Fall picture around the arch.The international psychology honors society known as Psi Chi, is pleased to announce Julie Wappel ’23, Jack Mason ’22, Shaima Musleh ’21, and Allison Hano ’23 will be inducted on March 9 at Holy Cross College.

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 in the top 35% academically and who are making the study of psychology one of their majors or minors. Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS) and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA).

The mission of the Holy Cross College Psi Chi Chapter is to recognize and promote excellence in the science and application of psychology. Being part of the chapter is an honor bestowed on students who are psychology majors or minors who have shown academic excellence.

“My hope is that our Holy Cross College Psi Chi students will develop a sense of pride in their psychology education, a sense of community and support as a chapter and glean the honor and the many benefits that come from such membership,” noted Dr. Cosette Fox, Associate Professor of Psychology. Psi Chi is an honors society recognized worldwide and students can benefit from this recognition of excellence wherever life takes them. This membership is prestigious and will make them look more marketable for jobs and graduate school applications.

In order to qualify, students must:

  • be enrolled as a major or minor in a psychology program or a program psychological in nature
  • have completed at least 3 semesters or equivalent of full-time college coursework
  • have completed at least 9 semester credit hours or equivalent of psychology courses
  • have earned a cumulative GPA that is in the top 35% of their class (sophomore, junior, or senior) compared to their classmates across the entire university or the college that houses psychology (minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale)
  • have a minimum 3.0 GPA average for psychology courses

Dr. Michael Waddell will present “The Future of Autism” at the event. He is the McMahon Aquinas Chair in Philosophy and Director of the Master of Autism Studies program at Saint Mary’s College. His broad interests include philosophical and theological theories of human nature, ethics, philosophy of religion, and the Catholic intellectual tradition. For the past several years, his work has focused on bringing these interests into conversation with the emerging field of philosophy and disabilities, and especially on exploring resources that the Catholic tradition offers for understanding and responding to autism. As part of this undertaking, he has taught courses on philosophy and disabilities and has lectured on philosophy and autism at prominent universities including Oxford and Cambridge. He is currently working on a book about autism and the Catholic tradition. In the community, Dr. Waddell serves on the Human Rights Committee of LOGAN Industries and participates in ministries for people with disabilities. In addition to his professional interest in autism, Dr. Waddell has a personal stake: he is the father of three daughters, two of whom are on the spectrum.

Current Psi Chi members are Lucy Campos ’21, president; Faithe Hulka ’21, co-president; Mireya Robles ’22, vice-president; Marijka Lynch-Pastoor ’21, secretary; Zechariah Ritchie ’21, treasurer; Kyle Martin ’22, social event coordinator; and Kristina Richardson ’21.