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Sep 3, 2015

Learn about the "Correctional Psychiatry" field with UMD Alumnus Jeffrey Metzner, M.D.!

“An Unusual, but Fascinating Career Path: Becoming a Correctional Psychiatrist” talk and reception with alumnus Jeffrey Metzner, M.D. (B.S.’72, zoology), the psychiatrist who ruled Colorado theater shooter James Holmes “sane”. 

September 10 at 2:30pm, 1103 BRB. 

For more information and to RSVP, visit  

Aug 31, 2015

Need 1 More Credit? Online PSYC Career Course is Available!

PSYC303 (Professional Development for Psychology Majors) exists to help psychology majors to clarify their interests and their future career goals, to learn about career and graduate school options after psychology at UMD, and to work on advancing their professional development skills. The course is entirely online and experiential, and there are no required texts for purchase as all resources are provided free of charge. A third section of this course was recently opened, so consider registering if you think this would be helpful for you at this time! 

PSYC Students Share Their Study Abroad Experiences!

Psychology majors at Maryland choose to study abroad in many locations around the world! Depending on the program, they can sometimes be approved to take psychology courses abroad which transfer back to their psychology major requirements at Maryland. We checked in with four PSYC majors who studied abroad last year, to ask them about their abroad experience!

Gabrielle Espinosa studied abroad last spring through the Maryland-in-Copenhagen program, at the
Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. She fell in love with the city's beauty and developed the confidence to try new things and immerse herself into the Danish culture. She lived in a Danish Residential Community (DRC) with other American students and together they shared unforgettable experiences, such as watching the Queen ride down the streets in her royal carriage on her 75th birthday. She traveled with new friends to nine different countries and gained more cultural knowledge and independence than she could have ever hoped for. DIS has an impressive course catalog and she took three PSYC courses including positive psychology, psychology of human sexuality, and psychology of leadership. In addition, she also took Danish language and culture, which enhanced her interactions with Danes and contributed to her overall abroad experience! Her favorite day in Copenhagen was the Danish holiday, May Day, which is a huge outdoor festival full of live music and political speeches.

Daniel Stevenson studied abroad last fall through an exchange program at the University of
Amsterdam. His psychology classes included ‘Human Cooperation’, ‘Motivation & Cognition’, and ‘Cultural Psychology’; however, his favorite class was ‘Putin’s Russia’. The student housing was apartment-style, with many international students living close together, and Daniel had great access to the city. He and his fellow students organized trips throughout Germany and to Barcelona, Spain. Being on exchange rather than studying within a program granted them the freedom to lose themselves within the Dutch culture, but there wasn’t a time in which he ever felt lost. An amazing way to meet people was through the International Student Network (ISN) - a student-run organization that puts together day events, club nights, and trips far and near. Daniel attended a ‘Discover Holland’ weekend with them that took his group up to the Dutch city of Groningen, and the island of Schiermonnikoog. Amsterdam has so much to offer, from music festivals to world-class museums and canals; Daniel says, “You have to see it for yourself!”

Laura Hipple studied abroad last spring through the Maryland-in-Sevilla program, in Sevilla, Spain!
Laura lived with a host family there, but was able to travel to Córdoba, Granada, San Roque, and Madrid where her group visited historical sites, museums, mosques, synagogues, and cathedrals. In addition to these cultural excursions, a couple her favorite culture experiences in Spain were being able to walk down on the floor of the bull fighting ring in Sevilla and having the opportunity to eat some of the most delicious meals of her life both with the UMD group and with her host family. Academically she was able to take a psychology course focusing on the acquisition of a second language (PSYC442) which was fascinating to be able to take in her second language while being immersed in both the language and culture of Spain. In addition, she took courses on the history and culture of Sevilla, grammar, speaking, Spanish culture, and the historical interactions of Christians, Muslims, and Jews in Spain. Overall, it was an amazing experience in a beautiful city!

Elyse Frank studied abroad last spring through the Maryland-in-Rome program, at the American University of Rome in Rome, Italy! She enjoyed the best paninis at the deli right next to campus! She was able to take Industrial/Organizational Psychology (PSYC361) while she was abroad. It was a
very interactive class and helped her to think about psychology issues from a different perspective. Her other courses included History of Modern Italian, Introductory Italian Language, and Art History of Rome. While she was in Rome, she lived in an apartment that was a 25-minute walk from school with 5 other females, where she shared a room with one of them. There was another Maryland student living with them, and the other young women were from 3 different American universities. Her favorite cultural experience was eating gelato in front of the Pantheon and realizing that she was living in a city with such rich history for 4 months. While abroad she was able to travel to a bunch of places. Within Italy she went to Venice, Florence, Pisa, Cinque Terre, the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano, Pompeii and Capri), and Calvi Dell'Umbria. Outside of Italy, she visited Paris, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Munich, Barcelona, Prague, Berlin and London. She now has a list of even more countries and cities she wishes to visit!

If you are interested in learning more about the wide array of abroad program possibilities, the Study Abroad Fair on campus is coming up SOON! It takes place on Thursday, September 10th from 3:00-7:00pm in the Grand Ballroom of the STAMP. See the event details here:

Research Assistant positions with the Child and Family Relationships Lab!

Research Assistant Positions 
Laboratory for the Study of Child and Family Relationships

Undergrad RA's needed to assist with learning a behavioral coding scheme. Following a training period, RA's will independently code videos for various social problem solving behaviors.

-Minimum 3 hours a week commitment
-Primary responsibility will be learning and utilizing a behavioral coding scheme

-Psychology or related major field
-Minimum 3.2 GPA
-Sophomore, junior, or senior status

How To Apply:
Please send CV and reasons for interest in this position to Sara Fitt,

ABA Therapist position!

Experienced ABA Applied Behavior Analysis Therapist 
Location: Washington, D.C.
Part or Full Time

The SPARKS Group ( consists of a team of trained Behavior Consultants with over 18 years of experience working with children with Autism. SPARKS develops individualized treatment plans based upon the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behavior (VB). SPARKS is committed to provide excellence in Autism education, services, and products to all communities in need. SPARKS works with children on the Autism Spectrum, ranging in age from 2 to 21 years.

Must live in or near DC
Hours between 4pm-8pm are needed most

Provide direct ABA therapy to children diagnosed on the autism spectrum. 

How To Apply:
Please e-mail resume to John Hellman at 

Aug 26, 2015

Fall Schedule Adjustment Walk-In Advising Hours

Office of Undergraduate Studies
New Department of Psychology Suite
1121 BPS

Enter front of BPS, take a left, and then walk straight back past restrooms to double glass doors.

Fall Schedule Adjustment will begin on Monday, August 31st and end on Monday, September 14. Walk-In Advising Hours during Fall Schedule Adjustment will be as follows:

Monday-Friday 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Monday-Friday  1:00 pm-3:00 pm

Research Assistant and Data Entry positions with the Culture Lab!

Research Assistant and Data Entry Positions 
University of Maryland Culture Lab

The Culture Lab (directed by Michele Gelfand) is seeking motivated applicants for positions this upcoming year. The lab is hiring for two positions, research assistants and a data entry students. Research assistants will help design a study, recruit participants, and analyze data. Data entry students will enter data from a number of large-scale studies run by our lab around the world. Both positions offer valuable research experience. Students from our lab have gone on to prestigious summer internships and several of our current research assistants are writing papers for publication. All applicants will be able to present their research during the semester. Please only apply for a research assistantship if you plan to seek a graduate program in research. Please only apply to either position if you are passionate about research and psychology.

-(RA) Running studies
-(RA) Analyzing studies
-(Data Entry) Entering large data sets

 -(RA) Minimum 8 hours
-(Data entry) Minimum 6 hours
-(RA) Minimum 3.5 GPA
-(Data entry) Minimum 3.2 GPA
-Good organizational skills
-Attention to Detail

How To Apply:
If you would like to apply for either position, send an email to Joshua Conrad Jackson at with a CV and an unofficial transcript. Also state your area of research interest in the body of the email. Psyc 479 credits available. For more information about the lab, visit:

Welcome all new and returning psychology majors! Visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies in the new Department of Psychology Suite, 1121 BPS!

Office of Undergraduate Studies 
Department of Psychology
New Suite! 1121 Biology-Psychology Building

Enter front of BPS, take a left, and then walk straight back past restrooms to double glass doors.

The Department of Psychology Office of Undergraduate Studies is pleased to welcome all new freshmen and transfer students to the University of Maryland as well as welcome back all returning PSYC Terps! The OUS Staff is ready to assist you as you embark on your Maryland educational journey. Our office is located in Suite 1121 of the Biology-Psychology Building. We offer a diverse range of advising services to psychology majors through our Walk-In Advising Hours, 10 am-12 pm Monday-Friday and 1:00-3:00 pm Monday-Wednesday, as well as through scheduled appointments. If your needs require a sufficient amount of time it is recommended that you contact the office at 301-405-5866 to schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor. Some examples of common advising services include:

· assisting you with strategies for degree completion, university policies, career and internship opportunities

· social and personal adjustment to university life

· preparation for graduate study

· opportunities to enrich your undergraduate experience.

- study abroad

and MORE!

Helpful resources for psychology majors can be found at the following link:

We look forward to serving you and hope your academic year gets off to a great start!

Aug 25, 2015

Research Assistant positions with the Child Stress and Emotions Lab!

Research Assistant Positions
Child Stress and Emotions Lab
Fall 2015/Spring 2016

The Child Stress and Emotions Laboratory (CSEL) in the Department of Psychology is seeking talented and motivated undergraduate research assistants You will assist in coding data from a study on early risk for depression, and assist in entering data from a preschool daily mood study. Undergraduate Research Assistants in the CSEL lab: • Engage in research with young children • Receive supervised training in a research laboratory • Learn about child psychopathology • Receive advice regarding graduate school and careers in psychology • Earn course credit We require a minimum of one-year commitment (2 semesters) and 6 hours per week (2 credits). We are seeking students who can commit to the Fall 2015 - Spring 2016 semester. If interested, please contact Katherine Leppert 

Responsibilities & Benefits:
-Minimum 2 semester commitment (Fall 2015-Spring 2016)
-Minimum 6 hours per week (2 credits)
-Data Entry
-Data Checking
-Participant Recruitment

-Minimum 3.0 GPA
-Previous laboratory experience preferred
-Experience with website editing preferred

How To Apply:
Those interested in applying should apply by TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 1st. Please send an email to, and an application will be sent to you. 

Aug 20, 2015

Intern with Kensington Wheaton Youth Services!

Kensington Wheaton Youth Services
Montgomery Mental Health Association
Internship Opportunity

Mental Health Association (MHA) currently manages 8 major direct service programs focused on the mental health and wellness of children, teens, families and senior adults. Through Kensington Wheaton Youth Services (KWYS), MHA works with Montgomery County Public Schools and the Department of Health and Human Services to offer services to help youth and families overcome obstacles that are in the way of student learning and growth. Through short-term mental health counseling, case management services, tutoring, educational workshops and after school programming, students improve school performance and families gain stability in their home lives.

Intern works closely with the staff on a variety of tasks, including program coordination and assistance, outreach, event planning, donor and volunteer management, and administrative duties. 

Work schedule is flexible and is decided on a site level; however, the candidate must be able to commit to between 10-15 hours per week. 

The internship will provide interns with an opportunity to develop the following skill sets:
-Experience in providing programming to elementary and middle school children  
-Experience working with a diverse, multi-cultural population  
-Experience working with immigrant and/or lower-income families 
-Experience in case management and social service delivery  

-Undergraduate majoring in psychology or other mental health related field
-Ability to respect bounds of internship and confidentiality of clients

How To Apply:
Interested applicants should contact Emily Kamin at or (301) 424-0656, ext. 541.

Aug 18, 2015

Fall 2015 Research Internship with the Schroeder Institute

Internship Overview
The Schroeder Institute Research Intern will work with the study Principal Investigator to support a pilot study funded by the American Legacy Foundation. This project examines real-world tobacco advertising exposure and attitudes towards tobacco products among non-smoking young adults in Washington DC. Work schedule is flexible up to 20 hours per week and some weekend and weekday evening availability (5:30 pm - 8 pm) is required on an as-needed basis. Responsibilities include processing and analysis of study photos collected from retailers in the Washington DC area, management of crowd sourcing coding of photos, and potential field work to tobacco retailers visited by respondents to obtain photos of tobacco advertising if current photos are unable to be processed. Opportunities exist for independent development of conference presentations or publications, if desired.

Internship Qualifications

Candidates should have a minimum of 1 year of experience in an applied research setting, ideally working directly in tobacco control or related area of substance use. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in Psychology, Public Health, or related field. A Masters degree is preferred. Candidates must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, be experienced working in a team, and be able to work independently. Previous experience with the survey data collection or fieldwork is a plus. This internship requires excellent organizational skills, experience interacting with a diverse population, and exceptional attention to detail.

Interns are PAID competitively, including a travel stipend.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, veteran status or disability.

Fall Internship Opportunity with Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

Smith Center For Healing and the Arts Internship Overview
Internships at Smith Center for Healing at the Arts offer the opportunity to develop leadership and professional skills and gain valuable nonprofit experience, all while contributing to the mission to serve the needs of individuals affected by cancer. Interns will be placed in one of five focus areas, where they will work closely with mentors and managers as valuable members of the Smith Center team. In addition to day-to-day responsibilities, interns will have the opportunity to take part in Smith Center programming, receive formal training, and share in community-building activities with a cohort of peers.

Internship Program Benefits
● Participation in Smith Center programming
● Ongoing professional development opportunities
● Community building opportunities
● Compensation through academic credit
● Possibility of re-hire for next semester

Program Dates
● Fall 2015: Tuesday, September 8 through mid December (4 months)

Applicant Criteria
● Ability to earn academic credit through an accredited educational institution
● High level of responsibility and ability to own projects
● Ability to take initiative and work independently as well as with a team
● Demonstrated desire to grow personally and professionally
● Professional communication skills
● Excellent time management and organizational skills
● Friendly, outgoing, and positive attitude
● Passion for the work, mission and values of Smith Center
● Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
● Ability to commit to 30-40 hours/week over the course of the internship

Applications for the Fall 2015 program should be submitted by Friday, August 21st, 2015 for priority consideration. To apply, please:
1. Complete the Smith Center Internship Application found here.
2. Email your resume to

For more information on the internship visit here.

Fall Internships with Meals on Wheels!

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland
Fall Internship Positions

Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is currently looking for interns for the Fall semester. The internships are unpaid but offer the opportunity to work side by side with experienced staff. Interns also receive a mentor.

The benefits of interning at Meals on Wheels:
-No busy work
-Learn and build new skills
-Work directly with clients, and make a huge difference among some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

By the end of Meals on Wheels internships, interns are performing the same work an entry level employees. Meals on Wheels hires a number of interns

The organization is currently seeking interns in a number of fields:
  • Human Services (including sociology, social work, psychology, etc.),
  • Public Health,
  • Aging Studies (including gerontology, management of aging studies, etc.),
  • Management (including health systems management, Health Administration and policy, business management, H.R., etc.),
  • Nutrition
  • Community Nursing.
If you are interested in interning with one of the premier social service agencies in the area, please have e-mail me

How To Apply:   
Potential interns should include a resume and cover letter. The body of your email should also include the following information: Your name, phone number, and email address. Major and/or area of interest, name of school/program, whether or not the internship will be for credit, the dates you would like to begin and complete the internship, and the number of hours required for the internship or the number of hours they plan to commit to it. You should also indicate the county you prefer to be located in for the internship, whether they will you have use of a car during the internship, and if you speak any languages in addition to English.

Are you an enthusiastic, curious, and hardworking undergraduate? Apply for a Research Assistant position with the Motivated Cognition Lab!

Research Assistant Positions
Motivated Cognition Lab
Fall 2015  

Interested in goal pursuit and motivation? The Motivated Cognition Lab is searching for enthusiastic, curious, and hardworking undergraduates to join as research assistants in the lab. Undergraduate research assistants will have the opportunity to learn about many aspects of research design and experimentation. For more information about the research we do, please visit the following website:

-recruiting participants
-literature reviews
-psychology experiment programming
-running experiments
-data entry

-5 to 10 hour per week commitment
-work hours flexible and can be arranged around class schedules

How To Apply:
Please complete the RA application at the following link and email it to Marina Chernikova at

Still searching for a Research Assistant position for Fall? Consider the Maryland Child and Family Development Lab!

Research Assistant Positions 
Maryland Child and Family Development Lab

Project Overview: Child Development This study is a project investigating pro-social behavior and empathy in four year old children. In the project, mothers and their four year old child come to the lab for two separate visits. During the visits, children play games and tasks designed to measure empathy, pro social behavior, and past experiences with their parent. Meanwhile, mothers complete questionnaires and interviews. Data collection is currently ongoing. Research assistants will assist with a variety of tasks depending on availability and interests. Some students may have the opportunity to assist graduate research assistants in collecting data.

-7 to 10 hours per week
-Data Entry
-Coding videotaped interactions
-Running participants

-3.0 minimum GPA

How To Apply:
If interested, please go to to complete the online application. The link is located on the right hand side under the heading "Research Opportunity."