Departmental News

Clinical Faculty and Affiliated Clincal Faculty Accepting PHD Applicants for Fall 2018 Admissions

The PhD program in Clinical Psychology trains scientist-practitioners in the Boulder model. The program looks to produce psychological scientists who complete their training prepared for either an academic career, or for service to the community as a scientifically-informed clinical practitioner. The Clinical Psychology program at Mississippi State University is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The following Clinical faculty and affiliated faculty are accepting students for Fall 2018 admissions to the Clinical PHD program: Clinical Faculty: Dr. Hilary DeShong, Dr. Kevin Armstrong, Dr. Cliff McKinney, Dr. Michael Nadorff, Dr. Arazais Oliveros. Affiliated Clinical Faculty: Dr. Carolyn Adams-Price, Dr. Danielle Nadorff, Dr. Colleen Sinclair Please go to the People link at the top of this page and click on the faculty name for more information about each faculty member. For more information about the Clinical program go to the Graduate Programs link and click on Clinical Program. Applications are due by December 1st.

Cognitive Science Faculty Accepting PHD Applications for Fall 2018 Admissions

The Cognitive Science PHD program employs techniques from several disciplines to train students to become expert scientists in the field of cognitive science. Faculty areas of expertise have far-reaching real-world applications, allowing graduates to pursue careers in many fields, both within and outside of academia. Research areas in this program include memory and metamemory, problem solving and decision making, working memory, visual attention and perception, learning, computational modeling, and language acquisition, comprehension, and production. The following Cognitive Science faculty are accepting students for Fall 2018 admissions: Dr. Laura Allen, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin, Dr. Andrew Jarosz, Dr. Jarrod Moss, Dr. Michael Pratte. Please go to the People link at the top of this page and click on the faculty name for more information about each faculty member. For more information about the Cognitive Science program, go to the Graduate Programs link and click on Cognitive Science Program. Applications are due by December 1st.

Dr. Michael Nadorff Named Deans Eminent Scholar

Dr. Michael Nadorff (left), pictured with Dr. Rick Travis, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, was named 2017 Dean's Eminent Scholar at the College of Arts & Sciences Fall General Faculty Meeting on October 17, 2017. The award carries an allocated research support fund of $3000, along with a cash award of $2000 per year for three years. The Dean's Eminent Scholar Fund is intended to support the research and creative activities of the recipient. Congratulations, Dr. Nadorff!

Dr. Clifford McKinney Recognized for Outstanding Mentoring

Dr. Clifford McKinney (left), pictured with Dr. Rick Travis, the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, was presented with the 2017 Phil and Kari Oldham Outstanding Faculty Mentor award at the College of Arts & Sciences Fall General Faculty Meeting on October, 17. The award carries an cash award of $1000. The award was established through the generosity of the Hunter Henry Family in honor and recognition of Philip B. Oldham, who served as a professor of Chemistry, department head, and dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. It was established to recognize a faculty member who has made a special effort to impact the lives and careers of their students. Congratulations, Dr. McKinney!

Dr. Danielle Nadorff wins Cross-College Grant

Congratulations to Dr. D. Nadorff for being one of the 2017 awardees of the MSU Office of Research and Economic Development's Cross-College Grant Program! Dr. Nadorff, P.I., along with co-investigators Joe Wilmoth, Ph.D., an associate professor of Human Sciences and Family Studies, and Ethan Lantz, M.S., one of Dr. Nadorff's graduate students, were awarded funding for a project titled "Counting your blessings: Improving mental health outcomes through gratitude training in a custodial grandchild population." This project will be integrated with Dr. Nadorff's "Grandfamilies Support Group of Starkville, MS," a Relatives As Parents Program funded by the Brookdale Foundation Group.

Congratulations to Taban Salem!

Congratulations to the new Dr. Taban Salem, who successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "An Experimental Investigation of Causal Explanations for Depression and Willingness to Accept Treatment", on Friday, October 13, 2017. She is pictured with her committee, from left to right, Dr. Jennifer C. Veilleux (on screen), Dr. E. Samuel Winer (Chair), Dr. Cliff McKinney, and Dr. Michael R. Nadorff.

Courtney S. Walker to Defend Dissertation

Courtney S. Walker will defend her dissertation, entitled "The Creation and Validation of the Domains of Young Adult Discipline Scale (DYADS)", on Friday, October 20, 2017 at 1:15 PM in the Magruder Hall Conference Room. Her chair is Dr. Cliff McKinney and her committee is Dr. Arazais Oliveros, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin, and Dr. Andrew Jarosz. All interested parties are invited to attend.

Congratulations to Jessica S. Bryant!

Jessica S. Bryant successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Investigating Individual differences Associated with Preferences for Depression Treatment", on Thursday, July 20th. She is pictured (center) with her committee from left to right: Dr. Cliff McKinney, Dr. Kevin Armstrong, Dr. E. Samuel Winer (Chair), and Dr. Michael Nadorff.

Congratulations to Joanna Hacthel!

Joanna C. Hachtel successfully defended her dissertation, entitled "Developing a Short-Form Measure to Predict Illicit Use of Prescription Stimulants", on Tuesday, July 18th. She is pictured here (center) with her committee from left to right: Dr. Cliff McKinney, Dr. Torri M. Jones, Dr. Kevin J. Armstrong (Chair), and Dr. Michael R. Nadorff (Co-Chair).

Dr. Michael R. Nadorff Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Dr. Michael R. Nadorff was awarded the 2017 Art Spielman Early Career Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. The Award was given at the annual SLEEP meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies LLC in Boston, Massachusetts. Congratulations Dr. Nadorff!

Congratulations to Shea Golding on her Dissertation Defense!

Congratulations to She Golding on successfully defending her dissertation! She is pictured here with her committee: Dr. Mitchell E. Berman, Dr. Michael Nadorff (chair), Dr. Julie Cerel, and Dr. E. Samuel Winer.

Honors Undergraduates Successfully Defend Honors Theses

Congratulations to Allison Bruning (advisor, Dr. Michael Pratte), Zach Buchanan (advisor, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin, and Theresa Fitchie (advisor, Dr. Danielle Nadorff) for successfully defending their honors theses! These three students had to defend their written theses in front of a two-person committee and all three did an amazing job!

Two Students Graduate with PHD in Cognitive Science

Congratulations to Dr. Hao Bai and Dr. Lauren Harris, pictured here at their hooding and graduation ceremony in May 2017. Their advisors are Dr. Gary Bradshaw and Dr. Deborah K. Eakin, respectively.

Dr. E. Samuel Winer Honored at Research Awards Banquet

Dr. E. Samuel Winer received the faculty research award for the College of Arts and Sciences at the 2017 Research Award Banquet held by the Mississippi State University Office for Research and Economic Development.

Psychology Undergraduates Present at the Spring Research Forum

Fourteen Psychology undergraduates presented research at the Shackhouls Honors College Research Symposium on April 13, 2017. Aly Evans took home the first place prize for the Social Sciences category and Zach Buchanan took home the second place prize. Pictured from left to right (back row): Emily Williamson, Anna Claire Smith, Zach Buchanan, Daniel Roberson, and Shaquela Hargrove. (front row) Aly Evans, Theresa Fitchie, Haily Crawford, and Jennifer Darce. Not pictured, Audrey Alexander, Rachel Booth, Brandy Cornell, Janet Giron-Legarda, Katelyn Majors, Calyssa Middleton.

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.

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: http://www.nedawalk.org/starkville2017

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.

New Society of Scholars Inductee A. Zachary Buchanan

The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that A. Zachary Buchanan, 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. He was introduced by Dr. Deborah K. Eakin. He is pictured with Provost Judy Bonner.

New Society of Scholars Inductee Haily Crawford

The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that Haily Crawford, 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. Deborah K. Eakin. She is pictured with Provost Judy Bonner.

New Society of Scholars Inductee Daniel B. Roberson

The Department of Psychology is proud to announce that Daniel B. Roberson, 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. He was introduced by Dr. Gary Bradshaw. He is pictured with Provost Judy Bonner.

First Meeting of the Psychology Club

We are excited to announce the newly created Psychology Club! The club was formed to serve as a bridge between the Psychology Department and undergraduate psychology majors, and to create a fun way to meet other people interested in psychology by organizing various events. Anyone majoring in psychology at Mississippi State is welcome to join the club by simply showing up to a meeting. The first meeting of the Psychology Club will be this Thursday (Nov. 3) at 6 pm in Allen 19. The goal of this meeting is to introduce new members to the club's officers, to share some of the exciting events we have planned for the Spring semester, and to get your feedback on what you might want to see the Psychology Club accomplish in the future. Oh, and there will be FREE PIZZA! You can find information about the Psychology Club on OrgSync and Facebook. Hope we see you at the meeting on Thursday! Dr. Pratte (Psychology Club Faculty Adviser), Megan Peck (Psychology Club President) and Alex Wedderstrand (Psychology Club Vice President)

Introducing Dr. Hao Bai

Congratulations to Hao Bai, who succesfully defended her dissertation on October 20, 2016. The title of her dissertation is "Cognitive Processes of Prioritization in Multitasking." She is pictured with her Chair, Dr. Gary L. Bradshaw (back left) and her committee, including from left to right Dr. Jarrod Moss, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin, and Dr. Cindy Bethel.

Introducing Dr. Elaine Tan

Congratulations to Elaine Tan, who succesfully defended her dissertation on October 6, 2016. The title of her dissertation is "The Impact of Metacomprehension Accuracy on Control Processes During Comprehension." She is pictured with her Chair, Dr. Deborah K. Eakin (front right) and her committee, including from left to right Dr. Wendy Herd, Dr. Gary Bradshaw, and Dr. Jarrod Moss.

Introducing Dr. Edward Cranford

Congratulations to Edward "Drew" Cranford, who succesfully defended his dissertation on October 4, 2016. The title of his dissertation is "Generating Predictive Inferences when Multiple Alternatives are Available." He is pictured with his Chair, Dr. Jarrod Moss (back right) and his committee, including from left to right Dr. Wendy Herd, Dr. Gary Bradshaw, and Dr. Teena Garrison.

Graduate Students Receive Travel Awards from the College of Arts & Sciences

Two Clinical and two Cognitive Science graduate students received travel awards from the College of Arts & Sciences to present their research at national conferences. Pictured from left to right are Alexis Payne (Cognitive Science), Taban Salem (Clinical), Jessica Swinea (Clinical) and Kevin Barnes, Cognitive Science. Congratulations!