Welcome to Psi Chi

at The University of Utah

PSI CHI, The International Honor Society in Psychology logo

Welcome to Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in psychology.

You are eligible to join Psi Chi if you are a psychology major, minor, or pursuing a degree in a related field.

Psi Chi holds social events for students, networking events with professionals, and educational opportunities to further the study of psychology at the U.

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"It's not Greek, It's Geek!"


The purpose of Psi Chi is 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.

Benefits of Membership

  1. Joining PSI CHI means that you will have a lifetime membership that includes a certificate and membership card.
  2. International recognition because we are an honor society you get to graduate with honors and wear official Psi Chi cords. It is also an accomplishment that can be noted on cv’s, resumes, and applications. It is accepted by the US government as one of the requirements for entrance into GS-7 level occupation.
  3. It grants students access to over $400,000 worth of awards and grants.
  4. There are opportunities for: leadership, friendship, enhanced education, mentoring, & community service.
  5. Research, presentation, and networking from a local to an international level.

Chapter Goals

Our goal is to create an active and engaging community for Psi Chi members by hosting intellectually stimulating events, and presenting members with meaningful ways to give back to their community.

Chapter Programs

Community service is an essential aspect of the Psi Chi experience. We hold monthly service events to encourage our members to find meaningful ways to give back to their community. We also encourage active learning by presenting students with professional networking opportunities.


PSI CHI was founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).


Students of all social science fields are encouraged to join, and must meet eligibility requirements for official membership. In order to join, there are some academic requirements you will need to meet.

Undergraduate students must:

  1. Be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology, or a related field
  2. Have completed at least 3 semesters of full-time college coursework.
  3. Have completed at least 9 semester hours of psychology courses.
  4. Have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  5. Have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses.

Transfer students or students that are new to the university can still join and participate as members, but they can only become full-fledged members if they meet the eligibility requirements by the end of the semester. If you participate we can backtrack your membership, so you will get acknowledgement for everything you do.

Graduate students must:

  1. Be enrolled in a psychology (or psychology-related) graduate program
  2. Have completed at least 9 semester hours or the equivalent of graduate level coursework
  3. Have earned a minimum GPA of 3.0 in all graduate courses, including psychology
  4. Meet the graduate program’s academic requirements (e.g., if specific courses require an A or B, students must meet those requirements even if their cumulative GPA is above 3.0).

2017-2018 Officers

2017-2018 Officers Bio's


Jennifer Isenhour

I am a non-traditional student, mother of three wonderful sons and an admissions director at a local treatment facility. I have spent the last 15 years working with adolescents with mental health concerns and have recently returned to the University of Utah to pursue a degree in clinical neuropsychology. My current research focuses on the neurobiological development of internationally adopted children. I am also a project manager within the Child Adaptation and Neurodevelopment Lab where I work with a brilliant team immersed in a longitudinal study focused on the epigenetic mechanisms involved in the development of troubling behaviors in young children. Being president of Psi Chi allows me to collaborate and share ideas with brilliant psychology students as well as help to support and encourage nontraditional students to pursue their educational dreams.

Vice President
Luciana Salmi

I am an Honors Track Psychology student with a minor in health. I am interested in human development and the concept of health as the result of a balance between mental, physical and emotional well being. Currently I am the project coordinator of the eighteen month BABY study at the Child Adaptation and Neurodevelopment Lab (CAN Lab) led by Dr. Lee Raby and Dr. Elisabeth Conradt. I am excited about the outcome of the studies performed at the CAN Lab and all the possibilities to help improve the health of our community. I am passionate about science, art, travelling and love spending time outdoors. I joined Psi Chi to be part of a team of individuals that are as enthusiastic about social, behavioral and human sciences so that we can share our passion with others while giving back to our community.

Jamie Elsey

My name is Jamie Elsey. I am working towards a degree in Psychology here at the University of Utah. My academic interests are in Gender Studies and LGBTQ+ focused research. My ambition is to continue to graduate school and obtain a Ph.D. and become an Experimental Psychologist. I hope that one day my research will lead towards better understanding and mental health services for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Rene Gilfillan

My name is Rene, I am a senior majoring in psychology and health, society, policy. I am interested in health psychology and the overlaps in health policy and psychology. I am currently working with Dr. Berg as a research assistant and for my Honors Thesis on type 1 diabetes. I have had type 1 for nearly 18 years and it is very cool to do research that is related to my personal experiences. I also work in communications at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. I enjoy working in various aspects of healthcare and research. I hope to pursue a Ph.D. program and to eventually teach at a university. In my free time I love to be outside hiking, camping, or playing with dogs! I am excited for all of the opportunities that Psi Chi offers and to be a part of the team that will get to plan things for all of its members!

Marketing Officer
Nurul Wardah Ishak

My name is Wardah and I am in my final year as a psychology major at the U of U. Recently, I did my internship for the whole summer back in my home country, Malaysia. There, I worked at a local bank in the Human Resource Department. That experience solidified my interest in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. My future dream is to further pursue my studies in Organizational Psychology at the University of Waikato, New Zealand as it is one of the few universities that provides a master's degree on the subject. In my spare time, I regularly engage in social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Program Coordinator
Ashley Allen

I am an honors psychology student and I am very passionate about research! I am grateful to be part of a team of like-minded individuals with passion for psychology and learning. I currently assist in the Child Adaption and Neurodevelopment (CAN) Lab as well as coordinate a research study between two psychology labs. My primary research interests include emotional (i.e. mood, anxiety, trauma) and sleep-related disorders and symptomatology. I would like to improve our understanding of the mechanisms driving these complex problems and discover interventions to alleviate maladaptive symptoms.

Steffi Falla

My name is Steffi Falla. I am a senior at the University of Utah and expect to graduate spring 2019. My time as an undergraduate student has taught me the importance of critical thinking and the value of the scientific method. I am majoring in psychology and minoring in both cognitive science and philosophy. As a research assistant for the Applied Visual Attention (AVAL) Lab at the University of Utah, I have been able to get hands on experience in the research process and have been able to conduct my own research funded by undergraduate research opportunity program(UROP). I aspire to go to graduate school to get a Ph.D in cognitive neuroscience to further my knowledge on the neural correlates of attention and memory. I joined psi chi to be a part of a group of individuals who share my passion for psychology.

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