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Psi Chi Invites Undergraduate Members to Conduct Social Psychology Field Research—Virtually

Posted By Paige Anctil, Awards & Grants Officer, Tuesday, October 6, 2020

During a time in which in-person interaction is very limited, it has become difficult to conduct some forms of research. Due to COVID-19, many of the more hands-on research methodologies are needing to be significantly delayed or even abandoned all together, despite providing some of the most beneficial skills and valuable professional relationships available to students.

Psi Chi Distinguished Member Dr. Robert Cialdini highly values these types of experiences. A behavioral psychologist known for field research, Dr. Cialdini says, “In class, my students were always most interested in, even thrilled by, accounts of field research.” Dr. Cialdini is known for the field work described in his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, a New York Times Best Seller.

In line with his dedication to field research, Dr. Cialdini worked with Psi Chi to create a grant that funds field research projects in social psychology. Dr. Cialdini and his wife generously chose to fund the Robert Cialdini/Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Grant for Field Research in Social Psychology so that students could “have the thrill I’ve experienced of actually doing field research.” This grant, with deadlines of October 15, January 15, and May 1, offers $1,500 in research costs and a stipend of $500 for the recipient’s faculty sponsor.

Although COVID-19 restrictions are interfering with the more practiced methods of field research, this doesn’t mean students need to miss out on such an opportunity. Field research does not have to be confined to in-person interactions; as we all adapt to using more and more virtual communication methods, it presents a unique opportunity to involve virtual platforms, such as social media, to conduct field research.

For the purposes of this grant, field research is defined as social psychological investigations conducted in a naturally occurring setting in which research participants can expect to find themselves under normal life circumstances and in which they are unlikely to suppose that they are research participants.

Social media provides a great platform via which to freely interact with participants in a natural setting without showing that research is being conducted. Some ideas include creating posts as you watch how the public reacts or merely observing the posts and reactions of others, designing two different images and using Google ads across different platforms to see which draws more attention; each provides its own unique opportunity, questions, and the possibility for answers.

Psi Chi would like to encourage our undergraduate members who are interested in conducting research this year to try something maybe a little new. With so many students and faculty learning and teaching virtually, social psychology research—even if virtual—provides a unique opportunity to gain both skills and research funding.

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How to Promote Your Published Journal Article

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, September 28, 2020

Congratulations! If you are reading this blog post, then it probably means you are now the author of a newly published academic journal article.

This is a wonderful accomplishment, one well-worth celebrating! And yet, this milestone does not mean that your journey with your latest research has come to an end. Not by a long shot!

In the same year that your article was published, so were approximately two million other journal articles. And guess what: The authors of every single one of these publications hopes for their specific findings to rise to the top in terms of both impact and popularity—yes, even over all other published articles, including your own.

Common Pitfalls

As you can imagine, such an enormous number of annual publications naturally results in a lot of competition for attention across the academic world and in the media.

However, there is some good news. (Sort of.)

Not all authors actively promote their research, and there are several reasons for this.

  • Many authors may believe that their articles will automatically rise in citations and impact as a mere result of being published.
    (Although this is possible, it is unlikely.)
  • Others may believe that their publisher will take care of all promotions on their behalf.
    (Indeed, prestigious journals like Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research promote new articles on social media, index articles in major databases, and so forth. And yet counting on others alone to boost your findings can only get you so far; no one knows your research findings better than you do!)
  • Many authors may also fail to prioritize promotions of their articles simply because they are frequently distracted, if not overwhelmed, by a continuous stream of new projects and assignments.
    (But consider this: If the results of your published projects aren’t achieving their full potential, then why not develop good promotional habits now so that your current and all future projects will benefit?)

Although the three items above are common, this does create an opportunity for you to accelerate others’ awareness of your hard work.

What You Can Do

Marketing your article doesn’t have to be complicated or take up too much time. In fact, you will likely find that most of your efforts promoting your article will actually involve simplifying your work to its basic purpose, findings, and applications—tasks which will probably come easily to you and that you will find to be a refreshing change of pace compared to other challenging and highly detailed academic responsibilities.

To get you started, consider creating a basic checklist of tasks to accomplish after each of your articles is published online. Here are 12 basic tasks you can do to help your research to be seen by wider audiences:

  1. Share your article on social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, etc.) with a link to your new article in each post. Here are some ideas for wording:
    • Post a photo of you and/or your coauthors preparing to recruit participants or “burning the midnight oil” as your finished your final draft.
    • Take a screenshot from your official Acceptance letter.
    • Summarize the key findings from your research.
    • Tag relevant scientific organizations (including the publisher of your article such as @PsiChiHonor or #PsiChi) and key researchers in your posts in order to gain others’ attention and support.

  2. Write a brief blog post about your article. Relevant organizations may be eager to publish these articles! For example, if your article was published in Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, consider submitting a short 400- to 1,000-word article to Psi Chi’s blog, Psi-Chi-ology Lab. You may wish to post on any personal, departmental, or school-wide blogs as well. Here are some ideas for the content of your blog post:
    • Describe a behind-the-scenes experience (e.g., what it was like conducting your first research experience, what it was like working with participants, or how you became interested in your particular research project).
    • Write about all the ways that a mentor or colleague supported you while you conducted the project.
    • Think about additional applications of your findings outside of what you included in your article, and then target those audiences with specific blog posts.
    • Connect your research findings with a recent major news story (Pro Tip: You can search for your research area via Google News in order to find recent relevant news stories that are trending)
    • Or, simply summarize the purpose and findings of your research in a more personal, jargon-free language so that the general public can better understand and apply its findings to their daily lives.

  3. Contact and personally thank anyone who helped you to conceive, conduct, write, or publish your article. And of course, share a link to the final article with these special individuals.

  4. Select articles listed in your article’s References section that you appreciated and found personally useful. Then, contact the lead authors of those projects to let them know how their research has inspired you and that you cited their work in your new article (And again, share a link to your new article!)

  5. Add a reference and link to your new article on your CV. You may also wish to publically post your CV on a personal website so that others can easily find and access it. If you have a professional LinkedIn profile, you can cite your publications there too.

  6. Add a link to your latest publication in your email signature. Easy enough, right?

  7. Make a YouTube video or some other interactive summary of your article that will help to engage people, especially nonresearchers who may be intimidated by lengthy journal articles that contain complex statistics, lengthy references, etc. Consider hosting these videos on YouTube, Facebook, or other popular platforms. Here are some ideas for your video:
    • Have a peer ask you a few basic questions in order to create an interview-type video.
    • Or, create a brief PowerPoint slideshow, and then add audio to it using a free program such as Audacity.

  8. Share a link to your articles in databases such as or Just keep in mind that most publishers (including Psi Chi) will not allow you to publically post the full article on these external websites because it decreases website traffic to the original publisher’s website, thus reducing a potential revenue stream. Fortunately, there is an easy workaround: Instead of uploading the full article to these websites, simply upload a basic reference with a hyperlink leading to the article’s official location on the publisher’s website. Here is an example of an article posted on ResearchGate; if you select “Read full-text” on this webpage, you will notice that the authors uploaded a basic reference linking back to the appropriate location for the article.

  9. Create a Google Scholar Account. This program allows you to organize all of your works into one public place and ensures that individuals searching for your articles will be able to easily locate a complete list. When you are getting started, Google Scholar will automatically suggest articles for your profile that it believes you might have authored in the past. You can also add articles manually. And a “Follow” features allows others to receive notifications about your future publications.

  10. Set up an ORCID account (or review and update your existing account). For those unaware, all personal ORCID accounts are linked to a persistent hyperlink that can be included in your published works. Think of it like this: Just as permanent DOI hyperlink makes it easier to locate an article, and ORCID ID makes it easier to locate a particular author’s profile. Many journals (including Psi Chi Journal) will include your ORCID ID in your published article so that readers can easily select that permanent link and see a full list of all your published articles.

  11. Send a brief announcement (i.e., press release) to local campus and community journalists to see whether they would be interested in featuring your new findings.

  12. Encourage your coauthors to promote your new article as well! Each of you has a unique network of peers, so take full advantage of each other’s communities. You can also share or retweet each other’s promotions in order to further build up hype about your newly published research!

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A Love Letter to NICE: Enhancing Collaborative Research Opportunities for All

Posted By Mary Moussa Rogers, NICE Chair, Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Collaboration in research, particularly international collaboration, can seem daunting. Often, researchers are more likely to collaborate with those they deem trustworthy (more often people within their own research labs, departments, and universities) or those with higher resources (Abramo et al., 2018; Iglič et al., 2017). Despite barriers, collaboration is on the rise, and more are recognizing the potential benefits of international research (Jeanmonod & Firstenberg, 2019; Wagner et al., 2019).

Psi Chi’s Network for International Exchange (NICE) is a relatively new program that encourages creative and novel international research using an open science framework. NICE has two major components.

  • One is the Connect component, where individuals can post their projects and interested collaborators can select a project of interest and communicate with the investigator to contribute participants.
  • The other component is the crowdsourcing component, where one or two projects are selected each year to receive assistance in recruiting contributors and addressing research across multiple cultures and languages.

I have a unique perspective when it comes to NICE. In 2018, my project was the first to be selected for the crowdsourcing opportunity, and now I am the NICE chair for the 2020–2021 year. Having seen both sides of this experience, I feel confident saying it is both a unique and well-crafted opportunity for collaboration. NICE provides a primary investigator with a committee and chair to review materials regarding cultural sensitivity issues in a research proposal and facilitates communication with contributors from many countries. The assistance from the committee makes consulting easier and made me a better multicultural researcher.

I not only worked abroad with so many researchers I had never met before, but I was also able to work across disciplines in psychology, something I have personally found difficult domestically. You get so many perspectives when working with people from different cultures and disciplines in psychology that I felt my research idea, execution, and manuscript were all made more robust. I didn’t have a series of people agreeing with me, but instead people willing to ask me difficult questions and provide feedback knowing it was to be their work too. Due to NICE, I was able to conduct better multicultural research, and my network has increased. Most importantly, my collaborators are also people I know I can contact in the future because I have good working relationships with them.

Finally, in my new role, I have a deeper understanding of the care that goes into reviewing projects and facilitating culturally sensitive research. Committee members are eager to assist, provide feedback, and are a valuable resource on cross-cultural research. Psi Chi’s NICE is a fitting name for a program that, in my opinion, has effectively encouraged international collaboration in psychological research.

If you have an exciting cross-cultural question in psychological science, consider applying to NICE: crowd! Students and faculty are eligible to apply and you do not have to have a Psi Chi chapter at your institution. Members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Proposals are due July 31st 2020! For more information, go to

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Scientists Center Student Training at SIPS

Posted By Jordan Wagge, PhD, Avila University (MO), Tuesday, October 15, 2019

The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) is a very new professional organization, having first met in 2016 at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA. I attended the 2019 meeting (the fourth annual) this past June in Rotterdam, Netherlands (along with over 450 other people, which represents a huge increase in participation in just three years).

Aside from representing Psi Chi, what I hoped to achieve at this conference was to develop new partnerships, procedures, and materials for the Collaborative Replications and Education Project. What I happily found was that teaching and training were central to the conference, something that should not have surprised me so much: the first bullet-pointed objective in SIPS’ mission statement, after all, is “Improving the training and research practices of psychological scientists.” They aren’t just talking about training opportunities for established researchers. They’re also talking about students—undergraduate, graduate, community college, prestigious college… students going on to PhD or not, research assistants, students in research methods and statistics, students in Intro Psych, first-generation students, students who work full-time, and the entire gamut of the other things that define the modern student across continents.

For some context, one of the first things you should know about SIPS is that it’s not a normal conference (although I now believe that this is how conferences should be run). There are three types of sessions—unconferences, hackathons, and workshops—which represent the evolution of project planning stages. The purpose of unconferences is to get a group of people together to identify problems and brainstorm solutions, while hackathons get groups of people together in a room to actually start working on and implementing solutions. Workshops represent more of a final stage in a project and are meant to disseminate information that could be helpful to researchers interested in that topic. I’ve linked some examples here for further exploration, but these are not comprehensive. I recommend looking at the full 2019 schedule not only to get a feel for the conference themes but also to be directed to resources that you’re likely to have an interest in if you’ve read this far.

The second thing you should know is that programming can be proposed and scheduled “on the fly,” which means that you can get to the conference, get ideas, and start working on them immediately. I’m someone who gets really excited about things I’ve heard in conference sessions and loses that momentum pretty much immediately after getting home, but SIPS has taken steps to actively work against this momentum loss by capturing the energy of scholars while they are present and inspired. A big plus here is that all people who are present can participate; instead of ideas getting floated in “social hours” and back-channel meetings that you have to be in-the-know to attend, they are out there on the schedule for all to see and attend. Instead of ideas leaving the conference and being followed up on by a handful of established researchers who know each other, early-career folks and students get to be “in the room where it happens.” This doesn’t mean back-channel meetings don’t happen, but SIPS is purposeful about bringing everyone along for the ride whenever possible.

Some extraordinary things have come from SIPS conferences, such as StudySwap, PsyArxiv, and The Psychological Science Accelerator. These are important innovations in the improving-psych community, but I had been more familiar with some of the teaching resources, such as the modular course materials for research methods courses that were created during a 2017 hackathon (and that I’ve been using since several weeks after the 2017 conference). I’m not sure if the hackathon responsible for these materials was on the original 2017 schedule or created on-the-fly, but either way, I don’t think anything like this has come from any conference I have ever attended. It’s central to the SIPS conference that there are takeaways from all three types of sessions that are curated on an OSF page unique to that session, which means workshop attendees get materials, hackathon attendees get to help create materials, and unconference attendees get a place to curate materials. It’s not just attendees, either—I was not at the 2017 session linked above, but I still get to benefit from their work… which means my students also benefit.

The student experience itself was centered in many ways at SIPS. I personally attended several sessions on research methods, statistics, and open science training, and was also able to create a session on-the-fly to help get feedback on my own project. Leaders and participants from hackathons cross-participated and found obvious ways to collaborate. The entire spirit of the conference was one of forward-thinking, collaboration, and problem-solving, and I can’t think of anything more helpful to someone planning their courses.

If you are reading this as a student, you may be thinking “great, but what do students get directly?” and my answer is this: Come to SIPS to be treated like a colleague. What I experienced was that students who attended were addressed as equals and active participants in improving the science, which is what I suppose makes this group special. If we’re talking about improving the science, after all, then we are talking about future researchers… and if the people you want to support aren’t at the table—not the kiddie table, but the real table—you won’t achieve that. One of my core beliefs about teaching is that students are active scholars who can contribute meaningfully to their field, and I have found this mirrored in SIPS.

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Empirical Research Submission Examples

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, May 13, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 19, 2019

Submitting to a peer-reviewed journal can be a complicated process. There is much to consider with regard to APA writing style, communicating your methodology and results, navigating the submission portal, addressing reviewer feedback, etc. Therefore, as an educational journal dedicated to providing a supportive environment for new and seasoned researchers, Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research took it upon itself to create submission examples for the four primary documents needed to publish your work.

These four example materials will be extremely helpful to authors submitting to Psi Chi Journal or to any other academic, peer-reviewed publication. Be sure to save copies of these documents somewhere that you will see them often. Each of these is sure to come in handy for you in the classroom or beyond.

Masked Manuscript Example

After reviewing more than 1,000 empirical manuscript submissions submitted by students and faculty alike, Psi Chi Journal’s APA Style reviewer set out to create a masked manuscript example, which includes approximately 25 concise pointers to help authors avoid the most frequent APA Style mistakes seen in Psi Chi Journal submissions. You’ll definitely want to glance through these pointers anytime you are about to submit your research to an academic journal! In particular, this PDF shows an example of how to mask a manuscript and format the pages (Times New Roman, size 12, doubled spaced), as well as advice for using numbers and various details that authors sometimes forget to include (e.g., participant race/ethnicity, study limitations, effect sizes). Since this document was released in Winter 2018, the APA Style reviewer has already noticed a great improvement in APA Style of new articles submitted!

Cover Letter Example

There has always been a brief bulleted list of requirements for your cover letter on the Psi Chi Journal submission guidelines. However, the addition of this brand new example includes additional information to consider. Also, it spares submitters from having to spend time research the formatting and header information of the letters, which the submission guidelines page naturally could not include.

Unmasked Cover Page Example

Authors sometimes get confused when submitting their cover page, by either mistakenly masking it or even confusing it with the separate cover letter file and thus failing to do it altogether! The new unmasked cover page example lets submitters see exactly what is expected of them. Further, it includes a specific example of how to write the Author Note information on the cover page.

Sponsor Statement Example

Manuscripts submitted to Psi Chi Journal that have an undergraduate first author are required to also submit a sponsor statement that is hand-signed by a faculty mentor. Although a bulleted list of requirements for this statement has existed for many years, we felt that providing an example sponsor statement would be a much appreciated way to save our faculty mentors' a little of their precious time. Faculty mentors are invited to copy this example statement and modify it as appropriate. We are happy to report that more than three-quarters of new undergraduate submissions are now using this sample statement!

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Psi Chi URW Awards Ceremony

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Friday, April 12, 2019
Updated: Friday, April 12, 2019

A key part of Psi Chi’s mission is recognizing the successes and hard work put forth by our members. Therefore, it seems only fitting to finish up our fun, informal Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Week with an equally fun, informal Awards Ceremony article!

Below, we are proud to call out the following individuals for their incredible service to Psi Chi, student research, and the field of psychology!

Best 2018 Journal Reviewer

Editor Debi Brannan greatly appreciates every person on the Psi Chi Journal reviewer team. However, out of almost 300 doctoral-level reviewers, one reviewer in particular really stands out to her above all others. Reviewer Dr. Robert R. Wright (Brigham Young University–Idaho) has become one of the journal team’s top go-to reviewers for when we need a review that is fabulously in-depth, supportive to the authors, and speedy too! Rob, thank you so much for your service! Visit HERE to learn about becoming a reviewer!

Best 2018 Awards and Grants Reviewer

Awards and Grants Officer Paige Anctil would like to specially recognize evaluator Dr. Evan Zucker (Loyola University New Orleans) for his impressive service. In addition to being the Southwestern Vice-President from 2012 to 2016, he has also reviewed more than 100 applications between the Undergraduate Research Grants this and last year, and his work on the Scholarship committee, among other programs! Thank you, Dr. Zucker!

Best Psi Chi Tattoo!

Okay, so there’s only one person eligible for this recognition (that we know of!). But Bryan Patriquin’s (Southern New Hampshire University) tattoo is so wickedly awesome that we couldn’t help bringing it to everyone’s attention once again this year! You can view the tattoo, and the inspirational story behind it, in this recent magazine article.

Latest Psi Chi Distinguished Members

This year, Psi Chi’s Board of Directors have nominated two new renowned experts to become the latest Distinguished Members of Psi Chi: Dr. Jane S. Halonen (University of West Florida) and Dr. Antonio Puente (University of North Carolina Wilmington). Congratulations! Their names will now be listed alongside other Distinguished Members such as Drs. Albert Bandura, Elizabeth Loftus, and many others. View the full list.

2018 Most Active Journal Reviewer

Thank you so much to Dr. Katharine S. Shaffer (University of Baltimore) for completing EIGHT empirical manuscript reviews in 2018! Wow! Reviewers are selected based on their subject areas listed online. Therefore, reviewers who would like to increase their number of reviews requests are encouraged to log in to the online submission portal and see if there are any additional subject areas that they would feel comfortable reviewing.

Best 2018 Undergraduate Journal Manuscript for APA Style

Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Journal’s APA Style Reviewer, is happy to recognize Kayla Wilson (University of Central Arkansas) for her outstanding work. All revised manuscripts receive a comprehensive APA Style Review, and Kayla’s manuscript had fewer edits than any other article this year! Great job! Also, special thanks to her coauthor and faculty mentor, Dr. Kenith Sobel. This is not the first time that Dr. Sobel has guided an outstanding student submission! See the full article.

Special Recognition

Kelly Cuccolo (University of North Dakota) told us that she stepped a bit out of her comfort zone when she applied to become the chair of the NICE:CROWD collaborative research project. Despite her original hesitation, her performance has consistently amazed us throughout, and the first-ever NICE:CROWD project is off to an incredible start. Kelly, that new program has benefited immensely from your hard work! Thank you!

Dr. Jon Grahe (Pacific Lutheran University) has been invaluable to the Research Advisory Committee. In his presidency of Psi Chi, he led the creation of the committee and then served as an ex officio member during his terms as president and past-president of Psi Chi. After serving in this role on the committee, he has served as a regular committee member until this summer. Jon’s work has done much to advance the ability of Psi Chi members to do their own research. Thank you!

And last but not least, we would also like to thank our Psi Chi Journal Editorial Assistant, Rebecca Stempel (Western Oregon University). The editorial team has come to really rely on and appreciate her assistance with scheduling meetings, reviewing the journal issue layouts, and everything else that she does for us. The Journal team dreads the day that she ever steps down from this position!

Reader, thank you for participating in Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Week this year. Although the event has now reached its conclusion, there are many year-long programs designed to support your growth as a researcher. Be sure to check them out HERE!

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Full Program—Psi Chi Undergraduate Research Week 2019

Posted By Psi Chi Central Office, Monday, March 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

PSI CHI UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH WEEK (URW) is an opportunity for all members to gain some research experience outside of the classroom—not just those who are able to travel to a convention. Graduate students and faculty are also welcome. Take a moment to review the full program below. And please be sure to tell your friends, students, and fellow psychologists about this unique opportunity.

NOTE. Programming below is subject to change. Details will be finalized by April 4.


  • 9:00 A.M. ESTAre You Conducting Responsible Science?
    Psi Chi Research Director Dr. John E. Edlund will be hosting an informative Q&A comments chat on Psi Chi's official Facebook page. Have ideas for conducting responsible science? We look forward to your participation!
  • 12:00 P.M. EST—Attend a Live Webinar
    Join Dr. Brooke Robertshaw for a webinar called, “No Statistics Are Objective: The Intersection of Quantitative Methods and Diversity.” Spaces are limited, so register HERE early. A Q&A Session will follow.
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Send Us Your Research Presentation Videos
    Throughout the week, we will be sharing 15-second video clips submitted by our members. Direct your videos to



  • 11:00 A.M. EST—Ask Questions About Psi Chi Journal!
    Starting at 11 a.m. EST, submit your questions and comments about the journal on Psi Chi’s Facebook page. Editor Dr. Debi Brannan and the Associate Editor team will respond to your comments on and off throughout the day. Learn more about the journal.
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Download Our APA Style Templates
    Our APA Style masked manuscript, (NEW) cover letter, cover page, and sponsor statement templates contain useful pointers that will definitely come in handy when you write your next research article. Download copies of each today. Our gift to you!


  • 12:10 CST—Watch MPA Poster Presenters, LIVE!
    Psi Chi Past-President Dr. R. Eric Landrum is going to give you a fun, Twitter Live video tour of a poster session at a regional convention. Be sure to tune in HERE.
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Share Your Research Experiences
    Join us in sharing your research presentation pictures, videos, and memories on social media. Use hashtag #PsiChiURW so that we can find your posts.


  • 9:00 A.M. EST—Celebrate Our Psi Chi Research Achievers
    To round off a great week, a brand-new Awards Ceremony article will be released today. This article will feature various individuals who have gone above and beyond to support student research and other activities through Psi Chi. Thank you to everyone for participating in this year’s URW event!
  • ALL-DAY ACTIVITY—Support Your Fellow Researchers
    Did you know that Psi Chi hosts a free tool where members can list their research studies that are in need of online participants? Please visit HERE anytime today and complete at least one of the available studies. Members, feel free to log in and submit a link to your own studies too.

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About Psi Chi URW

Posted By John E. Edlund, PhD, Psi Chi Research Director, Monday, March 18, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Dear Psi Chi Member,

I hope you will join me during Psi Chi’s second annual celebration of Undergraduate Research Week (URW). All students and faculty—not just undergraduates—are invited to join us April 8–12 to shine a light on the latest generation of students striving to advance the science and application of psychology. The final program will be available online by April 4.

Specifically, this event will feature Psi Chi webinars, Facebook conversations with experts, new articles, and other Psi Chi research tools throughout the week. You are also encouraged to share about your current research projects and experiences on Facebook and social media. Use hashtag #PsiChiURW. Specific projects, interests, conference attendance—we want to hear about it all! You are also invited to send us any 15-second video clips of your research presentations to

As we wait for URW, here are four ways you can go ahead and honor this special occasion with Psi Chi today:

1. Join a Research Project

Psi Chi’s NICE:CROWD project allows student and faculty researchers from around the world to get together and investigate a specified research question. Each year, a particular research project will be selected by the NICE Committee, and then interested researchers will be guided through the process of gathering IRB approval and collecting data at their local institutions. Learn more about submitting a potential project for consideration or collaborating on the current project!

2. Receive Financial Support

Psi Chi provides $400,000 annually in awards, grants, and scholarships. This includes significant funding for undergraduate research awards, research grants, and travel grants to conventions. View a complete list of annual programs and deadlines.

3. Submit to Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research

Psi Chi’s quarterly, peer-reviewed journal is uniquely dedicated to educating and promoting the professional development of undergraduate, graduate, and faculty authors. Experience our rigorous, yet supportive and educational, peer-review process for yourself. Psi Chi’s high visibility across the field and dedication to transparent, replicable research practices makes our journal the place to submit your research today.

4. Learn Something New

Over the years, Psi Chi has built up a wealth of free articles and resources about Conducting Research and Attending and Presenting at Conventions. You are welcome to use these in your classrooms and other endeavors.

Undergraduate Research Week was originally declared by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010. Indeed, many professionals first discovered their passion for research when they were students. This celebration is to recognize those beginnings too, and for the mentors who cultivate countless bright minds.

Undergraduate research opportunities cultivate future generations of passionate and innovative researchers. I look forward to your participation in the upcoming Psi Chi URW celebration!

John E. Edlund, PhD
Psi Chi Research Director
Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)

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Advice and Other Insights From the Psi Chi Journal Editorial Team

Posted By Psi Chi Journal Editorial Team, Monday, February 25, 2019
Updated: Monday, February 25, 2019

Together, the Editorial Team for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research agreed to share their top publishing advice and give you a glimpse of what it is like working with the journal.

The team includes the Editor: Dr. Debi Brannan (Western Oregon University); five Associate Editors: Drs. Mary Beth Ahlum (Nebraska Wesleyan University), Erin Ayala (St. Mary’s University of Minnesota), Jennifer Hughes (Agnes Scott College, GA), Tammy Lowery Zacchilli (Saint Leo University, FL), and Steven V. Rouse (Pepperdine University, CA); and the Managing Editor: Bradley Cannon (Psi Chi Central Office). You can view their full bios HERE.

The Editor and all five Associate Editors were selected to lead the journal, largely due to their prior service to the journal as both excellent reviewers and authors. Each person has demonstrated an impressive passion and skill for helping students and faculty authors to navigate the peer-review process and strengthen their research and writing skills. (And they’ve got a bit of a fun side too, as you can see in the pictures below!)

The journal would not be the one-of-a-kind teaching tool for Psi Chi that it is without each and every one of them. We are greatly appreciative of them for everything they do!

Caption: (top row from left) Tammy and Joy; Debi enjoying a floating restaurant on the Columbia River in Portland, Oregon; Erin and a tasty treat; Steve at the top of Mount Whitney; (bottom row from left) Jenny and Winston; Bradley proudly framing his vehicle emissions test paper (Pass! Third time’s a charm!); and Mary Beth posing with the NWU Prairie Wolf.

What’s the #1 advice you would give to a student who is considering submitting a manuscript for publication?

ERIN: Pay attention to details! Ask a colleague to carefully read through your submission to make sure it adheres to APA style guidelines and is free from grammatical errors. By eliminating those minor errors, reviewers can focus on the content of your study. Second, listen to the reviewers and respond to all of their suggestions in an open manner. Reviewers spend a lot of time on their reviews and are subject matter experts, so it is important for authors to listen to their suggestions and to thank them for the time spent reviewing your work.

JENNIFER: The journal sees the publishing process as developmental. That means that we try to teach authors when giving feedback. I would tell students to prepare the best manuscript possible and then be open to feedback. That feedback can help students to become better researchers for future projects.

MARY BETH: Before submitting your manuscript go to and look up the many resources there about publishing. Read at least 2 of the articles and then adapt that advice to your manuscript.

STEVE: Be sure to have a faculty coauthor rigorously proofread the manuscripts. There are some faculty members who do not realize that the Psi Chi Journal is now a full peer-reviewed journal, indexed in PsycINFO—they may think it's just a repository for student term projects. As a result, they may not be as critical in reading these manuscripts as they would submissions to other journals. As a result, some manuscripts get submitted that are not quite at a stage that's ready for the peer-review process.

TAMMY: I recommend that students work closely with their advisor during this process and be open to getting another set of eyes to review the paper before submission. Be open to feedback and do not get discouraged if the outcome isn't what you expected.

BRADLEY: Go ahead and expect to receive a Revise and Resubmit decision the first time around. I think that receiving this decision sometimes disappoints student authors, who were hoping for an automatic Accept and who maybe didn’t know that a Revise and Resubmit decision is nothing to be ashamed of. However, Revise and Resubmit is the most common decision for original submissions to receive. And when you think about it, this totally makes sense because a key part of our peer-review process is to provide specific educational feedback to help you propel your research and writing skills to the next level.

DEBI: Just know that publishing a manuscript takes time and attention to details. Sometimes it feels like a lot to take on but that is when you rely on your faculty advisor and/or coauthors and trust the process. When you submit a manuscript for publication the worst-case scenario is that you will learn a lot—best case scenario is that you WILL learn a lot!

What’s your favorite part of being on the team?

ERIN: I truly love our team on the Editorial Board! I also enjoy working behind the scenes to make sure the research we publish is rigorous and methodologically sound. It's especially rewarding for me to work with the students and early career researchers. I want authors to have a positive experience submitting to journals, and to learn a lot along the way so that they feel prepared to submit to more journals in the future.

JENNIFER: It has been great fun to work with the Editor, the other Associate Editors, and the Psi Chi staff. We all bring different strengths to the team and learn from each other.

STEVE: Although the mission of the Psi Chi Journal has broadened from what it was previously (to now be a research outlet for Psi Chi members at all levels of professional development, rather than exclusively undergraduates), I appreciate that this journal's leadership still recognizes that one of its primary goals is supporting the educational development of undergraduates. Maybe I'm a walking cliche, living out Erik Erikson's stage of Generativity vs. Stagnation, but at this stage in my professional career I'm really seeing the importance of training the next generation of researchers—both at my own school and at others.

TAMMY: I love reading about the exciting research studies that our members are conducting. Psi Chi has always been dear to my heart so I love being involved with the journal. I love working with our editorial board!

BRADLEY: I am always happy to assist authors and reviewers with navigating the online system and the peer-review process. But for me personally, a highlight of working with Psi Chi Journal has been the numerous opportunities to help initiate new journal programs and technologies that will help disseminate our authors’ research. For example, obtaining DOIs (digital object identifiers) for our published articles and ORCID IDs for our published authors has been especially rewarding. DOIs and ORCIDs ensure that Psi Chi Journal articles will always be easy to access and attributed to the correct authors, even if the articles change location on the Internet or if an author’s name changes or is identical to another author’s name. I get to read a broad range of interesting articles too!

DEBI: The best part of being part of this team is having the opportunity to work with the best in the business! The associate editors, editor emeritus, and managing editor are a dream team of mentors, writers, researchers, and just good humans. It has been an enormous privilege to know this group and learn from them all—but most importantly, call them friends.

Of all the submissions that you have overseen, which one were you the most excited/proud to see ultimately published?

ERIN: I'm working with one right now that I'm really excited about! Unfortunately, it's in the final stage of the revision process, so I'm not able to provide too many spoilers. In sum, it examines the extent to which culturally diverse historical scholars are recognized by students in psychology. It's an important and eye opening piece of work.

MARY BETH: There have been some "weak" manuscripts where the authors worked diligently to follow the reviewers' advice and thereby improve the work substantially. Those authors deserve a lot of kudos. They demonstrate that hard work pays off!

STEVE: I was grateful for the opportunity to be the Invited Editor for the Special Issue on Open Science Practices (Vol. 23, Issue 2). As a result, I saw these manuscripts progress all the way from proposals to finished products. That was really rewarding.

TAMMY: It's difficult to pick a favorite. However, as a close relationship researcher, I am always excited to review manuscripts on this topic. For example, I was excited to see "The Effects of Perceived Attractiveness on Expected Opening Gambit Style" published as well as "What Makes You Swipe Right?: Gender Similarity in Interpersonal Attraction in a Simulated Online Dating Context."

BRADLEY: We have published more than a hundred outstanding articles since I first joined the journal team. However, one article stands out to me as an especially fascinating topic. That article, is “The Effects of Age and Sex on Saving Pets Over Humans.” In it, the authors investigated the number of college-age students who indicated that they would choose to save their pet instead of an actual human being! I have found myself bringing up this article during many conversations, both at Psi Chi and beyond with my family and friends around the dinner table. In particular, I love to ask people to guess the percentage who save their pet! Research like this really goes a long way to remind me just how diverse the field of psychology really is.

DEBI: I can honestly say that I do not have one manuscript that sticks out more in my memory than any other. Every time we publish a new issue of the Psi Chi Journal I feel so much pride. I am truly as invested as every author and faculty mentor. It is exciting to watch the progression of every single manuscript from the moment it gets submitted to the day that it goes to press!

Why would you recommend for faculty members to submit, in addition to students?

ERIN: Psi Chi members are lifetime members, and publishing in our journal is one of the membership benefits. As a journal that publishes broadly about topics in psychology, publishing with us is a great way to increase readership and your audience. Often, faculty members publish in journals that are specific to their discipline, which means the audience is limited to people who specialize in their respective area. By publishing in Psi Chi Journal, faculty members can introduce students to a breadth of topics. Many faculty members also use Psi Chi Journal articles in their classes for teaching, so it's a great way to contribute to the education of students, and to introduce students to your particular area of expertise! Finally, our reviewers are top notch, and are known for being constructive and generally quite friendly. :)

JENNIFER: It is a great journal that publishes quality research. Also, by submitting, they will be supporting Psi Chi.

MARY BETH: Articles authored by faculty members will be inspirational to students. Students will see an article by a professor in their department and be proud of one of their mentors.

STEVE: The Psi Chi Journal's mission is not a topical one but a community one. Whereas other journals exist to serve as a publication outlet for research on a narrow set of topics, the Psi Chi Journal exists to serve as a publication outlet for all psychological researchers (across the subfields of psychology) who are members of Psi Chi. As a result, this is one of the few truly peer-reviewed generalist journals in psychology. I would especially consider this a good place for a faculty member to send manuscripts that address issues that span multiple subfields.

TAMMY: This is an amazing journal that publishes some excellent and timely research studies. I think faculty should definitely consider publishing with the journal.

DEBI: The Psi Chi Journal is an inclusive journal that does not reach just one field of psychology but rather it accepts manuscripts from every area of psychology. Additionally, we accept qualitative and quantitative methods. This enables us to support professional development and disseminate all types of psychological science.

In what ways has your involvement with the journal helped to advance your research experience and/or career?

ERIN: When conducting my own research, I now actively search for flaws or holes in my project that reviewers might find, and address them early on. My writing has also improved as a result of my work as a reviewer, and now as an Associate Editor. Finally, my involvement in the journal increases the quality of my teaching and mentorship regarding research; I use Psi Chi articles regularly, and often bring in anecdotes for students and my research team when discussing the research and publication process.

MARY BETH: An academic position typically involves teaching, research/scholarship, and service. I enjoy contributing to the Psi Chi community by serving as an Associate Editor.

TAMMY: I think that this experience has improved my methods for teaching writing to my research methods I, II, and II students. I have always been actively involved in research with undergraduates but my experience with the journal has led me to encourage students to consider the journal for their projects.

DEBI: Because the Psi Chi Journal accepts papers from every field of psychology, I have read and edited many types of research in many domains. I have learned so much about the greater field of psychology just by the exposure to such diverse research. This has helped me think through my own teaching techniques, scholarship, and mentoring advice.

Submissions to Psi Chi Journal are welcome year round. Undergraduate, graduate, and faculty authors are all invited to submit.

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Psychological Science in the Workplace and Life: Interview With Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD

Posted By Bradley Cannon, Psi Chi Writer/Journal Managing Editor, Friday, January 18, 2019


The Editorial Team for Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research is proud to announce a brand new call for abstracts for a special issue: “Psychological Science in the Workplace and Life.” This special issue was proposed by Dr. Regan A. R. Gurung (Psi Chi President-Elect, 2018–19). Dr. Gurung is an expert in many areas including the scholarship of teaching and learning, prejudice and impression formation, and health—as well as the application of psychological sciences into the real world.

Abstracts for the special issue are due October 1, 2019, and you are encouraged to view the full details HERE. This issue will be published in Summer 2020 as a part of Dr. Gurung’s 2019–20 Psi Chi Presidential Theme, “Psychological Science for All.” We are all very excited to explore the many applications of psychology throughout the upcoming year. To introduce the special issue and other future plans, Dr. Gurung kindly agreed to answer the following questions below.

What is the special issue about?

This issue is designed to highlight how psychology is applied in the real world. Many of our field’s most popular areas—clinical, school, Industrial/Organizational, Forensic—are heavily real-world focused. Whether in the realms of health, business, education, or the legal system, psychological science is used for improvement. This special issue is designed to highlight research in these diverse real-world settings. Are you doing research on teaching and learning, customer satisfaction, college mental health, human resource management, or any other realm of day to day life? We want to see it for this special issue.

What inspired you to suggest the topic for this special issue?

One of the most common questions I get as a faculty advisor is “Why should I major in psychology?” Too often students and the general public miss the fact that psychology is everywhere. I realized that part of the problem is that, when psychological science is applied, these applications are often not made explicit. In fact, psychological science is used in business (sales, HR), education, and in many areas of healthcare to name just a few areas.

Whereas only a small portion of psychology students go on to graduate school, all our students aim to enter the workforce. By highlighting the application of psychology, we better prepare our students for the workforce. Even when I teach Research Methods, I find that stressing the application of psychology makes students more willing to tackle the challenges of that course. I began changing my focus in the classroom to focus on stressing applications, and realized that even my research, especially work on teaching and learning, was very applied. This realization fueled a Ted Talk highlighting the application of psychology in life, and more recently led to my editing an Encyclopedia of Psychology Research in the Real World. These diverse factors inspired me to suggest the topic for this special issue.

The special issue will be in direct support of your 2019–20 Psi Chi Presidential Theme, “Psychological Science for All.” It’s still early in the year, but do you have any ideas for other programs, content, etc. that you would like to see as a result of this theme?

My goal is get psychological science out to people in every realm of life. You do not need to have gone to college or graduate school, or be working in psychology to benefit from psychological research. Psychology permeates every aspect of our lives but as a field we have successfully impressed this fact on the lay public. I am planning a series of webinars, social media campaigns with viral-worthy short videos, info graphics, and coordinated regional programming to highlight the benefits of psychology for daily life. I will focus on some key areas such as learning, coping, relationships, and productivity to focus the utility of psychological science (e.g., “Psych hacks for learning; Psych hacks for productivity).

You are a coauthor/faculty mentor on two separate student manuscripts currently undergoing the peer-review process for potential publication in Psi Chi Journal. What has your experience been like so far?

I can think of few better learning experiences for students than preparing their research for publication in the Psi Chi journal. Not only does each submission get a thorough APA style edit, the student is provided with precise guidance on how to write better. The reviewers are cognizant of student authorship and are constructive in their critiques, and the editors take pains to make the submission experience a growth experience. This involves detailed feedback and measured tone. My students and I have been impressed with both the speed and quality of reviews, and the help and support received through the entire process.

Why should a researcher want to be published in this special issue, or for that matter, in any issue of Psi Chi Journal?

This issue is especially geared toward any psychological scientist who is interested in explicitly applying psychology to real-world issues. Many colleagues work in applied settings and many more take pains to ensure their research can change how we live our lives. This special issue will highlight such efforts. This issue may be especially attractive to student researchers who enjoy seeing the applicability of psychology to everyday life.

The Psi Chi Journal is a flagship for our honor society and can serve as an inspiration to members at every level of their career but especially in the early years. Showcasing exemplary member research to inspire and motivate additional work, the journal should be on every members’ reading list. What better reasons to strive to be published in it?

Psi Chi’s mission statement is “Recognizing and promoting excellence in the science and application of psychology.” Why is the word application an important part of this statement?

Without applying knowledge, we fail to capitalize on the fruits of years of theoretical advances and a rich body of work that can change the very quality of our lives. The inclusion of this word is a stark reminder that, although we honor excellence, we go beyond just adulating robust theory, designs, and execution of research to ensure that the valuable outcomes serve to advance human functioning, happiness, productivity, and health. This special issue is designed to catalyze the application of psychology.

Do you have suggestions to help psychologists ensure that their research goes beyond academic publications and is ultimately applied in the real-world settings?

Publishing in a peer-reviewed journal has been a key goal for psychologists and is a worthy and established benchmark for science. It should not be the only venue to share research. With the increased usage of social media, podcasts, and blogs, psychologists have different venues to share their published work. We need to better leverage applications such as Twitter and podcasts to share psychology. Although Facebook is slowly becoming passé, it is still an easy way to share psychological research in an easy to digest and access format. I personally work to also publish in newspapers, outward facing outlets such as Psychology Today, and even appear on national public radio. For ideas on where and how to get out science, some of my outreach efforts can be seen HERE.

Anything else that you’d like to add?

This special issue provides an invitation to think about how you apply psychology and perhaps catalyze new research programs or chapter activities aimed to directly applying and measuring the utility of applying psychological science.

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