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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

Congratulations to Dr. E. Samuel Winer

The College of Arts & Sciences 2017 Research Award in the Social & Behavioral Sciences was awarded to Dr. E. Samuel Winer. Dr. Winer is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Winer was also selected to be move forward to compete for the Office for Research and Economic Development University-Level Research Award.

Introducing Dr. Lauren Harris

Congratulations to Lauren Harris who successfully defended her dissertation on March 10, 2017. The title of her dissertation is "Examining the Influence of Encoding versus Retrieval Factors on Metamemory." She is pictured with her chair, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin (second from left) and her committee, including from left to right Dr. Jarrod Moss, Dr. Gary Bradshaw, and Dr. Wendy Herd.

Congratulations to Clinical PHD Students

Congratulations to all six of the Clinical Psychology PhD Program students who "matched" for their pre-doctoral internships. Pictured from left to right, along with their internship location, are: Brittany Kinman - Texas Juvenile Justice Department/Mart Residential TC, Mart, TX AJ Kwan - University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX Joanna Hachtel - Southeast Human Service Center, Fargo, ND Jessica Bryant - Mississippi State Hospital, Whitfield, MS Courtney Walker - Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, LA Taban Salem - Stony Brook University Consortium Internship Program, Stony Brook, NY

Welcome Dr. Emily Stafford, Academic Coordinator

The Psychology Department welcomes Dr. Emily Stafford as the new Academic Coordinator. Dr. Stafford completed her undergraduate work at The University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. She earned an M.Ed. in Community Agency Counseling and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Auburn University, finishing in 2014. Her background includes work in student affairs, community mental health, teaching, supervision, and research related to diversity issues. She looks forward to providing advising to students and assisting with other departmental tasks. Her favorite activities include hiking in Noxubee Wildlife Refuge , eating at Bulldog Burger, and reading The Little Blue Truck with her toddler.

Mississippi State University Chapter of Psi Chi Sponsors Walk

Psi Chi, the Psychology Honors Society, is coordinating Starkville's first NEDA Walk! NEDA is the National Eating Disorder Association which provides services and outreach for individuals struggling with disordered eating. The Association holds these Walks as a way to fundraise and spread the word about the dangers of eating disorders. Psi Chi is very excited and honored to be able to bring this event to MSU's campus and we hope you can join us in all the fun! The Walk is February 25th at the Chadwick Lake by the Sanderson with registration beginning at 8:30 am. You can access the website to sign up for the Walk here:

Congratulations PHD Graduates!!

The Cognitive Science Doctoral Program graduated three PHD students at the December 9, 2016 commencement ceremony. Pictured from left to right are Dr. Winston Jones and Dr. Drew Cranford, with their advisor Dr. Jarrod Moss behind them, followed by Dr. Elaine Tan and her advisor, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin behind her.

New Society of Scholars Inductee Allison Lee Bruning

The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that Allison Lee Bruning, Psychology major, was inducted into the Society of Scholars on November 1st, 2016. The honors organization recognizes top university students each semester from all majors who have demonstrated the highest standard of academic excellence while pursuing a broad exposure to courses in the arts, sciences and humanities. She was introduced by Dr. Michael Pratte. She is pictured with Provost Judy Bonner.

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