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Eye on Psi Chi: Fall 2012
Building Bridges: Psi Chi and International Psychology
Mercedes McCormick, PhD, Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President

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Mercedes A. McCormick, PhD—Psi Chi Eastern Regional Vice-President
"How can Psi Chi best partner with international psychologists to expand the honor society worldwide? This question was the theme of a symposium at the 120th meeting of the American Psychological Association in Orlando, FL, in August 2012. This symposium brought together six outstanding psychologists in international psychology from North and Central America to offer their suggestions.”

Martha S. Zlokovich, PhD—Psi Chi Executive Director and Past-President (2003–04)
"Since 2009 the first two international chapters (affiliate chapters in Canada and Ireland that became full chapters at that time) have expanded to ten. These include seven chapters in six countries, and another three chapters outside the 50 states. Additional applications are in progress from faculty in Guatemala, Russia Federation, Italy, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Nigeria, and Australia.”

Alvin Y. Wang, PhD—Psi Chi Past-President (2009–10)
"Psi Chi’s Board of Directors is currently discussing several issues related to our international efforts. Perhaps the most critical is how we can meaningfully integrate international chapters into the governance structure of our society.”

Maria del Pilar Grazioso, PhD —Universidad del Valle de Guatemala Professor of Psychology
"Efforts to develop opportunities for collaboration between Psi Chi International and Division 52 might entail a wide array of projects. As a means to foster a sustainable possibility for the enhancement of training, research, international relationships, and community outreach, our program at Universidad del Valle de Guatemala has a long tradition of working together on community partnerships.”

Harold Takooshian, PhD—Psi Chi Past-President (1998–99)
"In 2010, to mark the 125th anniversary of the origin of psychology in Russia in 1885, Professor Alexander Voronov integrated Psi Chi into his 5-day multi-city conference. Hundreds of students and faculty at five institutions in two cities appeared visibly excited to learn about the benefits of Psi Chi.”

Florence Denmark, PhD—Psi Chi Past-President (1978–80)
"Division 52 is the primary Division within APA with a focus on the internationalization of psychology, whereas Psi Chi is the largest and newest international psychological organization with students, faculty, and other professionals comprising its membership worldwide. Going forward, it is our goal to build bridges between Psi Chi and Division 52.”

Richard S. Velayo, PhD—Past President of the APA Division of International Psychology
"What I would like to emphasize is how Internet-based technologies may help build bridges between Psi Chi and Division 52 which will further the internationalization efforts of both organizations. In other words, we can go global by going virtual! Internationalization efforts by Psi Chi and Division 52 may continue to explore innovative ways to collaborate and perform outreach.”

Mercedes McCormick, PhD, has served on the psychology faculty of Pace University in New York City since 2004. She is the advisor of the international Psi Chi Pace chapter. She is an innovative leader. She motivates students to pursue a career in psychology. She is an outstanding organizer. She coordinates the Annual Pace Psychology conference. She draws international, regional, and local undergraduate students to present their research at the Pace Conference. She was instrumental in winning the 2008-09 Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference Psi Chi Grant. Currently she represents the Pace chapter on NYC CASE (Committee to Advance Student Excellence: Best Practices) and will join other local chapter advisors and students to conduct research on Chapters Best Practices to promote international psychology. She has a strong presence in leadership in APA D52 International Psychology. Her research on Internationalizing the Curriculum has been presented globally in Russia, Mexico, and Portugal.

Copyright 2012 (Volume 17, Issue 1) by Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology



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