Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: Feb 7, 2023

PSY/CD Department Phone/Email

Phone: (805) 756-2033


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CLA Teach-In PSYCD Highlights 2/9

Register Here!

Fieldwork Internship: Note to Senior Students Graduating by Fall 2023 

If you plan to enroll in a Supervised Fieldwork Internship (PSY or CD 453 or 454) in Spring quarter – please check the PSYCD Field Internship Orientation site on Canvas NOW.  The site provides information about the process for obtaining internships in the field, descriptions of the field sites available, and the means to enroll in PSY or CD 453 or 454 Spring quarter. You are asked to submit an Interest Survey by Feb 10. (If you are graduating by Fall and do not have access to the site on Canvas, please contact Celia Magee at  

Note that even if you are currently enrolled in 453 and plan to stay in your current placement next quarter—you must check the site on Canvas and submit a brief "Plans to Continue" survey by Feb 10 to secure your placement and enroll in 454 Spring quarter.  

If you are not seeking a field internship placement in Spring and wish to have your name removed from the Orientation site on Canvas, please contact Celia Magee at  

Apply for a 2022-23 PSY/CD Student Travel Award

The Psychology & Child Development Department has approved the use of limited discretionary funds during the 2022-23 academic year for reimbursement of student expenses related to presenting at a conference (in person or virtual).  This award is also available to graduate students attending workshops or other professional development opportunities

Any Psychology or Child Development major, or Psychology graduate student, who spends personal funds towards such an activity may apply for a PSY/CD Student  Award. Students may apply for one conference/workshop reimbursement per academic year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis through June 1, 2023.

Please follow these steps at least 2 weeks before the event (if possible).

  • STEP 1: Fill out the Student Award Application as soon as you know you will be requesting financial support to present at a conference or attending a workshop. You can request the application form from Celia Magee
  • STEP 2: If award application is approved, student will be emailed a Travel Request Form. Student are asked to submit this form at least 10 days prior to the conference.
  • STEP 3: Following the conference, preapproved students must send the following information to Christi Brizzolara (
    • Registration fee receipt
    • Description of your experience at the conference/workshop, and a reflection on how attendance contributed to your professional growth (1-2 pages)
    • If a conference, evidence of your authorship role, such as an acceptance letter or copy of the conference program that includes your name and the title of your presentation.


Link to apply: Link to descriptions of open positions:

PSI CHI CAREER PANEL (2/14th 11 -12 p.m.) 

You can also join at this Zoom link:

PSI CHI & PSYCH CLUB Co-Event (Friday 2/10th 12-2 p.m.) 

Sign up: or



There IS Such a Thing as a Free Lunch/Dinner/Breakfast!

Did you know that most second-year and higher PSY and CD students are eligible to receive up to $281 a month to support buying groceries? This is because the PSY/CD program is considered an LPIE (Learning Program that Increases Employability) due to the fact that we require students to do internships! A clear win for Learn-By-Doing! You also have to meet income requirements but most students easily qualify. (First-year students are on a mealplan and so will not qualify until their second year).

It's free to apply and you get a pre-loaded card to use at local stores, or buy groceries online at Amazon or Walmart.  It won’t affect your financial aid and you don’t need your parent's tax return information to apply.  YOU can apply online with or without an appointment. Don't sleep on this - being a student is expensive, get help where you can!

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Black History Month Events: February

CLA Teach-In: 2/9

See more information about the different Teach In workshops here.


The 7th Annual Social Justice Teach In (hosted by CLA and OUDI) is this week on Thursday 2/9 and promises to be another great event! We are hoping to get a few more student volunteers to assist presenters with tech needs (e.g., letting participants into the waiting rooms), and sign-in sheets as well as contacting organizers if necessary. This is a great way to assist in the Teach In, while getting to listen to some excellent presentations by students, staff, and faculty experts across campus. Please see this link for times that volunteers are needed. Megan Rivoire in OUDI will follow up with more specific instructions.

Wazo Connect

Human Resources Management Association

Follow-up Listening Session: Dexter Restrooms 2/23


On Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, a public listening session took place to hear concerns about the lack of gender-inclusive restrooms in Dexter Building. Participants agreed to move forward with removing select gendered signage from multi-stall restrooms and replacing it with fully inclusive signage in Dexter Building, room 136 & 139. 

A follow-up listening session will be on ThursdayFebruary 23, 2023, in Kennedy Library, room 209 at 11 am. 

Zoom link:

You can share your experience using the restrooms in the Walter F. Dexter Building (either room 136 or 139) by taking a quick, anonymous survey 

For questions or concerns, please reach out to Joy Pedersen, Dean of Students at


Apply for the Cal Poly in Viet Nam program!!

The Cal Poly International Center in collaboration with the College of Liberal Arts is pleased to offer a faculty-led Global Program to Viet Nam in Summer 2023

Cal Poly in Vietnam  is a six-week program that will begin in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and end in Hanoi, traveling through Viet Nam. Dr. Maggie Bodemer  will lead the Cal Poly Global Program in Vietnam: History and Culture. Students will take two courses: HIST 319 Modern Southeast Asia (GE upper D), and WLC 310 Cultures of Viet Nam (GE C4), earning 8 units of academic credit. The program provides an immersion into history and culture in Viet Nam, with service learning and interactions with Vietnamese college students. Excursions include the Hue Imperial Citadel and the former DMZ.

Check out our Cal Poly in Viet Nam video and get excited about a quarter abroad!

Review our program website and application. Please note the deadline for application submission is March 1, 2023.

We will be holding info sessions through Jan and Feb. Please check the International Center's calendar here 

Please contact Dr. Bodemer at with any questions!

Alternative Summer Break Global Service Trip

Intercultural Competence Collaborative: Translation, Geography, Ecology 2/16

Cal Poly in London Info Session

Research Integrity through a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lens Certificate Program UPDATE: PROGRAM FOR WINTER IS FULL, WILL OPEN AGAIN IN SPRING

As part of efforts to re-focus Cal Poly's research integrity and compliance programs to emphasize how policy and procedures related to integrity have been put in place to address issues of inequitable research practices, Research Integrity and Compliance is going to be offering a certificate program for students in Winter and Summer quarters. The certificate program will be a hybrid program involving some minimal readings, videos, and cross disciplinary interactions between students as they discuss their projects and equity and diversity within their research and would meet bi-weekly.  This first year will also be offering participation stipends to students of at least $150.

Ryde for Rides

Ryde is a service for Cal Poly students that helps you travel more affordably and comfortably! If you’re driving home, Ryde can connect you with other Cal Poly students that will split your cost of gas. If you’re looking for a way home, Ryde can connect you with to students driving your way.

Here’s more information:



Summer Internship: Development of Social Cognition Lab at University of California, Irvine

Dates: June 19 - August 25, 2023

The Development of Social Cognition Lab at UC Irvine (Director: Dr. Nadia Chernyak; website: is looking for highly motivated undergraduates to participate in a Summer 2023 NSF-REU program. We are offering 1-2 10-week summer internships with a stipend of $4,000. Interns will work on NSF-funded projects relating to cognitive predictors of inequality. We currently run studies with 3- to 8-year-olds in-person and online.
Funding is guaranteed for all accepted students. The internship will include – first and foremost, hands-on experience with cognitive development research; mentorship and guidance, including career planning, programming training, and mentorship on research presentation, research design, and data analysis. The dates for the internship will be June 19th – August 25th, 2023. We plan for these internships to be held in person at UC Irvine.
Interns should have an interest in projects relating to cognitive influences of social inequality. These projects investigate the development of young children’s abilities to reason about inequality.
Duties will include recruitment of participants, data collection, working with children, coding and analyzing data, and attending lab meetings. Interns will also engage in community outreach efforts (talk to parents about child development), read extant literature in cognitive development, and work directly with senior lab members and the PI; and present their projects to the lab community at the conclusion of their internship.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a full-time student
  • Ability to make a full-time commitment (40 hours/week) during the internship period
  • Proficiency in writing and communicating in English
  • Comfort interacting with children 3-8 years of age, as well as parents
  • Interest in cognitive development
  • Attention to detail
  • Basic computer skills
  • Some background in psychology coursework
  • Interest and passion for cognitive development, as well as for community outreach.
Preferred, but not mandatory:
  • Minimum 3.0 G.P.A. in Psychology classes.
  • Previous experience working with children
Positions are ideal for those interested in gaining research experience and an introduction to developmental cognitive psychology research in particular. We especially encourage people to apply who have not had opportunities to gain extensive research experience through their home institutions. If interested, please send:
a. your resume (including relevant coursework and previous research experience) b. cover letter (including a brief description of academic and research interests) c. unofficial transcript, and d. the name of 1 person (ideally, faculty that may be contacted for a reference)  
Please send all materials and/or questions to with “2023 Summer Internship” in the subject line. We will begin reviewing applications on March 1st so please plan to submit your application by then to guarantee that your materials are reviewed.

NEBRASKA's Summer Research Program

We are currently accepting applications for the Nebraska Summer Research Program at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Our 10-week, intensive undergraduate research program offers students the opportunity to learn and conduct research in our state-of-the-art facilities while previewing graduate school life at a Big Ten institution. Most of our research experiences for undergraduates (REUs) are funded by the NSF, USDA, or NIFA.  Students will enhance their academic resume, work closely with faculty and peers, and have fun with social and professional development activities, all while receiving numerous benefits.

Students historically underrepresented in graduate education are encouraged to apply; however, due to funding restrictions, participation is limited to U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents (those holding a green card). 

Find the 2023 programs here. We are committed to quality mentoring and research projects and limit our summer offerings to active research labs and projects led by faculty who have established themselves as excellent undergraduate student mentors.  

Students can apply for up to three different research groups. Priority review of applications begin Wednesday, February 1 and all applications are due by Wednesday, March 1.


Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellowship Opportunities

The Marcus Autism Center, in conjunction with the Emory University School of Medicine and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is offering six fellowships, listed below. Students who will receive a bachelor’s degree by June 2023 will be eligible for the positions. The fellowships will commence in July 2023, and they are 2 years in duration. Students can find further details here.

The Cohen Fellowship in Developmental Social Neuroscience will involve cutting-edge social neuroscience research in infants, toddlers, and adolescents. Fellows will work to further the understanding of autism through eye-tracking research, guiding a project from the point of data collection to publication of results.

The Simons Fellowship in Computational Neuroscience will involve integrating computational strategies with clinical research goals. Fellows will develop methods for the analysis of visual scanning and eye-tracking data, computational models of visual salience, and data visualization techniques, all with the aim of advancing the understanding of autism and efforts at early diagnosis.

The Education Sciences Fellowship will involve research in educational innovations in autism, from early child care through high school. Fellows will learn about classroom-based interventions to increase social emotional engagement and inclusion, gaining experiences with observational research methods, cutting-edge intervention research, and implementation science approaches.

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 Roger Glass 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.

The David Satcher Fellowship in Community Engagement will select fellows for an opportunity to spend two years engaged in training in community engaged participatory research methods as they relate to ASD.

Western Psychological Association Annual Conference

Happy Tuesday PSY/CD students and faculty! My name is Hector and I work as the liaison between the Western Psychological Association and our department on campus. My goal is to promote and support participation in WPA, like the annual conference, which will be held in Riverside, CA this year. This conference is a great opportunity for students to present the research projects they’ve been working on, view posters/talks from others in the field, and connect with psychology students and professors from around the country. Presenting a poster is NOT required for you to attend the conference!!  In addition, the department provides the opportunity to receive partial funding for this experience! If you have any questions about WPA, submitting your abstract proposal or psychology research in general feel free to email me 

Please check Tuesday Newsday archives for past info on opportunities.

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.

Family Care Network: Rehabilitation Specialist

Family Care Network is a progressive, dynamic non-profit organization with a 35-year history serving SLO and Santa Barbra counties through multiple programs designed to strengthen and preserve families and individuals impacted by trauma.
We are looking for a full-time Rehabilitation Specialist to provide supportive and direct services to high-risk youth experiencing emotional or mental difficulties. Staff receive substantial training, support & clinical supervision. To apply, or for more information about the position please see the link below.

San Francisco Giants Community Fund: Summer Job Openings

We are looking to hire 110 Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassadors (300-hour service term)  and 5 Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassadors (675- hour service term) to serve on our team this summer and bring the Junior Giants program to life. Ambassadors are liaisons between the Giants Community Fund and our program participants and truly represent the San Francisco Giants in the community.

Junior Giants AmeriCorps Ambassador – 300-hour Service Term – Deadline to apply is April 10*

  • 110 positions available
  • $4,800 living stipend + $1,374 education award
  • April 24 - August 31 25-35 hrs./week
  • Job Description | Apply Here

Full Time Research Recruiter: The Marcus Autism Center:

The Marcus Autism Center, in collaboration with Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, has an immediate opening for a full-time Research Recruiter in support of ongoing studies in infant social development. This position is for Bachelor-level or above applicants with exceptional communication skills and a background or interest in participatory research and community engagement. The successful applicant will support recruitment for various longitudinal MRI studies of infants at high and low-risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders and will be an important point of first contact with families of prospective participants. Primary responsibilities include communicating technical study information to families using non-technical language, screening prospective participants for study eligibility, and initiating study enrollment. Other duties may include establishing recruitment sources, coordinating study visits, and assisting with data collection. Funding for this position is currently available for two years. The preferred start date is 16 January 2023. Preference will be given to applications received by 23 December 2022. Salary $40,000 per year plus benefits. To apply, please send CV and contact information for three references to Megan Dunlevy (Senior Program Coordinator for Community Outreach) at

Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator: Stanford Autism and Development Disorders Research Program

Stanford University’s Autism and Developmental Disorders Research Program is seeking a new Assistant Clinical Research Coordinator to perform administrative support duties related to collecting and analyzing clinical data from children and adolescents with and without neurodevelopmental disorders. In particular, this position will involve the coordination of clinical trials that utilize non-invasive neuroimaging measures like MRI and EEG to develop biomarkers for precision psychiatry. This position coordinates all aspects of our clinical research, including recruitment, accurate data management and entry, collection of blood or saliva samples, collection and analysis of MRI and EEG data, and work with regulatory agencies, including the IRB and FDA. Previous experience obtaining MRI or EEG scans, coding to process complex neuroimaging data, coordinating medication or other clinical trials, and working with children with autism spectrum disorder is highly desirable. This position requires working some evening, night, and/or weekend shifts in order to obtain MRI and EEG scans from research participants after school or while they are sleeping. To learn more or apply, visit:

Looking for paid experiences working with children? Be sure to join the Poly Child Development Club Jobs Facebook group! I know - Facebook! So old school BUT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES! :)



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. Jennifer Jipson

Department Chair


Psychology Major 

Child Development Major

Psychology Minor

Child Development Minor

Gerontology Minor


Dr. Denise Daniels

(Associate Chair)


Child Development Major

Child Development Minor

Interim Internship Coordinator


Dr. Taylor Smith

(Associate Chair)

Psychology Major 

Psychology Minor

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.

Career Paths & Faculty Advisors

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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