Desiree Isis Sharpe


Desiree Sharpe received her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia Psychology Department in 2014. She specialized in behavioral neuroendocrinology and cognitive neuroscience, with an emphasis on problem-solving and inhibitory control in nonhuman primates. In addition to teaching a wide variety of undergraduate courses (i.e., introductory psychology, research methods, statistics, comparative biopsychology), Dr. Sharpe also taught gifted high school students for the Duke Talent Identification Program at UGA over her summer breaks during her doctorate program. Through teaching the TIP class, The Brain, Intelligence, & Creativity, Dr. Sharpe discovered her love for working with high school students, as well as the importance of creativity research and integrating creativity into high school curriculum. Dr. Sharpe currently works at the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development in the UGA College of Education.

Areas of Expertise

  • Creative problem solving
  • Education programming
  • Neuroscience curriculum (high school)
  • Inhibitory control and decision-making


  • Creativity and resilience
  • Creative problem solving
  • Incubation Model of Teaching (IMT)
  • Neuroscience of creative thinking strategies
  • Cognition and learned helplessness


  •  Ph.D. in Psychology, 2014
    University of Georgia
  •  M.A. in Psychology, 2007
    Northern Arizona University
  •  B.S. in Psychology, 2005
    Northern Arizona University


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