Dr. Pearcey earned her MA and PhD degrees from Georgia State University in Behavioral Neuroscience. During the 2000–2001 academic year she completed a postdoctoral teaching fellowship in the Psychology Department at Furman University. Dr. Pearcey's research interests are in the areas of physiological and psychological measures of stress and the effects of stress on health. Dr. Pearcey serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Southeastern Psychological Association. She is also a member of the honors council and an honors mentor here at KSU. She has published her research in several journals including Physiology & Behavior, Appetite, and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.