James L. Ford, Ph.D.

Jim was the Assistant Research Scientist and Research Projects Coordinator in the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory at The University of Georgia. Research includes youth and family adaptation to military life, and ethical issues in end-of-life care giving. Jim holds a doctorate from Virginia Tech in Human Development and a Certificate in Gerontology. Jim is a U. S. Air Force veteran and received the Viet Nam Service Medal with one Bronze Star. He worked in Japan for ten years, was Regional Education Director at the Yokosuka Navy Base and lectured at Tokai and Sophia universities.  Jim holds an Oceans-endorsed Captain’s license in the U.S. Merchant Marine. He is a Certified Addiction Counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist in Georgia and provides pro bono counseling to military families.

Mallory Lucier-Greer, Ph.D.

Mallory Lucier-Greer, Ph.D., a licensed marriage and family therapist and certified family life educator, was a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the Family & Community Resilience Lab.  Dr. Lucier-Greer received both her M.S. and Ph.D. at Auburn University in Human Development and Family Studies.  In past roles, she has served as an evaluation manager for the Alabama Community Healthy Marriage Initiative, a contributor to the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and a therapist at East Alabama Mental Health Center – Child and Family Services.  Her applied research interests and systemic focus on family functioning brought her to the Family & Community Resilience Lab.

Barlynda Bryant, MBA

Barlynda was a Research Professional in the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia. In her past job, she managed data sets, acted as the liaison between data collection sites, conducted statistical analyses, and presented findings at national conferences. She earned her MBA at The Pennsylvania State University and her BSME at the University of South Florida. She is interested in statistics, family processes, marital and family interactions, and recruitment and retention of samples for longitudinal research projects.

Megan McCoy, MA

Mrs. McCoy earned an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy at Drexel University and is currently a PhD student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at UGA. Mrs. McCoy has experience providing in-home and outpatient therapy, collaborating with social service agencies (e.g. department of juvenile justice, and the division of family and children services), developing IRB applications, creating online surveys, and participating in data collection efforts. Mrs. McCoy committed her time in the lab providing support in the development of online training modules, resource documents, and the implementation of the Community Capacity Building project.

Meghan K. Dove, Ph.D.

Mrs. Dove earned her doctorate in Human Development and Family Science at UGA and her MS in Child and Family Development. Mrs. Dove has experience collecting research data using both observational and assessment methods, developing Institutional Review Board applications, conducting statistical analyses, as well as instructing university level courses. Mrs. Dove’s research interests include family educational engagement, early childcare experiences, and children’s literacy development. While working in the FCRL, Mrs. Dove committed her time to the implementation of the Community Capacity Project through the development of online training modules and resource documents.

Deepu V. George, MS

Mr. George earned a MS in Holistic Psychological Counseling with a focus on Family Therapy from Bangalore University (Montfort College), Bangalore, India. Mr. George has experience in working with military family and community related projects, especially Operation: Military Kids prior to his UGA position. Clinically, he is interested in Medical Family Therapy and applying systems thinking to health care settings. His research interests include community development, capacity building, and how social contexts influence health outcomes for all age groups. As a Graduate Research Assistant in FCRL, Mr. George committed his time to implementation of the Community Capacity Project through development of online training modules and working with the JFSAP team to implement evaluation project.

Brittany Linde, Ph.D.

Brittany received her doctorate in Recreation and Leisure Studies in May of 2013 from The University of Georgia, her Masters degree in Educational Psychology in 2010, and her Bachelors degree in 2007 from Georgia State University. She completed The University of Georgia's Graduate Certificate in Gerontology in April 2012 and is the current President of The University of Georgia's Gerontological Graduate Honor Society (Sigma Phi Omega's Kappa chapter). In 2011, she was awarded the Del Jones Memorial Scholarship and the Mary Erlanger Gerontological Fellowship. As a Family and Community Resilience Laboratory Research Assistant, Brittany's duties primarily resided within the Army Project as a creator, developer, and analyst for the Youth Social Relationship Survey and the Family, Army Life, and Programs Survey. She also took part in the Technology Team and Marketing Team for the lab.

Tae Kyoung Lee, MA, MS

Tae Kyoung Lee was a doctoral student in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at The University of Georgia, where he received his MS. He also earned his MA in the Department of Child Psychology and Education at the Sungkyunkwan University, S.Korea. He has experience in managing and analyzing various datasets and working as a research assistant in Korea national research project.

Leslie A. Gladney, MS

Ms. Gladney earned her MS in Child & Family Development at The University of Georgia in 2012.  Ms. Gladney has experience creating interview protocols, assisting with online survey development, completing Institutional Review Board applications and Department of Defense Review application, and participating in data collection efforts.  Additionally, Ms. Gladney has experience providing crisis counseling to survivors of sexual assault, advocating for children affected by child abuse, acting as a liaison collaborating and consulting with nonprofit organizations and law enforcement.  Ms. Gladney committed her time to FCRL by providing support in conducting an evaluation of the Joint Family Support Assistance Program (JFSAP) by conducting interviews, developing online survey instruments, and writing reports, as well as assisting other FCRL projects as needed.

Hao-Min Chen, MA

Hao-Min is a graduate from the Department of Human Development and Family Science with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. Her research interests are military family relationships, gerontology, and power and diversity. Her primary role in the lab was to fulfill the ongoing research tasks of two Army projects--Youth Social Relationship Study and Families, Army Life, and CYSS Programs Study.  Hao-Min has committed her time in the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory to enhancing and providing support to these projects and has assisted in the development of data collection instruments.

Bertranna Abrahms, MS

Bertranna Abrams was a Research Assistant in the Family and Community Resilience Laboratory within the Department of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia.  Ms. Abrams received her M.S. degree in Family and Child Studies at Miami University of Ohio in 2007. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Sciences with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. Her research currently focuses on examining Resiliency factors in Immigrant Families of African Descent and looking at Mother-Daughter communication patterns in relation to Substance abuse and Risky Sexual Behaviors. Ms. Abrams is also a Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Minority Fellowship program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.