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Welcome to the Department of Psychology at Mississippi State University. Here you can view the exciting research that is being conducted by our world class faculty and the rewarding opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students.

Mississippi State University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a doctoral university with higher research activity. In addition, we are a land grant institution. In line with this unique status in the state, our faculty is committed to educating and serving the people of Mississippi through advancement of the science and application of psychology.

Departmental News

Dr. Virgil Zeigler-Hill to Speak

Dr. Virgil Zeigler-Hill will be the 2018 Psi Chi Honors Society in Psychology invited speaker. Dr. Zeigler-Hill is Professor and Director of Graduate Training at Oakland University in Rochester, MI. He conducts research on self-esteem, "dark" personality features such as narcissism and psychopathy, and interpersonal relationships. Dr. Zeigler-Hill will give a talk targeted for undergraduates on Thursday, April 19th at 4:00 in 2030 Old Main Academic Center titled "The Fragile Nature of High Self-Esteem." He will give a talk for faculty and graduate students on Friday, April 20th at 12:00 in 2240 Old Main Academic Center as part of a joint meeting of the Clinical and Cognitive Science Graduate Research Brown Bag titled "The Narcissistic Pursuit of Status and Respect." Don't miss these exciting talks!

Psi Chi Induction Ceremony to be Held

Psi Chi will hold its induction ceremony on Thursday, April 19th at 5:30 in the Colvard Student Union Ballroom U. For more information, contact or Dr. Andy Jarosz at

Psychology Club Annual Field Trip

Join the MSU Undergraduate Psychology Club for our annual field trip! We will be visiting the Pink Palace Museum in Memphis, TN (cost around $15), which has a diverse collection of natural science, history, and technology exhibits. All MSU students and faculty are welcome to join. This will be a day-long trip on April 21st, and we will be organizing cars and drivers as people sign up to attend. To sign up, or request more information, please email Megan Peck at We hope to see you there!

Dr. Andrew Jarosz Featured in Harvard Business Review

Dr. Andrew Jarosz was recently featured in the Harvard Business Review about his research on alcohol and creativity. The link to the article is here.

Dr. Janet W. Kwan Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Dr. Janet W. Kwan who successfully defended her dissertation titled "Parent and Child Perceived Coping Socialization During Peer Conflict: A Qualitative Study" on March 26th, 2018. She is pictured here with her committee Chair, Dr. Cliff McKinney (far right) and committee member, Dr. Michael Nadorff. Other committee members not pictured were Dr. Arazais Oliveros and Dr. Kristina Hood.

Lily Hebert Inducted into the Society of Scholars

Congratulations to Lily Hebert on being inducted into the Society of Scholars in a ceremony held on April 17, 2018. Lily is pursuing a dual major in English and Psychology with a minor in Linguistics. She is a member of the Shackhouls Honors College and is working on her Cursus Honorum. Lily was introduced by her Honors Thesis advisor, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin.

Dr. E. Samuel Winer named 2017 Association for Psychological Science Rising Star

The Department of Psychology proudly congratulates Dr. E. Samuel Winer on being named the 2017 Association for Psychological Science Rising Star. This prestigious early career honor recognizes "outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career post-PhD whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions." The University released a press release about Dr. Winer's appointment that can be accessed at

Congratulations to Brittany Kinman on her dissertation defense!

Congratulations to Dr. Brittany A. Kinman who successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Using the Health Belief Model to Identify Factors that Prevent Non-Prescription Stimulant Use", on Friday, December 8, 2017. She is pictured with her committee from left, Dr. Michael R. Nadorff, co-chair Dr. Kevin J. Armstrong, Dr. Kinman, co-chair Dr. Kristina B. Hood, and Dr. Cliff McKinney.

Clinical Doctoral Program Graduates First PhDs

Congratulations to the first four doctoral students to graduate from the Clinical doctoral program in the Department of Psychology at Mississippi State. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Destiny Peterson, Dr. Shea Golding, Dr. Mary Ward Black, and Dr. Christopher Webb.

Dr. Winston Jones is Awarded Post-Doctoral Position

Dr. Winston Jones, a recent graduate of the Cognitive Science doctoral program, will be starting a post-doctoral position in January at Baylor University. He will be working in Michael Scullin's Sleep Neuroscience and Cognition Lab to evaluate the efficacy of training people with mild Alzheimer's Disease to use smartphone applications as prospective memory aids. Congratulations and best of luck to Dr. Jones!

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