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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

Study Abroad Opportunity - Psychology of Evil

This Maymester (May 5th-25th, 2018) study abroad trip to Germany & Poland will try to make sense of the senselessness of collective human evil (e.g., the Holocaust) by examining the toxic mix of destructive leadership, dangerous speeck, sucseptible followers, and conducive enviromnents. For more information contact Dr. H. Colleen Sinclair at or go to

Study Abroad Opportunity - European Foundations in Psychology, Psychiatry, and Mental Health

Explore the epicenter of the beginnings of psychology - Vienna and Prague. Learn about the far-reaching contributions of Sigmund Freud and his lasting impact on psychology that is present even today. Walk where so may influential others who shaped psychology have walked, learn about their journey, and imagine what it was like to be on the cusp of developing one of the most interesting and popular disciplines of the modern culture. Visit palaces, castles, parks, museums, and exhibits and see their significance and relevance in a new way. Let psychology come alive and life in your life like never before. For more information contact Dr. Ty Abernathy

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!

Congratulations to Courtney Walker on her dissertation defense!

Congratulations to the new Dr. Courtney Walker, who successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "The Creation and Validation of the Domains of Young Adult Discipline Scale (DYADS)", on Friday, October 20, 2017. She is pictured with her committee, from left to right, Dr. Arazais Oliveros, Dr. Cliff McKinney (chair), Dr. Walker, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin, and Dr. Andrew Jarosz.

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