Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: Wednesday March 22, 2023


PSY/CD 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. 




Congratulations to Tess Shirefley CD '16!  Tess accepted a position as Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Science at CSU- Monterey Bay!


During her time at Cal Poly Tess worked in the Preschool Learning Lab, and served on the Student Advisory Committee. Tess also worked closely with Dr. Jennifer Jipson, conducting research which examined parent-child conversations about the natural world. Tess went on to pursue a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at UC Santa Cruz where her work has focused broadly on the development of children’s engagement and interest in science learning from early to middle childhood. Her studies have considered how factors like gender, cultural background, parents’ schooling, and families’ engagement in different types of science shape children’s access and equity to science learning opportunities. Tess’ dissertation examines the experiences of children and their families as participants of the Santa Cruz County Science and Engineering Fair. In addition to research, Tess enjoys engaging with undergraduate students within the classroom through shared learning. Following Tess’ completion of her dissertation, she will be returning to the CSU system as an Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science at CSU Monterey Bay.



Registration Tips

  • Understanding Waitlists: 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.

  • Instructor Communication: Your faculty 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 also 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 spring classes.  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 CD302"

Spring Fieldwork Placements Questions/Concerns? 


Internships are arranged via the PSYCD Field Internship Orientation site on Canvas. If you missed this and believe you should be considered for an internship in spring, please email Dr. Jennifer Jipson ( ASAP!  If you think you should have received a permission code to enroll and you haven't yet, please email!

Volunteers Needed: Show Off PSY/CD at the X-Games at Open House on April 15th 11 a.m.- 1 p.m.

Let's fleX how fun it is to be a PSYCD student by hosting the Second Annual PSYCD X-Games at this year's Cal Poly Open House.  Join us in showing prospective students how interesting and fun it is to be a PSY/CD major! 

To see pics of last year's event, go to the Open House story on the department instagram page @calpolypsycd 

Join us in hosting  highly interactive eXperiments and eXperiences for the families and prospective students that come to Open House. And take an opportunity to talk up your major while you're there! Fill out this survey or email if you're interested in being part of the X-Games Team! 

The X-Games will be held on Saturday April 15th from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Apply for a 2022-23 PSY/CD Student Travel Award

The Psychology & Child Development Department has approved the use of limited discretionary funds during the 2022-23 academic year for reimbursement of student expenses related to presenting at a conference (in person or virtual).  This award is also available to graduate students attending workshops or other professional development opportunities

Any Psychology or Child Development major, or Psychology graduate student, who spends personal funds towards such an activity may apply for a PSY/CD Student  Award. Students may apply for one conference/workshop reimbursement per academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1, 2023.

Please follow these steps at least 2 weeks before the event (if possible).

  • STEP 1: Fill out the Student Award Application as soon as you know you will be requesting financial support to present at a conference or attending a workshop. You can request the application form from Beatriz Peralta
  • STEP 2: If award application is approved, student will be emailed a Travel Request Form. Student are asked to submit this form at least 10 days prior to the conference.
  • STEP 3: Following the conference, preapproved students must send the following information to Christi Brizzolara (
    • Registration fee receipt
    • Description of your experience at the conference/workshop, and a reflection on how attendance contributed to your professional growth (1-2 pages)
    • If a conference, 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.





Get involved in the Poly Child Development Club, the Psychology Club and Psi Chi (the National Honors Society for Psychology). 


PULSE: Holistic Wellbeing Program

PULSE, Cal Poly’s peer health education program, is hosting a brand-new Holistic Well-being Workshop this spring. This workshop series that is geared to guide students through breathwork; explore vulnerability and openness with yourself and others; support with finding your boundaries; and an opportunity to cultivate a sense of calm in your life. 

The Holistic Well-being Workshop series is a student-run program that has been created in collaboration with professional staff at Campus Health & Wellbeing and is an educational program to share tools (mentally and physically) to cultivate awareness and goals around well-being. This is not a workshop run by Counseling  Services. 

In our 5-week program series, students will build community, eat free food, journal, and dive deep into the topics of Building Vulnerability, Discovering Identities, Noticing Your Relationships, Knowing Your Spaces and Limits, and The Wrap-up. 

If you are interested in this program, please complete our interest form below:  

If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach organizers at .


Study Abroad in Ireland! Apply for the Smyth Scholarship by April 1, 2023!

Promoting Cal Poly Global Programs in Spain Apply by March 29, 2023!

The Cal Poly in Spain Fall 2023 Quarter program is a twelve-week intensive language and cultural immersion program led by Geography Professor Benjamin Timms. Students will take two Cal Poly GE courses WLC 310 Culture of Spain (upper division C) and GEOG 308 Global Geography (upper division D), two Spanish classes taught by local Spanish language instructors, and a two-unit WLC 318 activities course for a total of 18 units. Students will live with host families, study at the University of Valladolid (the second oldest university in Spain), and go on multiple field trips throughout north-central Spain. We will hold a zoom information meeting tomorrow (Thursday 11:10-12:00) at this Zoom link.  Feel free to contact Dr. Timms for questions (


There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast!

Did you know that most second-year and higher PSY and CD students are eligible to receive up to $281 a month to support buying groceries? This is because the PSY/CD program is considered an LPIE (Learning Program that Increases Employability) due to the fact that we require students to do internships! A clear win for Learn-By-Doing! You also have to meet income requirements but most students easily qualify. (First-year students are on a mealplan and so will not qualify until their second year).

It's free to apply and you get a pre-loaded card to use at local stores, or buy groceries online at Amazon or Walmart.  It won’t affect your financial aid and you don’t need your parent's tax return information to apply.  YOU can apply online with or without an appointment. Don't sleep on this - being a student is expensive, get help where you can!

Consider Taking These Courses Outside of the Department


BUS 204. Financial Literacy. 4 units

Term Typically Offered: F, W, SP

2020-21 or later catalog: GE Area B4

2019-20 or earlier catalog: GE Area B1

Introduction to personal finance. Budgeting, savings, employee benefits, retirement planning, taxes, insurance, and real estate. Course may be offered in classroom-based or online format. 4 lectures. Fulfills GE Area B4.





Ryde is a service for Cal Poly students that helps you travel more affordably and comfortably! If you’re driving home, Ryde can connect you with other Cal Poly students that will split your cost of gas. If you’re looking for a way home, Ryde can connect you with to students driving your way.

Here’s more information:



Paid Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU): Scientific Study of Interpersonal Relationships Across the Lifespan

The scientific study of interpersonal relationships over the lifespan is important to our broader understanding of the human experience.  These relationships begin with our earliest interactions and continue well into later life, and through them we learn how to communicate with, trust, and support others, as well as handle conflicts and negative interactions. These relationships are also studied through a variety of different social and behavioral science disciplines, including psychology, human development, family sciences, and interpersonal communication.  Increasing interdisciplinary insights into how close relationships and human social networks function and impact well-being across the lifespan is important to consider in training the next generation of scholars. 

The University of Missouri (MU) is hosting a new National Science Foundation REU Site* centered on the scientific theme of Close Relationships.  This nine-week on-campus summer program (8 students per summer) is centered on the interdisciplinary, lifespan developmental, and diverse nature of the scientific study of close relationships.  This REU site will take advantage of the collaborative and interactive research environment fostered by the Family and Relationships Research Network of Missouri (FARR-net) at MU.  Each undergraduate will be mentored by a primary FARR-net-affiliated faculty member from the departments of Communication, Human Development & Family Sciences, or Psychological Sciences, to design a project related to one or more primary close relationships (i.e., parent-child, sibling, friends, romantic/marital partners) from a developmentally-informed perspective.  

Who should apply? 

Rising sophomore, junior, or senior undergraduates with interests in close relationships research and graduate study in any relevant social and behavioral science degree program from across the U.S. are eligible for the program.  We are particularly interested in reviewing applications from students who may not have strong research opportunities at their current institutions, as well as students who are either first-generation college students or students with minoritized identities. 

How should students apply? 

Applicants must complete an online application at the link below by Friday, March 31, 2023, as well as submit a CV or resume, an unofficial transcript, a one-page (250 words) description of the student’s educational and career goals, and one letter of recommendation (ideally from a faculty member at their current institution). 

Application website

What does the program include? 

The REU program site will cover admitted students’ travel to and from the University of Missouri, as well as campus lodging and meals for the entire 9 week program (Tue 5/30 – Fri 7/28, 2023).  Students will also earn a stipend of $600 per week ($5400 over the course of the summer) while participating approximately 40 hours per week in: 1) research with an individual faculty member in their area of expertise, 2) participating in weekly seminars on close relationships, as well as other areas of professional development (e.g., graduate school application preparation, competitive fellowship funding), 3) opportunities to present the research conducted, and 4) social programs sponsored by the MU Office of Undergraduate Research along with students from other on-campus summer research experiences. 

QUESTIONS? Contact program coordinator, Dr. Nicole Campione-Barr,




Lumina Alliance's mission is to "empower those impacted by sexual and intimate partner violence through innovative advocacy, healing, and prevention programs."  Lumina’s 65-hour crisis counselor training is coming up in March! It is a great opportunity to get professional development for psychology majors, and if students choose to volunteer on the crisis and information line for Lumina after completing the training, they gain direct counseling experience that is necessary for a lot of master’s programs.

Check out the program here:

If you have any questions Matt Reed is one of the instructors for the course, his email is


The field of UX is a very hot topic with lots of job prospects. And, this is a field where a Ph.D. is not required; an M.A. is sufficient to jump into this field at a challenging professional level. The UX program at Claremont is a 2-year program that focuses on three critical domains: cognitive psychology, user experience, and research methods & statistics. Undergraduate students often ask about career opportunities doing applied research. UX is one of them.

See link below for more information about our program. Because this is a relatively new program, we will be accepting late applications; however, applying sooner is preferable to be eligible for financial aid. Interested students should contact Kathy Pezdek (


Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellowship Opportunities

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering six fellowships, listed below. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2023 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2023, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details here.

The Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience will involve cutting-edge social neuroscience research in infants, toddlers, and adolescents. Fellows will work to further the understanding of autism through eye-tracking research, guiding a project from the point of data collection to publication of results.

The Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience will involve integrating computational strategies with clinical research goals. Fellows will develop methods for the analysis of visual scanning and eye-tracking data, computational models of visual salience, and data visualization techniques, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of autism and efforts at early diagnosis.

The Education Sciences Fellowship will involve research in educational innovations in autism, from early child care through high school. Fellows will learn about classroom-based interventions to increase social emotional engagement and inclusion, gaining experiences with observational research methods, cutting-edge intervention research, and implementation science approaches.

The Sally Provence Fellowship in Clinical Research will select fellows for a two-year training in clinical assessment measures and research methodologies to better understand ASD and related disabilities.

The Roger Glass Fellowship in Implementation Science will select fellows for a two-year training in research focused on translating evidence-based treatments for autism into community settings, as well as the processes and partnerships that support these efforts.

The David Satcher Fellowship in Community Engagement will select fellows for an opportunity to spend two years engaged in training in community engaged participatory research methods as they relate to ASD.

Western Psychological Association Annual Conference

Happy Tuesday PSY/CD students and faculty! My name is Hector and I work as the liaison between the Western Psychological Association and our department on campus. My goal is to promote and support participation in WPA, like the annual conference, which will be held in Riverside, CA this year. This conference is a great opportunity for students to present the research projects they’ve been working on, view posters/talks from others in the field, and connect with psychology students and professors from around the country. Presenting a poster is NOT required for you to attend the conference!!  In addition, the department provides the opportunity to receive partial funding for this experience! If you have any questions about WPA, submitting your abstract proposal or psychology research in general feel free to email me 

There are also volunteer opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.The relevant links are on, and you can sign up using the links provided.   Please note that if you sign up, you must: - Only sign up for one slot to give as many people this opportunity.   - You must register and pay for your WPA registration and we will reimburse you once you have worked your shift. Graduates can sign up on either list, while there is a list just for undergrads.  Anyone who has not registered and paid by March 31 will be removed from the list. We also still have a few exhibit booths for sale - if you are interested, please contact

Camp Reach for the Stars Volunteers Needed June 2-4th, 2033

Camp Reach for the Stars is back: June 2-4th, 2023.  
We are happy to bring the families back to camp.  Come join us for a memorable weekend and fun-filled event in Cambria, CA!
We are looking for fun, energetic people who really want to have a memorable weekend with our kids!
We need volunteers!  
Roles of the "Counselors" is that you will be paired with a child, their siblings and the parents for the weekend.  We have a full schedule of events starting on Friday through Sunday.  As a Jr Counselor, you will be paired with a Counselor.  The term "counselor" is really "code" for  - WOW, lets have a fun weekend.  We ALL have fun along with the families.
Counselors 18 and older - spend the entire weekend at Camp overnight
Jr Counselors 15 - 17 years old - come daily for Camp
Please see the application attached if you or other friends are interested.

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.

Family Care Network

Rehabilitation Specialist

Family Care Network is a progressive, dynamic non-profit organization with a 35-year history serving SLO and Santa Barbra counties through multiple programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals impacted by trauma.
We are looking for a full-time Rehabilitation Specialist to provide supportive and direct services to high-risk youth experiencing emotional or mental difficulties. Staff receive substantial training, support & clinical supervision. To apply, or for more information about the position please see the link below.

Social Worker/Therapist

Pay Scale $65,520.00 - $90,854.40: 40 hrs. - Full-Time/Exempt position in San Luis Obispo County.

  • Provide case management and social work services, including: case assessment, treatment planning,progress reports and evaluations, scheduling of required appointments, parent support, training, maintaining regular case notes of client and agency activities and attending multi-disciplinary treatment team or similar meetings.
  • Provide mental health services, including: assessment, child and family team meetings, individual, group and family therapy, rehabilitation, brokerage crisis intervention.
  • Provide transitional living services including life skill assessment and skill development in critical life domains. May supervise In-home support or youth development staff. 
  • Must be able to work with clients with severe emotional needs in diverse settings, including family homes, residential care, juvenile justice facilities, schools, and other community settings.

Program Supervisor/Transitional Aged Youth Program

Pay Scale $$72,612.80 - $92,955.20: 40 hrs. - Full-Time/Exempt position in San Luis Obispo County.

  • Program Supervisor shall be responsible for providing supervision and direction in case management, social work and therapeutic activities in their assigned program, including, but not limited to the following:
    • Assigning caseload
    • Conducting regularly scheduled staff meetings;
    • Reviewing treatment plans, incident reports, case notes, required documentation and related MediCal procedures and requirements;
    • Coordinating services with other FCNI programs.
  • Ability to provide on-call 24/7 support as assigned.
  • Ability to provide strong leadership within the organization and the community.
  • May represent the agency or participate in whatever community meetings, workshops/seminars, public or private advisory boards, or professional organizations as best serves the agency, and as authorized by the COO/Director of Clinical Services.
  • Provide counseling services, facilitation and coordination of multi-agency child and family team meeting and crisis interventions as assigned.
  • Supervise staff in:
    • Performance evaluations
    • Corrective Action Plans
    • Provide individual supervision as needed
    • Facilitate group supervision meetings
    • Provide BBS clinical supervision within scope of BBS guidelines (when eligible and assigned)
    • Participate in the hiring and training of staff as assigned

San Francisco Giants Community Fund: Summer Job Openings

We are looking to hire 110 Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassadors (300-hour service term)  and 5 Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassadors (675- hour service term) to serve on our team this summer and bring the Junior Giants program to life. Ambassadors are liaisons between the Giants Community Fund and our program participants and truly represent the San Francisco Giants in the community.

Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassador – 300-hour Service Term – Deadline to apply is April 10*

  • 110 positions available
  • $4,800 living stipend + $1,374 education award
  • April 24 - August 31 25-35 hrs./week
  • Job Description | Apply Here

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator: Stanford Autism and Development Disorders Research Program

Stanford University’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program is seeking a new Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator to perform administrative support duties related to collecting and analyzing clinical data from children and adolescents with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, this position will involve the coordination of clinical trials that utilize non-invasive neuroimaging measures like MRI and EEG to develop biomarkers for precision psychiatry. This position coordinates all aspects of our clinical research, including recruitment, accurate data management and entry, collection of blood or saliva samples, collection and analysis of MRI and EEG data, and work with regulatory agencies, including the IRB and FDA. Previous experience obtaining MRI or EEG scans, coding to process complex neuroimaging data, coordinating medication or other clinical trials, and working with children with autism spectrum disorder is highly desirable. This position requires working some evening, night, and/or weekend shifts in order to obtain MRI and EEG scans from research participants after school or while they are sleeping. To learn more or apply, visit:


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! :)



Schedule an Appointment - Current Students | School of Education

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.

Career Paths & Faculty Advisors

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.


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