Psi Chi Temple University Chapter 

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Psi Chi is the international honor society for psychology majors and minors. Its goal is to foster academic excellence and engage students in the exciting field of psychology. The Temple chapter of Psi Chi frequently holds relevant workshops and events so students can build their skills in the field, as well as their academic and professional networks.

Some workshops we've held in the past are How to Write a CV/Personal Statement and How to Make a Poster. We have also participated in Psi Chi Research Day, where students have both judged other students' projects and presented their own research. One of our favorite events is our annual Networking Event, a fabulous opportunity to meet professionals in the the many sub-disciplines of psychology. Psi Chi Temple has participated in numerous walks for great causes as well.
Check out the Events tab for this year's upcoming workshops and events! You don't want to miss out!


To learn about membership requirements, please refer to the Application section of the website.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about the organization!


2014-2015 Officers:

President: Melissa Chipollini

Email: tud18268@temple.edu

 

Who are you?
Hello, My name is Melissa Chipollini, the current President for Temple's Chapter of Psi Chi.  I'm a senior psychology major with a minor in cognitive neuroscience and an academic coach for the Russell Conwell Learning Center.  I'm also the Vice President for Golden Key Honor Society and a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society..

Where are you from?

I'm from Blue Bell, PA (Philadelphia suburbs)
Why did you choose Temple?

I wanted to stay local but also experience the diversity and busyness  of the city. Temple gave me the best of both worlds. I also fell in love with Temple's campus when I visited, way back when. 
What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy hanging out with my friends and boyfriend.  I love going out dancing, trying new restaurants and spending my summers down the shore.
What's your area of interest in psychology?
My area of interest is in clinical forensic psychology, where psychology and the law meet. I am especially interested in pathology such as conduct disorder and antisocial personality disorder.  As such, I'm a research assistant in Dr. Steingberg's Crossroads Study,where we measure the differences between formal and informal processing in the juvenile justice system.  I am also conducting my research, in this lab, involving the relation between adolescent susceptibility to peer influence and recidivism, as mediated by impulse control. 
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

After graduation, I plan on going into a Ph.D program with a concentration in forensic psychology.  I hope to one day work in a clinical setting, assessing the mental health statues of patients or the ability of suspects to stand trial.

 

Vice President: Rachel Middleton

Email: Rachel.Middleton@temple.edu


Who are you?
My name is Rachel Middleton and I am Psi Chi’s current webmaster. I am a Sophomore in the Psychology honors program here at Temple. I am also the Psychology Majors’ Events Coordinator and a research assistent in the Developmental Science Lab. 

Where are you from?

I completed high school in the Wallingford-Swarthmore suburb of Philadelphia but grew up in rural PA in a small town called Upper Black Eddy.

Why did you choose Temple?

I fell in love with Temple the first time I toured their campus. I was considering other schools like Drexel and the University of Pittsburgh but I wanted to stay close to home and with the financial aid that I received from Temple it was a perfect fit.

What do you do in your free time? 

In my free time I like to watch/read Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. I also enjoy drawing, going to the gym, and hanging out with friends. 
What's your area of interest in psychology?
I am particularly interested in the drug and alcohol field of psychology.
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

After graduation, I plan to get my PsyD and work in an adolescent rehabilitation center.


Secretary: Emily J. Hiserodt  

Email: tud08478@temple.edu 


Who are you?
My name is Emily and I am a senior Psychology major and French minor, graduating early in January 2015

Where are you from?

I'm from Washington, NJ, a small, rural town in northern New Jersey 

Why did you choose Temple?

I chose Temple because I wanted to experience everything a city like Philadelphia has to offer. I love the urban campus and the entire city, as well as the diversity that come along with it. Coming from a small town, it's been a real eye-opener.

What do you do in your free time?

I am a HUGE Mad Men fan! I have also taken my hobby of learning French and made it into my minor. This also allowed me to study abroad in Paris last summer. (I love traveling, but don't often have the chance to!) But when I'm not watching Mad Men or learning French, I really just enjoy going out and going on adventures in Philly with my friends. 

What's your area of interest in psychology?

I am interested in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology, as well as Applied Behavior Analysis. I am currently conducting research related to college students and credit card use for my senior thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Donald Hantula at Temple. 

What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

After I graduate, I am continuing working in the Public Health Department at Temple, as well as working as Project Manager for a nationwide survey funded by the CDC called the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) in the School District of Philadelphia.  The aim of the survey is to collect information related to students' health, risk, and sexual behaviors in order to ultimately use this information to shape health education for high school students. I also plan to get my PhD in I/O Psych and eventually go into practice in Occupational Health Psychology and eventually go into practice.  


Treasurer: Carolyn Volokhonskiy

Email: tud10349@temple.edu


Who are you?

My name is Carolyn Volokhonskiy and I am Psi Chi's current Treasurer. I am a senior psychology major and am a research assistant at Temple's Cognition and Implicit Attitudes Lab. 

Where are you from?

I'm from Huntingdon Valley, PA

Why did you choose Temple?

I chose Temple because I wanted to be close to home, yet be able to really experience city life.

What do you do in your free time? 

I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, as well as traveling, cooking and gardening.
What's your area of interest in psychology?
I am interested in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology and Social Psychology. I currently am a research assistant in Dr. Karpinski's Cognition and Implicit Attitudes Lab. 
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

After graduation, I plan on going into a Ph.D program with a focus on Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. 


 

Event Coordiantor/ Undergraduate Liasion: Morgan Rorbach

Email: tud28234@temple.edu

 

Who are you?
I'm Morgan Rorbach. I'm the events coordinator and undergraduate liasion. I'll be a senior.  
Where are you from?

I am originally from Reading, PA.

Why did you choose Temple?

I chose Temple because I love living in the city.
What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, I am also part of the cheerleading team at Temple. 

What's your area of interest in psychology?

I'm interested in clinical psychology and currently am a research assistance at the child and adolescent anxiety disorder clinic. 

What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

After graduation, I plan to take a few years off and get more research experience and then go to graduate school for my Ph.D in clinical psychology. 


Promotions Chair/ Webmaster: Shivanna Duncan

Email: tud10876@temple.edu 


Who are you?
Hello! I'm Shivanna and I hold Psi Chi's Webmaster & Promotional Chair position. I am currently in my senior year at Temple as a Social Work major with a minor in Psychology. I am also a member of Alpha Delta Mu - National Social Work Honors Society, Beta Rho Chapter and Golden Key International Honour Society. 

Where are you from?

I am orginally from Staten Island, New York

Why did you choose Temple?

I decided to attend Temple because it was only about two hours away from my hometown, which gives me the opportunity to go home whenever I want. In addition, I chose Temple for its amazing social work program. 

What do you do in your free time? 

When I am not spending my nights at the library/ tech studying, you can find me at the gym, hanging out with my friends and boyfriend, or roaming around Center City in my free time.  
What's your area of interest in psychology?
Because Psychology is only my minor, I am not really interested in any particular area. 
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

After graduating Temple, I plan on continuing my education to earn my Masters in Social Work and pursue a career with individuals, who suffer from alcohol and substance abuse or juvenile delinquents. 


 



Alumni Secretary: Katrina Serrano

Email: tuc55666@temple.edu


Who are you?
My name is Katrina Serrano, the current Alumni Secretary of Temple University’s Psi Chi chapter. I am a senior, majoring in psychology and minoring in theater. Currently I am a Temple Tutor with the WELL program and I work as a research assistant in Dr. Alloy’s mood and cognition lab. I will be working with Homes for the Homeless as a counselor this summer.
Where are you from?

Bushkill, PA (the Poconos)

Why did you choose Temple?

I was originally going to Drexel University and decided to transfer to a different school. I went to visit Temple University and found it to have a more college feel. I felt at home and have had some of the best experiences of my life here. I
What do you do in your free time?

I hang out with friends, cook, crochet, bake, watch Netflix and play outdoor sports. I enjoy 

What's your area of interest in psychology?

Currently, I am interested in anxiety, trauma and schizophrenia. In the future, I want to get my PhD in Clinical Psychology.

What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

First, I plan on take two years to gain research experience, preferably in a clinical setting or an educational setting. Then I really want to get a puppy. Eventually I plan on applying to graduate school.I definitely plan to go to graduate school and aim for my PhD in counseling psych, but I haven't yet decided. 


 

Secretary of STARS: Gerald J. Van Buskirk

Email: tue60282@temple.edu

Who are you?
Hi! My name is Jerry Van Buskirk, I am the Secretary of STARS and a junior here at Temple.
Where are you from?

I'm from Northeast Philadelphia and currently live on-campus.

Why did you choose Temple?

Temple, to me, represented such a great source of connections, opportunities, and perspectives that I couldn't help but come here. I've never regretted that decision for a moment!

What do you do in your free time?

I love learning about how people interact and how they find their place within a working world! When I'm not studying or helping out at Temple, I love exploring my awesome Philly hometown, reading comics, and watching movies with great company.
What's your area of interest in psychology?
My psychological interests lie in behavior and industrial/organizational psychology, but neuroscience is a favorite too; I currently work in the Neuroendocrinology and Behavior Lab.
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

Following my time here at Temple, I'm not quite sure what's in store, but I hope to increase my understanding the professional applications of psychology no matter what!