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Psi Chi (International Honor Society for Psychology)


Psi Chi is the International Honor Society for Psychology. It was formed on 4 September 1929 at Yale University, during the Ninth International Congress of Psychology. It now links over 500,000 life members at 1,100 colleges in the USA and overseas—including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, alumni.  For a one-time registration fee of $55 (no annual dues), the Society offers its life members many benefits: a quarterly magazine, student research journal, national and local conferences, web resources, a plethora of grants and awards for students, faculty and chapters.  Please visit the Psi Chi Web site for more information.

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Fordham has three active Psi Chi chapter at its three campuses, all offering co-curricular activities to benefit students, faculty, and the larger community. 
  • At Lincoln Center, the chapter was installed by Virginia Staudt Sexton, Florence L. Denmark, and Rev. George J. McMahon, SJ on 9 December 1983, under founding President Amy Stravitz and faculty advisor Harold Takooshian.
  • At Rose Hill, the chapter was formed in 1980, now under faculty advisor Barry Rosenfeld. 
  • At Westchester, the chapter originated as Marymount College on 14 May 1970, and was re-chartered as the Fordham-Westchester chapter on 13 May 2009, under founding President Jason Pryce and faculty advisors Anne M. Rodier and Harold Takooshian. 

  • Dr. Harold Takooshian was awarded the 2009-2010 Denmark Faculty Advisor Award (read more)
  • The Fordham-LC chapter received the 1993 Ruth Hubbard Cousins Award as the #1 chapter in the United States—an award proudly presented personally by Ruth Cousins to Fordham President Joseph A. O’Hare at LC on 9 November 1993. 
  • In September of 2004 and 2009, the Fordham and Yale chapters co-sponsored the 75th and 80th anniversaries of the birth of Psi Chi at Yale, with Proclamations from New Haven Mayor John DeStefano.
  • Students in the chapter have been highly involved in research presentations at U.S. conferences, as well as community and service activities
  • Professor Takooshian served as a national officer and President of Psi Chi (1993-2000), and was awarded the 1988 Florence L. Denmark Award at the #1 psychology faculty advisor in the USA.


All Fordham undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to apply for Psi Chi life membership, with at least 12 credits in psychology and a GPA of 3.32+.  The semi-annual application deadlines are around March 15 and November 15 for the induction ceremonies each April and December. Psychology faculty are also eligible to be inducted, as are students in any of Fordham’s 12 colleges, regardless of major. Life members from other schools can transfer their membership to Fordham.  The strength of the three Fordham chapters relies on the active engagement of students who serve as chapter officers.  Applications are available in the psychology department at each campus. Address any inquiries to Professor Takooshian at

co-curricular Fordham psychology activities
The Fordham Psychology Department cooperates with several diverse psychology student groups, which offer co-curricular activities to dovetail students’ classroom studies with valuable experiences outside of the classroom: symposia, workshops, trips, and other activities.  Fordham Psi Chi arranges about 30 co-curricular activities yearly for the Fordham community—students, faculty, staff.

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