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Psychology Club

Psi Chi Induction Ceremony

Becoming a Member

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  1. What is the Psychology Club?
    The Psychology Club is open to all St. Francis College Students (major and non-major). In previous years the club has hosted events such as the Graduate school workshop, Meet & Greet with current and prospective members, Study Day and Movie Nights. The club also organizes bakes sales every semester.
  2. How can I become involved in the Psychology Club?
    Attending events is the best way to become a member of the Psychology Club! For information about the next event or to sign-up, please visit the Psychology Club section of this website, or join our group on Facebook (St. Francis College Psychology Club). Also, e-mail us
  3. Do I need to be a Psychology major to be in the Psychology Club?
    No, all majors are welcome to join the Psychology Club!
  4. How do I become an active member of the Psychology Club?
    Attending events and helping out at them are the best ways to becoming an active member (e.g., helping out at bake sales).
  5. How do I find out about Psychology Club and Psi Chi events?
    Sign-up for the for the mailing list by emailing us Also, check back here periodically.
  6. What is the difference between Psychology Club and Psi Chi?
    Psi Chi is an honors society, which means that you must meet certain requirements to be inducted into the society. In addition, you must pay a one time fee. On the other hand, the Psychology Club is open to everyone, no requirements, and no fee.
  7. When can I join Psychology Club and Psi Chi?
    You can join the Psychology Club at anytime. You can only join Psi Chi in the Spring semester.


Suheila Gragui, President

Amy Chen, Vice President
Amy is a fourth-year undergraduate student and also a first-year graduate student in the BA/MA psychology program at St. Francis College. Currently, she works as a research student assistant at Dr. Gielen’s Institute for International and Cross-Cultural Psychology (IICCP). Other than being the Vice President of the Psychology Club, she also holds the position of Ambassador/Social Media Voice in the college’s Psi Chi chapter. In her free time, she enjoys reading books about body language, watching South Korean television shows, and trying new foods.

Dechen Dolma, Secretary

Dechen Dolma is a student in the BA/MA Psychology program at St. Francis College. She was inducted into Psi Chi in February 2014. Dechen is also the Secretary of the Psychology Club and a member of the Asian Culture Club and the SPSS Lab led by Dr. Sunghun Kim. She is interested in the field of Multicultural Psychology and her research interests include correlations between meditation/mindfulness and psychology. Dechen is currently working on her masters thesis which deals with the generational differences in identity within a specific immigrant population.

Ramon Perez, Treasure

Kristy Biolsi, Ph.D, Co-Moderator

Dr. Kristy Biolsi is an Assistant Professor of Psychology here at St. Francis College. She received her B.S. in Psychobiology from Long Island University, Southampton College in 2001 where she focused her senior thesis on animal behavior. In 2007 she received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Though enrolled in the Cognitive Psychology program, Dr. Biolsi's research was conducted through the Institute of Marine Sciences at Long Marine Laboratory at UCSC. Her research focus was on marine mammal cognition and while at Long Marine Lab she worked specifically with the Pinniped Cognition and Sensory Systems Lab (PCSL). She conducted research on various problem solving tasks with a sea lion subject and assisted with various studies on vocal learning and auditory processing in sea lions, seals, and walruses. Dr. Biolsi has continued her research with the PCSL and is currently a Research Associate with the Institute of Marine Sciences at Long Marine Lab. Her research interests are in comparative cognition, focusing on marine mammals, and in particular investigations of concept formation, categorization, and perception. She currently has an association with Atlantis Aquarium in Riverhead NY where she is expanding upon her previous research findings with seals and sea lions.

Likes: Animals and The SFC Psychology Club
Tomatoes and Global warming

Renee Goodstein, Ph.D, Co-Moderator
Dr. Goodstein received her Ed.M. in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University. She is currently Professor of Psychology and co-moderator/advisor for the Psychology Club and Psi Chi . Dr. Goodstein's publications focus on multicultural competence in therapy, and on facilitating cross-cultural understanding in academic and other organizational settings. Dr. Goodstein also serves as supervisor in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Teachers College, Columbia University, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Manhattan.

Likes: Pizza and salad
Dislikes: Violence and shopping

Institutes & Centers

St. Francis College hosts three cutting edge centers devoted to fields of Psychology:

All students are encouraged to get involved with the centers, helping to research and present at conferences.

Programs & Majors

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship, and advancing the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate and undergraduate men and women who are making the study of psychology one of their major interests, and who meet the minimum qualifications. 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). Psi Chi's sister honor society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

Psi Chi functions as a federation of chapters located at about 1,100 senior colleges and universities in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, Ireland and New Zealand. The Central Office is located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A Board of Directors, composed of psychologists who are Psi Chi members and are elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters.

Psi Chi serves two major goals–one immediate and visibly rewarding to the individual member, the other slower and more difficult to accomplish, but offering greater rewards in the long run. The first of these is the Society's obligation to provide academic recognition to its inductees by the mere fact of membership. The second goal is the obligation of each of the Society's local chapters to nurture the spark of that accomplishment by offering a climate congenial to members' creative development. For example, the chapters make active attempts to nourish and stimulate professional growth through programs designed to augment and enhance the regular curriculum and to provide practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter. In addition, the international organization provides programs to help achieve these goals, including Society and regional conventions held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations, research award competitions, and certificate recognition programs.

The Society publishes a quarterly magazine, Eye on Psi Chi, which helps to unite the members, inform them, and recognize their contributions and accomplishments. The quarterly Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research fosters and rewards the scholarly efforts of undergraduate psychology students and provides a valuable learning experience by introducing them to the publishing and review process.

Students become members by joining the chapter at the school where they are enrolled. Psi Chi chapters are operated by student officers and faculty advisors. Together they select and induct the members and carry out the goals of the Society. All chapters register their inductees at the Central Office, where membership records are preserved for reference purposes. The total number of memberships registered at the Central Office is now over 500,000 lifetime members. Many of these members have gone on to distinguished careers in psychology.

Source: Psi Chi® The International Honor Society in Psychology, 2012