Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: October 18, 2022

PSY/CD Department Phone/Email

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). 
  4. Get advising. Scroll to the bottom of Tuesday Newsday for information about advising appointments and faculty office hours. 



Shout Out (and Congratulations) to Heidi Shaw (PSY Alumnus) for receiving the Outstanding Presentation Award from Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness 2022 Conference. 


Heidi Shaw graduated from Cal Poly in 2022 with a B.S. in Psychology. Below she reflects on the experiences she had (and continues to have) doing research:

The BEACoN program gave me the opportunity to work on a research project that focuses on understanding patient education materials provided at the Cal Poly Mobile Health Clinic. Our project applies Math formulas to understand readability and suitability of health materials written in English and Spanish that are provided to patients in health care settings. The first place as an Outstanding Original Project Presentation Award earned from the Western Society for Kinesiology and Wellness (2022 Conference) given to our project, is a reflection of Cal Poly’s wonderful BEACoN Program and mentors who provided students the opportunity to engage in research and expand their interest in other related fields at the University. I’ll encourage any first generation and underrepresented student to participate in this amazing program.

Shout Out to Nuria Villanueva (MS Psychology Student) and Sarah Hemmen (CD) for recognizing the work of Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguezm the first Latina president of Psi Chi. Read about her here:

Shout out to the following PSYCD New Student Scavenger Hunt winners for winning the following department raffle prizes!!

Team #7 will soon be sporting Cal Poly Lanyards!

Team #17 will soon be sipping from Cal Poly Mugs!

Team #14 will be repping Cal Poly with assorted swag!


And...Team #11 will be enjoying Madonna Pink Champagne Cake with PSY/CD Professors Dr. Bennion and Dr. Lee!  

Congrats and thank you for participating in our community-building fun last month! Prizes can be picked up after November 1st in the PSY/CD Department Office.  Cake Date is TBD (will be organized by Drs. Bennion and Lee).

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

For senior students planning to graduate in Winter, Spring or Summer 2023 -- you should have received an email (last Friday) inviting you to join the PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation on Canvas, so that you can begin the process for securing field internship placements for Winter quarter.  If you are eligible and have not received this invitation, please email Celia Magee at

A friendly reminder to students who have already started the orientation-- please do not contact faculty site coordinators for information about field sites until Wednesday (10/19) at the earliest. 

The PSY/CD Field Internship Orientation Canvas Site introduces 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.

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!


Psych Club and Psi Chi Halloween Party (10/27)


Psych Club and Psi Chi are hosting a joint Halloween party Thursday 10/27, 11am-12pm in Baker 101! Come join us for cookie decorating, a spooky movie, and more!

PSY Club Faculty Panel (10/20)


Psi Chi Graduate Panel (10/25)

Hey Psi Chi! Join us at our Graduate panel to learn more about various career paths, graduate school routes, and tips on how to prepare. Don’t miss it next Tuesday 10/25, 11am-12pm in Construction Innovations Room C101

Psych Club Faculty Panel (10/20)

This week (10/20) Psychology Club will be hosting seven of our lovely faculty! They will be sharing about their areas of expertise and be able to answer some questions you all may have. Each are from different career specialties, so we hope you can understand more about the field of psychology! Hope to see you all there!

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.


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:

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!



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. 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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