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Welcome to Psi Chi


Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology, was founded in 1929 with a mission to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. More than three-quarters of a million lifetime members have joined including Distinguished Members such as Drs. Albert Bandura, B. F. Skinner, and Phillip Zimbardo. A few popular Membership Benefits include international recognition for academic excellence, as well as access to psychology-related publications and more than $400,000* in annual awards and grants.

Lifetime Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students, transfer students, full-time faculty members, and alumni. Individuals become members by joining their local Psi Chi chapter. See our specific membership requirements.

After potential members are approved by a local faculty advisor, all 1,150+ Psi Chi chapters process their new members on our online system. The Psi Chi Central Office, located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, manages the Society under the direction of the Board of Directors, who are Psi Chi members elected by the chapters to guide the Organization.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS). Our sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

* Total amount has been reduced this year due to financial impact of COVID-19.

What is an honor society?

An organization, usually made up of members and chapters, that exists to recognize scholastic achievement, and to encourage leadership, research, and creativity, often within a particular discipline.

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Psi Chi Central Office
651 East 4th Street, Suite 600
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Phone: 423.756.2044 | Fax: 423.265.1529


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