Information for Researchers

All research in the psychology department must be pre-approved by the campus IRB. All applications for IRB approval from psychology researchers are submitted online. To submit your application please begin here

The psychology department provides a pool of participants for researchers in the department. Once your study has been approved by the campus IRB, please email the SONA system administrator with your request for a researcher account on the SONA System. For verification purposes your request should include full contact information including your name, email address and campus phone and address. If you are a graduate student, your request should also include name and contact information for your graduate advisor and faculty sponsor (if different). The administrator will send you a logon ID and a password that will enable you to create studies to post online. 

Please contact the SONA administrator if you need to preselect participants for your studies. The department has a prescreening questionnaire that can be used for this purpose.

Before you begin your research please visit the campus IRB site to review campus policies.

It is essential that you provide a complete debriefing for every participant. The debriefing should explain the purposes and methods of the study, the results you expect to obtain, how your data will be used, as well as explaining the need for any deception that occurred. Remember that the participants are expected to learn something about psychology from their participation in your research. A full debriefing is essential in achieving this goal.