Our Faculty is comprised of nationally and internationally recognized experts committed to mentoring the next generation of scholars and leaders in the field

Our Expertise

Our faculty includes individuals trained in family science, marriage and family therapy, developmental psychology, sociology, gerontology, outreach/extension, and both quantitative and qualitative methodologies.  Faculty research focuses on every stage of the life span as well as a variety of substantive topics such as:

  • intimate partnerships
  • parenting
  • health disparities
  • minority families
  • military families 

Research Projects

There are many ongoing research projects funded by NIH, CDC, NCI, NIDA, NICHD, DOD, and other federal agencies.  These projects include basic as well as applied research, many with clinical or preventative interventions.

Graduate Faculty

Name Job Title / Department Contact
Diane Bales

Diane W. Bales

Associate Professor and Extension Human Development Specialist

Extension and Outreach, Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Bales is a faculty member and Extension Specialist with expertise in early childhood development. She also directs the Child Life Program.

222 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7566

J. Bermudez

J. Maria Bermudez

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Bermudez is a feminist informed family therapist and researcher who focuses on culturally responsive approaches to therapy, resersearch and clinical supervision.

207 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-3296

Geoffrey Brown

Geoffrey L. Brown

Assistant Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

205 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4897

Chalandra Bryant

Chalandra Matrice Bryant

Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

101 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4164

Margaret Caughy

Margaret OBrien Caughy

Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family Health Disparities

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Margaret Caughy studies how family and contextual processes affect behavioral development and school readiness in ethnically diverse populations.

202 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4899

Ted Futris

Ted G. Futris

Associate Professor and Extension Family Life Specialist

Extension and Outreach, Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Ted Futris is a Certified Family Life Educator and provides statewide support in family life programming.

227 Hoke Smith Annex
300 Carlton St.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-7566

Jerry Gale

Jerry Gale

Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Jerry Gale is Director of the Family Therapy Doctoral Program.

107 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-8435

Hui-Chin Hsu

Hui-Chin Hsu

Professor Emerita

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Hsu studies socioemotional development and parent-child interaction in infancy and early childhood.

108 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4831

Steven Kogan

Steven M. Kogan

Associate Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Kogan teaches and conducts research as part of the HDFS graduate and undergraduate programs.

105 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4844

Denise Lewis

Denise Clark Lewis

Associate Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Denise Lewis is a cross-cultural family gerontologist researching elders' health and wellbeing using qualitative methodologies.

201 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-0254

Jay Mancini

Jay A. Mancini

Adjunct Professor, Former Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

123 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4844

Assaf Oshri

Assaf Oshri

Assistant Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Oshri is a life-span developmental psychologist; areas of interests: early life stress and youth development

208 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4882

Desiree Seponski

Desiree M. Seponski

Assistant Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Seponski’s scholarship is broadly focused on culturally responsive therapeutic intervention processes and outcomes.

203 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4821

Emilie  Smith

Emilie Smith

Janette McGarity Barber Distinguished Professor and Department Head, Interim Graduate Coordinator

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Smith conducts research on family and community-based approaches to prevent youth behavior problems.

123 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4831

Charlotte Wallinga

Charlotte Wallinga

Associate Professor Emerita

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

123 Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4844

Kandauda Wickrama

Kandauda K. A. S. Wickrama

Professor, Georgia Athletic Association Endowed Professor

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. K. A. S. Wickrama holds an Athletic Association Endowed Professorship at the University of Georgia.

103 Family Science Center (House A)
403 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4926

David Wright

David W. Wright

Associate Professor Emeritus

Human Development and Family Science

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

202 Family Science Center II (House D)
405 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-4825

Zolinda Stoneman

Zolinda Stoneman

Director, University Professor

Human Development and Family Science, IHDD

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

River’s Crossing
850 College Station Rd.
Athens, GA 30602
706-542-3457