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 laision between program faculty and students

Meet the Executive Board:

Ms. Erica Mathis, President CPSG

President: Erica Mathis

Erica Mathis is a fourth year doctoral student in Dr. Yowell’s Vocational Psychology Research Team. She is working on her dissertation examining latent profiles of vocational interest. She received her BS from the University of Alabama in 2013. As President, Erica facilitates meetings of students and officers and seeks to motivate active participation in the wonderful organization that is CPSG.


Ms. Mallorie Carroll, Vice President CPSG

Vice President: Mallorie Carroll

Mallorie Carroll is a second year doctorate student in the BAR lab working on her dissertation examining alcohol and marijuana use, protective strategies, and drinking consequences. She got her BA from Auburn University and her MA from The University of North Carolina Wilmington. In her free time she enjoys college football, playing with puppies, and games of all sorts. As Vice-President, Mallorie collects dues, attends to the organization’s finances, and aids the president in the delegation of necessary tasks.

 Ms. Syndey King, Secretary, CPSG

Secretary: Sydney King

Sydney is a second year Master’s student from Richton, Mississippi.  She completed her undergraduate degree at USM in May of 2015.  Her with Dr. Madson researching alcohol use among socially anxious college students led her to pursue a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology.  In her free time, she enjoys playing soccer, attending live music events, and hiking.  Upon graduation, she plans to fulfill her licensure requirement to practice at the Master’s level in a community mental health clinic.taking notes of all relevant discussion at officer meetings, distributing a brief review of all discussions, including upcoming events, deadlines, activities, and updates from all officers, and communicating via email with current students and faculty regarding anything related to CPSG.

Mr. Kray Scully

Professional Development Coordinator: Kray Scully

Kray Scully is a second-year doctoral student in the program that conducts research as a part of the Behavior and Alcohol Research Team. He is originally from Clinton, MS, but, since he has been at USM for five years, he is beginning to call Hattiesburg home. Upon completing his graduate training, he plans to pursue an academic position so that he can teach and mentor students along with researching substance use and addictive behaviors. As Professional Development Coordinator, Kray is responsible for facilitating events and sharing information in order to further the professional development of graduate students outside of the classroom.


Mr. Robert Whitley, CPSG Master's Representative

Master's Representative: Robert Whitley

Robert Whitley is a second year Master’s student in the counseling psychology program and is a member of Dr. Madson’s Behavior and Alcohol Research team.  He is from Baton Rouge, Louisiana and received his B.S. in Psychology from Louisiana State University.  Robert’s research interests focus primarily on the relationship between social anxiety and problematic alcohol use.  As the Master’s Representative, Robert is responsible for acting as a spokesperson for the needs or concerns of students in the Master’s program.  Robert hopes to not only be a representative for master’s students but also to help the first year master’s students navigate their first year in graduate school.


Mr. Jackson Howard, CPSG Social Chair

Social Activities Coordinator: Jackson Howard

Jackson Howard is 2nd year Master’s Student on Dr. Nicholson’s Positive Parenting Research Team (PPRT). The Georgia native completed his undergraduate degree in Psychology at Spring Hill College where he competed as a NCAA Division II athlete. Jackson’s research interests include the development of resiliency and grit and their possible impact on college students in higher education. He currently serves as the Social Activities Coordinator on the CPSG Council and takes on the responsibilities of organizing and orchestrating CPSG sponsored events, activities, and community outreach projects.