Dr. Anastasia Kerr-German

Assistant Professor of Psychology

headshot of anastasia kerr-germanDr. Anastasia Kerr-German is an assistant professor of psychology at Mercer University. Her specialty is developmental cognitive neuroscience. She teaches research methods, statistics, and neuroscience courses in psychology.


  • Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, University of Tennessee
  • M.A. in Experimental Psychology, University of Tennessee
  • B.S. in Psychology, Georgia College & State University


Human neuroscience, executive functioning, attention, risk for psychopathology

Professional Interests

Dr. Kerr-German’s research interests focus on understanding how children’s brains process the information in the world around them and what individual factors might lead to different developmental trajectories and long-term outcomes. To explore these questions, she utilizes methods such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and eye tracking. Currently, she is exploring the relationship between early developing attentional processing and executive functioning in toddlers, risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in toddlers, and the relationship between functional connectivity and ocular-motor control and behavior in children ages 2 to 7 years old.

Other Interests

Dr. Kerr-German enjoys travel, trying new food, coffee, rock climbing, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Recent Publications

  • Kerr-German, A.N. (2023) “Delays in Neural Attention Network Development Underpins Working-Memory Strategy Differences in 2- to 5-Year-Olds With and Without Risk for ADHD.” Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 62(10), 384-S385.
  • Kerr-German, A.N., et al. (2023). “Cultivating the toddler data desert with the Visual Attention Processing Protocol (VAPP): A novel scalable measure of individual differences in attentional processing from 2 to 6 years old.” Cognitive Development, 68(1).
  • Heim, H.R., Lowery, K., Eddings, R., Nikam, B., Kerr-German, A.N., & Buss, A.T. (2023) “Examining Neural Dynamics During Dimensional Label Comprehension and Production as a Function of Dimensional Attention.” Journal of Cognition and Development, DOI: 10.1080/15248372.2023.2256859
  • Kerr-German, A.N., White, S., Santosa, H., Buss, A.T., & Doucet, G. (2022). “Assessing the Relationship Between Maternal Risk for ADHD and Functional Connectivity in their Biological Toddlers.” European Psychiatry.
  • Kerr-German, A.N., Namuth, A., Santosa, H., Buss, A.T., & White, S. (2022). “To Snack or Not to Snack: What are the Neural Underpinnings of Delayed Inhibitory Control in Toddlers?” Developmental Science.
  • Kerr-German, A.N., & Buss, A.T. (2020) “Exploring the neural basis of selective and flexible dimensional attention: An fNIRS study.” Journal of Cognition and Development.
  • Buss, A.T., Kerr-German, A.N. (2019). “Dimensional attention as a mechanism of executive function: Integrating flexibility, selectivity, and stability.” Cognition, 192.
  • Seraphin, S.B., Grizzell, J.A., Kerr-German, A.N., Perkins, M.A., Grzanka, P.R., Hardin, E. (2019). “A conceptual framework for non-disposable assignments: Inspiring implementation, innovation, and research.” Psychology of Learning & Teaching, 18(1), 84-97.

Contact Dr. Anastasia Kerr-German

(478) 301-2511
Office: Willet Science Center, Room 125