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.
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.
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 (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 (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!
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 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 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.
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.
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).