Georgia Southern University

Leadership Team & Staff

Bryant Smalley

K. Bryant Smalley, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Executive Director

Dr. K. Bryant Smalley is a clinical psychologist in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. He holds the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Smalley’s research interests include rural mental health, rural health disparities, risk-taking behavior, and gender roles. Dr. Smalley has clinical experience in rural and urban community mental health centers as well as university counseling centers. He is the lead editor of the text “Rural Mental Health”.

Maggie Exas

Maggie Exas, M.A.

Program Manager

Sara Hawkins

Sara Hawkins, M.P.H.

Community Engagement Coordinator

Brittany Linares

Brittany Linares, B.F.A.


Marylen Rimando

Marylen Rimando, Ph.D., M.P.H., C.H.E.S., C.P.H.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Deb Pless

Deb Pless, M.Ed., M.A.

Program Coordinator • Senior Companion Program

Graduate/Research Assistants

Toba Adewusi

Toba Adewusi, B.A.

Research Assistant

Cherell Cottrell-Daniels, B.S.

Cherell Cottrell-Daniels, B.S.

Research Assistant

Brook Fremeau

Brooke Fremeau, B.A.

Graduate Assistant

Arthur Hatton

Arthur Hatton, M.S.

Research Assistant

Kayla LeLeux-LaBarge

Kayla LeLeux-LaBarge, M.S.

Research Assistant

Sid Roy

Sid Roy, M.P.H.

Research Assistant

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