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Regional Faculty Advisor Awards


  • Six awards of $500 each
  • Commemorative plaques for the winners

The advisor from each region who best achieves Psi Chi’s purpose receives this award each year.


  1. Chapters nominate advisors by submitting letters of nomination and basic information.
  2. The Central Office compiles information regarding each nominee, and the awards committee chooses the winners.


Advisors who are actively engaged with their chapters who are NOT members of the current Board of Directors.

The application portal will open approximately 30 days before the deadline.





Andrea Mata, PhD
University of Findlay (OH)
2014–15 Midwestern Region 

The Valparaiso University Psi Chi Chapter inducted Dr. Mata into Psi Chi in spring 2005 where she served as the fundraising chair for the 2005-06 academic year.  She earned her MA and PhD in clinical child psychology from Kent State University. Dr. Mata completed her APA accredited internship at Boys Town in Omaha, NE where she conducted therapy with antisocial and aggressive adolescent females. In February 2013, she became the faculty advisor of the University of Findlay Psi Chi Chapter. As the faculty advisor, Dr. Mata encourages the chapter to become more involved across campus and within the larger Psi Chi society. She is proud of the improvements she has seen within the chapter over the last few years that includes members applying for research grants and scholarships, members winning Regional Research Awards, and the chapter earning the Model Chapter Award for the 2013-14 academic year. 

Aaron S. Richmond, PhD
Metropolitan State University 
  of Denver (CO)
2014–15 Rocky Mountain Region

Dr. Aaron S. Richmond, professor of educational psychology and human development at Metropolitan State University of Denver, has been the Psi Chi faculty advisor for 4 years. In this time, he has served on the Rocky Mountain Psi Chi Steering Committee, reviewed for the Psi Chi Journal of Undergraduate Research, and mentored over 35 Psi Chi students who presented their award winning research and workshops at the annual convention of the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. His Psi Chi Chapter was the 2015 recipient of the Rocky Mountain Regional Chapter Award and the Model Chapter Award.

As Dr. Richmond has dedicated his academic career to the improvement of classroom practices in higher education, he has garnered several local and national teaching awards including the MSU Denver Psi Chi Chapter’s Excellence in Teaching Award and the Society of Teaching of Psychology Jane S. Halonen Excellence in Teaching Award.

Amy Bradshaw Hoppock, PhD
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (FL)
2014–15 Southeastern Region

Dr. Amy Bradshaw Hoppock is an associate professor in the Human Factors Department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has enjoyed teaching a wide range of psychology courses since 2002. She is the faculty advisor for Psi Chi and Alpha Xi Delta, and has been the faculty chair of the Human Factors and Applied Psychology annual regional student research conference for the past several years. She is a licensed mental health counselor and qualified supervisor through the Florida Department of Health and holds certifications in addictions and mental health. She holds a BS in psychology, MS in clinical psychology, and PhD in human services. Her current research focus involves examining how the use of social media platforms has changed the scope of what is known about social and personality psychology. Her research work is part of the Game-Based Education and Advanced Research Studies (GEARS) lab at ERAU.

Tammy Lowery
  Zacchilli,  PhD

Saint Leo University (FL)
2014–15 Southeastern Region

Tammy Lowery Zacchilli completed her PhD in social psychology from Texas Tech University in May 2007. She started teaching full-time at Saint Leo University in Florida in August 2007. She has served as the faculty advisor for the Saint Leo Chapter of Psi Chi for 5 years and is also the faculty advisor for the Online Psychology Association. During her second year of teaching, she received the Faculty Teaching Award for the School of Arts and Sciences at Saint Leo. In 2013, she was the recipient of the Southeastern Psychological Association Mentor Award and the Saint Leo University Outstanding Publications Award. Her primary research interests include romantic conflict, Facebook use, teaching of psychology, and cyber bullying. She has presented at national and regional conferences with 29 undergraduate Psi Chi members. She resides in Dade City, FL with her husband, Mike, two daughters, Alexis and Peyton, and her son, Brayden.   





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