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Welcome to the UTC Chapter!




Melissa Materia

Melissa Materia

I'm Melissa Materia, Psi Chi president for the 2019-20 school year! I am majoring in psychology with a concentration in social sciences. After I graduate from UTC, I plan to attend graduate school to study clinical neuropsychology. I am particularly interested in studying attention and memory throughout all states of life.

Emme Woodward

Emme Woodward

I'm Emme Woodward, Psi Chi treasurer for 2019-20. I'm majoring in psychology with a minor in child and family studies. I'm a senior and very excited to graduate. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year to focus on research in the field of sexual violence and gender based studies. I am interested in continuing this area of research and hopefully becoming a sex educator/counselor one day.

Claudia DiVencenzo

Claudia DiVincenzo

I'm Claudia DiVincenzo, Psi Chi secretary this year. I'm a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. After graduation I hope to spend time traveling and further explore my career goals before heading to graduate school. While I have a variety of interests in different fields of psychology, ultimately I hope to build a career that employs both my love for personality psychology and my love of writing.


Damian Spears

Damian Spears

I'm Damian Spears, Psi Chi social media chair for 2019-20. My primary major is sociology, with a secondary major in psychology. A senior graduating in December, I hope to continue my education in the discipline of Industrial Organization Psychology. My ultimate goal is to work as an organizational development specialist or a human resources specialist. My love for studying how individuals work on a group level and the motivations within the mind of an employee has driven me to pursue this discipline.

Braden Sanford

Braden Sanford

I'm Braden Sanford, currently an Innovation in Honors student pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology at UTC. I'm the Psi Chi vice president this year!  I'm involved in research in a variety of fields and topics, including a critical look at the treatment of women, as portrayed through the comic book series Lois Lane; the relationship between the cognitive construct of Episodic Future Thinking and successful goal implentation; and the disparity in minority participation in outdoor recreation local to Chattaoonga. I'm also active service chair for Mortar Board, and on the production team for UReCA, a team running the journal for undergraduate honors research around the country. After graduation I plan to further my eduation in the Industrial Organization master's program here at UTC.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Preston Foerder

What is Psi Chi?

"Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology". Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications.


Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges. Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at over 1,000 senior colleges and universities in the USA and Canada. The National Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


An international council, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and who are elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters. Psi Chi serves two major goals--one immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater rewards in the long run. The first of these is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Society's local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to its creative development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the international organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including national and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs.


The Society publishes a quarterly magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, which helps to unite the members, inform them and recognize their contributions and accomplishments. The quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research fosters and rewards the scholarly efforts of undergraduate psychology students and provides a valuable learning experience by introducing them to the publishing and review process. Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society. All chapters register their inductees at the National Office, where the membership records are preserved for reference purposes.

Purpose Statement

Psi Chi is an international honor society whose purpose shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.

Mission Statement

The mission of Psi Chi is to recognize and promote excellence in the science and application of psychology. Subsequent results for accomplishing above mission:

A. Advance science and the profession of psychology
B. Promote an educational experience consistent with the mission
C. Promote ethical and socially responsible members and leaders
D. Define and establish an organizational structure that promotes our mission
E. Recognize and foster the contributions that diversity makes to the science and practice of psychology                                                                                               

Requirements to Join

  1. Must be majoring or minoring in psychology
  2. Must have completed 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
  3. Must have taken at least 9 hours of psychology courses
  4. Must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 in the major and top 35% overall
    • Valid through the 2020-21 school year
    • Sophomore GPA: 3.35
    • Junior GPA: 3.38
    • Senior GPA: 3.39

How to Apply

  1. Go to
  2. Click “JOIN” at the top of the page
  3. Follow the links to apply
  4. After you have applied, please allow some time for your application to be reviewed. You will be notified when a decision has been made.