Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: March 15, 2021


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Take a study break and come to the PSY/CD Student Hang Out on Wednesday @ 5 p.m.

Super casual chance to connect with other students. JOin us!

The Student Advisory Committee Wants to Hear from You!


The Student Advisory Committee wants to learn more about what your experience has been with classes this year, what your hopes are for fall, how you'd like to celebrate our 2020-21 PSY/CD graduates, and more!  Please complete  the appropriate survey below so the SAC can share your opinions and ideas with the PSY/CD department.  

Undergraduate Student Survey

Graduate Student Survey 

Still looking to add a PSYCD course?  Read these helpful tips....


  • We are unable to add additional sections of any courses. It is up to the instructor to decide if they will enroll more students than the course enrollment cap.
    • Having said that...your professors receive many emails about course enrollment.  If they do not respond to you, it's not because they don't care about your concern. Rather, faculty have to wait for the automated waitlist process to complete - they do not receive permission codes to add students until after the 4th day of classes. If you don't hear back it means the instructor is not accepting more students.
    • If you have an extenuating circumstance that you believe requires special enrollment consideration, please email Dr. Jipson Make sure that your subject line is very detailed, e.g., "I'm graduating in spring and I still need PSY344
  • Waitlists will continue to work like they always do up until Day 4 of the quarter.  The enrollment system automatically monitors class enrollment. When a space opens up, the first eligible student from the top of the waitlist is added to the class.  Not sure how to waitlist a class? Find instructions here.
  • Crashing. If you want to crash a course on the first day, please email the instructor directly. Priority will be given to students in the following order: 1) PSY & CD majors who do not have 12 units, 2) graduating PSY & CD seniors, 3) graduating PSY & CD minors, 4) students on change of major contracts into PSY or CD, 5) all other PSY & CD minors. If you don't hear back it means the instructor is not accepting more students.
  • No luck? Consider summer.  Many faculty are offering classes in summer - check out the department webpage to see the list of tentative course offerings.  The summer class schedule will be available April 14th and registration begins April 26th.  

As always, make sure your graduation date is correct.  Here is a link to paperwork to change the date

In order to assess the needs of students and create positive change, the PSY/CD Department Student Advisory Committee, Psychology Club, Psi Chi, and Poly Child Development Club are seeking students interested in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout clubs and the department. DEI Club Committee members will work with student clubs and the PSYCD faculty Diversity Committee on students’ diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns. Stay tuned for more information and an invitation to participate!

From the PSYCD Diversity Committee: Resources Relating to Anti-Asian Hate Crimes

Anti-Asian hate incidents have been on the rise. Many Asian Americans are experiencing fear of harassment in their day-to-day life. Please take action to combat anti-Asian hate crimes and protect our friends and neighbors:

*Be vigilant for and challenge de-humanizing depictions of Asian Americans

*Learn about and share AAPI history


Toolkit for combatting anti-Asian hate

Hate crime resources

 AAPI history resources

Racial trauma and self-care resources

Become a Peer Facilitator for PSY 304: Intergroup Dialogues in Spring!

Must be available synchronously on Tu/Th 2:10-4pm,and have taken the IGD facilitator training in a previous quarter. Great experience with a nationally utilized program! Click the link below for application, and email with any questions.

Here's the link:

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:


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.




Campus Health & Well-Being Reminder 

With spring break approaching, we ask that you take into consideration some important realities we are currently facing with this pandemic. 

The pandemic is not over 

Although many around the country are getting vaccinated and case counts have trended downward nationally, that trend is flattening. In other words, COVID-19 is still being transmitted and the risk of infection is still present. For updates on the status of our community, visit For up-to-date information for your localcommunity, visit

You will need to continue to test 

As you know, we have implemented saliva-based surveillance testing and a number of student groups are required to test twice per week (or about every three days). Leaving for spring break does not exempt you from the testing protocol and students who leave the area will be required to submit proof of testing over spring break before returning to San Luis Obispo. 

Please avoid traveling. But if you must, find out if you will be able to test where you are going. Please read more on the testing compliance webpage.

Spring Break Staycation 

Beaches, restaurants, hikes, bike trails … spring break is a wonderful time to explore San Luis Obispo. You might be able to find that place you’ve needed during the quarter but never had the time to find. Check out this information on things to do during the academic break right here in San Luis Obispo.

Take precautions while traveling 

While we understand that many of you will choose to travel at this time, we encourage you to take the proper precautions during the academic break.  

  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19. 

  • Stay at least 6 feet (about two arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you. 

  • Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19. 

Please visit the CDC spring break travel guide for information on safe travel during the pandemic.

As we have seen, cases spike around times of travel and we encourage you to do your part to avoid any activity or behavior that would lead to further shutdowns and increased cases in our community.


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.



  • 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.

  • Psychology Club has a new website. It's amazing...check it out here.  Psychology Club

  • PCDC (Poly Child Development Club) has an amazing website too!  Here is the link!  PCDC 

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

Share Your Views with the 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   

Faculty Advisors are ready to help you plan your academic program & discuss career options - reach out!

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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. 

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

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 Pre-Health Peer Advisor!  

Link: Application Deadline: Monday, April 12th at 11:59 pm. More information here.

  • Become a Campaign Assistant for the Cal Poly WITH US Center for Bystander Intervention 

The WITH US Center for Bystander Intervention at Cal Poly is in the process of recruiting a Campaign Assistant for next quarter, and we are specifically looking for someone majoring in Psychology, Sociology, or Public Health. The Campaign Assistant will oversee education campaigns, materials, programs, and initiatives regarding bystander awareness and intervention.  Application deadline is March 29. Here is the Mustang Jobs link:

  • Are you a CD Major or Minor planning to apply to Cal Poly's Multiple Subject Credential Program (MSTEP)?


Learn which MSTEP prereqs you have to take and which are waived for CD majors and minors. 


  • 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!




  • 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

  • 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 Boston Attention and Learning Lab is seeking a summer research assistant to contribute to the study of developmental prosopagnosia, individuals with severe face recognition difficulties. The goal of this project is to better understand the mechanisms of prosopagnosia, test out novel methods to improve face recognition, and understand the brain and behavioral changes associated with successful treatment. More information here.
  • The Development of Social Cognition Lab at UC Irvine is offering three 10-week summer internships with a stipend of $4,000. Interns will work on NSF-funded projects relating to math cognition and cognitive predictors of inequality. We currently run studies with 3- to 9-year-olds online. More information here.

    The Cooperation Lab at Boston College directed by Dr. Katherine McAuliffe is seeking motivated, reliable, and enthusiastic summer research assistants for our 2021 Summer Internship. Research in the lab focuses on the development of cooperative abilities in children, with a particular focus on how children develop a sense of fairness. Summer RAs will gain experience with all stages of the research process, including recruiting families, collecting data, analyzing data, and discussing results. Each summer RA will be paired with a graduate student, post-doctoral fellow, or lab coordinator mentor for the duration of the summer, and have a main project. More information here. 

  • 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 Founding Generation Internship is sponsored by the International Congress of Infant Studies. It is rooted in the rich history of founding scholars who implemented the vision to advance science and support colleagueship in the interdisciplinary field of infant development. From its start, the congress encouraged student participation and fostered student engagement through various initiatives aimed at mentoring the next generation of scholars. More information here.

  • The Social Origins Lab at UC Berkeley is now accepting applications for their summer research internship. The goal of this internship is to provide highly motivated and curious-minded students with the opportunity to gain hands-on research experience in the field of developmental psychology. Responsibilities for the intern will include running research studies with young children, helping to recruit participants, collecting and coding video data, and assisting with administrative tasks. Tentative dates for the internship are June 1 - July 23, with an expected commitment of 30 hours/week. For more information, and to apply, please visit Please direct any questions to Alissa Gomez at

  • Oxnard College is seeking an experienced Child Development Center Supervisor to support Latinx, Low-Income students, and families to access quality child care services on campus while they work to complete their academic goals. As an HSI it is critical that the team is bilingual and able to communicate and build relationships with families. Click here for more information

  • Harvard Music Lab Summer Internship 2021! Compensation of $15/hour. At the Music Lab, we study the basic science of music in an effort to understand how and why humans produce and perceive music at all ages and across all cultures. We are recruiting research assistants in psychology to spend their summer with us! We will also consider students from related fields (e.g., music, linguistics, computer science, evolutionary biology, anthropology).
    Summer interns will be working on studies investigating the impact of music on infant affect and behavior, universals and cross-cultural variation in music perception and music production, people's use of music in daily life, and long-term effects of the use of music in the home on parent and infant health. Prospective interns are encouraged to read our papers at before applying. Click here for the full job description.

  • The Yale Social Cognitive Development Lab is recruiting interns for the summer of 2021. Interns will support the lab’s work through a variety of tasks including participant recruitment and scheduling, study design, experiment facilitation, data entry and more. Interns will also attend weekly lab meetings to discuss journal articles related to our lab’s work, current and future project design and present research findings. The internship will span for 10 weeks and all interns will receive a $5,000 stipend. Travel reimbursement may be available if the internship is held in-person. See the flyer here.

  • The Developing Minds Lab at Boston University, under the direction of Dr. Melissa Kibbe, is currently seeking outstanding undergraduates for our summer internship program. Research in the Developing Minds Lab focuses on the development of object, numerical, and social cognition in infants, children, and adults. Click here for more information.

  • 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. 

Previous Weekly Announcements

March 9, 2021

March 2, 2021

February 23, 2021

February 16, 2021

February 9, 2021

February 2, 2021

January 26, 2021

January 19, 2021

January 12, 2021

January 5, 2021

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




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