Psychology Newsletter

February 2022

February is Black History Month

Be on the lookout for events and programs hosted by various UA entities throughout the month.

Newsletters are back!

Thank you for being patient with us as we brought in replacements for former psychology advisors. Monthly newsletters will be brought back for the semester now we have a full advising team. Be sure to read on for important information from your Psychology Department.


Important Deadlines

Regular Academic Session Courses (01/12/2022 - 05/04/2022):

  • 2/1/2022: Last day to apply for Spring degree candidacy without a late fee After this date a $50 00 Late Candidacy Application fee will be assessed.
  • 2/9/2022: Last day to change from pass/fail to regular grading or vice versa with only instructor approval on a Change of Schedule form.

Seven Week Second Session Courses (01/12/2022 - 03/04/2022):

  • 2/7/2022: Last day to make registration changes without the dean's signature.
  • 2/13/2022: Last day to file for Grade Replacement Opportunity (GRO). Last day for students to withdraw from a class online through UAccess.
  • 2/14/2022: 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.
  • 2/23/2022: Last day for students to submit a Late Change Petition to their college.

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

The advising team will continue to primarily offer remote advising via Phone or Zoom until further notice. Appointments can be scheduled with your assigned advisor or you can search all Psychology advisor availability via Trellis.

Christy's Column

Dear Students,

Hello! My name is Christy Ball, and I was recently hired as a full-time Professor of Practice to teach, assist, and support YOU on your path to your ultimate career. My areas of expertise include career discovery, professional development, and graduate school preparation. Among the many items I will be implementing, “Christy’s Column” is one of them. This introductory piece highlights the courses I teach and how they support YOU on your career discovery journey. Please consider registering for them in an upcoming semester!


PSY 197A Psychology Undergraduate Exploration Program- A 1-unit course designed to help first-year Psychology majors get acclimated to the University resources and discover how to succeed in college. Together with an upper-class Psychology Peer Mentor, you will learn about the various fields of Psychology and come away from the course with a broad overview of career options and clear plans for the next steps on that path.

PSY 396C Preparation for Graduate Programs in the Field of Psychology- This course instructs students on becoming solid graduate school applicants with an in-depth review of each step of the graduate school application process. Students will learn the importance of seeking hands-on experiences in research labs and the community. Highlights of the topics covered: How to research potential programs and organize your application information, personal statements, Graduate Record Exam (GRE), letters of recommendation, funding, interviewing, and what to consider before accepting an offer to a graduate program. Additionally, the student will learn what to evaluate in their application package and the appropriate next steps, should they not receive an offer in their first round of applying. Finally, this course includes panel Q & A with faculty, current graduate students, and various professionals from the community. While this course focuses on preparation for graduate programs in Psychology and related fields; however, students are welcome to take this course to focus on other professional programs.

PSY 397A Career Exploration and Professional Development- In this course, Psychology majors explore the many varied career pathways they may encounter with a Bachelor’s degree in the field. This course allows students to apply psychology-specific content and skills to career goals. Students will be challenged to articulate, apply and exhibit skills derived from psychology to best prepare them for successful careers in the workforce.

PSY 471 Psychology of Leadership- This course will give a broad overview of psychological theories of leadership. Students will learn about leadership traits, styles, and how they relate to tasks and relationships. In addition, students will learn the importance of developing leadership skills, engaging strengths as a leader, and creating a vision. Students will take multiple self-assessments and analyze and apply theoretical concepts within historical and modern case studies. Additionally, students will be able to apply what they learned to their everyday lives.


Hands-on experience is the number 1 thing prospective employers and graduate school admissions boards evaluate. In order to streamline your email inboxes, all psychology students have been added to a listserv entitled . Please pay close attention to those emails as they will be full of opportunities to help you become competitive for your post-undergraduate next steps.

FEBRUARY EVENTS (Dates coming soon, held on zoom 6-7 pm)

Wildcat 5: This presentation will explore five ways students can get started to help them be career-ready: creating online profiles such as Handshake & LinkedIn, developing a professional resume, growing a personal network, practicing interviewing skills, and seeking help to explore options. (45 minutes)

Resume Writing 2.0: This presentation is suggested for students who have a resume and want to further develop their document and tailor it to industries of interest. The presentation will focus on resume strategies across industries, including information on the differences between a resume and a CV, and asks students to reflect on what they want to stand out. (45 minutes)

“Together, Wo Got This!”

Christy M. Ball

Associate Professor of Practice

Career & Professional Development/Graduate School Preparation

Psychology Building room 448


The University of Arizona also strongly encourages that students test regularly.

Campus Reentry Resources

Check out this page for updates and info regarding campus reentry.

There's also the COVID Ambassador Team Hotline: (520) 848-4045 available 7AM – 7PM daily.


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Job Description/Responsibilities

• Assist the Psychology Academic Advisors in mentoring undergraduate Psychology majors

• Co-facilitate 1-hour weekly classes (class times are dependent on schedule) on topics such as fields of Psychology, engagement opportunities, graduate school overview, resume writing, learning styles and study strategies, networking, campus resources

• Provide accurate and reliable information regarding all of the above topics

• Meet with mentees once a month outside of class during the semester, about 10 hours a week

• Attend weekly staff meetings (time and day to be determined), about 1.5 hours a week

• Keep detailed and accurate notes in student files


Peer Mentors can:

• Earn 3 credits in Fall 2022 and 3 credits in Spring 2023 of Psychology practicum credit

• Receive valuable training and experience working in a University setting

• Learn teaching methods, basic counseling skills (interviewing, reflective listening) as well as skills and competencies necessary to be an effective and knowledgeable mentor

• Become more involved with the Psychology Department

• Obtain valuable information to prepare for graduate school in Psychology or other areas of interest

Minimum Qualifications

• Psychology or Psychological Science major with Junior or Senior status during the 2022-23 academic year

• Completed a minimum of 9 units in Psychology coursework (at least 6 units at the U of A)

• Minimum 2.5 cumulative and Psychology GPA

• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

• Highly dependable and punctual

• Ability to give 2 semester (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023) commitment to the program

• Able to participate in a mandatory in-person training session on Friday, August 19, 2022 from 9AM-4 PM and Tuesday, January 11, 2023 from 9AM-2PM

Peer Mentor Applications for the 2022-2023 year can be accessed below.

Master of Social Work (MSW) Information Sessions with Arizona State University

Interested in earning your MSW? Check out the opportunity to complete your MSW with ASU.
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Sign up here:

For questions, contact

Spring Study Abroad Fair, February 2nd, 2022 

Study Abroad to see the world and enhance your education through once-in-a-lifetime global experiences! Visit the Spring 2022 Study Abroad fair from 10AM-2PM on the UArizona Mall in front of the Student Union Memorial Center to learn more about our exciting programs, scholarship opportunities, and how you can get ahead academically and stand out professionally by studying abroad.

Students who check in at the fair will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $1000 Study Abroad scholarship!

Don’t forget to connect with the #WildcatsAbroad community on Instagram and Facebook to get a sneak peek into what awaits when you study abroad!

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College Academy for Parents Camp Leader positions

We’re seeking UA students with an interest in leading fun and educational activities for elementary school students one evening per week during the Spring 2022 semester. Highlights for the College Camp Leader position include:

• 5 hours per week commitment

• Program and team meetings held virtually

• Activities provided for you to connect with students

• Internship credit (with departmental approval)

Position Requirements:

• Minimum 2.5 UA GPA

• Submit a Cover letter and Resume Available one evening per week:

Wednesdays, March 30 - April 27, 2022

• Available morning and afternoon Saturday, April 9, 2022

• Background check required upon hiring

• Bilingual English-Spanish preferred, but not required

For more information, contact Susan Towne, Coordinator, (520) 626-2350,

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Scholarship Opportunity for Graduate Programs

The IHS Scholarship Program provides qualified American Indian and Alaska Native health professions students an opportunity to establish an educational foundation for each stage of your pre-professional careers. Today, nearly 7,000 American Indian and Alaska Native students have received scholarship awards and many have committed to serving their health profession careers at IHS; some have even returned to serve their own Tribal communities. The scholarship program provides financial support in exchange for a minimum two-year service commitment within an Indian health program in your chosen health professional discipline.

Click here for eligibility information and application.

This opportunity is ideal for those wishing to enter a clinical psychology program!

Psychology in the News

The Grieving Brain now available everywhere books are sold

THE GRIEVING BRAIN: The Surprising Science of How We Learn from Love and Loss (HarperOne), written by UArizona psychologist and renowned grief expert Dr. Mary-Frances O’Connor, is now available everywhere books are sold.

In The Grieving Brain, Dr. O’Connor shares groundbreaking discoveries about what happens in our brain when we grieve, providing a new paradigm for understanding love, loss, and learning. Dr. O’Connor also shares her own trailblazing neuroimaging work, research in the field, and real-life stories in an accessible and practical way.

Excerpt from the book: “…this deep encoding of our loved ones in our brain is powerful. It has a powerful effect on our behavior, on our motivation, and on how we feel…our brain is doing everything in its power to keep us united with the ones we love. These powerful tools include hormones, neural connections, and genetics that can even override the painfully obvious knowledge that the loved one is no longer alive.”

In the publication, Dr. O’Connor establishes a new paradigm for understanding grief on a neurological level contrary to Kubler-Ross’ enduring idea of the “Five Stages of Grief.”

“Grief has touched everyone’s life at one point or another, and is very timely for many,” said Lee Ryan, PhD, Professor and Department Head of Psychology at UArizona. “Dr. O’Connor was one of the first people to actually study grief in the brain and has helped us truly understand the different ways our brains process grief.”

George Bonanno, author of The End of Trauma, writes of The Grieving Brain, “A pioneer of the neuroscience of grief, O’Connor lays out in simple prose how we try to make sense of the impossible conundrum of loss. Anyone who’s been through a loss or just wants to know how bereavement works, this is the book for you.”

Dr. O’Connor is a presenting author at the 2022 Tucson Festival of Books and will be on the main stage of Science City on Sunday, March 13th, 4:00 p.m. MST. for Q&A, and book signings.

For more information on The Grieving Brain, go to

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 your assigned advisor.


Randy Yazzie - Psychological Science major and pre-major (

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

Alan Truong - Psychology BA Majors wih last name N-Z (

Melanie Lipton - Assistant Director of Academic Advising (