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Psychology Department Announcements - March 2019

  1. Good afternoon, Psychology students! As things keep Marchin’ along, there are a slew of things happening this week in the department that you should know about!





    1. BYUSA’s campus-wide Mental Health Matters Campaign is in full swing and lasts until March 29th! The theme of the campaign is: “Find Strength. Give Strength.” Check out for amazing content, more events information, and incredible videos of students sharing their stories with mental health. We will also have a special PEN Talks Forum on the topic of Mental Health that will be part of the Mental Health Matters Campaign events. Panelists for this PEN Talks for this forum will include a veteran student, an LGBT student, and other students that have had experiences with mental health. This special PEN Talk forum will be done in collaboration with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and will also have CAPS professionals moderating the forum.


    1. The Psych Association is hosting a debate between two professors of psychology, Dr. Richard Williams and Dr. Hal Miller on the topic: What Does a Gospel Perspective Demand of Psychology? Dr. Gantt will be acting as moderator. Come witness the intensity today, Wednesday, March 20th, from 6:30pm to 8pm, in KMBL 270.


    1. Here is the information for the workshop with this year's TEDxBYU speakers. 

    Please note that seating is limited, so students will need to RSVP.

    TEDxBYU Workshops with Guest Speakers

    Workshop with Noella and Misan: Wednesday, March 20 at 3:00 PM, HBLL 3714

    Workshop with Noelani Kamalu: Friday, March 22 at 9:30 AM, HBLL 3714

    Workshop with Karen Dillon: Friday, March 22 at 9:30 AM, TNRB W408/410


    1. Passionate about mental health or just want to be a better ally to those struggling? This Thursday (March 21st) at 11am Dr. Carl Hanson, of the Public Health Department, and Dr. Klint Hobbs, a clinical counselor at CAPS, will be holding a forum about the latest, cutting-edge research on depression in partnership with The National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI is the nation's largest organization dedicated to improving mental health. Our BYU chapter is one of hundreds of local affiliates and aims to promote leadership among our members and advocate for better mental health resources on campus. If you join NAMI, you will be immediately placed into a leadership council centered on either Education, Outreach or Support. We run weekly support meetings, host campus-wide events and listen and empower those struggling with their mental health. You are not alone! Email for more information.


    1. Is it possible to be a good mental health practitioner and faithful in your religion? As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and mental health professionals, we sometimes wonder how to balance the two worlds. Come join us to discuss how to reconcile your personal values with values of your mental health profession! See more information and register at: Please feel free to send any questions to us at or

    When: April 5, 2019

                9am to 11am

    Where: Westminster Institute building

                1950 S 1200 E Salt Lake City, UT






    1. We want to make you all aware of a recent addition to the Spring 2019 schedule.  We have added a class entitled Multicultural Psychology. This class will run under the course number of PSYCH 390 R – Section 001 – Special Topics in Psychology and is scheduled TTH 1:00 – 3:30 pm.  It will be taught by Professor Syd Davies.  Professor Davies is a Maori from New Zealand and is from the Ngatiwai / Nagtiporou tribes and has worked in tribal development for over 30 years.  He has conducted research in cultural issues in psychology and wellbeing broadly defined.  He has studied psychology and Maori at Waikato University where he received his Bachelors of Social Science, Masters in Psychology.  He received his PhD in Psychology at Utah State University.  He has been teaching Multicultural Psychology for more than 10 years. This course will examine multiculturalism from a psychological perspective, with a focus on the impact of ethnicity and culture on psychological theory, research, and practice, and vice versa. The format of this class is a mixture of didactic lecture and seminar format (like you would find in graduate courses).

    This course will meet the following requirements in your MAP sheet: Either:  Requirement 3 - Multicultural Issues Course:

    Or it can be used to fulfill a course requirement in

    Requirement 8.1: Cluster A – Developmental and Clinical Psychology or

    Requirement 8.2: Cluster B – Social Psychology or

    Requirement 9 – one additional course


    1. The BYU Department of Psychology is pleased to offer one summer section of Psychology 353: LDS Perspectives and Psychology on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. The class schedule has been recently adapted to accommodate more student enrollment. This course truly exemplifies the BYU experience as we’ll explore core concepts in psychology through the lens of contemporary, inspired LDS thinking and application. The course content will be a welcomed complement to future therapeutic professionals, research scientists, and any hoping to anchor gospel principles more deeply into modern psychological practices. Enroll – Engage – Embark – Ennoble


    1. If you’re planning on attending grad school then Psych 200 was made for you! Psych 200: “Applying for Graduate School” is a 1 credit course that will be taught this Fall by Dr. Derin Cobia from 2-2:50pm on Tuesdays. All students are welcome, especially freshman and sophomores who are strongly encouraged to get this important information early. The course reviews graduate programs in psychology, preparing application materials, and includes information about the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).


    CAMPUS JOB (Extended Deadline to Apply!)


    1. Do you want to strengthen your writing and communication skills, help your peers improve as writers, develop leadership skills, and build your resume? You can do all this and more by working as a writing tutor! Two campus programs—the Writing Center and the Writing Fellows—are hiring students from all majors to work as writing tutors, starting in the Fall 2019 semester. To learn more, attend an information meeting on March 7th at 11:00 a.m. in B037 JFSB. To apply, visit byu.eduor Apply by Monday, March 25th, by midnight. See flier for more details.