Dr. Geoffrey Brown

Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor in Human Development and Family Science at UGA. He researches social and emotional development in infancy and early childhood from both attachment and family systems perspectives. 

Dr. Margaret Caughy

Dr. Caughy is a Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Family Health Disparities in UGA Human Development & Family Science. Her research combines the unique perspectives of developmental science, epidemiology, and public health in the contexts of risk and resilience affecting young children, especially among ethnic minority families.

Dr. Andrea Gonzalez

Dr. Gonzalez is a research scientist at the Offord Centre for Child Studies and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Steve Kogan

Dr. Kogan is a professor of Human Development & Family Science at UGA. His areas of research includes African American men’s sexual health and substance use in emerging adulthood, as well as evaluating family-centered alcohol prevention programs for rural African American youth.

Dr. Catalina Lopez-Quintero

Dr. Lopez-Quintero, M.D./Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology at University of Florida. Her research has focused on investigating the impact that factors at different levels of influence exert on the transitions from the early stages of drug use involvement to drug dependence.

Dr. James Mackillop

Dr. MacKillop is the Director of the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research, co-director of the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research, and professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Dr. Lawrence Sweet

Dr. Sweet is the Gary R. Sperduto Professor in Clinical Psychology in the UGA Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program.

Dr. Jiaying Liu 

Dr. Liu is the Assistant Professor in Department of Psychology at UGA. Her primary research interest lies at the intersection of health communication, social psychology, message effects, and computational social science methods.  

Dr. Kalsea Koss 

Dr. Koss is the Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at UGA. Her primary research interest is to understand the interplay between social environments and biology to answer the question of how adversity ‘gets under the skin’ to shape mental health during childhood and adolescence. 

Dr. Drew Abney

Dr. Abney is the graduate coordinator, assistant professor, Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program. His research focuses on how behaviors and social interactions impact developmental trajectories throughout infancy and into toddlerhood.

Dr. Niyantri Ravindran

Dr. Ravindran is an assistant professor, Human Development and Family Science. Her research focuses on the dynamics of parent-child interaction, how those dynamics are affected by sociocultural factors, and how those dynamics contribute to children's long-term adjustment.