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The BBS program offers expertise in Social and Personality Science. Our training is designed to train scientists to understand the twin forces of the environment and individual in shaping thoughts, feelings and behaviors. UGA's department has significant strength in the study of the self, narcissism, decision-making, culture, relationships, emotion, and personality processes. Researchers in this area use a variety of methods including experiments, longitudinal and cross-sectional surveys, neuroscience, and big data approaches to understand their questions of interest.

Core Social-Personality Faculty

Dr. Brian Haas studies personality, social neuroscience and the link between culture and social-cognitive processing.

Laboratory: Culture and Identity Lab


Dr. W. Keith Campbell studies personality (especially narcissism), culture, social media, and the self.

Laboratory: MERLab


Dr. Adam Goodie studies judgment and decision-making.

Laboratory: Georgia Decision Laboratory


Dr. Leonard Martin studies existential experiences such as the wake-up call and the mismatch between modern culture and ancient biology.

Laboratory: Cultural Evolution and Optimal Experience


Dr. Allison Skinner studies how attitudes, biases, and nonverbal behaviors are established, maintained, and facilitated through subtle messages present in everyday life. 

Laboratory: GABBA Lab


Dr. Richard Slatcher focuses on understanding the effects of peoples' close relationships on their health and well-being from a social psychological perspective.

Laboratory: Close Relationships Laboratory


Dr. Michelle vanDellen studies the cognitive and motivational mechanisms of self-regulation.

Laboratory: Motivation and Behavior Laboratory


Affiliated Social-Personality Faculty

Dr. Katie Ehrlich studies how children’s social experiences shape their mental and physical health.

Laboratory: Health and Development Laboratory


Dr. Josh Miller studies the interplay between personality and psychopathology with a focus on personality disorders such as psychopathy and narcissism.

Laboratory: Personality Studies Laboratory


Dr. Dean Sabatinelli studies the dynamic brain mechanisms that underlie emotional stimulus processing. 

Laboratory: Georgia Emotion Neuro-Imaging Laboratory


Dr. Anne Shaffer studies social and emotional processes in families and close relationships.

Laboratory: FRESH (Family Relationships, Emotions, Stress and Health) Laboratory


Across campus, we interact with multiple areas and departments. Many of our students take classes in and collaborate with scholars in the Departments of Sociology, Advertising, Management, Marketing, Education, Kinesiology, and Health Promotion & Behavior.


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