Psi Chi Honor Society


Melissa Materia

I'm Melissa MateriaPsi Chi president for the 2019-20 school year! I am majoring in psychology with a concentration in social sciences. After I graduate from UTC, I plan to attend graduate school to study clinical neuropsychology. I am particularly interested in studying attention and memory throughout all states of life.


Emme Woodward

I'm Emme WoodwardPsi Chi treasurer for 2019-20. I'm majoring in psychology with a minor in child and family studies. I'm a senior and very excited to graduate. After graduation, I plan to take a gap year to focus on research in the field of sexual violence and gender based studies. I am interested in continuing this area of research and hopefully becoming a sex educator/counselor one day.


Claudia DiVincenzo

I'm Claudia DiVincenzoPsi Chi secretary this year. I'm a senior majoring in psychology with a minor in criminal justice. After graduation I hope to spend time traveling and further explore my career goals before heading to graduate school. While I have a variety of interests in different fields of psychology, ultimately I hope to build a career that employs both my love for personality psychology and my love of writing.


Damian Spears

I'm Damian SpearsPsi Chi social media chairfor 2019-20. My primary major is sociology, with a secondary major in psychology. A senior graduating in December, I hope to continue my education in the discipline of Industrial Organization Psychology. My ultimate goal is to work as an organizational development specialist or a human resources specialist. My love for studying how individuals work on a group level and the motivations within the mind of an employee has driven me to pursue this discipline.


Braden Sanford

I'm Braden Sanford, currently an Innovation in Honors student pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology at UTC. I'm the Psi Chi vice president this year!  I'm involved in research in a variety of fields and topics, including a critical look at the treatment of women, as portrayed through the comic book series Lois Lane; the relationship between the cognitive construct of Episodic Future Thinking and successful goal implementation; and the disparity in minority participation in outdoor recreation local to Chattanooga. I'm also active service chair for Mortar Board, and on the production team for URaCE, a team running the journal for undergraduate honors research around the country. After graduation I plan to further my education in the Industrial Organization master's program here at UTC.