Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: April 9th

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Phone: (805) 756-2033

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting psychology professor Kendra Williams. Read more about her below!

Kendra Williams, psychology professor 

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

The best place to get a sandwich in SLO is Lincoln Deli. I love how the owners made the corner an establishment of the community, and how lovely the environment is. My favorite sandwich at Lincoln Deli is the Banh Mi. It's spicy, sweet, crunchy, and really embodies all flavors. 

Who or what is the greatest love of your life?

My husband and two kids are the greatest loves of my life. Anywhere the four of us are is the happiest place to be. 

Is there anything from any of your previous educators (at any point in your life) that has stuck with you? 

I attended Cal Poly for undergrad, graduate school, and am now a lecturer here. I have had many mentors and educators who have greatly influenced me, although I didn't know it at the time. Some of my professors saw the gift I had, and encouraged me to pursue that. Drs. Kelly Moreno and Robin Lewis were both very influential in my life. 

Who are your favorite writers/researchers?

I really enjoy Esther Perel's work on couples and also the platform she has created for clinicians to have support and self-care. I also enjoy the work of Lisa Damour, whose work focuses on adolescents and teens. I appreciate that she emphasizes how dynamic and special this time is, and how her research is very approachable and attainable for parents. 

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***


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 Graduate Assistant Hiring Opportunity

The Office of University Diversity & Inclusion (OUDI) is hiring for a DEI Initiatives and Programs - Graduate Assistant for AY24-25. The primary responsibilities of this position will be to support OUDI’s Internship Program and OUDI signature events/programming. Ideal candidates would demonstrate a commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at Cal Poly and an interest in receiving professional development in the areas of event planning and implementation, program management and development, student intern supervision, and undergraduate student mentorship. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo during AY24-25 and be willing to work up to 20 hours per week at a rate of $23 per hour. For more information, please download a copy of the job description found on our website and submit a resume and cover letter outlining your interest in this role to Diana Ortiz Giron at by April 14, 2024. 

Safer is Hiring!

CLA Career/Alumni Panel

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

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.


ISHE Conference Opportunity 


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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