January 29, 2016 | Research News
When loved ones battle cancer, families head to Web for information more than support
Loved ones of cancer patients are likely to search for further information about the disease online but less inclined to seek emotional support from social media forums, according to a University of Georgia study published recently in the journal Computers, Informatics, Nursing.
December 9, 2015 | Research News
Depressed Pinterest users suffer from lack of positive messages, UGA study finds
Despite the large number of posts on visual social media platforms that suggest—and fuel—depressing or suicidal thoughts, there aren't many for users to read and share that would help them cope with their mental state more proactively, a University of Georgia study finds.
December 8, 2015 | Research News
UGA researchers identify key biological markers for psychotic disorders
A team of researchers led by faculty at the University of Georgia has identified a number of biological markers that make it possible to classify mental disorders with greater precision. Their findings, published today in the American Journal of Psychiatry, may one day lead to improved diagnostics and treatments for those suffering from mental illness.
December 7, 2015 | Research News
Study links Facebook connections, alcohol use in college-aged females
Researchers at the University of Georgia have found links between certain patterns of connections among Facebook friends and drug and alcohol use among college-aged females.
November 3, 2015 | Research News
Teen tobacco dependence should be treated with ‘same urgency as other drugs,’ study says
Substance abuse treatments that target main issues such as serious drug and alcohol addiction are not frequently being used to also wean adolescents from tobacco, a University of Georgia study finds.
October 6, 2015 | Research News
UGA receives $8.2 million grant to support families in Georgia child welfare system
A team of University of Georgia faculty members, led by a researcher in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has received an $8.2 million grant from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to improve the lives of children and families in the child welfare system in Georgia.
September 30, 2015 | Research News
New system helps teachers gain back valuable instruction time, UGA study finds
Elementary schoolchildren often dawdle between activities during the school day, losing valuable instructional time in the process. New University of Georgia research has found a way to reclaim these lost minutes and make the transition to a new subject fun while increasing student focus.
September 9, 2015 | Research News
Becoming parents: Mom’s maternal identity linked to relationship with child’s dad
A mother's maternal identity is closely linked to the relationship she has with her child's father as well as his involvement pre- and post-birth, according to a new study released by University of Georgia researchers.
August 27, 2015 | Research News
UGA research links borderline personality traits with lowered empathy
Those with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a mental illness marked by unstable moods, often experience trouble maintaining interpersonal relationships. New research from the University of Georgia indicates that this may have to do with lowered brain activity in regions important for empathy in individuals with borderline personality traits.
July 10, 2015 | Research News
Study identifies factors affecting prescription pain reliever misuse
In a nationwide study, researchers from the University of Georgia School of Social Work found that individuals of any age who used illicit drugs such as marijuana, cocaine or heroin within the past year had a higher likelihood of misusing prescription pain relievers as well. A study just released by the Centers for Disease Control, which found that heroin use was highest among those who abused cocaine or opioid pain relievers within the past year, buttressed the UGA research.
June 16, 2015 | Research News
UGA researcher to look at what shapes gender identity
Researchers at the University of Georgia will partner with other universities as part of a national study on identity development in transgender populations, the largest study of its kind to date.
June 15, 2015 | Research News
Personal experience a major driver in decision for or against flu vaccination
Convincing someone to receive the annual flu vaccine goes beyond clever messaging and well-written public service announcements, new University of Georgia research finds. The study, led by UGA's Glen Nowak, outlines both the barriers and facilitators that motivate people in their flu vaccine decisions.
June 9, 2015 | Research News
Money talk: UGA study to examine complexities of couples’ financial communication
Cited as one of the most common contributors to couple stress and conflict, disagreements about money use in the household is leading researchers at the University of Georgia to learn more about couples' financial communication.
April 24, 2015 | Research News
UGA research finds military families resilient despite challenges
Despite past childhood experiences and challenges of military life, new University of Georgia research reveals that military families function as well as civilian families.
March 30, 2015 | Honors & Awards
UGA students’ winning national public policy entry addresses homeless women’s hygiene
With an innovative proposal addressing a silent public health problem for homeless women, four students from the University of Georgia won the top prize in the fourth annual Public Policy Challenge National Invitational in Philadelphia earlier this month.