Physical Health and Well-being

Analisa Arroyo

Arroyo, Analisa

Associate Professor, Communication Studies
2015-17 GDP Participant, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | arroyo@uga.edu

Research Interests include intergenerational transmission of body image issues and its relation to mental and physical health outcomes (e.g. depression, eating disorders, overweight/obesity, exercise, dieting, etc.) among grandmother-mother-daughter triads

Steven R.H. Beach

Beach, Steven R.H.

Regents’ Professor, Psychology
Co-Director, Center for Family Research
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
2023 OIBR Service Legacy Award Recipient
website | srhbeach@uga.edu
Research Interests include preventive intervention, epigenetic processes, family health, and marriage
Malissa Clark

Clark, Malissa

Associate Professor, Psychology 
website | clarkm@uga.edu

Research Interests include workaholism, employee well-being, work-family dynamics, and burnout

Caree Cotwright

Cotwright, Caree

Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences
website | cjcot@uga.edu

Research Interests include childhood obesity prevention, nutrition intervention, sugar sweetened beverages, and wellness best practices

Lillian Eby

Eby, Lillian

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

Research Interests include occupational health, relationship science, mentoring, and mindfulness

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Ehrlich, Katie

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

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

Fazlul, Ishtiaque

Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management and International Affairs (Jointly)
website | ifazlul@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Health economics; Education economics

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Gay, Jennifer

Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Behavior
website | jlgay@uga.edu

Research Interests include physical activity, social environment, physical environment, and coastal resilience

Geier, Charles

Professor, Human Development and Family Science
website | Charles.Geier@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Cognition, Computational Methods, Diversity, Emotion, Experimental Methods, Food & Nutrition, Mental Health, Mental Illness and Disorders, Networks, Neuroscience, Obesity, Physical Health and Well-being, Psychophysiology, Risk Behaviors, Substance Use and Addiction, Youth, Adolescence, and Emerging Adulthood

Gibbs, Daniel

Assistant Professor, School of Social Work
website | dangibbs@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Child well-being; Professional decision-making; Foster care; Data science; Social work and the law

Jeong-Yeob Han

Han, Jeong-Yeob

Associate Professor, Advertising
website | jeonghan@uga.edu

Research Interests include eHealth communication, social media, online communities, cancer communication, and media effects

He, Yimin

Assistant Professor, Psychology
website | yiminhe@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Culture, Mental Health, Networks, Organizations, Physical Health and Well-being, Survey Methods, Work and Occupations

Jo, Jeyeon
Assistant Professor, Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors 

website | jeyeonjo@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Computational Methods, Exercise, Physical Health and Well-being, Work and Occupations

Mu, Lan

Professor, Geography
website | mulan@uga.edu

Research Interests include:  Bias, Discrimination, and Inequality, Computational Methods, Environment and Ecosystems, Food & Nutrition, Geographic Information Systems, Mental Health, Physical Health and Well-being, STEM

Justin Lavner

Lavner, Justin

Associate Professor, Psychology
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
2022 OIBR Rising Star Award Recipient
2015-17 GDP Participant
website | lavner@uga.edu

Research Interests include couples, families, prevention, health disparities and LGBTQ

Mammadov, Sakhavat
Associate Professor, Educational Psychology

website | smammadov@uga.edu

Research Interests include:  Education and Learning, Emotion, Experimental Methods, Personality, Physical Health and Well-being, STEM, Youth, Adolescence, and Emerging Adulthood

Melcher, Katherine
Associate Professor, College of Environment and Design

website | kmelcher@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Aging and Gerontology, Cognition, Culture, Environment and Ecosystems, Ethnography, Gender, Geographic Information Systems, Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Identity, Mental Health, Obesity, Organizations, Physical Health and Well-being, Policy, Regulation, and Compliance, Prevention and Implementation Science, Youth, Adolescence, and Emerging Adulthood

Catherine O'Neal

O’Neal, Catherine

Associate Research Scientist, Human Development & Family Science
Distinguished Scholar, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
website | cwalker1@uga.edu

Research Interests include life course, cumulative life experiences, health and well-being, adolescent life stage, vulnerable populations, military families; racial/ethnic minorities, and health outcomes

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Padilla, Heather

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavior
website | hmpadilla@uga.edu

Research Interests include evaluation, nutrition, physical activity, worksites, and rural communities

Robertson, Melissa

Assistant Professor, Psychology
website | mrobertson@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Social relationships; Mentoring and supervision; Diversity and inclusion; Health and well-being; Measurement and methodology

Michael Robinson

Robinson, Michael

Associate Professor, Social Work
website | marobi01@uga.edu

Research Interests include social problems, juvenile delinquency, urban communities, young adults, women in recovery, nutrition, self care, and health disparities

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Slatcher, Richard

Gail M. Williamson Distinguished Professor, Psychology
website | richard.slatcher@uga.edu

Research Interests include social relationships, health and well-being, asthma, and psychoneuroimmunology

Tanner, Susan
Associate Professor, Anthropology

website | stanner1@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Chronic Disease, Culture, Ethnography, Exercise, Food & Nutrition, Infectious Disease, Physical Health and Well-being, Prevention and Implementation Science, Risk Behaviors, Survey Methods

Michelle vanDellen

vanDellen, Michelle

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

Research Interests include motivation, self-regulation, smoking, health behavior change, and relationships

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Verma, Amitabh

Associate Professor, Environment + Design
website | averma@uga.edu

Research Interests include drawing, creativity, mental health, urban design, anxiety management, and architecture

Vick, Alfred
Georgia Power Professor in Environmental Ethics, College of Environment and Design

website | ravick@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Environment and Ecosystems, Exercise, Geographic Information Systems, Obesity, Physical Health and Well-being

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Watkins, Kimberly

Assistant Professor, Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics
website | kimberly.watkins@uga.edu

Research Interests include: Bias, Discrimination, and Inequality, Culture, Diversity, Education and Learning, Emotion, Gender, Identity, Marriage, Family, and Close Relationships, Mental Health, Personality, Physical Health and Well-being, Sexuality and Sexual Identity, Social Psychology, Survey Methods

Kandauda Wickrama

Wickrama, Kandauda A.

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

Research Interests include social determinants of health, health inequality across the life course, and racial/ethnical inequalities in mental and physical health of children and adults

Yli-Piipari

Yli-Piipari, Sami

Associate Professor, Kinesiology
website | syp@uga.edu

Research Interests include physical activity, fitness, obesity, and motivation