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Faculty Sponsors

Most of the grants available to Psi Chi members at the undergraduate or graduate student levels require faculty sponsors. Faculty sponsors work alongside students, guiding their research and serving as mentors for the length of the research project. Finding someone to serve as your faculty sponsor may seem like a daunting task, but you have some valuable tools that will help.

Here are some tips on finding a faculty sponsor:

  1. Fully describe the research project you want to do. If you approach someone with a half-formed idea, chances are you will get a half-enthusiastic response. If you aren’t sure how to develop your idea, figure out what you do know, put together a list of questions and seek advice on how to proceed.
  2. Once you have a fully developed idea for a project, start looking for a faculty sponsor. Begin by talking to your Psi Chi chapter faculty advisor, even if you don’t think that he or she would be a good fit. Your faculty advisor is experienced and, at the very least, can suggest other people you may want to speak to.
  3. Look at the grants available and become familiar with those you think you may apply for. Some of them include a stipend for the faculty sponsor.
  4. Use the network that is available to you! The Psi Chi LinkedIn group is a great place to ask for help in finding a sponsor. Many of the members have applied for grants, and many are qualified to be faculty sponsors. If you are not a member, consider requesting membership. All members can start discussions, and the community is usually happy to help.
  5. Consider reaching out to faculty members of universities near you. There is no harm in placing a few phone calls and doing some networking. Even if you don’t find a sponsor, you will likely make some good connections.
  6. Search for faculty members in your geographic area or who have included the subject area of your research in their list of interests.
  7. Get in touch with the people listed on this page. They may not be near you, or their research interests may not align with yours, but they have served as faculty sponsors and will be able to give you some good advice.

Faculty Sponsors
Pamela Ansburg
, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Contact information: (303) 556-5631,

Research interests: The effects of aging on cognition, problem solving, and memory. 

Keywords: cognitive, neuropsychology, lifespan
Jessica Borelli
, PhD
Pomona College

Contact information: (909) 607-3757,

Research interests: Investigation of the relationships between parents and children. 

Keywords: clinical, developmental, physiology, child, adolescent, lifespan
Travis Crone
, PhD
University of Houston–Downtown

Contact information: (713) 221-8995,
Research interests: Social cognition, goals, implementation intentions, how individuals perceive religious relationships

Keywords: cognitive, religion, social
Joy Drinnon
, PhD
Milligan College
Contact information: (423) 461-8661,
Research interests: The effects of a home repair ministry (Appalachian Service Project) on the physical and psychological health of the low-income residents of Central Appalachia who receive assistance. 

Keywords: clinical, developmental, physiology, child, adolescent, lifespan
Mindy Erchull
, PhD
University of Mary Washington
Contact information: (540) 654-1557,
Research interests: Feminist identity, division of labor, parenting, objectification and sexualization of women, and menstruation.
Keywords: gender, health, social
Cynthia Erickson
, PhD
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Contact information: (720) 233-2054,

Research interests: Neuroscience and psychology: learning and memory, brain changes during learning, the effects of aging on memory

Keywords: animal behavior, experimental, learning, memory, neuropsychology, physiology
James Gross
, PhD
Stanford University

Contact information: (650) 723-1281,

Research interests: Emotion and emotion regulation

Keywords: clinical, experimental, adult
Robert Morrison
, PhD
Loyola University Chicago
Contact information: (312) 498-2312,
Research interests: Relational learning and reasoning, executive functions, knowledge, and the neural networks of the brain. 

Keywords: cognitive, neuropsychology, lifespan
Phillip Atiba Goff, PhD
University of California, Los Angeles
Contact Information: (310) 206-8614,
Research interests: Mental representations of stigmatized groups, intersectional identities, and policing and criminal justice.
Keywords: cultural diversity, experimental, GLBT, gender, quantitative methods, personality, social


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