Affiliates

OIBR Affiliates represents a wide range of faculty members and research staff from departments across campus. Anyone with a Behavioral/Social Science component to their research who wishes to submit grants through the Institute and/or be included in communications about upcoming events and research related topics may request to be an Affiliate of OIBR.

Abney, Drew
Assistant Professor, Psychology
2020-22 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Aletraris, Lydia
Associate Research Scientist, School of Social Work
Program Coordinator, African Programming and Research Initiative to End Slavery
Assistant Director, Center for Research on Behavioral Health and Human Service Delivery
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Research Interests: Substance use; Treatment utilization and delivery; Cannabis legalization; Workforce and organizational issues; Inequality; Hard-to-Reach populations

Anastasopoulos, Jason
Assistant Professor, Political Science & Public Administration and Policy
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Research Interests:  American Politics; Bureaucracy; Bayesian Statistics; Machine Learning; Casual Inference

Arroyo, Analisa
Associate Professor, Communication Studies
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Body image issues; Psychological well-being; Mental health; Health related outcomes of communication; Body Communications

Bagwell Adams, Grace
Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management
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Research Interests:  Health policy; Program Evaluation; Food insecurity; Maternal/Child health.

Bailey, Lynn
Department Head and Professor, Foods and Nutrition
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Research Interests:  Folate status and metabolism; Maternal health; Fetal development

Baker III, Thomas
Professor, Kinesiology (Sport Management)
2013-15 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Branding legality; Brand equity; Image rights; Advertising regulations; Social media; Sexual violence in youth sports

Baldwin-White, Adrienne
Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  Gender based violence; Sexual assault prevention; Sexual assault on college campuses; Measurement and program development

Barger, Michael
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
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Research Interests:  Motivation; development; STEM education; Parents; Teaching

Berkemeier, Molly
Assistant Professor, International Affairs
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Research Interests:  International security; nuclear politics; leaders, alliances and trust

Bradford, W. David
Professor, Public Administration and Policy
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Research Interests:  Time and risk preferences; Health care related decisions; Behavioral economics; Consumer choice

Brickman, Peggy
Professor, Plant Biology
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Research Interests:  Teamwork; Feedback; Workplace; Teaching; Literacy; Motivation

Bub, Kristen
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
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Research Interests:  Social competence; Self-regulation; Executive function; Early childhood; Research methods

Cacciatore, Michael
Associate Professor, Public Relations
2018-2020 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests: Media depictions of science and risk issues; social media; and media communication process

Cagliani, Rachel
Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Special Education
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Research Interests:  Autism Spectrum Disorder; Communication; Behavior analysis

Calhoun, Karen
Professor Emerita, Psychology
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Research Interests include causes, consequences and prevention of sexual aggression, PTSD and risk revictimization and characteristics of sexually aggressive men

Caplan, Mary
Associate Professor, School of Social Work
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Research Interests:  Consumer debt/credit; Social policy; Poverty; Economic survival strategies

Card, Noel
Professor and Department Head, Human Development and Family Science
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Research Interests:  Peer Relations; Aggression; Meta-analysis; and Longitudinal modeling

Carswell, Andy
Professor, Financial Planning, Housing & Consumer Electronics
2019-2021 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Housing counseling; sprawl/growth management initiatives; residential mobility programs; predatory lending & mortgage fraud; affordable lending programs and access to financing

Chen, Zhuo “Adam”
Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management
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Research Interests:  Mental Health; Health Economics; Health Disparities; Obesity; Noncommunicable Diseases

Clack, Lesley
Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management
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Research Interests:  Healthcare management; Organizational behavior and culture, Strategy, Human resources, Teamwork, Leadership, and Health informatics

Clark, Malissa
Associate Professor, Psychology I/O
2014-16 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Workaholism; Work/family conflict; Enrichment; Employee health and well-being; Gender; Mood/emotions

Clay, K. Chad
Associate Professor, International Affairs
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Research Interests:  Human rights; Political processes; Policy outcomes; Advocacy; Economic and Labor rights

Cobb, Ryan
Assistant Professor, Sociology
2020-22 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Race, ethnicity, aging, and health

Cobran, Ewan
Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Health services; Comparative effectiveness; Cancer screening, prevention and outcomes; Survivorship; Large data analysis

Cooper, Jamie
Professor, Foods and Nutrition
Director, UGA Obesity Initiative
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Research Interests:  Human health and Chronic disease risk reduction

Cotterell, Michael
Lecturer, Computer Science
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Research Interests:  Computer Science Education, Open Science, Functional Data Analysis

Cotwright, Caree
Assistant Professor, Foods and Nutrition
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Research Interests:  Wellness best practices; Childhood obesity prevention; Early childhood obesity; Nutrition intervention

Coverdill, James
Professor and Department Head, Sociology
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Research Interests:  Professions; surgeons; medical education; work hours; fatigue

Crepaz, Markus
Professor, Political Science and International Affairs
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Research Interests:  European politics; Comparative political economy; Immigration; Research design; Political institutions; Political development

DeMeester, Karen
Public Service Assistant, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
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Research Interests:  Decision making; Designing methods/instruments for collecting data; Translating data into actionable findings

Dunnigan, Allison
Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  Macro- and mezzo- level child welfare structural factors of youth and family outcomes; Policy and practice interventions

Elkins, Jennifer
Associate Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  Sexual abuse; Child maltreatment; Multigenerational trauma; Violence and loss; PTSD; Trauma related disorders

Emerson, Kerstin Gerst
Clinical Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management
2019-2021 GDP Participant; Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Loneliness and social engagement as a public health issue among older adults

Evans, Ellen
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, College of Education
Professor, Kinesiology
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Research Interests:  Weight management; Exercise; Physical activity; Aging; Women’s health; Clinical trials

Evans, Nate
Associate Professor, Public Relations
2019-2021 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests: Health communication; consumers interaction; and processing of messaging

Fields-Smith, Cheryl
Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education
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Research Interests: Family involvement Multicultural learning; Homeschooling; African American families

Fiorella, Logan
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
2016-18 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Instruction; Problem solving; STEM Education; Multimedia learning; Learning strategies

Fisher, Sycarah
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
2020-22 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Minority Health; Implementation Science; Substance Abuse; School-based Interventions

Franic, Duska
Associate Professor, Clinical & Administrative Pharmacy
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Research Interests:  Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs) including quality of life, contingent valuation of willingness to pay studies; Methodological issues surrounding various methods of patient preference measurement (or quality of life)

Fusco, Rachel
Associate Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  New mothers with opioid use disorders; Treatment adherence; Safe parenting

Futris, Ted
Professor, Human Development & Family Science
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Research Interests: Couple relations; Co-parenting; Relationship enrichment; Marriage; Marital quality, Marital stability

Gay, Jennifer
Associate Professor, Health Promotion
2018-2020 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests: Physical activity; children; adolescents; occupational health; growth & maturation; and measurement & methodological issues

German, Laura
Associate Professor, Anthropology
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Research Interests:  Land and environmental governance, property rights, sub-Saharan Africa.

Gibbs, Jeremy
Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests: Sexual minority youth; Behavioral health outcomes; Technology and health research; Religious identity dissonance; Spatial analysis; Social network analysis.

Graizbord, Diana
Assistant Professor, Sociology
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Research Interests:  Sociology of science; Political sociology; Globalization; Development and Social change; Culture

Grossman, Gary
Professor, Animal Ecology
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Research Interests:  STEM education; Community and population ecology; Education; Learning

Haas, Brian
Assistant Professor, Psychology
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Research Interests:  Social and affective functioning in humans; Culture; Decision making; Individual differences

Han, Jeong-Yeob
Associate Professor, Advertising
2017-19 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  eHealth communication; Social media; Online communities; Cancer communication; Media effects

Han, Caleb Seung-hyun
Assistant Professor,  Lifelong Learning, Administration and Policy
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Research Interests:  Knowledge Sharing, Organization Learning, Quantitative Research, Social Capital, Social Network Analysis

Harrison, Ashley
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Autism; Eye-tracking; Cross-cultural; Attention; Global

Himelboim, Itai
Associate Professor, Advertising
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Research Interests: Computer-mediated social networks; Political communication; International communication; News

Holloway, Steven
Department Head and Professor, Geography
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Research Interests:  Urban nature; Race; Racialization; Inequality; Housing; Labor

Jaskyte Bahr, Kristina
Associate Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  Nonprofit organizations; Organizational culture; Cross-cultural studies; Individual creativity

Jin, Yan
Assistant Department Head and Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Grady College, Public Relations
2016-18 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Crisis communication; Risk communication; Social media; Health communication; Strategic conflict management; Information dissemination

Julian McFarlane, Soroya
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
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Research Interests:  Health communication; health disparities; culture; new prevention technologies; participatory research methods

Knapp, Nancy
Associate Professor, Career and Information Studies
Adjunct Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
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Research Interests:  Literacy instruction; Reading development; Libraries; Pedagogy; Education for educators

Kopcha, Theodore
Associate Professor, Career and Information Studies
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Research Interests: Embodied cognition; multimodal analysis; embodied interaction; STEM education

Koss, Kalsea
Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science
2018-2020 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Social & biological processes; life course; biological embedding; social environmental experiences; health and well-being

Krimm, Hannah
Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences and Special Education
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Research Interests:  Social & biological processes; life course; biological embedding; social environmental experiences; health and well-being

Lai, Ming-Jun
Professor, Math
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Research Interests:  Multivariate splines; Wavelets; PDE

Lei, Man Kit (Karlo)
Assistant Professor, Sociology
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Research Interests:  Social Determinants of Health and Aging; Quantitative methods; Neighborhood studies; Criminology

Len-Rios, Maria
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Professor, Public Relations
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Research Interests:  Inequalities; Public relations; Health communications

Lewis Ellison, Tisha
Associate Professor, Language and Literacy Education
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Research Interests:  Family literacy; Digital literacy; Multimodal literacy; Community literacy; African American families

Lieberman-Betz, Rebecca
Associate Professor, Communication Sciences and Special Education
2014-16 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Early childhood special education; parent responsibility; Communication development; Autism Spectrum Disorder; Developmental disabilities

Limeri, Lisa
Researcher, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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Research Interests:  Undergraduate education; mindset; growth mindset and mentoring

Liu, Jiaying
Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
2018-2020 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Health communication; social psychology; message effects; and computational social science methods

Luft, Julie
Athletic Association Professor, Mathematics and Science Education
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Research Interests:  Teacher education; STEM education; Science education; New teachers; Professional development

Ma, Ping
Professor, Statistics
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Research Interests:  Biojnformatics, imaging, functional data analysis, big data analytics, high performance computing

Marcotte, Anne
Professor, Communication Sciences & Special Education
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Research Interests:  Evidence-based practice; Speech-language pathology; Stuttering; Academic Administration

Matthew, Rebecca
Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  Community health; Latinos; Well-being; Worker-owned Cooperatives

McAndrews, Laura
Assistant Professor, Textiles, Merchandising and Interiors
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Research Interests:  Global apparel supply chain; Organizational dynamics; Living with disabilities; Clothing-related barriers

McNulty, Thomas
Associate Professor, Sociology
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Research Interests:  Race; Ethnicity; Inequality; Crime and law; Deviance

McPherson, Jane
Assistant Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  Social work; Global engagement; Maternal/child health; Community engagement; Arts-based

Metzger, Isha
Assistant Professor, Psychology
2017-19 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Treatment modification; Cultural sensitivity; Mental health disparities; Adolescents

Miller, L. Stephen
Professor and Department Head, Psychology
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Research Interests:  Cognition; Function; Neuroimaging

Monahan, Jennifer
Associate Dept. Head, Communication Studies
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Research Interests: Alcohol, social interaction, substance abuse, interpersonal communication and health communication

Mote, Thomas
Distinguished Research Professor, Geography
Associate Dean, Franklin College for Arts and Sciences
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Research Interests: Meteorology; Climatology; Hydroclimatology

Mowbray, Orion
Associate Professor, Social Work
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests: Substance use treatment initiation; Implementation of evidence-based practices

Muilenburg, Jessica
Professor, Health Promotion and Behavior
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Research Interests: tobacco cessation in substance abuse treatment facilities, tobacco use in adolescents and young adults, tobacco disparities in African Americans, substance abuse, adolescent risky behaviors

Mustard, David
Professor, Economics
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Research Interests:  Microeconomics; Crime; Gambling; Law; Gun control; Merit-based aid

Nazarea, Virginia
Professor, Anthropology
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Research Interests:  Development; Knowledge distribution

Nelson, Don
Associate Professor, Anthropology
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Research Interests:  Vulnerability and adaptation studies; Food and water security; Global climate and environmental change; Land-use and land-cover change; Water governance and ethics; International development

Nesbit, Rebecca
Associate Professor, Public Administration and Policy
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Volunteerism; Public policy; Non-profit sectors; Influences on volunteers; Motivations

Nowak, Glen
Professor, Grady Center for Health and Risk Communication
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Research Interests:  Vaccination; Infectious Diseases; Health Communication; Risk Communication; News Media; Advertising

Orland, Brian
Professor, College of Environment + Design
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Research Interests:  Environmental perception; Natural environment; Decision making; Serious games; Computer visualization

Outland, Neal
Assistant Professor, Psychology
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Research Interests:  Teams; networks; nonlinear dynamics; computational models

Owsiak, Andrew
Associate Professor, International Affairs
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Research Interests:  Countries fighting one another; Peaceful relations; Ending conflict

Panetta, Edward
Department Head, Communication Studies
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Research Interests:  Competitive policy debate; Political controversies

Perri III, Matthew
Professor and Associate Department Head, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
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Research Interests:  Policy evaluation; Opioids; Patient outcomes

Phillips, Bradley
Milliken-Reeve Professor & Department Head, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
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Research Interests:  Translational Sciences, Sleep Apnea, Cardiovascular, Obesity

Phua, Joe
Associate Professor, Advertising
2014-16 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests: Communication technologies; Social media; Public health; Obesity; Smoking

Pjesivac, Ivanka
Associate Professor, Journalism
2019-2021 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests: Media effects; International and cross cultural communication; Virtual reality journalism

Quinn, Shannon
Assistant Professor, Computer Science
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Research Interests:  Distributed computing; Deep learning; Computer vision; Bio-imaging; Public health informatics; Bio-surveillance

Rajbhandari-Thapa, Janani
Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
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Research Interests:  Policy; Program planning and evaluation, Application of behavioral economics; Childhood obesity; Food behavior

Robinson, Michael
Associate Professor, Social Work
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Research Interests:  Photovoice; African Americans; Youth; Police encounters

Rosenzweig, Emily
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
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Research Interests:  Achievement motivation; Motivational interventions; STEM education; Values; and Adolescence

Sabatinelli, Dean
Associate Professor, Psychology
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Research Interests:  Anxiety; Brain Connectivity; Depression; Functional Imaging; Sex Differences

Safadi, Hani
Assistant Professor, Management Information Systems
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Research Interests:  Healthcare IT; Open-source organizing; Social media; Online Communities

Sattler, Lilian
Assistant Professor, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
Assistant Professor, Foods and Nutrition
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Food insecurity; Cardiovascular health; Health services

Seock, Yoo-Kyoung
Professor, Textiles, Merchandising & Interiors
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Research Interests:  Consumer psychology and behavior, cross-cultural study, adolescents’ behavioral study

Seponski, Desiree
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Culturally Responsive Therapy; Responsive methodologies; Southeast Asia families; Trauma

Shannon, Jerry
Associate Professor, Geography
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Research Interests:  Community engaged research; Food security/Food access; Housing; Urban development; Critical GIS

Shannon, Sarah
Associate Professor, Sociology
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Research Interests:  Inequality; Family; Life course; Aging; Crime; Law; Deviance

Sheagley, Geoffrey
Assistant Professor, Political Science
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Research Interests:  Political psychology; political polarization; decision-making; political knowledge

Shockley, Kristen
Associate Professor, Psychology
2017-19 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Work-family conflict; Dual-earner couples; Occupational health psychology; Mentoring

Skinner, Allison
Assistant Professor, Psychology
2019-2021 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Transmission of social bias and prejudice among both children and adults

Slatcher, Richard
Professor, Psychology
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Research Interests:  Social relationships; health & well-being; asthma; and psychoneuroimmunology

Stanton, Julie
Associate Professor, Cellular Biology
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Research Interests:  Metacognition, Students of color in STEM, Qualitative methods

Stotz, Sarah Ann
Instructor, Foods and Nutrition
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Research Interests:  Food insecurity; Chronic disease management and prevention; Nutrition education; Qualitative

Suveg, Cynthia
Associate Professor, Psychology
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Research Interests:  Family processes; Child anxiety; Developmental Psychopathology

Taylor, Melisa Cahnmann
Professor, Language and Literacy Education
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Research Interests:  TESOL, Bilingual Education, Foreign Language Education, Poetry, Theatre

Thomas, Kecia
Senior Associate Dean, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
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Research Interests:  Workplace diversity; STEM

Thompson, Jennifer Jo
Associate Research Scientist, Crop and Soil Sciences
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Research Interests:  Food systems; Social justice; Policy outcomes; Risk perception; Sustainable food

Tinkler, Justine
Associate Professor, Sociology
2013-15 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Social psychology; Law; Sexual misconduct; Policy; Gender; Race

vanDellen, Michelle
Associate Professor, Psychology
2013-15 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Self-regulation; Health behavior change; Self-control; Motivation; Individual differences

Wang, Shiyu
Assistant Professor, Educational Psychology
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Research Interests:  Latent variable modeling; Adaptive design; Educational measurement; Statistics; Psychometric

Warmath, Dee
Assistant Professor, Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Eceonomics
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Research Interests:  Well-being; Financial decision-making; Decision skill; Overconfidence; economic empowerment

Washington, Tiffany
Associate Professor, Social Work
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests:  Health disparities; Disease self-management; Older Adults; Dementia care giving; Intervention research; Implementation science

Webb Williams, Nora
Assistant Professor, International Affairs
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Research Interests:  Images; trust; economic resilience; social movements

Wojdynski, Bart
Associate Professor, Journalism
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Research Interests:  Design; Visual attention; News; Advertising; Effects of images on persuasion

Whalen, Chris
Professor, Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Research Interests:  Tuberculsis and HIV

Wright, Theresa
Sr. Public Service Associate, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
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Research Interests:  Evaluation; Performance measurement; Survey research

Yao, Xiaobai Angela
Professor, Geography
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Research Interests:  GIScience; Urban Growth and Transportation; Public Health; Data Analysis and Modeling; Geocomputation; Qualitative GIS

Ye, Kaixiong (Calvin)
Assistant Professor, Genetics
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Research Interests: Human Genetics; Nutrition; Direct-to-consumer Genetic Testing

Yli-Piipari, Sami
Associate Professor, Kinesiology
2017-19 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests: Obesity; Motivation; Physical activity; Serious games; Wellness; Exercise

Young, Henry
Associate Professor, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
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Research Interests:  Health outcomes; Minority populations; Under served populations

Zhong, Wenxuan
Professor, Statistics
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Research Interests:  Biojnformatics, imaging, dimension reduction, big data analytics, high performance computing