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).

Research Spotlight

Anu Asnaani, Ph.d.
Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology

Dr. Asnaani is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. She is currently developing the Treatment Mechanisms, Community Empowerment, & Technology Innovations (TCT) Lab. The TCT lab aims to build a better understanding of the mechanisms that maintain and underlie meaningful change in fear-based symptoms (anxiety disorders, OCD and PTSD). Improve outcomes that matter to a wider diversity of individuals in an effort to empower our communities and reduce ongoing health disparities. Leverage latest technological and other innovations in order to expand the scope and access to evidence-based interventions on a local and global scale. Dr. Anu led Psi Chi’s fall 2019 research day, and our own Vice President Tracey Tacana currently works in her lab. Contact Utah Psi Chi if you had any additional questions about applying to work in her lab.

2019-2020 Officers

2019-2020 Officers Bio's


Brittney Hayes

I am a non-traditional senior seeking my Honors degree in Psychology, with a specific interest in health. In the last two years I have had the opportunity to work in Dr. Timothy Smith’s lab on interpersonal communication’s effect on the heart. I am also currently a research assistant for Dr. Marissa Diener’s study on language and development of children diagnosed with CMV in-utero, as well as completing my second semesters of UROP under Dr. David Curtis. My thesis will be examining how social comparison may induce anxiety and elevated heartrate during interpersonal communications. I have also had the opportunity to volunteer at the Children’s Center, as well as being a current volunteer at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. My long-term academic goal is to obtain a doctorate so that one day I can help improve quality of life and health outcomes of disenfranchised groups.

Vice President
Tracey Nicole Tacana

I am a Bolivian working single mom majoring in Psychology and Family, Community and Human Development. Last Spring, I had the opportunity to pilot an undergraduate internship at The Children's Center where I gained knowledge about treatment practices of preschool aged children whom have been diagnosed with behavioral issues, or have a history of trauma. I'm currently a research assistant in Dr. Raby's early Experiences Lab, and Dr. Chen’s Social Cognition and Intergroup Perception Lab. My long-term academic goal is to acquire a doctorate degree to research and develop healing practices that will enhance the quality of life of disadvantaged children survivors.

Wendy Grill Velasquez

Wendy is a senior at the University of Utah. Wendy is in the honors program working on her B.S. in Psychology with a certificate in Positive Psychology. She previously earned her A.S. in Psychology with honors at the SLCC earning the Presidents List and Speakers Showcase Winner. Wendy has over 20 years of experience in business and business management. Wendy’s future goals include attending graduate school in clinical or counseling psychology with a positive psychology emphasis. Her future interest includes clinical work with children and adolescents of all ages as well as research to further the field in positive psychology with children specifically. Wendy loves being a mother and has been blessed with three children. When not in the lab or in class Wendy works as the President of a Wholesale Distribution Company and spends her spare time hanging out with her kids.

Kathryn Wylie

I am an Honors Psychology student completing the CSBS Quantitative Analysis Certificate. My own research and thesis work examines how listener behaviors in conversation may affect children's likelihood to engage in perspective-taking. I work in the Social Development Lab with Dr. Monisha Pasupathi and Dr. Cecilia Wainryb, who are currently studying conflict resolution, and help Dr. Kris Oldroyd with an ongoing study investigating physiological correlates of attachment. I also work in a residential treatment center in the Salt Lake Valley. My other major research interests include conflict's influence on moral development as well as the etiology and effective treatment of psychopathology in young adolescents, especially of dissociative and anxiety disorders. My long-term academic goal is to obtain a doctorate so that I can continue to grapple with issues of applied importance.

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