Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: November 14th

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For this week's PSY&CD spotlight feature, we are highlighting students Giovanna Madonna and Jeffrey Lopez. Read on to learn more about them.

Giovanna Madonna, 4th year PSY student

  • Is there anything from any of your previous educators (at any point in your life) that has stuck with you?
    • It’s hard to pick just one statement because I’ve valued many of the things my professors at Cal Poly have taught me. I think the great thing about being a psychology major is that I love what I study, and I can apply what I learn to my everyday life, so these lessons stick with me. I’ve especially enjoyed my classes that teach me about child development/child trauma, memory, psychopharmacology, and clinical psychology. But I think one thing that stuck with me recently was a statement a professor made about the way you talk to yourself. She said, “How would your friends feel if you said the things you say to yourself to them?” It made me realize that sometimes we, as people, say horrible things to ourselves when we shouldn’t. We have ourselves for life, and we need to treat ourselves like our friends. Since then, I’ve been much kinder to myself :)
  • Which living person do you most admire?
    • I’m really torn between two people—RuPaul and Lady Gaga. I think they are both such strong and creative people, and I admire their ability to stand up for what they believe in, express themselves authentically, and share their art. They’ve always inspired me to be me ever since I was little, and they still inspire me almost every day.

Jeffrey Lopez, 3rd year PSY student

  • Is there anything from any of your previous educators (at any point in your life) that has stuck with you? 
    • I remember my 3rd & 4th grade teacher, she was amazing in every way possible, she helped me when I was struggling with the material and gave me confidence to believe in my academic abilities. I didn’t have anyone who could help me do my homework as nobody in the family had gone farther than 6th grade. But she helped me and told me, “I know you are a special kid you will go on to do great things!” That has stuck to me since then.  
  • Which living person do you most admire? 
    • The living person that I admire the most is my abuelo. He is the hardest working, toughest, and most resilient person that I know. Nobody can out work him and against all the odds he came from Mexico to the United States where he learns how to farm and since then he been going at! Even now he still farms with my uncle at the age of 75. I grew up working with him and remember how much he has taught of what is hard, this in turn taught me how to be resilient through it all.  
  • What are your favorite names? 
    • I have had a multitude of different names because my name is Jeffrey and Jeff is short for the name, but my family is only made of Spanish speakers, so you could imagine them trying to pronounce my name. Like my grandma only speaks Mixteco and she used to call me Refri, which is a short way to say fridge in Spanish. Rather than saying my name much of my family prefer to call me by other names such as, Chiton, chichicuilote, and jefe are the most common names I get, for various reasons of course. I don’t mind all the names because I think it makes me unique because of the various names that I have for myself and the reasons behind them make it fun to remember.

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CD 302: Please contact Beatriz Peralta for a permission number ( Permission numbers will be given to interested students but will not override course caps. If space is available, during your registration window, you will be able to use a code to enroll.

CD&PSY356: This class is full. There was an error with how it was posted and we will email enrolled students individually.

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

PSY 461: If you are graduating in June 2024 and were not able to add 461 because it is full: we will make sure all graduating seniors are able to complete 461 in Winter. If you have not heard anything by Thursday, please contact Beatriz Peralta for a permission number (

PSY 462: enrollment information will be coming via your email soon!


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.


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.

Come join us for this talk!

Scholars Transforming Through Research: Council on Undergraduate Research’s Advocacy Program 

Dr. Jay Bettergarcia traveled to Washington, DC with the Council on Undergraduate Research and Cal Poly students Amrit Pradhan, Yumi Aguilar, and Chenin Rowe. They met with senators and representatives to advocate for funding for undergraduate research and trans-affirming research!


Dr. Lee and Dr. Langner presented on bullying reduction as guest faculty/co-panelists, to an audience of 65 members of the mental health workforce (link to webinar recording below):


Langner, C., Lee, L., Sattin-Bajaj, C., White, V., Rising Practices & Policies in our Workforce, Session 3: Interrupting Bullying & Fostering Belonging for the School Mental Health Workforce, Pacific Southwest Mental Health Technology Transfer Center; October 2023.

Webinar recording: Rising Practices & Policies in our Workforce, Session 3: Interrupting Bullying & Fostering Belonging for the School Mental Health Workforce | Mental Health Technology Transfer Center (MHTTC) Network (



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.




BEACoN Research Scholar Application


Student applications for the 2024 BEACoN Research Scholars are now live! The student deadline is Sunday, November 19th at 9 pm PT.

The BEACoN Research Mentoring Program, run by the Office of University Diversity & Inclusion, exists to educate, empower, and advocate for underrepresented students and provide them with funded undergraduate research opportunities working one-on-one with faculty. 

Selected students will engage with faculty during Winter and Spring quarters and receive a $2,000 quarterly stipend ($4,000 total) distributed via financial aid while gaining research experience and participating in professional development events within the BEACoN Program.

Please view all available research projects at and apply Students may apply for up to three projects. 


International Education Week

The Cal Poly International Center is celebrating International Education Week (IEW 2023) November 13-17! 

The week’s events provide opportunities for the campus community to participate in cultural and educational programming virtually and in person. An initiative of the U.S. Department of State, International Education Week highlights the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. 

Events include student panels, study abroad info sessions, and internationally themed meals by Campus Dining. 

Events for faculty and staff include the 'International Student Inclusivity Workshop,' and the 'Faculty/Staff International Opportunities Open House,' both held virtually.

Click here or use the link below for the full list of free events, locations, and Zoom links! Cal Poly students and employees will be entered into a raffle for each event they participate in during IEW 2023.

Presenting DEAD NAME: A Performance by Sammie Veeler


Please join us for a presentation of DEAD NAME: an ongoing multimedia performance by artist Sammie Veeler that explores gender transition and identity formation in the digital age.

The Department of Art & Design is please to present Dead Name: a multimedia performance by LA-based artist Sammie Veeler, presented in conjunction with the University Art Gallery’s current exhibition LIFELIKE. In this work, Veeler performs the role of female archivist, leading us through the digital remains of a dead male artist: her late husband, Tvordis Veeler. Combining worldbuilding with virtual reality and live performance, Dead Name elucidates the complexity of identity formation in the digital age, when past versions of ourselves are archived with or without our consent across online platforms. The startling live experience of this work provokes questions about vulnerability and body sovereignty in a hybrid world. It also opens space for discussion about the nature of memory, the importance of co-creation in technology, and our collective responsibility as digital historians for ourselves and our communities.

Dead Name is an ongoing series of site-specific performances. It has been performed eight times since October 2022, with support from Gray Area, Honor Fraser Gallery, Octobre Numerique Faire Monde, the Tezos Foundation, and SAIC. In addition, Veeler maintains a public virtual archive of every performance in the series, installed in a virtual world on New Art City. This iteration at Cal Poly is sponsored by the Office of University Diversity and Inclusion; ASI; Liberal Arts and Engineering Studies Program; Department of Art & Design; Women’s, Gender, and Queer Studies; the Gender Equity Center; and the Pride FSA ❤️

  • Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm

  • Thursday, November 16 at 11am

  • Jack and Felicia Cashin Expressive Technology Studios

  • Frost Center, ground floor


  • Questions about the event? Please contact Allison Myers at



Men and Masculinities Center Events

The Men and Masculinites Center is hosting events for the month of Movember. The month is dedicated to raise awareness of men's health issues, such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer, and men's suicide. Join us in the UU room 209 (next to the mens restrooms) for community building, games, and enter a raffle to win athletic gear from Lululemon. 




Funding Opportunity: Cal Poly HSI High Impact Mini-Grant Program


Up to ten mini-grants will be awarded ranging from $500 to $5,000 for projects and programs that demonstrate a strong potential to holistically impact the Latinx/e community at Cal Poly.  

Project Focus: Proposed projects should align with the mission of Cal Poly's pathway to becoming an HSI and center the experiences of the Latinx/e community. 

All Faculty, staff, and students at Cal Poly are eligible to apply including individuals, organizations, departments, and units. 

Grant Categories:

Applicants may apply for mini-grants in the following categories: 

  • Educational Initiatives: Projects that enhance educational opportunities and outcomes for Latinx/e students, such as curriculum development, mentorship programs, or academic support services. 
  • Cultural and Community Engagement: Initiatives that promote Latinx/e culture, heritage, and community engagement on campus, including cultural events, workshops, and awareness campaigns. 
  • Research and Innovation: Projects that support research endeavors and innovations that address issues relevant to the Latinx/e community or contribute to the advancement of Cal Poly’s HSI status in STEM, as a Predominantly White Institution, as a CSU etc.  

Deadline: November 30, 2023

You can find more details about the Cal Poly HSI Mini-Grant Program here


Participate in the Mustang Media Group's research survey!



Scholarship: Professional Development Grant


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 in Italy with Drs. Langner and López




Cal Poly Global Programs 2024





History Center Exhibition

On November 10th, the History Center of San Luis Obispo County opened Hidden Voices: Influential Women in San Luis Obispo History. The exhibition highlights the lives of Alice Martin, Maxine Lewis, Stella Louis, and Jeanette "Nettie" Sinsheimer (see flyer attached).

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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