August 29, 2005


Dr. Abi Gewirtz is conducting a longitudinal study examining the recovery of mothers and children (ages 6-12) over the first few months following an acute episode of domestic violence. There's been a lot of research showing that women and children who are exposed to domestic violence are at high risk of developing mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and aggression. However, not much is known about how these individuals react at the time of the crisis and if/how they recover over time. This study aims to learn more about these issues. We will then use this information to design an intervention to help prevent these mothers and children from developing mental health problems. Additionally, we maintain a database of families throughout Minneapolis who have called 911 due to domestic violence.

We are currently looking for graduate students to help with one of two different research tasks:

1. As part of our assessments we videotape the mother and child playing games together and discussing areas of conflict. We are seeking individuals to help code these tapes for aspects of parenting and the quality of the relationship.
Once you are trained, the hours you work could be very flexible based on your schedule. You would need to be free Monday mornings to attend coding meetings when they occur. Each tape takes about 3 hours to code and you would need to commit to coding at least 2 tapes per week.

2. We need individuals with moderate to advanced statistical skills and experience with SPSS to help with data analyses. You would need to commit a minimum of 8 hours per week. The hours that you work are very flexible.

We generally expect a commitment at least through December 2005 with a preference for individuals able to stay through May 2006. Participating in this study may be helpful to you in several ways including the potential to complete a dissertation or thesis project through this lab and/or future publication opportunities. This is a relatively rare research opportunity to help gather information about a population in need of services while knowing that your work is directly leading to interventions to help families living with violence.

If you're interested in learning more about this study, please contact Kristin Schneider as soon as possible but no later than MONDAY SEPTEMBER 12 at

Posted by kwalter at 3:29 PM

August 25, 2005


The updated Graduate Student Handbook in now available at

Previous editions are archived there as well.

Posted by kwalter at 9:46 AM


The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Cynthia Fuller

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

Voices of Non-western International Students: A Grounded Theory Study of Persevering in APA-Accredited Counseling Psychology Programs

Tuesday, August 30, 2005
1:30-2:15 p.m.
240 Burton Hall

Dr. Frances Lawrenz (chair)
Dr. John Romano (adviser)
Dr. Kay Thomas
Dr. Michael Goh

Posted by kwalter at 9:37 AM

August 18, 2005


A reminder: Graduate students are required to register every fall and spring semester in order to remain active.

• Be sure to register by September 5 in order to avoid paying a late registration fee. Courses with low enrollment are often cancelled prior to the start of the semester; don’t lose your chance to take a course because you didn’t register in time. See the Fall 05 Refund and Drop/Add Deadlines ( for details on making registration changes.

If you are working as a graduate assistant, are an international student, or are receiving a fellowship, you are required to register full-time (6-14 credits each semester).

• Advanced masters or doctoral students may register using the full-time equivalent registration (EPsy 8333 or 8444). If you have completed all coursework and registered for all thesis credits, you may qualify. Please note that masters students must apply for this status in advance. Each semester you register under this status you’ll need to submit the “application for full-time status with one-credit registration” form. Details and forms are available at

• If you only need to register in order to remain active in the Graduate School, you may register for Grad 999, a no-cost/no-credit registration option. However, please note that EPsy students are only allowed to register for Grad 999 four times. More information about this registration option is available at

• Ed Psych graduate students may not register for more than 24 credits of EPsy 8666 (pre-thesis credits) during their graduate career.

• If you are taking your oral prelim by September 15, be sure to return the Prelim Oral Examination Report to the Graduate School (316 Johnston Hall) immediately following the exam so that you can change your registration to EPsy 8888 (thesis credits) for Fall 2005.


Posted by kwalter at 8:55 AM

August 17, 2005

Dissertation Seminar

The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Jiyoung Choi

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology
A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School Of the University of Minnesota

Social Interdependence and Social Dominance: Determinants of Elementary Children’s Bullying, Victimization, and Prosocial Behaviors

Monday, August 22, 2005
2:00-3:00 p.m.
240 Burton Hall

Dr. William Bart (chair)
Dr. David W. Johnson (adviser)
Dr. Mark Davison
Dr. Nicki Crick
Dr. Geoff Maruyama

Posted by kwalter at 9:03 AM

August 16, 2005

Dissertation Seminar

The Scholarly Community is cordially invited to share the Final Oral Dissertation presentation by

Tacksoo Shin

In partial fulfillment of requirements for PhD in Educational Psychology

A Thesis Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota

Effects of Missing Data Methods on Convergence Rate,
Parameter Estimate, and Model Fit in Latent Growth Modeling:
Students’ Mathematics Achievement

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
240 Burton Hall

Dr. Jean King (chair)
Dr. Mark Davison (adviser)
Dr. Jeffrey Long (adviser)
Dr. Michael Rodriguez

Posted by kwalter at 4:06 PM

EPsy Alumni Social Hour at APA Convention

For those of you going to APA, our department will participate in the APA Alumni Social Hour this year. The Social Hour will be held, on Thursday evening from 6-7 PM in the Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel, Constitution Level (3B), Latrobe Room. Students and faculty are invited to attend. I am not sure how many of our alums will attend (since it has been awhile since we did this), but it may be a good time to connect with them.

Posted by kwalter at 4:02 PM

August 9, 2005

APA Student Funding

For information on APA Dissertation Research Awards and the APF/Todd E. Husted Memorial Award, go to

For information on Early Research Awards (pre-doctoral research), go to

Application deadline is September 15!

Posted by kwalter at 2:02 PM

August 4, 2005

Spring 2005 - Issue #4 April 20, 2005

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:39 PM


The Educational Psychology Department is allocating funds for reimbursement of student travel this year. Award amounts will be based on the number requests received, up to a maximum of $400 per student. (Last year, students requesting funds received $205 in reimbursement.)
To request funds you must be an active Educational Psychology graduate student and travel to and present at a national or international conference or professional meeting between July 1, 2004 and June 30, 2005. Your faculty must approve the travel. Send your advisor a letter noting the title of the paper presentation, including all authors and presenters, and the name date and location of the conference. Also include proof of attendance, a copy of the conference program showing the presentation, original receipts for all expenses for which you are requesting reimbursement. Your advisor should sign the letter, noting his/her approval.
Submit all of the above and a completed expense reimbursement form (attached) to Kathleen Walter (206C Burton) by May 13, 2005. No late requests will be considered. If you are presenting after June 20 (e.g. APA), those requests will be considered during the 2005-06 academic year.

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:38 PM


Doctoral candidates are required to submit the Thesis Proposal and the Thesis Planning Panel forms by the end of the semester following completion of your oral prelim. These forms are available at (thesis proposal) and (planning panel). If forms are not submitted in a timely manner, a hold will be placed on your record. If you completed your prelim oral in Fall Semester, you should be submitting your thesis proposal by the end of this semester. Be sure to contact Kathy Walter ( if you need to request an extension.
For detailed information about these forms, talk with your advisor and refer to the Ed Psych Student Handbook (

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:37 PM

REMINDER: Announcement of Final Oral

The Graduate School Catalog states, "The final oral examination consists of a seminar in which the candidate presents the thesis and to which the scholarly community is invited." Be sure to send the time, place, and title of the presentation to Kathy Walter ( A notice of each final oral examination will be posted in 206 Burton, outside 210 Burton, and on the EPsy student listserv to inform interested persons. Only the committee members remain in the room and participate in the vote at the end of the presentation.

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:36 PM


Please note that EPsy 5157 (Social Psychology of Education) has been approved to meet the Ed Psych social psychology core requirement. This course is being offered Fall 05 on Tuesdays, 4:40-7:30 p.m.

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:30 PM


The Graduate School has approved a change in the requirements for the Specialist Certificate committee. For Specialist Certificate final exams that take place in Spring 2005 and beyond, only three members will be required. In addition, committees are no longer required to include an examining committee member external to the major field.
If you wish to make changes to your committee, you will need your adviser’s approval. As a courtesy, be sure to inform any committee members that you are dropping. Please email me ( with the changes so I can forward the information to the Graduate School. If you are adding a new member, be sure to email their agreement to serve to me or ask them to sign the Examining Committee Consent Form (

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:28 PM

REMINDER: Extended Resident Tuition Benefit

If you’ve held a graduate assistantship or a fellowship for at least two semesters, you may quality for the extended resident tuition privilege. This benefit allows you to continue to pay resident rates after you’ve completed your assistantship or fellowship. For details, see

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:27 PM

ONE MORE REMINDER: Grad 999 Registration

Ed Psych students may not register for Grad 999 more than 4 times during their graduate career.

Posted by epsy-adm at 2:26 PM