Professor and Department Head, Department of Psychology

Basic Information

202 Psychology Building
Phone Number:

Franklin Foundation Neuroimaging Training Program

GA Neuropsychology and Memory Assessment Laboratory
Lab: Room 415
Phone: 542-307

Dr. Miller will not be reviewing graduate applications for fall 2018 admission. 


Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1990

Research Interests

My research focus is on increasing the understanding of Central Nervous System mechanisms related to cognition seen in aging, aging pathology, and traumatic brain injury. This is accomplished through the use of traditional neuropsychological paradigms, structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI/fMRI), and cognitive intervention. Special foci of this work include geriatric aging and functional independence, aging psychopathology, concussive injury, and evaluation of data validity.

Recent Publications

Note, * represents student authors

Miller, L.S. and *Lindbergh, C. (2017). Neuroimaging techniques in the courtroom. In Shane S. Bush (Ed), APA Handbook of Forensic Neuropsychology, American Psychological Association, Washington DC. pp. 111-144.

*Lindbergh, C.A., Renzi-Hammond, L.M., Hammond, B.R., Terry, D.P., Mewborn, C.M., Puente, A.N., Miller, L.S. (accepted). Lutein and zeaxanthin influence brain function in older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

Hammond, B.R., Miller, L.S., *O’Bello, M., *Lindbergh, C.A., *Mewborn, C.M., and Renzi-Hammond, L.M. (accepted). Effects of a lutein/zeaxanthin intervention on cognitive function: a randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial of community dwelling older adults. Frontiers of Aging Neuroscience, Nov 18, 2016.

Schmidt, J.D., *Terry, D., Ko, J., Newell, K. and Miller, L. (in press). Balance regularity among former high school football players with and without a history of concussion. Journal of Athletic Training. November, 2016.

*Mewborn, C. *Lindbergh, C.A., Miller, L.S. (2017). Cognitive interventions for older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials. Neuropsychology Review. July 19, 2017, doi: 10.1007/s11065-017-9350-8, epub ahead of print.

*Terry, D.P., Miller, L.S. (2017). Repeated Mild Traumatic Brain injuries is not associated with volumetric differences in former high school football players. Brain Imaging and Behavior.doi: 10.1007/s11682-017-9719-6 ahead of print.

*Collins, B., Breithaupt, L., McDowell, J.E., Miller, L.S., Thompson, J. Fischer, S.  (2017). The impact of acute stress on the neural processing of food cues in Bulimia Nervosa: Replication in Two Samples. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126, 540-551. doi: 10.1037/abn0000242.

Schmidt, J.D., *Hoffman, N.L., Ranchet, M., Miller, L.S., Tomporowski, P.D., Akinwuntan, A.E., Devos, H. (2017). Driving after Concussion: Is it Safe to Drive after Symptoms Resolve? Journal of Neurotrauma, 34, 1-8. (December, 2016, online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1089/neu.2016.4668).

*Lindbergh, C.A., *Mewborn, C., Hammond, B.R., Renzi-Hammond, L., Curran-Celentano, J., Miller, L.S. (2017). The relationship of lutein and zeaxanthin to neurocognitive functioning: An fMRI study of older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 11-22. doi:10.1017/S1355617716000850

*Lindbergh, C.A., Dishman, R.K., and Miller, L.S. (2016). Functional disability in Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Neuropsychology Review, 26, 129-159. DOI 10.1007/s11065-016-9321-5.

*Hou, Y., *Xiao, T., *Zhang, S., *Jiang, X., Li, X., Hu, X., *Han, J., *Guo, L., Miller, L.S., Neupert, R., Liu, T, (2016). Predicting Movie Trailer Viewer’s “Like/Dislike” via Learned Shot Editing Patterns. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, 7, 29-44. Doi; 10.1109/TAFFC.2015.2444371.

*Terry, D.P., Sabatinelli, D., *Puente, A.N., Lazar, N.A., Miller, L.S. (2015). A meta-analysis of fMRI activation differences during episodic memory in Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment Journal of Neuroimaging, 25, 849-860. doi: 10.1111/jon.12266. 2015.

*Mewborn, C., Renzi, L.M., Hammond, B.R., Miller, L.S. (2015). Critical Flicker Fusion moderates the relationship between age and Executive Function in younger and older adults. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30, 605-610.doi: 10.1093/arclin/acv054.

*Terry, D., *Adams, T.E., Ferrara, M.S., Miller, L.S. (2015). FMRI Hypoactivation during Verbal Learning and Memory in Ex-Athletes with Multiple Concussions. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 30,341-355. doi: 10.1093/arclin/acv020.

*Puente, A.N., *Lindbergh, C., Miller, L.S. (2015). The relationship between cognitive reserve and functional ability is mediated by executive functioning in older adults. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 29, 67-81. Doi: 10.1080/13854046.2015.1005676.

*Puente, A.N., *Lindbergh, C., Miller, L.S. (2015) Personality’s association with IADLs in community dwelling older adults. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 30, 950-956.. doi: 10.1002/gps.4243.

*Rahman-Filipiak, A.A.M., Woodard, J. L., Miller, L.S., Martin, P., Davey, A., and Poon, L.W. (2015). Octogenarian and Centenarian performance on the Fuld Object Memory Evaluation. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 22, 438-451. Doi 10.1080/13825585.2014.968085.

*Ahmed, F. Miller, L.S. (2015). Adequate Proverb interpretation is associated with performance on the Independent Living Scale. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 22, 376-387.

*Ou, J., *Xie; L., *Li, X., *Zhu, D., *Terry, D., *Puente, A.P., *Jiang, R., Chen, Y., Wang, L., Shen, D., Zhang, J., Miller, L.S., Liu, T. (2015). Atomic Connectomics Signatures for Characterization and Differentiation of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 9, 663-677. First published online 10/30/2014, doi: 10.1007/s11682-014-9320-1.

*Lindbergh, C., *Puente, A.N., *Gray, J., MacKillop, J., Miller, L.S. (2014). Discounting preferences and response consistency as markers of functional ability in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36, 1112-1123. Doi: 10.1080/13803395.2014.983464.

*Lindbergh, C.A., *Puente, A.N., *Gray, J., MacKillop, J. Miller, L.S. (2014). Delay and Probability Discounting as Candidate Markers for Dementia: An Initial Investigation. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 29, 651-662.

*Duda, B., *Puente, A.N., Miller, L.S. (2014). Cognitive Reserve moderates relation between global cognition and functional status in older adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 36, 368-378.  

*Puente, A.N., *Terry, D.P., *Faraco, C.C., *Brown, C.L. Miller, L.S. (2014). Functional impairment in MCI evidenced using performance-based measurement. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 27, 253-258. DOI: 10.1177/089/1988714532016.

Renzi, L.M., *Dengler, M. J., *Puente, A.N., Miller, L.S., Hammond, R.W. (2014). Relations between macular pigment optical density and cognitive function in unimpaired and mildly cognitively impaired older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 35, 1695-1699. doi: 10.1016/j.neurobiolaging.2013.12.024.

*Puente, A. N., *Terry, D.P., *Faraco, C.C., *Brown, C.L., Miller, L. S. (2014). Minimal functional differences between older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment during the Stroop. Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, 21, 346-369. doi: 10.1080/13825585.2013.824065.

*Faraco, C.C., *Puente, A.N., *Brown, C., *Terry, D.P. Miller, L.S. (2013) Lateral temporal hyper-activation as a novel biomarker of Mild Cognitive Impairment. Neuropsychologia, 51, 2281-2293. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.07.023.

*Zhu, D., Li, K., *Terry, D.P., *Puente, A.N., Wang, L., Shen, D., Miller, L.S., Liu, T. (2013). Connectome-scale assessments of structural and functional connectivity in MCI. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22373.

Dai, T., Davey, A, Woodard, J.L., Miller, L.S., Gondo, Y., Kim, S-H, Poon, L.W. (2013). Sources of Variation on the Mini-Mental State Examination in a Population-Based Sample of Centenarians. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12370.

*Terry, D., *Puente, A., *Brown, C., *Faraco, C., Miller, L.S. (2013). Openness to experience is related to better memory ability in older adults with questionable dementia. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 35, 509-517.

Johnson, E., Vishwanathan, R., Johnson, M.A., Hausman, D.B., Davey, A., Scott, T.M., Green, R.C., Miller, L.S., Gearing, M., Woodard, J.L., Nelson, P.T., Chung, H-Y., Schalch, W., Wittwer J., and Poon, L.W. (2013). Relationship between serum and brain carotenoids, a-tocopherol and retinol concentrations and cognitive performance in the oldest old from the Georgia Centenarian Study.  Journal of Aging Research, 2013:2013:951786, doi: 10.1155/2013/951786.

*Zhu, D., Li, K., *Guo, L., *Jiang, X., *Zhang, T., *Zhang, D., *Chen, H., *Deng, F., *Faraco, C., *Jin, C., *Wee, C-Y., *Yuan, Y., *Lv, P., *Yin, Y., Hu, X., Duan, L., Han, J., Wang, L., Shen, D., Miller, L., Li, L., Liu, T. (2013). DICCCOL: Dense Individualized and Common Connectivity-based Cortical Landmarks. Cerebral Cortex,23,786-800. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhs072.

*Mitchell, M., Miller, L.S., Woodard, J., Davey, A., Poon, L. (2013). Norms from the Georgia Centenarian Study: Measures of verbal abstract reasoning, fluency, memory, and motor function. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 20, 620-637.. doi:10.1080/13825585.2012.761671.

*Ahmed, F. Miller, L.S. (2013). Relationship between Theory of Mind and functional independence is mediated by executive function. Psychology and Aging, 28, 293-303. Doi: 10.1037/a0031365.

Davey, A., Dai, T.M., Woodard, J.L., Miller, L.S., Gondo, Y., Johnson, M.A., Hausman, D.B., Martin, P., Green, C., Allen, R.H., Stabler, S. P., Poon, L.W. (2013). Profiles of cognitive functioning in a population-based sample of Centenarians using Factor Mixture analysis. Experimental Aging Research, 39, 125-144.. Link:

Miller, L.S., *Brown, C., *Mitchell, M, Williamson, G., and FRILL. (2013). Activities of Daily Living are associated with Older Adult Cognitive Status: Caregiver versus Self Reports. Journal of Applied Gerontology, 32, 3-30. DOI: 10.1177/0733464811405495

*Terry, D.P, *Faraco, C.C, *Smith, D., *Diddams, M.J, *Puente, A.N., Miller, L.S. (2012). Lack of long-term fMRI differences after multiple sports-related concussions. Brain Injury, 26,1684-96. doi: 10.3109/02699052.2012.722259.


Grants (current)

Neuroimaging Photochromic Processes, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Miller, L. S., PI; Hammond, B.R., Co-I. 12/01/2015 – 12/31/2017, $250,050, Funded. Description:  Exploring brain effects of light filtering on glare susceptibility and discomfort in younger and older adults.

Mind over Matters Challenge, National Collegiate Athletics Association & Department of Defense, Schmidt, J.D., PI; Suggs, D.W., Gierema, Gierema, L.B., Courson, R.W., & Miller, L.S., Co-Is. 02/01/2016 – 01/31/2019, $399,897, Funded. Description:  Development of an evidenced-based, multi-venue concussion education and reporting intervention.

Neuroimaging Research Program, John and Mary Franklin Foundation, J. McDowell, B. Clements, L.S. Miller, and H. Dailey, Co-PIs. 11/01/2013 – 10/31/2018. $300,000, funded. Description:  Multiyear funding support for a graduate student training program in neuroimaging.


Selected Professional Activities


American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow, Division 20, Division 28, Division 40

National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), Fellow

International Neuropsychological Society (INS)

UGA Institute of Gerontology Faculty

Associate Editor, Neuropsychology Review; Editorial Board, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology; Current Psychology


Other Links

Psychology Clinic

Bioimaging Research Center (BIRC)

Current Graduate Students


Catherine Mewborn:

Marissa Gogniat:

Talia Robinson:

Kharine Jean:

Past Graduate Students

Douglas P. Terry, Ph.D., 2016:

Antonio N. (Nick) Puente, Ph.D., 2014:

Courtney Brown, Ph.D., 2013:

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D., 2012:

Fayeza Ahmed, Ph.D., 2011:

Meghan Mitchell, Ph.D., 2009:

Amie Austin (Peloquin), Ph.D., 2008:

Yfat Kessel, Ph.D., 2008:

Tanja Mani, Ph.D., 2006:

Monica Lewis, Ph.D. 2004:

Jeffrey Bedwell, Ph.D. 2004:

Elizabeth Outman (Schaen), Ph.D. 2003:

Clea Evans, Ph.D. 1999:

Tracy Waldeck, Ph.D. 1999:

Scott Miller, Ph.D. 1998:
Sherry Burns, Ph.D. 1997.

Articles Featuring L. Stephen Miller

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 8:42am

Department Head, Steve Miller's, segment on Classic City Science will be airing one more time this coming Monday, June 17th, at 8:50 PM. Host April Sorrow interviews some of UGA's most prolific researchers to discuss not only the latest findings but how research initiatives here at The…