Dr. Sharon Pearcey earned her PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from Georgia State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in teaching at Furman University. She is currently a professor of Psychological Science at Kennesaw State University. After serving seven years as chair of the Department, she stepped down from her administrative position to focus on teaching and research. Her research interests include the relationship among hormones, stress, and emotion dysregulation in humans, specifically looking at biomarkers in saliva and blood. She has published in prestigious journals such as Physiology and Behavior, Appetite, and the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. She is currently collaborating on an NSF grant investigating the mediating effects of estrogen on post-traumatic stress disorder. Her renewed focus on her research led her back to school and she recently graduated with a MS in Applied Statistics from Kennesaw State University.