Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: Tuesday May 16, 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. 


Shout Out to Daniela Bernal (CD), Madeline Meadows (PSY), Karla Espinoza (CD), and Emily Sorenson (CD)!


Thank you for representing PSY/CD at the San Luis Obispo Children's Museum!

To learn more about their senior project on Emotion Regulation and Tactile Play, scan this QR code!


It's Graduation Season!

Congratulations to Isabel Palmer who recently graduated from the San Diego State Master’s of Science in Counseling program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy!

Isabel completed her clinical training at a San Diego nonprofit, UPAC Children’s Mental Health working with children, adolescents, and families. "Working with children is my passion, and I’m excited to continue my work there as program therapist." We wish her the best of luck in her new career endeavors!   


Are you a graduate of PSY/CD? Do you want to flex your achievements or just share some words of encouragement with current students? Contact to be featured here in a upcoming week!


Invited PSY/CD Talk THURSDAY May 18th UU Hour

Every now and then, the department invites an outside speaker to visit campus and share their expertise with our students. It's a wonderful opportunity and we hope to see a lot of you at the talk in person on THURSDAY! If you can't make it in person,  you can attend via Zoom

Apply to Become a PSY/CD New Student Peer Mentor 

Peer mentors needed, and applications will again be facilitated via the PSY/CD 102 Orientation class in Fall 2023 taught by Drs. Bennion and Lee. The commitment is approximately 6 hours per week, including attending class and mentor meetings from 10-1 pm on Fridays. You are welcome to enroll in 2 units of PSY 401 credit (CR/NC) toward completion of your electives in exchange for serving in this role. See more detailed information and apply here by Wednesday, May 31st!


Volunteers Needed to Join a Fun Team!

Planning on Doing a Field Internship in Fall?

You are eligible IF you are graduating F23, W24, or S24.  The process is already underway! Please check your email for an invitation to the Canvas site called PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation.  This site will help you understand the steps to take to secure a field internship in Fall 2023.

PSYCD Research Internships in 2023-24

Qualified students may gain research experience working with faculty researchers. Arranging a research internship is initiated by the student. A listing of faculty research interests can be found here.  Not all faculty on this list are actively conducting research at this time. Interested students will need to talk to individual faculty members about availability of research assistant positions in 2023-24.

Tentative Course Offerings for 2023-24

Take a sneak peek at our plans for course offerings for next year!  Pay attention to the word TENTATIVE! This is a guide and things can change...but here's what we're thinking so far....

Senior Project Symposium, Thursday June 1st 11 a.m.-1p.m.


The Senior Project Symposium is your time to shine! Join us for a fun time on June 1st from 11 am – 1 pm and present your senior project to the Psychology and Child Development community at Cal Poly. If you are interested in presenting, let us know by filling out the following form by 5 pm on May 19th.

Interest Form for Senior Project Symposium

Filling out this form does NOT commit you to present. We will contact all who express interest with details about how to prepare and what to expect. 

PSY/CD Graduation Celebration on June 9th 6 p.m.-9p.m. at the Madonna Inn!


We're  excited to celebrate with you!  You can drop by the office to buy a ticket, or contact for Venmo information! 

A Peek at Grad Celebrations Past...Professor Danielson and Dr. Jipson co-taught a class and it led to this! Join us for more shenanigans this year!

Registration for Fall 2023 Begins Next Week!

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.

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   

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Psi Chi Volunteer Event with Growing Grounds

Growing Grounds is a part of the Transitions-Mental Health Association in SLO. TMHA is non-profit that is is dedicated to eliminating stigma and promoting recovery and wellness for people with mental illness through work, housing, community, and family support services. Volunteers at Growing Grounds will work in the nursery on Orcutt Rd. Work is done outdoors, so bring a hat and water bottle, and wear appropriate clothing (close-toed shoes, no bare midriffs or shoulders, no short-shorts) and sunscreen if appropriate.

Fill out this form to sign up and volunteer at Growing Grounds Nursery (3740 Orcutt Road) on Friday, May 19 from 10am-1pm. 

Psi Chi Membership Scholarship

Hey Psi Chi Graduates! 

Are you interested in getting a Psi Chi cord to wear at graduation? If so, please complete this form if you are a Psi Chi member, have graduated/will graduate in Fall ‘22, Winter ‘23, or Spring ‘23: 

Become a Psi Chi Board Member

Caption: Our 2023-2024 board applications are OPEN! We have lots of open positions to apply for including: treasurer, community outreach, social media, secretary, and DEI. Joining our board is great leadership experience and can help connect you with the psych community! 

Use this link:

Once the form is submitted we will consider your responses and contact you for an interview!! We look forward to seeing everyone’s applications :)


Become a WOW Leader 

Are you passionate about helping others and being positive mentors/role models for new students? If you are interested in a WOW Leader position, click here for more information:

Apply to be a Near Peer Mentor at Cal Poly!

The Center for Leadership Certificate Offerings


Sign up here

Do you know about ACE?

The CLA Access, Community and Equity (ACE) Program helps remove barriers and improve access by providing stipends of up to $1,000 to first-generation or lower-income students specifically so they can participate in high-impact Learn by Doing experiences (including undergraduate research, global learning, service learning, internships and special projects). In addition, recipients receive mentoring and a community of support to help them take full advantage of their experience.  

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!

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:


Register Today: Social Justice Education Conference

Virtual Keynote & Panel: Saturday, May 20th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (PDT)

In-person Curriculum Fair at Santa Maria High School: 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free tacos and aguas frescas provided by R&J Catering 12:30-23:30pm at Santa Maria High School
Register at and receive up-to-date information about the free, hybrid event. The conference will focus on our collective work to name and challenge forms of oppression by bringing together local educators and activists committed to racial justice. 
The virtual keynote speaker is Lorena Escoto Germán. She is a Dominican American educator focused on antiracist and antibias work in education. She is author of The Anti Racist Teacher: Reading Instruction Workbook and Textured Teaching: A framework for Culturally Sustaining Practices. A cofounder of the groups #DisruptTexts and Multicultural Classroom, Lorena is the director of pedagogy at EduColor and Chair of NCTE's Committee Against Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English.
The virtual component of the conference will also include a panel of K-12 educators and community activists from California’s Central Coast!
The in-person curriculum fair takes place at Santa Maria High School in Santa Maria, CA from 1:30-4pm. Future and current educators will present original curriculum and engage in thoughtful discussion on issues related to social justice education. Come early to enjoy a free lunch from 12:30-2:30pm! 
This free event is organized and sponsored by: Central Coast Coalition for Undocumented Student Success and Cal Poly School of Education.

Cumberland University-M.S. Forensic Psychology

Cumberland University is seeking applicants to its Master of Science in Forensic Psychology. The program is a two year, 36-hour non-licensure track graduate program that is delivered in a fully online format. 



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.


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.

Transitions Mental Health Association: Clinical/Social Work Position

Here is a link to the job posting:

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Cindy Linker Behavioral Health Navigator, Transitions Mental Health Association (805)459-3409


Country Cottage Preschool: Teacher Positions

Country Cottage Preschool is looking for a full-time (preferred) or a part-time teacher to join our team! Our program cares for children ages 2-5. We have a 2/3 year old program, and a 4/5 year old program. We are looking for a teacher with classroom experience that can assist co-teachers in a positive, close knit, team environment. Furthermore, applicants should have great attendance, a positive attitude, and a love for working with children in the age ranges we serve. Our program is open 7:45 – 5:30 and applicants must be flexible on scheduling. Shifts we are looking for: Full-time (PREFERRED) Part-time (Monday through Friday) 830-130, 9-2, 1-5:30 When you apply, please specify if you are able to work full-time or part-time. $17-20/hour. Please submit cover letter, references, resume, and unofficial transcripts or proof of completed or in progress coursework in ECE or child development to 

TRUST Automation: Part time Preschool Teacher Assistant  

Trust Children's Center is a high quality, children's center born out of the belief in work-life balance and the importance of our children. Trust Children's Center's curriculum incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM) and the philosophies of the Outdoor Classroom into natural children's play. The Trust Children's Center is a self-run, day care center sponsored by Trust Automation. Employees of the Trust Children's Center are employed by Trust Automation, a fast-growing company in San Luis Obispo which designs, builds, and supports control and power management systems.

The Teacher Assistant position will be responsible for assisting with the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children attending the Children’s Center. Age groups may include infants, toddlers and/or preschool age children. Pay scale for this position - $16 to $18 hourly

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

Apply: Careers in Environmental + Youth Activism

Looking for a career that allows you to learn skills in advocacy and organizing? The Student PIRGs are hiring for positions starting in Fall 2023, with some immediate positions available, to make a difference on important problems facing our communities. Apply today.


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! :)




How can I learn more about senior project?

We have updated information about Senior Projects on the department website.

  • PSY/CD 461 is a seminar-style class where you attend class and work with a team to identify an area of interest and conduct a literature review on that topic. Registration for this is through the usual process.
  • PSY/CD 462 is a supervision-mode class where your team gets matched with a faculty advisor who guides you in developing and conducting a project related to your literature review from PSY/CD 461. The final deliverable includes a written paper that usually consists of sections typical to APA articles (Abstract, Literature Review, Method, Results, Discussion, References).Registration for this is by permission number given out during PSY/CD 461.

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....


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. 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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