Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: January 23rd

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting 3rd year Psychology student Peyton Bever and 2nd year Psychology student Kimberly Mendoza. Read more about them below!

Peyton Bever, 3rd year Psychology Student

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

The best place to get a sandwich in SLO is High Street Deli. My favorite sandwich I have tried so far is the CPK!

What is one of your favorite recent memories?

One of my favorite recent memories is when my friend group went to the dunes and star gazed.

Do you have any hobbies that people might not know about?

A recent new hobby of mine is line dancing. My friends and I go to the Siren every Thursday!

Kimberly Mendoza, 2nd year Psychology Student

What is your favorite occupation/hobby?

My favorite hobby is doing nails! I do acrylic nails and it lets me just get my mind off of things and focus. 

What is your current state of mind?

For my own trials and worries to be given to God and he will make things right.

What is your favorite season and why?

My favorite season would have to be summer because I am a summer baby. I just glow differently when it comes to summer and my birthday time. 

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Student Application for Latine/x Course Grant

The Psychology and Child Development Department is committed to supporting our Latine students via educational initiatives that center Latine students and foster a sense of belonging across campus. For the purposes of this HSI mini-grant, two Latine faculty will co-create Cal Poly’s first-ever Latine Psychology course with a group of Latine psychology students during the Winter and Spring 2024 quarters. In line with HSI-taskforce recommendations, this course provides opportunities for Latine students to engage in servingness through the co-creation of decolonial approaches to psychology education.

Apply here to be considered part of this project with Dr. Susana A. López & Dr. Jay Bettergarcia.

Student Project Opportunity – Study of Disability Support Apps

This collaboration with a computer science student, investigating reading apps that are marketed as addressing disabilities, could be done as part of research internship (CD/PSY 448 or 449) or as volunteer and has the potential to align with a senior project. If you are interested, please reach out to the other student listed in the project description (, and then follow up with Dr. Langner regarding potential course registration options for Spring.




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.

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!


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 not complete*** We will be adding more courses as we learn which we are likely to offer.


CLA Peer Advising Opportunity





Come Join! For a Talk By Helga Varden,“Some Puzzles re: Sex, Gender, and Race--and correlated isms” 

We are excited to host a talk on campus by Helga Varden, Professor of Philosophy, Political Science, and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne ( Helga has written extensively on Kantian ethics and political philosophy, and on topics related to sex and gender. Her recent book Sex, Love, and Gender: A Kantian Theory (Oxford, 2020) won the North American Kant Society’s 2023 Senior Scholar Prize for the best Kant book published in the years 2020, 2021, and 2022. The title of her talk is “Some Puzzles re: Sex, Gender, and Race--and correlated isms” (see below for the abstract). The event will be held on Friday February 2, from 12:10- 2pm in Erhardt 010-220.                                                 



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.


Study Psychology Abroad!

1/26 Info Session canceled, rescheduled for 2/1 at 4:10pm



Cal Poly Global Programs 2024





2024 Gravity Water Internship Opportunities 



2024 Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program


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.


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 


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.



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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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