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Thanks for visiting my page! I'm currently in my third year as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oglethorpe University. This semester (Fall 2021) I am teaching undergraduate courses in Statistics and Research Methods, Learning and Conditioning, and Introduction to Psychology. Below you will find more information about my background and interests both within and beyond academia!


Sidni A. Justus, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Psychology
Oglethorpe University
4484 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA  30319






Make a life.  Make a living.  Make a difference.

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Expected May 2019

Ph.D., Psychology


M.S., Psychology

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • ​​Advisor: Dr. Jenny L. Singleton

  • Dissertation: “Early Predictors of Autism: Exploring Variable-Centered and Person-Centered Analysis Approaches” (proposed in July 2018, passed with minor revisions)

  • Minor concentration: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

  • Preliminary exam: "On the Spectrum: Review of the Diagnostic, Theoretical, and Treatment Literatures of Autism" (passed without revisions in April 2018)

  • Committee (prelims/dissertation): Jenny Singleton (chair), Christopher Hertzog, Lizanne DeStefano, Agata Rozga, Christopher Stanzione 

  • Honors/Awards:

    • Graduate Teaching Fellows Program (Center for Teaching & Learning, 2018)

    • Graduate Student Instructor of the Year (Center for Teaching & Learning, 2018)

    • Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year (School of Psychology, 2018)

B.S., Psychology
August 2019

Ph.D., Cognition & Brain Science Psychology

Georgia Institute of Technology

May 2017

M.S., Cognition & Brain Science Psychology

Georgia Institute of Technology

May 2014
B.S., Psychology

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Summa Cum Laude

  • Thesis: "The transmission of unique information in work teams: A social network perspective"

    • Committee: Leslie DeChurch (chair), Frank Durso

Trion High School (Trion, GA)

Teaching Experience
  • Introductory psychology
  • Research design/methodology

  • Foundational developmental psychology (e.g., lifespan approach or any segment thereof)

  • Advanced topics of typical and/or atypical developmental psychology (e.g., history and research methods in Autism Spectrum Disorder)

  • Statistics for social sciences (i.e., quantitative & qualitative approaches to analysis)

  • Personality Theory

  • Learning and Conditioning

Teaching Interests

University Level Teaching

Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA


Visiting Assistant Professor

* if currently teaching

(# of sections)

*Psych Stats & Methods:

  • Fall 2021 (2 sections)

  • enrollment: 10 per section

*Learning & Conditioning:

  • Fall 2021 (1), Fall 2020 (1)

  • enrollment: 25 

*Introduction to Psychology:

  • Fall 2021 (1), Spring 2021 (1), Fall 2020 (2), Spring 2020 (2) Fall 2019 (2)

  • enrollment: 22-25 per section

Personality Theory:

  • Summer 2021 (1)

  • enrollment: 4 

Developmental Psychology:

  • Spring 2021 (3), Summer 2020 (1), Fall 2019 (1)

  • enrollment: 14-25 per section 

Social Networking:

  • Spring 2020 (1)

  • enrollment: 23 

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA


Instructor of Record

General Psychology:

  • Spring 2019

  • enrollment: 88

  • effectiveness rating 4.9/5.0

Human Development:

  • Spring 2018

  • enrollment 69

  • effectiveness rating 4.6/5.0

General Psychology:

  • Fall 2017

  • enrollment 105

  • effectiveness rating 4.8/5.0



General Psychology:

  • Fall 2016

  • enrollment: 72


Teaching Assistant

Human Development:

  • Fall 2018

  • enrollment: 79

Research Methods

  • Fall 2015, 2016;
    Spring 2015

  • avg. enrollment: 71

General Psychology

  • Fall 2014, Spring 2016

  • avg. enrollment: 140


Research Interests

My current research interests include memory, emotion, and factors affecting quality of life and aging in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. 

Currently I am working with Dr. Audrey Duarte (PI; University of Texas at Austin) on multiple grant-funded projects investigating emotion regulation, sleep, and memory in autism. 

My doctoral work was completed under my advisor, Dr. Jenny Singleton, who is now at Stony Brook University in the Department of Linguistics. The webpage for our previous GT lab page can be found here


Award Submission Reviewer 

 President's Undergraduate Research Awards
(Georgia Tech)


Workshop Instructor

Atlanta Regional Brain Bee (Atlanta Chapter for the Society of Neuroscience (ACSfN))


Conference Submission Reviewer
Southeastern Psychological Association (SEPA)


Camp Instructor 
Summer Peaks Program (Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics & Computing (CEISMC)) 


Though I've crossed the Ph.D. finish line, my nonacademic life consists of supporting my better half, Connor, as he chases our family's other 3 letter dream (MLB) of playing professional baseball at the major league level. Connor was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels back in 2016. Since then, our two beagles, Yoshi and Peach, and I spend the majority of our free time from February to October traveling to various cities (read: minor league ballparks) across the U.S. or live streaming to cheer on our favorite infielder. Baseball given us many new friends, an appreciation for airline and hotel rewards points, and endless fun memories. Our most recent stops in the 2021 season have been in Florida as CJ has played for the Miami Marlin's AA (Pensacola Blue Wahoos) and AAA (Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp) affiliates. 


My husband and I both share a love for Georgia Tech which is where we met. He played baseball for the Jackets and I cheered. Cheerleading brought me so many amazing experiences and I'm grateful for my time on the Flats. 

Favorite games: GT vs. UGA 2014 & Orange Bowl 2014


Fun Fact: I also cheered at the State-rival school (University of Georgia) for two years prior to transferring to GT.

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