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

Active Minds Movie Night

Join the Psychology department and Active Minds for a movie night in the pulse on Tuesday, December 6th from 5:30-8:00pm.

We will be showing Experimenter: The Stanley Milgram Story which stars Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder. Experimenter is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who conducted a series of radical experiments at Yale University in 1961 that tested the willingness of ordinary humans to obey an authority figure – even when that figure ordered them to harm another person. The film explores not only the experiments themselves, but the debates over deception and research ethics that followed.

We will be having a discussion following the film about initial reactions, the research conducted, and  ethical issues raised by the experiments.

We hope to see you there!

“You could say we are puppets. But I believe that we are puppets with perception, with awareness. Sometimes we can see the strings. And perhaps our awareness is the first step in our liberation.” – Stanley Milgram

See this flyer for more info!

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

Executive Pathways Internships

These are 6 openings for paid internship positions through Executive Pathways for the Minnesota Department of Human Services:

  • Office of Economic Opportunity — Food and Nutrition Programs
  • Office of Equity, Performance, and Development — Child Support Measures  
  • Compliance Office — Appeals, Contracts, General Counsel and Management & Policy
  • Disability Services Division — Community Supports Administration
  • Office of Economic Opportunity — Family and Children’s Services Administration
  • Office of Inspector General — Licensing, Policy and Operations

Please see this website for detailed descriptions of the positions. To apply, visit this website and search “internships”. Students must submit two letters of recommendation, a resume, and an unofficial transcript with their applications. For positions requiring a law degree, please submit a writing sample.

There are also 6 openings for unpaid internships at the Minnesota Department of Human Resources:

Digital Forensic Analyst Intern, Compliance—Internal Audits
Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and three references to by Friday, December 9th.

Foster Care Policy Intern, Division of Child Safety & Permanency
Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a 3-10 page academic or professional writing sample to by Friday, December 9th.

Media Outreach Intern, Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard  of Hearing Minnesotans
Please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to by Friday, December 9th.

Population Health Management of Jensen Class Members Intern, Jensen/Olmstead Quality Assurance and Compliance Office
Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a 4-5 page academic or professional writing sample to by Friday, December 9th.

Project Analyst Intern, Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans
Please send cover letter, resume, and 2-3 references to by Friday, December 9th.

Research Intern, Mental Health Services
Please send cover letter and resume to by Friday, December 9th.

Human Resources Intern, Human Resources
Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample to by Friday, January 20th.

See here for more information. Good luck!

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

A Good Time for the Truth

Join the Psychology department on November 29th for the last colloquium of the semester! As usual, the colloquium will be held from 12:00-1:00 in Mendel 101, feel free to bring your lunch!

Professors Peterson, Mitra, Sesma, and Williams-Wengerd will discuss professor Taiyon Coleman’s essay Disparate impacts: Moving to Minnesota to live just enough for the city”, which is published in the book A Good Time for the Truth.

The discussion will focus on questions such as:

  • How can psychology – what we know about individual’s thoughts, emotions, and behaviors – help us understand prejudice, discrimination, and racial inequalities
  • How can psychology help us discuss these difficult topics and find a way to move forward, together, to work towards racial equality?
 1 lucky winner will take home a copy of the book at the colloquium!
We hope to see you there!
Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies

Spring 2017 Classes

Registration is right around the corner, and we are excited to announce a few new courses that will be available for spring 2017 registration!

Psyc 2992: Improvisation & Mental Health

Psyc 2994: Psychology of Sexual Orientation

Psyc 3040: Introduction to Clinical & Counseling Psychology

Psyc 4994: Topics- Psychology of Eating.

Please see the attached flyers for more information. Make sure to schedule an advising session with your advisor before signing up for classes!

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

Meet our newest faculty member!

This year the Psychology Department welcomed a wonderful new faculty member, Dr. Gabrielle Filip-Crawford!

Assistant Professor Filip-Crawford is brand new to Minnesota, she came all the way from Penn State, where she was conducting research in a post-doctoral fellowship. Prior to that, she was in Arizona at Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ– wish her well for the upcoming winter months here in MN!

She is not new to a women’s liberal arts college, she received her bachelor’s degree from Mills College in Oakland, CA. This type of institution appealed to her when she was 18, and still appeals to her now. She says the St. Kate’s community “is welcoming and supportive, and I’m so happy to have the opportunity to be a part of it.” When asked where she sees herself in 10 years, she said she wants to still be with us! We hope she will also be here with us as well, and we want to wish her the best of luck in her first year here at St. Kate’s!

Here are a few other questions we asked Prof. Filip-Crawford so you could get to know here a little better:

  1. What is your favorite part of St. Kate’s so far?

    This is an easy one; the students. Students here are engaged and excited about learning, and most of all they are curious. Psychology is not a clear set of facts to be presented in a lecture and memorized by students. Psychology is a constantly growing and changing field that is powered by people who keep asking, “Why?” I have found that the students here truly want to understand the “why” behind what they learn, and this is a big part of what makes teaching here a pleasure.

  2. Do you have any pets? If not, what is your favorite animal(s)?I have a pudgy grey cat named Thiebaud. My husband is an artist and named him after one of his favorite painters, Wayne Thiebaud. We’ve agreed that the next cat will be named after one of my favorite psychologists, possibly Gordon (for Gordon Allport) or Elliot (for Elliot Aronson).
  3. Where/ what is your favorite place to eat out in the twin cities area?So far I’ve been exploring the Longfellow neighborhood in south Minneapolis, near my house. I really enjoy The Blue Door, Merlin’s Rest, and Blue Moon Coffee. I love being in an area where I have so many good options within walking distance.
  4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?I’m not sure this counts as a traditional superpower, but I’d love the ability to understand all languages. We all have so much to learn from people from different backgrounds and cultures than ourselves, and being able to bridge that communication gap would be amazing. I love learning languages and have studied Spanish and Italian, but that can be a very slow process! For a more traditional superpower, it would have to be flight, not for any practical reason, but simply because it would be so much fun!
    Lauren M. Crepeau ’16
    English, Communication Studies, and Women’s Studies


On September 24th, Active Minds students Siri Dusek and Laura Berger and faculty member Anne Williams-Wengerd participated in the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) walk in Minnehaha. The walk raised $424,118 from 3,223 participants!


The NAMI walk was an opportunity for Minnesota communities, families, and institutions to come together to raise awareness about mental illnesses. Teams could sign up for free to participate, and also raised funds that would go to NAMI, which in turn uses the funds to promote awareness and be an advocate for families with members struggling with mental illness.

Laura thought it was a great experience seeing so many families show up with their extended families, all wanting to support one another in raising awareness about mental illnesses. Laura was also able to bring her dog, Beep, who is also a companion animal. Many other people were able to bring their dogs as well.

If you are interested in becoming an advocate for raising awareness about mental illness or want to become involved, you can email Active Minds at

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