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Graduate Programs in Psychology

Psi Chi: The International Honor Society in Psychology


Psi Chi is the International Honor Society in Psychology, founded in 1929 to encourage excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. Membership is open to graduate psychology students who meet the minimum qualifications.

Psi Chi provides academic recognition to its inductees, and stimulates professional growth through special programs and fellowships. National and regional conventions are held annually in conjunction with the psychological associations and research competitions.

Psi Chi is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and an affiliate of the American Psychological Association and the American Psychological Society. The organization functions as a federation of chapters located at more than 1,000 senior colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and has a national office in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A National Council, composed of psychologists and Psi Chi members elected by the chapters, guides the affairs of the organization and sets policy with the approval of the chapters. Psi Chi's sister society is Psi Beta, the national honor society in psychology for community and junior colleges.

Members can read about their colleagues' accomplishments and contributions to the organization in Eye on Psi Chi, the quarterly society magazine.

Now accepting applications for membership. Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.7 and completed at least 9 units of graduate courses. Existing members can transfer membership to the GSEP chapter. Membership Pack

To learn more about Psi Chi, contact us at , or your campus VP.

Stay updated about chapter events and connect with fellow members by joining our group on Facebook.


2013-2014 Chapter Officers


Jenna Borba,

Elaine Scarberry

Jenna is in her final year of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at Pepperdine and is excited to be leading this years Psi Chi chapter. She is passionate about her education and hopes to attend a doctoral program next fall. In her spare time she enjoys volunteering, traveling, and staying active. 

Vice President

Tacha Kasper,

 Nimalee Wickremesinghe

Tacha (aka Nathalie) Kasper is a student in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology
with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program at Irvine. She is
currently doing her clinical training at the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach
providing free therapy for low-income families. Being bi-lingual she also works with
the Hispanic population. Tacha is also a Certified Attachment Parenting Educator
and provides training and support in the AP community. In her free time, she enjoys
her family, the beach, and travel. For her full bio please visit:

Campus Director Malibu Campus

Megan Patterson,

Jeffrey Thompson 

Megan is in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program at the Malibu campus.  She currently works as a Graduate Assistant and Research Assistant for the Relationship IQ Project and is doing her clinical practicum at the Pepperdine University Counseling Center. In her spare time, Megan enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.  Megan is looking forward to a great year with Psi Chi!

Campus Director, Irvine Graduate Campus

Cybil Oechsle

Shannon White 

Cybil is in her final year of the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program at the Pepperdine Irvine CampusCybil is doing her clinical training at Mission Hospital's South Orange County Family Resource Center. A former swimmer for the University of Texas, Cybil currently coaches the Senior team at San Clemente Aquatics - a USA Swimming club team. She is an avid surfer and has interests in sports therapy and evolutionary psychology. Cybil is excited about representing Psi Chi as the Pepperdine Irvine Campus Director.

Campus Director, West Los Angeles Graduate Campus


Manal Shehadi 

Veronique is in the Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Pepperdine, and currently works in substance abuse research at UCLA. She is also working as a TA at the West LA campus, for Dr. Hall. She is passionate about broadening culturally competent practices, and advocacy work for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. She hopes to contribute to making mental health accessible to under-served communities, and addressing the lived experiences of multi-tiered social justice issues. In her spare time Veronique loves to indulge in music festivals, well-seasoned food, travel, and outdoors activities.


Publicity Director

Danielle CormiĆ© 

Zeina Shanata 

Danielle is a student in the Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy program at the West Los Angeles campus.  She is a Graduate Assistant for Rebecca Reed, the Clinical Training Coordinator at the West Los Angeles campus and is the current President of the student group ASPEA (Africana Students of Psychology and Education Association). Native to Southern California, she enjoys travel, photography, relaxing at the beach and spending time with family.  She is also looking forward to a great year with Psi Chi.

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Robert deMayo

Robert deMayo

For more information, please visit Dr. deMayo's Faculty Biography page.

Mara Leigh Taylor (MA '03, MA '06) founded Getting Out By Going In after more than five years of volunteer work inside prisons, teaching more than 600 inmates tools for rapid and lasting changes, and recently authored a book titled Women in Prison: Women Finding Freedom.