Friday, October 3, 2014

Dr. Toshio Murase, Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Joins our Department

Hello, my name is Toshio Murase, an Assistant Professor in the Industrial and Organizational (I/O) Psychology program at Roosevelt University. I obtained my Ph.D. in I/O Psychology from University of Central Florida and completed my post-doctoral training at Northwestern University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

I have been fascinated about collaborative power that enables people to achieve marvelous projects which no one can accomplish alone. My research areas include the following areas: teams, leadership, social networks, and measurement issues. Specifically, I am interested in investigating (a) how leaders across multiple levels of an organization manage complex collaboration systems, (b) how multiple teams can collaboratively achieve team-level and department/organization-level objectives, and (c) how effectively researchers can evaluate and measure the quality of collaborative and interactive processes.

I am currently teaching MA-level research methods (PSYC 530) and Ph.D. intermediate statistics (PSYC 771) courses. My teaching philosophy is as follows: I strive to challenge myself to think and look at the world differently and uniquely. This is my philosophy of life. Socrates once said, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” which has been the critical driver of my life. I take this thinking to my teaching style and the way I see higher education. As a result, I am a strong believer that higher education should be a place for intellectual development and growth that is largely free from a fear of failure or, in other words, not motivated solely by academic “performance.” Through their education students acquire a knowledge-base of the world, reexamine their previous belief structure, and challenge their thoughts and stretch their mind. Building on this thinking, my most core philosophy for higher education is to support students to achieve their own goals and to provide new perspectives through which students can view their world differently. I try to structure courses which are built with innovative teaching ideas and thought-provoking exercises to engender a challenging learning environment.

Students who have been under the protection of parents leave them for the first time to start exploring their life and understand the meaning of it on their own. As a teacher, it is my responsibility to provide a challenging, but psychologically safe, environment in order to encourage intellectual stimulation and allow students to comfortably question their own thinking and prior knowledge.

If you have any questions about my research, please feel free to contact me (Schaumburg 360-L.

Introduction to Restorative Justice and Peace Circles

Introduction to Restorative Justice and Peace Circles
Oct. 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Auditorium Building, Room 410.

Restorative justice is about building relationships, open and honest communication, repairing harm, equal voice, respect, empathy and healing. This workshop will introduce the concept of restorative justice and present examples of how it is being deployed in Chicago today.

Peace circles are one example of this practice. They create safe spaces for authentic youth and inter-generational engagement. At this workshop we will explore ways to build positive relationships and healthy communities through restorative justice . You will learn the power of the circle by experiencing the circle process .

Space is limited. RSVP:

Join the research labs of our psychology faculty

Are you interested in research?  Undergraduates have the opportunity to join the research labs of full-time faculty members on both campuses.  This is an excellent opportunity to apply the skills you have learned in your coursework, receive mentorship from a professor, and explore a specific field or topic in psychology in depth.  It is also a helpful experience that increases applicants' competitiveness for graduate study.

Click here to download a listing of our faculty members who are currently welcoming students into their labs and their active projects.

Monday, September 29, 2014

LIFT-Chicago Internship and Volunteer Positions

LIFT-Chicago Internship and Volunteer Positions
4554 N. Broadway, Suite 329, Chicago IL 60640

Start and end dates can be negotiated based on school schedules.

What is LIFT?  
LIFT’s mission is to help community members achieve economic stability and well-being. LIFT recruits and trains a diverse corps of advocates (volunteers) who make a rigorous and sustained commitment to service. This volunteer corps operates a national network of service centers, where advocates work side by side with low-income individuals and their families to find employment, secure safe and stable housing, as well as make ends meet through public benefits and tax credits. LIFT has offices in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, which have all together served more than 40,000 members in its 14-year history.

Reasons to LIFT
Getting involved in your community and truly helping others achieve their potential
Better understanding of city systems including housing, public benefits and DHS
One-on-one direct service with members
Skills for your resume that transfer to ANY job, ANY major
Networking with other major non-profits in Chicago
Building life-long friendships with other advocates and interns from all Universities/walks of life in Chicago!

Qualifications and Expectations:
Strong communication skills with ability to convey ideas in written and spoken English
Commitment to LIFT’s mission and vision
Fluency in other languages not required but a plus
Organized, punctual and responsible
Dedicated to fighting in poverty in the US and Chicago and desire to serve
Computer Literacy in all Microsoft Office programs
Experience working directly with others a plus, specifically in a volunteer setting
All intern positions require dedicate 16 or more hours a week for an entire semester (typically a 12-16 week commitment).
Note: we offer both academic internships and internships for those not in school.
All volunteer positions require 8 or more hours a week.
Be able to attend training. Initial training will be offered September 27th and Sept 28th from 10am-3:30pm.
Training is NOT optional. Let us know if you are not able to attend these initial dates.
Interns are expected to work for 12-16 weeks, beginning at the initial training.
To be willing to complete this position without pay. LIFT is unable to pay interns. However, LIFT internships can be completed for course credit or funded by an outside institution if you have that option available.

Advocate Duties
Address immediate needs (employment, housing, public benefits, health care, education, etc) and comprehensive, long-term support designed to help families break the cycle of poverty
Meet one-on-one with LIFT members (members) – assessing their needs and providing direct and referral services.
Communicate regularly with members via telephone to: remind about meetings, check in on member progress, update members on new resources/information, etc.
Take part in bi-monthly volunteer trainings and listen to guest speakers.  Trainings focus on issues/ challenges facing our member base including: understanding the public housing system, public benefits, mental health issues, and employment needs.

Interns will spend 60% of time on member service. They will dedicate the remaining 40% of their time in the office to an individual project.  All positions will work under the close supervision of the Member Service Fellows along with collaborating with other interns. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be at the forefront of the anti-poverty movement, gain valuable skills in nonprofit management, develop leadership skills, and become immersed in the local community. Interns can also use this as an opportunity to work on areas of interest to help empower LIFT community members.

Examples of past internship projects include:

Member Tracking/Services
The Member Tracking Advocates works to ensure that LIFT-Chicago is getting a continuous flow of feedback and communication from and with their members.  The interns will oversee the Member Tracking project that will take place at the beginning of each semester, and will use this tool as an evaluation and analysis of the LIFT-Chicago office and how we can better serve members. LIFT recently launched a new survey system, Constituent Voice, that Member Tracking interns will also help with logistically.
§ Update the Member Tracking Sheet by contacting members who have been to LIFT-Chicago in the past
§ Evaluate the Member Tracking responses into useful programmatic data to address systematic challenges
§ Evaluate how members are served and what changes can be implemented to better serve our members.
§ Organize active and inactive member files and services
§ Assist with Constituent Voice operations
§ Work to effectively track and follow up on member goals and outcomes.

The Housing Advocates will be responsible for maintaining LIFT’s housing database for the organization and community.  The interns will work to ensure that members with specific housing needs are being provided updated information through LIFT Case Management System and the Chicago Housing Database
§ Updating the housing database when not meeting with members. (Including contact info, available units and waitlist availability)
§ Develop new housing partners to better serve our members
§ Assess how we are providing our members with housing and how this service can be improved.
§ Develop and execute new training workshops with partner organizations, particularly with accessing and updating the LIFT Chicago housing database.
§ Increase LIFT’s awareness around housing advocacy and housing issues in Chicago.

The Employment Advocates will be responsible for assessing how LIFT provides services to our members in terms of resume building, job searching and interviewing. The internship will work to research best practices in creating resumes/cover letters, applying for jobs and interviewing, in addition to developing partnerships that can further provide employment services to our members.
§ Updating employment resources when not meeting with members.
§ Overseeing resume reviews to ensure all resumes produced for members are of the highest quality.
§ Maintain LIFT’s live job board to provide the most up to date job leads to members.
§ Develop employment based partnerships with community members.
§ Research best practices in resume and cover letter creation.
§ Plan LIFT Job Club Workshops.

Community Events Coordinator
The Community Events Advocate plans events for LIFT members to attend. They will be responsible for planning recreational events to celebrate members and finding free events for members to participate in. They will also be in charge of planning our Community Advisory Board meeting, a forum to gain member feedback and discuss office improvements and suggestions. 
§ Determine events that would be feasible for large groups of people.
§ Act as point person for all community appreciation events.
§ Plan and invite members to Community Advisory Board.
§ Create discussion topics and forums for Community Advisory Board, as well as find and train event facilitators.

Please note that this posting reflects basic internships LIFT offers for students. However, we are however completely open to discussing alternative internship opportunities working with you to ensure all university requirements for certain internships can be fulfilled.

To apply, please send your Resume and Cover Letter to Additionally, please fill out the following online application: Online Application Form.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Support the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event

Psi Chi students and other members of the RU community will be walking on Sunday, Oct. 5th to raise funds for the Northwest Center Against Sexual Assault. Please consider supporting our efforts! All you need to do is click to go to this page, select the option to join Roosevelt, and join or donate to our team.

Here are more details:Northwest CASA is a non-profit organization that provides services to survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, as well as their families. All the services that are provided are free of charge and range from support hotline service, to court advocacy, to different types of counseling including art therapy and group therapy. The organization recently opened an office in Evanston to help better serve our clients in the northern Cook County area.

In an effort to help raise funds so that we can continue to provide services, we are hosting a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event at Centennial Park on October 5th, 2014. The walk is designed to have men walk in women’s shoes to help bring awareness and raise support for the countless women that fall prey to horrific violence such as sexual assault. It’s an awesome cause for an very unfortunate circumstance. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), 37.4% of female rape victims were first raped between ages 18-24 and in a study of undergraduate women, 19% experienced attempted or completed sexual assault since entering college. Although it’s a heavy topic our hope is to raise awareness and have a little fun doing it.

It's ok if you can't participate but please share and spread the word! If you would like inquire about sponsorship options or donations please email our fundraising coordinator at .

To register:

Scholarship money available

Are you looking for additional scholarship money to assist in funding your education for the current 2014/2015 award year?  Check out Roosevelt University’s Scholarship Central at . This site offers current students the opportunity to apply for additional funding that donors have provided to Roosevelt for the award year.

By going to the Financial Aid’s Information and Tools page, under “How to Guides,” is a link to the new Roosevelt University’s Scholarship Central website,

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.