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Research Opportunities



Each year, Psi Chi's Network for International Collaborative Exchange (NICE) conducts a guided, cross-cultural CROWD research project, which students and faculty, both within the United States and internationally, are invited to join. Benefits of participating include a reduced burden of having to solicit large numbers of participants, increased diversity of study samples, accessible materials and protocols for researchers, and a convenient platform for faculty to engage students in the scientific research process.


Students (undergraduate and graduate), faculty, and staff are invited to join one of two Psi Chi CROWD projects. Becoming a collaborator is free, and Psi Chi will provide all collaborators with the protocol, example IRB, and support throughout. Once you choose a project, your first step is to email Megan Irgens at

Project 1. The International Associations Between Location and Health Project seeks to investigate two questions:

  1. Does the availability of psychological (e.g., lower depression, lower anxiety) and psychosocial resources (e.g., more social support, more resilience, better life quality) predict proximity to country or regional seat of government?
  2. Does the availability of psychological (e.g., lower depression, lower anxiety) and psychosocial resources (e.g., more social support, more resilience, better life quality) predict distance from urban centers in an international sample?

Each collaborator is asked to collect a minimum of 107 participants by May 2020. See the full proposal and additional information on the OSF.

Project 2. MAGIC: Measurement and Assessment of Grief in an International Cross-Cultural Sample has three main research questions.

  1. Does the new International Prolonged Grief Disorder Scale validly and reliably assess disordered grief reactions across international samples?
  2. What are the prevalence rates for ICD-11 Prolonged Grief Disorder in different international samples? What are the prevalence rates for ICD-11 Prolonged Grief Disorder criteria in comparison to existing diagnostic criteria sets and algorithms?
  3. Are symptom profiles of ICD-11 Prolonged Grief Disorder comparable across different international samples?

Each collaborator is asked to collect a minimum of 50 participants by May 2020. See the full proposal and additional information on the OSF.

You are invited to submit a research proposal for Psi Chi's upcoming 2020–21 CROWD project. The NICE committee will select 1-3 collaborative research questions, which will be promoted through Psi Chi in order to generate collaboratively collected data from many locations, all using the same research protocol. Proposals are due summer 2020. View the full instructions.

2018–19. The first-ever CROWD project was "Understanding Family Dynamics in a Cross-Cultural Sample." The proposal was submitted by Mary Moussa Rogers and Cliff McKinney of Mississippi State University, and focused on determining if the Circumplex Model of family functioning fit across cross-cultural samples. Subsequently, researchers were interested in examining how family functioning predicted various outcomes in children (e.g., risky sexual behavior). Over the course of the year-long data collection process, the project amassed over 20 contributors from seven countries (United States and its territory Guam, Iran, China, Switzerland, Nigeria, Turkey, and England) and 4,000 data points. View last year's proposal.


NICE: Connect has partnered with StudySwap, a new website aiming to help initiate collaborations in psychological science. Researchers post brief HAVEs or NEEDs in search of collaborators. Find a project to join post your own! Include “Psi Chi NICE” at the beginning of your project titles so others will know you are participating through this program.

Volunteer With NICE

The Psi Chi Research Advisory Committee is seeking volunteers (students or faculty) who are interested in joining a network of researchers to collaborate on cross-cultural research projects following a crowdsourcing research model. Visit HERE to indicate which area(s) you are interested in and to submit your contact information. For more information, contact NICE Chair Megan Irgens or Psi Chi Research Director Dr. John Edlund. This initiative is open to everyone, regardless of whether your school has a Psi Chi chapter.

Additional Research Opportunities

ManyBabies Consortium

The ManyBabies Consortium is a group of labs interested in studying infant behavior across large samples. We are about to begin our first project, a multisite, preregistered study of the infant-directed speech (IDS) preference. Our multilab approach will allow us to measure the developmental course of the IDS preference and its variation across cultures and languages. To learn more and get involved, please fill out this short form.



The Emerging Adulthood Measured at Multiple Institutions project invites researchers to contribute local samples (80 < N < 150) to an online survey that replicates and extends research questions about Emerging Adulthood. Instructors and their students could use this as course-based research. Contributors will have access to the data upon project completion and will be listed as authors on meta-project manuscript besides other authorship opportunities. Visit the EAMMi2 project page or long invitation.


Crowdsourced Prepublication Independent Replication (PPIR) Project Based in Methods Classes

The Pipeline Project 2 is recruiting graduate and undergraduate methods classes to conduct student replications of unpublished findings volunteered by the original authors. Course instructors and students will receive coauthors on the final project report. If interested, please see HERE.


Many Labs 5

Many Labs 5 will test pre-data collection peer review as an intervention to improve reproducibility. The project will conduct multiple replications of studies from the Reproducibility Project: Psychology, comparing replication rates of studies that have gone through formal peer review to those that have not. Learn how to join HERE.


NSF Summer International-REU

Applicants are sought to participate in a cutting-edge research experience in the current mental health of Ukraine. Students will travel to Ukraine for 2 weeks, then spend 8 weeks at Dordt College (IA), where multidisciplinary groups of students will engage in research under the mentorship faculty.


Collaborative Replications and Education Project (CREP)

Contributors of the first five replications from each CREP selected study will be eligible for a CREP Research Award ranging from $300–$500 (sponsored by Psi Chi and the Center for Open Science, COS). To participate, please contact Jon Grahe at


The $1,000,000 Preregistration Challenge

Preregistration increases the credibility of hypothesis testing by confirming in advance what will be analyzed and reported. For the Preregistration Challenge, 1,000 researchers will win $1,000 each for publishing results of preregistered research. Watch the intro video, explore the background information, and click “Begin a Preregistration” to launch the guided tutorial to plan your next study!


Open Stats Lab is a new, free resource for the teaching of introductory statistics. Unlike the data sets that come included with textbooks, which are sometimes simplistic and uninteresting, OSL activities use the actual data sets from published research and allow students to reproduce the latest findings in psychological science.




Megan Irgens

NICE Chair

If you would like to advertise a research opportunity (either a resource or a study), please prepare two brief summaries. The first summary should be around 250 words targeted at the Research Advisory Committee. Please detail your project or resource, who would benefit from it, any associated timelines, and anything else that may be germane. Also, please prepare a summary with fewer than 50 words meant for inclusion on this Research Opportunities page and distribution via Psi Chi Digest. E-mail both summaries HERE. Upon receipt, the opportunity will be reviewed by the Research Advisory Committee and either advertised or additional information will be sought.

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