» Meet the SPS Staff

Molly McCarty

Director of Pre-Award
Pre-Award Administration
(714) 628-7394

Molly has been with Chapman University for 5 years as a Research Administrator and has over 20 years of experience in the field. She was instrumental in the rollout of the Cayuse Research Suite at Chapman and in her role as Co-Director will continue to improve the Electronic Research Administration for the university. Before joining Chapman University, she was at UCI where she managed both the pre-award and post award functions for the Division of Infectious Disease.  That portfolio included extensive funding from the CDC, NIH, AHRQ, and DOD, as well as multiple clinical trials with various pharmaceutical companies. Molly is an active member of the Society of Research Administrators and is also a member of the National Council of University Research Administrators.

Shawn Scott
Senior Contracts and Grants Administrator (PostAward Financials & Accounting)
(714) 516-5826

Shawn joined Chapman University after having spent 13 years managing all federal funding in Guam Department of Administration’s Division of Accounting where he oversaw all federal expenditures and draws for that organization.  During his time with Guam Department of Administration, Shawn also contributed to their overall process improvement and implementation in areas like proper record keeping and accurate payment and reporting processes.  Shawn will provide SPS financial post-award support to his assigned portfolio, as noted below.  This support will include expenditure review and approval, preparation and submission of financial reports, review and approval of invoices and federal funding draws, and various other duties involved in the financial oversight of sponsored activity.

Molly and Shawn work to support the following:

College of Performing Arts ♦ Dodge College of Film and Media Arts ♦ Institute for Earth, Computing, and Human Observing (ECHO) ♦Institute for Quantum Stidues (IQS) ♦ Leatherby Libraries ♦ Provost Office ♦ Schmid College of Science of Technology ♦ Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences


Morgan Sohrabian 

Director of Post-Award
Post-Award Administration
(714) 628-2816

Morgan Sohrabian has held several positions in sponsored projects including accounts management, sponsored projects analyst, and contracts and grants administrator.  She has completed NCURA certification in post-award accounting and finance and is an active member of the National Council of University Research Administrators and Society of Research Administrators International.   

Megan Faulkner
Research Administrator (PreAward & Non-Financial PostAward)
(714) 516-5459

Megan joined Chapman University in 2019 as the Sponsored Project Analyst for Crean College where she provided both pre- and post-award support to faculty based on her comprehensive knowledge of the research process from initial funding application through final study close-out. In her current role as Senior Research Administrator, Megan provides final review of proposals for compliance with opportunity guidelines and sponsor and University policies and procedures as well as institutional sign-off and submission of proposals, award acceptance and negotiation, subcontract preparation and negotiation, and sponsor communications such as submission of progress reports and prior approval requests. Megan also actively participates in educational/training and process improvement initiatives within the Office of Research & Graduate Education and is an active member of the Society of Research Administrators International and the National Council of University Research Administrators. Prior to joining the Chapman family, Megan spent over 14 years in human subjects research at UCI managing the administrative, logistical, and personnel components of large federally funded projects.   

Morgan and Megan work to support the following:

Brain Institute ♦ Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences ♦ Economic Science Institute (ESI) ♦ Facilities Management ♦ Institutes for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Society (IRES) ♦ Military Law Institute ♦ Office of Research (OOR) ♦ School of Pharmacy (CUSP)


Kristen Edmonds
Pre and Post Award Research Administrator
(714) 516-4577

Kris Edmonds has over 30 years in various industries before joining The University of Arizona as a Grant and Contract Analyst for the Pre-Award Sponsored Projects in 2020. During her time at The University of Arizona she had the opportunity to Coordinate the review process for grant and contract proposals, identifying areas of risk and/or concern and provide recommendations for solutions prior to proposal submission. She was also able to provide guidance with the interpretation of and ensure adherence to sponsor guidelines, university policies, and procedures.   Kris was born and raised in California and relocated to Tucson, Arizona in 2003.

Kris supports the following:

Argyros School of Business and Economics ♦ Attallah College of Educational Studies ♦ Dale E. Fowler School of Law ♦ Fowler School of Engineering ♦ School of Communication ♦ Smith Institute for Political Economy and Philosophy ♦ Thompson Policy Institute (TPI)


Larissa Wong
Research Grants Analyst - Crean
(714) 516-5351

Jason Warner
Research Grants Analyst - CUSP
(714) 997-6841