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The University of Southern Mississippi’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology has been ranked among the nation’s Top 50 graduate programs by the resource guide CounselingPsychology.org. The Southern Miss program stands at No. 13 in the national rankings.

A University of Southern Mississippi faculty member is a co-investigator on a grant-funded collaborative project designed to train medical students to help patients dealing with substance abuse.

Dr. Michael Madson, associate professor of counseling psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, is working with the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson on integration of a substance abuse component in the UMC curriculum. Madson is director of the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program in USM’s Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic.

Dr. Stan Kuczaj, professor of psychology and director of the Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Laboratory at The University of Southern Mississippi, has received a $50,000 grant from the Psychonomic Society to fund a Leading Edge Workshop on “The Evolutionary and Psychological Significance of Play.”

Dr. David Lee, associate professor of educational leadership in The University of Southern Mississippi College of Education and Psychology, will be the keynote speaker for the annual convention of the Mississippi Association of School Superintendents Monday, Jan. 25 in Jackson.

A University of Southern Mississippi professor hopes a Fulbright Fellowship supporting his work with a college in Chile promotes international academic exchange, while also facilitating innovative education practices and research in the South American nation.

Since 2009, the Learning Enhancement Center (LEC) at The University of Southern Mississippi has hosted a free conference for educators on teaching and learning called Educators Connect.

The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) recently chose Dr. Frances A. Karnes, retired Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Special Education at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the recipient of its 2015 Legacy Award. Karnes is founder of the University’s Karnes Center for Gifted Studies.

University of Southern Mississippi senior Christiana Kay Whitley of Hattiesburg, Miss., has been awarded a Study Abroad Grant worth $1,000 from the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi. Whitley is one of 25 students nationwide to earn the award.

Dr. Pik Wah Lam, a general education teacher from Hong Kong, will be the featured speaker for the Emergent Scholar Lecture set for 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Gonzales Auditorium, room 108, of the Liberal Arts Building on the Hattiesburg campus. Admission is free and faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend.

The University of Southern Mississippi announced two new initiatives on Wednesday, Oct. 7 designed to expand and enrich its commitment to student success. The Barnes & Noble Textbook Scholarship and the University’s Quality Enhancement Plan were celebrated during a special ceremony held on the Hattiesburg campus.


Bookstore giant Barnes & Noble created the need-based textbook scholarship fund for Southern Miss students. Over the next four years, the University will distribute approximately $375,000 in textbook scholarships (maximum of $500 per student per year) to students with financial need.

Dr. Lilian Hill and Dr. Eric Platt, faculty members in The University of Southern Mississippi Department of Educational Studies and Research, are recipients of the 2015 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education.

Dr. Georgianna Martin, an assistant professor of student affairs/higher education administration in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Educational Studies and Research, recently contributed to an article in The Wall Street Journal about the place of fraternities on college campuses. It can be found at http://www.wsj.com/articles/should-colleges-get-rid-of-fraternities-1442....

The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) recently named Dr. Claire Kimberly, an assistant professor in the Department of Child and Family Studies at The University of Southern Mississippi, as the 2015 recipient of the Cindy Winter Scholarship Award.

Recent graduates of The University of Southern Mississippi’s master’s degree program in counseling psychology achieved a 100 percent passing rate on the National Counselor Examination (NCE). This accomplishment was duplicated by the program’s students in previous years, while also exceeding the national passing rate average.

The University of Southern Mississippi has enrolled more new students than in 2014, including a freshman class that defies national trends as the most academically prepared in the University’s recorded history.


For the sixth straight year, the average grade point average (GPA) for USM’s first-time, full-time freshmen is the highest ever recorded. New freshmen in Fall 2015 have an average GPA of 3.27, up from 3.26 in Fall 2014 and 3.06 in Fall 2009, when the six-year streak began. The average ACT score of new freshmen is 22.7, the highest known in University history.

A new Title IX Office, consistent policy protocols, and heightened awareness have placed The University of Southern Mississippi at the forefront of collegiate institutions confronting the issues of sexual harassment and misconduct.

Dr. David Lee, an associate professor in The University of Southern Mississippi’s Department of Educational Leadership and School Counseling, will facilitate a training program for members of the Minneapolis, Minn. public schools board July 14.

Dr. Sheree Watson, an associate professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi, died June 9 at Forrest General Hospital. She was 58.

Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller has been named The University of Southern Mississippi’s Associate Provost for Academic Excellence, effective July 1. Miller will lead the University’s increased foci on undergraduate student engagement and faculty development.


Dr. Joy Greiner, a former professor and administrator at The University of Southern Mississippi, died May 19 in Dallas.

A memorial service for Dr. Greiner will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 20 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. A reception for friends and colleagues will follow at 2 p.m. in room 218 of the Thad Cochran Center on the Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus.

He doesn’t claim the moniker “dolphin whisperer,” but Dr. Stan Kuczaj’s expertise on the popular marine mammal has earned him international recognition for his study of the species’ cognitive and communicative abilities, including in a recent edition of National Geographic

Dr. Michael Anestis, an assistant professor of psychology at The University of Southern Mississippi and members of his research team recently had a paper accepted for publication in the American Journal of Public Health, titled “The association between state laws regulating handgun ownership and statewide suicide rates.” 


The newly created training program in Applied Behavior Analysis at the University of Southern Mississippi is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. Graduates of the ABA Program will earn a Master of Science Degree in Psychology with emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis, and will meet the educational eligibility requirements to sit for the Behavior Analysis Certification Board.


University of Southern Mississippi student Bethany Cuevas of Long Beach won the title of Miss Magnolia earlier this spring in Corinth, Miss. With her title, Cuevas, an elementary education major at the university’s Gulf Park campus, will have the opportunity to compete for the title of Miss Mississippi this summer in Vicksburg.