Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Psi Chi

Within the department, students may join a chapter of Psi Chi, the National Honor Society for psychology students.

Psi Chi membership provides many advantages including:

  • Opportunities to gain interpersonal communication skills through interaction with other students and professors in the department in small group settings.
  • Developing your professional skills as well as enhancing and building your resume for jobs or graduate school
  • Ability to participate in various hands-on community service and leadership experiences
  • Access to local, regional, and national forums for learning about educational and career opportunities, and networking
  • Connections to faculty and financial support for student research

Criteria for Undergraduate Psi Chi Membership:

  • Must be a Psychology or Child Development major or minor
  • Must have completed the first quarter of your sophomore year at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
  • Must have completed at least 12 units of Psychology or Child Development courses
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in major (Psychology or Child Development)
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA overall

         Steps to becoming a member:

  • Complete the Application for Psi Chi Membership form(PDF) and return it to the Psychology and Child Development Department office in Building 47, Room 24. For the 2020-21 academic year, please email a copy of your completed form to
  • Once approved, complete the online application form at
  • Once approved, pay online at

Applications are accepted year round. The department office can inform you who the current Psi Chi faculty advisor and club officers are, and can provide you with their contact information. Regarding further questions, the department office can also be reached by phone at 805-756-2033.

While Psi Chi only admits candidates who at the time of application meet these membership requirements, students of all academic standings are encouraged to look into joining this honor society. Everyone is welcome to attend meetings to help them decide if they would like to apply for membership in the future.

2020-21 Officers
President: Jasmine Shapiro
Vice President: Noah Stashower
Secretary: Jenna Wilson
Treasurer: Lily Packer
Community Outreach: Alex Holdom & Erin Peterson

Faculty Advisor: Laura Cacciamani 

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