STAR’s Research Database

Looking for an opportunity to get involved in research? Check out our compiled list of professors and researchers who are conducting research right now, and may be accepting students!


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Criminal Justice

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Leah E. Daigle
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Professor
, Criminal Justice and Criminology
Research Interests: Recurring victimization, Sexual victimization, Resiliency from victimization
Accepting Students: Yes



Dentistry

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Regina Messer
Institution: The Dental College of Georgia
Position: Assistant Dean of Student Admissions
, Oral Biology and Diagnostic Sciences
Research Interests: Running data on success, stress, EQi 
Accepting Students: Yes



Health Economics

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Vahe Heboyan
Institution: Augusta University
Position: Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences (Health Economics and Modeling Division)
Research Interests: Health policy, health economics, cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis, health outcomes research
Accepting Students: Yes



Human Development

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Margaret O’Brien Caughy
Institution: Emory School of Medicine
Position: Associate Professor
Research Interests: parenting, culture, African American child development, Latinx child development, ethnic racial socialization, self-regulation development, academic achievement, language development; racism and discrimination
Accepting Students: Yes

Assaf Oshri
Institution: University of Georgia
Position: Associate Professor
Research Interests: Resilience and children/youth development 
Accepting Students: No

Medicine

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Yanbin Dong
Institution: Augusta University
Position: Regents Professor
Research Interests: biomarkers, geocoding, aging, parenting, and health disparity regarding ACEs
Accepting Students: Yes


Natalie Lane
Institution: Medical College of Georgia
Position: Medical Director and Fellowship Director
Department: Emergency Medicine
Research Interests: Pre hospital care, disaster preparedness
Accepting Students: Yes

Kathryn Martin, PhD
Institution: Medical College of Georgia
Position: Associate Dean for Regional Campuses
Department: Family Medicine
Research Interests: Public health, maternal mortality, ACEs/trauma informed care
Accepting Students: Yes


Nursing

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Mary Lou Davis
Institution: Augusta University  College of Nursing 
Position: Associate Professor, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 
Research Interests: Pediatric Population ACES, Resilience, Protective Factors 
Accepting Students: Yes



Psychiatry

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Negar Fani
Institution: Emory University
Position: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Neural mechanisms of attentional control dysfunction in PTSD; Neuroscience of dissociation; neurophysiological correlates of reward processing deficits in PTSD; neurobiological impact of racism.
Accepting Students: Yes

Donna Lynn Londino
Institution: Augusta University Health 
Position: Professor
Research Interests: Child development, early onset of severe mental illness, autism
Accepting Students:
Yes

William “Vaughn” McCall
Institution: Medical College of Georgia
Position: Distinguished University Chair of Psychiatry and Health Behavior
Research Interests: insomnia, nightmares, depression, PTSD, suicide, biomarkers, electroconvulsive therapy
Accepting Students: Yes

Vasiliki Michopoulos
Institution: Emory/Yerkes
Position: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Stress/trauma, women’s health, health disparities, PTSD, neuroendocrinology, psychoimmunology
Accepting Students: Yes

Abigail Powers Lott
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine
Position: Assistant Professor, Co-Director of the Grady Trauma Project
Research Interests: trauma, ACEs, post traumatic stress disorder, emotion dysregulation
Accepting Students: Yes

Jennifer Stevens
Institution: Emory University School of Medicine
Position: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: Posttraumatic stress disorder, women’s health, neuroimaging, memory, emotion
Accepting Students: Yes

Sanne van Rooij
Institution: Emory University
Position: Assistant Professor
Research Interests: PTSD, trauma, neuroimaging, treatment, TMS
Accepting Students: Yes

Michael Vitacco
Institution: Augusta University 
Position: Professor
Department: Clinical and Community Psychology
Research Interests: juvenile delinquency, trauma, psychopathy, forensic psychology
Accepting Students: Yes


Psychology

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Sierra Carter
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Assistant Professor
Department: Clinical and Community Psychology
Research Interests: Health inequity, racism, and trauma 
Accepting Students: No

Cirleen DeBlaere
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
Department: Counseling and Psychological Services
Research Interests: Discrimination and other minority stressors and mental health, cultural humility in training and practice, collective action, utilization of intersectionality in psychological research, practice, and training. 
Accepting Students: Yes

Gabriel Kuperminc
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Professor, Psychology
Research Interests: Positive Youth Development, Resilience, Culture and Immigration
Accepting Students: Yes

Brittany Robinson
Institution: Mercer University
Position: Assistant Professor
Department: Clinical Psychology
Research Interests: Trauma, stress, developmental psychopathology 
Accepting Students: No


Public Health

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Teal Benevides
Institution: Augusta University, Department of Occupational Therapy; Joint Appointment in the Institute of Public and Preventive Health
Position: Associate Professor
Research Interests: autism (across lifespan, particularly adulthood); mental health; system barriers and racism; health services research; large scale data analysis including Medicare and Medicaid
Accepting Students: Yes

Amanda Gilmore
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests: sexual assault, alcohol use, suicide, prevention, clinical trials, telemedicine, mHealth
Accepting Students: Yes

Emily Graybill
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Clinical Associate Professor
Research Interests: Infant, early childhood, school mental health; Individualized positive behavior support for young children and school-aged students with challenging behaviors; universal behavior screening in schools
Accepting Students: Yes

Dennis E. Reidy
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Assistant Professor and Director of Community Outreach & Engagement
Research Interests: Violence Prevention
Accepting Students: Yes

Shannon Self-Brown
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Professor, Health Policy Behavioral Sciences
Research Interests: Child Maltreatment Prevention, Child Trauma, Child Mental Health, Evidence-based Practices
Accepting Students: Yes

Daniel Whitaker
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Professor, School of Public Health
Research Interests: child maltreatment, parenting, implementation research, partner violence 
Accepting Students: Yes

Sociology & Social Work

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Elizabeth Beck 
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Professor, Social Work 
Research Interests: Restorative Justice, Prison abolition, Palestine
Accepting Students: Yes

Melissa Bemiller
Institution: Augusta University
Position: Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Sociology
Research Interests: Child physical abuse, child sexual abuse, murdering of children, Munchausen by proxy, human trafficking, domestic violence, resiliency and mental health, media perceptions and reporting of crime, proactive and reactive measures dealing with childhood victimization, 
and mapping.
Accepting Students: Yes

Eric R. Wright
Institution: Georgia State University
Position: Distinguished Professor, Chair, Department of Sociology
Research Interests: Mental health; sexual health; substance use; medical sociology; health policy; sexual and gender minority adults and youth; homeless youth
Accepting Students: Yes