Psychology Honor Society Established at William Woods

A dozen William Woods University students are charter members of WWU’s chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

Charter members are Meghan Bleigh of Chamois, Mo.; Debra Boyd of Lampe, Mo.; Samantha Cooper of Wentzville, Mo.; Alicia Delaney of St. Peters, Mo.; Rachel Graves of Liberty, Mo.; Colleen Hofer of Plainview, Minn.; Hannah Lindburg of Reno, Nev.; Sara McCahon of Jefferson City, Mo.; Jennifer Morris of Overland Park, Kan.; Julia Needhammer of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Jordan Thompson of Desloge, Mo.; and Amelia Wallace of Louisiana, Mo.

The new chapter was installed April 10, and the faculty adviser is Dr. Caroline Boyer-Ferhat, assistant professor of psychology.

Psi Chi was founded on Sept. 4, 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.

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 83 years into one of the largest and most successful honor societies in the world with more than 1,120 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 and Puerto Rico.

These chapters not only recognize academic achievement by granting membership in the society, but also sponsor programs and activities that 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.

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 (formerly the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate 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.”

William Woods University charter members of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology, are:  Back row, left to right, Meghan Bleigh, Debra Boyd, Colleen Hofer, Samantha Cooper, Jennifer Morris, Jordan Thompson; front row, Hannah Lindburg, Alicia Delaney, Julia Needhammer and Amelia Wallace.  Sara McCahon and Rachel Graves were not present.