Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting psychology student Abby Jo Vanderfin. Read more about them below!

Abby Jo Vanderfin, 2nd year psychology student

What is your favorite local place?

My favorite location in the area is Prefumo Canyon! I’ll often take drives up to admire the view from Morro Bay to Cal Poly and bask in the beauty of our surroundings. Time spent outside is an essential part of my mental health upkeep, so I value being able to live as close as I do to such scenery.

What is your motto?

As cheesy as it is, I try to live by YOLO. You only live once, so why allow your experience to be tainted by negative self-talk, irrational anxieties, or others’ opinions? It is YOUR experience, so do with your life what you’d like. 

What is your most treasured possession?

MY HEADPHONES. I’d rather be late to class waiting for them to charge than walk through campus without them. Life is so much better with a backtrack- makes it nearly impossible not to romanticize your life. 

What is your favorite season and why?

Spring is my favorite season by far! The way that the world seems to come back to life all at once brings such a sense of growth and renewal for me. I love stopping and seeing how much the flowers have grown on my walk to campus, noticing the huge sprout in the ladybug population, slowly seeing leaves return to barren trees, and the amount of green! For me it's a reminder that dark seasons and aspects of our life are negative to make way for those of growth. 

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.


Important Dates

Last day to add/drop Spring courses: April 11

Open House and Poly Gives: April 11-15

Fall class schedule viewable: May 6

Fall course registration: May 20-June 28

Summer class schedule viewable: April 15

Summer course registration: April 24-30

Senior Project Symposium: May 30

Senior Celebration: May 31

Commencement: June 15-16

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:

Graduation Celebration Tickets 

This year the psychology department will be having a celebration for graduating seniors on Friday, May 31st. The event will be on campus from 6-9pm. Tickets are now available in the department office (47-24). Please bring $20 CASH to purchase. 

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!

Psychology Club Volunteer Opportunity 

Join the Psychology Club to Paint the "P" Green 

“Painting the "P" green at Cal Poly for Mental Health Awareness Month is a symbolic gesture that can have a profound impact on fostering a supportive and understanding campus community. By visually representing the importance of mental health awareness, we signal our commitment to destigmatizing conversations surrounding mental well-being. This act not only serves as a reminder to prioritize mental health but also encourages open dialogue, empathy, and resources for those who may be struggling. Together, by painting the "P" green, we demonstrate our solidarity in promoting a campus culture where mental health is recognized, valued, and supported”

Link to sign up:

Cal Poly Senior Project: CASA 5k

CASA of San Luis Obispo County is a non-profit organization whose mission is to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. CASA recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who advocate for this vulnerable population with the goal of ensuring that each and every child grows up in a safe, nurturing, and permanent home. In celebration of May being national foster care month, come join us at the Cal Poly University Union plaza on Saturday, May 4th at 10:30am for a morning of running, walking, and fun! Whether you are a seasoned runner or just looking for a good time, this event is perfect for everyone. So lace up your sneakers and get ready to add a splash of color to your weekend. This event is the culmination of a psychology senior project in which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to CASA. Racers will be given a free race T-shirt, a Jamba Juice smoothie card, and will be able to enjoy a post-race celebration! Here is the link to sign up and can't wait to see all of you there!

Join the Graduation Celebration Committee!

If you are interested, fill out this Google 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.



UPDATE: We will not be able to offer a section of CD356 until Summer. If you are a CD major graduating in June who cannot take this course in Summer, please contact Dr. Langner to discuss a course substitution (



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.


Soon, seniors will have the opportunity to fill out a survey on canvas about their plans for Fall (i.e., continuing at the same site for 454, starting a new site for either 453 or 454). 


We are wrapping up the planning for field internships for Spring 2024. Email Dr. Jessica Kaczorowski (jkaczoro@calpoly) with any questions about internship. 



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 2023-24


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

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


OUDI is hiring AY24-25 DEI Student Interns

Out of the Darkness Campus Walk

The annual San Luis Obispo Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is back! This gathering will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s education, research, and survivor support programs. In addition to raising awareness and funds to fight suicide, the walks give those who attend a chance to connect with others and know they are not alone, whether they walk in memory or in support of a loved one or in honor of their own mental health journey. Event details: The San Luis Obispo Out of the Darkness Walk Cal Poly, SLO University Union (UU) Plaza Mustang Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93407 May 11, 2024, 11am (check-in begins at 10am) Register yourself, or as a team, at Sign up to volunteer at (shifts available from 8:30am-1pm) If you would like to be more involved or have a personal connection with this event topic and would like to speak at the event, email Alexis Becerra at

4/17 Cal Poly Blood Drive

POLS Guest Talk

Social Justice Film Festival

Chelsea Redeker Milbourne Symposium

Upcoming Safer Events 

Wednesday, April 17th: 16 Candles Movie Night
Love 80s throwbacks? Safer is hosting a screening of 80s Romcom “Sixteen Candles” alongside CP Scholars to raise awareness on harmful messaging around sexual assault in film. Food will be provided! 
Location: Campus Health & Wellbeing (building 27), room 11
Time: 6:00-8:00 pm 
RSVP here: 

Thursday, April 18th: Curating a Revolution: Zine-Making Craft Circle -
You bring your passion, we'll provide the paper - let's craft a revolution! Join us as we create our own zines inspired by punk, feminist, and queer movements.
Location: Engineering Building (13), room 110
Time: 11:00- Noon
RSVP here: 

Friday, April 19th: Drag Show
Curious about the history of drag? This show is for you! Come to our trivia style drag show to learn, dance, and win a prize! 
Location: UU Plaza
Time: 1:00-3:00 pm
RSVP here: 

Wednesday, April 24th: Denim Day
On this internationally recognized day of awareness and solidarity with survivors, wear denim to show your support and stand united against victim-blaming. 
Location: UU Plaza
Time: 11:00 am -1:00 pm

Thursday, April 25th: Take Back the Night!

  • Daylong Symposium: 9:00 am-4:00 pm 
    Before our annual Take Back the Night nighttime celebrations, you don't want to miss our symposium! At our teach-in, you'll hear from a diverse range of faculty, student researchers, and speakers. Our symposium events are beyond awareness—it's a call to action. Come and immerse yourself in knowledge and leave feeling empowered. Visit our website soon for the all the deets and the schedule for our first research symposium:


  • Nighttime Celebration: 5:30 - 8:30 pm, UU Plaza
    Take Back the Night is more than just an event – it's a global uprising of survivor solidarity. Start the night getting fired up by local bands performing live music, fueling up from free food, and learning from our on- and off- campus partners from our resource fair. Bring your voice and heart as we end the night with a solidarity march and candlelight vigil to reclaim space and call for change in our community


Tuesday, April 30th: Healing-Centered Yoga 
Escape the chaos and let breath be your guide to finding resilience in our healing-centered yoga session! Join us as we not only stretch our bodies but extend our resistance. 
Location: Rec Center
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
RSVP here: 


Safer is Hiring!

2024-25 WGQS Scholarships

2024 CLA Summer Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Program

The College of Liberal Arts is delighted to share that student applications for the 2024 CLA Summer Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Program (SURP) are now open! Sixteen amazing projects are available, and we are seeking to recruit 25 students. Check out the CLA SURP website to learn more:

If selected, you will have the opportunity to

  1. work side-by-side with Cal Poly faculty
  2. get hands-on experience
  3. create new knowledge to help us see the world in new ways
  4. answer real-world questions and contribute to solutions to problems that face the Central Coast, California, the U.S. and the world
  5. make a difference!

Applications are due by end of day on Monday,  April 22, 2024.

An Information Session will be held on Monday, April 15 at 9:10-10am via Zoom, Meeting ID 770 101 3932.

Be Body Positive Facilitator Training through Counseling Services

Counseling Services is offering The Body Positive Facilitator Training to a group of students during spring quarter. This opportunity is open to all enrolled Cal Poly students of all gender identities and gender expressions. The Body Positive is a nonprofit organization formed in 1996 "that teaches people to listen to their bodies, learn and thrive." Students will learn The Body Positive 5 Competencies: Reclaim Health, Practice Intuitive Self-Care, Cultivate Self-Love, Declare Your Own Authentic Beauty, and Build Community. For more information about The Body Positive and the facilitator training, check out and Instagram @thebodypositive  

Students will complete the online facilitator training on their own during spring quarter over the course of 6 weeks (probably requiring about an hour per week), and also meet weekly with counselors Amelia Ramirez, LMFT (she/hers) and Shawna Dobson, LPCC (she/hers) once weekly on Fridays from 2-3pm via Zoom starting Friday, April 19th for 6 weeks to discuss the material. When students complete the Facilitator Training, they will be Be Body Positive Facilitators and have access to the Be Body Positive curriculum. Student facilitators will be able to facilitate their own Be Body Positive groups and workshops within their areas of the campus community.   

If you are interested and can meet the above time requirements for 6 weeks of spring quarter, please email Amelia Ramirez at by Thursday, April 18th with a little info about yourself and why you are interested in the training (a paragraph is fine). 

COMS Career Networking Senior Project Event


The all majors Spring Career Fair that is happening Wednesday April 17 and Thursday April 18 at the Rec Center, from 10am-3pm.

On day one, in addition to the nearly 100 employers visiting, we also will have six Graduate and Professional Schools at the event:

  • A.T. Sill University
  • Cal Poly School of Education
  • San Jose State University
  • Cal Poly Orfalea College of Business Graduate Programs
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Loyola Marymount University – Seaver College of Science and Engineering Graduate Programs

In addition, we’ll also have a number of employers on campus searching and open to CLA students, including:

  • City of Santa Clara
  • College Possible
  • Domestic Violence Solutions
  • Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley
  • Nature’s Reward
  • US Department of State
  • US FDA Office of Regulatory Affairs
  • The Wine Group

In addition to state and national employers, day two of the Career Fair has a zone dedicated to employers based in San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties, including organizations such as:

  • California Department of State Hospitals
  • Cal Poly Division of Research
  • County of San Luis Obispo
  • Family Care Network
  • KCBX
  • MCSC Women’s Business Center
  • SLO County Office of Education

Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts Teach-In on May 9

There is a full day of events planned for May 9th. Check out the schedule here:

A few of our department members are giving talks:

9:10-10am. Transformative Allyship for transgender and Gender Nonconforming Communities: A Panel Discussion. Cristian Reyes (CD Major). Bldg. 14, Room 252.

9:10-10am. Bridging Cultural Divides in Teambuilding. Dr. Lucy Bencharit (PSY professor). Bldg. 22, room 313.

10:10-11am. Undocumented with Dreams. Dr. Susana López (PSY professor) and PSY majors Lily Pasetta, Elias Sandoval, Jenny Velasquez, David Gaspar-Martinez, Michelle Moshirnia. Bldg. 3, room 104.

11:10-12pm. United Voices: The Power of Allyship in Building Inclusive Communities. Cristian Reyes (CD Major) Bldg. 53, room 213.

1:10-2pm. Radical Healing and Joy at the Intersections: Supporting Queer and Trans Latine/x Communities.  Jay Bettergarcia (PSY professor). Bldg. 42, room 205E.


Campus Health Resources 

-Health services  [ and]

-Mental health services [ and]

-Food pantry (

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.


Therapist-Led Shop Talks

2024 SPARC Announcement: Student Research Conference in Psychology held at SJSU


Big Brothers Big Sisters SLO

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:

SLO Solutions

SLO Solutions provides students with FREE services like mediation, conflict coaching, and workshops. These services help facilitate peaceful & productive conversations that can lead to an agreement/resolution and open lines of communication. This is a great resource for conflicts with roommates, landlord & tenant, neighbors. Mediation and conflict coaching can be held in person or over zoom. The mediators are skilled, impartial, and helpful. The process is convenient, relaxed, quick, and effective. Examples of conflict we have addressed in the past: -Communication -Expectations -Splitting bills -Security deposits -Trash -Parties -Parking -Noise complaints -Property upkeep. SLO solutions is a valuable resource right in your backyard here in SLO. If you have an issue, stay connected with SLO Solutions. You can contact a Conflict Resolution Specialist and learn more about our services by phone at 805-549-0442 or by email at

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.



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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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