2021 - 2022 OFFICER TEAM




Hi friends! My name is Joanne, I am a current senior majoring in Psychology with minors in Human Development & Family Studies and Quantitative Social Sciences. I previously served as your Vice President (Fall 2020-Spring 2021) and Treasurer (Fall 2019-Spring 2020). This organization helped me find my passion and direction in psychology, and has played a vital role in my undergraduate experience. I am excited to work with you all this academic school year and make your experience in this organization valuable and worthwhile.


Outside of Psi Chi, I am a Research Assistant at the Cognitive Development Lab and the Fulfilling Work Lab. I also participated in the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program in 2020 and I am currently conducting a senior honors thesis. In the future, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and become a professor.


In my free time, I enjoy watching movies and exploring the Houston area. I am often found in the Psi Chi Office or at the UH Library when I am on campus, so please feel free to say hi! Additionally, if you have any questions or just want to chat, just reach out― I am always happy to talk.


Vice President

Hi everyone, my name is Aniqua Salwa! I am so excited to be your Vice President for the 2021-2022 academic year! I am a senior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Medicine and Society. This past year, I served as both Vice President and President chair. I am currently a research assistant at the RESTORE laboratory as well as the Trauma and Stress Studies Center (TaSSC) at the University of Houston. I am also a volunteer intern at The Petoskey Center, a mental health clinic. This past summer, I received the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to conduct my own research that I will be presenting at the ISTSS 37th annual meeting. My academic and research interests include the effects of trauma on minority and immigrant child populations. After graduating, I hope to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology and focus on improving trauma-focused treatment outcomes among child and adolescent populations. 


I am excited to meet and work with you all this year, and I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events! 




Hey y’all! My name is Lauren “Mickey” McDonald and I’m the Historian for the 2021-2022 year! I’m a junior majoring in Psychology and minoring in Biology. After graduating, I plan to pursue a master’s degree and eventually become a clinical psychologist.


Currently, I am an officer for several psychology/mental health related organizations that work as well as work as an ambassador for UH giving tours and organizing new student events.

I’m excited for this year and to meet y’all in person! Feel free to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or if you just need someone to talk to!




Hi y'all! My name is Summer Ijarah and I'll be serving as your Treasurer for the 2021-2022 school year! I am a senior majoring in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, planning to graduate in Spring 2022 with my B.S. I served as the Treasurer's Chair in the past two semesters and have been a part of this organization since Spring 2020. This club has given me so many opportunities and taught me a lot of things about psychology, so I hope I can continue its mission and help you guys find success in your lives too!


I am currently a research assistant in the Social Influences & Health Behaviors Lab. After I graduate, I hope to pursue a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and concentrate into Forensic Psychology to become a Criminal Psychologist. In my free time, I like to practice my clarinet for the Non-Music Major Orchestra and play Dungeons & Dragons in the Houston Hobbyist Guild. I also have a 4-year-old tabby cat named Leia that I love to pieces and visit whenever I can.



Hello! My name is Bao Han (bow-hun) and I am your secretary for the 2021-2022 year! I am currently a junior majoring in psychology and minoring in philosophy. I really appreciate all the resources and opportunities Psi Chi has provided me and I really hope I can work well with you guys this year to make the process of membership and school easier. 


In the future I hope to take the skills I’ve learned from working at the Personality, Emotion, and Social Cognition Lab to maybe change the world one day through research of my own. I’m an advocate for social equality and mental health awareness, and I am very excited to work with you guys and finally make friends after this crazy year!



Academic Affairs

Hey friends and fellow Coogs! My name is Lauren Lyles, and I have the honor of serving as the Academic Affairs Officer for UH Psi Chi and Psych Club this year. As a native Houstonian, I am proud to be a UH Cougar and I am currently a junior pursuing a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Human Development and Family Studies.  Additionally, I am a research assistant in the Social Development Lab at the University of Houston. My future plans include adopting an Italian greyhound, running the Houston marathon, and pursuing a PhD in Counseling Psychology. I hope to become a positive resource for the school system, to help students, who come from hard situations, develop their academic, relational, and emotional and to provide them with a better chance for their futures. This year, I will be planning our academic events, so if you have any questions about research, careers in psychology, or anything at all, please let me know. I am thrilled to serve this organization in any way you might need: just reach out!