Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Associate Director of the Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University

Marise Parent is Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and serves as Associate Director of the Neuroscience Institute and Faculty Associate for Honors and Theses in the Honors College. Dr. Parent’s current research investigates how brain areas critical for memory influence energy intake and how energy intake, in turn, influences brain function (see http://sites.gsu.edu/parentlab). Dr. Parent has consistently included undergraduate students in her research program, including students majoring in biology, ethics and global health, exercise science, finance, psychology, physics, neuroscience, and nursing. In recognition of her efforts to provide research experiences to undergraduate students, particularly students from underrepresented groups, she was awarded the GSU Undergraduate Research Conference (GSURC) Faculty Award for Undergraduate Research in 2014 and was selected as Faculty of the Year by the GSU undergraduate newspaper, The Signal in 2015. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Parent participated in her institution’s Honors Program, which included conducting an Honors Thesis. Although she initially dreaded it, her thesis changed her career trajectory and was the highlight of her undergraduate experience. As Faculty Associate for Honors and Theses in the Honors College, Dr. Parent is focused on helping students reap the benefits of participating in research and conducting an honors thesis.

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    Professor of Neuroscience and Psychology and Associate Director of the Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University