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

The Weekly Announcements will resume Fall Quarter! Enjoy the summer!

Senior Project Symposium Award Winners!

A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year's symposium! Each project was informative and showed great work by all. Congratulations to the following who were chosen as the favorite senior projects by faculty and students. 

Faculty choice
  • Best Creative, Service, or Library Project: Samantha Betts, Amber Riekki, & Daniella Castillo (Because we care: Impacts of parental practices on children's academics); advised by Denise Daniels
  • Best Research Project: Hannah Davis & Nic Herring (Examining the effects of various treatments on anxiety and distress after exposure to traumatic stimuli); advised by Kelly Bennion
Students' choice
  • Best Creative, Service, or Library Project: Allena McComas (The evolution of stuffed animal attachment: A longitudinal perspective); advised by Jodie Steele
  • Best Research Project: Brooke Sasia (Effects of high-density transcranial direct current stimulation on visual object perception); advised by Laura Cacciamani

Club News and Events!

Psi Chi & Psych Club's Donut Worry Event 6/11

Tomorrow, 6/11there will be FREE donuts, scantrons, and blue books in front of the department office! We will be there from 10 am until 3pm, so be sure to stop by! 


Library Fishbowl hours are open each week for use to ALL PSY and CD majors. You don't have to be a member of Psi Chi to use them.

216Q, 8:00am - 9:00am Monday, June 10, 2019
216N, 9:00pm – 11:00pm Thursday, June 13, 2019

Seats Available in Summer Courses!

There are still plenty of seats available in the summer offerings of PSY344: Behavioral Genetics, PSY372: Multicultural Psychology and PSY/CD356: Behavioral Disorders in Childhood. I would strongly encourage you to consider taking advantage of the availability of these courses this summer given that during the year these courses are HIGHLY impacted.

For PSY344 Dr. Smith is willing to allow substitutes for the BIO prereqs for any student who has at least taken another BIO course. If you would like to take the course in summer but have not satisfied the prereq, email Robyn Hastin ( for a permission number. 

PSYCD Student Award Winners!!

Congratulations to our graduating seniors and MS students who were recipients of Department, College and University awards this 2018-19 Academic Year! You can see the list HERE

Check out the PSYCD Spring Newsletter!

Read about all the amazing things our current faculty and students are doing in the PSYCD Spring Newsletter. It's also impressive to see what former students have gone on to do (Where Are They Now?) and what our graduating senior and MS students have lined up for life after Cal Poly (Graduate School Bound and Plans After Graduation).

Want more leadership experience?

2019-20 CLA Student Advisory Committee to the Dean:

Please consider self-nominating or nominating someone in your major (see link below) that you believe would be a good candidate to serve on the College of Liberal Arts Student Advisory Committee to the Dean. There will be two students selected from each major. The committee will meet twice per quarter and will be tasked with providing input directly to the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Meetings will be held Wednesday evenings and attendance is required unless there is a course conflict during a given quarter. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 14th. Students will be notified by June 30th if accepted. Please direct any specific questions about the role of the committee to Associate Dean for Student Success, Dr. Penny Bennett at or 805-756-2359.

Wondering what to do with your used textbooks?

If you have a textbook you no longer need, consider donating to the Kennedy Library course reserves at the front desk. Your generosity will support future students.

PSYCD Coffee Mugs for Sale!

We have coffee mugs for sale with the Cal Poly logo and the department name for $5! Great gift idea! Stop by the department office.

Research Assistants wanted for Fall Quarter!

Dr. Rodgers is currently recruiting students for internship positions (unpaid).  Students may be able to 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 and focus groups (e.g., recruiting research participants, serving as an experimenter or confederate in a study, etc.), administering surveys (both online and paper-and-pencil), entering data into Excel and/or SPSS files, and attending lab meetings and parties.
Requirements:  Students must have a 3.0 GPA in their psychology courses and be willing to commit to a minimum of 2 consecutive quarters in the lab. Email Dr. Rodgers ( if you want to apply.
Our newest faculty member, Dr. Bencharit, who will join the department this fall is seeking Research Assistants for Fall quarter to work in her Culture, Diversity, and Identity lab. A 2-quarter commitment is strongly preferred. If interested, please fill out the application form at: More information can be found here

Mustang Meal Share!

Attention first years! Too many meal credits or dining dollars and not enough time to spend them all? 1 in 4 Cal Poly students are food insecure which means they lack reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food. The good news is YOU can help. The Mustang Meal Share program allows anyone with a dining plan to donate up to 10 meals per academic school year, and all of your donations will go to other students on our campus who may not know where their next meal is coming from. If you would like to donate, visit this link.

If you find yourself struggling to have a sufficient amount of food, you can reach out to the Dean of Students at or (805) 756-2472. Interested in fighting student hunger on our campus? Join Swipe Out Hunger, a club dedicated to reducing student hunger and raising awareness about hunger! @cpswipeouthunger

Study Abroad/Service Abroad Opportunities

Consider Cal Poly in Spain Program Fall 2019!

Check out all the upcoming Study Abroad Info Sessions HERE!

Full-Time Research/Lab Positions for Graduates

NEW! The Child Development Lab (CDL) at the University of Maryland - TO apply, please provide cover letter describing research and lab experience, names and contact info of at least three references, and a CV or Resume to Julie Staples-Watson ( and Nathan Fox (

NEW! Psychology Department at Carnegie Mellon University - Interested candidates can find more information and application materials HERE.

Center for Mind & Brain at UC Davis is looking for a full-time Junior Specialist Lab Coordinator. Interested candidates can find more information and application materials HERE.

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Adelphi University - Interested candidates can find more information and application materials here.

Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism (PRIM) at University of Potsdam in Germany - Interested candidates can find more information and application materials here.

Language and Cognition Psychology Dept at Stanford University - Interested candidates can find more information and application materials here.

Job/Volunteer Opportunities*

CAPSLO is looking for 2 summer interns: Mental Health & Disabilities and Family & Child Support Services.

Easterseals is Walnut Creek is seeking an Associate Executive Consultant

SLO Yoga Center is looking for staff for their Kids Center in exchange for membership.

Join Ignite’s Campus Change Maker team on campus to work alongside like-minded, passionate individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit and an interest in improving the lives of others.

Easterseals in the Bay Area is seeking a Behavior Interventionist to join their team.

RiseSLO is looking for 2 male-identifying camp counselors this summer. 

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

*Internship opportunities posted here are not part of the department internship program. But its always good to add these experiences to your resume!

Looking for Spring Commencement Information?

Click HERE. The PSY & CD department will not hold a reception prior to the ceremony which begins at 5pm on Sunday June 16th. Be sure to click on the Guest Info to learn what you are allowed to bring into the stadium

Planning your schedule for next year? 

The Tentative Course Offerings link has been updated to reflect the courses we are planning to offer this summer and next year. Keep in mind that this is a tentative list so offerings can change. Also, remember that PolyPlanner is not as up to date as our link.

Looking for a Professor's Office Hours?

Click on the FACULTY link on the psycd website. Here you will find a PDF link with a list of the PSY & CD professors and their hours and office locations.

Need someone to talk to?

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



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