About Us

The Company

PsychData was founded in 2001 with a mission to empower the social science research community to conduct research with confidence and ease. PsychData is the best online data collection tool used by all researchers in the field to easily design online and mobile surveys and collect data. In 2022, PsychData became part of the Divergent Web Solutions enterprise. Divergent Web Solutions is a full solution online services company for market research, hosting, social and online presence, website development and management. Their partner, Elite Research, supports global researchers with any phase of the research process. Together their mission is to empower researchers through their design & planning, collection, analysis, reporting, and results dissemination.


Dr. Rene Paulson is the Founder of Elite Research and Divergent Web Solutions. Their main goal is to provide scientific and technical support to institutions seeking collaborative expertise across academic business functions including research and evaluation, program design, marketing and advertising, informational systems and technologies, operations and strategic planning, and finance. Her personal research has been dedicated to attitude and behavioral change in relation to minority groups and women in STEM. She earned a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in experimental psychology from Texas Christian University after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree from Ohio University. She holds memberships for several professional organizations, including Association for Women in Mathematics, American Evaluation Association, and the American Statistical Association. Examples of her conference presentations include the Joint Statistical Meetings and the Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research. In the fall of 2015, she earned an honorary Doctor of Community Leadership degree from Franklin University for her dedicated work in the field.


Support and expertise to PsychData is powered by graduate level support from the teams at Divergent Web Solutions and Elite Research.

Ad Hoc Support

Contact [email protected] to purchase additional support with a request for services in virtual real time such as:

  • survey design review
  • sampling frameworks
  • custom tutorials
  • targeted analysis
  • research design
  • instrument validation
  • data validity
  • table creation
  • technical reporting
  • workshops and training

Our Members

PsychData attracts a diverse community of members from across the globe including students, faculty, administrators, clinicians, and independent researchers. Our members use PsychData to conduct a full range of research including brief surveys, dissertations, and complex, grant-funded studies with thousands of participants. We are an approved vendor for some of the worlds most prestigious research institutions and each of our customer relationships is built with genuineness, honesty, and responsiveness.

Our Technology

  • PsychData is a professionally developed and maintained web presence utilizing state-of-the art technology that combines parent-level, centralized database architecture with strict security policies and procedures. As a result, our services meet and exceed industry standards for Internet security as well as IRB policy for the protection of research participants. Click here to view our Security Statement.
  • A redundant, high-bandwidth, private transport network provides worldwide network connectivity for PsychData. This network has demonstrated 99.999% availability, which means that the network will be down no more than 5 minutes in one year.
  • Our servers are housed in a secure data facility that is monitored 24/7 by network operations professionals for all aspects of operational security. Biometric/intrusion sensors, card readers, personal identification numbers, and environmental sensors are used to ensure server integrity and safety. Redundant HVAC systems ensure an optimized operational environment.
  • Server power is provided by a redundant, multi-stage, uninterruptible system. Even in the event of a catastrophic commercial power failure, diesel generators seamlessly provide backup power.

Statement of Digital Accessibility

PsychData.com is committed to providing survey tools through their website that are accessible to their workforce and customers, regardless of technology or ability. We are actively working to increase the accessibility and usability of our website and in doing so adhere to many of the available standards and guidelines such as the World Wide Web Consortium’s (W3C) Web content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1). We aim to make this website as accessible as possible at all times.

If you have an accessibility question or suggestion, please use our contact form to reach us.

In a Nutshell

If you are looking to conduct online research, be it a brief survey or a complex study, PsychData provides the most professional solution. Work less, produce more, and feel confident that PsychData is powering your online research for you. Create an account and try us out, for free, today.


"I would recommend using PsychData for any online data collection... I would use the service again and definitely recommend it to others!"

—Melissa McGhee, M.A.,
   Doctoral Student,
   The University of Memphis

"PsychData is an exceptional product complete with excellent support...."

—J. Scillitoe,
   Doctoral Candidate,
   Rutgers University