Dr. Terry C. Chi Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., UC-Berkeley
B.A., University of Texas at Austin

VPH 308

Dr. Chi has a strong record of involving students in collaborative research. Since 2000, he has worked with approximately 75 undergraduate research assistants. Many of them have continued onto M.A./Ph.D. training in counseling, clinical psychology or experimental psychology. At Northwestern College, Dr. Chi has been primarily responsible for teaching Exploring Psychology, Theories of Personality, Psychopathology, Motivation and Emotion, and Research Design and Introductory Statistics. His articles have appeared in peer-reviewed publications that include the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, the Journal of Attention Disorders, Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. Dr. Chi has also presented his research at the Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, the Association for Psychological Science, the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, the Midwestern Psychological Association, the Society for Research in Adolescence, and the Society for Research in Child Development.

PSY100SS - Exploring Psychology

(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) In this course students learn how, using methodologies such as observation, survey and experimentation, psychological science explores the causes and consequences of human action. An overview of major findings from the field of psychology such as biological bases of behavior, learning and memory, motivation and emotion, human development, personality, intelligence, psychopathology and therapy, the effect of others on individuals will be discussed and students will be encouraged to apply this knowledge to their own views and actions. Students will consider why the integration of faith and science in understanding humans is important and will explore ways of accomplishing this integration.

PSY215 - Research Design and Introductory Statistics

This course acquaints the student with basic empirical research techniques in the behavioral sciences including political science, psychology, social work and sociology. The course aims to enable the student to function as a conductor and a consumer of behavioral science research. Techniques include: observation, questionnaire and survey, interview, single-subject designs, qualitative research, and experimental and quasi-experimental methodologies. Topics include: descriptive and basic inferential statistics, sampling methods and research ethics. Prerequisites: PSY111, SOC101, PSC101, or PSC105, and fulfillment of the general education math requirement. (4 credits)

PSY260 - Psychology of Personality

Includes theories about the dynamics and structure of personality and current research on personality. The course emphasizes psychoanalytic, trait, humanistic and behavioral views of personality.Prerequisites: PSY111, 221, or both PSY224 and 225.(4 credits)

PSY319 - Motivation and Emotion

Why do we do what we do? How do we know what we want and what we need? How do we set goals for ourselves and act to achieve them? These are some of the questions that the psychology of motivation and emotion attempt to answer. This course will examine universal and specific motivations and emotions in the context of physiological, cognitive and affective systems. It will also pursue applications of motivation and emotion to the psychology of addiction, health, coping and optimal functioning.Prerequisites: PSY111 and 215.(4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

PSY360 - Psychopathology

(4 credits) This course will provide a broad survey of what is considered to be disordered in behavior, emotional expression, and cognition in adults. Emphasis will be placed on a scientific view of psychopathology. The two main foci of the course are the (a) description of various behaviors, symptoms, syndromes and illnesses as described in the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association, and (b) research and theories concerning etiology including discussion of environmental, biological, social and interactive perspectives. While intervention and childhood disorders will be discussed, they are not the primary focus of this course. Prerequisite: 4 credits of psychology courses.

PSY390 - Psychology Seminar

A study of a selected topic.Prerequisites: PSY111 and four additional credits in psychology.(2 or 4 credits, alternate years, consult department)

PSY420 - Directed Research

Directed research involves students in research projects conducted under the supervision of department faculty.Prerequisites: 8 credits of psychology, approval of the research director and the department chair.(1-4 credits)


Kosson, D.S., Chi, T., Riser, N.R.E., Walsh, Z., Beussink, C.N., Pera-Guardiola, V., & Briz, A.J (submitted). Facial Affect Recognition in College Students with Psychopathic Traits: A Comparison Using Tests Matched in Discriminating Power. Manuscript under review at Journal of Research in Personality.

Chapman, T. & Chi, T.C. (2017). Perceived Social Support Mediates the Link Between Optimism and Active Coping. Journal of Behavioral and Social Sciences, 4, 57-65.

Jones, H., Epstein, J.N., Hinshaw, S.P., Owens, E.B., Chi, T.C., Arnold, L.E., Hoza, B., & Wells, K.C. (2010). Ethnicity as a Moderator of Treatment Effects on parent-child interaction for children with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 13, 592-600.

Wells, K.C., Chi, T.C., Hinshaw, S.P., Epstein, J.N., Pfiffner, L., Nebel-Schwalm, M., Owens, E.B., & MTA Cooperative Group (2006). Changes in objectively measured parenting behaviors in the multimodal treatment study of children with ADHD. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 649-657.

Mikami, A., Chi, T.C., & Hinshaw, S.P. (2004). Behavior ratings and observations of externalizing symptoms: The role of child popularity with adults. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 26, 151-163.

Chi,T.C., & Hinshaw, S.P. (2002). Mother-child relationships of children with ADHD: The role of maternal depressive symptoms and depression-related distortions. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 30, 387-400.

Conference Presentations in the Last 5 Years

Klabo, A. & Chi, T.C. (2017). Do Interoception Deficits Explain the Body Image – Unhealthy Eating Association? MPA Annual Convention, April 19-22, Chicago, IL.

Jackson, A., Chi, T.C., & Edman, L. (2016). Self-Injury and Parenting: The Mediating Effects of Hope and Mental Distress. APS Annual Convention, May 26-29, Chicago, IL.

Kitchenmaster, J., Chi, T.C., Edman, L. (2016). Connecting in the Digital Age: Belongingness, Media and Social Media, and Well-being. APS Annual Convention, May 26-29, Chicago, IL.

Matthew, R., Chi, T.C., & Edman, L. (2016) Stigma of Mental Illness: Label and Etiology Effects on Ascriptions of Humanity and Spirituality. APS Annual Convention, May 26-29, Chicago, IL.

Chapman, T. & Chi, T.C. (2015). Perceived Social Support Mediates the Link Between Optimism and Active Coping. APS Annual Convention, May 21-24, New York City, NY.

Oura, N. & Chi, T.C.(2015). Impact on Self-Esteem by Cultural Differences in Educational and Interpersonal Contexts. APS Annual Convention, May 21-24, New York City, NY.

Wright, S.J. & Chi, T.C. (2015). Are We a Product of What We See? Materialism and Media Exposure in Relation to Body Image Satisfaction in College Women. Accepted for presentation at the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), 12-14 March 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Chi, Burmeister, & Medved (2012). Mood Symptoms Mediate the Association Between Women's Self-Objectification and Eating Pathology. Association for Psychological Science. Chicago, IL, USA

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, UW-Parkside (2006-2011)

Research Fellow, Vanderbilt University's Developmental Psychopathology Training Program (2003-2006)

Research Staff, Department of Psychology, University of Southern California (2002-2003)

Research/Teaching Staff, Department of Psychology, UC-Berkeley (1997-2002)

Research Staff, Department of Pediatrics, UC-Irvine (1994-1995)

Research Staff, Department of Psychiatry, Univ of Pittsburgh Med Ctr. (Summers 1992; 1993)

Manuscript Reviewer for Child Development, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, Journal of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology

Association for Psychological Science

Midwestern Psychological Association

APA Division 53 Junior Faculty Mentoring Award

University of Wisconsin HealthEmotions Travel Award

UC-Berkeley Institute of Human Development Dissertation Award

UC-Berkeley Center for Working Families Dissertation Research Stipend

NIMH Minority Graduate Student Research Supplement

UC-Berkeley Social Science Research Grant

UC-Berkeley Graduate Fellowship