Psychology Newsletter

September 2022

Welcome to the fall semester! We hope the start of the semester is off to a great start!


Important Deadlines

Regular Academic Session Courses (08/22/2022 - 12/07/2022):

  • 9/1/2022: Last day to apply for Fall degree candidacy without a late fee. After this date a $50 00 Late Candidacy Application fee will be assessed.
  • 9/4/2022: Last day to drop without a grade of W (withdraw). Classes dropped on or before this date will remain on your UAccess academic record with a status of dropped, but will not appear on your transcript. Last day to change from credit to audit, or vice versa, with only an instructor's signature. Last day for a refund.
  • 9/5/2022: Beginning today, students may completely withdraw from all classes in the term. Labor Day, no classes. W period begins A penalty grade of W will be awarded for each withdrawal and the class(es) will appear on your transcript. Beginning today, a change from credit to audit requires instructor approval on a Change of Schedule form.

Seven Week First Session Courses (08/22/2022 - 10/12/2022):

  • 9/5/2022: Labor Day, no classes.
  • 9/17/2022: Last day to make registration changes without the dean's signature.
  • 9/18/2022: Instructor's and dean's signatures are required on all Change of Schedule forms to add or change classes.
  • 9/23/2022: Last day to file for Grade Replacement Opportunity (GRO). Last day for students to withdraw from a class online through UAccess.
  • 9/24/2022: Instructor and dean's signatures required on a Late Change Petition in order to withdraw from class and students must have an extraordinary reason for approval.

Important note: this is not an exhaustive list of all dates and deadlines.

Click here to view the complete list of deadlines.

Contacting Psychology Advisors

Appointments can be scheduled with your assigned advisor or you can search all Psychology advisor availability via Trellis.

Psychological Science Majors and Pre-Majors: Randy Yazzie -

Psychology BA Majors with last name A-K: Rani Metz -

Psychology BA Majors with last name L-Z: Alan Truong -

Christy's Column

Welcome to Christy’s Column, September 2022 Edition

Dear Students,

Welcome Back, Psychology and Psychological Sciences students! I look forward to a great year preparing YOU for your future career and next steps after undergrad.


This first edition of the new academic year focuses on the importance of having a Handshake account. All Psychology and Psychological Sciences majors must log in and create their Handshake profiles to take advantage of all the opportunities this year. It only takes a few minutes. Please go to

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You need hands-on experiences to help you figure out what direction you wish to take for your career. Some career paths require attending a graduate or professional program, others do not, but all Careers require hands-on experience.


Do you need help finding an Internship? The Office of Student Engagement & Career Development is offering workshops that will walk you through the process of finding local, remote, or out-of-state opportunities, all in Handshake, of course. Seet the dates, times and RSVP information below. Please attend!

Career Development Workshop Kickstart Your Internship Search

Friday, September 2nd at 11am at BASC

Tuesday, September 6th at 4:30 on Virtual on Zoom

Wednesday, September 7th 2:00pm BASC

Once you land your Internship, you can complete the necessary paperwork with your Academic Advisor and Internship site supervisor to get credit.


Once again, I will offer many PSYPREP Events to help you gain exposure to varying career paths and graduate school admissions steps. In addition to advertising these events through the PSYPREP website, you will find them on our Social Media Channels. Please follow us @uazpsychology on Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn! So far, I have Human Resources, School Counseling, Preparing for Grad School, Careers in the FBI, Goldman Sachs, and many more coming together. Stay tuned for details to come!

In closing, If you have an idea for an event or want to learn about something specific related to career, professional, and graduate school preparation, please email me directly at I will see what I can do!


“Together, We Got This!”

Christy M. Ball

Associate Professor of Practice

Career & Professional Development/Graduate School Preparation

Psychology Building Room 448

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Writing Skills Improvement Program (WSIP)

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COVID Testing

The University of Arizona strongly encourages that students test regularly.


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Eller will be hosting Eller Expo with 125 employers in attendance on Wednesday, September 14th from 3PM-7PM. Students do not need to register for the event, but it is recommend that attendees download the Career Fair Plus App as we move closer to the event (9/06) when all companies are reflected.
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The Peace Corps Prep Program is hosting a welcome event on Thursday, September 15th from 4:00 – 5:00 PM in the lobby of the Forbes building. This event will be a great opportunity for students to learn more about the Peace Corps and the PC Prep Program and meet with Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) to hear firsthand what service is like. Snacks and refreshments will be provided thanks our state and regional Peace Corps recruiters – who will also be in attendance!

RSVPs are encouraged, but not required.

Research Participants Needed

Social Psychology Lab

Dr. Mehl's social psychology lab is looking for participants for a research study on how people cooperate with artificial intelligence when playing a navigation-based mobile game. This study lasts 180 days and involves monetary compensation based on participation (up to about $500). It also involves wearing a Garmin smartwatch, which we provide, and which you are free to keep ($350 value) if you remain in the study for at least 45 days. The main criteria for eligibility are having an Android phone, be willing to be paid using Venmo, and having our study apps on your personal phone. For more information and to see if you are eligible, please email the project coordinator, Lidia Obregon, at

Please note being a research study participant does not grant directed research credit.

Psychology in the News

What older adults do while they sit affects dementia risk, study finds

Researchers explored the link between sedentary behavior and risk of dementia and found that type of activity matters when it comes to brain aging.

Read more about this article featuring Gene Alexander, a professor in the UArizona Department of Psychology.

Determining the real cost of loss of sleep

Sleep researchers are finding catching up on lost sleep doesn’t always help. University of Arizona neuroscientist Fabian Fernandez investigates circadian timekeeping. He’s researching what happens when we fail to keep our minds and bodies in sync with the 24-hour cycle.

Fabian Fernandez spoke with Leslie Tolbert, Ph. D. Regent’s professor emerita in Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. Listen to the story here.

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Psychology Advising

How to Make an Advising Appointment

Advising appointments are for majors only can be scheduled by going to Trellis. Students can search for any of the names listed below to meet with.

Psychology minors, please email


Randy Yazzie - Psychological Science major and pre-major (

Rani Metz - Psychology BA Majors with last name A-K (

Alan Truong - Psychology BA Majors with last name L-Z (

Melanie Lipton - Assistant Director of Academic Advising (