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Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award

Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award


The Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award annually recognizes and awards one faculty advisor who exhibits enthusiasm for and commitment to students, psychology and Psi Chi's purpose: "to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of the individual members in all fields, particularly psychology, and to advance the science of psychology". The Awards are intended to perpetuate the faculty advisor, to identify a faculty advisor as role models for others, and to promote the purposes and mission of Psi Chi.

Who is Florence L. Denmark?

A pioneer in the field of the psychology of women, Florence Denmark made an international impact as a speaker, writer, and teacher. She funded this award for Psi Chi faculty advisors who make outstanding contributions to the organization and the field of psychology.


A custom engraved plaque and $1,000 is awarded to the winning faculty advisor, and $1,000 is awarded to the advisor’s chapter..


Applications are due to the application portal by April 1.

The application portal will open 30 days before the deadline.

During the time the application portal is closed, the program details of the previous round may be viewed by clicking the Preview/Apply button below.

2019-2020 Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award


Allison Vaughn, PhD

San Diego State University

Dr. Allison Vaughn is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University where she has served as the faculty advisor for Psi Chi since 2012. Her research focuses on social relationships, stigma, and health and she teaches graduate and undergraduate courses as well as TA development across the university.

2018-2019 Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award


Jamie S. Bodenlos, PhD

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Dr. Jamie S. Bodenlos received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. She earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Louisiana State University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is currently an Associate Professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS) in Geneva, NY and has been a faculty member there since 2009. Dr. Bodenlos is a licensed clinical psychologist who has published 44 journal articles in the areas of mindfulness, eating behaviors, obesity, and health disparities. She has had dozens of students collaborate with her on research, resulting in conference presentations and peer-review publications (with 17 different undergraduates). In 2018, she was awarded Fellow status within the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Dr. Bodenlos is currently a member of the Education, Training and Career Development Councils in both the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. In 2014, she worked to establish the first Psi Chi chapter at Hobart and William Smith Colleges and has held the position of faculty advisor ever since. In 2017, HWS won a model chapter award and one of her students was awarded the Mamie Phipps Clark Diversity undergraduate research grant (2017-18).

2018-2019 Regional Faculty Advisor Awards


Veda Charlton, PhD

University of Central Arkansas

Veda Charlton was born in East Texas, completed her Bachelors and Masters degree at Utah State University, lived in San Diego, CA, and is Clinical Instructor II at the University of Central Arkansas. Academically, she teaches and advocates for the psychology of women, with an emphasis on sexual assault.

The Regional Advisor Award from Psi Chi might have my name on it, but it is really a recognition of our officers, chapter members, and faculty. It is such a privilege to work with the chapter officers at UCA and to experience the academic and leadership opportunities Psi Chi provides.


John Edlund, PhD

Rochester Institute of Technology

Dr. John E. Edlund is an associate professor of psychology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Dr. Edlund has served as the faculty advisor of the RIT Psi Chi chapter since its chartering in 2016, and he serves as the Psi Chi Research Director. His research interests are diverse ranging from studying romantic relationships, stereotypes and prejudice, and meta-science issues.

The regional advisor award reflects more on the chapter itself than it does me or my co-advisor. The students’ that I work with are a true joy and they are incredibly motivated to make the world a better place.

Melinda A. Leonard, PhD

University of Louisville

Dr. Melinda Leonard is Associate Professor and Faculty Director, International Service Learning & Research Program in the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of Louisville, Kentucky. Her research and community engagement interests focus on combining multicultural peace studies and social/cognitive research to enhance personal, family, and community relations.

It is an honor to be awarded the Psi Chi Regional Faculty Advisor Award. I am proud to serve the students at the University of Louisville and appreciate that our officers and members have consistently worked as a cohesive team. These students have enriched my personal and professional life.

2017-2018 Florence L. Denmark Faculty Advisor Award


Jennifer Hughes, PhD

Agnes Scott College

Dr. Jennifer Hughes is a Professor of Psychology at Agnes Scott College where she has served as advisor for Psi Chi for the past 20 years. She enjoys working with the officers and members to host service projects, social events, and inductions. She also organizes several departmental events each year to promote psychology student engagement on campus. Her research focuses on positive psychology at work, the psychological and physical effects of commuting, and dual-income couples. Besides publishing and presenting her own research, she has co-authored research papers with 162 students. That work has resulted in 30 published journal articles (including 15 in the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research), 137 presentations at national and regional conferences, and 132 presentations at Agnes Scott’s research conference. She has been involved with the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research since 2002 and has been an Associate Editor since 2015. In addition, she received the Mentor Award from SEPA in 2014 and has received several other awards for teaching, academic advising, and club advising.

Previous Regional Faculty Advisor Award Winners


Emily Keener, PhD

Slippery Rock University
2017-18 Eastern Region

Dr. Emily Keener, a feminist psychologist, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Slippery Rock University. Committed to gender inclusive language, Dr. Keener uses they/them/their pronouns. Dr. Keener researches gender roles and teaches courses in gender and methodology. Dr. Keener is engaged in feminist advocacy for which the SRU President’s Commission on Women awarded them the 2016 “Woman of Distinction” award. They were inducted to Psi Chi in 2003 as an undergraduate student at Wheeling Jesuit University and Dr. Keener has served as the faculty advisor of the SRU Psi Chi chapter since Fall 2013. In this time, they have served as a Psi Chi reviewer and as a peer reviewer for the Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research. Additionally, they received Psi Chi’s Faculty Research Grant (2014). Dr. Keener’s Psi Chi chapter won the Eastern Regional Chapter (2016-2017) award and the Model Chapter Award (2014–15 & 2016–17). Dr. Keener is passionate about mentoring the Psi Chi members for leadership and engaging them in community service that connects to the psychological science students learn in the classroom.

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