School Psychology Service Center
The School Psychology Program supports two main centers for research, practice, and training: The School Psychology Service Center and the Behavior Analysis Lab. In addition, other psychology faculty in the department maintain research labs and clinics for graduate student training.
The School Psychology Service Center (directed by Dr. Brad Dufrene) provides an opportunity for school psychology graduate students to work directly with children and their parents, under direct supervision of faculty members. The Center serves multiple functions including service to children and families in the region, research, clinical training, and external funding generation in the forms of grants and external contracts.
The Center offers assessment and intervention services for children, adolescents, and young adults who are having learning problems and/or school/home behavioral and emotional problems. Specialty services offered by the clinic include evaluation and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, assessment and treatment for tic disorders, including Tourette's Disorder, and comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for ADHD. Graduate students are assigned cases in the School Psychology Service Center as partial fulfillment of their practicum duties.
The Center also offers consultation services to area schools and Head Start agencies. Consultation services include independent evaluations, consultation and training for system-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), consultation and training for Response to Intervention (RtI), and individual behavioral consultation.
The School Psychology Behavior Analysis Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi is also under the direction of Dr. Dufrene, and supports behavior analytic clinical services, research, and training. Applied behavior analysis is an experimental approach to psychology that is dedicated to understanding and improving a wide variety of human behaviors. Specialized behavior analysis services include functional analysis/assessment and direct-service and parent training aimed at ameliorating behavioral excesses and deficits associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
For additional information regarding services please contact the School Psychology Service Center at 601-266-5255.