Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: Tuesday October 17, 2023


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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, Christi Brizollara and Dr. Natasha Duell have interviewed each other. Read on to learn more about them.

Christi Brizollara, PSY/CD Administrative Support Coordinator

  • What is your favorite local place?
    • In nature: Madonna Mountain! I'm all over the trails most weekends, and the fact that we can climb a mountain right in the middle of town is amazing. Most mornings when I begin the hike, the fog has yet to lift and by the time I reach the summit, the sun has broken through, and the expanse of blue sky is breathtaking.
    • In town: Piadina at SLO Hotel!  Another favorite weekend spot, the truffle parmesan tator tots are a worthy indulgence. (I always wonder, does the morning hike cancel out the tots?!)
  • What do you consider your greatest achievement?
    • If I had been asked this question 20 years ago, I would have certainly rattled off some career successes, personal milestones, or a difficulty in life I've overcome, but pondering this question now, I can answer without hesitation, being a mom to my two daughters is my proudest achievement.
  • What is your most marked characteristic?
    • Kindness.


Dr. Natasha Duell, PSY/CD Professor

  • What is your favorite book?
    • I love East of Eden by John Steinbeck. It is an incredible novel with so many twists and turns. I read the book once and am currently listening to it on audio. It feels extra special because the story takes place in Central California! Sometimes my husband and I listen to it when we road trip to my family's home in San Jose and it is so cool to listen to the story while we drive through the exact cities in the story's plot!
  • Do you have any talents/hobbies that people might not know about?
    • One skill I have that most people probably don't know is that I speak Farsi! My mom is from Iran and I grew up speaking Farsi with her and my grandmother. I was actually more fluent as a child, but I can still keep up in most conversations! A hobby that I am very shy about is that I do Olympic Weightlifting. I'm not in the Olympics :) That's just the style of weightlifting. I started exploring weightlifting after college and absolutely fell in love! It's very technical and no matter your age you can strive towards improving and even competing!
  • What is your favorite thing about living on the Central Coast?
    • I love being so close to the ocean! I spent ten years on the East Coast and pined for the ocean. I never thought I'd have the opportunity to live so close! Seeing it, hearing it, smelling it—it brings me so much peace!

Want to participate in the weekly spotlight?

If you're interested in interviewing another student, faculty member, or staff member in our department, please fill out this google form.

*At the PSY/CD open house on 10/26, 11:10 am-12:30 pm, there will be interview sheets provided for anyone who would like to do an interview with a PSY/CD professor, faculty, or fellow student. We would love to highlight any interviews from the open house for anyone that is willing to have theirs posted :)


Alumni Spotlight!

Allison Scholl, '22

Every wonder what former Cal Poly Psychology students are doing now? Allison Scholl, class of 2022, was a Cal Poly Psychology major and dual Gerontology and Child Development minor. While at Cal Poly, she assisted Professor Bartlett in coding qualitative data collected on the Lives Well Lived project, an intergenerational service-learning project done in Psychology of Aging (PSY 318). After graduating, she continued to work with Dr. Bartlett in writing a manuscript for publication. Their article was recently published in the Journal of Intergenerational Relationships which can be viewed at the link below. Additionally, Allison now works at The Waters Senior Living as an Activity Director, implementing programming for older adults with physical disabilities and dementia. She is interested in geriatric social work, memory, and art therapy. Click here to view the article.



Dr. Susana A. López was recognized last weekend at the Chicanx Latinx Faculty Staff Association ¡Viva Los Mustangs! Event for Latinx Heritage Month! This acknowledgment highlighted her contributions and work with the Latine community on our campus!



PSY/CD Open House!





Are you a junior PSY/CD major thinking about pursuing a Ph.D. after graduation? Consider applying to the department's Research Emphasis Track!

The Research Emphasis Track aims to provide PSY/CD students who have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. with an opportunity to participate in advanced independent research training. The track begins in junior year with a two-quarter research internship under the supervision of a faculty member and continues into senior year, culminating with a two-quarter independent empirical senior project. Applicants must be junior PSY or CD majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and major GPA of 3.5. This video provides information for interested students. Here is a link to the application (applications are due Fri, Oct 20).

Below is a list of the faculty members who are potentially accepting new Research Track students this year. We encourage you to read about their research on our Faculty Research Interests page in order to find the best fit with your interests, and reach out to them to discuss their research prior to applying (please do not apply to faculty members not on this list as they are not taking research track students this year).

Dr. Lucy Bencharit (social)

Dr. Jennifer Jipson (developmental)

Dr. Linda Lee (developmental)

Dr. James Antony (cognitive/biological)

Dr. Laura Cacciamani (cognitive/biological)

Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (clinical)



Qualified students may gain research experience working with faculty researchers as a research intern, as part of or apart from the research track. Arranging a research internship is typically initiated by the student. A listing of faculty research interests can be found here.




If you are now a senior based on completed coursework, make sure that your intended graduation date is updated with the Cal Poly “changing your graduation term” form on the registrar website.


Field Internships for Winter - SENIORS!

You are eligible IF you are graduating Winter, Spring, or Summer 2024. Please start checking your email for an invitation to the Canvas site called PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation (let us know if after Monday (10/16) you do not have access). This site will help you understand the steps to take to secure a field internship. (You do not just enroll in internship - you start arranging your internship site the quarter before via our department canvas page!)


Tentative Course Offerings (TCO) for 2023-24


Please always check our TCO because it is where we first publish our updates:

FYI: The listings for Summer 2024 are not complete - we will add classes as we learn which we are likely to offer.


Mustang Film Society



Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group

Do you have an interest in biology, counseling, and advocacy? Still unsure what career you want to pursue? Come check out the Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group! They meet every odd week on Thursdays from 4:10pm-5pm in Baker (Bldg. 180), Room 112 this quarter. We hope to see you there!

Mustang News Roundup

Attention Psychology & Child Development Students and Staff! Are you eager to be in the know about the latest campus news and updates? Do you want the most up-to-date headlines conveniently sent to your email? Look no further! Subscribe to the Mustang News Roundup today! Our Roundup newsletter brings you the freshest Mustang News and KCPR content, and is delivered straight to your inbox every Monday through Friday of the school year. Don't let this opportunity to stay well-informed pass you by! Subscribe here!

Study Abroad & Language Study

2023 Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair

October is Graduate School Month, and Career Services is celebrating by hosting an event! On Thursday, October 19th, the department will be hosting the 2023 Virtual Graduate and Professional School Fair 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

This is an opportunity to network with institutions that are actively recruiting for their schools and programs.  Graduate and professional schools will be providing information on academic programs and the application process. All interested students from every major, as well as alumni, are encouraged to attend.


Virtual Grad School Fair Attendees include:

  • Keck Graduate Institute 
  • Western University of Health Sciences 
  • University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Pharmacy 
  • Loyola Marymount University - Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering Graduate Programs 
  • Halıcıoğlu Data Science Institute at UC San Diego 
  • Colorado School of Mines 
  • Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs 
  • University of San Francisco School of Law 
  • Drexel University - Admissions 
  • Claremont Graduate University | Office of Admissions 
  • Cal Poly School of Education 
  • UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco Master of Translational Medicine 
  • UC Berkeley Industrial Engineering and Operations Research Department, Master of Analytics 
  • Carnegie Mellon Institute for Strategy and Technology 
  • University of Queensland-Ochsner Medical Program - New Orleans, LA - Medical School
  • Duke University, Pratt School of Engineering Graduate Programs

Cal Poly Global Solutions Now Virtual Conference

Cal Poly’s Climate Solutions Now virtual conference provides a showcase of 70+ examples:

  • Politicians leading change in government
  • City and County staff implementing climate action
  • Industry professionals changing how business is done
  • Entrepreneurs finding opportunity in the challenges
  • Academics developing new science, tech, and methodologies 

70+ speakers from government, industry, and academia at this all-virtual conference

View the full agenda HERE

Get tickets HERE


Cal Poly Global Programs 2024


National Transfer Student Week


Join Safer for weekly dialogues - bring a blanket, and they'll provide lunch and conversation! 


  • Hookup Culture Dialogue

    • What does our hook up culture at Cal Poly look like? let's discuss how this impacts our community's views about sex and intimacy. 
    • Tuesday 10/24, 12-1pm, Orfalea Courtyard
    • Giveaway: Camping tumbler and utensils

Interested in Sustainable Global Development?

Engineers Without Borders, Cal Poly is a student-led non-profit organization that supports community-driven development programs worldwide through the design and implementation of sustainable engineering projects, while creating multidisciplinary and leadership experiences for students. With four international project teams in Fiji, Kenya, Nicaragua, and Local, we work to address issues such as water, education, food security, sanitation, and energy by collaborating with our partnered communities. 

We are hoping to diversify the majors represented in our club in order to fill roles in business and cultural sub teams as well as to harness cross-disciplinary perspectives in designing holistic solutions that fit the needs of our communities.

Whether you're passionate about business development, cultural insights, leadership opportunities, or making a positive impact, EWB has a place for you.

Join us for Crash Course (7-9 PM on 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, and 10/23 in the ATL (Room 07-02)), where you’ll learn about the EWB project process, community-centered design, and everything you need to know to join a project team and make a difference!

Go to to sign up for our mailing list, club Slack channel and all other links. 

Cal Poly Music Department 


Our Big Band director is searching for a drummer to play in our big band this quarter.  Are any secret drummers on campus who are interested and available to rehearse MWF 11:10-12 in 45-216 and perform on November 17 at 7:30 pm?  We provide the kit.

If interested, contact Alicia M. Doyle <> 
Info about our jazz ensembles can be found here:




Ordinary Abortion in Obvious Child: What Abortion Really Looked Like in America

University of Nebraska at Omaha: MA and PhD in Developmental Psychology

UC Riverside Psychology PhD Program Information Meeting


San Francisco State Psychology Graduate Programs Open House


The Psychology Department at San Francisco State University invites you to our Graduate Open House Week!

When: October 23rd – October 26th, 6-8pm

Where: Zoom (links located on our website)


Programs: Clinical Psychology (MS), Developmental Psychology (MA), School Psychology (MS), Industrial/Organization Psychology (MS), Social, Personality & Affective Science (MA), and Mind, Brain & Behavior (MA)


Child Development Permit Stipend Program

The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) Permit Stipend Program pays the child development permit application fee to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for eligible applicants. The child development permit stipend is available for all levels of the permit:  Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director*

  • First Time Applicants:  All levels      
  • Renewal Applicants:  All levels
  • Upgrade Applicants:  All levels   

Permit stipend applications are available at CDTC also reimburses $49 of live scan fees to eligible first-time permit applicants. If you have any questions, please contact CDTC at

Chico State Informational Seminar: Master of Arts in Psychology: Option in Psychological Science



Chico State will be hosting an informational seminar about The Master of Arts in Psychology: Psychological Science program on Wednesday October 25th from 5:00-6:30 pm via Zoom. Please see (and share!) the attached flyer for full details. Interested individuals can email to register.


Brick-by-Brick Program

UCSB Teacher Education Program



We believe public education has the power to shape a more equitable future for all learners. Our 12-month teaching credential and master’s degree program is uniquely structured to focus on developing constructive relationships, immersing candidates in a full year of supported student teaching, and integrating coursework with fieldwork to put theory into practice. 

Learn more about UCSB TEP by checking out our website, attending one of our upcoming information meetings, or signing up for our newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at

Childcare Jobs


The PSY&CD deparment does not advertise family care opportunities in the Tuesday Newsday, but one of our student clubs runs a Facebook page that serves to link families with students for caregiving needs. The site is "Poly Child Development Club Jobs Page". You will have to request to be added to the group and then, once approved, you will be able to post.





Dear Participant: 

You are being invited to participate in a research study. The purpose of this study is to provide a more holistic and contextualized perspective of Asian American and Asian international students’ experiences in higher education, by investigating risk and protective factors impacting Asian American students’ well-being. This study is conducted by Stephanie Chin and Dr. Amanda Mitchell of the University of Louisville, Department of Education and Human Development.

Your participation in the study will involve completing a web-based survey on Qualtrics. The study will take approximately 25-30 minutes to complete. There are no known risks for your participation in this research study other than possible discomfort in answering personal questions. The information you provide will shed light on psychosociocultural factors impacting the well-being of Asian American students in higher education. Qualtrics does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain confidential, but absolute confidentiality cannot be guaranteed over the Internet. Your information will be stored and secured by password protected computer. The information collected may not benefit you directly. The information learned in this study may be helpful to others.

You are eligible to participate if:

* You are 18 years of age or older

* Identify as Asian or Asian American residing in the United States

* Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in the United States (Bachelor’s level and above)

Please see the study link if interested in participating.

Participants of the survey are eligible to enter a raffle for one of sixteen $20 Amazon gift cards as compensation for your time. If you choose to enter the raffle, you will enter your email address at the conclusion of the survey through a separate link. You do not need to provide your email address in order to participate.


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.




CESAME Learning Facilitators:

- Learn and apply high impact teaching strategies

- Close STEM Access Gaps

- Develop transferable skills that extend beyond subject-specific knowledge skills (i.e. communication, problem solving, management...)

- Inspire environmental action

- Start at $17.50/hour

- Work 2-10 hours/week

CESAME Learning facilitators operate in three different settings. Choose the one that best matches your interest and schedule:

Makers out of School Time (MOST)- Facilitate maker projects in a small group, afterschool programs

- Teaching Assistants in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS)- Tutor students in elementary, middle and high school

Sci Trek- Facilitate elementary science lessons during school time

To apply, click here.




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.



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. Carrie Langner

Department Chair


Psychology Major 

Child Development Major

Child Development Minor

Gerontology Minor


Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski

(Associate Chair)

Child Development Major 


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.

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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