The Department sponsors a chapter of Psi Chi, the national honor society in Psychology. Membership is by invitation, and is determined by demonstrated excellence in scholarship and citizenship.


Graduate students may apply for this national honor society in the Social Sciences. Membership depends upon high academic standing and the completion of specific courses in social sciences. Information is available at WCU from Profs. Peter Loedel and Lorraine Bernotsky.


Students should consider joining the APA after enrollment so that they are eligible to buy liability insurance for coverage during their practicum experience. To obtain liability insurance, call 1-800-852- 9987. This will connect you to Kirke-Van Orsdel Incorporated (the provider to the American Psychological Association).

To become a student affiliate of APA, simply fill out their application form and return it for approval. Forms are generally available in the Department on bulletin boards and from faculty who are APA members. The APA membership division may also be reached through electronic mail at or by calling 1-800-374-2721. The Graduate Division of the APA can be reached at or by calling 1-202-336-6093. APA dues also purchase a subscription to the APA Monitor and the American Psychologist.


Some students may wish to join this group, which consists primarily of academic and research psychologists. Membership forms are available at the American Psychological Society web site, or by mail from APS. Forms are also generally available in the Department on bulletin boards and from faculty who are APS members. Student membership includes a subscription to the journal Psychological Science and receipt of the APS Observer newsletter.