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



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, Internships & Ph.D. Programs

Research Training Opportunity for Undergraduates | Ohio University

Our interdepartmental NSF Funded Summer Internship for Undergraduates is funded again for the upcoming summer. The internship focuses on child research, and here is some information on the program itself. 

Information can be found at the link

The program runs at Ohio University from late June to mid-August.  Students will complete an independent research project on treatment and services for children with social, emotional, and behavioral problems under guided mentorship of faculty in psychology or medicine. The hope is that this will allow them to gain intensive training in clinical research to prepare them for graduate school.  We also hope that they will get a presentation or publication out of their efforts.  We will offer $4000 stipends, housing, and 2 meals a day for the 7-week on site program.  We are specifically interested in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds, especially first-generation students or those who are strong critical thinkers despite having less resources in previous scholastic environments. We are also interested in students from many different disciplines, including psychology, biology, social work, education, pre-med, and nursing.

For additional information or if you have any questions about spending a summer in SE Ohio/rural Appalachia, please contact;

Julie A. Suhr, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Clinical Training

Department of Psychology

Ohio University

(740) 593-1091

Graduate Student Opportunity at Penn State University

As a result of being awarded the P50 Capstone Center for Child Maltreatment Research and Training from NICHD (PI:Noll), Penn State’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) has several fully funded slots for new graduate students.  A broad description of opportunities is below. 

There are currently 3 faculty members in HDFS at Penn State whose work focuses on solving the complex problem of child abuse and neglect; Jennie Noll,  Chad Shenk, and Christian Connell .

The P50 grant establishes the Center for Healthy Children in the College of Health and Human Development which focuses on eradicating health disparities of children within the child welfare system. In collaboration with PA’s Department of Human Services, this group is conducting a large cohort study of 1200 children (900 abused and neglected children, along with 300 matched comparison children) who will take part in Penn State’s “Child Health Study”. This day-long program includes a comprehensive health screening of physical health, brain health, behavioral health, and emotional health. A major focus of this study is to understand the connection between the biologic embedding of stress and subsequent adverse health outcomes. Of particular importance are the ways in which malleable behavioral factors (healthy lifestyle and behaviors, personal agency, prosocial engagement, regulation) can mitigate the impact of biologic embedding. The study aims to inform novel interventions promoting resilience so that abused and neglected children have the best chance of leading healthy, productive lives.

The Center also includes a large focus on the ‘Bridge-to-Policy’ through the Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR) model whereby researchers engage the child welfare community of practitioners and advocates to devise workable solutions that can spark dynamic change. There is also a large administrative data component to the Center where predictive models and predictive analytics are applied to state and federal administrative datasets to address pressing system-wide issues. The Center’s overarching goals are to translate research and solutions into messages that resonate with policy-makers and will implore a larger investment in child maltreatment prevention and treatment. 

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact and indicate interest in working with the following:

Jennie Noll:

Chad Shenk: 

Christian Connell:

Visit for more information.

Summer Research Opportunity | Caltech

Caltech is excited to announce two summer research opportunities available to continuing undergraduate students. Questions about these programs can be directed to Carol Casey at or (626) 395-2887.

Interested students can join us for the following webinars to learn more:

- WAVE Fellows Program Webinar, Wednesday, November 28, 11:00 am PST

- Amgen Scholars Program Webinar, Thursday, November 29, 11:00 am PST

Click here to learn how to join the webinars:

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a Ph.D. to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech.

The WAVE Fellows program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and to make Caltech’s programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally and financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or students with DACA status. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Competitive applicants will have completed sophomore-level courses in desired research field, have demonstrated through academic and/or co-curricular activities a passion for research, and can articulate how their research interests align with Caltech’s research areas. The most competitive applicants will have prior research experience.

Support: WAVE Fellows will receive a $6350 award for the ten-week program. An additional housing/travel supplement will be provided.

Application: Online applications are due January 12, 2019.

For more information, visit

Caltech’s Amgen Scholars Program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry.

Eligibility: Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the US at time of application, and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.

Support: Amgen Scholars will receive a $6350 award, round-trip air transportation, campus housing, and a food allowance.


Online applications are due February 15, 2019.

For more information, please visit



Undergraduate Tutors |  Science and QR Tutoring Program | Yale University

The Science and QR Tutoring Program seeks undergraduate tutors for  PSYC 160

 When allocated students to tutor, the time commitment is expected to be ~2 hours per week for a small group of students. The maximum time commitment depends on how many students the tutor would like to work with. The schedule is determined at the convenience of the tutor and tutee.  The hourly rate is $18.00/hr.

Details of how to apply are provided at: – Apply  to Become a  Tutor

Additionally, please e-mail an unofficial download of your transcript saved in pdf to

Research Assistant (Lab Manager) | Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute | Roanoke, Virginia

A full-time research assistant (lab manager) is sought for the labs of Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute ( Projects in the labs combine methods from experimental and clinical psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics with functional neuroimaging to investigate decision-making in healthy and clinical populations (focusing on adults with mood, anxiety, personality, or substance-use disorders, and at-risk youth). The research assistant will be responsible for recruiting and assessing research participants, implementing all aspects of study protocols, and maintaining positive communication with research participants and collaborators. Data collection involves various modalities including: behavior, fMRI, clinical interviews, genetic samples. Additional duties include managing participant databases, organizing project funds, and preparing and tracking IRB protocols. The research assistant is an essential member of the group and will be generally responsible for having overall knowledge of all lab projects and managing day-to-day logistics of ongoing lab projects.  Training will be provided for all aspects of the position. For motivated individuals, there are many opportunities to be involved with data analysis. This is an excellent position for candidates interested in graduate school in cognitive or clinical psychology, neuroscience, and related fields. Preference will be given to candidates who are willing to make a two-year commitment.

Minimum requirements include: 1) BA/BS in psychology, biology, engineering, or related field; 2) two years of research experience; 3) ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 4) demonstrated organizational skills and attention to detail; 5) demonstrated ability and desire to succeed in a fast-paced research environment with multiple concurrent duties; 6) excellent written and oral communication skills; 7) proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or equivalent.

Other information: MA/MS candidates with clinical (clinical psychology, psychiatry) training will be considered; salary will be commensurate with experience. Candidates with data analysis and/or computer programming experience will be considered favorably.

Required application materials: Cover letter including statement of interest, CV/Resume, list of references. Two letters of recommendation will be required prior to final consideration. Consideration of applications will begin October 15, 2018, and will end when the position is filled. Expected start date is as soon as possible. Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please apply at:, posting #SW0180735

Pre-submission inquiries with CV may be emailed to:

Whitney Allen,

Lab Manager for Dr. Pearl Chiu, Dr. Brooks King-Casas, and Dr. Stephen LaConte

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Roanoke, VA


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