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Lori Furbush, Ph.D.

Lori Furbush
Title: Senior Lecturer
Psychological Science

Office: Cumming
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Dr. Furbush graduated from North Georgia College, as it was known then, with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in English.  She got her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from UGA.  She also has a Certificate in Gerontology from UGA, and more recently, a Certificate in Clinical Research (2013 from Gwinnett Tech).  After graduate school, Dr. Furbush worked at the VAMC Rehab R & D Center and at Emory University as a research scientist specializing in Health & Gerontological Research.  For the most part, she was a statistician and project manager for various studies being conducted at Emory and at the VAMC.   When her first child was born, she decided to stay at home with him for a while, but after 2 years of being at home, Dr. Furbush decided she would go crazy if she had to watch one more episode of Barney, so she started teaching part-time at North Georgia.  Dr. Furbush taught here from 2001 to 2009, taught at Georgia Gwinnett College from 2010-2013, and then came back here full-time last year as a lecturer.  She lives in Forsyth County with her husband Jeff, their two sons, Drew and Zach, and three dogs.  

Courses Taught


Introduction to Psychology

Human Growth and Development

Theories of Personality

Health Psychology  


Social Psychology

Advanced Developmental Psychology

Research Methods for the Social Sciences


  • Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Georgia, 1997
  • , Gerontology Certificate, University of Georgia, 1996
  • M.S., Psychology, University of Georgia, 1994
  • B.S., Psychology, minor in English, North Georgia College, 1991

Research/Special Interests

Dr. Furbush is interested in emotional and social development, particularly personality development and how it can be modified by parenting practices. How does inborn temperament interact with environmental factors (including attachment) to produce different personality and behavioral outcomes?  On a more personal level, she's been doing a lot of genealogical research in her spare time.  It's one of her main passions in life. 

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