News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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Wilmington University College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Welcomes Psi Chi Honor Society

Thirteen psychology student inductees are charter members of prestigious psychology honor society

Thirteen Wilmington University psychology students will be inducted as charter members of the school’s newly installed chapter of Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology at a ceremony scheduled for Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 4 p.m. in the Peoples Library Building boardroom, room 201, .

The students being inducted are: Desiree Aurillo, Haley Belcher, Alexandra Bohanan, Samantha Brumbaugh, Jennie Hallett, Alex Huegel, Marie Lucas, Emily Thompson, Charles Vattimo, Jillian Voyton, Michelle Williams, Robert Williams and Paul Wojcik.

Rebecca M. Ghabour, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair of Psychology and Organized Dynamics in the College of Social and Behavioral Science, will serve as the chapter’s faculty advisor.

The arrival of a Psi Chi chapter puts Wilmington University in the company of more than 1,180 schools worldwide that recognize excellence in the study of the mind. Given the rigorous academic requirements for starting a chapter and becoming a member, it also speaks highly of the quality of the University’s psychology program and students.

“It means a lot to us to recognize and honor and reward our students who are working hard and putting forth the effort,” said Ghabour. “This honor society builds community within our major and provides students with something extra in the form of resources, experiences and connections. The faculty in our psychology program are also very excited to have a new chapter here at WilmU.”

Psi Chi aims to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship and advance the science of psychology. It does so by granting membership in the society, sponsoring programs and activities to augment the standard curriculum, offering an outlet for on-campus and community service, and providing practical experience and fellowship through affiliation with the chapter.

The honor society also bestows research awards, sponsors lectures, and workshops in addition to staging panel discussions and information exchanges at regional and national psychology association conferences. It also publishes the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.

Founded in 1929, Psi Chi has installed chapters at colleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada as well as in Puerto Rico, Barbados, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Ireland, New Zealand, Egypt and Turkey. The honor society counts many distinguished research and practicing psychologists, authors and professors among its members, including several past presidents of the American Psychological Association and American Psychological Society, and national and international award winners in the field.

For more information about Psi Chi at Wilmington University, contact Dr. Ghabour at (302) 342-8653 or

About Wilmington University

Wilmington University is a private, nonprofit institution committed to providing flexible, career-oriented, traditional and online associate, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs. Ranked as the second fastest growing nonprofit doctoral institution in America 2004 – 2014 by The Almanac of The Chronicle of Higher Education, affordable tuition, academic excellence and individualized attention are hallmarks of the University that enable greater student success in their chosen careers. For more information, contact Wilmington University at 302-356-INFO (4636), via email at, or visit our website:

Published: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - New Castle, DE