Group Psi Chi members
Membership in Psi Chi chapter on Peru State campus

Psi Chi

Psi Chi is an international honor society for undergraduate and graduate students.  The purpose of the organization is “to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly in psychology, and to advance the science of psychology.” The Psi Chi chapter at Peru was installed in April of 2017. If you are interested in becoming a member or would like more information, please contact Dr. Kelli Gardner .

Psychology Club

Whether you are a psychology major, psychology minor or just interested in psychology, please consider joining the psychology club.  The purpose of the club is stimulate interest in psychology and promote and engage the community in the field of psychology.  

Faculty-student presentations/publications

Gardner, K. A., & Nevitt, J. (2017).  Psychological student syndrome on a small Midwestern college campus.  Presented at The Teaching Professor Conference. St. Louis, Missouri.

Coe, D. (in press).  Why People Play Table-Top Role-Playing Games: A Grounded Theory of Becoming as Motivation.  The Qualitative Report.

Bartels, J. M., & Ruei, Z. (accepted).  Addressing the placebo effect and antidepressant drug trials in abnormal psychology.  Presented at the annual convention for the National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology. St. Pete Beach, Florida.

Student Spotlight

Aubrey Debraal is a senior majoring in psychology. Aubrey serves as president of the Psychology Club and is a recent inductee in an international honor society for psychology majors, Psi Chi, at Peru.  Additionally, Aubrey has been involved in a volunteer service club and is in the concert band and mixed choir.

Aubrey is from Henderson, a small town in Nebraska.  She lives there with "my mom, my stepdad, and my three younger brothers" and lives right across the street from her maternal grandparents.  Coming from a high school with a graduating class of 18, Aubrey appreciated the small class sizes at Peru.  Aubrey likes to embroider and has excelled at sewing since she can remember.  She participated in 4-H as a kid and always received purple ribbons on sewing projects.  Band and choir are also strictly for fun as she is not a music major.

One of the things Aubrey has appreciated most about the psychology program is the professors’ willingness to help any student if there is not an understanding of the material and the faculty members' overall dedication to student success.  Aubrey is considering a career as a school counselor but is also contemplating studying neuroscience as she is fascinated by biological psychology.

Student Engagement Video