Lillian Eby

Lillian Eby, Ph.D.

Director, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
Professor, Department of Psychology
Fellow, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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255A Brooks Hall  |  706-542-7011


Lillian has been a faculty member in the Industrial-Organizational Psychology Program at UGA since 1996 and was appointed Director of OIBR in 2013. In her role as Director she provides strategic direction for the Institute, advocates for social and behavioral science research at UGA and externally she implements innovative programs to enhance grants administration and interdisciplinary research at UGA. She also oversees the OIBR Grantsmanship Development Program, leads faculty retreats, chairs the OIBR Executive Committee, interfaces with the Vice President for Research, Deans, Department Heads, and Faculty, and serves as an advocate for faculty affiliated with OIBR. Dr. Eby’s own scholarship focuses on occupational health psychology, organizational mentoring, and the intersection of work and family life. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and co-edited 3 books, and has a longstanding history of grant support from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

Phaedra Corso

Phaedra Corso, Ph.D., MPA

Associate Director, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
UGA Foundation Professor of Human Health, Department of Health Policy and Management
Director, Economic Evaluation Research Group, Department of Health Policy and Management
Fellow, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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252E Brooks Hall  |  706-713-2708

Dr. Phaedra Corso, PhD, MPA, is the UGA Foundation Professor of Human Health and Director of the Economic Evaluation Research Group in the College of Public Health at UGA. She also serves as the Associate Director for the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research at UGA. Dr. Corso is known both nationally and internationally for her research in economic evaluation and economic impact assessment, primarily in the areas of violence, substance abuse and obesity prevention. From 1991-2006, she conducted health economics research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), developing a primer on how to conduct economic evaluation for public health interventions. During her time at CDC, she held a variety of positions, including senior health economist for the Guide to Community Preventive Services, senior health economist for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, and acting Branch Chief in the Division of Violence Prevention. In 2006, Dr. Corso joined the faculty at UGA, taking a leadership role as the first founding Head of the Department of Health Policy and Management. Dr. Corso currently serves as PI or Co-Investigator for multiple projects funded by NICHD, NIDA, NIMH, NIJ, CDC, and Georgia’s state health department. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from UGA (1991) and a doctoral degree in health policy from Harvard University (2000).


Kim Cherewick

Kimberly Silvis Cherewick

Assistant Director
255D Brooks Hall   |   706-542-6078

Kim Cherewick’s career at the University of Georgia has been research oriented since she graduated with a B.A. in December 2001.  Her first job as a Research Technician with the Center for Research on Behavioral Health and Human Services Delivery within the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research launched what has now been over a decade-long career in research administration at the University of Georgia.

As the current Assistant Director of the Owens Institute for Behavioral Research, and a Decentralized Limited Signatory Authority for the University of Georgia Research Foundation, Kim is responsible for working closely with the Director and Associate Director to oversee all operations of the Institute:  Research,  Personnel, Financial, Strategic Planning, and  Faculty Development Programs.

In addition, Kim acts as Research Administration Manager, supervising both pre- and post-award activities while working closely with the OIBR Grants Coordinator and Business Managers and she remains proactively involved throughout the life of the research projects.

Kim takes great pleasure and pride in the opportunity to provide extensive service to University of Georgia faculty, both emerging and eminent scholars, in pursuing their goals of inquiry.  She is excited to lead the OIBR team as we implement new ideas to increase trans-disciplinary collaboration and outreach across the University of Georgia and beyond.

Steve Kogan

Steve Kogan

Director of Faculty Development, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Fellow, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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