Kristen Mechanic

Kristen Mechanic receives Bishop Award

Describe yourself…

  • I’m a creative introvert, a very proud big sister, and driven student.


I choose Southern Miss because…

  • I chose Southern Miss for a couple of reasons. One was that it was not too far from my home which meant I could still see my family while going to school. Another was that it was the first college campus that I ever stepped foot on. When I was 12, I accepted an award at Bennett Auditorium, and the impression that I got of the campus and the people here really stuck with me. I’m very glad that I made the choice to attend school at Southern Miss because it’s become a second home to me.


Why did you choose to major in Psychology?

  • I’ve just always been very interested in the subject. I used to read clinical casebooks when I was in high school because I found the process of therapy to be so intriguing. Gradually, my interest in psychology prompted me to pursue it as a career option.

What are some ways that you have been involved in the Psychology Department at Southern Miss?

  • I’ve been an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Christopher Barry’s youth personality and behavior lab since my sophomore year. I was also one of the first College of Education and Psychology scholars.

After graduation I plan to…

  • Take a year off from school, stay active in research, and then apply for Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology that focus on adolescents.

What are your greatest awards and achievements in college thus far?

  • Being a graduating senior with a 4.0 GPA and of course, receiving the Judge Bishop award. That was such an amazing honor.

What are some cool/fun things you’ve had a chance to experience while at Southern Miss?

  • I got to meet Dr. David Barlow briefly after he gave a lecture on campus a couple of years ago. I also got to be a part of the McNair Scholars program, which was a challenging but great experience.

When I have free time, I like to…

  • I like to paint, write, go to concerts, and play video games with my siblings.