Counseling Psychology Student Government

The Counseling Psychology Student Government (CPSG) serves as the graduate student group for both the Master's and Doctoral programs in Counseling Psychology. CPSG serves to:

  • Create a supportive environment for graduate students in the Counseling Psychology graduate programs
  • Facilitate professional development outside of required coursework and experiences
  • Provide an avenue for social interaction with peers
  • Provide other experiences relevant to personal development beneficial to becoming a competent, informed, and involved mental health professional

CPSG engages in several activities each year such as:

  • Facilitating our annual fundraiser, the Voodoo Run, in alliance with the Annual Downtown Crawfish Jam
  • Hosting social activities (e.g., playing laser tag, sports outings, parties)
  • Facilitating professional development activities including inviting speakers to campus
  • Serving as a liaison between program faculty and students

Meet the Executive Board:

 Kray Scully

President: Kray Scully

Kray is a third-year doctoral student in the program that conducts research as a part of the Behavior and Alcohol Research Team. His research interests center on how cognitive and environmental variables affect a college student’s participation in safe and hazardous drinking behaviors. Kray is originally from Clinton, MS, but, since he has been at USM for six years, he is beginning to call Hattiesburg home. He enjoys playing racquetball, doing yard work, and spending time with his family and friends in his free time. Upon completing his graduate training, he plans to pursue a clinic position in an inpatient treatment setting. As President, Kray facilitates meetings of students and officers and seeks to motivate active participation in CPSG.

 taylor bolton

Vice President: Taylor Bolton

Taylor Bolton is a third-year doctoral student in Dr. Eric Dahlen's Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab. She obtained her BA from Auburn University where she participated in Dr. Brestan-Knight's Parent-Child Interaction Therapy lab. Taylor's research interests focus on cyber aggression and the Dark Triad personality traits (Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and narcissism). In her free time, she enjoys college football, playing with her puppy, and various arts and crafts. As Vice-President, Taylor collects dues, attends to the organization’s finances, and aids the president in the delegation of necessary tasks.

 Jennifer Shirley

Secretary: Jennifer Shirley

Jennifer Shirley is a 2nd year Master’s Student on Dr. Nicholson’s Positive Parenting Research Team. Jennifer is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and completed her undergraduate education at Western Carolina University. Jennifer received two Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology and Sociology. Jennifer is currently assisting on a project concerning racial socialization and parenting. She also serves as the Secretary on the Counseling Psychology Student Government Counsel.

 Hallie Jordan

Professional Development Coordinator: Hallie Jordan

Hallie Jordan is a second-year doctoral student in Dr. Madsen's Behavior and Alcohol Research Lab. She is currently working on her thesis, which examines the relationship between traumatic stress, protective strategies, and college student drinking. Hallie received her B.S. in Psychology and Religion from Birmingham-Southern College where she served as president of Psi Chi and ran NCAA Division III cross country. As Professional Development Coordinator, Hallie is responsible for facilitating events and sharing information to further the professional development of graduate students outside of the classroom.


Adijah Battle

Master's Representative: Adijah Battle

Adijah Battle is a second-year master's student in the Counseling Psychology program at Southern Miss. Adijah is originally from North Carolina, where she graduated in from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2016. Adijah is in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab under Dr. Dahlen. As Masters’ representative, Adijah is here to help with any concerns that present for the master's students to make their time at Southern Miss successful.


Chrissy Ammons

Social Activities Coordinator: Chrissy Ammons

Chrissy Ammons is a 2nd-year Doctoral Student on Dr. Nicholson’s Positive Parenting Research Team (PPRT). Originally from Richmond, Virginia she completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University. Chrissy’s research interests include examining the role of important positive psychological traits such as dispositional forgiveness and gratitude and their protective role against the effects of maladaptive parenting. Chrissy currently serves as the Social Activities coordinator on the CPSG Counsel, taking on the responsibility of organizing CPSG sponsored events, activities, and community outreach.


First Year Representative: Riley Davis

Riley Davis is a 1st-year Doctoral Student on Dr. Batastini's Correctional and Forensic Psychology Research Team (BatLab). She is from Mobile, Alabama where she completed her undergraduate degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of South Alabama. Riley's research interests include examining racial bias in juror decision making and sentencing disparities. Riley currently serves as the First Year Representative, where she serves as the liaison between the first year students and the CPSG Counsel.