Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD
University of Wisconsin–Green Bay
I am passionate about Psi Chi. I love what it has accomplished for students and the field, and I am excited about what more it can do. Psychology can help each and everyone one of us live healthier, happier lives (see my Ted talk with examples). Psi Chi is well positioned to spread the benefits of psychological science and is the go-to place for bright, hardworking students of psychology who want to be the best majors they can be. It is also the home for faculty who are passionate about teaching and student learning. I have had the opportunity to serve professors and students of psychology in many ways but I have ideas for how to do more and build on this expertise. I want to help students capitalize on all that Psi Chi has to offer. I envision strategies to advance the Psi Chi mission of "recognizing and promoting the science and application of psychology." Together with encouraging professional and personal development, I want to energize member's scholarly pursuits, and improve chapter experiences. It is important to help make it easier for psychology majors to find jobs and to develop the skills they need to do well in school and work. These goals are encompassed by the current strategic plan and I will create initiatives to
| a) increase student learning by translating the best practices of
b) make job and graduate school applications competitive,
c) conduct robust scientific research, and
d) best use psychology to live better.
Regan A. R. Gurung is founding faculty advisor of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay's Psi Chi chapter and has been advisor since its inception in 2004. He has also served two terms as Psi Chi Vice-President (Midwestern Region), on the National Leadership Conference planning committee, Chair of the Awards Committee, on the Midwestern region steering committee, as faculty consultant reviewing grants and applications, and is a Regional Psi Chi Advisor Award recipient. Dr. Gurung got his BS in psychology at Carleton College (MN) and a PhD in social/personality psychology at the University of Washington. After a postdoc as a health psychologist at UCLA, he got his first academic job at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UW) where he has been since 1999. Locally, he has served as the chair of Psychology and Human Development, and the associate dean of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Nationally, he has served as the President of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Dr. Gurung has authored, coauthored, edited, or coedited 15 books and over 150 articles and book chapters. He is an award-winning teacher, winning the Carnegie Association's Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the UW System Regents Teaching Award, the UWGB Founder's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Founder's Award for Scholarship, and was the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation's Charles Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology (the field's highest teaching award). He is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.