Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: September 27, 2022

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. 




This week's Shout Out goes to Drs. Bettergarcia and Garcia who will be recognized at the "Viva Los Mustangs" Cal Poly Men's Soccer Game for Hispanic Heritage Night on Sunday, 10/2nd.  This recognition is being given by the Chicanx/Latinx Faculty Staff Association in partnership with Athletics to 4 members of the Cal Poly community who have contributed greatly to the Chicanx/Latinx communities.


Zsofi Barthmaier

Zsofi graduated in June of 2022 with her B.S. in Psychology and went on to join AmeriCorps. She is completing her service year with Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) SLO County working as an AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Project Fellow. She is working to build up and sustain BBBS volunteers to make sure their program can run efficiently and help as many SLO County youth as possible. If you need service hours and like working with kids, check out Big Brothers Big Sisters! if you want to learn more about Zsofi's experience with AmeriCorps, connect on LinkedIn!


Last Day to Add/Drop or Change CR/NC Grading Option

Apply to Be Part of the PSY/CD Student Advisory Committee

The PSY/CD department is seeking 2 CD students, 4 PSY students and 2 MS student to serve on the Department Student Advisory Committee this academic year.  This committee provides consultation to the department chair regarding issues important to our students. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the department.    The time commitment is a one hour meeting every other week.

Nominations should include a 1-paragraph statement of interest (why are you interested? What unique perspective would you bring to this committee?).  Email your self-nomination to Dr. Jipson, Department Chair ( by October 7th at 5 p.m.

Interested in the PSY/CD Research Track? 

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. 

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).

Learn about Faculty Research Interests here

Developmental Psychology/Child Development: Dr. Linda Lee, Dr. Amber Williams

Clinical/Counseling Psychology: Dr. Susana Lopez

Neuroscience: Dr. James Antony

Social Psychology: Dr. Lucy Bencharit, Dr. Jesús Serrano-Careaga 

Other Career Paths & Faculty Advisors

New PSY/CD Advising Structure

Students are no longer assigned to one faculty advisor.  To increase flexibility and capitalize on faculty expertise, we have revised our approach. Click here PSY/CD Advising to read about the new PSY/CD process for helping you!


Research Positions

Dr. Cacciamani is looking for research interns to help with a project investigating the effect of brain stimulation on creative decision-making in entrepreneurship. The students on this project will be involved with literature searching and reading articles, designing the experiment, and collecting data on human participants. Through this internship, students will be fully trained on the theory and implementation of brain stimulation. A 12-hour/week, 2-quarter commitment is required. Strong candidates should be hard-working, detail-oriented, and have an interest in research, the brain, and entrepreneurship. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in gaining research experience before applying to PhD programs.

If interested in this position, please fill out this online application, and Dr. C will be in touch.

For questions, please email



Psychology Club and Psi Chi

Hi everyone! For our first meeting of the year, Psychology Club and Psi Chi are hosting a general meeting to go over our events and get to know each other :) Come through to Room 201 in Science North on September 29th from 11:10 -12 to meet our clubs and grab some donuts and coffee while you're there. It'll be a great opportunity to get involved with our department, as well as meet your peers. We look forward to seeing everyone there! Link to pin on maps:,-120.659756&q=Dropped%20Pin&_ext=EiYpv2TmgAumQUAxB+Ead5QqXsA5PToM3TGnQUBBfZnMH+ApXsBQBA%3D%3D&t=m



Dr. Gina Ann Garcia - On Becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution

The Office of University Diversity & Inclusion is excited to welcome Dr. Gina Ann Garcia to Cal Poly to provide a keynote address in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month on Thursday, September 29 from 11 am - 12:30 pm in Chumash Auditorium.

Dr. Garcia's keynote address will seek to help students, faculty, staff and administrators understand how to serve an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse undergraduate population. Dr. Garcia will draw from her book Becoming Hispanic Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities, describing the different “types” of HSIs: Latinx-enrolling, Latinx-enhancing, Latinx-producing, and Latinx-serving. She will then provide evidence of how HSIs fit within these types based on empirical data collected with three HSIs in Chicago, while also challenging audience members to think about how becoming an HSI is an individual process for Cal Poly.

Radiolab Visits Cal Poly

Ever wondered what it's like behind the scenes of one of the world's most innovative radio shows? Anna Rascouët-Paz is traveling from NYC to SLO to share her experiences as a "multimedia editor specialized in science who asks questions for a living." She'll be speaking this Thursday (9/29) from 11:10-12 in 26-104. The event is co-sponsored by Cal Poly's College of Liberal Arts and is open to all.

More about Radiolab: "Radiolab is on a curiosity bender. We ask deep questions and use investigative journalism to get the answers. A given episode might whirl you through science, legal history, and into the home of someone halfway across the world. The show is known for innovative sound design, smashing information into music." - National Public Radio

Let ASI Help You Flex Your Rights!

Being a civically engaged and informed student is vital for our communities to thrive at the local, state, and national level. Take a moment to ensure you are registered to vote. Even if you are unable to register to vote, there are still ways to exert your influence by attending public meetings, speaking at open forums, petitioning, grassroots organizing efforts, or attending a civic engagement event hosted by Student Government.

Need $ for Food? 

The CalFresh Outreach Team can help connect you with up to $250 a month to buy groceries at your favorite stores and many farmers’ markets! Get money to buy food, eat better, work less and focus more on school.  It’s easy to set up an appointment with a CalFresh Student Advocate to determine your eligibility, walk you through the application and answer any questions you may have. Visit to schedule an appointment today! Hours are: M-W 10am to 7pm and TH 10:00am to 5pm. Although you can apply online here on your own, we encourage you to apply with the help of the CalFresh Outreach Team to help with any questions or concerns. Follow the CalFresh team on Instagram @calfreshcalpoly

Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair (10/6)

For those of you interested in genetic counseling, there is a virtual career fair coming up on October 6th. The fair is hosted by  Minority Genetic Professionals Network (MGPN), and it would be a great opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the field. For more information and registration you can use this link  

Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration (10/10)




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.

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 :)

^^posted 9/20/22^^

Volunteer/Community Service Opportunities


Want to hang out with an elementary or middle school buddy? Come volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters! Earn community services hours by being a Big and supporting a Little in a mentorship this school year. The commitment is one hour a week from mid-October to May! We especially need middle school Bigs this year! To apply visit our website ( or go directly to our application through these links:

              Elementary School Big:

              Middle School Big:

Feel free to each out to Zsofi at with any questions!



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.

PSYCD 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.

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.



September 20, 2022

The June edition of Tuesday Newsday 2021-22 is available here Tuesday Newsday: June 7, 2022.  From there, you can browse archives from last year's editions.

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