecca ( if you have any questions.







Faculty Office Hours 

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We have now published Zoom links for faculty office hours 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.


Student Advisory Committee 

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The PSYCD Student Advisory Committee provides consultation to the faculty on relevant undergraduate and graduate student issues.

They are ready to bring your comments and concerns to the department so email any member directly. Read about and find contact information for the committee members here: Student Advisory Committee   

The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly is taking new clients for FREE short-term counseling and consultation. 


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The clinic is staffed by advanced graduate students in the psychology department and treats Cal Poly students as well as individuals, couples, families, and children from the community.  During this time of the novel corona virus, services are offered virtually and they are free. Please call 805.756.1532 for an appointment. Sessions will be conducted by phone or computer. 




Become a CLA Ambassador!

Applications are now open for the 2021-22 CLA Ambassador’s program. The deadline to apply is May 1st. Learn more about the CLA Ambassadors:

CLA Ambassadors Application Form:

Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group

The GCSIG meetings for spring quarter will be on Mondays at 4 p.m. PST; the first meeting will be on April 12th. We will be presenting an introduction to the career of genetic counseling and what our club is about, so now is a great time to stop by even if you have never come before! The zoom link for this meeting is Even if you can’t make this weeks meeting, please join our slack and follow us on instagram to learn more! 




Poly Canyon Ventures is now accepting applications

If you are interested in everything sustainability, VC, entrepreneurship, or are looking to gain more experience then please apply! PCV is looking to bring in new creative thoughts regardless of experiences and/or major. Please see the flyer here or for any questions feel free to reach out to

WGS Scholarships available for the 2021-22 academic year

The WGS Department is now soliciting applications for WGS Scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. The departmental deadline for students to apply via the campus-wide online application is April 30; please see the attached flyer for more information.

Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Program

Cal Poly's new residency program, Teaching for Inclusivity and Equity Residency (TIER) funds residents 27K to attend the program. They make a 3-yr commitment to work in either Santa Maria or Lucia Mar after the program.  These students are also desirable employee candidates because these partner districts will be involved in their training throughout the program. In the news

Are you interested in a health-related profession?

If you are thinking of pursuing a health-related career (e.g. medicine, nursing, occupational therapy, public health) check out Cal Poly's Peer Health Advising Blog to learn about workshops and events happening this quarter.



Off-Campus Research, Mentoring, Conference, and Employment Opportunities 

*New announcements will be posted in full for 2 weeks. You can access prior Tuesday Newsday announcements via the links at the end of this page. There's lots of good stuff in the archives - check it out!





  • The 13th Annual Midwest Undergraduate Cognitive Science Conference (MUCSC) is almost here! This virtual event will feature undergraduate presenters from a variety of disciplines, two poster sessions, and a much-anticipated keynote talk from Claire White, who studies the cognitive science of religion. Please RSVP here. The conference will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm EST on Saturday, April 24th. The full schedule will be posted on our website,, by the beginning of next week. If you have any questions, please contact us at



  • Hand In Hand Preschool and Infant Center is seeking a full-time Infant, Toddler and Preschool Teacher!

  • Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) is hiring!

  • United Methodist Preschool is hiring a teacher!

  • River Way Ranch Camp is searching for college students who are passionate about working with youth in the outdoors and who would love an opportunity to further their education and training.  They provide over 55 hours of in-depth training, including American Red Cross Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR/AED,  Ropes Challenge Course Facilitation, child behavior and emotional skills training, and more. Furthermore, they focus on developing critical soft skills such as reliability, communication, teamwork, and problem-solving. This paid position provides full room and board, and it is an opportunity that can bolster resumes and advance career development in this area of study. River Way Ranch Camp is located in the foothills of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and just 35 minutes east of Fresno, CA. Find them on as one of the ‘50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the U.S.’ For more information, please click here.

  • Cal Poly is hiring an Admissions Officer!
  • Little Wings Preschool is hiring teachers!
  • Love to Learn Preschool is hiring part-time teachers!
  • Transitions Mental Health is hiring a Behavioral Health Navigator. This position provides emotional support, education, information, referrals and community outreach for adults with mental health challenges, with an emphasis on reaching underserved communities in rural regions of the county. More info here.

Internships (PAID AND UNPAID) and mentoring programs

  • Nobel Week Dialogue: An EF and The Forum on Education Abroad Scholarship Program‚ created in partnership with the Nobel Prize Museum. This fully-funded‚ once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is designed for the next generation of global leaders. Together‚ scholarship recipients will attend sessions at the 2021 Nobel Week Dialogue‚ explore Sweden‚ participate in an online course led by distinguished international educators‚ and tackle global challenges through action learning projects.

    Learn more hereWe are dedicated to fostering diversity within international education‚ and highly encourage future leaders from a range of institutions and under-served populations to apply. Deadline is May 5th.
  • The Mind and Development Lab explores a wide range of topics in developmental psychology. Some of our main interests include moral reasoning, religious and spiritual belief, and altruism. Interns will support the lab’s work through a variety of tasks including recruiting and running online child participants. For more information about our research, please visit our website.
  • The Developmental Psychopathology Lab at the University of Iowa is looking for a full-time research lab coordinator to assist in research studies examining the mechanisms in the development of externalizing behavior problems (e.g., aggression, conduct problems), self-regulation, and school readiness in young children, with special emphasis on neural mechanisms (EEG/ERP). Responsibilities include participant recruitment and retention, scheduling, conducting batteries of neural and behavioral testing with children, data management and analysis, coordination of research assistants, and performing other research and administrative tasks as coordinator of the research team.  The initial appointment will be for one year beginning in Summer 2021, with the possibility of renewal for a 2nd year depending on performance and available funding.To apply, please fill out the online application (including resume/CV, a letter of interest, and transcripts) at the following link:  For more information about the position, see or contact:

  • The Center for Children and Families at Florida International University announces Summer Treatment Program Counselor, Research Assistant, and Teacher/Classroom Aide positions for 2020. The Summer Treatment Program (STP) provides services to children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Conduct Disorder, Oppositional-Defiant Disorder, learning problems, and related behavior problems. The program provides treatment tailored to children's individual behavioral and learning difficulties. More information here!

  • The Plasticity in Neurodevelopment (PINE) Lab at Northeastern University is hiring a lab coordinator to start late spring/early summer 2021. This person will have the opportunity to work on a series of projects using neuroimaging to examine neurodevelopmental mechanisms linking experiences of stress and adversity to social and affective learning. The person in this role will gain experience with all aspects of the research process, which could serve as a launch pad to graduate studies. A two-year full-time commitment is preferred, and we encourage applications from members of under-represented groups in science. Click here for additional information. 

  • The Leonard Learning Lab at Yale, directed by Dr. Julia Leonard, is seeking a full-time lab manager for a 2-year-position to begin around July 2021. The lab investigates the underlying cognitive capacities and environmental factors that shape children’s learning and persistence. This position is ideal for those interested in gaining more research experience before pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology, cognitive science, or education. The lab manager will work closely with the PI, participate in all aspects of the research process, and have the potential to co-author posters and manuscripts and attend conferences. The successful candidate will be a founding member of a new lab and benefit from being part of the broader intellectual community at Yale. Click here for more information.

  • The National Science Foundation (NSF) funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. Search the 2021 REU opportunities for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences here! Deadlines vary per program.



How do I get help with the technology I need for my online classes?

  • It will be essential to have regular home internet access this academic year. It will also be helpful to have access to a computer, but in most cases you should be able to access content on a smart device (e.g., iPad, tablet, phone). If you need any help with technology send an email to
  • Cal Poly Information Technology Services is offering access to certain software previously only available in on-campus computer labs. Learn more about Virtual Computer Lab.

How can I learn more about senior project?

We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website including an Online Learning Update.

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. 

And as always....

To make an advising appointment with Dr. Jipson, please use the link below:

Advising Appointments with Dr. Jipson

For ICMA requests, please complete the Eligibility Inquiry Form prior to attempting to meet with Dr. Jipson.  Email with any questions. 

Tuesday Newsday Archives


April 6, 2021

March 30, 2021

March 15, 2021 (scroll to the bottom to see links to all archived Tuesday Newsdays from Winter 2021)

December 1, 2020 (scroll to the bottom to see links to all archived Tuesday Newsdays from Fall 2020)




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