Welcome to Psi Chi

at The University of Utah

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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


Natalie McElroy

My name is Natalie. I am currently a senior and plan to graduate in Spring 2018. I am majoring in psychology with a minor in anthropology. I plan to go to graduate school after I graduate and get a masters in statistics and psychological anthropology. My “dream job” is to conduct research in the field of psychological anthropology, mainly handling and interpreting the data. I want to study psychological topics with anthropological concepts, emphasizing in how our culture shapes who we are and what we do. I have been married for 5 years. My husband and I have two daughters. I like to be outside as much as possible! Reading and drinking coffee are my favorite hobbies.

Vice President
Marilynn Lape

I am currently a senior, double majoring in Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies. I have been married for five years and have a daughter who inspires me everyday. After becoming a mom, I wanted to learn more about how our experiences shape our development and this is where my love for psychology started. I am working with the Child Adaptation and Neurodevelopment (CAN) Lab and am always looking for opportunities to gain more experience in research. My goal is to earn a PhD in Developmental Psychology and conduct research to learn more about behavioral epigenetics. I believe it is important to educate others about psychology and being a part of Psi Chi will give me the opportunity to do so.

Mina Castro

My name is Mina Castro and I am a third-year psychology major here at the U. I am the treasurer of Psi Chi. My eventual goal is to obtain a PsyD as a clinical psychologist. It is my dream to make it possible for all to have equitable access to mental healthcare. My passion is in promoting excellence in the application of psychology. Beyond that, my other passion includes playing the violin, dancing, writing, going to concerts and hiking. I look forward to working with all of the Psi members throughout the year!

Elizabeth Coon

My name is Elizabeth Coon. I am finishing up my last year that the University of Utah with a major in Psychology and a minor in Pediatric Research. I have a passion for learning about the human body and its development, and I hope to go to medical school after my undergraduate degree is finished. I also love working with infants and children as I am currently volunteering for a preschool that specializes in teaching children with autism and I'm a research assistant for the CAN Lab on campus. When I have free time I love reading and talking to people about books.

Marketing Officer
Kelsi Rugo

Kelsi received her MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Gonzaga University in 2015 and is a current Clinical Psychology PhD student at The University of Utah. She works in the National Center for Veterans Studies as both a researcher and clinician under the mentorship of Dr. Craig Bryan. Her research interests lie primarily in the realm of suicide prevention and trauma treatment in military populations. Specifically, Kelsi is interested in the role that impulsivity-related variables play in the thought-to-action sequence of suicide. She is also passionate about evidence-based practice and researching which treatments work, and why. As a clinician, Kelsi holds national certification (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors. She primarily works with veterans and military personnel struggling with traumatic stress and suicidal ideation. Some of her past clinical experiences include working in the outpatient psychology clinic at the Nashville VA Medical Center, working in behavioral health at the Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center, and providing applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy for military children on the Autism spectrum. Kelsi is a current applicant for the Navy’s Health Professions Scholarship Program and hopes to serve as an active duty Navy Psychologist upon graduation.

Program Coordinator
Mckayli Abbe

I am a Pre Med Psychology student with a chemistry minor. I am interested in going into medicine with a strong understanding of how a persons physical health and mental health are intertwined and should be treated concurrently. I am extremely passionate about people and learning about what makes healthier and more empathetic communities. I want to be able to help others gain a better understanding about the importance of psychology and social/ behavioral sciences which is why I joined Psi Chi.

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.

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