Thursday, March 4, 2021

Interview with Lovey Peissig

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In honor of Black History Month, we spoke with three PhD alumni from the Counseling Psychology program to learn about what drew them to Psychology and how they are now making an impact as professionals. They also told us about why it is essential that we work to increase Black representation in our program, the profession, and the field.

Lovey Peissig, Ph.D. ‘16

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Interview with Jason Steward

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In honor of Black History Month, we spoke with three PhD alumni from the Counseling Psychology program to learn about what drew them to Psychology and how they are now making an impact as professionals. They also told us about why it is essential that we work to increase Black representation in our program, the profession, and the field.

Jason Steward, Ph.D. ‘05

Graduate Student on Effective Engagement of Senior Volunteers

The number of Americans over the age of 65 is steadily increasing with a current population of 56 million predicted to grow to 94.7 million in forty years. In a Nonprofit Quarterly article titled “Engaging Our Elders: The Power and Potential of Senior Volunteerism,” Joshua Braverman, social psychology graduate student in the Psychology Department at the University of Minnesota, discusses how to productively engage seniors in volunteerism.

Lee on the Internet’s Impact on Middle America Teens

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For some, growing up in middle America away from cultural hubs of the East and West coasts can feel very disconnecting. However, in recent years the internet has provided a platform for immediate access to information and similar individuals. A Vice article titled “How the Internet Is Saving Gen Z in Flyover Country,” explains that particularly for immigrant and minority youth, social media has allowed them to celebrate their heritage and meet others with shared backgrounds.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Psychology in Science Court

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Last week, the University of Minnesota’s Science Court hosted Kerri Miller of MPR News to shed some light on the case of fighting political polarization through mandatory national service. Science Court is a project housed in the Honors Program that is designed to address social issues by using scientific knowledge. This year their topic is political polarization in the United States. While the course is interdisciplinary, psychology certainly plays a major role in informing the research.