Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: December 5th

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting students (and student advisory board members!) Emily Olster and Sydney Tucknott. Read on to learn more about them.

Emily Olster, 3rd year Child Development student

  • What is a location that has sentimental value to you? 
    • My grandparents' house will always be a special place to me. They live near UCLA, and my family would go there all the time when I was a kid. Their house was (and still is) very magical to me. I always feel calm and like everything will be alright when I am there. I can still remember all the games my sister and I used to play there when the house felt larger than life to us, playing the piano together, swimming in their pool, going hiking behind their house, and just sitting together for a meal. It’s such a wonderful place. 
  • What or who is the greatest love of your life?
    • Dance! Dance will always be the greatest love of my life. It makes me feel like myself, gives me an escape, and helps me to understand the world around me. Throughout my life, dance has brought me some of the best people, friends, and mentors I could ask for. For this, I am forever indebted to dance. 
  • What is your motto?
    • My motto for as long as I can remember goes along the lines of this: “Everyone has their something.” What I mean by this is that everyone, whether you can tell or not, has something going on in their lives that might be difficult (their ‘something’). In this way, we must treat everyone with kindness, and, as cliche as it sounds, with the golden rule: treat others the way you want to be treated. I think this has become especially illuminated in my time within the PSYCD department, taking classes in development and trauma responses. We learn that a lot of the response happens within, and people do not always explain exactly how they feel. So, I like to remind myself that you never know what someone might be going through and try to spread love whenever I can!

Sydney Tucknott, 3rd year Psychology major

  • What or who is the greatest love of your life?
    • The greatest love of my life is cuisine. Throughout my college experience, I have developed a passion for cooking. I believe that food is one of the only universal treasures that has a powerful ability to bring people together, transcending cultural, social, and economic divides. It can create shared experiences, foster connections, and promote healthy understanding. Every Sunday I cook something that I’ve never made before, expanding my culinary knowledge and spreading love through shared home cooked meals with friends and family. 
  • When and where were you happiest?
    • While I continue to live a fulfilling and abundant life, I was happiest living in Spain through a study abroad experience. Traveling to new countries and experiencing different cultures allowed for immense personal growth, that I’ll forever be thankful for. Living in Europe built confidence, social skills, and a newfound curiosity for the extravagant world that we live in. I now aspire to travel the world, in an effort to continue finding what it truly means to be autonomously human.  
  • What is your motto? 
    • There is no point in doing something if you’re not going to put your 100% into it. 

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Part-time Job Opportunity

Student Assistant for PSY&CD department office, 15-20 hours per week for Winter quarter. Includes mail distribution, photocopying, assistance with department website, and designing and posting infographics and fliers for department social media accounts.

Apply here:


Come check out this talk on 12/7!



NEW COURSE AVAILABLE SOON! PSY 325 Positive Psychology: This course will cover the scientific study of the enhancement of strengths and optimal functioning in humans. Includes basic research, assessment and helping concepts in understanding optimal functioning within diverse populations. Instructor: K. Makena, Time: TR 2-4pm.


PSY 340 Biopsychology: This asynchronous course HAS AVAILABLE SEATS. It will be a large section that is taught online, asynchronously by Dr. Freberg.


PSY 470 “Sleep: Cognition, Health, and Society” TR 2-4pm. This course HAS AVAILABLE SEATS and will count as a Biological and Cognitive course for PSY majors (and of course could work as an upper division elective if Bio/Cog choices already completed). If you encounter difficulties enrolling, please contact Beatriz Peralta ( 



If you are on the fieldwork internship canvas page and completing the internship interview process, you will be given a permission number once you have been assigned to a faculty supervisor. Students who have submitted their Internship Placement Agreement will receive enrollment codes closer to the end of the quarter. 



If a faculty member has agreed to supervise your research internship, you should get a permission number from that faculty member.

FYI: All supervision courses (e.g., internship, senior project 462) can be added as late as the first week of classes.



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 those internship units for the PSY/CD internship requirements.


Class on sleep! "Sleep: Cognition, Health, and Society" with Dr. Antony

Special topics class on sleep! In Winter 2024, Dr. Antony will teach a course titled, “Sleep: Cognition, Health, and Society”. The course will be restricted to those with junior standing or above and will have PSY 340 (Biopsychology) as a pre-requisite. If you are a transfer student and have taken a similar class to PSY 340, please email Dr. Antony ( to receive a permission # to override the pre-requisite (subject to availability). The course may be substituted as an upper-level BIO/COG requirement.





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.



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.





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 not complete - we will add classes as we learn which we are likely to offer.




Pride Center Events Tuesday, 12/5 and Wednesday 12/6



Cognitive Neuroscience Club


Join the Cognitive Neuroscience Club! Coming Winter Quarter, 2024. The Cal Poly Cognitive Neuroscience Club is an interdisciplinary club, aimed at connecting students from all different majors to promote dynamic conversations within the field. The club will focus on creating valuable opportunities for members to grow as students and professionals by equipping them with the necessary skills for their future endeavors. The Cal Poly Cognitive Neuroscience club will strengthen connections to on-campus faculty research projects and off-campus opportunities.

Any major is welcome to join! If you are interested, please fill out the form below. There are multiple officer positions open (no experience required). A second form will be sent out if you indicate interest in a board position in the initial interest form.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to reach out to the club’s presidents: Claire Carlson ( and Kamryn Coyne (

Link to interest form:

Stay tuned for more information as the club gets up and running!


Theatre Arts Course of Interest - Voice and Diction


Winter quarter, Professional Actor Andrew Philpot will be teaching TH 260- Voice and Diction. The prerequisite of TH 220 will be waived (via permission) for interested students. To obtain a permission code, contact

Course information:


TH 260. Voice and Diction for the Stage 


Theory and practice in developing command of oral techniques for the stage including breath support, resonance and articulation.



•          To use relaxation, imagery and heightened awareness to discover our natural voice 

•          To increase breath capacity and vocal projection necessary for the challenges of poetic language and   

            public speaking 

•          To grow in our facility of resonance and articulation 

•          To begin a study of the IPA for a deeper understanding of our own dialect 

•          To connect with language intellectually and emotionally for greater clarity and feeling 

•          To develop an individualized vocal warm-up for the stage 

•          And to do all these with a sense of patience and generosity with ourselves and others 




My teaching draws on the techniques of Catherine Fitzmaurris, Patsy Rodenberg, Arthur Lessac, Cecily Berry and Edith Skinner to form a broad approach for students beginning their vocal training. We work to develop the voice for the various demands of heightened language and dramatic texts, and to inhabit these in such a way as to find simplicity and truth within them. 



Guest Speaker Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism and What We Can Do to Fix It

Renowned scholar Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield will be giving a talk on 12/7 at 2:10 PM in the ATL. The topic is her new book, Gray Areas: How the Way We Work Perpetuates Racism and What We Can Do to Fix It.


Intertidal Literary and Art Journal



Call for Submissions!


Attention all writers and artists! 


Intertidal is a literary and art journal that aims to reflect Cal Poly writers and artists of all experience levels, backgrounds, and majors in their growth and connection through creativity. 

To honor our journal’s vision of inclusivity and diversity, we welcome and encourage students, staff, and faculty of all identities, academic disciplines, and experience levels within the Cal Poly community to submit works of creative writing and visual art. We want to hear from you!

Vol. 2 Vision Statement: Like a California tide pool flourishing with an abundant display of marine life, Cal Poly is home to an equally diverse array of literary and artistic talents. The 2024 issue of the Intertidal literary journal will showcase these talents, allowing readers to peer into a realm of creative expression that celebrates our university’s multilayered ecosystem.


Submissions may include but are not limited to the following genres: short fiction, poems, essays, screenplay excerpts, comic strips, photography, paintings, and illustrations.


Submission Guidelines

  1. The window for submissions is open now until Friday, 12/08/23.
  2. Writing submissions must not exceed 15 pages. 
  3. Visual art submissions must not exceed 5 pieces. 

Submit your work here

Please email any questions that you may have to

Our Intertidal team will also be hosting one-on-one workshops for anyone wanting to go over their work prior to submission! Reach out via email if you are interested in scheduling. 

In the meantime, follow @cp.intertidal on Instagram to stay up to date with the journey of the publication.

Take a look at last year's Intertidal publication here:



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.


Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group

Do you have an interest in biology, counseling, and advocacy? Still unsure what career you want to pursue? Come check out the Genetic Counseling Student Interest Group! They meet every odd week on Thursdays from 4:10pm-5pm in Baker (Bldg. 180), Room 112 this quarter. We hope to see you there!


Study Abroad & Language Study


Health and Culture (2 Summer courses) in Italy with Drs. Langner and López




Cal Poly Global Programs 2024





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.


Research training program

Marcus Autism Center research fellowships are intended for college graduates

to dedicate two intensive years to research on ASD prior to

entering graduate studies. Fellows will participate in and

guide innovative research while working with families and

children affected by ASD, ranging in age, from week-old

infants to adolescents and young adults.

Fellows receive direct research mentorship from the program

directors and Marcus Autism Center faculty members and are

involved in a highly active and productive community of

clinical research scientists. In addition to research training

and mentorship, fellows also complete an intensive summer

training seminar covering clinical research in ASD (one week),

ASD grand rounds meetings (twice a month), social

neuroscience lab meetings (weekly)and ongoing didactic

practica. Fellows are strongly encouraged and expected to

submit their research for posters and publications and will

be funded to attend at least one conference a year.

All six fellowship tracks are paid two-year positions with full

healthcare coverage.



The Donald J. Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social

Neuroscience will select fellows for a two-year training in the

study of child development and social neuroscience in children

with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


The SimonsFellowship in Computational Neuroscience will

select fellows for a two-year training at the nexus of computer

science and psychology to integrate computational strategies

with clinical research goals.


The Samsky Fellowship in Education Science will select

fellows for a two-year training in research methodologies to

study intervention implementation in educational settings

for children with ASD.


The Sally Provence Fellowship in Clinical Research will

select fellows for a two-year training in clinical assessment

measures and research methodologies to better understand

ASD and related disabilities.


The ACCESS Fellowship in Implementation Science will

select fellows for a two-year training in research focused on

translating evidence-based treatments for autism into

community settings, as well as the processes and

partnerships that support these efforts.


Chancellor's Office Job Shadow Program!

Job shadowing is where an individual has the opportunity to work alongside and gain experience of the role of another individual, and gain an insight into that particular role and industry. It can also be used to provide an individual within a department the opportunity to work alongside more experienced colleagues so they can learn and develop within their current role.

Check out this link to learn more about an opportunity for CSU students to gain valuable insight through real and relevant learning as they determine the career paths they will take after graduating.  


Child Development Permit Stipend Program

The Child Development Training Consortium (CDTC) Permit Stipend Program pays the child development permit application fee to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for eligible applicants. The child development permit stipend is available for all levels of the permit:  Assistant, Associate Teacher, Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor and Program Director*

  • First Time Applicants:  All levels      
  • Renewal Applicants:  All levels
  • Upgrade Applicants:  All levels   

Permit stipend applications are available at CDTC also reimburses $49 of live scan fees to eligible first-time permit applicants. If you have any questions, please contact CDTC at 


UCSB Teacher Education Program



We believe public education has the power to shape a more equitable future for all learners. Our 12-month teaching credential and master’s degree program is uniquely structured to focus on developing constructive relationships, immersing candidates in a full year of supported student teaching, and integrating coursework with fieldwork to put theory into practice. 

Learn more about UCSB TEP by checking out our website, attending one of our upcoming information meetings, or signing up for our newsletter. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at



These are our most recent job postings. For previously posted opportunities, see here or use the Tuesday Newsday archives at the bottom of this page.

UC Santa Cruz: New research position for a recent graduate

UC Santa Cruz has a new position for a "Cognitive Development Researcher” to work on their NSF-funded Ciencia en Relatos project. Basic qualifications include a Bachelors degree in Psychology or a related field, bilingual in Spanish and English, experience working with children or families, and experience with written and spoken translation. Find more information about this position here

Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) 

CARD - Center For Autism and RelatedDisorders, is now hiring for the position of Behavior Technicians. CARD offers paid training and flexible scheduling. They are looking for people who enjoy working with children and who would like to gain experience in the Applied Behavior Analysis field. Any students studying any major are encouraged to apply, and Psychology, Sociology, and Child Development majors are highly encouraged!


Paid Service Experience: AVID Tutor: San Luis Coastal Unified School District

You can find more info about this service experience 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.



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.

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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