Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New forensic psychology professor joins the Department's faculty

My name is Dr. Shari Berkowitz and I'm a new Forensic Psychology professor here at Roosevelt. In particular, I conduct research on issues pertaining to psychology and the law. I'm especially passionate about applying psychological science to the legal system in order to prevent cases of wrongful conviction. I encourage you to contact me if you're interested in learning more about my work, or have questions about applying to grad school. I also hope you will consider taking one of my classes!

For instance, next Spring I'll be teaching a new class called Eyewitness Testimony (PSYC 386/486), which will meet downtown on Tuesdays from 2-4:30pm. In this class, we'll learn about the crucial role that eyewitnesses play in our legal system. For instance, the police may rely on a witness’ testimony to identify a suspect and/or lawyers may rely on a witness’ testimony to convict a defendant, but how reliable is an eyewitness’ testimony? Do eyewitnesses ever make mistakes? How do these mistakes occur? These questions will be the primary focus of this class. Additionally, I'll be teaching Introductory Forensic Science classes at both the downtown and Schaumburg campuses. Check out the Spring schedule of classes for more information on when these courses will meet.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all. My email is: and my website is

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Volunteering options and opportunities

There are many reasons why psychology undergraduates may be interested in volunteering in the community. First, many psychology students are committed to learning about and then applying helping skills. Others pursue volunteer work as a way of gaining relevant experience for both jobs or preparation for graduate school.
How can you find a volunteer placement?

My favorite place to start is This is an amazingly large, national database of sites that are seeking volunteers. You can enter your zip code and areas of interest, and a range of sites will appear for you to contact.
The University has volunteer options for undergraduates as well. The Center for Student Involvement is the place to go to for Chicago students in AUD 344. They sponsor a variety of community service options throughout the academic year.
At Schaumburg campus, check out the Center for Campus Life in Room 430. One great way to connect to the community in the suburbs is through the Enlightenment Project that the Center coordinates.
What about internships?

Some undergraduates want more field experience than volunteering. Internships provide career-related work experience while you attend school. An internship is an excellent way to develop yourself professionally, explore your career, establish helpful contacts and network for your future career path. A successful internship is a great foundation to move forward and may lead to permanent employment after graduation.
Internships are available in all fields and the staff in the Career Development Office can help you identify ideal opportunities, utilize online resources and support you through the internship process. Start with their online resources here.

November events for students from our psychology organizations

Psychology Club events in November:

November 15, 4:45 pm in AUD 320: "Faculty Speed Dating." Students in groups will have about 6 minutes with each of four faculty members to get to know their fields and ask questions about whatever they please.

November 29, 4:45 to 5:45 in AUD 320: Introduction to CVs (4:45 – 5:15) and peer mentoring session (5:15 – 5:45). Any student interested in being mentored (designed to be a long-term commitment) should fill out the survey at to help us assign them to the right mentor.

Psi Chi Schaumburg events in November:

November 16, 5:00 pm in SCH 431: How to Put Together a CV, with Prof. Roberts and Prof. Zambito.

November 29, 5:15 pm at TGIF Schaumburg: Graduate series: Case Studies, Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

November 30, 5:00 pm in SCH 431: Last general Psi Chi meeting and re-elections.

Psi Chi Chicago events in November:

To be announced.