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!


2013-2014 Officers:

 
 
President: Brooks Rudy
 

Who are you? 
Hi, my name is Brooks Rudy. I am the current President of the Psi Chi Chapter at Temple University. I am what some would call a super senior, though I think of it as a victory lap senior. 
Where are you from?

I grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, but have lived in Philly for the past three years.
Why did you choose Temple?
Initially, I did not plan on enrolling at a city school, having been an avid hiker and naturalist throughout high school. But the allure of Temple caught my attention. I took a tour of campus in November of 2008, and fell in love with the unique combination of college campus and city, of all the sights, sounds, and people practically everywhere. It was the opposite of my hometown, diverse and busy with all manner of things to do. And it had a top journalism program, and because I thought I wanted to be a journalist at the time, I applied as soon as I got home. It turns out Temple has a great psychology department as well, so when I changed majors, Temple was still the best place I could be in the city. 
What do you do in your free time?
I like to exercise.I'm an avid long-distance runner, and try to run as often as possible. I read whenever possible. I play video games. I drum. I hike. I listen to music. I explore Philadelphia. And I hang out with my friends. 
What's your area of interest in psychology?
I am interested in how people process concepts. In particular, my research has studied how semantic associations for abstract and concrete concepts affect processing speeds. I have also been involved in studies that study the relationship between famous faces and processing, working memory and tDCS, and abstract concepts and their association networks. I would like to better understand the debate of embodiment theory versus symbolic logic, as it relates to concepts, and the differences in associations for concrete concepts (hierarchical models) and abstract concepts (network associations). 
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

I have a strong background in statistics and find my favorite part of any experiment is data entry and analysis. That being said, I will likely pursue either a master's in statistics and work for a company or the U. S. government to help shape public policy. But I do have a fondness for psychology and would enjoy a professorship and administration of a psychology department, so earning a doctorate in psychology is appealing as well. 


 

 

Vice President: Melissa Chipollini
Email: tud18268@temple.edu

 

Who are you?
My name is Melissa Chipollini. I am a junior studying psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience.  I am a research assistant in Dr. Steinberg's lab, The Crossroads Study, and also an academic coach at the Russell Conwell Center.  I'm also involved in other orgs. on campus such as Golden Key International Honor Society, Psychology Majors Association and ADEL: Asociacion de Estudiantes Latinos.

Where are you from?

Blue Bell, PA (suburbs of Philadelphia)
Why did you choose Temple?

I choose Temple because I wanted to be in the city and enjoy all the craziness it has to offer.  When I toured the campus, way back when, I immediately fell in love with it, as i loved how it's like its own mini city yet is right at the doors of the big city.  I thought Temple had a lot to offer me academically and I loved the great diversity it has, so all in all, I figured Temple had the most, overall, to offer me.  
What do you do in your free time?
I enjoy dancing and going out with my friends, spending time with my boyfriend as we try new, exciting restaurants, and spending time with my family. I also love going to concerts and spending my days at the beach.
What's your area of interest in psychology?
I am interested in clinical psychology, specifically mental illnesses like schizophrenia, psyhopathology, and also the psychology behind criminality.
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

My future plans are to achieve a Doctorate in Psychology, become a clinical psychologist and have my own counseling practice. 

 

 

Vice President: Nora Sweeney
Email: tuc55021@temple.edu

 

Who are you? 
My name is Nora Sweeney and I am one of the Vice Presidents for Psi Chi. I am a senior psychology major with minors in cognitive neuroscience and Spanish.

Where are you from?

 I am from Reading, PA.

Why did you choose Temple?

I chose Temple for its city atmosphere and diverse student body. There are always so many new and interesting people to meet and things to do on campus. In addition, I was attracted to the Honors Program and Temple’s growing reputation.

What do you do in your free time?

I like to stay busy and I am very involved with other organizations and clubs on campus. I am the VP of Community Service for the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, the Vice President for Temple Best Buddies, and the TSG Representative for Temple University Community Service Association. In addition, I am a member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honors Fraternity and Temple Women’s Soccer Club. In my free time, I like indulging at J&H, befriending Temple squirrels, and napping in Weiss Hall.

What's your area of interest in psychology?
 I like psychology because it relates to just about everything! In particular, I am interested in looking at things from a neuroscientific perspective in areas such as developmental psychology, psychopathology, and health psychology.

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

I am in the process of researching short-term volunteer opportunities such as Teach for America, AmeriCorps, and Peace Corps. Ultimately, I would like to return to graduate school for either international public health or human rights studies.


 

 

Secretary: Maggie Derstine

Email: tue82333@temple.edu


Who are you?
I am a senior psychology major at Temple and am the secretary for Psi Chi's Temple Chapter.
Where are you from?

I'm from Sellersville, PA.

Why did you choose Temple?

I love the city of Philadelphia & love the fact that Temple is so diverse and offers such personable class sizes and environments. 

What do you do in your free time?

I love to be active, especially outdoors, so my free time (depending on the season) usually consists of running, going to the gym, fishing, four wheeling,  boating, wakeboarding, skiing & snowboarding,  and/or snowmobiling!

What's your area of interest in psychology?

I love natural psychology as well as learning and behavior analysis, but I have a specific interest in occupational therapy (even though that's not exactly specific to psychology).

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

I plan to work towards my Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy.

 

 

Undergraduate Liason: Ashley Goodwin

Email: tud07604@temple.edu


Who are you?
My name is Ashley Goodwin, and I am the Undergraduate Liaison. I am a senior; class of 2014. Along with Psi Chi, I am involved in a number of other clubs and activities, as well as working as a barista at Starbucks.
Where are you from?

Bucks County, PA

Why did you choose Temple?

I transferred here from a more rural school because I decided I wanted to be in the city. I love the diversity of city life and all of the opportunities Temple and Philadelphia has to offer!
What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy to cooking, reading, riding my bike, and watching Netflix and HBO. 

What's your area of interest in psychology?

My area of interest is social psychology and counseling psychology.

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

I definitely plan to go to graduate school and aim for my PhD in counseling psych, but I haven't yet decided if I want to go straight to grad school or take some time off beforehand. 


 

 

Event Coordiantor: Jennifer Dibartolomeo
Email: dibartolomeo.jennifer@temple.edu

 

Who are you?
My name is Jenn and I am a senior at Temple. I am the current events coordinator for Psi Chi.
Where are you from?

I am from Pennsauken, NJ. It's just outside of Cherry Hill, NJ.

Why did you choose Temple?

I always knew that I wanted to go to college in the city, and living just 15 minutes past the Ben Franklin Bridge, Philly seemed like an obvious choice. After visiting Temple, I knew it was perfect for me.  
What do you do in your free time?

Now I am involved in several groups on campus including Psi Chi, HATT, Honors Peer Mentors, Athletic Mentors, Students with Disabilities Mentors, and OwlCappella (co-ed acappella group). 

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.

 

 

Webmaster: 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.

 

 

Alumni Secretary: Kimberly Sahms

Email: tuc46846@temple.edu


Who are you?
My name is Kimberly Sahms and I am the Alumni Secretary for Psi Chi. I am a senior Psychology student at Temple University.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Philadelphia.

Why did you choose Temple?

I chose to study at Temple University because it was close to home and something just clicked when I first visited the campus. I felt comfortable.

What do you do in your free time? 

In my free time, I make crafts such as venetian masks, knitted scarves, and crocheted baby toys. Also, if time allows, I go horseback ridding at Jentri Stables in Furlong, PA.
What's your area of interest in psychology?
My current interest in Psychology has been anxiety disorders and anything that involves Clinical Psychology.
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

I hope to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future, preferably in a hospital setting.  



Promotions Chair: Edna Ollquist

Email: tuc72159@temple.edu


Who are you?
I'm Edna! I'm a Senior Psychology and Neuroscience student.

Where are you from?

I wanted to stay in Philadelphia after I decided to transfer, and Temple had the programs I wanted.

Why did you choose Temple?

I chose to study at Temple University because it was close to home and something just clicked when I first visited the campus. I felt comfortable.

What do you do in your free time? 

In my free time, I make crafts such as venetian masks, knitted scarves, and crocheted baby toys. Also, if time allows, I go horseback ridding at Jentri Stables in Furlong, PA.
What's your area of interest in psychology?
My current interest in Psychology has been anxiety disorders and anything that involves Clinical Psychology.
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

I hope to become a Clinical Psychologist in the future, preferably in a hospital setting.  


 





Treasurer: Allison Horwith

Email: a.horwith@temple.edu


Who are you?

Hi, I'm Alli and I am Psi Chi's treasurer for the 2013-2014 year. I am a senior Psychology major with a minor in Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Where are you from?

I'm from the Allentown, PA area. 

Why did you choose Temple?

I chose Temple because of the change of scenery, but also its proximity, to my suburban hometown. 

What do you do in your free time? 

I own two horses that I compete in the equestrian triathlon, also known as three-day eventing. I compete at least twice a month along the east coast, with the plan of starting international-level shows during the fall semester. I also manage my coach's website. Needless to say, I don't have time for much besides school and horses!
What's your area of interest in psychology?
I am primarily focused in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, but I also have interest in the neuroscience behind anxiety disorders. 
What are your plans after Temple/what will do with your degree? 

After graduation, I will attempt to balance graduate school with becoming an amateur upper-level event rider.