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Sweet, Lawrence

Lawrence Sweet

Sweet, Lawrence

Guy R. Sperduto Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests include brain-behavior relationships among clinical populations using multi-sequence structural, and functional neuroimaging methods

Rebecca Matthew, a Winner of the President’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program

Congratulations to Rebecca Matthew, an Affiliate of OIBR and assistant professor in the School of Social Work is the Principal Investigator for her proposal entitled, ” Building a network of cultural liaisons to improve the health and well-being of Athens-area Latinos.

Rebecca’s team was one of twelve winning proposals selected for the President’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant Program and was based on demonstrated potential to address key grand challenges and to generate new external funding in the future. Inclusion of public service and outreach components also was considered, among other criteria.  Congratulation Rebecca and team!

Another major accomplishment from Affiliate Jennifer Elkins, Fellows Steve Kogan & Jody Clay-Warner and former GDP David Okech

Research team consisting of Affiliate Jennifer Elkins, Fellows Steve Kogan & Jody Clay-Warner, former GDP David Okech, and Dr. Pippim were awarded the President’s Interdisciplinary Seed Grant (PISG) to conduct research on Community-based Participatory Research to Reintegrate Female Victims of Trafficking West Africa. Their research aim is to design and test evidence-informed intervention and reintegration programs for female victims of trafficking worldwide. Their collaborators in Ghana include the University of Ghana, Lifeline-a residential facility for female victims of trafficking as well as a local key informant who is a link between the team and the Government of Ghana. The PISG will enable them to conduct 150 quantitative interviews with trafficking survivors and 50 qualitative interviews with key informants. The interviews will be conducted this summer (2017). Congratulations OIBR team!


Jennifer Elkins, Affiliate
Jody Clay-Warner, Fellow
Steve Kogan, Fellow

8 OIBR Fellows and Affiliates receive faculty Promotions

Congratulations to all of our Fellows and Affiliates on their Faculty Promotions:


  • Jayani Jayawardhana to Associate Professor
    College of Pharmacy, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
  • Nathan Nibbelink to Professor
    Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources, Forestry & Natural Resources


  • Rebecca Lieberman-Betz to Associate Professor
    College of Education, Communication Sciences and Special Education
  • Nathan Carter to Associate Professor
    Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Psychology
  • Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn to Associate Professor
    Grady College of  Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Joe Phua to Associate Professor
    Grady College of  Journalism, Advertising and Public Relations
  • Jennifer Elkins to Associate Professor
    School of Social Work, Social Work
  • Yoon Joon Choi to Associate Professor
    School of Social Work, Social Work

    Source: UGA Office of Faculty Affairs, April 3, 2017

OIBR Speed Networking Event, April 18, 2017, 4-6pm

In response to consistently positive feedback about our “speed research dating” at our annual retreat, we have decided to organize a more targeted OIBR Speed Networking Event on Tuesday, April 18 (4-6pm). This event is designed for those of you actively seeking research collaborators and/or new research opportunities.

We are also encouraging you to “bring a faculty friend” (that is not currently affiliated with OIBR). If you know someone that might benefit from affiliating with the Institute, is doing research in the social & behavioral sciences, and/or is looking for research collaborators/new research opportunities, please bring them with you. Note- you do not have to bring another faculty member to attend this event, but more guests = more collaborating opportunities.

For more information and to RSVP, contact Andrea Horsman@

Justine Tinkler to speak at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine March 28, 2017

OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program participant and current Affiliate, Justine Tinkler, has been invited by the National Academies of Science to speak at an upcoming workshop on the impact of sexual harassment and academia in Washington, D.C..  They have asked her to present her own research on the unintended consequences of harassment training. Congratulations Dr. Tinkler!

More information on the workshop can be found here: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine