Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: April 2nd

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Phone: (805) 756-2033

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting 3rd year psychology major Jill Goldsmith. Read more about her below!

Jill Goldsmith, 3rd year psychology major 

Where is the best place to get a sandwich in SLO, in your opinion?

I would either have to say High Street or Lincoln Deli. I love the High Street in Los Osos much more than the one in SLO because you’re right near the water, there’s a ton of seating, and the aesthetic of the Los Osos location is super cute! Also, I love the option to build your own sandwich at High Street. You definitely get your money's worth because they know how to fill a sandwich :)

What is something you love about your hometown?

I am from SLO and have lived here for 12 years. There are so many aspects of this town that I love and have come to appreciate even more now that I am older. My favorite thing about SLO is all of the outdoor activities we are surrounded by such as multiple beaches, beautiful mountains to hike, trails to run, pickleball courts right near the ocean, and sunny weather.

What is your motto?

“Be comfortable being uncomfortable.”

When and where were you happiest?

This past fall quarter I studied abroad in Copenhagen which was the happiest place I have ever been and have ever felt. I was surrounded by the most down-to-earth, inclusive, fun, and kind people in my program while also living in one of the happiest cities in the world. Being able to travel in Europe during this time was always a dream of mine ever since elementary school. Since I was young, I’ve had posters of cities around the world on my walls that I wanted to travel to one day, Copenhagen being one of them. I feel so lucky to have been able to study abroad because this experience allowed me to grow so much as an individual.

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 course registration April 11-June 5

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

PSY&CD Funding For Academic Activities  

Traveling to a conference? Printing materials for your senior project? You may be eligible for funding from the PSY&CD department for academic activities occurring in the 23-24 academic year.

Apply here for department funding for PSY&CD students:

***Applications are DUE by Monday, April April 15 at 5pm***

Psychology Club Fundraiser at Woodstock Pizza

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). 

Join the Graduation Celebration Committee!

If you are interested, fill out this Google Form




All the permission numbers for internship and senior project (453, 454, 462) will not be distributed until the end of the quarter. For internship, if you have participated in the Canvas page and signed a site agreement you will definitely get a permission number. If you are currently completing 461, you will definitely receive a permission number for 462. We distribute all of these supervision students across our faculty and therefore have to coordinate the distribution of the permission numbers. Thank you for your patience!


PSY 329 Research Methods in Psychology

CD 256 Developmental Psychology

CD 431 Assessing Children's Development and Environments


Priority for PSY 344 goes to seniors graduating in June (we have an internal waitlist). If you have emailed Beatriz, she will send you a permission number if there is space for you in the class. If there is not space we are keeping you on an internal waitlist, but you will not receive an email until there is a seat. UPDATE: All seats are now given out/promised to students. *IF* a seat becomes available, Beatriz will email the next person on our list. 


CD students who would like to take CD 302 in Spring: starting Monday 2/26 you can contact Beatriz Peralta at to request a permission number. If there is not space we are keeping you on an internal waitlist, but you will not receive an email until there is a seat.UPDATE: All seats are now given out/promised to students. *IF* a seat becomes available, Beatriz will email the next person on our list.


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.



 Please fill out the appropriate survey on canvas so we know your plans for spring (i.e., continuing at the same site for 454, starting a new site for either 453 or 454). You do not need to have secured a site yet, this is just telling us your plans. Email Dr. K Jessica Kaczorowski with questions -

If you are a senior and do not have access to the internship canvas site, please contact Beatriz Peralta (


We are wrapping up the planning for field internships for Spring 2024. PERMISSION NUMBERS will not go out until the very end of the quarter. 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.


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 2024 are UPDATED*** and Fall will be updated soon.


COMS Career Networking Senior Project Event

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.



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

Jack’s Helping Hand-Camp Volunteer Opportunity


Roughing It Day Camp Summer Jobs and Paid Internships

Find out more here! Roughing It's Summer Positions

San Luis Coastal Summer Experience Program 

Credential required teacher positions (for those expected to complete the program in June - $41/hour) and non credential required activity leader positions ($30/hour) for those who will not yet have a credential. Interested candidates should complete this JOB INTEREST SURVEY in order to be contacted by SLCUSD staff for a short online interview.  Hiring is underway so the sooner the survey is completed the better. 

Marcus Autism Center: Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellowship Opportunities for Seniors and Recent Graduates

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering five fellowships: the Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience, the Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience, the Louise and Brett Samsky Fellowship in Educational Science and Practice, the Sally Provence Fellowship in Clinical Research, and the ACCESS Fellowship in Implementation Science.

Students who will receive a bachelor's degree by June 2024 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2024, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details here.

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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