Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: January 9th

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Phone: (805) 756-2033

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  3. Get involved in the Poly Child Development Club, the Psychology Club and Psi Chi (the National Honors Society for Psychology). 





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The following courses still have open seats for Winter!

PSY 325 Positive Psychology: This course HAS AVAILABLE SEATS. It 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 252 Social Psychology

CD 302 Developmental Science Technology Lab: Please contact Beatriz in the main office ( if you have junior standing and would like to add.

PSY 370-01 Intro to Clinical and Counseling Psychology

PSY 461 Senior Project Seminar Please contact department chair, Carrie Langner ( if you are graduating in June and would like to add.

PSY 470 “Sleep: Cognition, Health, and Society” TR 2-4pm. This course 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 ( 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).


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 classes as we learn which we are likely to offer.


CLA Peer Advising Opportunity


Apply now! The 2024 CSU Student Research & Creative Activity Competition is OPEN!

The CSU Student Research & Creative Activity Competition is held each spring to promote excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments across the 23 CSU campuses. The competition is open to all disciplines and to current undergraduate and graduate students and 2023 alums. Please see directions for participants in Creative Arts & Design. Cash prizes are awarded.

Cal Poly will host an internal competition on February 23-24, 2024 to select 10 projects to represent the campus at the CSU-wide competition. Cal Poly is hosting the CSU-wide competition on April 26-27, 2024. The format of the competition is in-person.

Want to participate? Submissions are due by noon on Sunday 1/21/24 via InfoReady.

Learn more:

Stay up to date! Follow the Office of Student Research on Instagram @calpolystudentresearch.

Questions? Please email




UX Fest SLO is a student-run, two weekend-long event at Cal Poly SLO which aims to provide students with opportunities to break into the field of User Experience Design in an inclusive, beginner-friendly environment. This year, Weekend One is on January 13-14th and Weekend 2 is on January 20-21st. During the festival, students of any experience level can enter in our collaborative UX prototyping competition, design workshops, industry panels and networking socials. Scan the QR to apply (all are welcome!) and visit our instagram @uxfestslo to learn more.


Students looking to improve technical and professional communication skills

English 221 is a prerequisite for the Spring 2024 course ENGL 421: Advanced Topics in Technical and Professional Communication, which will focus on User Experience Writing & Research. In English 221, students will create portfolios that explore writing challenges in both technical and professional fields. They will get to create advocacy documents (such as letters or petitions) to affect change in their local community. Students will also write reference materials for Wikipedia, with goals such as reducing gender bias in encyclopedic sources, which is especially important as many A.I. systems are being trained on Wikipedia.


In English 421, students will apply user experience writing, research, and design principles to a service-learning project with a local nonprofit as part of the RSCA grant-funded User Experience for Social Impact Project.  

If any students are interested, they may contact the Technical and Professional Communication program director and English 421 instructor, Krista Sarraf, or the English 221 instructor, Erin Martin-Elston. Krista Sarraf:; Erin Martin-Elston: 



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 Abroad Opportunities



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.


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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