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Deborah A. Barany

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology

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Office Location

115H Ramsey Center
330 River Road
Athens, Georgia 30602

Affiliated Units

Areas of Expertise

  • Motor Control
  • Functional neuroimaging
  • Non-invasive brain stimulation
  • Neurorehabilitation

Research Interests

  • Goal-directed movement
  • Sensorimotor decision-making
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Translational neuroscience

Programs of Study

Research Summary

Dr. Deborah Barany's research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying goal-directed movement, using a combination of behavioral (movement kinematics, augmented reality, eye-tracking), neuroimaging (functional MRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy) and neurostimulation (transcranial magnetic stimulation) methods. Her current research examines (1) how movements are planned and updated while in motion, and (2) how new perceptual and decision-related information is integrated into online movement plans. The long-term goal of this research is to establish a basic human motor neuroscience framework to investigate impairments in goal-directed movements prevalent after brain injury or in neurodegenerative diseases.


Dr. Barany received her bachelor's degree in neuroscience and mathematics from Hamilton College in Clinton, NY. She received her master's degree in Psychology and Ph.D. in Dynamical Neuroscience at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and completed postdoctoral fellowships focusing on stroke neurorehabilitation and sensorimotor neuroscience at Emory University and the University of Georgia. At UGA, Dr. Barany directs the Brain and Action Laboratory and co-directs the Neurostimulation Laboratory. She also teaches in the pre-clinical curriculum at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership on the UGA Health Sciences Campus.


Degree Concentration Institution Year
B.A. Neuroscience; Mathematics Hamilton College 2011
M.A. Psychology University of California, Santa Barbara 2013
Ph.D. Dynamical Neuroscience University of California, Santa Barbara 2016
Postdoc Neurology Emory University 2018
Postdoc Kinesiology University of Georgia 2020

Awards and Accolades

Year Award From
2011 - 2014 Graduate Research Fellowship National Science Foundation
2015 Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship University of California, Santa Barbara
2016 Postdoctoral Training Grant National Institutes of Health (Emory University)
2017 Georgia StrokeNet Fellowship National Institutes of Health (Emory University)
2018 - 2020 Postdoctoral Fellowship American Heart Association