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Regional Faculty Advisor Awards

Regional Faculty Advisor Awards


To annually recognize one exemplary faculty advisor in each region who best achieves Psi Chi's mission.


A custom engraved plaque and $500 is awarded to the winning faculty advisor.


Emily Keener, PhD

Slippery Rock University-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.

Allison Vaughn, PhD

San Diego State University-Western Region
Dr. Allison Vaughn is an Associate Professor at San Diego State University and has served as faculty advisor since 2012. In that time, the SDSU Psi Chi chapter has won the Psi Beta/Psi Chi Collaboration Grant, the Model Chapter Award and the Kay Wilson Officer Team Leadership Award. Dr. Vaughn teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods and health psychology and her program of research focuses on social relationships, stigma, and health.

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