Social & Behavioral Science Spotlight

  • Jennifer SampOIBR FellowProfessor, Communication StudiesTopic: How COVID-19 and resultant stressors related to meat and poultry distribution are impacting farmers’ mental health and family relationships. According to research by Dr. Jennifer Samp, COVID-19 has been an increasing source of tension for......

  • Kristen BubOIBR AffiliateAssociate Professor, Educational PsychologyTopic:  Impact that COVID-19 has on pre-k children’s school readiness skills as they transition to kindergarten and then through first grade. Dr. Kristen Bub is working with the Clarke County School District to examine the......

  •   Tessa AndrewsOIBR FellowProfessor, GeneticsTopic: How biology faculty made the rapid transition to online instruction during #COVID19 Dr. Tessa Andrews is studying how biology faculty made the rapid transition to online instruction this spring, including what teaching knowledge they leveraged......

  • Janani Rajbhandari-ThapaOIBR AffiliateAssistant Professor, Health Policy & ManagementDirector, Economic Evaluation Research GroupTopic: Corona virus is likely to continue to attack regions and populations in Georgia that have the poorest, overall health. Dr. Janani Thapa is the director of the Economic Evaluation Research......

  • Henry Young, Ph.D.OIBR AffiliateClinical and Administrative PharmacyAssociate ProfessorKroger ProfessorDirector, Pharmaceutical Health Services, Outcomes and Policy (PHSOP)Topic:  Understanding Factors that Contribute to Negative Outcomes in Vulnerable Populations with COVID-19 During this time of social distancing, Dr. Henry Young has implemented distance......

  • Jiaying Liu, PhDOIBR Grantsmanship Development Program participantAssistant Professor, Communication StudiesTopic: How Social Media Exposure Affects People’s Knowledge About COVID-19 In collaboration with a colleague in China, Dr. Jiaying Liu (PI) conducted an online survey and collected a representative sample of......

  • Erin Dolan, PhDOIBR FellowProfessor, Biochemistry & Molecular BiologyTopic: Momentary Assessment of Research Learning Environments Dr. Erin Dolan (PI) was awarded a $1.4M NSF Rapid grant to study the participation of undergraduate research experiences (UREs), including course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs).......

  • Denise Clark Lewis, PhDOIBR FellowAssociate Professor, Human Development and Family ScienceTopic: COVID-19 impact on Cambodian and Laotian families Dr. Denise Lewis (PI) has had more than 20 years of research history with the Cambodian and Laotian communities on the Alabama......

  • Kerstin Gerst Emerson, PhDOIBR Grantsmanship Development Program, Class of 2021Clinical Associate Professor, Health Policy & Management, Institute of GerontologyTopic: How are older adults coping with the COVID-19 restrictions? In March and April Dr. Kerstin Gerst Emerson sent out a survey......

  • Michelle vanDellen, PhDOIBR AffiliateAssociate Professor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences ProgramSocial PsychologyTopic: Psychological reactions to the pandemic Understanding how people react to policies, governmental authorities, and situations can improve implementation of policies. Dr. Michelle vanDellen is leading the PsyCorona project and......

  • Kristen Shockley, PhDOIBR Grantsmanship Development Program Graduate, Class of 2019OIBR AffiliateAssociate Professor, Psychology Dept.Topic: Rapid Transition to Remote Work The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many people into working remotely. Many organizations did not previously have any type of remote work......