|From The Director
William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research plays an important role on the campus
of the University of Georgia. We work to provide services, information,
and support that can enhance the quality, comprehensiveness, and relevance
of social and behavioral research at the University. From humble beginnings
as an interdisciplinary discussion group, we have blossomed into a multifaceted
research institute (see History). However,
we remain committed to the same core principles of service, scholarship,
and accessibility that have characterized the IBR from its inception.
We have over 66 behavioral
scientists with funding from federal, state, or private agencies
(see Fellows). These
scientists, in collaboration with each other and graduate students,
are addressing basic and applied cutting edge research questions
in the arenas of health, family, education, culture, and environmental
decision-making. Significant problem areas, such as substance abuse
in the workplace, sexual risk behavior and alcohol use by children
and adolescents, care networks for the elderly, violence against
women, abuse of children, and the promotion of medical compliance
among diabetics, are being investigated. Studies examining learning
processes of infants and school age children and basic behavioral
research translating biological and cognitive science into new insights
regarding human behavior are also underway. The work of our Faculty
Fellows also addresses the importance of the culture within which
individuals and families live and work. And, our efforts are not
only national in scope but also international (see
Grants at Owens Institute).
Beyond our support of the
research of Fellows, all of whom are faculty members in departments across
campus, the Institute enhances the research of the social and behavioral
sciences in a number of ways: Mentoring junior faculty in grant writing;
offering seven seminar series which are open to all faculty; sponsoring
several colloquia each year with leading behavioral scientists from across
the globe presenting their research; bringing officials from federal funding
agencies to campus; assisting departments in their recruitment efforts;
and offering grant writing workshops for faculty and graduate students.
Beyond these activities, the Survey Research Center, one component of the
Institute, offers faculty at the University a full menu of services, including
survey questionnaire development, collection of data through phone, mail,
and web-based surveys, and a statistical consulting unit.
William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research is continuing to expand and grow.
We are increasingly interested in highlighting the important role
that behavioral processes play in health and health care delivery,
as well as the ways in which behavioral science can play a role
in improving the health of the people of Georgia. At the same time,
we are moving toward strengthening our role in assisting faculty
with the grant writing process by beginning to "mentor" departments
in the types of services and information they need to provide in
order for successful grant applications to occur.
As you tour our web site,
I believe you will be impressed by our activities and our contributions
to the University of Georgia. These activities and contributions
are the result of our faculty fellows' diligent efforts, the support
of the upper administration, the cooperation of departments and
colleges across campus, and the dedication and hard work of the
Institute's support staff.
Indeed, the past and present records of the Institute are ones of
success and the future appears even brighter.
The William A. and Barbara R. Owens Institute for Behavioral Research
(IBR), under the auspices of the Office
of the Vice President for Research, is an interdisciplinary
unit of social and behavioral scientists.