Department of Psychology

University of Mississippi


UM Study Affirms Treating Insomnia May Ease Migraines

Researchers use behavioral intervention to achieve long-term results MARCH 10, 2016  |  BY CHRISTINA STEUBE Even relatively brief sessions with a sleep therapist may prove useful in relieving the frequency of migraines for chronic sufferers, concludes a study conducted by researchers at the University of Mississippi. The study is reported in the February issue of […]

Call for Abstracts…3rd Annual UM Conference on Psychological Science

Students and Faculty, I’m happy to announce that abstracts are now being accepted for our 3rd annual UM Conference on Psychological Science. Abstracts must be submitted by Friday March 11th at 5pm (the last Friday before Spring Break). As in years past we will have poster presentations and oral talks by Honors college students, FREE […]

UM Clinical Psychology PhD Program Ranked One of Nation’s Best

The Clinical Psychology doctoral program at University of Mississippi has been ranked as one of the nation’s Best PhD Programs in Clinical Psychology by the Best Counseling Degrees website. Rankings were based on the percentage of students passing the national psychology licensure exam (Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology [EPPP]), obtaining internship placements accredited by […]

Kenneth Sufka Is Carnegie-CASE Professor of the Year

Psychology Educator Received Prestigious Honor in Washington, D.C. A respected University of Mississippi teacher and researcher is this year’s Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching-Council for Advancement and Support of Education Mississippi Professor of the Year. Kenneth J. “Ken” Sufka, professor of psychology and pharmacology, received the prestigious honor Thursday (Nov. 20) at the U.S. […]

Maasai Moran (Warriors) learn to use the digital camera for photovoice research.

In and Out of Africa

Laura Johnson, associate professor of psychology, has been in and out of countries in East Africa since her junior year as an undergraduate at the University of Mississippi, when she spent a life changing year in Kenya. Most recently,  Johnson returned from her second Fulbright research award. In December 2012, she, her husband and their two […]

VIDEO: Bethany Aiena, doctoral student

Years from now when I look back at Ole Miss and what it means to me … anything I’ve learned as a clinician, anything I’ve learned as a researcher, I’ve learned from Ole Miss.—Bethany Aiena Mental Health Impact of Gulf Oil Spill The University of Mississippi Clinical Disaster Research Center plays a vital role in studying […]

Kristen Hymel

Psychology scholar Kristen Hymel

Kristen Hymel got goose bumps the first time she stepped on the University of Mississippi campus as an undergraduate. Her family has a strong connection to the University; she is a descendent of Dr. Andrew Armstrong Kincannon for whom Kincannon Hall was named and of Senator J.Z. George for whom George Hall was named. With […]

Professor and author Ken Sufka offers students tips to excel

Motivated to help at-risk college students succeed in attaining their educational goals, more than 100 faculty and staff from Mississippi’s higher education institutions gathered Aug. 14 at the University of Mississippi for a day of inspiration and empowerment. The At-Risk Summit: Student Success and Persistence was held at UM’s Jackson Avenue Center. Hosted by the […]

New Clinical-Disaster Research Center

Courtesy of the Oxford Eagle The University of Mississippi’s Clinical-Disaster Research Center in the Department of Psychology is not just about educating students, it’s making a big impact on the community with a small budget. The new center has a budget of $29,663, which was approved in October 2012 by the state College Board. These […]

Carrie Smith’s Research Suggests the “First Time” Really Matters

In an exclusive article for the UK’s MailOnline, University of Mississippi instructional assistant professor in the Department of Psychology Carrie V. Smith said the circumstances of how someone loses their virginity “appears to have implications for their well-being years later.”  Smith, joined Matthew Shaffer of the University of Tennessee in surveying 331 young men and women about […]