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About Janice N. Steirn

Janice Steirn received her BA in Psychology at West Virginia University (1979) and her MS and Ph.D. from The University of Georgia (1985). Dr. Steirn’s original field of study within Psychology was Animal Learning and Cognition. Around 2008 Dr. Steirn began to apply her study of the field of basic learning principles to issues of health in humans. Currently in her lab there are studies of how individuals’ attitudes toward various foods influence cognitive processes surrounding those foods, studies of various types of sweeteners and how they influence cognitive processes involved with eating behaviors, and studies of different types of meditation on physical responses of humans as well as on responses to stressful situations.


2014 Present Affiliate, Georgia Southern University Institute for Interdisciplinary STEM Education
1997 Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of
Present Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University Psychology, Department of

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award of Distinction in Teaching (2008)
  • National Science Foundation Visiting Professorship for Women (1989-90)
  • Associate Member of Sigma Xi, University of Georgia Chapter (1983)
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship Competition Honorable Mention (1979)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, West Virginia University (1979, May)
  • Magna Cum Laude, West Virginia University (1979, May)
  • Psi Chi, West Virginia University (1978)

Contact Information

PO Box 8041
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-5505


Publications (19)

Paper Presentations (38)