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Full Program—Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Week 2019

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, March 18, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

PSI CHI UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH WEEK (URW) is an opportunity for all members to gain some research experience outside of the classroom—not just those who are able to travel to a convention. Graduate students and faculty are also welcome. Take a moment to review the full program below. And please be sure to tell your friends, students, and fellow members about this unique opportunity.

NOTE. Programming below is subject to change. Details will be finalized by April 4.


  • 9:00 A.M. ESTAre You Conducting Responsible Science?
    Psi Chi Research Director Dr. John E. Edlund will be hosting an informative Q&A comments chat on Psi Chi's official Facebook page. Have ideas for conducting responsible science? We look forward to your participation!
  • 12:00 P.M. EST—Attend a Live Webinar
    Join Dr. Brooke Robertshaw for a webinar called, “No Statistics Are Objective: The Intersection of Quantitative Methods and Diversity.” Spaces are limited, so register HERE early. A Q&A Session will follow.
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Send Us Your Research Presentation Videos
    Throughout the week, we will be sharing 15-second video clips submitted by our members. Direct your videos to



  • 11:00 A.M. EST—Ask Questions About Psi Chi Journal!
    Starting at 11 a.m. EST, submit your questions and comments about the journal on Psi Chi’s Facebook page. Editor Dr. Debi Brannan and the Associate Editor team will respond to your comments on and off throughout the day. Learn more about the journal.
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Download Our APA Style Templates
    Our APA Style masked manuscript, (NEW) cover letter, cover page, and sponsor statement templates contain useful pointers that will definitely come in handy when you write your next research article. Download copies of each today. Our gift to you!


  • TIME TBD—Watch MPA Poster Presenters, LIVE!
    Psi Chi President-Elect Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung is going to give you a fun, Facebook Live video tour of a poster session at a regional convention. Be sure to tune in HERE.
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Share Your Research Experiences
    Join us in sharing your research presentation pictures, videos, and memories on social media. Use hashtag #PsiChiURW so that we can find your posts.


  • 9:00 A.M. EST—Celebrate Our Psi Chi Research Achievers
    To round off a great week, a brand-new Awards Ceremony article will be released today. This article will feature various individuals who have gone above and beyond to support student research and other activities through Psi Chi. Thank you to everyone for participating in this year’s URW event!
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Support Your Fellow Researchers
    Did you know that Psi Chi hosts a free tool where members can list their research studies that are in need of online participants? Please visit HERE anytime today and complete at least one of the available studies. Members, feel free to log in and submit a link to your own studies too.

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Psi Chi URW Approaches!

Posted By John E. Edlund, PhD, Psi Chi Research Director, Monday, March 18, 2019
Updated: Monday, March 18, 2019

Dear Psi Chi Member,

I hope you will join me during Psi Chi’s second annual celebration of Undergraduate Research Week (URW). All students and faculty—not just undergraduates—are invited to join us April 8–12 to shine a light on the latest generation of students striving to advance the science and application of psychology. The final program will be available online by April 4.

Specifically, this event will feature Psi Chi webinars, Facebook conversations with experts, new articles, and other Psi Chi research tools throughout the week. You are also encouraged to share about your current research projects and experiences on Facebook and social media. Use hashtag #PsiChiURW. Specific projects, interests, conference attendance—we want to hear about it all! You are also invited to send us any 15-second video clips of your research presentations to

As we wait for URW, here are four ways you can go ahead and honor this special occasion with Psi Chi today:

1. Join a Research Project

Psi Chi’s NICE:CROWD project allows student and faculty researchers from around the world to get together and investigate a specified research question. Each year, a particular research project will be selected by the NICE Committee, and then interested researchers will be guided through the process of gathering IRB approval and collecting data at their local institutions. Learn more about submitting a potential project for consideration or collaborating on the current project!

2. Receive Financial Support

Psi Chi provides $400,000 annually in awards, grants, and scholarships. This includes significant funding for undergraduate research awards, research grants, and travel grants to conventions. View a complete list of annual programs and deadlines.

3. Submit to Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research

Psi Chi’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal is uniquely dedicated to educating and promoting the professional development of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty authors. Experience our rigorous, yet supportive and educational, peer-review process for yourself. Psi Chi’s high visibility across the field and dedication to transparent, replicable research practices makes our journal the place to submit your research today.

4. Learn Something New

Over the years, Psi Chi has built up a wealth of free articles and resources about Conducting Research and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You are welcome to use these in your classrooms and other endeavors.

Undergraduate Research Week was originally declared by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. Indeed, many professionals first discovered their passion for research when they were students. This celebration is to recognize those beginnings too, and for the mentors who cultivate countless bright minds.

Undergraduate research opportunities cultivate future generations of passionate and innovative researchers. I look forward to your participation in the upcoming Psi Chi URW celebration!

John E. Edlund, PhD
Psi Chi Research Director
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

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Do You Have Your Eye on Graduate School? Review of An Eye on Graduate School: Guidance Through a Successful Application

Posted By Joel W. Hughes, PhD, Kent State University (OH), Wednesday, March 13, 2019

In 2017, Psi Chi self-published an edited eBook titled: An Eye on Graduate School: Guidance Through a Successful Application. This electronic-only offering is a compendium of 20 years of the collective wisdom of contributors to Eye on Psi Chi magazine on applying to graduate school. The editors curated, revised, enhanced, and organized 19 key articles into seven sections covering everything from selecting graduate programs to succeeding in graduate school. It is available for purchase on the Psi Chi website, and a 75% members’ discount reduces the price to only $4.99. But do you need it? There are other books for psychology majors on graduate school, and Eye on Psi Chi magazine already contained many of these articles.

I vote “yes,” for the following reasons:

  • Multiple perspectives. Many psychology departments host faculty presentations or graduate student panels on applying to graduate school. Often, these are limited by the expertise of the people involved. For example, a clinical neuropsychologist has a lot of advice regarding desirable qualifications and research as it pertains to graduate school in neuropsychology. No one person can address the diversity of graduate school interests represented in the audience. Some of the books on getting into graduate school like Sayette & Norcross’s (2018) excellent Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical and Counseling Psychology or my own Psychology Pathways: How Psychology Majors Get Into Graduate School and Launch Careers (Hughes, 2019) represent only one or two people’s advice. In contrast, An Eye on Graduate School collects the advice and guidance of a broad array of experts. Each reader will discern the themes and adopt or dismiss the specific suggestions as they see fit, based on their own situation. Considering multiple perspectives matches how graduate admissions works, as each program, admissions committee, and faculty member will have their own idiosyncratic considerations. Thus, aggregating the collective wisdom of multiple contributors is a strength of this book.
  • Unique niche. Some books on getting into graduate school emphasize only a few areas of psychology (e.g., Sayette & Norcross, 2018). Some focus exclusively on doctoral study in psychology, like Sternberg’s (2017) classic Career Paths in Psychology: Where Your Degree Can Take You. The American Psychological Association’s (2007) Getting in: A Step-by-Step Plan for Gaining Admission to Graduate School in Psychology is broader because it also covers master’s programs, but is becoming a bit dated. Of course, no book can cover everything, so An Eye on Graduate School doesn’t discuss employment with the bachelor’s degree. For that, APA has another resource: Finding Jobs With a Psychology Bachelor’s Degree: Expert Advice for Launching Your Career (Landrum, 2009). Thus, An Eye on Graduate School strikes a nice balance of specificity and breadth, which is needed because, although about 44% of psychology majors often get graduate degrees, only the minority are in psychology (14%), and only 4% are doctoral degrees in psychology (APA, 2018).
  • Up-to-date and cost-effective. Do you need An Eye on Graduate School? In my view, the $4.99 price for members settles the case. True, many of these articles were previously featured in Eye on Psi Chi. However, what is your time worth? It would take hours to collect them all, and they wouldn’t be organized into one resource. Also, can you tell what is current and what is outdated? The articles span 20 years, so relying on authors and editors to update, fact-check, and align the material with contemporary APA standards more than justifies the paltry price.


Prospective applicants to graduate school probably need multiple informants including faculty advisors, other graduate students, websites, and books. One of those books should be An Eye on Graduate School: Guidance Through a Successful Application. It’s not perfect, and for example, some chapters may leave you wanting more details. But on the whole, it’s a valuable resource that I’ll be recommending to the undergraduate psychology majors I advise.


American Psychological Association (2007). Getting in: A step-by-step plan for gaining admission to graduate school in psychology, 2nd ed. Washington, DC: Author.

American Psychological Association (2018). Degree Pathways in Psychology. [Interactive data tool]. Retrieved from

Hughes, J. W. (2019). Pathways in psychology: How psychology majors get into graduate school and launch careers. Kent, OH: Joel Hughes.

Landrum, R. E. (2009). Finding jobs with a psychology bachelor’s degree: Expert advice for launching your career. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Sayette, M. A., & Norcross, J. C. (2018). Insider’s guide to graduate programs in clinical and counseling psychology, 2018/2019 edition. New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Sleigh, M. J., Iles, S., & Cannon, B. (Eds.). (2017). An eye on graduate school: Guidance through a successful application. Chattanooga, TN: Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology.

Sternberg, R. J. (Ed.). (2017). Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you, 3rd ed. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Joel W. Hughes, PhD, is Professor and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University. He is a lifetime member of Psi Chi since March 1991. He blogs at

Editor's Note. This review was edited for basic APA Style only.

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Advice and Other Insights From the Psi Chi Journal Editorial Team

Posted By Psi Chi Journal Editorial Team, Monday, February 25, 2019
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2019

Together, the Editorial Team for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research agreed to share their top publishing advice and give you a glimpse of what it is like working with the journal.

The team includes the Editor: Dr. Debi Brannan (Western Oregon University); five Associate Editors: Drs. Mary Beth Ahlum (Nebraska Wesleyan University), Erin Ayala (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota), Jennifer Hughes (Agnes Scott College, GA), Tammy Lowery Zacchilli (Saint Leo University, FL), and Steven V. Rouse (Pepperdine University, CA); and the Managing Editor: Bradley Cannon (Psi Chi Central Office). You can view their full bios HERE.

The Editor and all five Associate Editors were selected to lead the journal, largely due to their prior service to the journal as both excellent reviewers and authors. Each person has demonstrated an impressive passion and skill for helping students and faculty authors to navigate the peer-review process and strengthen their research and writing skills. (And they’ve got a bit of a fun side too, as you can see in the pictures below!)

The journal would not be the one-of-a-kind teaching tool for Psi Chi that it is without each and every one of them. We are greatly appreciative of them for everything they do!

Caption: (top row from left) Tammy and Joy; Debi enjoying a floating restaurant on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon; Erin and a tasty treat; Steve at the top of Mount Whitney; (bottom row from left) Jenny and Winston; Bradley proudly framing his vehicle emissions test paper (Pass! Third time’s a charm!); and Mary Beth posing with the NWU Prairie Wolf.

What’s the #1 advice you would give to a student who is considering submitting a manuscript for publication?

ERIN: Pay attention to details! Ask a colleague to carefully read through your submission to make sure it adheres to APA style guidelines and is free from grammatical errors. By eliminating those minor errors, reviewers can focus on the content of your study. Second, listen to the reviewers and respond to all of their suggestions in an open manner. Reviewers spend a lot of time on their reviews and are subject matter experts, so it is important for authors to listen to their suggestions and to thank them for the time spent reviewing your work.

JENNIFER: The journal sees the publishing process as developmental. That means that we try to teach authors when giving feedback. I would tell students to prepare the best manuscript possible and then be open to feedback. That feedback can help students to become better researchers for future projects.

MARY BETH: Before submitting your manuscript go to and look up the many resources there about publishing. Read at least 2 of the articles and then adapt that advice to your manuscript.

STEVE: Be sure to have a faculty coauthor rigorously proofread the manuscripts. There are some faculty members who do not realize that the Psi Chi Journal is now a full peer-reviewed journal, indexed in PsycINFO—they may think it's just a repository for student term projects. As a result, they may not be as critical in reading these manuscripts as they would submissions to other journals. As a result, some manuscripts get submitted that are not quite at a stage that's ready for the peer-review process.

TAMMY: I recommend that students work closely with their advisor during this process and be open to getting another set of eyes to review the paper before submission. Be open to feedback and do not get discouraged if the outcome isn't what you expected.

BRADLEY: Go ahead and expect to receive a Revise and Resubmit decision the first time around. I think that receiving this decision sometimes disappoints student authors, who were hoping for an automatic Accept and who maybe didn’t know that a Revise and Resubmit decision is nothing to be ashamed of. However, Revise and Resubmit is the most common decision for original submissions to receive. And when you think about it, this totally makes sense because a key part of our peer-review process is to provide specific educational feedback to help you propel your research and writing skills to the next level.

DEBI: Just know that publishing a manuscript takes time and attention to details. Sometimes it feels like a lot to take on but that is when you rely on your faculty advisor and/or coauthors and trust the process. When you submit a manuscript for publication the worst-case scenario is that you will learn a lot—best case scenario is that you WILL learn a lot!

What’s your favorite part of being on the team?

ERIN: I truly love our team on the Editorial Board! I also enjoy working behind the scenes to make sure the research we publish is rigorous and methodologically sound. It's especially rewarding for me to work with the students and early career researchers. I want authors to have a positive experience submitting to journals, and to learn a lot along the way so that they feel prepared to submit to more journals in the future.

JENNIFER: It has been great fun to work with the Editor, the other Associate Editors, and the Psi Chi staff. We all bring different strengths to the team and learn from each other.

STEVE: Although the mission of the Psi Chi Journal has broadened from what it was previously (to now be a research outlet for Psi Chi members at all levels of professional development, rather than exclusively undergraduates), I appreciate that this journal's leadership still recognizes that one of its primary goals is supporting the educational development of undergraduates. Maybe I'm a walking cliche, living out Erik Erikson's stage of Generativity vs. Stagnation, but at this stage in my professional career I'm really seeing the importance of training the next generation of researchers—both at my own school and at others.

TAMMY: I love reading about the exciting research studies that our members are conducting. Psi Chi has always been dear to my heart so I love being involved with the journal. I love working with our editorial board!

BRADLEY: I am always happy to assist authors and reviewers with navigating the online system and the peer-review process. But for me personally, a highlight of working with Psi Chi Journal has been the numerous opportunities to help initiate new journal programs and technologies that will help disseminate our authors’ research. For example, obtaining DOIs (digital object identifiers) for our published articles and ORCID IDs for our published authors has been especially rewarding. DOIs and ORCIDs ensure that Psi Chi Journal articles will always be easy to access and attributed to the correct authors, even if the articles change location on the Internet or if an author’s name changes or is identical to another author’s name. I get to read a broad range of interesting articles too!

DEBI: The best part of being part of this team is having the opportunity to work with the best in the business! The associate editors, editor emeritus, and managing editor are a dream team of mentors, writers, researchers, and just good humans. It has been an enormous privilege to know this group and learn from them all—but most importantly, call them friends.

Of all the submissions that you have overseen, which one were you the most excited/proud to see ultimately published?

ERIN: I'm working with one right now that I'm really excited about! Unfortunately, it's in the final stage of the revision process, so I'm not able to provide too many spoilers. In sum, it examines the extent to which culturally diverse historical scholars are recognized by students in psychology. It's an important and eye opening piece of work.

MARY BETH: There have been some "weak" manuscripts where the authors worked diligently to follow the reviewers' advice and thereby improve the work substantially. Those authors deserve a lot of kudos. They demonstrate that hard work pays off!

STEVE: I was grateful for the opportunity to be the Invited Editor for the Special Issue on Open Science Practices (Vol. 23, Issue 2). As a result, I saw these manuscripts progress all the way from proposals to finished products. That was really rewarding.

TAMMY: It's difficult to pick a favorite. However, as a close relationship researcher, I am always excited to review manuscripts on this topic. For example, I was excited to see "The Effects of Perceived Attractiveness on Expected Opening Gambit Style" published as well as "What Makes You Swipe Right?: Gender Similarity in Interpersonal Attraction in a Simulated Online Dating Context."

BRADLEY: We have published more than a hundred outstanding articles since I first joined the journal team. However, one article stands out to me as an especially fascinating topic. That article, is “The Effects of Age and Sex on Saving Pets Over Humans.” In it, the authors investigated the number of college-age students who indicated that they would choose to save their pet instead of an actual human being! I have found myself bringing up this article during many conversations, both at Psi Chi and beyond with my family and friends around the dinner table. In particular, I love to ask people to guess the percentage who save their pet! Research like this really goes a long way to remind me just how diverse the field of psychology really is.

DEBI: I can honestly say that I do not have one manuscript that sticks out more in my memory than any other. Every time we publish a new issue of the Psi Chi Journal I feel so much pride. I am truly as invested as every author and faculty mentor. It is exciting to watch the progression of every single manuscript from the moment it gets submitted to the day that it goes to press!

Why would you recommend for faculty members to submit, in addition to students?

ERIN: Psi Chi members are lifetime members, and publishing in our journal is one of the membership benefits. As a journal that publishes broadly about topics in psychology, publishing with us is a great way to increase readership and your audience. Often, faculty members publish in journals that are specific to their discipline, which means the audience is limited to people who specialize in their respective area. By publishing in Psi Chi Journal, faculty members can introduce students to a breadth of topics. Many faculty members also use Psi Chi Journal articles in their classes for teaching, so it's a great way to contribute to the education of students, and to introduce students to your particular area of expertise! Finally, our reviewers are top notch, and are known for being constructive and generally quite friendly. :)

JENNIFER: It is a great journal that publishes quality research. Also, by submitting, they will be supporting Psi Chi.

MARY BETH: Articles authored by faculty members will be inspirational to students. Students will see an article by a professor in their department and be proud of one of their mentors.

STEVE: The Psi Chi Journal's mission is not a topical one but a community one. Whereas other journals exist to serve as a publication outlet for research on a narrow set of topics, the Psi Chi Journal exists to serve as a publication outlet for all psychological researchers (across the subfields of psychology) who are members of Psi Chi. As a result, this is one of the few truly peer-reviewed generalist journals in psychology. I would especially consider this a good place for a faculty member to send manuscripts that address issues that span multiple subfields.

TAMMY: This is an amazing journal that publishes some excellent and timely research studies. I think faculty should definitely consider publishing with the journal.

DEBI: The Psi Chi Journal is an inclusive journal that does not reach just one field of psychology but rather it accepts manuscripts from every area of psychology. Additionally, we accept qualitative and quantitative methods. This enables us to support professional development and disseminate all types of psychological science.

In what ways has your involvement with the journal helped to advance your research experience and/or career?

ERIN: When conducting my own research, I now actively search for flaws or holes in my project that reviewers might find, and address them early on. My writing has also improved as a result of my work as a reviewer, and now as an Associate Editor. Finally, my involvement in the journal increases the quality of my teaching and mentorship regarding research; I use Psi Chi articles regularly, and often bring in anecdotes for students and my research team when discussing the research and publication process.

MARY BETH: An academic position typically involves teaching, research/scholarship, and service. I enjoy contributing to the Psi Chi community by serving as an Associate Editor.

TAMMY: I think that this experience has improved my methods for teaching writing to my research methods I, II, and II students. I have always been actively involved in research with undergraduates but my experience with the journal has led me to encourage students to consider the journal for their projects.

DEBI: Because the Psi Chi Journal accepts papers from every field of psychology, I have read and edited many types of research in many domains. I have learned so much about the greater field of psychology just by the exposure to such diverse research. This has helped me think through my own teaching techniques, scholarship, and mentoring advice.

Submissions to Psi Chi Journal are welcome year round. Undergraduate, graduate, and faculty authors are all invited to submit.

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The Fall 2018 Diversity Matters Membership Drive Helped Increase Diversity Among Psi Chi Members

Posted By Cynthia Wilson, Director of Membership and Development, Friday, January 25, 2019

Dr. Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez (Psi Chi President 2018–19) began her tenure as Board Chair by stating her personal and professional commitment to diversity. To recognize the value of Dr. Domenech Rodriguez’s commitment, Psi Chi held the Diversity Matters Membership Drive in fall 2018. The drive encouraged the induction of all eligible and prospective members to join Psi Chi.

It is important that all students who are eligible for membership, regardless of background or ideology, become members. Psi Chi is proud to say that this drive was successful. Not only does Psi Chi proudly boast a diverse membership. Psi Chi Membership induction numbers were up for the first time in the past five years!

Psi Chi has chosen to recognize six schools, one in each region, that went above and beyond in their induction efforts last fall. The smallest increase for one of these six chapters was 267% over that chapter’s previous 2017 fall inductions, and the highest chapter increase was 1,600%.

Psi Chi would like to extend congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Fall Diversity Matters Membership Drive! These schools attained the highest percentage increase of inducted members in their region in fall 2018 over fall 2017:

  • Colgate University
  • Liberty University
  • Purdue University Northwest
  • Texas A&M University – San Antonio
  • University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • University of Nevada, Reno

For their efforts, Psi Chi would like to recognize these six schools and will be sending their Faculty Advisors $50 as a gift that they can use in the Psi Chi Store. We would also like to share a personal thank you from Dr. Melanie Domenech Rodriguez: “Thank you so much for your efforts in increasing diversity in Psi Chi during the 2018 Diversity Drive. Your efforts were among the most notable in the nation!

Inviting all eligible members of Psi Chi to become members of the organization is critical in ensuring that our top students are recognized for their efforts and empowered to continue excelling in the field. In turn, a diverse membership brings their multiplicity of life experiences, values, beliefs, and practices. This diversity in our individual members makes Psi Chi richer and stronger for all of our members. Thank you for your contributions and for your commitment to Psi Chi!”

The success of the Diversity Matters Psi Chi Membership Drive is important for many reasons, not the least being that Psi Chi works to professionally support, offer mentoring opportunities, and provide monetary benefits to our members via our awards, grants, and scholarships programs. It shows us that students of all walks of life wish to join the largest, student-based, psychological organization in the world.

Psi Chi would like to thank all those who participated in the drive. And again, to congratulate our winning schools. Now, in Psi Chi’s 89th year, it is still more important than ever to recognize that our members are what make Psi Chi a truly special organization. Thank you for all that you do for Psi Chi!

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Psychological Science in the Workplace and Life: Interview With Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Writer/Journal Managing Editor, Friday, January 18, 2019


The Editorial Team for Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research is proud to announce a brand new call for abstracts for a special issue: “Psychological Science in the Workplace and Life.” This special issue was proposed by Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi President-Elect, 2018–19). Dr. Gurung is an expert in many areas including the scholarship of teaching and learning, prejudice and impression formation, and health—as well as the application of psychological sciences into the real world.

Abstracts for the special issue are due October 1, 2019, and you are encouraged to view the full details HERE. This issue will be published in Summer 2020 as a part of Dr. Gurung’s 2019–20 Psi Chi Presidential Theme, “Psychological Science for All.” We are all very excited to explore the many applications of psychology throughout the upcoming year. To introduce the special issue and other future plans, Dr. Gurung kindly agreed to answer the following questions below.

What is the special issue about?

This issue is designed to highlight how psychology is applied in the real world. Many of our field’s most popular areas—clinical, school, Industrial/Organizational, Forensic—are heavily real-world focused. Whether in the realms of health, business, education, or the legal system, psychological science is used for improvement. This special issue is designed to highlight research in these diverse real-world settings. Are you doing research on teaching and learning, customer satisfaction, college mental health, human resource management, or any other realm of day to day life? We want to see it for this special issue.

What inspired you to suggest the topic for this special issue?

One of the most common questions I get as a faculty advisor is “Why should I major in psychology?” Too often students and the general public miss the fact that psychology is everywhere. I realized that part of the problem is that, when psychological science is applied, these applications are often not made explicit. In fact, psychological science is used in business (sales, HR), education, and in many areas of healthcare to name just a few areas.

Whereas only a small portion of psychology students go on to graduate school, all our students aim to enter the workforce. By highlighting the application of psychology, we better prepare our students for the workforce. Even when I teach Research Methods, I find that stressing the application of psychology makes students more willing to tackle the challenges of that course. I began changing my focus in the classroom to focus on stressing applications, and realized that even my research, especially work on teaching and learning, was very applied. This realization fueled a Ted Talk highlighting the application of psychology in life, and more recently led to my editing an Encyclopedia of Psychology Research in the Real World. These diverse factors inspired me to suggest the topic for this special issue.

The special issue will be in direct support of your 2019–20 Psi Chi Presidential Theme, “Psychological Science for All.” It’s still early in the year, but do you have any ideas for other programs, content, etc. that you would like to see as a result of this theme?

My goal is get psychological science out to people in every realm of life. You do not need to have gone to college or graduate school, or be working in psychology to benefit from psychological research. Psychology permeates every aspect of our lives but as a field we have successfully impressed this fact on the lay public. I am planning a series of webinars, social media campaigns with viral-worthy short videos, info graphics, and coordinated regional programming to highlight the benefits of psychology for daily life. I will focus on some key areas such as learning, coping, relationships, and productivity to focus the utility of psychological science (e.g., “Psych hacks for learning; Psych hacks for productivity).

You are a coauthor/faculty mentor on two separate student manuscripts currently undergoing the peer-review process for potential publication in Psi Chi Journal. What has your experience been like so far?

I can think of few better learning experiences for students than preparing their research for publication in the Psi Chi journal. Not only does each submission get a thorough APA style edit, the student is provided with precise guidance on how to write better. The reviewers are cognizant of student authorship and are constructive in their critiques, and the editors take pains to make the submission experience a growth experience. This involves detailed feedback and measured tone. My students and I have been impressed with both the speed and quality of reviews, and the help and support received through the entire process.

Why should a researcher want to be published in this special issue, or for that matter, in any issue of Psi Chi Journal?

This issue is especially geared toward any psychological scientist who is interested in explicitly applying psychology to real-world issues. Many colleagues work in applied settings and many more take pains to ensure their research can change how we live our lives. This special issue will highlight such efforts. This issue may be especially attractive to student researchers who enjoy seeing the applicability of psychology to everyday life.

The Psi Chi Journal is a flagship for our honor society and can serve as an inspiration to members at every level of their career but especially in the early years. Showcasing exemplary member research to inspire and motivate additional work, the journal should be on every members’ reading list. What better reasons to strive to be published in it?

Psi Chi’s mission statement is “Recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology.” Why is the word application an important part of this statement?

Without applying knowledge, we fail to capitalize on the fruits of years of theoretical advances and a rich body of work that can change the very quality of our lives. The inclusion of this word is a stark reminder that, although we honor excellence, we go beyond just adulating robust theory, designs, and execution of research to ensure that the valuable outcomes serve to advance human functioning, happiness, productivity, and health. This special issue is designed to catalyze the application of psychology.

Do you have suggestions to help psychologists ensure that their research goes beyond academic publications and is ultimately applied in the real-world settings?

Publishing in a peer-reviewed journal has been a key goal for psychologists and is a worthy and established benchmark for science. It should not be the only venue to share research. With the increased usage of social media, podcasts, and blogs, psychologists have different venues to share their published work. We need to better leverage applications such as Twitter and podcasts to share psychology. Although Facebook is slowly becoming passé, it is still an easy way to share psychological research in an easy to digest and access format. I personally work to also publish in newspapers, outward facing outlets such as Psychology Today, and even appear on national public radio. For ideas on where and how to get out science, some of my outreach efforts can be seen HERE.

Anything else that you’d like to add?

This special issue provides an invitation to think about how you apply psychology and perhaps catalyze new research programs or chapter activities aimed to directly applying and measuring the utility of applying psychological science.

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The Real Chapter Challenge: How I Came to See the True Meaning of What It Means to “Give Back”

Posted By Cynthia Wilson, Psi Chi Director of Membership & Development, Friday, January 11, 2019
Updated: Friday, January 11, 2019

I started my interview with Bryan Barker of Norfolk State University and with Kevin Lee of Virginia Union University with two goals in mind: to see if they had a good experience with the Psi Chi Chapter Challenge and to see if our proposed changes to it would inspire others to join next year. What I got out of our interview was a steadfast belief in our mission. You see, Psi Chi seeks to both recognize and promote excellence in psychology. And through our members, we do just that. Bryan and Kevin are shining examples of excellence in psychology. They are a part of what makes Psi Chi very special.

Both young men cited the act of giving back to be a major incentive for taking part in the Psi Chi Chapter Challenge. Both Kevin and Bryan joined as sophomores at their respective chapters. And, both rose to the position of chapter president. Bryan thought that the notoriety of an international honor society was “intriguing” and that Psi Chi really “broadened his scope of psychology” as a whole. When Kevin heard of Psi Chi from his faculty advisor, he did his own research and discovered all that Psi Chi has to offer, which in turn encouraged him to join.

Caption: Above, Bryan Barker from Norfolk State University.

Bryan went on to say that Psi Chi has engaged him with leadership opportunities, allowed him to “strengthen his research skills and public speaking,” and helped him to make connections at both his own university and at other schools.

Kevin said, “Psi Chi has actually furthered my passion for the major.” He now has a resolve and a respect for what psychology is and means. “Psi Chi has opened my eyes to the concrete purpose of psychology itself,” he said.

So, being a development director, I had to ask, “Why the Challenge? What motivated you to participate?” Each of their answers surprised me. Although both Kevin and Bryan said that Psi Chi merchandise and the tangible nature of the 10% back to the chapter served as good incentives, the “give back” aspect was very important. Bryan said he encouraged his chapter to make “whatever contributions we can do” to help out. “By Giving Back we can get back as well.”

Kevin echoed Bryan’s sentiment that giving back was very important for his chapter as well. They made their chapters’ participation in the Chapter Challenge a “friendly competition,” and they wanted to see what they could accomplish as a team. “We ended up having a lot of fun together!” Kevin added. “By showing our passion and the purpose of Psi Chi to those who support us, it was really easy for us to be involved in the end.”

The inspiring part of our interview for me came when both Kevin and Bryan said to me that their individual chapters were small, Bryan’s only had three members when he took the helm as president. But, both young men really looked at their role as a Psi Chi member, and further as a chapter president, as an opportunity to increase the relevance of Psi Chi at their schools and to grow their chapters.

“Asking for help, or fundraising, is not always fun; but we could make it fun,” said Kevin. His leadership skills were put to use in the Chapter Challenge because, in the beginning, it was mostly the e-board who took part. But Kevin, as well as Bryan, used motivation to encourage others to take part. “Even those who didn’t take part in the Chapter Challenge were still there to support. And that meant a lot,” Kevin added.

Bryan’s regular motivations to his chapter were meant to “relight the fire” of what fundraising for Psi Chi meant. “What we were doing was larger than just us,” Bryan went on to explain, it was more than just an incentive or a T-shirt, it was big. Kevin motivated his chapter by saying, “you really understand the work that it takes to be part of Psi Chi, so you should be inspired to give back.”

Both Kevin and Bryan summarized their interview by stating that all Psi Chi chapters that participate in the Chapter Challenge should be formally recognized somehow. I was impressed by their inclusive thoughts and was again reminded of the mission of Psi Chi: to recognize and promote excellence in the science and application of psychology.

These two members of Psi Chi certainly do just that: they lead, they motivate, they think of others, and they strive for academic excellence. The challenge of doing each of those things is great. But, these two young men went a step further and decided to give back. Bryan and Kevin helped me see the true meaning of the Give Back to Psi Chi campaign. Our members are what make Psi Chi truly special. By giving back, we can all help to support the educations and careers of each member worldwide. By giving back, we’re really paying it forward.

The Chapter Challenge is new and improved in 2019! It will run January 14–March 31. We look forward to your participation!

Bryan Barker and Kevin Lee, from Norfolk State University and Virginia Union University respectively, led top fundraising teams for the inaugural Chapter Challenge in 2018. Cynthia, the creator of the Chapter Challenge, learned from them what it truly means to give back. They all three sat for a phone conversation in August 2018.

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Three Cheers for Psi-Chi-ology Lab!

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Writer/Journal Managing Editor, Monday, January 7, 2019
Updated: Monday, January 7, 2019

Volume 3 of Psi Chi’s blog is officially here! It’s going to be the best year yet, so be sure to subscribe (login required) and check back regularly for new content.

Our Focus for 2019 Is Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!

Last year, our blog concentrated on supporting Psi Chi chapters, with 14 articles specially about that subject area. This year, we’re focusing on Career Advice—a topic that all Psi Chi members are sure to find interesting and useful.

Throughout the year, we will be releasing numerous Career posts to answer popular questions about finding a job, excelling at it, and advancing in the workforce. Some Career posts to look forward to include “Advancements in Online Career Services” and “Diverse Career Opportunities You Might Not Have Considered.” For your convenience, all Career Advice articles released so far are available HERE.

Writers Wanted

As in previous years, we look forward to exciting guest author articles. Student and faculty members are welcome to submit! Write about Career Advice or write about something totally different such as our post in October about “Preventing the Spread of Non-Diverse Zombies!” If the average psychology enthusiast would be interested, then we are too! Here are our submission guidelines.

How to Subscribe

Log in to the Psi Chi website at Then, simply visit and select “Subscribe.”

The Best of 2018

Here are our three favorites from last year.

  1. 5/8: How to Say "Psi Chi"
  2. 10/11: The Peer-Review Process Explained in Just Over 1,000 Words
  3. 10/23: Can Psychology Be a Science and an Art?

Here is also a list of all the Chapter Support articles released in 2018. You can expect more upcoming articles on this topic as well.

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Place Your Bets! How to Host a Chapter Trivia Game Show (Sample Questions Included!)

Posted By Sophia J. Lamp and Mindy J. Erchull, PhD, University of Mary Washington (VA), Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Sophia J. Lamp and Mindy J. Erchull, PhD,
University of Mary Washington (VA)

The University of Mary Washington’s Psi Chi Chapter strives to create engaging and educational events every year for our department. Each year, our programming culminates with our two-day research symposium where students present their research from classes and independent studies through paper and poster presentations. The event closes with a keynote address at the end of the second day from an invited psychologist before transitioning to our departmental awards ceremony and a celebratory reception. Last semester, we expanded this event by hosting our first department-wide trivia game as part of our research symposium programming. The game show-style trivia game served as the anchor event for the first day of the research symposium.

Our chapter organizes many academically driven events throughout the year, but we chose to develop this event because we wanted to introduce a social activity that would strengthen the bonds between our members, majors, and faculty. We thought it would make for a fun activity for the end of the year to help everyone decompress after their hard work in their studies and research projects.

The Rules of the Game

We based the event on the board game Wits & Wagers (specifically the Vegas edition), in which people guess a numerical answer for a random and often impossible-to-know question. For example, one question from the base game asks: “How much did Google buy YouTube for in 2006?” Once each person has settled on an answer, people bet points (using cardboard betting chips) on which answer is closest to the actual answer (or bet that all of the answers are too low/high). The person who has the highest value in betting chips by the end of the seven questions wins the game. We took this idea and adapted it into a department-wide social event by having people work in small teams consisting of both faculty and students. We also developed our own questions that were related to the field of psychology. This way, we could all have fun together while learning some fairly obscure pieces of information about the field.

We were fortunate that our faculty advisor already owned the game prior to the event, so she had the physical components we needed. She was then able to take some images gathered from the company that produced the game (North Star Games) and put together a slide presentation that was used to present the questions as well as the potential answers teams could bet on as each team made their choices and brought their answer boards to the front of the room.

Caption: The Vegas Wits & Wagers board after teams have submitted potential answer prior to placing bets.

Questions (and Answers!)

A lot of research went into creating good trivia questions for the game in the weeks preceding the event. We needed to ask questions related to psychology that the players would not know the answers to off the top of their heads. The goal of the game show version of this game is to encourage the players to engage in a discussion/debate that will lead them closer to the right answer. If people were likely to know the answers right away—especially the professors—then it would not have been as fun!

Wits & Wagers: UMW Psi Chi Edition Questions (NOTE: Questions were developed in February 2018)

Q: As of February 2018, how many journals are indexed in PsycINFO?
A: 2,373

Q: What was the sample size in Mary Ainsworth’s “strange situation” experiment?
A: 56

Q: How many people have received the American Psychological Association’s prestigious International Humanitarian Award?
A: 16

Q: How many psychiatrists voted to remove homosexuality from the DSM in 1973?
A: 5,854

Q: In what year was Franz Joseph Gall, the founder of phrenology, born?
A: 1,758

Q: How many trials were completed in Perrin and Spencer’s replication of Asch’s line matching study using chemistry and math students?
A: 396

Q: How many active Psi Chi chapters are there?
A: 1,133

Event Promotions

Because this event was part of the programming for our annual departmental research symposium, we already knew that faculty and students would be attending the larger event. Given this, in the weeks leading up to the symposium, we added “trivia game show” to our publicity campaign using flyers and emails. We also included information about this event in the formal program that was shared with majors electronically in advance of the symposium as well as in hard copies at the event. Because majors attended the symposium to support their fellow students during their presentations, it was also easy to actively recruit players throughout the day.

Caption: Although not everyone could stick around for a group photo, everyone enjoyed the fun time together.

On Game Day

Some chapter officers worked with the building staff to revise the setup of the room as we transitioned from a poster session to the game show. Meanwhile, our faculty advisor worked with other officers to randomize faculty and students into the seven groups for the game. Our faculty advisor then served as the host and game facilitator while the officers helped the event run smoothly.

We had a great turnout for a late-afternoon, first-time event. In all, about 40 people participated. We were particularly happy that all but one of our faculty members competed, and the one person who couldn’t wanted to be there but had a prior commitment that conflicted with the event. The majors who participated really enjoyed being on equal footing as they worked with their faculty teammates to try to answer the questions and then decide on the best way to bet their point chips. We learned a lot of random facts for all branches of psychology—this was especially true for the officers given that we were the one searching for good questions.

Caption 3: The winning team was actually our smallest group—small but mighty!

Play Again? Game On!

Our chapter hopes to continue our psychology trivia game show for years to come. In fact, we would like to plan more events like it in the future! After all, how many events end with people already asking when the next one will be held? For the next event, we would like to extend the game by asking more questions and making it a slightly longer event. A typical Wits & Wagers game consists of seven questions, and that’s how we played this time around. We hope to do two rounds of seven questions each next year while further stepping up the challenge by introducing even more challenging questions for people to answer.

We highly recommend for other chapters to conduct similar events at their own schools. Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to develop creative trivia questions because it can take longer than you might think. Most importantly, have fun with it, and those participating will too!

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Why Reinvent the Wheel? Save Time Promoting Your Chapter

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Writer/Journal Managing Editor, Monday, December 3, 2018
Updated: Wednesday, November 28, 2018


Your Time Is Precious!

I mean, who’s time isn’t, right? So, when you’re promoting your chapter (which we sincerely thank you for doing!), we want to make that process as easy as possible. Maybe you are

Whatever the case, our templates and advice are here to help! Below are some tips and resources that I think you will appreciate because they will save you time and enable you to accomplish more with your chapter and in other endeavors. The information in this article was gathered from the latest edition of our official Brand Identity Guide, frequently asked questions to the Central Office, and discussions in the new Chapter Officers Group.

The Following Templates Exist for Your Convenience

Over the years, we at the Psi Chi Central Office have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of local chapter communications and promotional materials. Therefore, Psi Chi’s Communications Department (including our amazing designer, Lauren!) have taken our combined experiences and knowledge to produce the following time-tested, professional-looking materials that you can use for your local chapter.

How to Access Psi Chi’s Logos

Making your own flyers or other chapter materials? Then, you will likely want to use the official Psi Chi logos! To access the approved Logos, please visit the Psi Chi Trademark Use Policies webpage (officer/advisor login required) and scroll to the very bottom to "Download PSI CHI Logos."

As a general rule, if you, a Psi Chi member, will be hand-making the promotional or merchandise items for your chapter members, then you can go ahead and download the Logos without seeking permission from the Central Office. However, if you are planning to use a third-party commercial vendor to manufacture the items, then you will need to submit our Commercial Vendor Request Form, which is also available near the bottom of the webpage listed above.

When using the official Logos, please remember: do not alter the colors, distort the shape, or place the Logos on top of (or beneath) another image. Instead, place the original, unaltered version on a white or light colored background, with blank space around it equal or greater to the Symbol’s radius—and you should be in good shape! For further details, see our Brand Identity Guide.

Where to Link

Make your life easy! Whenever possible, direct people to view the official information about membership benefits, requirements, and financial programs, which is all available on the Psi Chi website. Some officers and advisors occasionally summarize (or even copy+paste!) information from the Psi Chi website, but this is rarely encouraged because the official details do tend to change from year to year.

Save yourself the hassle of needing to frequently update your chapter website and other materials. Linking to webpages on allows you to ensure that the information you are sharing will always be up to date!

Your Chapter Checklist to Promotions Success

So, you ask, what are some common promotions and brand identity mistakes that chapters frequently make? Good question! Chapter materials and resources should do the following:

Official Psi Chi Chapter Supplies

You don’t have to create chapter merchandise from scratch! If you want to save some time (and support Psi Chi programming too), then be sure to check out the Psi Chi Store for official chapter supplies, apparel, and other merchandise. We’ve got official Psi Chi banners, balloons, buttons, foil seals, pencils, T-shirts, and all sorts of other products that you can use to promote your chapter all across your campus. And remember, only the Psi Chi Store sells authentic merchandise. Don’t be deceived by other websites claiming to produce quality Psi Chi merchandise.

Want to Learn More?

I encourage you to review the latest edition of Psi Chi’s Brand Identity Guide. This guide explains the importance of maintaining Psi Chi’s brand identity and features specific do’s and don’ts for our Logos, Greek Letters, mission statement and tagline, colors, typography, and more. I hope that this post has been helpful in giving you promotions ideas and information so that you don’t have to “reinvent the wheel!”

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