This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
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. 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.
  5. Search for faculty members in your geographic area or who have included the subject area of your research in their list of interests.
  6. 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.

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

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

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

Psi Chi Central Office
651 East 4th Street, Suite 600
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Phone: 423.756.2044 | Fax: 423.265.1529


Certified member of the
Association of College Honor Societies