Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday:June 11th

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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). 




The PSY&CD spotlight feature will return in the fall. Have a great summer!

Nominate someone for the weekly spotlight!!!

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


Student Awards! Congratulations to...

Child development student Cristian Reyes recently represented Cal Poly as a student panelist in a webinar highlighting the monumental role of the U.S. Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education.

Congratulations to Hector Reyes (Psychology, '23), who alongside Xavier Aguilar and Chanel de Smet, took first in the Education category designated for undergraduates at the 2024 CSU Research Competition.

Contributions to the Objectives and Public Image of the University Award
Cristian Reyes, Child Development

Alexis Shohet, Child Development
Gavin Hannegan, Psychology

Academic Excellence - Hadas Tankel

Contributions to the Community - David Gaspar-Martinez

Leadership within the Department – Gavin Hannegan

Research Excellence - Lily Pasetta 

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work - Elias Sandoval


Academic Excellence: Sarah Weston and Ashley Bartlett

Contributions to the Community: Cristian Reyes

Leadership within the Department: Alexis Shohet 

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work: Cristian Reyes 


Outstanding Grad Student: Alexis Thammasouk

Academic Excellence: Melissa Rigby

Leadership to the Program /Contributions to the Community: Mitchi Dragonette

Service to the Program: Melissa Rigby, Milissa Anderson, Claudia Kraake, Alexandra Murdy

Excellence in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work: Kianah Corey

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We wanted you to be on the lookout for an email from Dr. Kevin Grant with the subject "2024 Cal Poly Graduation Exit Survey" and to encourage you to complete the survey by June 7. It will only take 5-7 minutes, and in addition to us learning valuable information about your Cal Poly experience, five students who complete the survey will receive a $50 gift card to the Campus Store. Here is the direct link to the survey:

Important Dates & Courses with Open Seats

Summer course open enrollment through 6/21 (add/swap by permission # through 6/28).

SUMMER SEATS AVAILABLE: PSY 323, 324, and 475.

Fall course registration: May 20-June 28 [It is likely more seats will open after transfer students have the chance to register.]

FALL SEATS AVAILABLE: PSY 302, 329, 360, 375, 405 & 430

Summer course registration: April 24-30

Fall course registration: May 20-June 28

Commencement: June 16

Private Tutoring in R Basics for Psychology Students

 Are you a psychology student seeking to broaden your statistical data analysis skills beyond SPSS? Preparing for graduate school or a research career? Looking to enhance your data literacy skills? I offer one-on-one tutoring sessions designed to get you started with R. As a senior psychology student myself, I've discovered the power of R in complementing traditional statistical tools like SPSS. Whether you're gearing up for graduate school or simply want to enhance your analytical skills, R is your ultimate ally. This is a complete introductory course, no prior coding experience is required! We’ll cover… Basics of R programming and R Studio Data manipulation, analysis, and visualizations Explore additional topics like People Analytics upon request Why use R? Widely used across academia and industry, mastering R opens doors to endless opportunities Free, open-source software with a vibrant community for support and resources Prepare for graduate school or a future career in research! Book your session now! Reach me by phone: (949) 933-2110 or Email:

PSYCD Graduation Stoles and Psi Chi Graduation Cords

Are you a senior graduating this year? PSYCD graduation stoles are available in the department office (47-24) for $20. If you are a Psi Chi member, please fill out this interest form to receive a graduation cord! Link:

Psi Chi Office Hours 

Happy Spring Quarter Psi Chi! We are so excited to welcome you back with our new OFFICE HOURS every Tuesday from 11am-12pm in room C102 of the Construction Innovations building! You can use this space to study, take a break, or ask us any questions you may have about Psi Chi. Come stop by and visit us to learn more about us, get to know our board, and just hang out :) We’ve missed you!

Psi Chi Board Applications are Open

Get involved! PSI CHI Board Applications are OPEN for the 2024-25 school year! We have many positions to choose from including Secretary, Treasurer, Social Media, DEI Lead and Community Outreach or Event Coordinator. No experience required, anyone is welcome to apply. It’s a great opportunity to build your resume with leadership experience. We would LOVE to have YOU on our team! Please message with any questions. Link to the form:




If you are missing a permission number for internship or senior project, you can email Beatriz Peralta in the main office or the faculty member who is supervising that course.


*The Helping Relationship (PSY323) is being offered in Summer with Kendra Williams. This is a great opportunity for those who would like to do their internship in Fall quarter at the middle school wellness center that Kendra Williams is developing. This section of 323 will be in-person during the 10 week session.

*We will raise cap on the 344 (section 81) soon - so some students will be getting in off the waitlist.

*Please check out all the courses being offered - most of them are asynchronous.



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.


Fieldwork: Students gain experience working within local social service and governmental agencies, schools, businesses, and other organizations.

Research: Qualified students interested in research experience may find opportunities to work within faculty research labs. These positions are limited. 

See our internships page for more detail.


Internships in Fall 2024 are only available to students with senior standing or expected graduation dates of Summer 2024, Fall 2024, Winter 2025, and Spring 2025. If you are junior or senior standing and plan to do your internship in Fall, you should be on the department's Field Internship Orientation canvas page (if not, please email to be added).

Email Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (jkaczoro@calpoly) with any general questions about internship. 


  • All students eligible for fieldwork internship and graduating in Summer 2024 or during the 2024-2025 academic year have been invited to join the internship canvas. If you did not receive an invitation to the canvas page and meet the requirements for internship (i.e., you will be a senior, taken required coursework, and are graduating next academic year), please contact Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (
  • If you will be enrolling in PSY/CD 453 in Fall 2024, OR you are planning to complete PSY/CD 454 at a different site in fall, complete the Internship Placement Interest Form Survey by Friday May 3rd on canvas. This gives a sense of how many people will be enrolling in internship in Fall and what sites people are interested in.
  • If you are planning to stay at your same site in Fall 2024 for PSY/CD 454, submit the Continuing at Same Site Survey by Friday May 10th on canvas.
  • Faculty will begin providing contact information for internship sites on Monday of Week 6. Please do not email faculty requesting that information before then as we are gathering information still.
  • Feel free to email Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski ( with internship related questions



There are additional options beyond the 'research track' (applications due at beginning of Junior year). When faculty members are looking for research interns, we will post that info in the Tuesday Newsday. Another way to seek out research experience is to talk to your professors in office hours about your interest in research and whether they know of any projects or will keep you in mind for future projects. A few of our students have secured research internships with faculty in other departments at Cal Poly and in some cases it is possible to substitute internship units for the PSYCD internship requirements. See below for info on the SURP summer opportunity.


Tentative Course Offerings (TCO) for 2024-25


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

FYI: ***The listings for Summer and Fall 2024 are UPDATED*** 



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Kennedy Library Resources


On Campus Study Locations

Click here for a list of study locations on campus. This list includes real-time occupancy information for some of the temporary spaces.


BBBS SLO Mentoring Opportunity 

BBBS SLO is launching a program with Restorative Partners to create a mentoring opportunity for incarcerated youth in Juvenile Hall, and we are searching for dedicated volunteers to mentor a child in Juvenile Hall. This would be for only two Saturday evenings per month, from 7:45pm-9:00pm. Interested individuals can submit a quick inquiry form to receive more information from a BBBS staff member at

Full time (remote/hybrid) clinical research coordinator position at UCSF

If you are interested in depression, sleep, or women's mental health research, click here!

Summer internship opportunities at CAUSE

Building the next generation of community leaders is core to our work at CAUSE. Values-aligned future leaders will defend the progress we’ve made while continuing to advance our vision of a more just and sustainable Central Coast.

For fourteen years, CAUSE has provided paid summer fellowships to high school students from our organizing base neighborhoods who are interested in community organizing and advocacy.

However, in the past we’ve prioritized paid fellowships for youth from our neighborhoods and only offered unpaid internships for college students. We are excited to announce that for the first time ever these roles will also be paid this summer!

We are currently accepting applications for:

  • A Policy Intern who will be immersed in policy and communications projects advancing our tenants rights and housing justice work by uplifting our rent control and tenant protections campaigns as well as supporting our new Ventura County Housing Coalition.
  • An Organizing Intern who will help build our base in support of local campaigns and partake in the planning and preparation of our inaugural in-person regional convening of movement leaders: the CAUSE Power Convention.

Do you know any college-age students who are passionate about serving our communities and learning more about what a career in organizing and advocacy entails? Might you be that person? If so, we hope you’ll apply or share these summer opportunities!

Our communities deserve experienced emerging leaders grounded in justice. And our young people deserve opportunities to gain the experience and skills our region deserves. All too often values-led internships remain open to just those who have the means to work for free, excluding the very people who are most impacted by the work we do at CAUSE. That’s why we’ve crafted this accessible and professional development opportunity.

Coastal Children's Center Job Opening

Hybrid Research Associate Job Opening UCSD

Under supervision, the Staff Research Associate supports clinical research efforts on multiple ongoing projects within the Department of Psychiatry. The projects leverage existing data from a multi-site, longitudinal cohort of adolescents followed from late childhood to young adulthood. Duties will include: maintaining logs of project activities; coordinating communication among investigators; conducting literature searches; preparing simple reports summarizing data; collating results from investigator-specified statistical models; and assisting in the preparation of scientific publications. The Associate will perform general lab assistance as needed. Must have a Bachelor's degree.

Click here for more info.

State Hospital Job Openings


Thank you, Professor Rassti, for sharing these rare opportunities:
Behavior Specialist I - Bachelor's degree required -
Behavior Specialist II - Master's degree required -


Speech and OT Paid Internship Opportunity

Therapist-Led Shop Talks

Hand In Hand Preschool and Infant Center

CAL Fresh: You may be eligible!

We are an on-campus organization known as CalFresh Outreach. We aim to raise awareness of student eligibility for CalFresh benefits, which can provide students with up to $291/month for groceries if they qualify. 

Because of expanded eligibility through “Local Programs that Increase Employability (LPIEs),” an estimated ~15,000 students at Cal Poly are now eligible, even based only on their major. Approved programs include:

  • most undergraduate majors in CLA
  • every undergraduate major in CENG
  • every undergraduate major in CAFES
  • every undergraduate major in COSAM
  • every undergraduate major in CAED
  • most undergraduate majors in OCOB
  • many grad programs

Enrollment in one of these majors alone could make a student likely eligible for CalFresh benefits (they must also meet basic eligibility criteria). This short survey is a great resource to explore eligibility & share with students:

Childcare Jobs

Looking for paid experiences working with children? Be sure to join the Poly Child Development Club Jobs Facebook group

The PSY&CD deparment does not advertise family care opportunities in the Tuesday Newsday; see the "Poly Child Development Club Jobs Page" at You will have to request to be added to the group and then, once approved, you will be able to post.



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.


Check out this FAQ and let us know if you have any additional questions:

For 2023-24, 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 & Internship Coordinator)

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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