Fall 2017 Psychology Capstones

Fall 2017 Psychology Capstone Topics  – PSYC 190

Torabian Sec 1 MW 12:00 – 13:15 TBD
Childhood Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, and Intellectual Disability

Klaw Sec 2 MW 15:00 – 16:15 DMH 359
Warriors at Home: Veterans and the Transition to College and the Civilian World

Feist Sec 3 TR 10:30 – 11:45 DMH 356
Critical Thinking (Don’t Believe Everything you Think)

TBD Sec 4 TR 12:00 – 13:15 TBD

Fanos Sec 5 M 18:00 – 20:45 DMH 359
Psychological Trauma in Childhood and Adolescence

Fanos Sec 6 W 16:30 – 19:15 DMH 347
Psychological Trauma in Childhood and Adolescence

Caffrey Sec 7 TR 15:00 – 16:15 DMH 359
Current LGBTQ Issues in Psychology

Psyc Capstones Fall 2017 (PDF)

Career Panel Spring 2017

Psi Chi presents:
Career Panel Spring 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
7-8pm | Student Union, Room 2B

Panelists from the following industries:
User Experience
School Psychologist
Marriage and Family Therapist
Case Manager
Stanford Researcher
Human Resource

Open to all Psychologist Students

5/2 Career Panel

May 2nd – How to Earn an Advanced Degree in Applied Psychology

How To Earn an Advanced Degree in Applied Psychology: Doctoral (PsyD), Counseling MFT, Holistic Studies, Sport Psychology

Tuesday, May 2
4:30 – 6:00 pm
DMH 160

California Psychological Association President Douglas Haldeman, PhD will discuss PsyD
Professor, Chair of Counseling MFT, Robbin Rasbury will discuss MFT/LPCC Programs
Professor, Chair of Holistic Studies, Doreen Maller, PhD, will discuss Holistic Studies leading to MFT/LPCC
Assistant Professor of Sport Psychology, Fernando Lopez, MA, will discuss Sport Psychology

Free Food and Drinks!

Flyer (pdf) 050217AdvDegreeAppliedPsyc-104fbr4



SPARC 2017

The Psi Chi National Honor Society and Department of Psychology at San Jose State University are proud to sponsor the Spartan Psychology Association Research Conference (SPARC)
60th Annual Student Research Conference
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 
9:30 am-4:30 pm

The Spartan Psychological Association Research Conference has been providing undergraduate and graduate student researchers of psychology the experience of presenting their research since 1957. Through the years, SPARC has grown to become one of the preeminent regional forums for student presentations in psychology.

Hear about research from presenters from many universities across the Bay Area:
• CSU East Bay • Sonoma University
• University of CA- Santa Cruz • Santa Clara University
• San Francisco State University • Stanford University

Keynote Speaker:
Sabrina Volpone, Ph.D.
University of New Mexico
“Reactions to Minority Leaders”

For more information, please visit:




Psychology Convocation 2017

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
4:00-7:00 pm
SJSU Event Center

Register to participate NOW!
5/1 – Deadline for your name to appear in the printed program



10/18 Letters of Recommendations & Informational Interviewing

Letters of Recommendations & Informational Interviewing hosted by Professor Steve Del Chiaro (and his dog!)
Obtain valuable skills on how to land your dream job!
Food and prizes will be available!
Tuesday, October 18th at 6:30pm Campus Village B (San Salvador and 10th) RAC A

This event is wheelchair accessible.
For information, please email ashley.castillosnyder@sjsu.edu

Psychology Career Guide


With over 115,000 students graduating with a Bachelor’s in Psychology every year competition for coveted career placements has never been higher.

To help these students begin thinking about their futures before entering the job market, we’ve created a guide of the best careers for psychology majors. It highlights several common paths of employment, as well as a few out-of-the-box options. The guide also explores useful workplace skills learned in the major and provides a collection of resources to help new psychology graduates.

Best Careers for Psychology Majors

New Faculty Research Passions

We are thrilled to welcome two new faculty to our department this year. Drs. Valerie Carr and Susan Snycerski are profiled in this fall’s College newsletter, Together. Follow the link to learn about all of our College’s new faculty, as well as our new Dean, Dr. Walt Jacobs.


Dr. Valerie Carr 

Carr, who earned her Ph.D. at UCLA before spending seven years as a post-doctoral fellow and research associate at Stanford University before coming to San José State, has found that two sub-structures of the hippocampus deep within the brain play a role in determining how vivid a memory is.“When you study memory, you realize how imperfect and fallible it is,” says Carr, newly hired as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. She brings an interest in the use of neuroimaging methods like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to get a better understanding of the brain structures involved in episodic memory—our recall of autobiographical events and emotions.

In more recent research she has found that age-related changes in these areas – the dentate gyrus and Region CA 3—may account for the difficulties older people have in accessing these episodic memories.

Now, Carr is exploring whether exercise-based interventions might help people at risk for mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease by spurring the growth of new neurons in the hippocampus. “What does that exercise regimen need to be?” Carr asks. “That’s my main interest.”

It can be challenging to work with older adults who have mild cognitive impairment, she says. “It’s very likely they’re going to develop Alzheimer’s disease. It can be depressing. A lot of my sense of self-worth comes from thinking that I’m fighting for those people. That gives me a sense of satisfaction in my job.”

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Dr. Susan Snycerski

She asks students to anonymously self-report their drug use while also testing for signs of neurocognitive impairment. Based on the small sample she has collected thus far, most San José State students don’t abuse hard drugs, but a fair number combine caffeine, tobacco, alcohol and marijuana in various ways., Snycerski says.These days, she’s looking at simultaneous poly-drug use, where someone takes two mind-altering substances at once. “There isn’t a lot of research in that area,” says Snycerski, who recently joined the Department of Psychology as tenure-track assistant professor after 10 years as a lecturer.

The Warren, Mich., native earned her master’s and Ph.D. from Western Michigan University, where she studied the effects of drugs in animal models. Later, she did a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute on Drug Abuse researching gamma-hydroxybuterate—better known as the date rape drug GBH.

Snycerski and her husband, Sean Laraway (an associate professor in the department), moved to San José in 2004 without having jobs. He started teaching at San José State that year as a lecturer and joined the tenure track in 2008. Snycerski began teaching classes as a lecturer in 2005 and she has also served as a major advisor since 2008. “I really enjoy it,” she says. “It’s a great way to communicate with the students outside the classroom.”

Snycerski says she’s excited about having more time and resources for research. “It’s a nice change,” she says. “I’m looking forward to my new role.”

Reprinted from Together, the College of Social Sciences newsletter, Fall 2015.