Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: January 30th

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting 3rd year Psychology student Brenton Duzi and Cal Poly alum Brian Henson. Read more about them below!

Brenton Duzi, 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 easily High Street Deli. I really enjoy going there with my friends every Tuesday for the student special. I usually like to try something new every time but, my favorite sandwiches are the West Coast Hoag or The Italian.

Who are your heroes in real life?

My heroes in my life are my Grandparents. They have sacrificed an incredible amount of time and effort for their children and grandchildren. My favorite memories from my childhood are going to their house for holidays, grilling in their backyard, and watching football with them. Without them, I would not be where I am today!

What is something you love about your hometown?

When I think of my hometown, Fresno, I think of the great community of friends that I have around me. Although we are mostly in different places now, it is always nice to see them during holidays! 

What is your motto?

One motto that I try to follow every day is from Epictetus. " It's not about what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters." There are many things in life out of our control, but we can always control how we react to the situations we are placed in.

Brian Henson, Cal Poly Alum 

Brian Henson was a Business major and minored in Psychology during his time at Cal Poly. When he first got to Cal Poly, he wanted to work in finance for a few years before going back to school to get his MBA. However, his path changed after graduation.Out of Cal Poly, he spent a year at UnidosUS, where he worked closely with a number of lawyers and first realized the power he might have to effect change and make an impact by going to law school. He then joined the Navy, including spending close to a year deployed in the Asia Pacific region on an aircraft carrier. While out there, they were taking pictures of our adversaries violating international law to send to the United Nations and the State Department. This solidified his view that law school would be the most useful path to impacting the issues he cared about in our country. He is now studying at Harvard Law School.

If you want to hear Brian's top 4 pieces of advice for undergraduates click here!

Brian Henson Advice for Undergrads.docx

Brian just wrote a piece published by Harvard Law School's Blog. Check it out here!

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Job Talk 2/13

Congratulations Dr. Sara Bartlett!

Congratulations to Dr. Sara Bartlett who was awarded the Noyce School of Applied Computing grant, in collaboration with Dr. John Seng (Computer science). This coming Fall they will be working on a project called, "Reducing Social Isolation in Older Adults Through Collaborative Virtual Jigsaw Puzzle Assembly". Psychology students will assist in implementing the tool in local senior's homes. This will involve setting it up, showing them how to use it, and collecting pre/post data on the tool's effectiveness at reducing social isolation and loneliness.

 Student Outcomes Survey and the Staff/Faculty Advisor Outcomes Survey

Please fill out the Student Outcomes Survey and the Staff/Faculty Advisor Outcomes Survey, as part of the Excellence in Academic Advising (EAA) NACADA advising program review! The surveys will run from Monday, January 22-Friday, February 9.  Reminders will be sent on Monday, January 29; Monday, February 5; and Thursday, February 8.  

The survey for you to fill out may have gone into your Clutter or Junk folder.  Please take some time to complete the survey.  Your feedback is so important! (The email looks like this- FROM: University Advising at Cal Poly (, SUBJECT: Academic Advising Self-Study-Invitation to Participate). See the Advising Outcomes Survey website for helpful information.


Transitions Mental Health Association Resource-Hosted by Psi Chi

Watch a recording of an online event Psi Chi hosted with Mary Mills from Transitions Mental Health Association! She provides information about TMHA, the hotline, as well as some suicide prevention resources and strategies. Click to learn more about an important local organization and how to respond to an emergency using QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer).

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!

Cal Poly Global Programs 2024





UC Irvine Psychological Science Post-Bacc Program

2024 Gravity Water Internship Opportunities 


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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