Dr. Steelman Guest Blogs about Psychology at Michigan Tech

Dr. Kelly Steelman was invited to be a guest blogger for a website dedicated to promoting the advantages of attending smaller colleges. More specifically, she wrote about why Michigan Tech should be considered if a prospective student is interested in pursuing a psychology degree.

Dr. Steelman highlighted the opportunities and advantages of our CLS department, such as the low student to faculty ratio, the locally based internship program, and the enriching research experiences. Students are given the competitive edge of a large school but with the small school touch. Also, she emphasized Michigan Tech’s unique offering to study psychology and explore its connection to engineering or computer science.

Here is the link if you would like to read the blog post in its entirety.


Psychology Course Offerings for Summer 2021

Here is the Psychology Summer Course catalogue. Please contact the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences if you have any questions.

  • Introduction to Psychology – PSY2000
  • Psychology of Race – PSY2080
  • Educational Psychology – PSY2110
  • Health Psychology – PSY2400
  • Theories of Personality – PSY3010
  • Social Psychology – PSY3720
  • Nature Psychology – PSY4080
  • Contextual Inquiry – PSY4080, Section 02
  • Product Design & Management – PSY4080, Section 03


ACSHF Forum: Monday, January 11

Over the last 100 years, the way we work has changed drastically, transitioning from the early ideas of scientific management by Frederick Taylor to concepts rooted in high organizational agility. Agile, a movement focused on improving the way we work, is one of the movements that has led the way to transforming the way we think about working with people.

During this session, Mark Cruth, a long-time Agile advocate and 2009 Michigan Tech Psychology graduate, will share his experience with Agile and how leveraging intrinsic motivation has positively influencing organizational culture change over the last 20 years. Please join us on Zoom for the presentation on Monday, January 11, at 2 pm. Zoom meeting link.


ACSHF Forum: Monday, February 8

Cyber crime has a significant impact on nations, corporations, and individuals. Violations of information security can reduce consumer confidence and valuation at the corporate level, and jeopardize social and financial well-being at the personal level.

In this talk, Robert West, an Elizabeth P. Allen Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience of DePauw University, will explore the findings of some of his recent research to demonstrate the utility of a decision neuroscience approach to providing insight into the neural correlates of ethical decision making in the context of information security. Please join the ACSHF Forum on Zoom Monday, February 8, at 2 pm. Zoom meeting link


ACSHF Keynote Speaker – Why Josh Stole the Password: A Decision Neuroscience Approach to Insider Threat in Information Security

Robert West, an Elizabeth P. Allen Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at DePauw University, will be this year’s ACSHF keynote speaker. This event will take place on Monday, February 8th, 2021 at 2:00pm via Zoom. The Zoom link will be released closer to the event.

Abstract:
Cybercrime has a significant impact on nations, corporations, and individuals. Violations of information security can reduce consumer confidence and valuation at the corporate level, and jeopardize social and financial well-being at the personal level. Research in Information Systems reveals that up to 50% of violations or breaches of information security may result from insider threat, reflecting the actions of an individual operating within an organization. Considerable behavioral research has explored the organizational and individual factors that contribute to violations of information security related to insider threat. Building upon this tradition, my laboratory has been interested in exploring the neural foundation of decision making related to insider threat using EEG methods. This research reveals that there are robust ERP components that are sensitive to ethical decision making in the context of information security. Furthermore, this neural activity is modulated by individual differences (e.g., self-control, moral belief) that are known to be predictors of violations of information in real-world context. In the talk, I will explore the findings of some of our recent research in order to demonstrate the utility of a decision neuroscience approach to providing insight into the neural correlates of ethical decision making in the context of information security.


Darnishia Slade Appointed to Michigan Community Service Commission

Darnishia Slade (MS student) has been appointed to a three-year term to the Michigan Community Service Commission, representing fellow experts in the delivery of human, educational, environmental, or public safety services to communities and individuals.

“I am honored to receive this appointment from Governor Whitmer! I am ready to roll my sleeves up and do the work of continuing to make Michigan one of the nation’s leading state service commissions and a model state for volunteerism. I believe that through volunteerism lives are enriched, cultural understanding is exchanged, and lasting partnerships are established,” she said. Congratulations, again, to Darnishia!


Psychology Ambassador: Tim Raymond

Tim Raymond is not only interested in psychology, but everything else in between. His hobbies include martial arts, billiards, making charcuterie boards, and debating everything and anything. He also owns a soap and cosmetic company that specializes in wholesale. On campus, Tim is involved in psychology-related organizations, works as a resident assistant, and volunteers as a tutor.

Tim thinks that the psych program at Tech is like one big family. He explains, “from my first day in a psych class, everyone made me feel welcomed and interactions with others have been smooth and effortless! The professors/instructors are top-notch and really work hard to help their students understand the concepts they’re learning through real-world applications.”


Psychology Ambassador: Ashley Van Handel

During her time at Michigan Tech, Ashley Van Handel has been heavily involved with the Association of Psychology Students. She also became a research assistant in the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences, which helped her gain experience for when she attends graduate school in the future.

Ashley thinks that personally she benefited from the internship program that the psychology program offers. CLS partners with several organizations throughout the community to allow students to gain hands-on experience in a field of their choosing. Ashley was able to intern with the Special Education Department at the Copper Country Intermediate School District. This allowed her to further her experience by working with children that have developmental disorders. Previously, she had worked in ABA therapy services as a behavioral treatment technician. Interning at the Copper Country ISD helped her expand her experience into a school setting.


Psychology Ambassador: Hannah Karaniemi

In her free time, Hannah Karaniemi creates art, plays her ukulele, and bakes sweet treats. At Michigan Tech, she is involved in the Psi Chi International Honor Society, the Association of Psychology Students, IRHC Broomball, and the Health Occupation Students of America organization. She also serves as an ambassador of the Department of Cognitive and Learning Sciences to help guide new students and as a statistics lab instructor. Other than her educational experiences at Tech, Hannah has worked for the Center for Pre-College outreach as a student coordinator for the Summer Youth Programs.

She believes the psychology program offers endless opportunities. With the help of the extraordinary staff in the department, she was able to conduct research as an undergraduate student and participate in a cooperative education program with the manufacturing company Kimberly-Clark. The program has prepared her for her future in the field of psychology and has allowed her to pursue a well-rounded education.