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Sep 19, 2017

Mental Health research based internship with Optimal Solutions Group just adjacent to campus!

Optimal Solutions Group LLC
Riverdale Park, MD 

Full Announcement HERE

Optimal Solutions Group, LLC (Optimal) is a leading non-partisan public policy research firm that
conducts studies and provides technical assistance on health care, education, welfare, housing, community development, and related subjects. Our mission is to provide policy makers with rigorous and timely studies that enable our clients (including federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as private foundations) to improve public well-being.

Optimal has an opening for an intern to work on two (2) projects focusing on collecting information and evaluating programs related to mental health and disconnected youth. The intern would assist researchers in a variety of research and analysis tasks including: collection and preparation of data from surveys and administrative information systems, performing basic analysis and coding of survey instruments, conducting literature searches, contributing to written reports and proposals, and providing general administrative project support

For full description and how to apply click  HERE

Sep 18, 2017

Attention Summer 2017 and December 2017 Graduates: Apply to be the Winter 2017 BSOS Student Commencement Speaker!

Apply to be the Winter 2017 BSOS Student Commencement Speaker! 
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Commencement Ceremony
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
12:00 p.m.

As you prepare to embark on your next journey after graduating from the University of Maryland,
what reflections would you share with your fellow graduates?

The selected student speaker will get to deliver his/her message to the 2,000 students, faculty, and guests at the BSOS Commencement Ceremony. The student speaker will play a prominent role in the procession into the Xfinity Center. During the BSOS Commencement Ceremony, the student speaker will get to sit on stage with the Dean Gregory Ball and will receive reserved special seating for family and guests.

Completed at least 60 credits at the University of Maryland, College Park
A GPA of 3.50 or better
Graduated in Summer or Fall 2017

For more information about the application process or to access the application, please visit the BSOS student speaker website (

Apply to become a Paid Hotline Specialist with Community Crisis Services!

Paid Hotline Specialists 
Community Crisis Services
24 Hour Hotline Services
$11-$13 per hour

The Community Crisis Services Inc. is seeking paid hotline specialists for their overnight team. Crisis hotline work can be quite taxing, but is incredibly rewarding. Hotline specialists frequently take calls back to back, and many of these calls are with callers in significant emotional distress. You will take calls that frustrate or even upset you, but your warmth, empathy, and patience will be key to making callers feel supported and—if they are having thoughts of suicide—able to stay safe for now. On your shifts you will be part of a supportive team, and will have access around the clock to an on-call supervisor who can provide guidance in difficult hotline situations.

-Field a wealth of calls from different crisis hotlines including the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Trevor Project, which serves LGBTQ Youth experiencing suicidal thoughts
-Assess service needs by applying active listening skills;
-Utilize agency resources to match callers with needed services and information – make appropriate referrals;
-Recognize and respond appropriately to persons in crisis – including callers with thoughts of suicide;
-Document call reports with an eye to detail and accuracy of information entry – utilizing a computer entry system to record each contact with clients.

-Empathy, patience, and resilience
-Prior hotline and human service is extremely helpful but not required
-Excellent communication skills
-Computer Literacy
-Reliable Transportation
-ASIST certification preferred but not required

How To Apply:
Please email cover letter and resume to Deputy Director, Melanie Arroyo at to schedule an interview.

Psi Chi Social Game Night Tuesday, September 19th! FREE Pizza!

Psi Chi
Social Game Night
Tuesday, September 19th
4:45 pm-5:45 pm
Biology-Psychology Building 

It's an amazing opportunity to meet and hang out with other psychology majors as well as the board of Psi Chi. Even if you are not a member, you are welcome to come and enjoy this night. As always, there will be free pizza! The event is going to be this Tuesday, September 19th between 4:45 and 5:45 pm in BPS 1140. The event will count for 1 point out of the 3 that you need to remain an active member and graduate with a chord for Psi Chi. Please note: Members are responsible for signing the attendance sheet at meetings to document their attendance and obtain points. Psi Chi is not responsible for assigning points to members who do not sign in. We hope that you come out and enjoy this night!  

MPS in Clinical Psychological Science Information Sessions!

University of Maryland
MPS Clinical Psychological Science
Information Sessions

Live information sessions are held throughout the school year at the University of Maryland, College Park. All sessions are held from 12-1 pm in the Biology Psychology Building, Room 1121A.

Upcoming sessions include:
September 21, 2017
October 19, 2017
November 9, 2017
December 14, 2017
January 18, 2018
February, 15, 2018

No RSVP is required for information sessions. Please contact Dr. Chisolm at with any questions.

Sep 15, 2017

NEW Work for Change Internship Program!

NEW Work for Change Internship Program
Work for Change is an internship program that will take place in Spring 2018. UMD students work with TerpService Staff to secure an internship at a local nonprofit and participate in a 3-credit class. Students accepted into the program receive a $500 scholarship.

Important Information:
Application Dates: September 13th- October 3rd
To apply, log in to OrgSync and then follow and select the form "Work for Change Program Application for 2017-2018, TerpService".

Any questions about the program or application can be sent to

Program Description:
Work for Change provides UMD students with a meaningful internship experience in our local community centered on service as well as professional and leadership development. Students gain important professional skills by committing to an internship at a local nonprofit for 8-10 hours a week for 14 weeks. Students make meaning of this experience and reflect on lessons learned in the 3-credit spring semester course that meets for 2 hours a week on campus. TerpService supports participants by: 1) providing guidance during the fall semester towards securing an internship in the spring; 2) facilitating professional development prior to starting work at the nonprofits; and 3) supporting students to promote and leverage their internship as a professional experience after the course is completed. Once accepted into the program, students are eligible to receive a $500 scholarship to help defray expenses accrued while completing the internship.

Important Dates:
Application Period: September 13th - October 3rd (11:59 PM)
Confirmation of date and time for interview for Work for Change Program: October 6th
Interviews with Work for Change Program Staff: October 9th - 13th
Notification of acceptance into Work for Change Program: October 13th
Applications due to nonprofits for On Campus Interviews: Oct 22 11:59pm
On Campus Interviews with participating nonprofits: Nov 15th and 16th
Find out more info or log into Orgsync and apply! Applications close on October 3rd.
Feel free to email with any questions or for help with the application.

Cognition and Emotion Lab Research Assistant position!

Research Assistant Position- Participant Recruitment
Laboratory of Cognition and Emotion

The Laboratory of Cognition and Emotion in the Department of Psychology ( is seeking one motivated and energetic undergraduate assistant to recruit families for the Infant and Child Studies (ICS) Database at various events around the DC area for the Fall of 2017. This individual will travel to pre-determined events (e.g., farmer’s markets, festivals, fairs) and speak to parents about the ICS database, what sort of research their children could be involved in, and recruiting those who are interested. They will learn more about the database and recruitment at these events, no prior knowledge is required. Having access to a car is a not a requirement, but recommended, as drivers are needed to drive other volunteers to these events. Additionally, this individual may be asked to make batch phone calls to potentially interested families.

-Show up to community events (Farmer’s markets, festivals, etc.) around the DC area
-Make phone calls to potentially interested families
-Engage with parents and children about the ICS database
-1 semester commitment required
-4 hour/week commitment

-Strong communication skills
-Interest in psychological research
-Weekend availability
-Minimum 3.0 GPA

How To Apply:
To apply, please email a copy of your resume along with times of availability to Kelly Morrow at

Sep 12, 2017

Full-time Research Associate position with the Learning To Talk Lab! Great opportunity for a recent grad!

Full-time Research Associate
One Year Position
Learning To Talk Lab
University of Maryland
Full Position Description HERE

The Learning to Talk Lab seeks an energetic, detail-oriented, highly organized and innovative individual to support the UMD Toggle Talk Project. This is a 4-year project funded by the Institute of Education Sciences of the Department of Education. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal dependent upon performance. Researchers in the Learning to Talk Lab at UMD are partnering with the Baltimore City Public Schools to study the efficacy of Toggle Talk, a language arts curriculum supplement. Toggle Talk provides young children with vocabulary and language structure awareness to become comfortable in switching between their home/informal language and classroom/formal language. Toggle Talk has been shown to improve standardized reading scores in pilot studies.

Minimum Qualifications:
• B.A. degree in Hearing and Speech Science, Psychology, Human Development, Counseling, Education, or related field.
• At least one year of prior research experience in a research laboratory that focuses on young children OR at least one year working in an elementary school setting. • Driver’s license  

Preferred Qualifications:
 • Experience giving standardized tests to young children. • Prior supervisory experience of undergraduate students.
• Experience using Microsoft Publisher and/or Photoshop.

Undergraduate Studies Update: Recapping the Psychology Department's Summer 2017 Study Abroad course in Vienna, Austria!

Undergraduate Studies Update
Department of Psychology
Summer 2017 Study Abroad Course 
Vienna, Austria
More information

Guten tag! Over the summer, 32 UMD undergraduate students studied the history of mental health treatment from ancient times to the present day. Vienna was chosen due to its significance in psychology’s timeline at the turn-of-the-20th century through notable figures such as Sigmund Freud, Alfred Adler, Carl Jung, Viktor Frankl, and Melanie Klein. Students also visited the nearby cities of Salzburg, Austria and Budapest, Hungary.

The 3-credit course, titled “Freud’s Footsteps: Psychotherapy Then and Now” (PSYC438F), took place over three week during June. The course was created and taught by Dr. Kevin McGann who was assisted by Ms. Lori Kader. The course was held in a historic international education center in downtown Vienna, and was supplemented by group field trips and guided tours of the city of Vienna, Freud’s apartment and therapy practice, and continental Europe’s first inpatient psychiatric hospital (Narrenturm, or “Fool’s Tower”). The group also met with psychology students and faculty from the University of Vienna. Students lived in shared apartments.

Learn more about the students’ experiences abroad through their shared course blog, with pictures and posts about their learning and travels.

This course was offered once previously in 2013, and likely will be offered again in Summer, 2019.

Helping Professions Without a Ph.D Panel!

Helping Professions Without a Ph.D Panel
Monday, November 6
5:30 pm
Bioscience Research Building
Room 1103 

Learn about helping professions career paths that do not require a terminal degree through this informative panel of experienced professionals.

Featured Panelists:

Jessi Collins 05’ LCSW-C Psychotherapist & Clinical Supervisor
Baltimore Washington Counseling Center

Alexander Hammer 14’ LGSW Mental Health Therapist I
YMCA Youth & Family Services Regional Youth Services CORE

Terry Spearman CCLS Manager, Child Life Services
Children’s National Health System

Bruce Holmes School Counselor, DC Scholars

Public Charter School

Morning Walk-In Advising Hours will begin @ 11 am tomorrow Wednesday, September 13th!

The Psychology Department Office of Undergraduate Studies Morning Walk-In Advising Hours will begin at 11 am instead of 10 am tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th. There will be no walk-in advising from 10:00 am-11:00 am on Wednesday, September 13th so the advising staff can attend a mandatory meeting. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Sep 11, 2017

Faculty Research Assistant position! Great opportunity for recent grad looking for more resarch experience!

Faculty Research Assistant Position
Dr. Jessica Magidson
Full Position Description HERE

The Faculty (Research) Assistant will be charged with coordinating two projects focused on examining the efficacy of peer recovery coaches in primary care settings, one in Cape Town, South
Africa, and one in Baltimore, MD. Research assistant responsibilities will include coordinating data collections, conducting preliminary data analyses and ensuring the fidelity of study protocol implementation.

-Coordinate data collection
-Enter and clean data
-Assist in developing study protocols
-Manage IRB submissions

-Strong organizational skills
-Familiarity with common statistical packages (SPSS, SAS, etc.)
-BA/BS in social sciences or related field
-Prior research with diverse populations

How To Apply:
Interested applicants should send their CV, a cover letter (describing research interests and how prior experiences and skill set meet the above requirements), transcript with relevant coursework (unofficial is allowable), and contact information for 2 - 3 references to Drs. Jessica Magidson ( and Julia Felton ( with the subject line "Global Mental Health and Addiction RA position." Please indicate in your cover letter when you would be able to start this position (January 2018 is preferred, however highly qualified applicants who are not available until Spring 2018 are encouraged to apply). Applications are being reviewed immediately. Deadline is rolling until the position has been filled.

Research Assistant position with the Early Childhood Interaction Lab!

Research Assistant Position
Early Childhood Interaction Lab

The Early Childhood Interaction Lab focuses on understanding how young children's social interactions with peers and adults influences cognitive development. The lab specifically studies how play and informal learning activities promote children’s thinking in mathematics and problem solving.

-Conduct interviews with children
-Data Entry
-Transcribing interactions between adults and children
-Behavioral coding of children playing
-Prepare materials for visits

-Must have at least a 3.0 GPA
-Be able to commit to working at least 2 semesters in the lab
-Access to a car is a plus

How To Apply:
Interested students should complete an application found on our website ( and send it to: Also, please indicate when you would be able to start, your available hours, and whether you have access to a car. 

Learn about LGBTQ resources and opportunities by attending the Quelcome: Fall Welcome FEST!

Quelcome: Fall Welcome FEST
Thursday, September 14, 2017
4:00 pm
Colony Ballroom

Each fall the LGBTQ Center hosts a campus-wide welcome event for all LGBTQ and allied staff,
faculty, students, and alumni to welcome new students, foster networking, and to showcase some of the resources and opportunities on campus or in the community.

Mark your calendar now to attend, Thursday, September 14, 2017, starting at 4:00 PM in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. This year, you can expect a dance party, lots of food, a resource fair, and the official launch of the #TransTerps campaign! Follow the FB event page here!

Sep 8, 2017

Field Trip/Career Shuttle: Cornerstone Montgomery! Learn about the field of psychiatric rehabilitation and get a FREE Lunch!

Field Trip/Career Shuttle
Cornerstone Montgomery
Friday, October 6, 2017

Event Details:
Join the University Career Center & The President's Promise on a Career Shuttle to the Cornerstone Montgomery in Rockville! This career shuttle is for students who are interested in working with youth and adult clients with a mental illness in a supportive environment. All undergraduate majors are welcome, but students majoring in psychology, family science, sociology, art or criminology & criminal justice may be particularly interested. LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED.

Cornerstone Montgomery ( is an independent, nonsectarian, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with the capacity to serve more than 2,200 adults and transition aged youth. They specialize in the provision of comprehensive, community- and evidence-based mental health and co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder treatments and interventions.

This Shuttle will include an overview of Cornerstone Montgomery, as well as an introduction to Behavioral Health. We will also hear from current employees working at the Studio in Sight, Transition Aged Youth program, and the Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Space is limited, so in order to confirm your participation, you must submit an RSVP. The University Career Center’s "no show" policy will be enforced. Business professional attire is encouraged. Once we reach capacity, you will have the opportunity to register for the wait list.