Departmental News

Dissertation Defense Announcement

Shea Golding will be defending her dissertation on Wednesday May 24 at 9:30 am. in the 110 Magruder Conference Room. Brief Abstract: Given various religious tenets suggesting the sinfulness of suicide, we hypothesized greater negative religious coping, less positive religious coping, less perceived religious support, and more frequent lying about cause of death after suicide than natural or accidental deaths. Our findings suggested little to no difference in positive religious coping or religious support regardless of death type. We observed greater false cause of death disclosures following suicide than natural or accidental deaths. There may be greater levels of negative religious coping for accidental than natural deaths; no differences were observed for suicide. Thus, religion’s role in suicide loss need not be different from other types of bereavement. Our study contributes exposure rates for suicide, natural, and accidental deaths to the literature.

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!