Psychology Newsletter

January 2016

Psyhcology Advising Updates:

Scheduling Appointments Online
We are now scheduling all of our appointments through an online system!

1. Click the link above and save to your favorites for future access
2. Log in with your NETID and password
3. Select "College of Science" for the college option
4. For "Select your department," choose "Department of Psychology"
5. Schedule with your assigned advisor by alphabet (see below for distribution and we have it posted on the website as well)
*Be sure to mention your reason for the appointment in the comments section!*

Click here to check it out!

Checking in for Advising using CatCard Swiper:
To check in for your advising appointment or sign up for our scheduled walk-in hours, you will use your CatCard on a computer in the psych hallway on the 3rd floor (near 312).

1. Swipe your CatCard slowly and listen for TWO beeps (otherwise you did not check in).
2. If you do not have your CatCard, please enter your first and last name.
3. A reasons box will generate, please select the reason that applies to you before clicking done.
4. Grab a seat in the hallway on the 3rd floor and wait for a psych advisor to come get you.

Attention May 2016 and August 2016 Graduates!

If you are planning on graduating after this Spring 2016 or Summer 2016, you need to file for graduation by February 1st to avoid the $50 late filing fee. You can access and complete your candidacy form online through your UAccess Student Center by "applying for graduation." This is the first step of the degree check process. Upon completion of this form, you will also want to schedule a "Senior Degree Check" appointment with your advisor to complete the process
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Applications for PSI CHI HONOR SOCIETY

Are you a Psychology major/minor?

At least a second semester sophomore (45 credits completed)?

Have completed at least 9 units of Psychology course credit?

Maintain at least a 3.0 overall and are in the top 35% of your class?

Then you may qualify to join Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology!

Benefits to joining Psi Chi include:

● International recognition

● Lifetime membership

● Leadership experience

● Awards and grants

● Networking

● Philanthropic opportunities

● Graduate school information

● Camaraderie and friendship

● Psychology-specific events

Apply TODAY online at:

Application Deadline is January 24th, 2016 at 5pm.

> IMPORTANT: After completing your application please email your advisement report to:

Graduate President Amy Bowles at

Don't miss out on the opportunity to join the University of Arizona's chapter of the International Honor Society in Psychology. APPLY TODAY!

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Become a member of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)

Interested in forensic psychology or psychology and law? Become a member of the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS)! There are numerous benefits and is only $15.00 per year. For more information about AP-LS and why/how you should become a member, please contact Jennie Duchschere at

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Career Services Spring 2016 Events

· Education/Non-Profit Fair - February 17th (Career Services event – all students and alumni welcome)

· Reverse Career Fair - February 17th (Career Services/ASUA event for UA student organizations & leaders)

· Bio-Science Panel - February 23rd (Career Services panel event – all students and alumni welcome)

· Health Professions Fair – February 23rd (Pre-Health CLAS event)

· Spring Career Days - March 8th & 9th (Career Services large 2-day career fair – all students and alumni welcome)

· Diversity Mixer - March 8th (Career Services – networking event – mainly for students)

· Sports Panel - April 19th (Career Services panel event – all students and alumni welcome)

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Undergraduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities

Home of the certificate

The Sonoran University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, a federally recognized Center for Excellence, is located administratively in the Dept. of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine.


To enhance students’ competitiveness for positions in organizations that work for and with individuals with developmental disabilities, including the AZ Division of Developmental Disabilities (and analogous organizations in other states), provider agencies, home-health agencies, special-education providers, recreational agencies, non-profit organizations, and government agencies. For those students planning to pursue a graduate degree in education, the sciences or health care, the certificate would provide an additional qualification in the field.

Student outcomes

Students will be able to:

· Explain how historical, social and cultural constructs of disability impact the lives of people with disabilities

· Differentiate among neurodevelopmental and related disabilities

· Develop a working knowledge of the Developmental Disabilities service system, health care, housing and employment services and supports

· Apply principles of family-centered, culturally-competent, person-centered services and supports to individuals with developmental and related disabilities in a variety of settings

· Develop skills working in an interdisciplinary team, working with families and individuals with developmental disabilities, and working in the community

· Complete and present a scholarly project

· Participate as a Sonoran UCEDD interdisciplinary trainee with connection to a national network of trainees

Certificate requirements

This is a 12-unit certificate open to students admitted to their major or to students who have completed all lower-division requirements in their major and who are enrolled in upper-division coursework in their major. The certificate is NOT limited to certain majors or programs. Concurrent enrollment in a degree program is required. The maximum number of transfer units or units taken in non-degree status that may be applied to the certificate is 3. Requirements generally are expected to be completed within a year. For students in the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science major, units earned in fulfilling the requirements of the certificate can be used as part of the units required to complete their emphasis in Development and Aging.

Course requirements

· Core course. FCM 496D, Disability Perspectives: Research, policy, and practice. 3 units, required of all students, offered only in the fall semester

· Two 3-unit courses, chosen from the menu below

o PSYC 405, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, with a special discussion section for certificate students; offered in the fall.

o SERP 416, Disability Perspectives and Narratives, which focuses on narratives written by people with disabilities about their experiences; offered in the spring

o CPH 405, Biology in Public Health Research and Practice, offered in the fall

o CPH 408/508, Disabilities in Public Health, offered in the spring

o Other courses to fulfill this requirement may be considered by the student’s faculty advisor

* Students in the NSCS major are strongly recommended to enroll for PSYC 405

· A one-unit Independent study. FCM 497. Required. Student will create a portfolio that includes description and analysis of experiences in the disability community that have been set up in consultation with the student’s faculty advisor or UCEDD mentor. Typically will include short reports about various meetings in the community as well as a written reflection on a required weekend workshop on professional roles in serving the Developmental Disabilities community. Evening and weekend times may be necessary.

· A 2-unit Directed research experience. FCM 492. Required. This is a scholarly project, typically a literature review or involvement in research.

Contact information

Primary point of contact:

Leslie J. Cohen, JD.

Director and Assistant Professor

Sonoran UCEDD Family and Community Medicine

University of Arizona

520 626-0080

Associate Director:

Lynne A. Oland, Ph.D.

Research Professor

Department of Neuroscience

Director, Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science

School of Mind, Brain and Behavior

University of Arizona

520 621-7215

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Apply to Exhibit at STEAMworks

Are you passionate about science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or math (STEAM)?

Looking for an exciting opportunity to showcase your knowledge and talents, while also inspiring the next generation of students to study and work in STEAM?

Then we need you to exhibit at STEAMworks, on April 14, 2016 at the Student Union Grand Ballroom!

Save the date! STEAMworks is a one day-exhibition to engage high school, Pima Community College, and UA undergraduate students in hands-on demonstrations of STEAM technologies and expose them to exciting study and career possibilities.

Apply to exhibit at

University of Arizona student clubs, teams of students, classes, labs, or individual students are encouraged to apply.

Exhibit at STEAMworks 2016 and:

  • Showcase a project or technology and inspire students!
  • Demonstrate real-world organizing, outreach, and communication skills for your resume.
  • Attend an exclusive post-event reception with STEAMworks business and industry sponsors.

For more details and the application, go to Applications are due January 31, 2016.

Not interested in exhibiting, but want to volunteer? Sign up to volunteer at and tell us how you can help!

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Psychology Advising

How to Make an Advising Appointment

Advising appointments can be scheduled by going to


Liz Sandoval-Marchand – Students with last names A-D (

Keri Bishop – Students with last names E-L and HONORS (

Christy Ball – Students with last names M-R (

Shelley Bernstein – Students with last names S-Z (