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L. Stephen Miller

Professor and Department Head, Department of Psychology

Basic Information

202 Psychology Building
Phone Number:

Franklin Foundation Neuroimaging Training Program

GA Neuropsychology and Memory Assessment Laboratory
Lab: Room 415
Phone: 542-307

Dr. Miller will not be reviewing graduate applications for Fall 2020 admission. 


Ph.D., University of Mississippi, 1990

Research Interests

My research focus is on increasing the understanding of Central Nervous System mechanisms related to cognition seen in aging, aging pathology, and traumatic brain injury. This is accomplished through the use of traditional neuropsychological paradigms, structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI/fMRI), and cognitive intervention. Special foci of this work include geriatric aging and functional independence, aging psychopathology, concussive injury, and evaluation of data validity.

Recent Publications

Note, * represents student authors

*Lindbergh, C.A., Zhao, B.E., *Lv, J., *Mewborn, C.M., Puente, A.N., Terry, D.P., Renzi-Hammond, L.M., Hammond, B.R., Liu, T., Miller, L.S. (2019). Intelligence moderates the relation between age and interconnectivity of resting state networks in older adults. Neurobiology of Aging, 78, pp 121-129.

*Lindbergh, C.A., *Lv, J., *Zhao, Y., *Mewborn, C.M., Puente, A.N., Terry, D.P., Renzi-Hammond, L.M., Hammond, B.R., Liu, T., Miller, L.S. (2019). The effects of lutein and zeaxanthin on resting state functional connectivity in older Caucasian adults: A randomized controlled trial. Brain Imaging and Behavior. Epub ahead of print:

Martin, P., Gondo, Y., Arai, Y.,Ishioka, Y., Johnson, M.A., Miller, L.S., Woodard, J., Poon, L.W., Hirose, N. (2019). Cardiovascular Health, and Cognitive Functioning Among Centenarians: A Comparison Between the Tokyo and Georgia Centenarian Studies. International Psychogeriatrics, 31, 455-465.

**Weber ML, Suggs DW, Bierema L, Miller LS, Reifsteck F, Schmidt JD. (2019). Collegiate Student-Athlete Sex, Years of Sport Eligibility Completed, and Sport Contact Level Influence on Concussion Reporting Intentions and Behaviors. Brain Injury, 592-597.

*Jean, K.R., *Lindbergh, C.A., *Mewborn, C.M., *Robinson, T.L., *Gogniat, M.S., Miller, L.S. (in press, Oct 2018 epub). Education differentially buffers cognitive performance in Black and White Older Adults. Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

*Gogniat, M.A., *Robinson, T.L., *Mewborn, C.M., *Jean, K.R., Miller, L.S. (2018) Body Mass Index and its relation to neuropsychological functioning and brain volume in healthy older adults. Behavioural Brain Research, 348, 235-240.

*Mewborn, C., *Lindbergh, C., *Robinson, T., *Gogniat, M., *Terry, D., *Jean, K., Hammond, B.R., Renzi-Hammond, L. Miller, L.S. (2018). Lutein and Zeaxanthin are positively associated with visual-spatial functioning in older adults: An fMRI study. Nutrients, 10, 458; doi: 10.3390/nu10040458.

*Mewborn C., *Terry, D.P., Renzi-Hammond, L.M., Hammond, B.R., Miller, L.S. (2018). Relation of retinal and serum lutein and zeaxanthin to white matter integrity in older adults: A diffusion tensor imaging study. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 33, 861-874. Epub November 17, 2017.

*Lindbergh, C.A., Renzi-Hammond, L.M., Hammond, B.R., Terry, D.P., Mewborn, C.M., Puente, A.N., Miller, L.S. (2018). Lutein and zeaxanthin influence brain function in older adults: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 24,77-90. DOI: doi 10.1017/S1355617717000534, published online on July 11, 2017.

Schmidt, J.D., *Terry, D., Ko, J., Newell, K. and Miller, L. (2018). Balance regularity among former high school football players with and without a history of concussion. Journal of Athletic Training, 2018 Jan 13. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-326-16. [Epub ahead of print].

*Terry, D.P., Miller, L.S. (2018). Repeated Mild Traumatic Brain injuries is not associated with volumetric differences in former high school football players. Brain Imaging and Behavior, 12, 631-639. doi: 10.1007/s11682-017-9719-6.

Renzi-Hammond, L.M., *Bovier, E.R., *Fletcher, L.M., Miller, L.S., *Mewborn, C.M., *Lindbergh, C.A., Baxter, J.H., Hammond, B.R. (2017). Effects of a lutein/zeaxanthin intervention on cognitive function: a randomized, double-masked, placebo- controlled trial of younger healthy adults. Nutrients 2017, 9 (11), 1246; doi: 103390/nu9111246.

Hammond, B.R., Miller, L.S., *O’Bello, M., *Lindbergh, C.A., *Mewborn, C.M., and Renzi-Hammond, L.M. (2017). Effects of a lutein/zeaxanthin supplementation on the cognitive function of community dwelling older adults: a randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled trial. Frontiers of Aging Neuroscience,

*Mewborn, C. *Lindbergh, C.A., Miller, L.S. (2017). Cognitive interventions for cognitively healthy, mildly impaired, and mixed samples of older adults: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized-controlled trials. Neuropsychology Review, 27: 403-439. doi: 10.1007/s11065-017-9350-8.

*Collins, B., Breithaupt, L., McDowell, J.E., Miller, L.S., Thompson, J. Fischer, S.  (2017). The impact of acute stress on the neural processing of food cues in Bulimia Nervosa: Replication in Two Samples. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126, 540-551. doi: 10.1037/abn0000242.

Schmidt, J.D., *Hoffman, N.L., Ranchet, M., Miller, L.S., Tomporowski, P.D., Akinwuntan, A.E., Devos, H. (2017). Driving after Concussion: Is it Safe to Drive after Symptoms Resolve? Journal of Neurotrauma, 34, 1-8. (December, 2016, online ahead of print. DOI: 10.1089/neu.2016.4668).

*Lindbergh, C.A., *Mewborn, C., Hammond, B.R., Renzi-Hammond, L., Curran-Celentano, J., Miller, L.S. (2017). The relationship of lutein and zeaxanthin to neurocognitive functioning: An fMRI study of older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 23, 11-22. doi:10.1017/S1355617716000850

Grants (current)

Neuroimaging Photochromic Processes, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Miller, L. S., PI; Hammond, B.R., Co-I. 12/01/2015 – 12/31/2020. Description:  Exploring brain effects of light filtering on glare susceptibility and discomfort in younger and older adults.

Mind over Matters Challenge, National Collegiate Athletics Association & Department of Defense, Schmidt, J.D., PI; Suggs, D.W., Gierema, Gierema, L.B., Courson, R.W., & Miller, L.S., Co-Is. 02/01/2016 – 01/31/2019. Description:  Development of an evidenced-based, multi-venue concussion education and reporting intervention.

Neuroimaging Research Program, John and Mary Franklin Foundation, J. McDowell, B. Clements, L.S. Miller, and H. Dailey, Co-PIs. 11/01/2013 – 10/31/2018. $300,000, funded. Description:  Multiyear funding support for a graduate student training program in neuroimaging.

Cognitive control as an intervention in older adults, Miller, L.S., PI, Devos H. & Adinwuntan, A. Co-Is. 09/01/2018 - 08/31/2019.

Selected Professional Activities

American Psychological Association (APA), Fellow. Division 20, Division 28, Division 40

Association for Psychological Science (APS), Member.

National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN), Fellow

International Neuropsychological Society (INS)

UGA Institute of Gerontology Affiliate Faculty

Associate Editor, Neuropsychology Review; Editorial Board, Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology; Current Psychology

Other Links

Psychology Clinic

Bioimaging Research Center (BIRC)

Current Graduate Students

Catherine M. Mewborn, Ph.D. 2019:

Marissa Gogniat:

Talia Robinson:

Kharine Jean:

Past Graduate Students

Cutter A. Lindbergh, Ph.D., 2018:

Douglas P. Terry, Ph.D., 2016:

Antonio N. (Nick) Puente, Ph.D., 2014:

Courtney Brown, Ph.D., 2013:

Carlos Faraco, Ph.D., 2012:

Fayeza Ahmed, Ph.D., 2011:

Meghan Mitchell, Ph.D., 2009:

Amie Austin (Peloquin), Ph.D., 2008:

Yfat Kessel, Ph.D., 2008:

Tanja Mani, Ph.D., 2006:

Monica Lewis, Ph.D. 2004:

Jeffrey Bedwell, Ph.D. 2004:

Elizabeth Outman (Schaen), Ph.D. 2003:

Clea Evans, Ph.D. 1999:

Tracy Waldeck, Ph.D. 1999:

Scott Miller, Ph.D. 1998:
Sherry Burns, Ph.D. 1997.

Lab office:
Psychology Rm 415
Lab phone:
(706) 542-3076

1980     B.A., Psychology, California State University, Chico, CA.

1986     M.S., Psychology, New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, NM.

1990     Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Mississippi, Oxford, MS.

1991     Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical & Research Neuropsychology, Department of Psychology, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA.

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