Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Weekly Announcements

Student Advisory Committee

For more information about the Psychology & Child Development Department's Student Advisory Committee, please email the department or call 805-756-2033.

Weekly Announcements

Get Involved! Check out our PSY & CD Student Clubs.

PSY Club
Interested in joining Psychology Club? Email to to be added to the email list. Once added, you will receive updates on meetings and events. Feel free to include any questions you have about the club, or just send your name and preferred email address.
Psi Chi
Join the Cal Poly chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for Psychology and Child Development students. Send questions to Follow Psi Chi on Facebook at Psi Chi – Cal Poly SLO. The date for the first meeting of the quarter will be announced soon!
Interested in joining the Poly Child Development Club? Send an email to Follow PCDC on Facebook @ Poly Child Development Club and on Instagram @polychilddevelopmentclub.

Who is your faculty advisor?

PSY Freshmen and new transfers should have received already an email from the department with your advisors name. CD students will learn in CD102 who will be there advisor. Stop by and introduce yourself to your faculty advisor during their office hours. Faculty are always happy to meet our new students!

You can find more about Academic Advising on our department website. 

PSY323 Helping Relationships & PSY 555 Counseling & Communication. Important Information!

The Helping Relationships class the graduate course Counseling and Communication need volunteers to be helpees! Pay it forward...being a helpee is a great way to see what is involved in the class before you take it. Or pay it back...if you took Helping you know how important helpees are to the class experience. PSY 555 gives the opportunity to work with a student in our graduate program. Learn how to become a helpee.

Multicultural Training Opportunity Fall Quarter! 

There are a few spots left in the PSY304 Facilitator Training. We will be offering PSY 304 again under Dr. Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti in Spring, 2018, but are currently looking for students who would like to train to be PEER FACILITATORS for these IGD groups. The trainings will run in two-hour weekly sessions during fall quarter, and are available for 2-units of upper-division credit.

If you are chosen to be a facilitator once the training has been completed, you can receive 2 more units of upper division credit for a following quarter of working with the IGD program — all majors welcome! The training will be held on Tuesday evenings in fall quarter from 6:00-8:00pm in 26-104 -- first class is Tues, 9/19.
Questions about timing, duties, and re: how to gain credit? Please contact Dr. Jennifer Teramoto Pedrotti in the CLA Dean's office (

Seeking PSY, CD, & MS students to serve on the PSYCD Department Student Advisory Committee!!

The PSYCD department is seeking 2 CD students, 4 PSY students and 1 MS student to serve on the Department Student Advisory Committee for 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.
To be considered you must commit to meeting the 2nd Thursday of every month from 11:10am-12:00 pm. (beginning October 12th).
Nominations should include a 1 paragraph statement of interest (why are you interested? why you?).
Email your nomination to Dr. Jovanovic, Department Chair (jjovanov@calpolye.du) NO LATER THAN September 25th!

WANTED!! Students to Help with our Department Facebook Page!

The Department is looking for 2 or 3 PSYCD students who will be here all year and have experience administering a professional Facebook page. If you are interested please email Dr. J ( by Monday September 25th. Be sure to include a brief description of your experience.

Like us on Facebook!!

The PSYCD Facebook page is where you will learn about department and campus events you won’t want to miss. If you have an event you would like us to post email it to

Save the Date!

Mandatory Internship Meeting
FRIDAY, October 13th, 3:00PM-5:00PM
Kennedy Library, Room 217C
Psychology & Child Development Majors planning to enroll in Field Internship courses (PSY 453/545 OR CD 330/430) in Winter quarter must attend this mandatory meeting.*
At the meeting, students will…
  • find out about current policies and procedures regarding internship placements (i.e. what steps to take before permission is granted for enrollment in PSY453/454 OR CD 330/430)
  • review a current list of internship field sites
  • discuss options and request placements based on professional development goals
  • discuss general requirements of internships
REMEMBER: Prereqs for PSY 453 is PSY323 and junior standing. Prereqs for CD330 are CD 230, PSY 323, and junior standing.


*Exception: You do not need to attend a meeting if you are currently in PSY453 or CD 330 and either plan to continue in the same placement for PSY454 or CD 430, or have already arranged a research internship with a faculty member (i.e. PSY448/449 OR CD333 or 433). If you are planning to pursue a new site, you must attend.

Contact Professor Julie 

Research Opportunities

Research Assistants Needed for Dr. Rodgers Lab
Dr. Rodgers is currently recruiting students for internship positions (unpaid). Students will receive credit for their participation in the lab (e.g., Psy 448, Psy 449). Students will be involved in several research projects related to culture and health (cultural influences on mental and physical health) and social stigma (coping with perceptions of discrimination). 
Duties include: Conducting literature searches, writing literature summaries, running experiments (e.g., recruiting research participants, serving as an experimenter or confederate in a study, etc.), developing and administering surveys (both online and paper-and-pencil), entering data into Excel and/or SPSS files, attending lab meetings, and preparing poster presentations for conferences. Students also will have the opportunity to learn statistical data analysis.
Requirements: Students must have a 3.5 GPA in their psychology courses and be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 consecutive quarters in the lab (3 quarters preferred).
Contact Dr. Rodgers @

Interested in learning how to conduct health and fitness testing? Join PolyFit!

PolyFit is an organization run through the Kinesiology department that offers Body Composition, Health, and Fitness testing to Cal Poly students, faculty, and community members. No previous experience is necessary. You will be trained in commonly used Body Composition and Fitness tests. This type of experience is great for anyone looking to go into any Health Profession or Clinical setting and all majors are welcome! The time commitment is only one hour a week. There are also lots of ways to advance to leadership positions in the program. If interested, you may attend a meeting this Thursday, September 21, on the FIRST FLOOR of Building 43A (Kinesiology Tower) from 11AM-12PM. E-mail for more information:

Job/Volunteer Opportunities

SLO County YMCA Job Opportunities

Arroyo Grande Assistant Substitute Teachers wanted. Deadline September 25th.

United Cerebral Palsy in SLO is looking for volunteers that are interested in working with adults/children with developmental disabilities.

Check out Cal Poly's Student Community Services for a list of current volunteer opportunities.

Planning your Schedule for This Year? 

Check out our Tentative Course Offerings for this academic year. REMEMBER things can change so check the link again in Winter. Please note this listing is more accurate than waht is on PolyPlanner.

Looking for a professor's office hours?

Click on the Faculty link on our department web page for the Fall 2017 office hours and office location of all of our PSY&CD faculty.

Undocumented Student Support

If you are looking for support or want to learn how to support undocumented students on our campus, learn about the Undocumented Student Working Group.

Need someone to talk to?

The SLO Counseling Service at Cal Poly offers short-term counseling and consultation services.



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