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Faculty Sponsors

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, ansburg@msudenver.edu
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, jessica.borelli@pomona.edu
Lab: http://research.pomona.edu/carelab/
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, cronet@uhd.edu
Website: https://www.uhd.edu/academics/humanities/undergraduate-programs/psychology/Pages/bio-cronej.aspx
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, jrdrinnon@milligan.edu
Website: http://www.milligan.edu/riseabove/
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, merchull@umw.edu
Website: https://www.umw.edu/directory/employee/mindy-erchull/
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, cerick21@msudenver.edu
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, goff@psych.ucla.edu
Lab: https://www.psych.ucla.edu/
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, gross@stanford.edu
Lab: http://spl.stanford.edu/
Research interests: Emotion and emotion regulation
Keywords: clinical, experimental, adult


Robert Morrison, PhD

Loyola University Chicago
Contact information: (312) 498-2312, rmorrison@luc.edu
Lab: http://www.canlab.org
Research interests: Relational learning and reasoning, executive functions, knowledge, and the neural networks of the brain.
Keywords: cognitive, neuropsychology, lifespan


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