Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: October 11, 2022

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We're Psyched to Celebrate the Contributions of Latinx and Hispanic Scholars to the Field of Psychology


The PSY/CD Department is committed to welcoming, serving and empowering all of the Latinx and Hispanic students, staff and faculty who are part of our community. We also recognize the important contributions that people of Latinx and Hispanic heritage have made to the fields of psychology and child development. 

The American Psychological Association recently shared the stories and successes of prominent Latinx and Hispanic scholars. Click on each name learn more about who they are and how they've changed the field.

Some of the many psychologists featured for National Hispanic-Latino Heritage Month:

  • Patricia Arredondo, EdD
    Well-known for her work in multicultural counseling.

  • Martha E. Bernal, PhD
    Helped establish the National Hispanic Psychological Association and later served as its second president.

  • Glorisa J. Canino, PhD
    Canino is a professor at the School of Medicine, department of pediatrics, and the director of the Behavioral Sciences Research Institute, University of Puerto Rico, School of Medicine.

  • Rachel Casas, PhD
    A scientist-activist with an expertise in the neuropsychological assessment of cultural and linguistic minorities, including patients with limited English proficiency.

  • Lillian Comas-Díaz, PhD
    Comas-Díaz began at APA in 1984 as the director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs. She also played a pivotal role in creating Div. 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.

  • Edward Delgado-Romero, PhD
    Delgado-Romero has written extensively in the field of counseling psychology and in multicultural psychology, specifically Latina/o psychology.

  • Olivia M. Espin, PhD
    The first Latina professor emerita of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University, having served the institution from 1990-2007.
  • Milton Fuentes, PsyD
    Founding member and former president of the Latino Psychological Association of New Jersey, and the 2013 past president of the National Latino Psychological Association.

  • Miguel Gallardo, PhD
    Gallardo's research interests include include Chicano/Latino psychology, culture and disability, and recruitment and retention of Latina/os in higher education.
  • María del Carmen Lara-Muñoz, PhD, MD
    Lara-Muñoz has participated in numerous epidemiological projects. The most notable is the National Mexican Survey of Mental Disorders, which provides the first national estimates of mental illness and mental health service use in Mexico.

  • Steven López, PhD
    López worked to cultivate literacy about psychosis and the unique development of schizophrenia in Spanish-speaking communities compared to Anglo-American communities through cultural competence, mental health interventions, clinical evaluations, and treatment in Latino communities.

  • Carlos Albizu Miranda, PhD
    Miranda became one of the first Hispanics to earn a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

  • Marie Lucia Miville, PhD
    Miville's research interests focus on identifying needs and perceptions of international students; attitudes toward gay and lesbian students, Arab-Americans and students with disabilities; and racial and gender differences in college retention.

  • Esteban L. Olmedo, PhD
    Became the first director of the Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs at the American Psychological Association headquarters in Washington, D.C.

  • Manuel Paris, PsyD 
    Paris is the director of Hispanic Services for the Connecticut Mental Health Center.

  • Melanie Domenech Rodriguez, PhD
    Domenech Rodriguez is the first Latina president of Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

  • Dinelia Rosa, PhD
    The first Latina to serve as president of the New York State Psychological Association.

  • Carmen Inoa Vazquez, PhD, ABPP
    One of New York City's most prominent Latina psychologists with more than 25 years of clinical and teaching experience working with both bilingual and monolingual families.

  • Ena Vazquez-Nuttall, EdD
    Well respected for her various contributions to multicultural psychology and school psychology throughout her lifetime.

  • Star Vega, PhD
    Vega was the first Latina to serve as president of the California Psychological Association. 


Shout Out to Rachel Tibbits (PSY senior) for her work with the Cal Poly Center for Leadership. Rachel is a Peer Leader and is also helping to organize and facilitate this week's interview with David Hogg (gun-control activist and Parkland shooting survivor). Read about this event here.

Have an idea for a future Shout Out? Email the PSY/CD Department and let us know who is doing something worthy of our attention!


Fieldwork Internships for Winter 2023

Senior PSY/CD students who are planning to graduate in Winter, Spring, or Summer 2023 will be invited via email to join the PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation site on Canvas by Friday October 14th at 5 p.m.

The PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation Canvas Site will introduce students to the current list of fieldwork site descriptions and describe the process for securing field internship placements (PSY/CD 453 or 454) for Winter 2023. Read more about internships here:

Research Internships for Winter 2023

Senior PSY/CD students who are planning to graduate in Winter, Spring, or Summer 2023 may find opportunities to work within faculty research labs as a research intern. These positions are limited.  Arranging a research internship is initiated by the student. Interested students will need to talk to individual faculty members about availability of research intern positions. A listing of current research interests can be found on the department website (Faculty Research Interests).

Research internships can count as one or both of the required internship experiences (CD/PSY 448 or CD/PSY 449). To enroll in a research internship, students must have completed Research Methods (PSY 329 or CD 329) and, possibly, Quantitative Research Methods (PSY 333) depending on the research internship supervisor.

PSY/CD Student Advisory Committee Nominations (deadline extended to 10/14th)

The PSY/CD department is still seeking CD students and MS students to serve on the Department Student Advisory Committee this academic year.  (We greatly appreciate the interest from so many PSY students and will be reaching out soon to those who self-nominated!)

If you are a CD or MS student who would like to participate, please send a 1-paragraph statement of interest (why are you interested? What unique perspective would you bring to this committee?).  Email your self-nomination to Dr. Jipson, Department Chair ( by October 14th at 5 p.m.

Interested in the PSY/CD Research Track? 

Are you a junior PSY/CD major thinking about pursuing a Ph.D. after graduation? Consider applying to the department's Research Emphasis Track! Deadline to apply is Friday, October 14th.

The Research Emphasis Track aims to provide PSY/CD students who have a strong interest in pursuing a Ph.D. with an opportunity to participate in advanced independent research training. The track begins in junior year with a two-quarter research internship under the supervision of a faculty member and continues into senior year, culminating with a two-quarter independent empirical senior project. Applicants must be junior PSY or CD majors with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and major GPA of 3.5. Interested students should watch this video: Research Track Information Video.

Below is a list of the faculty members who are potentially accepting new Research Track students this year. We encourage you to first read about their research on our Faculty Research Interests page in order to find the best fit with your interests, and then reach out to them to discuss their research prior to applying (please do not apply to faculty members not on this list as they are not taking research track students this year). You can find faculty office hours here: Faculty Office Hours.

The application to apply for the research track can be found here: Research Track Application

Developmental Psychology/Child Development: Dr. Linda Lee, Dr. Amber Williams

Clinical/Counseling Psychology: Dr. Susana Lopez

Neuroscience: Dr. James Antony

Social Psychology: Dr. Lucy Bencharit, Dr. Jesús Serrano-Careaga 

Other Career Paths & Faculty Advisors

New PSY/CD Advising Structure

Students are no longer assigned to one faculty advisor.  To increase flexibility and capitalize on faculty expertise, we have revised our approach. Click here PSY/CD Advising to read about the new PSY/CD process for helping you!


Research Positions

Dr. J (Jovanovic) is looking for volunteer Research Assistants, to work in her Relationships Lab. Her current study involves collecting the Love Life Stories of emerging adults as a way of examining how romantic and sexual experiences inform or are informed by aspects of self or identity. Research assistants may take on a variety of responsibilities, including conducting literature reviews, developing surveys, transcribing interviews, coding interviews, and analyzing qualitative data. Research assistants will also read previous research related to the study and participate in weekly lab meetings. Research assistants must be willing to commit to volunteering in the lab for 5-10 hours per week. Successful volunteers who are graduating seniors will be considered for PSY/CD 448 or 449 research assistantships during Winter and/or Spring quarters.

If interested, please fill out the Research Assistant Application. Applications are due by Friday, October 14th at 11:59pm.


Psych Club and Psi Chi Intergroup Dialogue (10/13)


Psych Club and Psi Chi are hosting a joint intergroup dialogue this Thursday (10/13) 11:10am-12pm in Baker 101! Come chat with us about social identities within Cal Poly and the general field of psychology. We want to create a safe space for you all to discuss and listen to one another!

Poly Child Development Club


Volunteers are needed to help set up, run activities, and tear down event. To sign up find link in the bio of the polychilddevelopmentclub Instagram page.


Student Leadership Institute (10/14)

Cal Poly’s Student Leadership Institute is a one-day leadership conference focused on empowering students through providing educational experiences that support and challenge students to build and apply leadership skills to effect social change. The theme for SLI is “Amplifying the Voices of All Leaders" and why it is critical to expand the definition of the word "leadership". The Student Leadership Institute (SLI) is an open and free opportunity for all Cal Poly students to engage in leadership development opportunities and learn from and with their peers. 

The 2022 keynote speaker will be Parkland survivor David Hogg. His call to “get over politics and get something done” challenges Americans to stand up, speak out and work to elect morally just leaders, regardless of party affiliation. Passionate in his advocacy to end gun violence, David’s mission of increasing voter participation, civic engagement and activism embraces a range of issues. David’s eloquent responses to America’s largest school shooting immediately placed him in the national and international media spotlight. Committed to becoming an agent for change, he resolved that no other young person should have to experience the tragic impact of gun violence. He joined with friends from high school to co-found March For Our Lives, now one of the world’s largest youth-led movements.

There will be three breakout sessions earlier in the afternoon featuring Cal Poly faculty, staff, and students as well as experts from our local community including Charles Feltman. Brene Brown regularly quotes Charles’s work on trust in leadership, specifically his book titled The Thin Book of Trust. Charles was also a guest on her podcast last season. He is presenting on Truth-Based Leadership in Public Policy.

Registration is available on Cal Poly Now

Change the World Challenge (Apply by 10/17)

National Transfer Student Week (10/17-10/21)

Join transfers across the country, every third week of October, to build transfer pride and community, challenge assumptions, build empathy, and educate the campus about the transfer experience at Cal Poly. Below are some research-focused events, including one being led by PSY/CD's very own Dr. Bennion. See information about all the events here.

Transfer Research Opportunities

Tuesday October 18th

11:10 – 12pmTransfer Student Research Panel at Building 186, Room C200 hosted by Dr. Kelly Bennion, BEACoN Research Mentors

12:10-1pm (with food)How to Find & Apply to Student Research as a Transfer Students, at Building 186, Room C200 hosted by Dr. Jane Lehr,  Office of Student Research

Let ASI Help You Flex Your Voting Rights!

Being a civically engaged and informed student is vital for our communities to thrive at the local, state, and national level. Take a moment to ensure you are registered to vote. Even if you are unable to register to vote, there are still ways to exert your influence by attending public meetings, speaking at open forums, petitioning, grassroots organizing efforts, or attending a civic engagement event hosted by Student Government.

Need $ for Food? 

The CalFresh Outreach Team can help connect you with up to $250 a month to buy groceries at your favorite stores and many farmers’ markets! Get money to buy food, eat better, work less and focus more on school.  It’s easy to set up an appointment with a CalFresh Student Advocate to determine your eligibility, walk you through the application and answer any questions you may have. Visit to schedule an appointment today! Hours are: M-W 10am to 7pm and TH 10:00am to 5pm. Although you can apply online here on your own, we encourage you to apply with the help of the CalFresh Outreach Team to help with any questions or concerns. Follow the CalFresh team on Instagram @calfreshcalpoly




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.

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 :)

Monarch Behavior Solutions (posted 10/4)

We are looking to bring on 1-3 part time behavior technicians to support our afternoon cases. Pay: Starting pay bracket is $18-$25/hr. 

We are looking for motivated and professional candidates. No prior experience is necessary -- we will provide intensive training and on-going support and clinical supervision. We will accommodate flexible scheduling to allow time for classes and studying. 

Monarch is a small behavioral agency, located in Atascadero, CA. We specialize in gentle ABA, prioritize relationships, and view programming through a lens that celebrates neurodiversity. We provide services at one of our two intervention centers in downtown Atascadero, which means you get to work in a team environment with immediate support from other behavior technicians and behavior analysts. You can learn more about Monarch on our website:


Interested candidates should email their resumes and cover letters to:

Lindsey Reifinger:

Sydney Beard:

City of SLO (Posted 9/20)

Volunteer/Community Service Opportunities


Want to hang out with an elementary or middle school buddy? Come volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters! Earn community services hours by being a Big and supporting a Little in a mentorship this school year. The commitment is one hour a week from mid-October to May! We especially need middle school Bigs this year! To apply visit our website ( or go directly to our application through these links:

              Elementary School Big:

              Middle School Big:

Feel free to each out to Zsofi at with any questions!



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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. 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.

PSYCD 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.

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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