Newsletter for Psychology Majors

Conferences & Lectures


Mental Health Empowerment Workshops


Tuesdays from 7 - 8PM
Location: Room 417, Byers Hall (Two floors above the dining hall), Silliman College
All meetings facilitated by advanced graduate students in clinical psychology and Mary O’Brien, Ph.D.
Would you like to navigate academic pressures, social challenges, and relationships skillfully so
that you feel effective in managing your daily life? If so, these workshops are for you. We are
excited to share some evidence based approaches from clinical psychology designed to help
you to maximize your potential and enjoyment at Yale. These workshops are interactive and
present a broad array of strategies for coping with the ups and downs of college life. This is not
group therapy and you can attend any one workshop or the entire series. We look forward to
chatting with you in the beautiful new Good Life Center at Silliman College. Please join us in
our effort to improve mental health and wellness on campus.
Workshop Dates
1. Values and Goals – Tuesday, September 11 th Erica Ho, Elizabeth Lewis
2. Maximizing Positivity in Daily Life – Tuesday, September 18 th Erica Ho
3. Escaping from Thinking Traps: Part 1 - Tuesday, October 2 nd Dana Allswede
4. Escaping from Thinking Traps: Part 2 – Tuesday, October 9 th Ariel Chang
5. Escaping from Thinking Traps: Part 3 – Tuesday, October 23 rd Rashina Seabury
6. The Benefits of Self-Compassion – Tuesday, October 30 th Meghan Collins
7. Relaxation and Sleep – Tuesday, November 6 th Libby Lewis
8. Avoid Less and Approach More – Tuesday, November 13 th Suzy Estrada


Panel: “Sign languages and the mind: their history, science and power

The panel brings together three researchers who will discuss the importance of sign languages in the cognitive development of Deaf children, what they reveal about the human mind, and the history of attitudes toward the Deaf and sign languages. 
WHEN: November 9th, 1:00-4:00PM


Annemarie Kocab received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Harvard in 2017, and her B.A. in Cognitive & Linguistic Science and English from Wellesley in 2010. She studies language emergence, focusing on sign languages. Her work on Nicaraguan Sign Language has revealed how recursion and temporal reference appear in emerging languages. This research also highlights the importance of sign languages in the education and cognitive development of Deaf children, and the rich expressive properties of even recently-developed sign languages. Dr. Kocab is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University where she works with Kathryn Davidson, in Linguistics, and Jesse Snedeker, in Psychology. She is a Deaf bilingual user of ASL and English.

Amber Martin received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development in 2009 and her B.S. in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota in 2000.  She is currently a professor of Developmental Psychology at Hunter College. Dr. Martin’s research explores and emphasizes the crucial interplay between language and cognition, focusing on the effects of delayed language acquisition on cognitive development in ASL and Nicaraguan Sign Language speakers. It has shed light on the spatial cognitive skills of signed language speakers and on the development of Deaf children who are exposed to language at a later age. Dr. Martin is Deaf and a proud Minnesotan.

Gerald Shea received his B.A. from Yale in 1964 and his J.D. from in Columbia Law School in 1967.  He practiced as an international corporate lawyer in New York and Paris for 30 years, until deciding to devote himself to issues related to the Deaf and to advocating their access to sign language. In his 2013 book, Song Without Words, he describes his personal experience with partial deafness (which was not properly diagnosed until his early thirties). In The Language of Light: A History of Silent Voices, published in 2017 by Yale University Press, he has written an engaging history of the Deaf and their language.  Stephen Anderson (the former Chair of our Linguistics Department) has written that the book is “An invaluable social, intellectual, and scientific history of the Deaf, and the emerging recognition of the linguistic nature of signed languages.” The book was reviewed by Jerome Groopman in the December 7, 2017 issue of the New York Review of Books


Have you completed a research paper in a psychology-related field (i.e. psychology, cognitive science, neuroscience, linguistics)? Are you looking for a platform to publish your work?

If so, The Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology at UCLA (URJP) WANTS YOU to submit your papers for our annual publication, expected to be released Spring 2019.

URJP is an organization dedicated to informing the community of psychological findings through research run by undergraduates from all universities. Last year, we received submissions ranging from local to international universities. URJP is one of the few established psychology journals that publishes undergraduate psychological research.

To submit, the papers must fulfill the requirements below:

  • Original work completed by undergraduates (Includes senior honors theses, independent research, reviews, theoretical papers, and other scholarly writing)

  • Never before been published

If you have not completed an independent research project, we still encourage you to apply by submitting a “literature review article” which does not require access to research data.

The deadline to submit papers is October 15, 2018. Multiple submissions from one author are welcome. If you would like to submit an article for consideration, please complete the following:

  • Replace any identifying information (i.e. author name, institution) with empty brackets, to ensure anonymity within the selection process

  • In the body of the email, include the following information: (1) your full name, (2) full article title, (3) article type (i.e., literature review, research article), (4) your email address

More information regarding our submission criteria and types of articles accepted can be found on our website,

To view our prior publications, please visit our website at

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at for further information.


ISPS Policy Lab

The Policy Lab provides Yale students a physical space and dynamic programming to conduct data-intensive policy-related investigations, develop specialized technical skills, and engage with policymakers. During the past academic year, we organized student working groups on issues like mass incarceration and educational inequality, gave students opportunities to gain policy expertise from former U.S. Senators, and much more. We hope you will join us this coming year for more exciting programming. Please join our email list to learn more about future events.

We would also like to invite you to participate in our first event of the fall semester. On Wednesday, September 19th from 2:30 to 3:30 PM we will be hosting a discussion on “Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for Post-Partisan Citizenship” with Alexander Heffner, the host of The Open Mind on PBS. We hope you can join us for this exciting discussion about partisan polarization and its effects on media and politics. Please click here to learn more and RSVP. This event will be held in the Policy Lab, which is located at 77 Prospect Street.

Fellowships & Ph.D. Programs


LEAP and Senior Counselor Position

LEAP (Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership, Inc.) is an after-school and youth development program for children and youth (ages 7-12) from New Haven’s lowest income neighborhoods; these neighborhoods have predominantly Black and Latinx populations. Serving over 1000 young people each year, LEAP relies on a multi-tiered mentorship model to provide youth with literacy-based activities and enrichment activities in different skillsets like creative writing, hiking, coding and swimming. We also offer college and career preparation and enrichment activities for our Leaders in Training (ages 13-15) during the transition from middle school to high school. The model allows participants to move up levels or join LEAP as children (7-12), Leaders in Training (13-15), Junior Counselors (local high school students), and Senior Counselors (local college students) as they get older. LEAP’s central mission is to develop the strengths and talents of young leaders who create and implement year-round, community-and school-based programs designed to achieve positive academic and social outcomes for children and teenagers living in low-income, urban neighborhoods.

As a Senior Counselor during the academic year, you would work with a group of about 10-12 students (ages 7-8, 9-10, OR 11-12) and provide them with homework help, as well as supervise them during enrichment activities offered by local service providers and volunteers. In addition to homework help and enrichment activities, you would develop a curriculum for your students based on LEAP’s resources and your own personal interests. As a literacy-based program, LEAP also incorporates reading time after-school to make sure students spend some part of their week developing their reading skills with your assistance. Being a Senior Counselor is a great opportunity to become embedded into a community, manage a group of kids, share your interests with a young population, and serve as a college-aged mentor for students who someday hope to go to college as well. You will be supervised by a Site Coordinator at one of our neighborhood sites and will work in a team of 16 (8 Senior Counselors and 8 Junior Counselors).

You can find the job application with a description of the Senior Counselor position at our website (

This position is open to all current undergraduate and graduate students. Senior counselor work schedules are flexible to students’ academic needs, so please apply even if you think you cannot commit to every single session. The after-school program runs from 3:00pm to 6:00pm Mondays through Thursdays and we expect a minimum of nine hours of work from all senior counselors at $10.50/hour pay rate.


Class with Jeff Roe | Politics Initiative

The application is now live for the Yale Politics Initiative’s exclusive, off-the-record master class with Jeff Roe, Ted Cruz’s campaign manager and “the next Karl Rove.”

Jeff Roe is the strategist behind Ted Cruz’s effort to defeat Beto O’Rourke’s challenge this November. The race has attracted unprecedented national attention and is one of the most exciting storylines of 2018.

Apply now at