Associate Professor, Chair of Department
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Research Interests: treating juvenile offenders and their families, treating adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, therapist training and supervision.
Outreach: Training clinicians working with sexual trauma
Teaching: Pre-practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy, Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy, Family Theories, Marital and Family Relations, Personal Development and Interpersonal Relationships
Statement of Interests:
I am interested in the self-of-the-therapist as it pertains to training and supervising therapists. I am also interested in at-risk children and youth specifically as it relates to juvenile delinquency. The other major area of interest is in the clinical treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Clark, P. & Sims, P. (in press). The practice of fee setting and collection: Implications for clinical training programs. The American Journal of Family Therapy.
Sims, P. L. & Hinton, J. (in press). Modified polar sculpture. In Fineran, K; Nitza, A; Roberts, B.H.; McCoy, J. & Roberts, S (Eds.), Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing, Volume 2. Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.
Sims, P. L. & Garrison, S. (2013). Childhood sexual abuse and intimate relationships: A support group for male partners. Contemporary Journal of Family Therapy. Doi: 10.1007/s10591-013-9293-z
Sims, P. L, & Garrison, S. (2013). Abuse of children: Sexual. In R. Emery (Ed.), Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopedia. Volume 1 (pp. 15-18). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452274447.n6
Garrison, S., & Sims, P. (2013). Children: Effects of divorce on adolescents. In R. Emery (Ed.), Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopedia. (Vol. 3, pp. 213-216). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/9781452274447.n81
Hinton, W.J., Sims, P.L., Adams, M.A., & West, C.W. (2007). Juvenile justice: A system divided. Criminal Justice Policy Review 18 (4), 466-483. doi: 10.1177/0887403407304578
Sims, P., Hinton, W. J., Adams, M. A. & West, C. K. (2007). Building a bridge: An experiential group for adult survivors of sexual abuse. In D. Viers (Ed), The Group Therapist’s Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy (pp. 97-103). Haworth Press.
Boudreaux, J., Exline, J., Forster, M. & Sims, P. (2003). Strategies for tough times: Planning, acquiring resources, reorganizing, and maintaining morale. The Department Chair: A Resource for Academic Administrators, 14, 3-5.
Hinton, W. J., Sheperis, C. & Sims, P. L. (2003). Family based approaches to juvenile delinquency. The Family Journal, 11, 167-173. doi: 10.1177/1066480702250156
Forster, M. Rehner, T., Sims, P. & Hinton, W.J. (2003) Working with Disadvantaged Youth: Two University-Based Programs for Reducing Delinquency and Associated Health Risks. The Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 19, 151-163
Thun, D., Sims, P.L., Adams, M.A., & Webb, T. (2002). The effects of group therapy on female adolescent survivors of sexual abuse: A pilot study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 11(4)1-16. doi:10.1300/J070v11n04_01
Sims, P. L. and Stamper, A.M. (2000). Talking about sexual abuse: Teacher as catalyst. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 92(5), 46-52. ERIC Number: EJ619127
Grames, H.A., & Sims, P. (2012). “Exploring the supervisory system: Client, therapist, supervisor.” The Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. Hattiesburg, MS.
Sims, P. L. & Garrison, S. (2012) Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice. Pine Belt Mental Health Resources, Hattiesburg, MS.
Garrison, S. & Sims, P. L. (2012) Ethical Decisions Related to Confidentiality and Family Systems. Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth 24th Annual Lookin’ to the Future Conference. Meridian, MS.
Sims, P., Azria-Evans, M., Melton, M. & Hall, S., (2005) Economic and academic impact of child care obligations for college students (Poster Presentation). National Council of Family Relations Annual Conference, November 2005, Phoenix, AZ.
Hinton, W. J., Sims, P.L., Adams, M. A., Castle, M. & Besnoy, L. (2004) Parental attitudes of families of first-time juvenile offenders (Poster Presentation). American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference (9/10/04) Atlanta, GA
Hinton, W.J., Sims, P. L. & Adams, M. A., Castle, M. & Webb, S. (2004). Preventing Juvenile Crime: Examining an Effective Family-Focused Model and Community-Based Approach. Second Annual Mississippi Child Welfare Institute Conference. Jackson, MS
Hinton, W. J., Adams, M. A., Sims, P. L., Besnoy, L., Mullins, D. & Mathis, M. (2003) Treating Delinquency: Efforts of a COAMFTE Training Program. Poster session presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.
Boudreaux, J., Exline, J., Forster, M., and Sims, P. (Feb 2003).Moving Forward in Hard Times: Essential Strategies. Paper presented at the 20th Academic Chairpersons Conference. Orlando, FL.
Hinton, J., Sims, P., Besnoy, L., Dupree, W. J. & Swanson, M (2002). MFT Training Clinic Offers High Quality Low Cost Service. Poster session presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Sims, P., Stamper, A., Azria-Evans, M. and Blackwell, A. (June 2002). FCS Teacher Education: Staying at the Edge. Paper presented at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.
Adams, M.A., Sims, P.L., Clarke, D. J., Siggers, A. (Oct 2001). Minority Men Matter: An Evidenced-Based Clinical Approach to the Empowerment of Fathers. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Nashville, Tenn.
Pine Grove Family Therapy Training Program (2013-2014). Co-Principal Investigator with Jeff Hinton (Principal Investigator), $30,000 Funded.
Child Care Access Means Parents In School (2005). Co-Investigator with Cheryl Mueller and Ann Blackwell, U. S. Department of Education, $156,424 Funded.
Multi-Systems Delinquency Prevention Program (2000-2003). Mississippi Department of Public Safety Block Grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Co-investigator with Mary Ann Adams, $ 90,376 Funded.
Incorporating Technology in the Training Marriage and Family Therapists (2002). Title III Faculty Mentor Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, $2,500 and laptop, Awarded.
Men Matter Family Project (2000). Position: Family Crisis Counseling Coordinator. Mississippi Department of Human Services. Project Director: Mary Ann Adams, $71,217 Funded.
Marriage and Family Therapy Externship: Veteran’s Base Camp (2000). Veteran’s Base Camp, $4,800 Funded.
Family Therapy Training Opportunity: Mississippi National Guard Youth Challenge Program. (1999). Mississippi National Guard, $1,807 Funded.
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE)
· Site Visitor (2004-2006)
Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- President Elect, 2012-2013
- Past President, Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2002-04
- President, Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, 2000-2002
- Legislative Chair, 1994-97
- Achieved licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists in 1997
Caregivers Support Group, Center on Aging & Human Resources,
Lecturer & Group Facilitator 2011-2012
Member, College Curriculum Committee, 2012-2104
Chair, Child and Family Studies, MS Online Program, 2013-2014
CFS Search Committees 2011-2014, (Chair, 1; Member, 3)
CFS Academic Suspension Committee Chair, 2011-2012