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Gene Brody, Ph.D.
Founder and Co-Director
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Dr. Brody is Regents Professor, Founder, and Co-Director of the Center for Family Research. His research program has shown how family caregiving practices protects the health, neurodevelopment, and well-being of rural African American youth from a range of life stressors such as rural poverty, economic hardship, and racial discrimination. Dr. Brody and his colleagues translated these findings into three efficacious family-centered prevention programs for African American youth—these prevention programs are being embedded in communities across the nation. He is Principle Investigator of P30 and P50 Center of Excellence Awards from the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
Steven R. H. Beach, Ph.D.
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Dr. Beach is Director of the Center for Family Research and a Regents Professor of Psychology. He is a recognized expert on couple relationships and has conducted groundbreaking research on the role of social relationships in improving health and well-being. Dr. Beach is currently the PI for two large, longitudinal projects that examine the effects of Contextual Stressors and Resilience Promoting Processes on couple relationships and Parenting in African American families and co-investigator on multiple federally-funded R01 projects focused on health, health behavior, and substance use.
Anita Brown, Ph.D.
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Dr. Brown is the Associate Director of the Center for Family Research. She directs the day to day operations associated with project management and provides fiscal oversight of all research accounts. Dr. Brown is the Principal Investigator on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting contract funded through the Office of Prevention and Family Support (OPFS), Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, as well as the MIECHVEnhanced Engagement Protocol contract. She also serves as the Contract Lead on the Grants Management System Development, Technical Assistance, and Training contract with OPFS. Her professional research interests include the effectiveness of home visiting as a primary prevention strategy as well as gene-environment interaction and engagement/informed consent issues with regard to collection of genetic material from community samples. She received an M.S. and Ph.D. from the Department of Child and Family Development at the University of Georgia. Dr. Brown has worked at CFR since 1993.
Tracy Anderson, Ph.D.
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Dr. Anderson is the Assistant Director of CFR. She provides direct oversight to the Data Collection, Intervention, and Recruitment Units and works closely with the staff who lead and support active research projects. Dr. Anderson also oversees the dissemination of the Strong African American Families Program (SAAF) by promoting the program as well as coordinating training and providing technical assistance to organizations that purchase SAAF. She has a BSED in Health Promotion, a Master’s in Social Work and a PhD in Adult Education.
Stacey Barnum is the Project Coordinator for The Family and Community Health Study (FACHS). She has a BA in Psychology from the University of Virginia and a MEd in School Psychology from Howard University.
Sara Jane Blackman
State Coordinator for Parents as Teachers, Georgia Home Visiting Program
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Sara Jane Blackman serves as the State Coordinator for the Georgia Parents as Teachers (PAT) Network, which is part of the Georgia Home Visiting Program (GHVP). In this position, Sara Jane organizes network events, conducts trainings, and provides technical assistance to parent educators and supervisors.
Sara Jane has worked as a parent educator, program supervisor and trainer for over fifteen years and with children and families for twenty-one. She received her BS in English/Secondary Education in 2004 and has an AA in Speech/Theatre. She has five children and has been married for sixteen years.
Eileen Neubaum Carlan, M.S.
Manuscript Editor & Research Support Specialist
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Ms. Carlan is the Manuscript Editor & Research Support Specialist of CFR. She provides many services to CFR including: preliminary peer review for manuscripts that Center scientists write; constructing PowerPoint presentations that Center scientists use to disseminate their research findings; helping students to learn research methodology and scientific writing; helping junior faculty to learn scientific writing and familiarize them with the publication process; providing scientific writing and editing assistance for Center scholars whose first language is not English; monitoring Center manuscripts throughout the publication process; ensuring that Center publications are deposited with PubMed Central in accordance with NIH requirements; maintaining a detailed log of Center publications and the grants that funded them; and furnishing Center scientists with literature updates on an opt-in basis. Ms. Carlan is interested in effective, efficient, and creative ways to provide staff with access to current literature; creative preparation of audiovisual presentations; effective and interesting ways of teaching students/ junior faculty methodology and scientific writing. She received a B.S. in Home Economics, Georgia Southern College, and and M.S. in Child and Family Development, University of Georgia. She has worked for CFR since 1984 as a part-time research assistant and became a full-time research support specialist in 1995.
Olive S. Conyers, M.P.A.
Recruitment and Retention Specialist
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Ms. Conyers is the Recruitment and Retention Specialist of CFR. She is interested in education and mental health policies for children and families.
She received a B.A. in Sociology, Piedmont College, and a Masters in Public Administration from Troy State University. Ms. Conyers has worked at CFR for 11 years.
First Steps Georgia State Lead
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Nicole Copeland is the First Steps Georgia State Lead which is affiliated with the Georgia Home Visiting Program (GHVP). She provides statewide technical assistance and training to uphold the First Steps mission to ensure a great start for all of Georgia’s children by providing families with accurate and up-to-date information about parenting and linking families to supports and resources to support the healthy development of their children. Nicole earned her BS in Biology from the University of North Georgia in 2009 and joined the Technical Assistance and Quality Training team in October 2018.
Healthy Families Georgia State Coordinator
Paige Ferrell is the State Coordinator for Healthy Families Georgia (HFG), an evidence based home visiting program affiliated with the Georgia Home Visiting Program. In her position, Paige provides statewide technical assistance, formal quality assurance, and training. Through relationship-based services, she helps HFGadhere to the critical elements, principles, goals adopted by the HFG Network, and the contract requirements of the Office of Prevention and Family Support (OPFS), Georgia Division of Family and Children Services. Paige has a 10-year history with Healthy Families America at both the local and state levels in Georgia.
Jonique Y. Freeman, MPH, CHES
PACT Project Coordinator
Ms. Freeman is the Project Coordinator for Parents and Children Together (PACT). She is a public health professional with a passion for educating, motivating and empowering individuals, families and communities to achieve their fullest potential – through advocacy, community development, continuous quality improvement, health promotion, research, program planning and training.
She was born and raised in Rochester, NY, but considers Georgia her second home – Georgia is where her love for community development, empowerment, program planning and public health grew. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Georgia State University; and a Master of Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education & Social Behavior from Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) at Georgia Southern University.
She is passionate about addressing social determinants of health (social structures and economic systems, i.e. culture, education, healthcare delivery system, built environment, etc.) among vulnerable, marginalized and at-risk populations – to achieve equitable outcomes so that everyone thrives.
706-425-2992 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Gordy is the Grants Coordinator at the Center for Family Research. She supports PIs by assisting them with preparing and submitting proposals and administering awards. This includes filling out grant applications, interpreting policies of major and non-federal sponsors, assisting with budget development, subcontracting and invoice management, and acting as liaison between the Center for Family Research, Sponsored Projects Administration, external sponsors, and other universities and organizations. Jessica joined the Grants team at CFR in September 2020.
PAT Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator, Georgia Home Visiting Program
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Jessica Gurnow serves as the Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator for Georgia Parents as Teachers (PAT) Network, which is part of the Georgia Home Visiting Program (GHVP).
In this role, she plans and provides training, networking events and implementation support to PAT programs across the state. She is also a nationally certified Parents as Teachers Trainer. Before joining the GHVP team in 2016, Jessica worked as a Parents as Teachers parent educator and program supervisor. She received her B.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida.
Jahi Hamilton is a research assistant working on the Health and Resilience Project. He received his B.S in Psychology from the University of Georgia and has previously conducted research exploring the effects of racial socialization on racial trauma in African Americans. Jahi joined CFR in 2021.
Rebekah Harper, M.S.
Data and Data Systems Lead
Rebekah earned her MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Valdosta State University, where she focused on psychometrics, implicit bias, and psycho-social mechanisms of oppression. She currently programs CFR’s various psychological batteries, assists with databases, and manages web content.
Tracey Daniels Hickey, M.S.
Georgia Home Visiting Information System Technical Assistance Lead for the Georgia Home Visiting Program
706-425-2984 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Hickey is the Georgia Home Visiting Information System (GEOHVIS) Technical Assistance Lead for the Georgia Home Visiting Program (GHVP). As part of the CFR team working on the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) contract funded through the Office of Prevention and Family Support (OPFS), Georgia Division of Family and Children Services, Tracey provides training and direct support to state home visiting program staff using GEOHVIS. Tracey earned a BA in Psychology, BSFCS in Child and Family Development, and MS in Child and Family Development from the University of Georgia. She has been working at CFR since 1999.
Victoria King, Ph.D.
ProSAAF Project Coordinator
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Victoria King is the Project Coordinator for the Protecting Strong African American Families at the Center for Family Research. Victoria King is completing her PhD in the department of Human Development and Family Sciences. She has a masters of psychology from Arizona State University and a bachelor of psychology from the University of Arizona. Victoria’s research interests focus on how varying romantic relationship processes affect individual mental and physical health. Specifically, she has an interest in utilizing biomarker research to predict specific health outcomes within aging, married populations.
Steve Kogan, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kogan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and has been a Research Scientist at the Center for Family Research since 2004. Dr. Kogan’s research focuses on the family and community processes associated with rural African American young people’s engagement in risky behavior including substance use and risky sex. Dr. Kogan helps to translate this research into prevention programs for African American youth and families. He is currently the Principal Investigator of the African American Men’s Project, which is investigating the strengths and challenges that young African American men experience in the years following high school. He is also Principal Investigator on a study exploring the influence of receiving alcohol prevention programs in middle and high school.
Elizabeth Kwon, Ph.D.
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Dr. Kwon is a postdoctoral research associate for the Center for Family Research. Her research focuses on the psychological and social processes associated with young people’s mental health and substance use. She is currently involved in the African American Men’s Project and adolescent substance use prevention program evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health from Indiana University and joined the CFR in 2020.
Michelle Lanier, M.P.H.
Technical Assistance and Quality Team Director, Georgia Home Visiting Program
706-247-5694 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Michelle Lanier serves as the director of the Georgia Home Visiting Program’s Technical Assistance and Quality Team. Prior to holding this position, Michelle served as a Research Director and Statistical Analyst with the Department of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina. Michelle is also a Master’s Level Certified Addictions Professional with over 10 years of experience in providing individual, family and group therapy for children and adults impacted by addiction. Michelle has worked in research settings and has provided direct services to children and families for over twenty years. Michelle earned a Master of Science in Public Health from the University of South Florida in 2001 and a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from New College of Florida in 1998. Michelle has been employed at the Center for Family Research since 2012.
Mei Ling Ong, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
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Dr. Ong received her Ph.D in the Department of Educational Psychology, Quantitative Methodology programs from the University of Georgia in 2017. She was an application analyst specialist at the Georgia Center for Assessment (GCA) in Athens for two years. She joined the CFR as a research scientist in April 2018 to help with data management and data analyses. Her research interests are in psychometrics, especially with regards to item response theory (IRT) for use in analyzing longitudinal data and differential item functioning (DIF), through theoretical and applied research. Her research also utilizes the quantitative and statistical methods used in the developmental psychology, such as adolescent development, and examines health outcomes with aging. Additionally, She is interested in the areas of structural equation modeling (SEM), hierarchical linear model (HLM), longitudinal data analysis, and multivariate data analysis.
David Pollock, Ph.D.
Director of Digital Resources and Interventions
Dr. Pollock brings a diverse blend of expertise to his role of Director of Digital Resources. With degrees in Mass Communication, Community Counseling, and Child and Family Development and decades of experience in positions such as college professor, college administrator, media producer, and family therapist, he works to translate CFR science into a wide range of digital resources for families, family service practitioners, and scientists.
Jessica Smith is the Project Coordinator for Sleep Safe: A Strong African American Families Program, and for the upcoming Health and Resilience Project – Transitions. She holds two degrees from the University of Georgia (BA, English, 2000; BS, Psychology, 2020). Jessica previously served 10 years as a Research Coordinator in UGA’s Department of Foods and Nutrition, coordinating multiple NIH, USDA and private/internally funded clinical trials before officially joining CFR in August 2019.
Megan Sperr, M.P.A.
706-369-5789 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Sperr is the Intervention Coordinator of CFR. In this capacity, she has supported the implementation of the Adults in the Making intervention and coordinated the implementation of the programs associated with the Rural African American Families Health Project, the Protecting Strong African American Families Project, and the Strong African American Families – Steps Project. She also supports the CFR Dissemination Unit and is the primary contact for organizations who are interested in implementing the Strong African American Families-Teen (SAAF-T) Program. She earned an A.B. in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She has been with CFR since October 2007.
Ragonda G. Menefield , M.P.A., M.B.A.
Project Coordinator for SHAPE
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Mrs. Ragonda Menefield is the Project Coordinator for the Shape project. Her research interests include program development and evaluation as well as young adult obesity and the direct impact it has on the African American and rural communities. She has BA in Political Science from Valdosta State University, MPA concentration in Healthcare from Keller Graduate School of Management, and a MBA in accounting for non-profit. Her future goal is to pursue a PhD in Health Education, Promotion & Behavior. She has been with CFR since 2007.
Continuous Quality Improvement Lead, Georgia Home Visiting Program
Kate Teague is the Georgia Home Visiting Program (GHVP) Enhancement Lead. In her position Kate provides guidance, training and support on Continuous Quality Improvement efforts across the Georgia Home Visiting Network. Kate has been working with children and families in Georgia for the past 12 years. She received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Business Manager II
706-425-2994 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Savannah Whaley is the Business Manager II at CFR and previously worked as a Grants Accounting Specialist III in Sponsored Projects Administration at the university.
She received her BBA in Accounting in 2012 from Georgia College and State University. She has been working at the University of Georgia since 2014.
When she is not working, Savannah enjoys spending time with her husband, Lawrence, and two dogs, Bailey and Shelby.
Vera Williams, M.Ed.
Project Coordinator for SAAF-Steps
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Ms. Williams is the Project Coordinator for SAAF-Steps. She has a B.S. in Sociology from Savannah State College/University and an M. Ed with a concentration in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University.
Ms. Williams started out as a field interviewer/ facilitator withCFR in 2007 and joined the Center’s Staff as a Project Assistant in 2011.
Tianyi Yu, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist and Statistician
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Dr. Yu received her Ph. D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University, Alabama in 2007. After completion of 3-year postdoctoral training at University of Michigan, Department of Psychology, she joined the CFR as a Research Scientist in June 2010 to help with data management and data analyses. Her major research interest focuses on the role of transitions in parental marital status on child development and young adults’ well-being. She is also interested in how experiences in the family of origin impact the development of interpersonal competencies, particularly the mediating and moderating processes involved.
Heather Zuercher, MPH
AMP Project Coordinator
Heather Zuercher is the Project Coordinator for the African American Men’s Project. She has a BS in Biology and a Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior, both from the University of Georgia. Heather’s interests include understanding the barriers to behavior change, and the relationship between work and health.
Allen Barton, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Scientist
Dr. Barton is an Assistant Research Scientist for the Center for Family Research. Dr. Barton’s program of research focuses on family-centered prevention science as a means to promote the health and well-being of children, adults, and families. This research is characterized by two main areas of investigation: (1) basic research focused on risk and protective processes within the family that affect individuals’ mental and physical health, youth substance use, and couples’ relationship well-being, and (2) applied research focused on the development and evaluation of family-centered prevention programming, particularly among at-risk populations. He is currently the Scientific Coordinator for the Center for Translational and Prevention Science funded by NIDA as well as Co-Investigator on an NIA grant examining the effects of contextual stressors and couple relationships processes on African American adults’ health, health behavior, and substance use. Dr. Barton received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Science in 2013 from the University of Georgia.
Chalandra Bryant, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Bryant is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science at the University of Georgia.
Edith Chen, Ph.D.
Professor, Northwestern University
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Dr. Chen is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Personality Psychology at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on understanding the psychosocial and psychobiological pathways that explain relationships between low socioeconomic status and physical health outcomes in childhood.
Brett Clementz, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia
(706) 542-2174 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Brett Clementz is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and Director of the Bio-Imaging Research Center (BIRC) at the University of Georgia. He is a co-investigator on the NIDA_funded Neuroscience, Immunology, and Social Adversity Center Grant at the Center for Family Research. Brett’s research focuses on the biological bases of psychoses and the identification of biomarkers of neurobiological deviations that are associated with manifestations of different subgroups of psychoses. These biomarkers could allow clinicians to diagnose and target medications more accurately. With growing evidence to support a novel taxonomy of psychiatric illness, Brett is helping to spearhead a game-changing movement to re-envision diagnoses of psychoses based not on century-old symptom groupings but using the tools of modern neuroscience.
Katie Ehrlich, Ph.D.
Dr. Katie Ehrlich is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and at the Center for Family Research at UGA. She began working at the Center in 2016 and studies how close relationships and stressful experiences shape inflammatory processes and physical health across the lifespan. Katie received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Maryland in 2012 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University.
Adam Goodie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Goodie is an Associate Professor in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program at the University of Georgia. He directs the Georgia Decision Lab, which is dedicated to the multidisciplinary area of judgment and decision making. Research conducted in the lab encompasses behavioral, neuroscientific and quantitative modeling methods, and approaches problems that are both basic and translational, bridging the gap between basic and applied science.
Justin Lavner, Ph.D.
Faculty, University of Georgia
Dr. Lavner is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia. His research interests include couple and family relationships over time, as well as the development of preventive and therapeutic interventions to improve couple and family relationships.
Man Kit Lei, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Man Kit (Karlo) Lei is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology, and is affiliated with the Center for Family Research at UGA. Dr. Lei’s research interests include the social determinants of health and illness, sociology of aging, social epidemiology, criminology, and advanced quantitative methods and measurements. He has pursued three interrelated lines of research. First, his research focuses on understanding the impact of the social environment on biological mediators, and the way that social stressors and supports lead to health outcomes for members of minority groups. His second line of research focuses on contributions of the social environment to biological aging to better understanding how the social environment may accelerate or slow down the biological aging process. His third avenue for scholarly inquiry focuses on developing and utilizing innovative quantitative methods to better examine health-related outcomes and rate of biological aging.
James MacKillop, Ph.D.
Director, Boris Centre for Addictions Research
Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
McMaster University, Canada
James MacKillop, PhD, is the Peter Boris Chair in Addictions Research, Director of the Boris Centre for Addictions Research, and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University. Integrating concepts and methods from psychology, economics, and neuroscience, Dr. MacKillop conducts a program of research using behavioral economics and neuroeconomics to understand alcoholism, nicotine dependence, and other forms of addiction. To date, this work has generated over 130 peer-reviewed publications and other works, including two edited volumes, The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Addiction Psychopharmacology (2013, Wiley-Blackwell) and Genetic Influences on Addiction: An Intermediate Phenotype Approach (2013, MIT Press). He has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Alcoholic Beverage Medical Research Foundation, and other extramural funders. Dr. MacKillop’s work has been cited over 2000 times and has been recognized by the G. Alan Marlatt Award for Distinguished Scientific Early Career Contributions from the Society for Addiction Psychology and the Young Investigator Award from the Research Society on Alcoholism. In addition to his own research, Dr. MacKillop is active in peer review, serving as Field Editor for the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, Associate Editor for Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Assistant Editor for Addiction, and as a standing member of the Clinical and Health Services Review Subcommittee of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Dr. MacKillop is the Director of the Pilot/Mentoring Core for the Center for Translational and Prevention Science at the Center for Family Research.
Greg Miller, Ph.D.
Professor, Northwestern University
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Dr. Miller is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Personality Psychology at Northwestern University. His research focuses on how stress affects health. In recent years he has become especially interested in stressors that occur during early life, and how they might get biologically embedded in people in a manner that reverberates across the lifespan. To study issues like this, his lab brings together theories and methods from across the behavioral and biomedical sciences. Over the long term, his goal is to establish a behaviorally and biologically plausible understanding of stress-health connections.
Robin Nusslock, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Northwestern University
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Robin Nusslock is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at Northwestern University. He is a co-investigator on the NIDA funded Neuroscience, Immunology, and Social Adversity Center Grant at the Center for Family Research. Robin’s research involves neurophysiology (electroencephalography, event-related potentials) and both structural and functional neuroimaging to study the neural mechanisms involved in approach (e.g., reward) and avoidance (e.g., threat, fear) emotional states, as well as the regulation of these emotions by the prefrontal cortex. He also examines bidirectional signaling between the brain and the immune system in generating risk for both mental and physical health problems.
Ezemenari Obasi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Houston
Dr. Obasi is an Associate Professor and Director of the Hwemudua Addictions and Health Disparities Laboratory (HAHDL) at the University of Houston. Prior to this role, Dr. Obasi was an Early Career Co-Investigator for the Center for Contextual Genetics and Prevention Science (CGAPS) at CFR. CGAPS continues to support Dr. Obasi’s research.
Dr. Obasi’s research focuses on addictions, gene x environment predictors of health, and health disparities that disproportionately affect the African American community. As the director of the Hwemudua Addictions and Health Disparities Laboratory (HAHDL) at the University of Houston, he takes an interdisciplinary approach (incl., biomarkers, biofeedback, genetics, fMRI, experimental manipulations, etc.) and uses a diverse range of settings (incl., community, bar lounge, experimental rooms, medical facilities, etc.) to investigate biological, psychological, social, and cultural determinants of health. The impact that drug addictions have on health disparities impacting at-risk African Americans are grossly understudied. While there is strong evidence linking drug use and abuse to violent behaviors, injuries, mental health, and physical health problems, it is unclear how African Americans are disproportionately at risk given their relatively low incidence rates of drug use and abuse. There is a growing body of literature linking chronic stress – and one’s inability to effectively regulate stress – to addictions. As a result, Dr. Obasi is interested in taking students who are interested in investigating how stress dysregulation might be used to clarify the more subtle relationships between one’s cultural worldview/practices, environment, genotype, and drug use vulnerability. Ultimately, Dr. Obasi is committed to bringing about positive change to the African / African American community and other marginalized populations. To this end, he has a history of being actively involved in the community and publishing in the area of African/Black Psychology.
Pamela Orpinas, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Georgia
Professor of Health Promotion and Behavior, College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. She received her PhD from the University of Texas, School of Public Health. Her area of research is violence and drug prevention, particularly among Latino youth.
Rob Philibert, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, University of Iowa
Dr. Philibert is a Professor of Psychiatry and a member of the Genetics and Neuroscience programs at University of Iowa’s Carver School of Medicine. An established clinician and an active bench researcher, he has experience using a wide variety of laboratory techniques, including the creation of knockout mice, the establishment of stably transfected inducible cell lines, methylation assays, and genome-wide transcriptional profiling. He is an expert on the genetics of substance use and affective disorders and the interplay of genes, epigenetic processes, and environments in the etiology of substance use.
Jessica McDermott Sales, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Professor, Emory University
Dr. Jessica McDermott Sales is an Assistant Research Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory University. Over the past 10 years she has been involved with implementing cross-sectional and prospective studies in childhood stress and trauma, chronic disease management for children and preadolescents, and HIV/STD prevention for adolescents. Her current research projects focus on understanding how psychosocial factors impact adolescents’ HIV/STD-associated sexual behavior and their likelihood of acquiring an STD, examining the role both genetic and environmental factors play in adolescents’ sexual risk-taking, and exploring factors associated with adolescents’ non-responsiveness to HIV/STD intervention. Additionally, she is also involved with two intervention studies to increase adolescent vaccination rates for HPV and influenza vaccines.
Anne Shaffer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Shaffer is an assistant professor in the Clinical and Brain & Behavior Sciences programs in the UGA Psychology Department. Her research focuses on identifying the predictors and outcomes of parenting and family processes, including emotion socialization and maltreatment, and applications to prevention and intervention. In collaboration with Dr. Cynthia Suveg, she has also conducted a study that examines how parents and young children react to emotionally arousing situations and interactions, and how this might relate to other ways aspects of psychosocial functioning. This study specifically focuses on how physical and biological factors, such as genetics, stress hormones, and heart rate, relate to these outcomes.
Ronald Simons, Ph.D.
Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Ron Simons, Distinguished Research Professor of Sociology, has been at the University of Georgia since 2002 and received a Ph.D. in Sociology from Florida State University. His specialty areas include: a) the manner in which family processes, peer associations, and community context combine to influence risk for delinquency and emotional problems, b) the causes and consequences of domestic violence, and c) racial socialization as a moderator of the deleterious health consequences of discrimination.
Leslie Gordon Simons, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Simons is an Associate Professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science at UGA. Her interests include the ways in which family factors, peer affiliation, and community variables influence outcomes for adolescents and emerging adults. More specifically, her research focuses on the predictors and consequences of various parenting behaviors and the ways in which parenting is associated with adolescent delinquency, risky sexual behavior, and dating violence.
Larry Sweet, Ph.D.
Gary R. Sperduto Professor in Clinical Psychology, University of Georgia
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Larry Sweet is the Gary R. Sperduto Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Clinical Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Georgia. He is a co-investigator on the NIDA_funded Neuroscience, Immunology, and Social Adversity Center Grant at the Center for Family Research. Larry examines brain-behavior relationships in clinical populations using cognitive and affective neuroscience techniques, particularly multimodal neuroimaging and neuropsychological assessments. His FMRI work includes paradigm development with a focus on clinically relevant constructs (e.g., objective assessments of subjective states, prediction of treatment outcome). Recent studies include the use of functional neuroimaging markers to predict smoking, alcohol, and opiate cessation outcome; functional, structural and prefusion MRI correlates of cognitive function in cardiovascular disease; the effects of early life stress on adult cognitive function; cue reactivity in obesity and nicotine dependence; and working memory and information processing speed in subcortical disease processes.
Cindy Suveg, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Georgia
Dr. Suveg is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia.
Rheeda Walker, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University of Houston
Dr. Rheeda Walker is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Culture, Risk, and Resilience Lab at the University of Houston. Prior to this role Dr. Walker was an Early Career Co-Investigator for the Center for Contextual Genetics and Prevention Science (CGAPS) at CFR. CGAPS currently maintains research support for Dr. Walker. Her primary interests are in advancing research in African American suicide and negative emotionality, understanding psychosocial and cultural factors in resiliency, and investigating gene-environment vulnerability to psychological problems. Dr. Walker has found preliminary evidence that “universal” risks such as depression/depressive symptoms interact with culturally-relevant buffers such as cultural worldview to affect suicidal vulnerability.
Kanduada (K.A.S.) Wickrama, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Georgia
Currently Dr. Wickrama’s focus is on 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.
Michael Windle, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Emory University
Dr. Windle is a Rollins Professor and Chair of the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education at Emory. He has conducted longitudinal studies on risk and protective factors pertaining to adolescent drug abuse, psychiatric and addictive disorders, violence and delinquency, and sexual onset and sexual risk behaviors.