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What is Psi Chi?

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing 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 serves two major goals:

  1. Provide academic recognition to its inductees
  2. Nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to members' creative development.

Officers & Recent Inductees

President:  Janessa Barrett
Vice-President:  Jenna Wilson
Treasurer:  Krista Tocco
Secretary:  Meghan Hall

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Important Resources for Psychology Majors

Criteria for Membership

  1. Students registered for major or minor standing in psychology.
  2. Completion of 3 semesters of the college courses. Completion of 9 semester hours of psychology courses.
  3. Ranking in the top 35% of one's class in general scholarship.
  4. A minimum GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.0 scale) in both psychology classes and in overall cumulative grades.
  5. Students meeting the criteria will receive an invitation to join.  The induction ceremony takes place in the fall.

Psychology Major Opportunities

  • Submit articles to the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research
  • Apply for research grants
  • Attend and present at regional and national conferences

Sample of Sponsored Events

  • Co-hosted a suicide prevention speaker
  • Hosted speakers discussing internship and job opportunities
  • Graduate school night
  • Alumni night
  • Psychology information session regarding the major
  • Student research presentations
  • Volunteered to clean up at Liberty House (Home of Abby Kelly Foster)

Awards Received by Psychology Majors

Travel Grants (2016): Gianna Caruso ’16, Sarah Henderson ’16, and Erin Sullivan ‘15
Each student received travel grants to attend the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) annual conference

Summer Research Grant (2011):  Erin Fitzgerald '12
Examined regulation strategies used by individuals in Japan after the devastating 2011 earthquake

Faculty Advisor Grant (2008):  Fang Zhang, PhD
Examined facial expression recognition among close friends vs. acquaintances

Psychology Major Research Projects

Cassandra Bates worked with Dr. Kalpidou to complete her honors thesis about the effects of childhood adversity and college adjustment. A poster based on her work was presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Peter Bui with his peers Todd Greene and Lauren DeVito investigated the effects of induced empathy on disparaging humor.  He presented his work at the New England Psychological Association (NEPA) conference, and worked with Dr. Kalpidou to publish a manuscript for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research based on his findings.  The article appeared in the summer 2016 issue.

Gianna Caruso, Amanda Cavicchi, Sarah Henderson, and Rachel Hickey investigated the links between locus of control, stress, and academic performance.  They presented their work at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) conference.  Gianna and Sarah received a travel grant to attend the conference.  Amanda also completed an independent study with Dr. Maria Parmley examining the link between serenity and cognitive processing.

Kathryn Colburn worked for two summers as research assistant and has done several independent studies with Drs. Maria Parmley and Fang Zhang.  She has been deeply involved with two of their research projects. Katelyn has examined the antecedents of serenity helped in developing a protocol for inducing serenity in participants.  Additionally, she helped develop the procedure to assess women’s emotion recognition skills across the menstrual cycle.  Her works has been presented at two national conferences (Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP)) and co-authored a book chapter.

Cathryn Cortesa investigated instructional and task constraints on handwriting performance of kindergarten children.  She helped devise and implement a coding system for letter writing samples and shape drawing samples, analyzed digitized writing samples from a writing tablet, and helped with data entry from teacher surveys, lesson plans, and classroom observations.  Her findings with Dr. Fitzpatrick were presented at the Society of Research in Child Development (SRCD) conference and published in a journal article.

Anna doCurral completed a summer internship and several independent studies with Drs. Maria Parmley and Fang Zhang.  She helped analyze data examining the link between the practice of yoga and cognitive processing.  She has also examined the links between temperament, co-parenting, and father responsiveness, and examined age-related changes in use of comfort objects.  Her work has been presented at the New England Psychological Association (NEPA), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (NCCCAP). Her honors thesis research examines the impact of post-partum depression on infant development. Anna already submitted her preliminary findings for presentation at the biannual conference of the Society of Research in Child Development (SRCD).

Erin Fitzgerald planned on collecting data during her semester abroad in Tokyo, Japan. The devastating events in that region have forced Erin to return home but she collected online data from Embassy personnel on how they are faring in the ongoing stress, and evaluating whether people with better emotion regulation strategies are faring better than those with poor emotion regulation strategies. She presented her work at the Association for Psychological Science (APS)’s annual conference and her work with Dr. Cavanagh is being published in the journal Emotion.

Brenden Knight worked as a research assistant with Drs. Maria Parmley and Fang Zhang.  He helped analyze data examining the link between the practice of yoga and cognitive processing.  His works has been presented at the New England Psychological Association (NEPA).

Cassie Lincoln completed two independent studies with Drs. Maria Parmley and Fang Zhang.  She has been deeply involved with two of their research projects. Cassie has examined the antecedents of serenity helped in developing a protocol for inducing serenity in participants.  Additionally, she helped analyze data assessing women’s emotion recognition skills across the menstrual cycle.  Her works has been presented at national and regional conferences (Association for Psychological Science (APS) and the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA).

Cora Spillman worked as a research assistant with Dr. Kalpidou.  She assisted in recruitment and data collection for the project: “Childhood Adversity and Mental Health of College Students”.

Erin Sullivan with her peers Brianna Allard and Alicia Bylsma investigated the links between self-esteem and Facebook as part of the Collaborative Replication Education Project (CREP).  She presented his work at the Eastern Psychological Association (EPA) conference, and she received a travel award to attend the conference from Psi Chi, and received a CREP award for her work on the replication project.

Honors and Summer Fellowships:

Fitzpatrick, P., & Lampi, A.   Honors Program Summer Fellowship Evaluating the Relationship Between Social and Motor Engagement, Self-Stimulation, Joint Attention and Theory of Mind in Autism.

Fitzpatrick, P., & Hickey, R.  Department Summer Research Assistant Mentor, Evaluating the neural mechanisms underlying social synchronization and measuring social communication dynamics in autism. 

Kalpidou, M., Kuersten-Hogan, R., & doCurral, A.  Department Summer Research Assistant Mentor, Postpartum depression, transition to parenthood, and attachment to comfort objects.

Kuersten-Hogan, R., & LaForce, J.  Honors Program Summer Fellowship. The relationship between coparenting and depression.

Members’ Publications:

Bui, P. P., Kalpidou, M., DeVito, L. E., & Greene, T. (2016, accepted for publication). The Effects of Induced Empathy on Disparaging Humor. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.

Cavanagh, S.R., Fitzgerald, E.J., & Urry, H.L. (2014). Emotion reactivity and regulation are associated with psychological functioning following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear crisis in Japan. Emotion, 14, 235-240.

Fitzpatrick, P., Vander Hart, N., & Cortesa, C.  (2013). The influence of instructional variables and task constraints on handwriting development.  The Journal of Educational Research, 106 (3), 216-234.

Fitzpatrick, P., Schmidt, K. Romero, V., Amaral, J., Richardson, M. J., & Schmidt, R. C.  (2015).  Perceiving Movement synchronization differences in autism.  In J. Weast-Knapp, M. Malone, & D. Abney (Eds.), Studies in perception and action XIII:  Eighteenth international conference on perception and action, New York, NY: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Fitzpatrick, P., Mitchell, T., Frazier, J., Cochran, D, Coleman, C., & Schmidt, R. C. (2015). Exploring the behavioral and neural processes underlying social synchronization of individuals with and without social deficits.  In J. Weast-Knapp, M. Malone, & D. Abney (Eds.), Studies in perception and action XIII:  Eighteenth international conference on perception and action, New York, NY: Psychology Press, Taylor & Francis Group.

Parmley, M., Zhang, F., Colburn, K. L., & Georges, N. (2015).  Fluctuations in female attention to male facial expressions of emotions across the menstrual cycle.  In A. Freitas-Magalaes (Ed.), Emotional expression: The brain and the face. (Vol. 7). Porto, Portugal: Edições Universidade Fernando Pessoa (pp. 147-179).

Members’ Presentations:

Bretanha, L., & Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2017, March). Emerging adults' expectations of longevity in their romantic relationships.  Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Caruso, G., Cavicchi, A., Henderson, S., Hickey, R., & Parmley, M. (2016, March).  Impact of personality characteristics on task performance. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

Cerbo, A., Clark, H., & Zimmerman, M. (2016, October).  Course of depression and anger in an acute intensive treatment setting. Poster presented at the Annual New England Psychological Association Conference, Worcester, MA.

doCurral, A. & Kalpidou, M. (2015, October). Age-related Changes in Sensory Processing and Attachment to Comfort Objects. Poster presented at the Annual New England Psychological Association Conference, Fitchburg, MA.

doCurral, A. & Kalpidou, M., & Kuersten-Hogan, R., (2016, May). Coparenting and Temperament Predict Fathers’ Responsiveness in Father-Infant Interactions from 3 to 12 months. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.

 doCurral, A., Parmley, M., Zhang, F., & Knight, B. (2015, October).  Global versus local processing: A shift in cognitive processing associated with yoga.  Presentation at the New England Psychological Association Conference, Fitchburg, MA.

Fitzpatrick, P., Frazier, J. A., Mitchell, T., Cochran, D., Coleman, C. & Schmidt, R. C.  (2015). Exploring the Behavioural and Neural Processes of Joint Action in Individuals with and without Social Deficits.  Paper presented at the 6th Joint Action Meeting, Budapest, Hungary, July, 2015.

Fitzpatrick, P., Mitchell, T., Frazier, J., Cochran, D, Coleman, C., & Schmidt, R. C. (2015). Exploring the behavioral and neural processes underlying social synchronization of individuals with and without social deficits.  Poster presented at the 18th International Conference on Perception and Action, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  July, 2015.

Fitzpatrick, P., Mitchell, T., Frazier, J. A., Cochran, D., Coleman, C., & Schmidt, R. C.  (2015). Behavioural and neural processes underlying social synchronization provide insights for understanding autism.  Paper presented at The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 62nd Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX, October, 2015.

Fitzpatrick, P., Schmidt, K., Romero, V., Amaral, J., Richardson, M. J., & Schmidt, R. C.  (2015). Perceiving movement synchronization differences in autism.  Poster presented at the 18th International Conference on Perception and Action, Minneapolis, Minnesota.  July, 2015.

Kalpidou, M., doCurral, A., & Kuersten-Hogan, R., (2016, May). Coparenting and Temperament Predict Fathers’ Responsiveness in Father-Infant Interactions from 3 to 12 months. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Society, Chicago, IL.

Kalpidou, M., Volungis, A., Bates, C, & Mamott, E. (2016, August). Childhood Adversity and College Adjustment. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Denver, CO.

Kuersten-Hogan, R., Bui, P., & Boisvert, R. (2015, September). Coparenting dynamics across the transition to parenthood and infant-parent gaze patterns at 3 months postpartum. Poster presented at the European Conference for Developmental Psychology, Braga, Portugal.

Kuersten-Hogan, R., Kalpidou, M., Boisvert, R., & Bui, P. (2016, June). The role of infant gaze patterns in triadic family interactions at 3- and 12 months postpartum. Poster presented at the World Congress of the World Association for Infant Mental Health, Prague, Czech Republic.

Kuersten-Hogan, R., Molinaro, M., Manteuffel, J., LaForce, J., Kalpidou, M., & Deligiannidis, K. (2016, October).  Parental depression and coparenting dynamics predict infant functioning at 3 months.  Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association, Worcester, Massachusetts.

LaForce, J., & Kuersten-Hogan, R. (2015, October). Prenatal depressed mood and coparenting expectations in pregnancy couples. Poster presented at the New England Psychological Association, Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Lampi, A., Fitzpatrick, P., Romero, V., Amaral, J., Richardson, M. J., & Schmidt, R. C.  (2016). Evaluating the role of social and motor engagement for reducing restrictive and repetitive behaviors in autism.  Poster presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Baltimore, MD, May 2016.

Lampi, A., Fitzpatrick, P., Romero, V., Amaral, J., Richardson, M. J., & Schmidt, R. C.  (2015).  Evaluating the role of social and motor engagement for reducing restrictive/repetitive behaviors in autism. Poster presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA), Fitchburg, MA, October, 2015.

Nguyen, T., Visconti, M., Parmley, M., & Zhang, F. (2015, October).  Promotion of well-Being: Effects of Serenity and Emotion Regulation.  Presentation at the New England Psychological Association Conference, Fitchburg, MA.

Parmley, M., Zhang, F., Colburn, K. L., Georges, N., & Lincoln, C. (2015, May).  Attentional bias across the menstrual cycle: Emotional expression matters. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, New York, NY.

Parmley, M., Zhang, F., Colburn, K. L., & Georges, N. N. (2014, February).  Decoding facial expressions across the menstrual cycle: Support for the evolutionary perspective.  Poster presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Austin, TX.

Parmley, M., Zhang, F., Lincoln, C., Colburn, K. L., Georges, N. (2015, March).  Emotion perception across the menstrual cycle. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Philadelphia, PA.

Parmley, M., Zhang, F., doCurral, A., Visconti, M., & Nguyen, T. (2017, May).  Global vs. Local Processing: A shift in cognitive processing associated with serenity.  Poster to be presented at the 28th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Boston, MA.

Parmley, M., Zhang, F., Gostkowski, R., & Reynolds, N. (2017, January). The serene mind: Serenity and holistic perception.  Poster to be presented at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, TX.

Parmley, M. (Chair), doCurral, A., Teylman-Cashman, N., Martin, C., & Price, L. Harris O’Brien, D. (Discussant) (2016, October).  Psi Chi chapter leadership exchange: Welcome to Assumption College.  Presentation at the New England Psychological Association Conference, Assumption College, Worcester, MA.

Price, L., Crockett, L., & Gordon L.  (2017, March).  Preventing the misinformation effect: Using mindful meditation to enhance eyewitness memory. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Schmidt, K., Fitzpatrick, P., Romero, V., Amaral, J., Richardson, M. J., & Schmidt, R. C.  (2015). Perception of movement differences in autism spectrum disorder.  Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA), Fitchburg, MA, October, 2015.

Soule, C. Kalpidou, M., Commors, M., Correia, S. & Palmer, S. (2016, March). The Relationship between Smartphone Dependency, Loneliness, and Social Anxiety. Poster accepted for presentation at the Annual Eastern Psychological Association Conference, New York, NY.

Sullivan, E., Bylsma, A., Allard, B., Parmley, M. (2016, March).  Self-esteem, self-disclosure, and Facebook: A replication of Forest and Wood (2012).  Poster presented at the Eastern psychological association conference, New York, NY.

Tortora, D., Kuersten-Hogan, R. (March, 2017).  Couples' birth narratives and coparenting dynamics during the transition to parenthood. Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Volungis, A., Knight, B., Joyce, M., & Popores, C. (2017, March) Suicide prevention in adolescents: Implementation of a high school-based psychoeducation program.  Poster presented at the Eastern Psychological Association Conference, Boston, MA.

Zhang, F., Parmley, M., Colburn, K., Georges, N., Walker, A., & Gjemnica, F. (2014, July).  Experiencing serenity.  E-poster presented at the 28th International Congress of Applied Psychology, Paris, France.

Zhang, F., Parmley, M., Gostkowski, R., & Cavicchi, A. (2017, May).  Individual differences in the experience of serenity and regulation of emotions.  Poster to be presented at the 28th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, Boston, MA.