Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Join the research labs of full-time faculty members

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 see a listing of our faculty members who are currently welcoming students into their labs and their active projects.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Now Hiring 2013/2014 Resident Assistants (RAs)

The Office of Residence Life is now accepting applications for 2013/2014 Resident Assistants (RAs). We are seeking extraordinary student leaders to join our team of 'Laker Legends'.

RAs make a positive difference in students’ lives, develop personally and professionally, and receive over $17,000 in compensation (room, board, and a modest stipend).

RA candidates must have completed at least 24 undergraduate credits by the end of Spring 2013, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, and attend an information session. This is a merit-based student leadership position: financial need is not considered in selecting the RA staff.

The application deadline for full consideration is Sunday, Feb. 10 by 10 p.m. Please visit this website for details:

Matt Smith, Assistant Director, Residence Life

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Free Tutoring Assistance Available for Undergrads

Did you know that Roosevelt provides you with free tutoring if you'd like?  This is coordinated through the Academic Success Center on both campuses.

On the Chicago Campus, can set up a tutoring time by calling 312-341-3818.  You can also book your appointment online by clicking here.  Select the Social Science link for all psychology courses, except for Statistics (which would be the better option for PSYC 200).

On the Schaumburg Campus, you can call 847-619-7978.  Help is available there for all psychology classes, too!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Faculty Profile: Prof. Jonathan Smith

First, let me share with you that I’m a Full Professor of Clinical Psychology and have enjoyed teaching at Roosevelt since 1975.  I’ve taught, done research, counseled, and served as Department Chair.  My biggest achievement was to shepherd the creation of a University-approved PsyD program in Clinical Psychology in our Department.   Indeed, I helped persuade the University that doctoral programs must be an important and defining part of Roosevelt’s future.   I am proud that twenty years later this has come to pass.  Under the passionate and talented guidance of four subsequent Directors, our PsyD can rightly brag to be one of the best in the country.

More recently I stepped aside to create the Stress Institute.  Our vision was to stimulate research and fight pseudoscience and fad-ridden reductionism rampant in the field of stress. The Institute’s largely online program works in cooperation with our sister “Stress Institute” at Spain’s University of the Basque Country, run by Roosevelt graduate Professor Alberto Amutio.

So far I’ve published 20 books and am working on two more (“All Paths Lead to Mindfulness”).   Some are used as textbooks at dozens of universities around the world.  Under my guidance, three dozen students have authored articles in top refereed journals.  I enjoy working with serious, career-oriented undergraduates and graduates.

My work has focused on relaxation and mindfulness (theory, practice, assessment), the factor structure of irrational beliefs, integrative CBT, and most recently critical thinking and pseudoscience in clinical psychology.  I’m also interested in the structure and consequences of paranormal belief systems, anti-gay attitudes, and destructive religiosity.  Out and open.

Currently, I am less a practicing clinician, and more a writer, teacher, researcher, editor, consultant, and shameless satirical provocateur.   I will confront a bigot on a dime.  I cringe at the drugstore perfume of True Believers.  I am a firm believer in instructive humor.

However, my first and final love is writing.  My philosophy: To write is to teach.  To write is to learn.  To write is to live and grow and love as a human being.  The back-and-forth play of ideas in a noisy classroom creates so much more music than the dusty keyboard chatter in a sterile windowless lab.    To put it more directly:  If some day you and I have the good fortune to meet --  in class or over coffee --  may we later find ourselves in a lively discussion on the pages of some future article, e-book, or blog.  

Drop me a line.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Tutor Youth in Reading

Interested in tutoring a child in reading? Opportunities will be available on Tuesdays beginning in February through the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation (MISJT), which is partnering with a community organization in order to provide educational support to fourth and fifth graders from a southwest-side Chicago elementary school.

The children, who need mentors as well as positive support in order to be successful in college and adulthood, will be at the Chicago Campus on Tuesdays (instead of on Wednesdays as initially reported) beginning next month. Members of the Roosevelt community, including faculty, administrators and students, are invited to join us for this worthwhile experience.

Volunteers will work one-on-one with a child during tutoring sessions that will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

The first tutoring session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 3:30 p.m. in room 418 of the Wabash building. Prior to this date, you will need to attend one of the two training sessions either on Monday, Jan. 28 from noon to 1 p.m. or, Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5-6 p.m. The training sessions will be in Room 1015 of the Wabash Building.

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, contact Nancy Michaels at