Wednesday, July 2, 2014

6th annual “Diversifying Psychology” event at Northern Illinois University on Friday, September 19th.

The 6th annual “Diversifying Psychology” event at Northern Illinois University on Friday, September 19th.  This event is intended for undergraduate students from under-represented populations who are thinking about or are in the process of applying to graduate school in psychology.

The first part of the event, from 1:30 – 2:30 pm, will be an Open House in which guests will be able to meet with faculty and graduate students in various areas.  These areas include: clinical, school, developmental, cognitive, social, industrial-organizational, and neuroscience (for more information on our graduate programs go to  Guests will also be able to meet with staff from support programs on campus such as the Latino Resource Center and the Center for Black Studies. When students RSVP, we will ask if there is a specific program or faculty that they are interested in, and we will try to ensure they are represented at the event.  Although this first part of the event is likely to be most beneficial to those considering NIU specifically, it will also give them an opportunity to learn about different specialization areas within psychology and what graduate school is really like from current graduate students.

The second part of the event, from 2:45 – 5 pm, will consist of informal presentations to help students learn more about graduate study in psychology as well as the application process for psychology programs. Specifically, we will present information that includes how to select programs, how to strengthen an application, what graduate admission committees will be looking for in applications and how to handle the interview process. Finally, we will have some discussion regarding what it is like to be a minority in graduate school.

More details, including the form to use when students RSVP can be found at As we have in the past, we will be providing $100 in travel reimbursement to the first 20 students to RSVP.  We hope you will share this opportunity with students who you think would benefit from the program.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura Pittman at or 815-753-2485. 

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Interested in graduate study in psychology?

Northwestern's psychology department is hosting a program on Friday, June 6th and Saturday, June 7th for undergraduates who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups (including first generation college students), and who are potentially interested in pursuing graduate study in psychology.  Activities will include a workshop designed to help with the graduate school application process and opportunities to meet psychology department faculty members and graduate students to learn what graduate school is like and how they might fit into the graduate programs and laboratory groups at Northwestern.  Travel and accommodation costs associated with participation will be covered, and the application process will be fast and free.

Applications are due by April 14th at 5 pm. 

Check out their website for more information: 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Undergrads -- Become a research assistant!

Dr. Judith Dygdon is seeking undergraduate research assistants to help in data collection with human participants and data entry into a computer database. 

She and her doctoral students have various research projects underway.  All projects deal with the application of learning theory to human behavior. 
Examples of some topics currently under investigation are: 

·      Factors that influence how people learn to identify things as good and bad;
·      The effect of ballroom dance training on loneliness and self esteem;
·      The nature of fear of flying.  

This work is based at the downtown campus, though some travel to remote sites (e.g., local elementary schools) is involved.

What's in it for you? 

·      Participation in a friendly and collaborative research team;
·      Great research experience;
·      A letter of reference that will reflect the nature, quality, and quantity of your work.

Given the nature of this work, preference will be given to students who have completed PSYC 216 or PSYC 316. 

To apply, contact Dr. Dygdon by email at

Thursday, November 7, 2013

A new psychology course with a study abroad option is available this Spring!

Ever wondered what it would be like to grow up in another country? Or in another community in your own city?

What goals do communities and parents from cultures around the world have for their children? Where do these goals differ? Where are they the same? Explore answers to these questions and more with Dr. Roberts in a new class this Spring "Human Development as a Cultural Process" (in your schedule of classes as PSYC 383-483 "CULTRL NATURE OF HUMAN").

This course will offer cultural immersion experiences either in the Chicagoland area or abroad. Students interested in studying abroad will have the opportunity to explore human development in several communities in Guatemala over a 9 day stay in the Lake Atitlán and Antigua areas. This trip is priced at $2300 including airfare, board and transport in country, as well as most meals. Some financial aid may be available to help with this additional cost. Students who are not interested in going abroad would have a cultural immersion experience through service learning at non-profit cultural organizations in the Chicago area.

For more information about the course please contact Dr. Roberts (who will be teaching the course) at: <>, or Justin Osadjan in International Programs at: <>. We look forward to hearing from you!

Monday, October 28, 2013

From Our Undergraduate Advisor

Hello everyone. I hope you are having a successful fall term! Please review this email before scheduling an appointment for Spring 2014 advising. Registration for Spring begins on November 1.

If you have completed 60 semester hours and your file has been transferred to the Psychology Department, we would meet for an advising appointment. 

To arrange an advising appointment with me, I will need to know your name, student ID number, campus, preferred meeting times, and phone number. You can email me at or call 847-619-4229.

I'm at the Chicago campus (GAGE, Room 400) on Mondays and Tuesdays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., then 2:00-5:15 p.m.  I'm at Schaumburg campus on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, with appointment times from 10:30 a.m.-12:30, then 2:00-5:15 p.m. 

It would be best to provide a range of times/days that you are able to meet because the appointment times that tend to fill quickest are times directly after classes end (such as 11:00, 12:15, 2:00, 4:30). Also, because my Chicago appointment times book quickly, if you have any flexibility to meet at Schaumburg, you would likely secure an earlier appointment. Finally, email advising is an option as well.

For Chicago campus students with 60-90 hours completed, you also have the option of scheduling an appointment with our part-time psychology advisor, Christina Tri, at She’s at the Chicago campus (GAGE, Room 400) on Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30-5:00 p.m.; and Thursdays, 9:30-1:30 and 4:45-6:00 p.m.

Before scheduling your advising appointment, take some time to review your transcript and re-acquaint yourself with requirements for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in psychology. To locate your Roosevelt transcript (that also would include a listing of courses you have transferred from other colleges) go to, select "Current Students" in the upper-left corner, and log into RU Access. Under "Registration & Other Student Services" select "Student Records" then "print unofficial transcript" to view your transcript.

You can now review the Spring 2014 class schedule by going to the main website at, selecting "Current Students" in the upper-left corner, then "Class Schedule" from the links in the left column. Do not look up courses through your RU Access or you will not see course prerequisites, notes, course status, special information, etc.

Finally, before our meeting, you are urged to resolve any registration holds you might have. To find out if you have any holds, log into your RU Access, select "Registration & Other Student Services," then "Student Records" and "View Holds." If you have a hold, you would contact the office that placed the hold to have it lifted so you can register. 

PLEASE NOTE: SPRING 2014 ACADEMIC CALENDAR. It's expected that the spring term will begin with the Monday (OR Monday/Wednesday OR Monday/Wednesday/Friday) classes having the first meeting on Friday, January 10th; then resuming regular meeting dates on Monday, January 13th. FYI: the Friday meeting date is the "make up" day for the Monday, January 20th Dr. Martin Luther King holiday, when the University is closed. The final Spring ‘14 academic calendar will be posted at the website for the Office of the Registrar (under “Important Dates”) during the fall term. You are urged to check that website for updates to the spring ’14 calendar.

Undergraduate concentrations

The Department of Psychology offers three undergraduate concentrations.  Concentrations are optional class sequences that provide undergraduates a greater depth of knowledge within selected fields of psychology.  

Choosing a concentration area complements the breadth of exposure that we ensure within the psychology majors.  Concentrations are also open to students in other departments independent of the psychology major, similar to our minor. 

Concentration in Child and Family Studies

The Concentration in Child and Family Studies allows undergraduates to learn about child development from an interdisciplinary perspective, and addresses areas such as parenting, schooling, and the place of children and families in society.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required to earn a Concentration in Child and Family Studies.  Students choose three electives from the list below.  Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this concentration, students must choose at least one elective in an area/department outside of their major.  In addition, at least one of these electives must be at the 300 level.

The fourth course is the capstone class (PSYC 398: Field Placement with Children and Families) in which students complete a 72 hour service-learning placement in an organized setting that caters to children and families.  Early enrollment and instructor approval are required for PSYC 398, which is offered every Spring semester.

CJL 220: Juvenile Justice
ECHD 309/SPED 309: Child, Family and Community
ECHD 336: Language Development
EDUC 210 or PSYC 254: Child Development 
EDUC 311: Adolescent Development
PSYC 215: Developmental and Learning Disabilities
PSYC 319: Child Psychopathology
PSYC 368: Child Abuse and Family Violence
PSYC 381: Children and Families
PSYC 392: Children, Psychology, and the Law
READ 339: Young Adult Literature
SOC 215: The Family

Concentration in Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Concentration allows students to study the biological basis of behavior and organizational principles of brain functioning in depth. Students are encouraged to take courses in both psychology and biology because of the field’s interdisciplinary nature; however, students can meet concentration requirements from classes offered by the Department of Psychology alone. This concentration is well suited for students planning to go on to clinical neuropsychology, medicine, pharmacology, neuroscience, or allied health fields.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. One of the four courses must have a service learning component or a laboratory component.

PSYC 310: Fundamentals of Behavioral Neuroscience
PSYC 325: Sensation and Perception
PSYC 326: Cognitive Processes
PSYC 336: Brain and Behavior
PSYC 350*: Human Neuropsychology
BIOL 201*: Organismic Biology
BIOL 301*: Cellular and Molecular Biology
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration

Concentration in Forensic Psychology

The Concentration in Forensic Psychology allows students to study the field of psychology and the law in depth.  Students will explore areas such as police investigation, court proceedings, policy work, and learn about professions related to the forensic arena.  Drawing on knowledge from a range of subfields in psychology, students will gain first-hand experience with forensic research and related clinical interventions with forensic populations.  This concentration is well suited for students planning to pursue graduate school in forensic psychology, clinical psychology, experimental psychology (cognitive, developmental, or social psychology), criminology/criminal justice, or law school.

Four courses (at least 12 semester hours) are required from the list below. Students must enroll in PSYC 351: Law and Psychology. Students must also select a second class that has a service learning component or a laboratory component as part of their coursework.

PSYC 106: Forensic Science
PSYC 351: Law and Psychology
PSYC 360: Eyewitness Testimony
PSYC 368*: Child Abuse and Family Violence
PSYC 391*: Advanced Forensic Psychology Seminar
PSYC 392: Children, Psychology, and the Law
CJL 200: Introduction to Criminal Justice
* meets service-learning/laboratory requirement for concentration

Note.  Students may choose only one concentration.  All courses must be passed with a grade of C- or higher. Only three credits of course work from another university may be applied towards a concentration.  Additional courses related to each area may be approved by the Department of Psychology if they are offered.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Psi Chi Applications for Fall 2013 Due Next Week!

Roosevelt University Chicago’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, is accepting applications for membership through October 14th.  To apply, go to the Psi Chi website at and select the menu option “Join – Become a Member” to access the online application. 

Members must be second-semester sophomores, have completed at least 9 credit hours in psychology, be a declared psychology major or minor, and have a 3.0 GPA or better in their psychology classes. 

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jill Coleman at or Dani Adams at