Hilary DeShong

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Assistant Professor

E: hld166@msstate.edu
P: 662-325-7771

Clinical Psychology

Personality pathology, Impulsive Behaviors, Five Factor Model of personality

Personality, Emotion, and Treatment Lab

Ph.D. Oklahoma State University 2017

Curriculum Vitae



  • B.S., Psychology, West Virginia University, 2009
  • M.S., Psychology, Villanova University, 2011
  • M.S., Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2013
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 2017
  • Doctoral Internship, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, 2017

Research Interests

Dr. DeShong’s research focuses on how personality and personality disorders relate to and influences a variety of other constructs and behaviors. Current projects include investigating personality and personality pathology in relation to the following constructs: Alcohol Use, Childhood Experiences, Nonsuicidal Self-Injury, Religiosity, Rumination, Substance use, and Suicide Risk.

If you are interested in working in my lab, either as an undergraduate research assistant or as a doctoral student in MSU’s clinical psychology program, please email Dr. DeShong at hld166@msstate.edu.

Representative Recent Publications

Kelley, K., Walgren, M.D., & DeShong, H. L. (2021). The role of rumination in relation to antisocial and borderline symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 295, 865-872

Titus, C. E., & DeShong, H. L. (2020). Thought control strategies as predictors of borderline personality disorder and suicide risk. Journal of Affective Disorders, 266, 349-355.

Mullins-Sweatt, S. N., DeShong, H. L., Lengel, G. J., Helle, A. C., & Krueger, R. F. (2019). Disinhibition as a unifying construct in understanding how personality dispositions undergird psychopathology. Journal of Research in Personality, 80, 55-61.

DeShong, H. L., Grant, D. M., & Mullins-Sweatt, S. N. (2019). Precursors of the Emotional Cascade Model of BPD: The role of neuroticism, childhood emotional vulnerability, and parental invalidation. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 10, 317-329.

Daghigh, A., DeShong, H. L., Daghigh, V., Niazi, M., & Titus, C. E. (2019). Exploring the relation between religiosity and narcissism in an Iranian sample. Personality and Individual Differences, 139, 96-101.

DeShong, H. L., & Tucker, R. P. (2019). Borderline Personality Disorder and suicide risk: The mediating role of insomnia and nightmares. Journal of Affective Disorders, 244, 85-91.