Using the School of Psychology Research Participant Pool

Qualified student applicants* who plan to use the School of Psychology Research Participant Pool must attach:

  • a signed copy of “Allocation Request for Use of the School of Psychology Research Participant Pool”
  • Any pre-screening survey questions designed to identify characteristics and narrow the field of participants from the full Research Participant Pool If Applicable.

Note that all requirements for Informed Consent remain in effect when using the Research Participant Pool and Informed Consent forms must be included with the IRB application.

Every research study that utilizes the School of Psychology Research Participant Pool must first be approved by the Kean University Institutional Review Board.

The School of Psychology Research Participant Pool

The School of Psychology Research Participant Pool is an administrative mechanism that offers Psychology undergraduate students exposure to a broad range of psychological research as an integral part of their introduction to Psychology. Students enrolled in either PSY 1000 or 2000 are required to earn research credits either by volunteering to participate in various research projects or completing an alternative assignment. This experience is intended to provide students with a broader understanding of research methods, to increase their knowledge of human psychology, and to expose them to research topics that they may want to pursue later in time. Note that students must be 18 years old to take part in the School of Psychology Research Participant Pool.

In accordance with APA Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct, students may opt out of volunteering for research projects. Those students will be given an equitable alternative assignment. A typical alternative assignment will consist of a typed review of a peered reviewed scholarly article that will equal one research credit.

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*Faculty, graduate students and honors undergraduates in the Psychology Department are eligible to use the School of Psychology Research Participant Pool. Questions related to the use of the School of Psychology Research Participant Pool should be directed to Dr. Richard Conti or Dr. Franklin Turner, coordinators.