Research Interests

Judith Aboagye
Ph.D. Student

My research primarily focuses on consumer economic and financial well-being, consumer decision making, and innovative and transformative mobile finance in developing economies. 

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Alex Anderson
Associate Professor

My research focuses on the nutrition of women and infants, infant and young child feeding, breastfeeding promotion and protection, growth of infants and children, body composition of infants, children and pregnant women, as well as community and international interventions for nutrition and health. I have expertise in both qualitative, quantitative and nutritional research methods. I am currently involved in a multi-site research project evaluating parental practices supporting positive eating behaviors during independent eating occassions among early adolescent children. I am also in the early stages of a collaborative study examining barriers to healthy weight management among women of childbearing age in Ghana. For more information, see the Maternal and Child Nutrition Laboratory.

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Patricia Annis
Associate Professor

My primary research area is the development of methods and instrumentation for the analysis of textile materials.  Our laboratory has designed, constructed, and tested a machine called the Robotic Transfer Replicator.  This machine is capable of reproducibly transferring microorganisms, allergens, and other toxic particulates from carpet, smooth floors, upholstery, and drapery to skin-like materials. The data from these transfers are being used to determine how transfer is affected by the properties of the materials and the particulates and microorganisms.  My laboratory also provides various textile analyses for commercial textile firms. 

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Sophia Anong
Assistant Professor

I am very interested in the impact of mobile finance (transfers as well as payments) particularly mobile money through non-bank providers in African countries. This is mostly from the point of view of consumer empowerment in using mobile technology for financial access and transactions. My research interests also include financial knowledge and its impact, and also interrelationships between indicators of financial vulnerability, health-related decisions, and health status and how they vary across socioeconomic groups.

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Stephanie Armes
Doctoral Candidate (MFT Emphasis), Graduate Research Assistant

Previous academic research has focused on military families post-deployment, compassion fatigue in therapists, and problem-solving processes and marital quality of African American married couples over time. Before becoming a graduate student, I participated in community-based research with chronically homeless individuals, which led to support for the development of a homeless shelter in downtown San Diego, CA.

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Peter Attridge
Graduate Student

Peter is interested in replicability in psychological research, Father engagement and developmental outcomes with young children, and Grandparents as primary caregivers particularly with dependents who have mental health diagnoses. 

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Danielle Augustine
Ph.D. Student & Graduate Research Assistant

Danielle Augustine is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Human Development and Family Sciene. She received her Bachelor's degree in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Georgia in 2015. Her research focuses broadly on the impact of immigration on older families. More specifically, she is interested in studying intergenerational relationships within the context of culture. Recently, she analyzed qualitative data gathered from transnational Filipino couples about their migration and settlement experiences in the United States.

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Patryk Babiarz
Assistant Professor

My research interests include household financial well-being, consumer economics, and health economics. In my recent research projects I investigated the impact of college financial aid policy on household portfolio composition, the role of adverse health events on household finances, the impact of intra-household distribution of bargaining power on income protection through life insurance, various aspects of financial literacy and its role on economic behavior, as well as health effects of economic recessions.

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Lynn Bailey
Department Head, Professor

Folate status and metabolism, maternal health, fetal development.

The Folate Research Group conducts clinical research in women of reproductive age to assess the metabolic and epigenetic response to changes in folate intake. The primary objective of the folate-related research studies is to provide research evidence on which revised folate-related public health recommendations can be based. The long-range goal of the Folate Research Program is to optimize maternal health and fetal development and growth.

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Diane Bales
Associate Professor and Extension Human Development Specialist

I conduct applied research to evaluate the effectiveness and short- and long-term impact of outreach programs on early brain development, healthy eating and physical activity for young children, appropriate use of technology in early childhood education, and other topics. 

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APURBA BANERJEE
Graduate Teaching Assitant

Sustainable polymers, biodegradable plastics , polysaccharide based textile printing, smart textiles

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Staci Belcher
Research Professional

Staci is conducting her master's research in the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Lewis. 

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Alison Berg
Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist

Alison's current research involves evaluating community education programs to improve nutrition for the prevention and management of chronic disease, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. 

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J. Bermudez
Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Human Development and Family Science

Latino/a family dynamics, the intersections of race, class, gender, and sexuality among Latinos, narrative family therapy, and feminist informed therapy and research

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Vibha Bhargava
Adjunct Professor

  • Health and Health Care Decision Making
  • Obesity
  • Demand for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Health and Wealth dynamics

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Gajanan Bhat
Georgia Athletic Association Professor of Fibers and Textiles and Department Head

After earning his Ph.D. from Georgia Tech in textile and polymer engineering, Dr. Bhat joined the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) in August 1990, where his research covered nonwovens - melt blown, spunbonded and biodegradable, plastics recycling, nanotechnology, sustainable materials, and high performance fibers. As the director of UTNRL he has focused on production of nanofibers from thermoplastic polymers by meltblowing. Recently he joined UGA as the Head of the TMI department. Dr. Bhat has published more than 200 research papers and has three US Patents. He has served as the president of the Fiber Society and is also an active member of INDA, TAPPI and the Textile Institute. 

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Whitney Bignell
Limited-term Clinical Assistant Professor (Dept. of Health Policy and Management)

Whitney Bignell is investigating the impact of an online collaborative case-based learning curriculum on students' knowledge, skills, and attitudes about obesity prevention and treatment.

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Leann Birch
William P. "Bill" Flatt Childhood Obesity Professor

Leann Birch, Ph.D. is William P. Flatt Professor in the Department of Foods and Nutrition at The University of Georgia. Her research focuses on individual and contextual factors affecting the development of individual differences in the behavioral controls of food intake and obesity risk among infants, children, and adolescents. In recent years, her research has focused on conducting randomized controlled trials, which have been successful in reducing early obesity risk. These interventions, designed to influence maternal caregiving, infant feeding, sleeping, and crying, prevented excessive weight gain in infancy and reduced the prevalence of overweight during infancy and early childhood. She is the author of more than 250 publications and has been awarded more than $30 million in federal research funding. Dr. Birch received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Michigan and served on the faculty at the University of Illinois and the Pennsylvania State University before joining the UGA faculty in 2014. For more information, see the Maternal and Child Nutrition Laboratory.

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Kyle Bower
Ph.D. Candidate

Kyle's research focuses on how marginalized populations, specifically individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender/gender non-conforming (LGBT) negotiate formal and informal care options in late life.

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Don Bower
Professor Emeritus and Extension Specialist

Dr. Bower's research focuses on the effectiveness and impact of a variety of community-based educational outreach initiatives.  In particular, these include parenting education, adolescent development, gerontology, and childhood injury prevention.

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Gene Brody
Distinguished Research Professor of Human Development and Family Science

My research focuses on those family and school processes that are linked with academic and psychosocial competence among children and adolescents.  The contributions of parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, and classroom experiences during elementary and junior high school are of particular interest.

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Geoffrey Brown
Assistant Professor

I am interested in social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood. My research has focused on the ways in which family relationships may mutually influence one another, and the contributions of family functioning to children's early development. I have a particular interest in fathering, and much of my research has explored the development of the early father-child relationship. Past work has examined the correlates of father involvement, paternal sensitivity, and father-child attachment security. Relatedly, I have also explored aspects of triadic (mother, father, and child) family interactions as important contexts for adaptive family functioning and child development. I am also interested in the role that family relationships play in the development of young children’s self-concepts. My current research is examining father-child relationships, emotion socialization, and children’s representations of attachment figures in diverse populations. It is my hope that this work will continue to make important contributions to our understanding of the family system as a crucial context for the social and emotional development of young children from a variety of racial, ethnic, and socio-economic backgrounds.

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Chalandra Bryant
Professor

I am currently examining the marital relationships of newlywed African American couples. The primary goal of this longitudinal research is to examine the effect of social, familial, economic, occupational, and psychological factors on marital and health outcomes, as couples transition through the newlywed phase of their relationships. Given that relatively little is known about (a) the marital relationships of African Americans, (b) the impact of distinct stressors experienced by African Americans, and (c) the interrelationship between health and marriage among African Americans, it is important to conduct a within-group study in order to carefully examine these issues.

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Morgan Bryant
Ph.D. Student/Graduate Assistant

Interest and experience with qualitative and quantitative research methods, particularly focused on social media platforms, and social commerce constructs. Strong emphasis in analytics and research methods, supplemented by 13+ years of prior professional experience in decision analysis and consumer market research. 

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Matthew Carlson
Doctoral Candidate (MFT Emphasis)

Matthew Carlson earned his MS in Family Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 2013.  He has been practicing marriage and family therapy since 2012 and is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist in the state of Georgia. 

Matthew is currently a PhD candidate in the Marriage and Family Therapy program in the Human Development and Family Sciences department at the University of Georgia. 

Matthew’s research focuses on child sexual abuse, sexual revictimization, and family/community contexts.  His mentor is Dr. Assaf Oshri and he is a part of the Youth Development Institute.  

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Andy Carswell
Associate Professor

  • Residential Property Management
  • Homeownership
  • Mortgage Options
  • Mortgage Fraud

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Margaret Caughy
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family Health Disparities

Dr. Caughy’s research combines the unique perspectives of developmental science, epidemiology, and public health in studying the contexts of risk and resilience affecting young children. She is particularly interested in race/ethnic disparities in health and development and how these disparities can be understood within the unique ecological niches of ethnic minority families. Dr. Caughy has been the principal investigator of several studies focused on how inequities in family and community processes affect the cognitive development, socioemotional functioning, and early academic achievement of young children in diverse race/ethnic groups. Another theme of her research has been methodological, specifically methods related to measuring neighborhood context and the utilization of these measures in models explaining child developmental competence using multilevel and structural equations modeling methods. 

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Yasemin Cava Tadik
Ph.D Student & Graduate Researh Assistant

I am interested in family relationships among immigrants, and impacts of father involvement on marital quality among first-time parents. 

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Carolina Cawthon
PhD/DI Student

Carolina is conducting her research in the Gastrointestinal Neurophysiology Lab under the direction of Dr. Claire de La Serre.

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Swarn Chatterjee
Associate Professor, Graduate Coordinator

My research focuses on three primary areas: Performance evaluation across different stages of the financial planning process; Examination of the association between financial well-being, welfare dependency, and health among underserved populations; and Identification of factors that improve financial decision making among transitioning young adults and the elderly households.

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Lauren Coheley
Ph.D. Student

Lauren's research interests include musculoskeletal development, body composition, cardiometabolic health and inflammation. 

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Jamie Cooper
Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator

Dr. Cooper's research encompasses a number of areas ranging from human obesity to athletic performance. Her primary research interests are aimed at addressing metabolic and satiety hormone responses to different nutrients and/or exercise in humans. For more information, see the Human Nutrition Laboratory.

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Caree Cotwright
Assistant Professor

Childhood Obesity Prevention in schools and child care settings, Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Policy, Theater Based Nutrition Intervention

My research agenda focuses on promoting wellness best practices and policies in the ECE setting. The aim of my work is to: 1) assess current wellness practices in the ECE setting; 2) create training and interventions for child care providers and child care food service staff to increase healthy eating, wellness education, and physical activity in the ECE setting; and 3) assist ECE settings with creating wellness policies and plans of action to sustain changes long term. The overall goal of my work is to create healthy ECE environments to prevent obesity in our youngest children ages (0-5), while working to decrease health disparities among low-income and minority populations. For more information, visit the Childhood Obesity/Nutrition Intervention Laboratory.

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Ginnefer Cox Ph.D., RDN
Assistant Professor

Dr. Cox’s research interests include sensory evaluation and product development, with an emphasis on ingredient reduction (sodium, fat, sugar) and utilizing functional ingredients and value-added foods. For more information, see the Sensory Evaluation and Product Development Laboratory. 

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Brenda Cude
Professor, Undergraduate Coordinator

My current research focuses on college students' financial literacy. What makes a college student financially literate? What's the most reliable way to measure their financial literacy? How much difference would having more financial knowledge make for college students' financial behaviors? How do personality characteristics influence students' financial decisions?

I also am interested in research related to online consumer behaviors, consumer information, and consumer policy

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Claire de La Serre
Assistant Professor

Dr. de La Serre investigates the pathways by which diet composition affects energy balance. She is particularly interested in the influence of energy-dense diets on gut microbiota composition, gastrointestinal (GI) functions and inflammation. She studies how changes in microbiota composition can affect gut-brain signaling to promote overeating. Her laboratory uses animal models and studies phenomena from the behavioral aspect to the molecular pathway. For more information, see the Gastrointestinal Neurophysiology Laboratory.

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Jenee' Duncan
Doctoral Candidate

In general, my research interests include couple and marital relationship processes. I am specifically interested in contextual and dyadic influences that promote the formation and stability of healthy marriages among African Americans. In addition, I seek to understand how educational and outreach services can support these unions.

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Erinn Duprey
Ph.D. Student

My research aims to examine the socioemotional outcomes of early childhood adversity, with special attention to mental health outcomes and suicide-related behaviors among adolescents and young adults. A developmental psychopathology perspective is utilized to address these aims, and a multilevel systems approach is integrated in order to consider how biological and contextual processes influence socioemotional development. 

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Heidi Ewen
Assistant Professor

My expertise is in aging-in-place and relocation research; stress, coping, and adaptation; and I have experience with advanced statistics and analyzing longitudinal datasets. I have a background in gerontology and experimental psychology and am trained in psychophysiological experimental methods using a wide array of techniques and instruments. Additionally, I have a graduate certificate in statistics along with my master's and doctoral degrees. I have successfully collected, analyzed, interpreted, presented and published manuscripts on residential relocation, aging, and adaptation to senior housing.  
 

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Lu Fan
Ph.D. Student / Graduate Assistant

My research primarily focuses on information search, household financial decision-making, financial help-seeking behavior, financial literacy and education, and financial satisfaction

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Xi Fang
Ph.D. Student

Xi Fang is conducting her research with Dr. Park looking in phytochemicals and its obesity-preventive and neuro-protective effects using animal and cell model. For information regarding my research, see the Bioactive Compounds and Health Laboratory.

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Andrea Farnham
Doctoral Candidate, emphasis in Family Therapy

Research focuses sexuality and couple relationships as well as the intersection of race, class, gender on the expression of intimacy in close romantic relationships. 

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Kendall Farr
Accelerated MS Student

Kendall is currently working as a research assistant under the direction of Dr. Jamie Cooper in the Human Nutrition Laboratory. The research is focuses mainly on obesity and the effects of different high fat diets on metabolism and hunger/satiety hormones.

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Joan Fischer
Professor Emerita

Dr. Fischer studies the role of bioactive compounds from plant foods in the reduction of oxidative stress and inflammation associated with the development of chronic diseases. For more information, see the Bioactive Compounds and Health Laboratory.

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Megan Ford
Ph.D Student

Megan Ford's research focuses on aspects of financial therapy, and currently, measuring physiological responses of couples in financial therapy.

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Michael Francis
Ph.D. Student

Michael is conducting nutrigenomics research in the Micronutrient Proteomic Research Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Grider.

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Ted Futris
Associate Professor and Extension Family Life Specialist

I research couple and coparenting relationships across various contexts in order to inform the development of educational programs and resources that promote healthy and stable families. As well, I evaluate the efficacy of family life programs in order to better understand educational practices that lead to healthy couple and family relationships.

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Jerry Gale
Professor

PI on a project developing and testing a treatment protocol for an interdisciplinary approach to financial and relational stress. Also doing research on attachment of families with adopted children; meditation and family therapy, and premarital counseling and HIV-AIDS in Black Churches.

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Huipu Gao
Graduate assistant

Polymer, fiber and textile science. 

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Jennifer George
Lecturer

Dr. George's research has focused on the influence of gender role attitudes on the romantic relationships and future aspirations of rural youth. 

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Silvia Giraudo
Associate Professor

Dr. Giraudo directs UGA researchers who are training undergraduate researchers to design childhood obesity interventions while working as counselors at 4-H camps. The three-year Youth Obesity Undergraduate Research and Extension ( Y.O.U.R.E.) fellowship is aligned with the UGA Obesity Initiative. The interdisciplinary team of 10 faculty mentors provide training and guidance to 10 fellows chosen for the program. 

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Joseph Goetz
Associate Professor

My research focuses on financial planning performance and financial therapy; more specifically, within the context of financial planning, I examine the fiduciary standard of care, investment risk tolerance, and pedagogical techniques.

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Lilia Gomez-Lanier
Assistant Professor

My interests focus on the influences that the built environment may have on the learning outcome of students, cultural symbolism, habitats and place identity. Although my studies enphasize higher education students I also conduct research in the areas of elderly housing and healthcare. 

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Jennifer Gonyea
Senior Lecturer

My research encompasses the clinical aspects of my role in the department as well as my role as a faculty member: the practice and supervision of couple and family therapy as well as the scholarship of teaching and learning (pedagogy).

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Matt Goren
Adjunct Assistant Professor

I assess how well financial literacy interventions affect behavior and increase quality of life.

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Rebecca Gould
PhD/DI Student

Rebecca is conducting her doctoral research in the Mechanisms of Aging and Longevity Lab under the direction of Dr. Robert Pazdro.

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John Grable
Athletic Association Endowed Professor of Family and Consumer Sciences

My research interests include financial risk-tolerance assessment, behavioral financial planning, and financial decision making. My work tends to be applied and focused on helping consumers and financial service professionals navigate the increasingly complex financial marketplace. Working with colleagues in the ASPIRE clinic, I am actively engaged in conducting evidence-based research.

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Arthur Grider
Associate Professor

My research areas include cellular and tissue zinc metabolism, proteomic analysis of biological samples, nutritional biomarkers, and plant polyphenol metabolism. For more information, see the Micronutrient Proteomic Research Laboratory.

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Barbara Grossman
Clinical Associate Professor; Director Dietetic Internship Program

Dr. Grossman conducts research in the area of the scholarship of teaching and learning.

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Gail Hanula
Senior Public Service Associate Emerita

I conduct research on the effectiveness of theory-based nutrition education curricula in improving dietary intake and related behaviors.

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Ian Hardin
Georgia Power Professor of Textile Science Emeritus

Enzymatic treatments for textile chemical processing; environmental chemistry; nanotechnical development of fiber surface modifiers, including antimicobials

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James Hargrove
Associate Professor Emeritus

Research interests include health benefits of muscadine grapes and pecans, as well as computer-based modeling of change over time. Dr. Hargrove is not currently conducting laboratory research.

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Judy Harrison
Professor and Extension Foods Specialist

I examine food safety education needs, test materials and methods for delivering food safety education to a variety of audiences and measure the impact of educational programs. 

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Dorothy Hausman
Senior Research Scientist Emerita


Dr. Hausman is part of a multidisciplinary research team examining the impact of maternal obesity on maternal and fetal epigenetic responses to prenatal folic and supplementation and impact on early fetal growth. In this capacity, she is involved in coordinating the clinical aspects of the research and assessment of nutrient biomarkers.  Dr. Hausman has also served as a core lab leader for the Georgia Centenarian Study Program Project, coordinating of nutritional biomarker assessment, and remains involved in data analysis and interpretation regarding predictors of nutritional status in centenarians. In addition, she has assessed vitamin D, vitamin B12/folate and other nutritional biomarkers in children, women of child-bearing age and older adults for collaborative projects both within and outside the FDN department. 

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Ilyar Heydari-Barardehi
Ph.D. Student

  • Family economics
  • Intrahousehold resource allocation
  • Economic issues of marrige and cohabitation
  • Public policy

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Lyndsey Hjelmstad
Ph.D. Student

Antecedents and dyadic outcomes associated with intimate partners' emotion work performance, intimate partner processes and conflict resolution, sibling relationships

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Hui-Chin Hsu
Professor Emerita

I have four primary lines of research. My first line of work relates to mother-child communication, notably individual, developmental, and cultural differences in verbal and nonverbal (e.g., gaze, smiling, and vocalization) processes of communication between mother and child from infancy to preschool age. My second area of research focuses on socioemotional development, with attention paid to the contribution of verbal and nonverbal mother-child communication to the development of social understanding and self-regulation among preschoolers. My third area of research focuses on parenting cognition and emotion, with particular attention to the extent that parenting efficacy and separation anxiety respectively buffers or impedes the effect of child stress reactivity and regulation on parental behavior. My fourth avenue for scholarly inquiry pertains to preterm birth, with a focus on the impact of prematurity on parental cognition and emotion in parenting, infant stress reactivity and regulation, and mother-infant communication.

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Patricia Hunt-Hurst
Associate Dean for Academic Programs

I am a dress and fashion historian. My major research interest is in the area of African and African American dress and textile history. Specifically, my efforts are directed toward the study of the dress of African-American women, 1865-1940 in Georgia and South Carolina and slave clothing and textiles in Georgia and South Carolina. An important aspect of my research includes the documentation of historic apparel and accessories to determine date, regionality, and function. New research areas incorporate the analysis of cultural perception in the fashion marketplace, my specific interest relates to Africa, however, I have been involved in research projects focused on Asia and the United States. Since 1996 I have been actively involved with study abroad programs to London and Ghana. Both offer unique educational experiences to students interested in adding a global perspective to their academic studies.

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Katherine Ingerson
M.S. Student and Peer Nutrition Educator Practicum Instructor

Katherine has conducted research in the UGA Dining Commons under the direction of Dr. Janani Thapa, Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, UGA College of Public Health.

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Julie Jeon
Ph.D. Student

 Research on the protective role of bioactive compounds and their mechanisms of action on human disease.

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Fabiola Jimenez Meza
M.S. Student

In my undergraduate studies I was involved in two different research projects.  The first research project I did in collaboration with another team member.  In this project we reviewed various primary research articles to find an overarching conclusion of the effects of caffeine on hydration status.  The second research project that I did was looking to find if there was a correlation between cooking skills and obesity amongst college students. 

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Mary Ann Johnson
Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition, College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Johnson conducts research and outreach programs for older people to improve dietary habits, physical activity, and self-management of chronic diseases. She also studies centenarians, aged 100 and older. Many of Dr. Johnson's students complete the UGA Certificate of Gerontology to enhance their careers in gerontology and nutrition. Graduates from Dr. Johnson's program work in academia and government, and as dietitians in nursing homes, home health care, hospitals, and community health promotion programs. 

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Lorien Jordan
Doctoral Canidate

My core focus is centered on my belief in social justice and the social resposibility that therapists have in advocating for our clients, ourselves and our profession. As a result, the basis of my research and clinical work stems on understanding and deconstructing structured and systemic inequalities that are created and perpetuated through policy and their effects on family well-being. Clinically, this is evidenced in my interest in delivering meaningful services for typically marginalized populations and stigmatized relationship systems.

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M.J. Kabaci
Lecturer

Financial Literacy of College Students, Personal Finance Employee Education

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Annika Karlsen
Graduate Research Assistant

Annika Karlsen is a second year doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia. She earned her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2016. Ms. Karlsen is currently working in the CARE (Couples and Relationship Enrichment) Laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Ted Futris. She also serves as the Co-President of the HDFS Graduate Student Organization. 

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Sepideh Kaviani
Ph.D. Student

Sepideh is working as a research assistant in Dr. Cooper's lab. Their research mainly evolves around obesity along with hunger/satiety hormone responses to certain diets.  

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Amy Kay
Clinical Assistant Professor (Director of Child Development Lab)

My research has focused on the relationships established between families and teachers/homes and schools by co-creating a dialogic bridge.

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Jiyoung Kim
Ph.D. Student

Jiyoung is currently conducting a research at gastrointestinal neurophysiology under the direction of Dr. Claire de la Serre. 

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Victoria King
PhD Student

My research has explored what are the active ingredients that make up a successful and enduring marital and family relationship.  Specifically I have examined the effects of varying stressors, communication styles, health behaviors, and emotional processes on relationships.  

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Elizabeth Klingbeil
PhD/DI Student

Elizabeth Klingbeil is conducting her research in the Gastrointestinal Neurophysiology Lab under the direction of Dr. Claire De la Serre.

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Steven Kogan
Associate Professor

Dr. Kogan's areas of research include African American men's sexual health and substance use in emerging adulthood and evaluating family-centered alcohol prevention programs for rural African American youth. His research includes conducting randomized prevention trials and logntiduinal studies of development.

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Joan Koonce
Professor & Extension Financial Planning Specialist

My research examines several areas of family financial planning, financial behavior of youth and family communication about finances, and low-income consumers and poverty.

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Melissa Kozak
Lecturer; Undergraduate Program Coordinator

I research pedagogy through a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) lens. This allows me to implement pedagogical strategies and systematically explore their effectiveness. Past research in this area includes peer review on research papers. I am actively researching the use of alternative texts (novels) in Human Sexuality across the Lifespan. I am interested in also exploring the impact of internships on students and am currently developing an interdisciplinary project around this topic. In the past, I explored family and community involvement through school gardens, looking at funds of knowledge and environmental literacy.

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Stephen Kuzniak
Ph.D Student

My research focuses on Behavioral Economics, Risk Tolerance and Assessment, Financial Therapy, Financial Decision Making, and Popular Consumer Finance.

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Emma Laing
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of Dietetics

My research projects focus on osteoporosis and obesity prevention and related health outcomes. My expertise is in the area of imaging techniques for assessment of bone health and body composition and employing dietary and physical activity interventions to optimize the health and wellbeing of children. Results from these studies lead to determining the efficacy of relatively simple and inexpensive approaches to improve health during childhood that will in turn reduce the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood. For more information, see the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory.

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Melissa Landers-Potts
Lecturer

Dr. Landers-Potts is interested in how socioeconomic status and overall access to tangible resources and social capital influences the success of children as they grow--particularly as it relates to their educational outcomes.

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Carol Laws
Assistant Clinical Professor / Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Pre-Service Education

My research focuses on the enhancement of the quality of community-based supports for adults with disabilities through workforce development. 

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Jung Sun Lee
Professor and Faculty of Gerontology

My research examines nutritional health issues in low-income population with a focus on food insecurity, food environments, healthcare utilization, program evaluation of community-based nutrition interventions, and nutrition policy. My research uses multidisciplinary approaches, and both quantitative and qualitative research methods. I have been conducting studies to better understand the extent and nature of food insecurity, to improve the capacity of food and nutrition assistance programs, and to establish research methodology and datasets to examine the nutrition issues in human services including aging services, healthcare, and public assistance to meet the needs of low-income Georgians. For more information about my research and the UGA SNAP-Ed project, visit the Community Nutrition Laboratory.

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Sunhye Lee
Ph.D. Candidate

My research interest is to investigate the effects of dietary interventions on glucose homeostasis and inflammatory status associated with the gut microbiota alteration.

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Denise Lewis
Associate Professor

My research examines influences of culture and cultural dissonance on marginalized populations with a particular focus on elderly individuals and their families. As a qualtiative methodologist, I employ methods grounded in anthropology, gerontology, and family science. I maintain a global focus by examining intergenerational relationships of families in the US, Cambodia, and other regions of Asia and Southeast Asia. Multiple graduate and undergraduate students engage in research on aging and sexuality, end of life caregiving, generativity among LGBT families, the role of transmigration on family relations, resilience and well-being, and household production of health. More information can be found on the web page of my research lab: LIFE Lab http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/research-life-lab

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Richard Lewis
UGA Foundation Professor in Family and Consumer Sciences

Dr. Lewis is Director of the Bone & Body Composition Laboratory at The University of Georgia and serves as principal investigator for research projects focused on osteoporosis prevention, primarily targeting pediatric populations. His laboratory investigates the roles of macro- (protein) and micronutrients (vitamin D, zinc), physical activity, and obesity on bone development during growth. Because obese children are at greater risk for fractures than normal weight children, his team examines the impact of obesity and associated cardiometabolic risks on bone quality. He utilizes numerous imaging instruments to assess bone quality such as dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), peripheral quantitative computed tomography (pQCT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The goal of his research is to discover relatively simple and inexpensive approaches to improve bone strength during growth and prevent osteoporotic fractures later in adulthood. For more information, see the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory.

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Sihong Liu
Ph.D. Student & Graduate Assistant

Sihong is currently a second-year accelerated docoral student in the Human Development & Family Science program at the University of Georgia. Sihong has research interests in the effect of family adversity, stress and risk on children's development and psychological health, as well as resilience. 

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Linda Lyons
Lecturer

Research areas of interest include Architectural History, Historic Preservation, and Sense of Place issues. Recent projects include identifying community landmark properties that are suitable for adaptive reuse through respectful rehabilitation. 

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Jay Mancini
Adjunct Professor, Former Haltiwanger Distinguished Professor

Dr. Mancini researches the intersections of resilience and vulnerabilities within family and community contexts. Active research projects included quantitative studies on adolescents in military families, as well as whole-famiily research, also focused on military families. Dr. Mancini's theorizing focuses on families within the context of communities.

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Jaclyn Martin
M.S. Student

Jaclyn's research interests include the effects of polyunsaturated fats on inflammation and gene expression.

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Briana Martinez
Instructor

My research focuses on m/e-commerce, consumer behavior, and current trends in retailing.

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Teresa Mauldin
Associate Professor Emeritus

I conduct research on the economic well-being of families and households, specifically savings behavior and financial hardship of low to moderate income housholds, economic consequences of cohabitation, divorce and single-parenthood, and poverty dynamics.

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Laura McAndrews
Assistant Professor

Laura's reserach focus is in the global apparel supply chain and organizational dynamics. In addition, she has begun to research inclusive design for people living with disabilities, who struggle with clothing-related barriers.

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Clair McClure
Lecturer

My research on how Athens area fashion boutqiues use social media relates to the retailing and entrepreneurship courses I teach in addition to providing valuable connections for our fashion merchandising internship program. I also conduct resarch on pedagogy technologies which enhance the learning experience for fashion merchandising students. 

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Katalin Medvedev
Associate Professor

Dr. Katalin Medvedev is an international dress and fashion scholar.

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Sergiy Minko
Georgia Power Professor of Fiber and Polymer Science

Nanostructured materials, responsive materials, biomaterials, biointerfaces, functional fibers and textiles

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Carla Moore
Assistant Professor and Extension Nutrition Specialist

Dr. Moore's research interests include psychosocial and environmental determinants of health behaviors and health disparities, with an emphasis on obesity treatment and prevention.

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Diann Moorman
Associate Professor

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Bankruptcy
  • Low-income households
  • Single-parent households
  • Teenage-mother households

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Rebecca Mullis
Professor Emerita

My work focuses on preventing chronic disease,especially obesity and cardiovascular disease, in individuals, groups and populations. My recent work has been in evaluating school-based interventions for low income and minority youth. I am currently involved in a school and community based intervention in Colquitt County, GA and a clinic-based intervention in Athens, GA.

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Sharon Nickols
Professor Emerita

History of home economics/family and consumer sciences

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Megan Oed
Ph.D./MFT Student

My research interest include attachment, child development, and effective training and supervision methods for marriage and family therapists. 

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Catherine ONeal
Assistant Research Scientist

Dr. O'Neal's major research interests include development over the life course and cumulative life experiences that are influential in health and well-being outcomes. Her research focuses primarily on the adolescent life stage and unique populations typically deemed as vulnerable, such as miltiary families and racial/ethnic minorities as well as longitudinal data sets that allow the exploration of precursors to positive health outcomes.

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Assaf Oshri
Assistant Professor

I am interested in studying how interactions and coactions among child personality, psychopathology, genetic and biological markers underlie the link between chronic stress in childhood (e.g., child maltreatment, poverty, cultural stress) and adolescent health risk (e.g. substance use and sexual risk behaviors) and resilience. I hope that knowledge generated by my research would inform intervention and prevention programs, as well as promote resilience among children and adolescents at risk.

I also direct the Youth Development Institute (YDI); On Twitter: @YDIatUGA 

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Lance Palmer
Professor

Dr. Palmer's research seeks to identify effective ways of motivating financial behavior change through brief intervention strategies. He is currently focused on developing brief interventions that are informative, scalable, and can easily be integrated into the income tax preparation process. The design and format of the brief interventions are informed by research findings from behavioral economics and behavior change theory, as well as evidenced-based counseling practices such as Solutions-Focused Brief Coaching.

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Hea Jin Park
Assistant Professor

My research focuses on bioactive food compounds and vitamins and their mechanisms of action on obesity and obesity-related diseases such as Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. For more information, see the Bioactive Compounds and Health Laboratory.

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Chad Paton
Assistant Professor

My research is focused on the role of functional foods and nutritional factors that regulate metabolic activity. We are actively investigating compounds that act as ligands for DNA-binding transcription factors to alter epigenetic regulation of metabolism. We use molecular biology and biochemistry to understand how macronutrient metabolism is regulated in cell and animal models. For more information, visit the Epigenetic and Molecular Models of Metabolism Laboratory.

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Robert Pazdro
Assistant Professor

We are using a diverse set of biological and genetic techniques to better understand longevity, aging, and the onset of age-associated diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Our studies are conducted in mice, which are exceptional models because they share a high degree of genetic similarity with humans, exhibit short life spans, and enable investigators to efficiently control environmental factors - among them is diet. The long-term goals of our research are to enhance knowledge of aging as a biological process and to develop novel interventions that promote healthy longevity.

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Mark Pettit
Graduate Research Assistant

Previous research has primarily focused on sexual perpetration and higher education. Many projects on sexual perpetration explored the effectiveness of bystander intervention trainings and the reduction of rape myth acceptance. These projects have specifically targeted at-risk populations (i.e. Greek organizations, athletic teams, etc.). Research on higher education was an evaluation and comparison of the higher education systems in the United States and Germany.

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Debbie Phillips
Apartment Industry Liaison to FACS

  • Resident Satisfaction Employee Engagement
  • Leadership
  • Resident Satisfcation in Residential Property Management

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Kristine Polley
Ph.D. Student

Kristine is conducting her doctoral research in the Human Nutrition Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Jamie Cooper. Her research is currently focused on obesity and the effects of different high fat diets on metabolism and hunger/satiety hormones.

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Jaleesa Reed
Graduate Student & Teaching Assistant

My research interests revolve around retail, consumers of beauty products, and how women of color navigate retail space while negotiating their identity. 

Master's Thesis: The Beauty Gap: Black women and the Relationship between Beauty Standards and their Decision to Purchase MAC Cosmetics

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Shaquinta Richardson
Ph.D. Candidate (MFT)

My research focuses on families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the intersections of race and gender.  My work centers the experiences of people with disabilities and the marginalization and oppression within society. I examine the various relationships within a family and the processes that shape individual and family development while also acknowledging the marginalization of intersecting identities.  

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Tom Rodgers
Professor Emeritus

  • Workforce housing
  • Barriers to developing affordable housing
  • Community and economic development
  • Manufactured housing

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Liana Rodrigues
PhD/DI Student

Liana is currently conducting her doctoral research in the Human Nutrition Labortory under the direction of Dr. Jamie Cooper. Liana's previous research focused on the influence of afterschool nutrition education on low-income middle school students.

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Emily Rollins
MS/DI Student

Emily Rollins is conducting her master's research in the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory under the direction of Dr. Lewis. 

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Michael Rupured
Senior Public Service Associate and Extension Financial Management Specialist

Evaluates the effectiveness of financial education programs on program participants.

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Mike Ryan
Ph.D. Student

Research interests include price elasticity of demand, demand for higher education, and utility maximization.

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Raha Saremi
Ph.D. Candidate

My research is interdisciplinary by nature owing to the combination of textile science, material science, chemistry, biotechnology, and ecology.

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Elisabeth Sattler
Assistant Professor

Dr. Sattler has an international background in pharmacy, nutrition, and aging, and conducts patient-oriented research aimed at understanding and improving disparities in cardiovascular health, and interdisciplinary approaches to CVD disease prevention and management at large. Research methodologies used in her lab include epidemiological studies and clinical trials. 

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Ruth Schade
Accelerated MS Student

Ruth is conducting research in the Gastrointestinal Neurophysiology Lab under the direction of Dr. Claire De la Serre.

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Emily Selph
MS/DI Student

I am conducting my master's research under the direction of Dr. Alison Berg, a UGA Extension Nutrition and Health Specialist. As her graduate research assistant, I help to facilitate evidence-based community programs related to chronic disease prevention and weight management education. 

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Yoo-Kyoung Seock
Associate Professor

Multi-channel retailing including social media marketing; Cultural aspects of cconsumer psychographics and behaviors; Sustainability issues in retailing and consumer behaviors

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Desiree Seponski
Assistant Professor

My scholarly interests are in the field of marriage and family therapy, specifically critical couple, family. and societal programs including family health, immigration, family diversity, and trauma. My research is broadly focused on culturally responsive therapeutic intervention processes and outcomes (US, International: Cambodia, Southeast Asia), with particular interests in immigrant and marginalized families who have experienced poverty, trauma, and discrimination. I am guided by Social Justice and Feminist Family Therapy lenses, especially focusing on the intersections between Gender, Aging, Spirituality, and Ethnicity. My current work explores the implementation of Western-based therapy models in Southeast Asia, specifically EMDR, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapies. I am also interested in therapy models that emerge within indigenous cultures, and how these may be responsively integrated with Western models. 

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Suraj Sharma
Associate Professor

Suraj Sharma is an Associate Professor in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising, and Interiors within the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. Sharma’s background includes materials science and engineering, specifically polymeric materials. His primary research focuses on the development of bioplastics/biocomposites from biopolymers, nanocellulose, biosynthesis of polyesters using microalgae and smart textiles. 

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Monica Sklar
Assistant Professor & Liaison to the Historic Clothing and Textiles Collection

My two main foucs areas are 1. 20th/21st century design history, theory, & criticism and 2. Social-cultural aspects of dress in conjunction with merchandising, retailing, and consumers. This scholarship pertains to modern social movements, subculture, popular music, and visual culture as focused on identity and community.

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Kimberly Skobba
Associate Professor

My research focuses on two distinct areas 1) the housing needs of low-income households and 2) the relationship between community development and social capital in rural and small towns. Through the use of a qualitative, biographical method, I study the connection between housing pathways and life circumstances of low-income households. My research on housing instability among low-income households has advanced the understanding of the different strategies that families use to maintain shelter and the ways in which personal characteristics and life course events affect their ability to find and maintain housing. My second area of research examines the housing and community development experiences and the role of social capital in community development capacity of rural and small towns. My research in this area uses surveys, qualitative data collection and case studies to better understand the housing and community development challenges and potential solutions facing rural and small town communities in the Southeastern region of the United States.

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Nicholas Slagel
Ph.D. Student

Previous research utilized a mixed methods approach to understand the impacts of academic instruction within a campus garden on campus sustainability and student helath related to nutrition knowledge and physical activity. 

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

    My work builds upon a cultural-ecological framework to understand the ways in which family, school, and community factors influence child and youth development.  I am particularly interested in family and care-giving approaches that foster youth agency, collective efficacy, and positive identity.   I explore the complex interactions of race-ethnicity, social class, and geography.  Given increasing demands on families for work-life balance, my most current research uses mixed-methods (observation, surveys, focus groups) to examine the role of community-based afterschool settings in terms of supporting children and families through the prevention of problem behavior and the promotion of positive youth development.

I direct The Family and Community Resilience Lab.

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Charity Somo
Graduate Research Assistant

My research interests are in Culturally Responsive Therapy, Mental Health in low and middle income countries and Refugee Mental Wellness. 

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Kimberlee Spencer
Clinical Assistant Professor and Child Life Coordinator

Dr. Spencer is interested in the emotional well-being of children in hospital settings and how to support children through death, dying, and bereavement. She is currently devleoping research on family satisfaction with child life services in Regional medical centers. 

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Bill Stanford
Graduate Assistant

I am interested in that area of development that concerns the inculcation of worldviews within children. Alternatively, the process by which family and social systems, intentionally and unintentionally, develop within children a way of understanding and interacting with the world around them.

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Sarah Stotz
Post Doc Research Associate

My research focuses on developing and evaluating innovative nutrition education programs for adults with low-income/limited-resources.  My emphasis includes using qualitative methods to better understand the user experience of nutrition education programs, and incorporate user feedback to tailor nutrition education programs to serve the target audience.

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Aman Sunder
Ph.D. Candidate, Graduate Assistant, and Instructor on Record

Research Interests:

Effects of financial planner intervention on various aspects of clients' financial lives.

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Ruthann Swanson
Associate Professor Emerita

Food acceptability and quality

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Anne Sweaney
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor Emerita

  • Housing for the elderly
  • Affordable housing
  • Manufactured housing
  • Household technology
  • Public policy

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Marina Tandoh
Ph.D. Student

My research area focuses on Micronutrient supplementation among school-age children with parasitic infections.

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Pamela Turner
Associate Professor & Extension Housing Specialist

My research and work focuses on linkages between health and housing, and living healthier and greener. I am especially interested in the use of social media to provide people with an online source of trustworthy information.

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Hannah Urban
MS/DI Student

As Dr. Cotwright's graduate research assistant, I work on the Healthy Child Care Georgia (HCCG) project. HCCG is a nutrition and physical activity program designed to increase the quality and quantity of nutrition and physical activity education for children in early care and education programs in Georgia. The overall goal of HCCG is to reduce the risk of childhood obesity.

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Greg Vessels
Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation Distinguished Professor

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Temitope Walker
Ph.D. Candidate

My research area is nutrition, aging, and food asssistance programs in the context of addressing senior hunger.
 

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Charlotte Wallinga
Associate Professor Emerita

Early childhood education, family involvement, families and hospitalized children

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Ashley Walsdorf
Doctoral Student/Research Assistant

Ashley Walsdorf is a doctoral student in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her research interests include culturally responsive, socially-just therapy services and resilience among Latino/a families.

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Camaria Welch
MS Student

Camaria Welch is conducting her master's research under the direction of Dr. Caree J. Cotwright.

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Kandauda Wickrama
Professor, Georgia Athletic Association Endowed Professor

i. Social determinants of health and health inequality across the life course. ii. Racial/ethnical inequalities in mental and physical health of children and adults. iii. International development and health iv. Application of advanced statistical methods to social epidemiology

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Hannah Wilson
PhD/DI Student

Hannah is conducting her doctoral research under the guidance of Dr. Alison Berg.

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Hannah Winston
MS/DI Student

Hannah is conducting her master's research under the direction of Dr. Lewis in the Bone and Body Composition Laboratory.

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Ann Woodyard
Assistant Professor

My research focuses on the area of financial wellness and tries to answer the questions of what financial practices lead to healthier lifestyles. I am interested in charitable giving and wellness, as well as financial literacy and the relationship between the practices we undertake and the impact those practices have on our health and wellness.

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Sheri Worthy
Professor and Department Head

I have explored a range of consumer-related topics in my research including consumer vulnerability, savings, and financial risk-taking behaviors.  Some of my recent research investigates factors influencing the vulnerability of obese consumers to weight-loss advertising and whether gambling among college students is moderated by parenting style and/or the family environment. I am also part of a multi-state research group that investigated the psychological and economics factors related to saving.

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David Wright
Associate Professor Emeritus

Current program of research focuses on young adult intimate relationships and the development of young adult sexual and gender identity.

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Charles Yang
Professor, Textiles, Merchandising And Interiors (Emeritus)

Nonformaldehyde wrinkle-free finishing system; flame retardant finishing of cotton and cotton blends; chemical modification of textiles; analytical methods development;paper wet strength agents.

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Velma Zahirovic-Herbert
Associate Professor

My research interests include urban land use, housing and real estate markets, as well as issues related to school quality, and the economics of poverty. Specifically, my research falls under three themes: (a) research on real property (housing) valuation and the marketing process for houses; (b) the impact of changes in house prices on household economic behaviors, including studies of the reasons for the gap in homeownership rates between immigrants and other groups, the determinants of the time to first homeownership, housing uncertainties and formation of time preferences, and; (c) research on school quality that includes local government finance, school performance, and a focus on understanding which of the factors that affect school quality also affect house prices. Housing and school quality are at the forefront of the concerns of urban and other communities. Understanding these areas is a key to effective policy, development, and marketing. My research has been published in journals including Real Estate Economics, Journal of Housing Economics, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, Journal of Real Estate Research, Southern Economic Journal, Journal of Housing and the Built Environment, Urban Studies, Financial Decisions, and Urban Education among others. My continuing research extends into international transitional economy…

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