The International Honor Society in Psychology charters HIU's Inaugural Chapter

Posted: December 5, 2016

The International Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi, proudly announces the official charter of Hope International University’s inaugural Psi Chi Chapter. These Chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the Society, but also sponsor programs and activities which augment and enhance the regular curriculum, offer an outlet for service to the campus and the community at large, and provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter.

HIU installed sixteen charter members on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. (See video below.)

Psi Chi was founded in 1929 during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology held at Yale University. The Honor Society’s stated purpose is to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship, and to advance the science of psychology. Many of the Society’s members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology, including several presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychological Society (APS), numerous national and international award winners, and various other renowned research psychologists, authors, professors, and practitioners.

The international organization bestows several regional and Society research awards, sponsors diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions (including lectures, workshops, panel discussions, and information exchanges), and publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. In addition, Psi Chi’s Society service projects illustrate the Society’s commitment to its mission of “student excellence, reflected in scholarly and professional growth within psychology and the ability to impact society positively.”

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of both the APA and APS. Psi Chi has grown over the past 87 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with over 1197 chapters located at college and university campuses throughout the U.S. as well as in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Barbados, Egypt, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Turkey and Puerto Rico.

Inaugural Inductees:

  • Laura Steele-Faculty
  • Peace Amadi-Faculty
  • Denise Wallace-Faculty
  • Taylor Butler 
  • Jessica Cornea 
  • Kimberly Cruz
  • Bethany Davis (BA '16)
  • Lisa Keck 
  • Breanna Kirklen 
  • Dana Peterson 
  • Samuel Semanda 
  • Jocelyn Young 
  • Katlynne Young 
  • Kimberly Beisel (BA '15)
  • McKayla Kennedy (BA '15)
  • Brittnie Blanchard (BA '16)

For further information on HIU’s new Psi Chi Chapter, contact Dr. Laura Steele, Dean of HIU’s College of Psychology, at [email protected].