Student Information

Psi Chi is the National Honor Society in Psychology, founded for the purposes of encouraging, stimulating, and maintaining excellence in scholarship and undergraduate students who are psychology majors and who meet the following qualifications:

  • Junior or Senior Status
  • Nine credits of psychology courses at Canisius
  • Overall GPA of 3.25 and 3.50 in Psychology Courses

Over the course of the year, Psi Chi will be sponsoring a number of activities, both academic and social.  Possible events include research presentations, career nights, college workshops, and many others!

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The Psychology Club is a social organization, which seeks to have both Psychology majors and non-majors participate in activities related to psychology. Our goal is to educate ourselves in the field of psychology, take part in community service activities, give students an opportunity to network in the psychology field, and have fun while doing it. Meetings will be held throughout the semester to discuss events and fundraising. The club’s annual event is Psychology Week, which takes place in November.  Events in the past have included a Stress-Less day, a movie night, speaker seminar on a variety of careers in psychology as well as other events by chosen members. 

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The Psychology Department is now on Facebook and YouTube! 


Practicum: See PSY 498Practicum are available in a variety areas. Joint supervision by staff members and agency personnel. Registration requirements vary; six credit maximum. Prerequisite: Permission of chair or supervising faculty member.  ***ALL PRACTICA REQUIRE SIGNATURE OF PRACTICUM ADVISOR*** 

Research: See PSY 495 - A number of faculty have opportunities to be involved in independent research. Please contact faculty with your interests to learn more. You can even earn research credit for these collaborations.

Canisius Practicum:

  • Institute for Autism Research Internships (IAR): Researchers at the IAR are committed to training the next generation of researchers and practitioners through advanced academic, research, and clinical and community-based experiences. Graduate and undergraduate students work closely with members of the IAR on a range of research and clinical projects that enhance their professional development. Researchers conduct studies and implement programs throughout the academic year and during the summer. These require the involvement of many graduate and undergraduate research assistants in all facets of the projects. Students gain critical research and clinical skills while also having the opportunity to earn academic credits and/or a stipend (when funding is available). Undergraduate and graduate student positions on the team are competitive. If you are interested, please complete the following online You will be asked to upload  a cover letter describing your interest and experiences, your vita/resume, and a copy of your unofficial transcript with this application.

            We are presently accepting applications for Research Clinical Interns for 2017.  We will be conducting two studies/programs this year:

            MAXout: This study is evaluating the effectiveness of an outpatient social development program, MAXout via a randomized clinical trial for 7-12 year old high-functioning children with autism spectrum disorder (HFASD).  The treatment is conducted twice a week on Monday and Friday afternoons from 4:30 PM to 6:00PM across 18 weeks.  Staff commitment is from July through December or January through June.

             summerMAX: We will be conducting the empirically-validated summerMAX program with 7-12 year old children who are presently enrolled in our schoolMAX study or who have participated in prior summerMAX or MAXout programs.  While the treatment is not being evaluated, we will be conducting studies examining characteristics and features of autism spectrum disorders.  This program will be conducted 7 ½ hours a day, Monday through Friday, over 5 weeks from June 26th –July 28th, staff need to be available for training week from June 19th-June 23rd.

             The Research Clinical Intern plays a critical role in delivering the treatment programs to the children.  Responsibilities include facilitating intensive social skills groups, leading therapeutic activities, instituting a structured behavioral program, collecting data, and data entry.  A Research Clinical Intern’s day starts an hour before the treatment day starts to an hour after the program ends.  Stipends for Research Clinical Interns range from around $2000 to $2600 depending upon the program assigned.  Placement in programs will be determined after the interviews.  

             The focus of all of our MAX programs is to teach social skills and provide multiple opportunities for the children to practice skills taught.  Specifically we work on areas that are problems for children with high functioning autism spectrum disorders: social skills, interest expansion, interpretation of non-literal language (idioms), and face and affect recognition.  Each day/session is divided up into treatment cycles (number of cycles dependent upon program).  The first part of each cycle consists of instruction that includes role play and modeling.  After this instruction, the children participate in a therapeutic activity in which they practice the skills they were just taught in a cooperative group exercise.

             These positions are open to graduate and undergraduate students.  Students who graduate in May of 2017 are not eligible unless they are enrolled in a graduate program.

             Research Assistant Internship Openings 2017: We are also accepting applications for Research Assistant Interns (RAs) to assist with specific research being conducted in the IAR.  Stipends for RAs may be available depending upon the study being conducted but are not guaranteed.  RAs typically commit to 10 hours a week.

              If you have questions, you may contact us at 716-888-2800 or

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