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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

Diversity Committee Announcements

The Diversity Committee would like to bring several upcoming events to your attention! Friday, March 23, 2018: 12:00 - 2:00 pm. 2240 Old Main Diversity Day event. We will be watching a videocast called “Presumed Incompetent: Race, Gender, and Class in Academia" followed by a question/answer discussion period. Friday, March 23, 2018: 2:00 - 3:00 pm Fountain on the drill field, Mississippi State University. There will be an Advocate and Ally Rally to support Pride week. Ally stickers and candy will be distributed. Pride Week and Pride Parade: This week is Pride week and there are several events happening, including a parade on Saturday, March 24 from 12:00 - 2:00. For more information, go to @StarkvillePride on twitter or on facebook.

Janet W. Kwan to Defend Dissertation

Janet W. Kwan, MS will defend her dissertation, entitled "Parent and Child Perceived Coping Socialization During Peer Conflict: A Qualitative Analysis", on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 9:00 AM in 226 Magruder Hall. Her co-chairs are Dr. Cliff McKinney and Dr. Kristina B. Hood and her committee members are Dr. Michael R. Nadorff and Dr. Arazais Oliveros. All interested parties are invited to attend.

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.

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