Psi Chi Honors Society

A local chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in Psychology, was initiated at Dominican in 1979. To join, undergraduates must rank in the upper 35 percent of their class. The registration fee pays for lifetime membership. Quarterly International Psi Chi newsletters are available in the Psychology Department.

Membership Requirements

The Registrar's Office notifies the Department of Psychology as to student's eligibility based on: 

  1. Completion of 12 units of coursework in psychology or 9 completed units with 3 units in progress at Dominican, plus an official declaration of psychology as a major or minor.
  2. A 3.3 GPA in all psychology courses and an overall cumulative GPA of 3.0 for units which credit has been given as transfer units).  Grades for courses transferred to Dominican are counted in calculating the GPA for Psi Chi membership.  (Note: If you do not wish to have grades from other colleges counted you may chose to apply for academic forgiveness.  Please see the Academic Renewal Policy in the catalog. You must complete this process during the semester prior to the semester you are eligible for Psi Chi.)
    The Psychology Department then invites students into Psi Chi by letter.  If you have any questions regarding your eligibility please speak with the Registrar's office regarding their calculation of your G.P.A.
    There is a one-time lifetime membership fee of $107, of which $55 required by the national office of Psi Chi; $30 is retained by the local chapter; and $22 purchases a Psi Chi medallion which is worn with the cap and gown at commencement to signify membership in Psi Chi. 

Psi Chi Initiation

The annual initiation banquet, held each spring, has had as guest speakers nationally and internationally known psychologists including:

  • 2019 Gail Matthews, professor at Dominican University of California
  • 2018 Allison Briscoe-Smith, adjunct professor at the Wright Institute and consultant/trainer for diversity and trauma awareness
  • 2017  Diane Halpern, former President of American Psychological Association
  • 2016  Ross A. Thompson, co-author of chapter 1 of Social Development: Relationships in Infancy, Childhood and Adolescence
  • 2015  Phil Shaver, author of Handbook of Attachment: Theory, Research and Clinical Applications
  • 2014  Stephen Hinshaw, author of The Mark of Shame: Stigma of Mental Illness and an Agenda for Change
  • 2013  Gerry Burger, author of Returning Home: Reconnecting with our Childhoods
  • 2012  Robert Levine, author of A Geography in Time
  • 2011  Elliott Aronson, author of Not by Chance Alone
  • 2010  Stanley Coren, author of How Dogs Think
  • 2009  Art Aron, author of Handbook of Closeness and Intimacy, Mashek, D., & Aron, A. (Eds).
  • 2008  David Matsumoto, author of Culture and Psychology
  • 2007  Karlene Sugarman, author of Winning the Mental Way
  • 2006  Frank Sulloway, author of In Darwin's Footsteps
  • 2005   Robert Grant, author of The Way of the Wound
  • 2004   Stephen Krause, author of Psychological Foundations of Success
  • 2003   Christina Maslach, author of The Truth about Burnout
  • 2002   Robert Emmons, author of Thanks: How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier
  • 2001   Robert Cialdini, author of Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
  • 2000   Carole Wade, author of Psychology in Perspective
  • 1999   Elliot Aronson, author of The Social Animal
  • 1998   Patricia Garfield, author of Creative Dreaming
  • 1997   Jean Shinoda Bolen, author of Crossing to Avalon
  • 1996   Roger Walsh, author of Paths Beyond Ego
  • 1995   Lenore Terr, author of Unchained Memory: True Stories of Traumatic Memories Lost and Found
  • 1994   Jeremiah Abrams, author of Meeting of the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature
  • 1993   James Bugental, author of The Art of the Psychotherapist
  • 1992   Mardi Horowitz, author of: Stress Response Syndromes: Personality Styles and interventions.
  • 1991   Bob Shukraft, Chair, Dominican Psychology Department, 1971-1976.
  • 1990   Ram Dass, author of How Can I Help? Stories and Reflections on Service
  • 1989   Cynthia Sheldon, co-founder the Gestalt Institute of San Francisco
  • 1988   Ernest R. Hilgard, author of Divided Consciousness.
  • 1987   Rollo May, author of The Wounded Healer
  • 1986   Joan B. Kelley, author of Surviving the Breakup
  • 1985   Joseph Weiss, author of How Psychotherapy Works: Process and Technique
  • 1984   Lillian B. Rubin, author of Intimate Strangers: Men and Women Together
  • 1983   James Bugental, author of Psychotherapy and Process: The Fundamentals of an Existential-Humanistic Approach 
  • 1982   Judith Wallerstein, author of Surviving the Breakup: How Children and Parents Cope with Divorce
  • 1981   Joan Erikson, author of Our Vital Reserves, The Senses
  • 1980   Karl Pribrum, author of Languages of the Brain: Experimental Paradoxes and  Principles in Neuropsychology

Psi Chi Book Award

At the annual initiation banquet, the Psi Chi Book Award is presented to the student who has contributed most in the way of service to the department or to the field of psychology.  The student is nominated by departmental faculty and staff.
Psi Chi Alumni are invited to the annual  banquet.  In order to continue receiving invitations to the banquet once you have graduated, please update your address with the Alumni Office and the Psychology Department.

The Psi Chi Board of Directors consists of at least one representative from current undergraduate and graduate students and an alumni.  Psi Chi members who are interested in serving on the Board should contact the Dominican University Psi Chi Faculty Advisor, Dr. Gail Matthews.

Honors in the Major

Dominican recognizes students who demonstrate superior performance in their major.  Students will be granted Departmental Honors when the following criteria are fulfilled. 

  1. Minimum overall GPA of 3.6 in all upper division courses in the major: includes all courses taken in the major at Dominican; includes upper division courses in the major transferred to Dominican from other colleges; does not include pare-requisite or co-requisite courses to prepare for the major;
  2. Minimum of half of the units in the major must be taken at Dominican;
  3. Minimum of 18 upper division units must be graded; and Senior project must be designated as a superior quality by thesis advisor (operationally defined in the Psychology Department as at least an A- in both PSY 4997 and PSY 4998).

Departmental honors are designated on the student's Dominican transcripts and are announced at the Hood Ceremony at graduation each spring.  Departmental honors are a separate category from the Honors Program and Honors at commencement

The Psi Chi International Office address:

Psi Chi
The International Honor Society in Psychology
825 Vine Street
P.O. Box 709
Chattanooga, TN 37401-0709
(423) 756-2044
e-mail: [email protected]