Spillers named new head of Pre-Health Advising Office
Writer: Tracy N. Coley
Gregory Spillers, former academic advisor in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, is the new coordinator of the University of Georgia Pre-Health Advising Office.
Spillers has advised approximately 300 students majoring in biology, cell biology and pre-professional concentrations in healthcare fields each semester for the last three years. He has worked to connect students with volunteer and research opportunities, developed a set of pre-health resources on various healthcare career options, and written recommendation letters for internships, scholarships and graduate programs to help them through post-graduation plans, including medical, dental and other healthcare fields. As an advisor, he also has worked closely with the staff in the Pre-Health Advising Office to assist students with the medical school application process.
Spillers has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and a master’s degree in cognitive psychology from UGA. He is currently a doctoral candidate in educational psychology at UGA. His research interests include learning, reading comprehension, and memorial processes in children and adults, as well as individual differences in memory and attention. His research has been published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, Encyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning, and Memory and Cognition.
“Ever since I first stepped on campus, I have been committed to helping students achieve academic success at UGA,” says Spillers. “Without a doubt, my time as an academic advisor has been the most fruitful of my professional career. As the coordinator of the Pre-Health Advising Office, I am looking forward to continuing the previously established programs, orientations, and health career fairs while also expanding our office’s scope to address the needs of those students interested in allied health careers.”
Over the course of the last several months, the Premedical Advising Office has transitioned to a Pre-Health Advising Office in order to better serve UGA students interested in pursuing a career in the ever-increasing array of health fields, including allied health, physical therapy, and research, in addition to the traditional medical, dental, optometric and other fields.
“Greg is an ideal fit for this position in a unit that has a newly expanded focus on supporting students interested in a wide variety of healthcare fields,” said Naomi Norman, associate vice president for instruction. “His experience in guiding students through this process as an advisor, coupled with his research interests in educational psychology, will help us better meet the needs of our students.”
The Pre-Health Advising Office is a unit of the Office of the Vice President for Instruction.