Opportunities for pre-PT pre-OT students!

St. Joseph’s Hospital is hiring two new weekend aides for the Rehabilitation Services -Physical Therapy Department!  These are great opportunities for students interested in OT or PT. The positive is every-other Saturday/Sunday from 7:30-4:00.  Apply online, contact David E. Johnston (dejohnston) at healtheast.org with your questions.


Regions Hospital Research Intern Program

Starting the first week of June, Regions Hospital is offering a 12-month long paid research experience in their Critical Care Research Center. There are eight key areas within the clinic: Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Medicine, Surgical Intensive Care, Medical Intensive Care, Burn and Wound Care, Adult/Pediatric Trauma, General Surgery and Hospital Medicine. Within each of these areas are more specific areas of expertise that may be of interest to future applicants. There are nine physician investigators that work within their individual sections of research. The research that takes place in the clinic is implemented from the moment physicians see a patient, to the moment that patient leaves. What makes Regions Hospital Critical Care Research Center so special is their goal of improving patient outcomes and advancing medicine.

The Research Intern Program hours are Monday through Friday 3:00pm until 11:30pm or 11:00pm until 7:30am. Weekend shifts are the same but include a morning shift from 7:00am until 3:30pm. Eight shifts are required each month, three of which are to be completed on weekend shifts. Some key duties of this research position include, screening subjects, contesting and enrolling patients, data collection, chart abstraction and abstract/manuscript preparation. In the past, there have been unique educational experiences such as, shadowing, cadaver and sim labs, ambulance ride-along, and CPR, EKG and ultrasound training. This internship will provide you with hands-on, incredible experience that is crucial for continuing on in the medical field.

Another important aspect of the program is the way it is broken down into four quarters, that way you can know what to expect in the coming future. Each quarter is broken down into what to expect, learning experience and by the end of this quarter I will…. By using this quarter system, interns are able to set goals for themselves and they will know what they are working toward.

If intrigue comes to mind when reading this, applications are open until mid April and can be found online at


For further questions, please reach out to us at psych@stkate.edu! We are here to prep you for your future endeavors and wish nothing but success moving forward with the application process!

Bryanna Sanders ’17


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Interview with Dr. Joanne Quarfoth

Dr. Joanne Quarfoth is a favorite professor among many students here at St. Kate’s. She has been with us since 1983 but her journey began at the University of Minnesota where she earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Psychology, Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Quarfoth then went on to earn her Master of Arts Degree and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Quarfoth’s outstanding educational background is just one aspect of her incredible influence.

Most of Dr. Quarfoth’s research surrounds media influences on children, women and men. Her Ph. D. Thesis was specifically on children’s understanding of the nature of TV characters. From there she continued to study the portrayal of women and men and what message those men and women are sending across those different media platforms. In the past five years, Dr. Quarfoth’s research has focused on the attitude of college students seeking psychological counseling, specifically the attitudes that derive from stigmatization of mental illness. It has been fun getting to know Dr. Quarfoth and all that she has done in the past and currently. Take some time to get to know her yourself!

Why did you choose St. Kate’s? I attended large universities as an undergraduate (University of Minnesota) and as a graduate student (University of Michigan) and these experiences, while valuable, made me realize that I preferred to work at smaller liberal arts colleges. St. Kate’s particularly appealed to me because of its focus on educating women. I had taught at Carleton College and found that, even there, women students tended to be less likely to speak in class than male students. (This occurred partly because the male students interrupted and talked over the female students when they tried to participate.) It was a joy to begin teaching at St. Kate’s, an environment that fostered women to develop strong, confident voices.

What is your favorite part of St. Kate’s? My department. It is so fulfilling to work with colleagues who share the same values that I do. Our department is student-centered and we all work collaboratively with students and with each other. Some professors try to minimize the time they spend with students. The Psychology faculty always look for opportunities to engage students and to get to know them.

What are your hobbies? Reading every night before I go to bed is what keeps me happy and sane. I love mysteries and science fiction/fantasy but will read anything that intrigues me. I love hiking the parks of Lake Superior. I spend time in Grand Marais every year. Sitting on the edge of the lake and watching the waves is very soul-renewing. (And sitting is accompanied by my never-ending search for Lake Superior agates.)

What is your favorite part of being a professor? The students. I learn so much every time I teach a class because students challenge me to think about course concepts (and life) differently. There are so many students over my 34 years of teaching at St. Kate’s who have touched my life and made me feel a part of their lives.

What classes are you teaching here? This is my last semester teaching. Over the years that I have been here, I’ve taught TRW, General Psychology, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Gender, and Socialization Processes. I’m looking forward to retirement but I will truly miss teaching.

Where/What is your favorite place to eat out in the Twin Cities area? No one specific restaurant. I like to try small family-run places that offer types of food that I’ve never eaten. (Note: You could just skip this question!)

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? I’d like to have Harry Potter-like wizardly powers but with no Voldemorts to have to battle.

Bryanna Sanders ’17



University of Delaware Workshop

Looking for summer plans? The Psychology Department has been informed of an outstanding opportunity for undergraduate students. The University of Delaware is having its 1st Annual Summer Workshop in Cognitive and Brain Sciences.

This program is run by the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences to give students a chance to explore their interest in cognitive research. From June 5th until June 16th, undergraduate students will immerse themselves fully into different trainings, which include formal coursework, as well as interactive teaching and hands-on experience with neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation, cognitive neuropsychological research and so much more.

With many thanks given to the National Science Foundation for funding, participants will have their travel, tuition, room and board covered for the entirety of the two-week program. There will be a select number of students who will be given an opportunity to continue with cognitive research for the entire summer, at the University of Delaware. Participants will be provided a stipend.

All undergraduate students are highly encouraged to apply! Applications are due March 1st and can be found at https://www.psych.udel.edu/brainworkshop. For further questions, contact Drs. Jared Medina & Anna Papagragou at brainworkshop@udel.edu.

Fellow Katies, if you need assistance apply or have questions, please reach out to us in the Psychology department at psych@stkate.edu ! We encourage all of you to apply by March 1st!

Bryanna Sanders ‘18

English, German


Psi Chi Awards

Psi Chi, the international honor society for Psychology, is offering a variety of awards and grants for undergraduate students. Undergraduate students are encouraged to apply multiple times throughout their undergrad career since the application process will provide experience and insight you can take into your professional career post-graduation.

For more information see this flyer or visit the Psi Chi website.


Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

General Psychology Poster Session- Fall 2016

Come one, come all and help the General Psychology students celebrate their amazing work this semester! The students are putting together presentations for the fall 2016 General Psychology Poster Session on Thursday, December 15 from 12:00-3:00pm in rooms 106 and 107 of Mendel Hall.

St. Kate’s is unique in being able to offer a lab to its Gen. Psych. students since many universities do not offer them – see the blog post about the research the professors Jamie Peterson & Arturo Sesma completed. You can read a preview of their research here, or look for their published paper in the journal Teaching of Psychology.

The Psychology Department will provide some light refreshments as you peruse through all the amazing research done this semester!

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Peterson & Sesma’s Research Paper Accepted

Professors Jamie Peterson and Arturo Sesma’s research paper, titled “Introductory Psychology: What’s lab got to do with it?” was accepted for publication in the journal Teaching of Psychology! The paper won’t be published until next year, but here is a sneak peak:

The American Psychological Association Board of Educational Affairs Working Group (APA, 2013) recommends providing some research experience to undergraduate students in the introductory psychology course. Peterson and Sesma’s nation-wide survey of introductory psychology instructors explored the frequency of:

  • Integrated research opportunities in introductory courses
  • Types of research activities included in courses
  • Instructors’ perceptions of the importance of providing research experience
  • Perceived barriers to integrating research.

They found that few of the introductory courses have separate labs (5%) but over 75% of the respondents indicated some manner of research activity integrated into their courses.  Most intro courses included opportunities to read and critique original research, but few psychology programs at the university level provided students with hands-on research, APA writing, or data presentation opportunities.

The General Psychology with Laboratory course at St. Kate’s continues to be a unique opportunity for St. Kate’s students learn about how psychologists ask and answer questions. The course is one of only a handful of programs across the country that provide students with laboratory experience at the introductory level.

Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies