Professor of Psychology
Dr. Michael Beran is Professor of Psychology and co-Director of the Language Research Center. His research is conducted with human and nonhuman primates, including chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, orangutans, capuchin monkeys, and rhesus monkeys. His research interests include perception, numerical cognition, metacognition, planning and prospective memory, self-control, and decision making processes. https://cas.gsu.edu/profile/michael-beran/
Nancy G. Forger
Professor of Neuroscience and Associate Director of the Neuroscience Institute
Dr. Forger is a neuroscientist who studies development of the nervous system. Her research interests include the development of sex differences in the brain, the effects of birth on the brain, and the influence of the microbiota on the neonatal brain.
Carlos A. O. Pavão
Clinical Associate Professor, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Dr. Pavão has more than 25 years of public health practitioner experience in substance abuse, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. His research interests have focused on the nexus between dissemination research and innovative public health programming, specifically for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ), and linguistic minority populations.
Assistant Professor – School Psychology
Chavez Phelps is an assistant professor of school psychology at Georgia State University. His research interests include examining culturally responsive trauma strategies and supports for children, families, and teachers. He has conducted several trauma-informed care and crisis prevention and intervention workshops for school districts and educators. Before entering academia, Chavez was a school-based practitioner in New Orleans, Louisiana. He also worked with the Louisiana Public Health Institute to ensure youth had access to quality community behavioral health services. Currently, he serves as a member of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) Government and Professional Relations (GPR) Committee.
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Neuroscience
Dr. Plis’s educational background is in engineering (MS), artificial intelligence (MS) and computer science (PhD). His research goals lie in developing computational instruments that enable knowledge extraction from observational multimodal data collected at different temporal and spatial scales. His focus is on understanding systems and processes formed by interactions of multiple “agents.” The human brain, his main application area, is an example of such system: neurons (or measured voxels) are the agents that interact and form networks that themselves are entities of interest with influence structure indicative of mental state, disorder, and differences between individuals. Understanding the patterns, networks and interactions can improve our understanding of how the brain works but the data are complex, multidimensional, and neither modality alone carries enough information.
Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience
Dr. Roseberry’s laboratory studies how the brain controls feeding, metabolism and body weight, and how the brain is altered under conditions of disordered feeding or body weight. His lab focuses on ‘reward’ pathways in the brain that are involved in the pleasurable or rewarding aspects of food, including food addiction. This includes studying how food, especially pleasurable and appetizing foods high in fat and/or sugar, act on the brain’s reward pathways, and how these pathways are changed by conditions such as obesity, binge eating, and food restriction (i.e. dieting). Dr. Roseberry emphasizes diversity among his students and trainees.
Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy and Center for High Angular Resolution Astronomy
Dr. White is an astronomer interested in understanding how stars and planets form and how they structurally and dynamically evolve over time. He investigates these processes using telescopes to observe stars.