Faculty/Staff Directory

Alicia Briganti, PhD

Alicia Briganti, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Derrell Roberts Library
Room 239
650 College Dr. Dalton, GA 30720

Office Hours

FALL 2023

PSYC 2103 MW 12:30-1:45pm
PSYC 3950 online

Student Hours:



Ph.D. Cognitive-Developmental Psychology, Louisiana State University 
M.A. Developmental Psychology, University of Texas-Austin 
B.S. Psychology, Louisiana State University


Dr. Briganti was born and raised in Louisiana. She earned both her B.S. (in psychology) and Ph.D. (in cognitive-developmental psychology) from Louisiana State University and her M.A. (in developmental psychology) from the University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Briganti first became interested in psychology after taking a child psychology course at LSU, and she pursued her interest in child psychology while working in the Children’s Research Lab at UT-Austin under the direction of Dr. Les Cohen. Her master’s thesis focused on how infants use social cues, such as pointing and head-turning, to learn labels for unfamiliar objects. Dr. Briganti then transferred to LSU to complete her graduate school training under the advisement of Dr. Emily Elliott. Dr. Briganti’s doctorate work went in a slightly different direction at LSU, where she focused on time-of-day preferences as well as developmental changes in cognitive ability. Her dissertation topic focused on how being a "morning person" versus an "evening person" might differentially affect how we distribute our attentional resources to completing various tasks. Current topics of interest to Dr. Briganti include research in teaching and learning, various learning strategies, and how the use of technology in educational settings impacts student learning.

In addition to her family, what Dr. Briganti misses most about Louisiana is attending LSU sporting events/tailgating (Geaux Tigers!) and good Cajun food. However, she enjoys working at Dalton State and having the opportunity to share her passion for psychology with her students. She especially enjoys the more personal interactions with students in small classroom environments at DSC.

Course Name/Overview

Course Name Course Overview
PSYC 1101: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 2000: Careers in Psychology
PSYC 2103: Human Development
PSYC 3325: Social Psychology
PSYC 3710: Child Psychology
PSYC 3720: Adolescent Psychology
PSYC 3950: Cognitive Psychology