Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Tuesday Newsday: October 4, 2022

PSY/CD Department Phone/Email

Phone: (805) 756-2033


  1. Read Tuesday Newsday every week.
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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. 



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!


Dr. Susana Lopez

Dr. Lopez is not only an incredible PSY/CD professor but she is an alum of this department twice over!  Dr. Lopez received her B.S. in Psychology AND her M.S. in Psychology from Cal Poly! She went on to earn her Ph.D. in Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology from UCSB. Dr. Lopez has been teaching in the PSY/CD Department for many years and is now an Assistant Professor - we look forward to many more years of enjoying her collegiality, stellar teaching, and important research program.

More about Dr. Lopez: Dr. López is a bicultural and bilingual (English/Spanish) professor at Cal Poly SLO who focuses on issues of diversity, equity, inclusivity and belonging inside and outside the classroom. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist who is co-founder and co-director of the clinic Resilience Psychological Collaborative, Inc.  She specializes in culturally-humble and healing-informed psychological interventions, assessment and teaching for individuals who have experienced marginalization and oppression. As an immigrant, Dr. López has a passion for working with individuals and researching issues related to life transitions including immigration/acculturation processes, trauma and resilience, and life disruptions. 


Information about Winter Quarter Fieldwork Internships will be in next week's Tuesday Newsday!

Get Involved in Department Leadership!  Apply to Be Part of the PSY/CD Student Advisory Committee

The PSY/CD department is seeking 2 CD students, 4 PSY students and 2 MS student to serve on the Department Student Advisory Committee this academic year.  This committee provides consultation to the department chair regarding issues important to our students. It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the department.    The time commitment is a one hour meeting every other week.

Nominations should include 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 7th 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.


Psi Chi Volunteer Event (10/8, 10/9)

Get excited for Psi Chi's first volunteer event of the school year! Volunteering is a great way to give back to the community, and not to mention, build up your resume and help prepare for your future career or grad school. Join us this weekend on Saturday 10/8 and Sunday 10/9, from 4:30-6:15pm, at ECHO (an organization dedicated to supporting the homeless community through providing food, shelter, and other services). We will be helping as Meal Servers and Garden Harvesting!

There are limited spots, so sign up now: ECHO Volunteer Sign Up

Psi Chi Resume/LinkedIn Workshop (10/11)


Psi Chi is also holding a resume and LinkedIn workshop next week with CLA career counselor Laura Hunkler. This event will be a great opportunity to polish your resume and LinkedIn profile, or learn some tips if you’re just getting started! Don’t miss it next Tuesday (10/11) from 11-12pm in the Construction Innovations Building room C101.

Psychology Club

Poly Child Development Club



International Exchange Program Workshop (10/5)

An “International Exchange Program” Application Workshop is scheduled to help any students who are interested in going on an exchange next spring (2022). The first workshop will be on Wednesday, October 05 from 11:10am – 12pm. Please feel free to share this information with any students who are interested in applying for a spring exchange program!

International Exchange Programs Application Workshop
Wednesday, October 05
11:10am – 12pm

Learn how to submit a competitive international exchange application! International Exchange Programs have a unique application process, so this event is open ONLY to students applying for an exchange program. Not sure if you are applying to an international exchange program? Click on our International Exchange Programs webpage to see a list of these types of programs.

Genetic Counseling Virtual Career Fair (10/6)

For those of you interested in genetic counseling, there is a virtual career fair coming up on October 6th. The fair is hosted by  Minority Genetic Professionals Network (MGPN), and it would be a great opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the field. For more information and registration you can use this link  

Center for Service in Action Leadership Team (10/7)

Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration (10/10)

Change the World Challenge (Apply by 10/17)

Let ASI Help You Flex Your 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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