Distinguished Scholars

The title “OIBR Distinguished Scholar” is reserved for faculty with current or past grant projects run through the Institute, who seek to be actively involved, and wish to take full advantage of OIBR’s services. Nomination by an active Distinguished Scholar and approval of the OIBR executive committee is required to be granted Distinguished Scholar status.

Abraham, Amanda

Abraham, Amanda

Associate Professor, Public Administration and Policy
Distinguished Scholar, 2014 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | aabraham@uga.edu

Research Interests include Health Policy, Substance Use Disorder Treatment, Accessibility/Quality of SUD Treatment, Organizational Change, Maternal Health

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Ahn, Sun Joo (Grace)

Associate Professor, Advertising
Distinguished Scholar, 2012 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | sjahn@uga.edu

Research Interests include Virtual reality; Persuasion/Behavior change; Risk communication; Media psychology

Dr. Ahn’s Research Video

Aletraris, Lydia

Associate Research Scientist, Social Work
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | lydia@uga.edu

Research Interests: Substance use treatment; Cannabis legalization; Opioid use disorder; Human trafficking; Hidden populations

Tessa Andrews

Andrews, Tessa

Associate Professor, Genetics
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website |  tandrews@uga.edu

Research Interests include STEM Education, Organizational change

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Ardoin, Scott

Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Education, Early College of Education
Professor, Educational Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | spardoin@uga.edu

Research Interests include Reading comprehension; Eye tracking; Classroom behavior management; Academic intervention; Applied behavior analysis

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Beach, Steven R. H.

Regents Professor, Psychology
Co-Director, Center for Family Research
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | srhbeach@uga.edu

Research Interests include Family, Epigenetics, Inflammation, Obesity, Substance Abuse

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Brody, Gene

Co-Director, Center for Family Research
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests include Social determinants of health

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Brosius, Peter

Professor, Anthropology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | pbrosius@uga.edu

Research Interests include environmental anthropology, cultural politics of conversation, political ecology, hunter-gatherers, transnational environmental movements and institutions and human ecology in SE Asia

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Brown, Anita

Associate Director, Center for Family Research
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests include gene-environment interaction and engagement/informed consent issues with regard to collection of genetic material from community samples

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Brown, Geoffrey

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, 2014 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
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Research Interests include fatherhood, parenting, attachment, socio-emotional development, infancy, African American families

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Campbell, Keith

Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | wkc@uga.edu

Research Interests include Personality; Psychedelics; Self

Dr. Campbell’s Research Video

Margaret Caughy

Caughy, Margaret O.

Georgia Athletic Association Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | margaret.caughy@uga.edu

Research Interests include Parenting; Latinx families; Racism; Academic achievement; Mental Health

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Clay-Warner, Jody

Director, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
Meigs Professor, Sociology
website | jclayw@uga.edu

Research Interests include Justice, Violence, Victimization, Experimental Methods, and Gender

Dr. Clay-Warner’s Research Video

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Clementz, Brett

Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | clementz@uga.edu

Research Interests include Psychosis, Classification, Neuroimaging,  and Genetics

Dr. Clementz Research Video

Erin Dolan

Dolan, Erin

Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | eldolan@uga.edu

Research Interests include Research training; Career decision-making; Career development; Mentorship; STEM workforce

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Eby, Lillian

Professor, Psychology I/O
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | leby@uga.edu

Research Interests include Occupational Health, Mentoring, Careers

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Ehrlich, Katherine

Associate Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, 2016 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | kehrlich@uga.edu

Research Interests include stress, inflammation, resilience, social determinants of health

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Fiorella, Logan

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, 2016 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | lfiorella@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Instructional design; Learning strategies; Metacognition; Learning from visualizations

Goodie, Adam

Goodie, Adam

Professor and Department Head, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | goodie@uga.edu

Research Interests include gambling, decision making, psychology, recognition and addictive behaviors

Dr. Goodie’s Research Video

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Holmes, Philip

Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | pvholmes@uga.edu

Research Interests include psychopharmacology, neurobiological mechanisms responsible for stress resilience, brain noradrenergic systems and neurobiological basis of motivation and emotion

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Kogan, Steve

Athletic Association Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | smkogan@uga.edu

Research Interests include family centered substance abuse prevention, alcohol and drug abuse, adolescent risk behavior, and African American men

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Lavner, Justin

Associate Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
2015-17 GDP Participant
website | lavner@uga.edu

Research Interests includes Couples and family relationships; Prevention/Intervention; Therapy; Health inequities; Minority and contextual stress; LGBTQ issues

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Lemons, Paula

Associate Dean, Franklin College
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | plemons@uga.edu

Research Interests includes Learning; Instruction; Problem solving; Institutional change

Dr. Lemon’s Research Video

Jiaying Liu

Liu, Jiaying

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
Distinguished Scholar, 2018 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | jiaying.liu@uga.edu

Research Interests include Health communication; Tobacco control; Neuroimaging method

Julie Luft

Luft, Julie

Athletic Association Professor, Science Education
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website |jaluft@uga.edu

Research Interests include Science Teacher Education; Science Teacher Learning; Newly hired science teachers

McDowell, Jennifer

McDowell, Jennifer

Associate Director, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
Professor, Psychology
website | jemcd@uga.edu

Research Interests include Psychotic disorders; Neuroimaging; Eye movements; Cognition

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Mancini, Jay A.

Adjunct Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | mancini@uga.edu

Research Interests include family stress management, military mental health,the intersections of resilience and vulnerabilities within family and community contexts.

Miller, Joshua

Miller, Joshua

Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | jdmiller@uga.edu

Research Interests include personality assessment and disorders, and antisocial behavior

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Neuharth-Pritchett, Stacey

Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Education
Professor, Educational Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | sneuhart@uga.edu

Research Interests include head start, pre-kindergarten, poverty, early childhood, teacher-child relationships, and asthma

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Nibbelink, Nate

Associate Dean for Research
Professor, Spatial Ecology and Geographic Information Science

Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | nate2@uga.edu

Research Interests include connectivity in landscapes and integration into GIS tools to manage ecosystems

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Okech, David

Professor, Social Work
Distinguished Scholar, 2014 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | dokech@uga.edu

Research Interests include Human Trafficking, Evidence informed policies and programs, Asset development, Community development, Social welfare policy

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O’Neal, Catherine Walker

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | cwalker1@uga.edu

Research Interests include military families; risk and resilience; couples; health

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Orpinas, Pamela

Professor, Health Promotion and Behavior
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | porpinas@uga.edu

Research Interests include preventing family violence, dating aggression, and bullying; improving the lives of immigrant and underserved populations; identifying developmental trajectories of children and youth.

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Oshri, Assaf

Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, 2014 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | oshria@uga.edu

Research Interests include Child Maltreatment, Resilience, Neuroscience, Risk Behaviors

Dr. Oshri’s Research Video

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Phillips, Bradley

Milliken-Reeve Professor & Department Head, Clinical and Administrative Pharmacy
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | bgp@uga.edu

Research Interests include Translational Sciences, Sleep Apnea, Cardiovascular, Obesity

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Robinson, Dawn

Director of Faculty Development, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
Professor, Sociology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | sodawn@uga.edu

Research Interests include Group processes; Social networks

Dr. Robinson’s Research Video

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Roman, Paul

Emeritus Professor, Sociology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | proman@uga.edu

Research Interests include Alcohol; Addiction; Treatment; Workplace; Health services

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Samp, Jennifer

Professor, Communication Studies
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | jasamp@uga.edu

Research Interests include close relationships, family communication, attributions, conflict and violence

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Shaffer, Anne

Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | ashaffer@uga.edu

Research Interests include Emotion communication & socialization; childhood maltreatment; predictors of parenting

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Shockley, Kristen

Associate Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, 2017 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | kshock@uga.edu

Research Interests include Work-family conflict; Dual-earner couples; Occupational health psychology; Mentoring

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Simons, Leslie Gordon

Professor, Sociology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | lgsimons@uga.edu

Research Interests include family, life course, aging, crime and law

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Simons, Ron

Regents Professor, Sociology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | rsimons@uga.edu

Research Interests include social determinants of aging, social context and inflammation, social support and health, and health disparities

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Stanton, Julie

Associate Professor, Cellular Biology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
websitestantonj@uga.edu

Research Interests include Metacognition; Reasoning; Community cultural wealth; Social change; Qualitative methods

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Strauss, Gregory P.

Associate Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
websitegstrauss@uga.edu

Research Interests include Schizophrenia, Psychosis, Neuroscience, Emotion, Reward, EEG, Eye-tracking, and Social Cognition

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Sweet, Lawrence

Gary R. Sperduto Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | sweet@uga.edu

Research Interests include Neuropsychological Assessment, Neuroimaging, Addiction and Disorders of Aging (Cognitive)

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vanDellen, Michelle

Associate Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, 2013 GDP Graduate, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | mvd@uga.edu

Research Interests include Motivation; Health behavior change

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Wickrama, Kandauda A.

Professor, Human Development and Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | wickrama@uga.edu

Research Interests include life course, health outcomes, marriage and work