Each year, the psychology department takes time to recognize those in our department who go above and beyond in their roles. Congratulations to all those who won awards this year. Keep up the good work! To view pictures from this event, click here.
The UGA psychology department would like to cogratulate Dr. Justin Lavner on being awarded the Hatten Howards III Honors Professor Award from the UGA Honors Program. This award recognizes faculty members who exhibit special promise in teaching honors courses early in their careers. Way to go, Justin!
Alexandra Harris Awarded a Fellowship from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program
The psychology department would like contratulate Alexandra Harris, who has been awarded a fellowship from the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program. Alex was one of three Industrial-Organizational Psychology students in the United States to win this prestigious fellowship. Way to go, Alex!
Cicely Robinson-Jones is the Business Manager for the Department of Psychology. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Brenau University in 2003. Prior to joining the department, she worked for the Institute for Women's Studies, Human Resources Department, and the Division of Biological Sciences.
Cicely provides administrative and financial support to the department. She serves as assistant to the Department Head and the liaison for Psychology. She manages the daily operations of the department and is responsible for supervision of the office staff.
Favorite Quote: “I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do! That is character!” - Theodore Roosevelt
Dr. Jessica Maples-Keller, a UGA Psychology alumni and postdoctoral fellow at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, is the recipient of the Early Career Investigator Award. She works with the Emory Veteran’s Program, with mentorship from Dr. Barbara O. Rothbaum, and at the Grady Trauma Project, with mentorship from Drs. Tanja Jovanovic and Kerry Ressler.
Matthew S. Harrison, PhD currently works at Jackson Healthcare as Vice President, Human Resources. In this role he is responsible for planning, directing, and overseeing all human resources and administrative service functions for various Jackson Healthcare companies, and leads delivery in the areas of: HR metrics & reporting, job & compensation analysis, performance management, organizational development, change management and employee relations.
Previously, Dr. Harrison served in leadership roles at Manheim, McKesson, The Weather Company, and Comcast focusing on talent management/acquisition, learning & development, organizational effectiveness, diversity & inclusion, and HR business partner work.
Dr. Harrison has also served as an adjunct professor of psychology at The University of Georgia (from 2008-2015). He is a published diversity researcher, and is renowned for his research on the topic of colorism. His master’s thesis received wide publicity–being featured on websites such as CNN, CNBC, ABC News, was reported in various newspapers and media outlets across the US (as well as in the United Kingdom), and received an initial inquiry from an executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Focusing in the area of workplace diversity, Dr. Harrison has authored a chapter for a general psychology textbook, as well as a number of other books. Additionally, he has authored several academic journal articles. He currently serves as a member of the American Psychological Association, Society for I/O Psychologists, Academy of Management, and sits on a few local boards in the Atlanta area.
Most recently, Dr. Harrison has received Diversity Leadership Awards from the National Diversity Council and the Technology Association of GA, was recognized as one of Atlanta’s Power 30 Under 30, and was named a Man of Influence by the National Urban League.
Dr. Harrison is a graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and The University of Georgia (M.S. & Ph.D.).
Neil Morelli, Ph.D., is the Head of Research for The Cole Group, a premier retained search firm serving high-growth web-based and mobile startups founded in the San Francisco Bay Area. His current role involves developing technology-based sourcing and screening methods for executive candidates. Before joining the Cole Group, he worked as a solution consultant for Logi-Serve, LLC, an early-stage company specializing in advanced technology-enabled assessments. Much of his research focus has involved the equivalency and use of mobile devices for delivering online selection assessments, which he has presented in multiple Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology (SIOP) conference symposia and published in The International Journal of Selection and Assessment and The Journal of Business and Psychology. He holds a M.S. in industrial-organizational (I-O) psychology from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and a doctorate in I-O psychology from the University of Georgia.
Sumona partners with leaders of organizations to unleash their true potential through management assessment, leadership coaching, and talent and organizational development solutions. She works across multiple sectors, advising clients on their most critical organizational and leadership challenges. Sumona has had extensive experience coaching senior leaders, particularly during key transitions in their careers. She has also worked with high potential and high flight risk talent to drive talent retention efforts for companies. Her background in psychology coupled with her applied experience position her uniquely to coach and develop leaders to perform at their best. Prior to joining ghSMART, Sumona was the global head of Career Development at Bloomberg LP. There she worked across all levels of the organization, working to attract, develop and retain key talent. With a data- driven approach, she designed and implemented initiatives that addressed the talent and organizational challenges that leaders and employees face as they navigate their careers. She was often turned to as an advisor to senior leaders across the organization, and called upon for her creativity and energy used to solve complex people issues. She has nearly a decade of experience working in the financial sector. Sumona’s passion lies in aligning people and practices to the broader organizational mission and vision. With line of sight, she believes that people derive more meaning and value from their work – resulting in higher levels of productivity and organizational success. Sumona has a Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology from The George Washington University, and a B.S. in Psychology from Lehigh University.