From the Director

The William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR) is a vibrant interdisciplinary institute that brings together social and behavioral scientists from all across campus to tackle pressing social issues. Over 200 behavioral and social scientists with funding from federal, state, or private agencies are affiliated with OIBR. These scientists, in collaboration with each other and graduate students, are addressing basic and applied cutting edge research questions in the arenas of health, family, education, culture, conservation, and sustainability.

OIBR enhances research in the social and behavioral sciences in a number of ways: mentoring junior faculty in grant writing; offering seminars and colloquia from leading social and behavioral scientists from across the globe; assisting departments in their recruitment efforts; and we also offer comprehensive pre-award and post-award grant support to reduce grant-related administrative burden for investigators.

As you tour our website, I believe you will be impressed by our activities and our contributions to the University of Georgia. These activities and contributions are the result of the hard work of faculty affiliated with OIBR, sustained support from the Vice President for Research, the cooperation of departments and colleges across campus, and the dedication and hard work of the Institute’s support staff.

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Jody Clay-Warner, Director

If you are interested in joining OIBR or learning more about what we do, feel free to contact me directly at