Centers, Clinics, Institutes, and Special Projects

As a part of its mission, the College of Education and Human Sciences supports numerous centers, clinics, institutes, and special projects.



Psychology and Child and Family Sciences

OMH Room 131



JBG Room 204


The Student Advisement and Support Center is dedicated to undergraduate student development and is designed to help CEHS students reach their academic and professional goals. The center offers academic advising, course scheduling assistance, peer tutoring and guidance, as well as resource referrals. The center is open Monday-Friday from 9:30-4:30.


Hattiesburg Center for Child Development
3400 Morningside Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601.266.5294

Gulf Coast Center for Child Development
205 Leovy Avenue
Pass Christian, MS 39571
Phone: 228.452.5210

The Department of Child and Family Sciences operates two child development centers, one on the Hattiesburg campus and one near the Gulf Park campus.  These centers serve as laboratory and field placement sites for students enrolled in child development laboratory and practicum courses.  Both centers model exemplary child centered and developmentally effective educational programs that promote evidence-based practice and a joyful, lifelong love of learning. The Center in Hattiesburg holds a five-star quality rating through the Mississippi Child Care Quality Rating System. This represents the highest rating that can be earned, and the Center is one of only eight childcare facilities to hold this designation of out approximately 1500 centers in the state.  The newly opened Center on the Gulf Coast will pursue this rating immediately.


Fritzsche-Gibbs Hall, 207D

Phone: 601.266.4163

The mission of the Center for Discovery, Integration, and Transformation is to support, initiate, and implement research and applied programs that enhance the quality of life for Mississippians through a variety of grant-funded programs.  The Mississippi Health Access Collaborative and Kids Health Access Collaborative help south Mississippians, particularly children and families, secure health insurance.  More than 38,000 have been helped through the programs.

The Mississippi Integrated Health and Disaster Program integrates social workers into primary care settings on the Guld Coast, adding behavioral/mental health care and implementing practice models for treatment of chronic conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, and obesity.  The Mississippi Wraparound Institute and the Mississippi Person Centered Practice Initiative train agency employees statewide to more actively involve patients/clients in care planning.


JB George Building
Room 133
Phone: 601.266.5236

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies is dedicated to serving gifted and talented students and their parents, as well as teachers, administrators, counselors, school psychologists, and other professionals.  The Center serves an average of 450 P-12 students annually in the Career Explorations for Girls Conference, Saturday Gifted Studies Program, Leadership Studies Program, Summer Gifted Studies Program, and the Summer Program for Academically Talented Youth. The Center celebrated its 35thanniversary in 2014. 



Owings-McQuagge Hall
Room 213
Phone: 601.266.4601

The Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic is the service, training, and research center of the Counseling Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology. The clinic serves both the University and Hattiesburg community by providing low cost, quality mental health care including counseling and assessment for a variety of issues. The clinic serves approximately 165 Southern Miss students each year for issues related to mental health, relationship distress, academic major/career counseling, and adjustment/transition challenges. The clinic contributes to student retention and success by helping students better navigate the University and access available resources. 


Owings-McQuagge Hall
Room 210
Phone: 601.266.4588

The USM Psychology Clinic provides a wide range of assessment, therapy, and consultation services for adults and children.  Cognitive assessments help to determine the presence of learning and attention deficit hyperactivity disorders and to recommend appropriate accommodations. The Clinic also offers state-of-the-art assessment services for detecting autism spectrum disorders.  Therapeutic interventions are empirically supported and address numerous psychological disorders (e.g., anxiety disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and disorders of childhood).  The Clinic provides high quality services at low cost for approximately 70 adults and 40 children each year.   Faculty members also serve as consultants with service providers and agencies in the community, in supervisory, research and didactic roles.


Owings-McQuagge HallRoom 127Phone: 601.266.4621

Supported by the Dean’s office and the Vice-President for Research, the Center’s function is to provide help and support to dissertation students and their dissertation chairs in all aspects of the dissertation process including but not limited to delineating research questions and objectives, research design, methodology, data analysis, and other areas relevant to the dissertation. The Center is open Monday-Friday from 3:00 – 7:00. Appointments should be made with Dr. Peter Paprzycki at or 601-266-4621.


Owings-McQuagge Hall
Room 224
Phone: 601.266.5255

The School Psychology Service Center is also housed in the Department of Psychology.  The Center offers assessment and intervention services each year for an average of 70 children, adolescents, and young adults who experience developmental delays or disabilities, learning problems, and emotional and/or behavioral difficulties at home and/or school. The Center also offers consultation services to school districts and Head Start agencies in the area.  Additional functions of the Center include research, clinical training, and the generation of external funding in the forms of grants and contracts. 


3502 Morningside Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601.266.4679

The University Clinic for Family Therapy is a training and research clinical site for the marriage and family therapy graduate program. The clinic provides assistance to individuals, couples, and families experiencing a wide range of personal and/or relationship difficulties.  The clinic provides a treatment approach that fosters individual growth and development considered best understood and promoted within the context of family and community relationships.  The clinic serves individuals and families in 13 counties and provides approximately 6,000 hours of low-cost therapy services each year to USM employees, students, and the general public.  


204 North Cleveland Avenue
Long Beach, MS 39560
Phone: 228.863.1755

The Autism Project is supported by the Mississippi Department of Education and demonstrates for school personnel and parents how to design and implement appropriate school-based programs for children eligible for special education services in the category of autism. The project offers 4 model classrooms that serve 28 children annually in the Gulf Coast area.  The project also provides an average of 40 statewide trainings each year that engage approximately 570 participants. 



JB George Building
Room 143
Phone: 601.266.5247

Alternate route licensure is a pathway to teacher licensure other than completing a traditional program of teacher education. Alternate route licensure is designed to capitalize on content expertise in an area of middle and/or high school preparation. 



JB George Building
Room 140
Phone: 601.266.4693

Realizing Excellence for All Children in Mississippi (REACH MS) is Mississippi's State Personnel Development Grant, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. REACH MS focuses on supporting school-wide and district-wide implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Improving student academic and behavioral outcomes is about ensuring all students have access to the most effective instructional and behavioral practices and interventions possible. REACH MS works with 37 model sites, 7 intense implementation districts, and 1 juvenile facility. Awarded by the Mississippi Department of Education in 2005, the grant is operated by The University of Southern Mississippi's Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education.   


JB George Building
Room 139
Phone: 601.266.4194

America Reads Mississippi (ARM) is an AmeriCorps program with 28 USM members who serve as Kindergarten-3rd grade reading tutors in 9 partnering elementary schools. ARM trains individuals to provide consistent tutoring for low-performing students thus promoting higher student reading test scores, improved student behavior, better attitudes toward school, and stronger staff confidence. ARM increases the pool of highly qualified teacher candidates by helping bright, energetic AmeriCorps members who want to become teachers develop professional skills needed for the teaching profession while making a difference in Mississippi.  


JB George Building
Room 139
Phone: 601.266.5135

Mississippi Hearing-Vision Project (MHVP) is an U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs Part D grant (H326T130039) providing technical assistance to families and educational personnel of individuals, birth to 21 years of age, who experience deaf-blindness (concurrent vision and hearing impairments). Whether it is in the home, school, or agency setting, staff offer expertise through assessing, training, coaching and teaming in deaf-blindness, communication, literacy, academics, transition, early intervention, etc. for increasing successful inclusion, community interaction and employment outcomes of all individuals who have been identified as deaf-blind. The overall mission of the MHVP is achieved through intense collaboration and coordination with all state agencies, programs and organizations in order to provide sound technical assistance and realize positive state-wide systems change.