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Anniversary Celebration

30 Years in Chattanooga!

In November 1987, Psi Chi Central Office relocated to Scenic City Chattanooga, gladly leaving behind the high costs of operations in Washington, DC. Psi Chi is the world’s largest student psychological organization, with more than three-quarters of a million members inducted since its founding in 1929. During the past 88 years, Psi Chi has established more than 1,150 chapters located at college and university campuses across the United States and 14 countries (outside the 50 states).

The Central Office in Chattanooga manages this international nonprofit organization under the direction of the Board of Directors, who are Psi Chi members elected by the college chapters to guide the organization. Since relocating 30 years ago, the office has expanded from a staff of one and a half full-time employees to a full-time staff of 14 professionals in the areas of information technology, communications, membership, and administrative roles.

Psi Chi has employed local college students from Chattanooga State, Covenant College, Southern Adventist University, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. In 2010, Psi Chi started a paid internship program, with positions offered in areas of awards, design, finance, information technology, membership, merchandise, research, social media, and writing.

Membership benefits have also drastically increased. Psi Chi now provides more than $400,000 annually in scholarships, awards, and grants. Additional benefits include a career center for psychology professionals, diverse programs at regional and national psychological association conventions, and the opportunity to read and publish in Psi Chi’s academic journal and magazine. Psi Chi also encourages members to network and participate in local events about career advice, attending graduate school, personal growth, fund-raising, and community service.

Recently, Psi Chi launched its first-ever Annual Giving Campaign, Give Back to Psi Chi. Goals of the campaign are to support Psi Chi scholarships, awards and grants programs, a Membership Assistance Fund to allow financially challenged members to join the organization for free, and a new help-seeking behavior presidential initiative. Also, last month at a Psi Chi Presidential Summit, attendees concluded that Psi Chi will utilize its international reach and resources to create opportunities for members to connect and to share ideas to remove the stigma of help-seeking. At this time, donations to Psi Chi may be directed to Thank you for your support!

All 14 Psi Chi staff members gather by Walnut Street Bridge: Ayana Woodard, Jeremy Stephens, Chrissy Dillion, Laura Bauer, Garrett Sims, Lisa Norman, Dr. Martha S. Zlokovich, Cynthia Wilson, Kevin Germain, Alice Christian, Lauren Surmann, Susan Iles, Bradley Cannon, and Paige Anctil.

Student workers Meg Sutter, Ireland Burch, and Katelyn Penn pose for a picture outside of University Towers on East 4th Street.

Giving back to Psi Chi is a way to celebrate its history of remarkable successes, and to empower the organization to continue to nurture the growth
of its members and chapters.”

—Dr. Nadine Kaslow,
Give Back to Psi Chi 2017–18 Chair and 2014 APA President



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