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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 Mary Ward Black on Dissertation Defense

Congratulations to Mary Ward Black, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Confirmatory Factor Analyses of the Parental Authority Questionnaire: Southern Influences on Its Validity." She will be officially Dr. Black after completing her internship at Mississippi State Hospital. She is pictured with her committee, from left to right: Dr. E. Samuel Winer, Mary Ward, Dr. Cliff McKinney (Chair), and Dr. Arazais Oliveros.

Dr. Michael Nadorff wins SBSM Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Nadorff, recipient of the 2017 Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award. The SBSM presents this award to scientists who have made significant scientific or clinical contributions to behavioral sleep medicine as exemplified by innovations in service delivery, dissemination, and public policy.

Congratulations to Ethan D. Lantz on Graduate Student Research Symposium Win!

On Thursday, March 30th, Ethan D. Lantz was awarded second place in the Social and Behavioral Sciences category for his poster presentation titled "The Mediation of Gratitude on the Relation between Religiosity and Satisfaction with Life." Ethan is a second-year doctoral student in the Applied Psychology Department, Clinical Psychology. He is pictured with his advisor, Dr. Danielle Nadorff.

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.

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