Green Bay, Wisconsin-based Prof. Regan A. R. Gurung has been elected to serve as the head of the international honor society in psychology Psi Chi.
Gurung, an Indian American human development and psychology professor at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, will serve for three years beginning as president-elect in 2018-2019, then as president in 2019-2020, and finally as past president from 2020-2021, according to a press release.
“I am passionate about Psi Chi. I love what it has accomplished for students and the field, and I am excited about what more it can do. Psychology can help each and every one of us live healthier, happier lives,” Gurung said in a statement.
Gurung is the founding faculty advisor of UW-Green Bay’s Psi Chi chapter. At UW-Green Bay, he has served as the chair of psychology and human development programs, and as the associate dean of liberal arts and sciences. He is an award-winning teacher — receiving the Carnegie Association’s Wisconsin Professor of the Year, the UW System Regents Teaching Award, the UW-Green Bay Founder’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Founder’s Award for Scholarship and was the 2017 recipient of the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles Brewer Award for Distinguished Career in Teaching Psychology (the field’s highest teaching award).
He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.
Gurung is also an author of several presentations, papers and books, including a TED Talk, and serves as the co-editor for several publications.
Psi Chi has more than 1,150 chapters in the U.S. and abroad primarily serving undergraduates, but with grant programs for undergraduates, graduates and alumni members.
“I envision strategies to advance the Psi Chi mission of ‘recognizing and promoting the science and application of psychology.’ Together with encouraging professional and personal development, I want to energize members’ scholarly pursuits, and improve chapter experiences,” Gurung said. “It is important to help make it easier for psychology majors to find jobs and to develop the skills they need to do well in school and work.”
Gurung, who was born and raised in Mumbai, went on to receive his master’s and Ph.D. in social/personality psychology at the University of Washington in Seattle. He received his bachelor’s in psychology at Carleton College in Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in social/personality psychology at the University of Washington. After a postdoc as a health psychologist at UCLA, he got his first academic job at the UW-Green Bay where he has been since 1999.