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Dr. Daphne Greenberg, Director

Professor, Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders

Daphne Greenberg Dr. Greenberg is the Director of the ALRC and a professor in the department of Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders. She is currently the principal investigator of the Center of the Study of Adult Literacy (, a national research center on adult literacy funded by the Institute of Education Sciences, U.S. Department of Education. She has received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the National Institute for Literacy, the U.S. Department of Education, the Komen Foundation and the Department of Defense. She has appeared on numerous expert panels on Adult Literacy, and is a founding member of the Georgia Adult Literacy Advocacy group and the Literacy Alliance of Metro Atlanta.

Dr. Iris Feinberg, Associate Director

Iris Feinberg Dr. Feinberg has an extensive professional and philanthropic background in helping individuals find and use information to make well-informed decisions. She is a post-doctoral research associate in Educational Psychology and in Public Health.  She was the lead researcher on a GSU/CDC Seed Grant study in 2012-2013 that studied communications between patients with low health literacy and health care providers. Dr. Feinberg was awarded a commission from the American Institutes for Research (National Center for Education Statistics) to study how cognitive and non-cognitive factors affect health information seeking behaviors through data collected in the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).  She is a founding board member of the Georgia Alliance for Health Literacy.

Dr. Elizabeth Tighe, Assistant Director

Tighe.png Dr. Tighe is an assistant professor in developmental psychology. She is also affiliated faculty with the Research on the Challenges of Acquiring Language and Literacy Initiative and the Adult Literacy Research Center at Georgia State University. Prior to joining the GSU faculty, she was a postdoctoral scholar at the Institute for the Science of Teaching and Learning at Arizona State University. She also completed an Institute of Education Sciences Pre-Doctoral Interdisciplinary Training (PIRT) Fellowship through the Florida Center for Reading Research in conjunction with her doctoral studies at Florida State University.

Michelle Mavreles, Research Coordinator


Michelle Mavreles graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavioral Science and completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies with a concentration in Health Communication. She completed a Capstone project that focused on designing an implementation plan in the State of Georgia to help increase insurance consumers’ health literacy, ability to navigate the healthcare system and engagement in one’s health. Prior to joining the ALRC team, she completed an internship with one of the leading healthcare organization in the Southeast in which she helped increase employee awareness about ways to improve individual health. Currently, as a Research Coordinator for the ALRC Michelle is contributing to research studies that examine the utilization of health information and health communication between doctors and patients.

Affiliated Faculty

Dawn Marie Aycock

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

Wing Yi Chan

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Alberto Chong

Professor, Department of Economics

Viviana Cortes

Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language

Scott Crossley

Associate Professor, Applied Linguistics and English as a Second Language

Susan J. Kelley

Professor, Nursing

Hongli Li

Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Studies

Lee Branum-Martin

Associate Professor, Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Communication Disorders

Andrew Roach

Associate Professor, Associate Director, Health Management & Policy

Claire Adams Spears

Assistant Professor, Health Promotion & Behavior, School of Public Health

Elizabeth Tighe

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology

Graduate Research Assistants and Interns

Camila Morales
Tareena Musaddiq
Ashleigh Woodmansee