Deborah Barany, PhD

Deborah Barany, PhD

Deborah Barany, PhD
Deborah Barany, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

Pound Hall 216

105 Foster Road

Athens, GA 30602


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Georgia, 2018 – 2020

Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University, 2016 – 2018

PhD, Dynamical Neuroscience, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2016

MA, Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013

BA, Neuroscience; Mathematics, Hamilton College, 2011

Honors / Awards / Achievements

Interdisciplinary Grant Proposal Incentive Program Award, University of Georgia, 2022

Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research Award, American Society of Neurorehabilitation, 2021

Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015

Capital One Academic All-American Second Team, 2011

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, Scholarship & Excellence in Education Foundation, 2010

Selected Publications

Barany, D. A., Lacey, S., Matthews, K. L., Nygaard, L. C., & Sathian, K. (2023). Neural basis of sound-symbolic pseudoword-shape correspondences. Neuropsychologia, 108657.

Gómez-Granados, A.M, Kurtzer, I., Gordon, S., *Barany, D.A., & *Singh, T. (2023). Object motion influences feedforward motor responses during mechanical stopping of virtual projectiles: A preliminary study. Experimental Brain Research. Advance online publication, doi:10.1007/s00221-023-06576-y

*joint senior authorship


*Gómez-Granados, A.M, *Barany, D. A., Schrayer, M., Kurtzer, I., Bonnet, C., & Singh, T. (2021). Age-related deficits in rapid visuomotor decision-making. Journal of Neurophysiology. 126(5):1592-1603. doi: 10.1152/jn.00073.2021

*equal contribution


Barany, D. A., Revill, K. P., Caliban, A., Vernon, I., Shukla, A., Sathian, K., & Buetefisch, C. M. (2020). Primary motor cortical activity during unimanual movements with increasing demand on precision. Journal of Neurophysiology. doi: 10.1152/jn.00546.2019

Latchoumane, C.V.,* Barany, D.A.,* Karumbaiah, L., & Singh, T. (2020). Neurostimulation and reach-to-grasp function recovery following acquired brain injury: insight from pre-clinical rodent models and human applications. Frontiers in Neurology, 11, 835. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2020.00835.
*equal contribution

Barany, D. A., Gómez-Granados, A., Schrayer, M., Cutts, S. A., & Singh, T. (2020). Perceptual decisions about object shape bias visuomotor coordination during rapid interception movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 123(6):2235-2248. doi: 10.1152/jn.00098.2020

Barany, D.A., Della-Maggiore, V., Viswanathan, S., Cieslak, M., & Grafton, S. T. (2014). Feature interactions enable decoding of sensorimotor transformations for goal-directed movement. The Journal of Neuroscience, 34(20), 6860-6873.

Grant Support

National Center of Neuromodulation for Rehabilitation Pilot Grant (PI), 2023 – 2024

Georgia Clinical and Translational Science Alliance (CTSA) Pilot Grants Project (Co-I), 2022 – 2023

Oregon Health & Science University Medical Research Foundation Grant (Consultant), 2022 – 2023

American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2018 – 2020

NIH Georgia StrokeNet Fellow for Emory University, 2017

NIH T32 Postdoctoral Training Grant, Translational Research in Neurology, Emory University, 2016

Affiliates Graduate Dissertation Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2015

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, 2014

Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2014

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2011-2014

Elihu Root Fellowship for Graduate Study, Hamilton College, 2011

Educational Activities

M1 small group facilitator and Large Group Instructor for M1 Brain & Behavior

Scholarship & Research

Neural mechanisms of goal-directed movement
Motor control
Functional neuroimaging
Non-invasive brain stimulation

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