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College of Education and Human Sciences

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
JGH Room 102

OMH Room 131

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.

3400 Morningside Drive
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Phone: 601.266.5294

The Department of Child and Family Sciences operates The Center for Child Development to serve as laboratory and field placement sites for students enrolled in child development laboratory and practicum courses.  The center models exemplary child centered and developmentally effective educational programs that promote evidence-based practice and a joyful, lifelong love of learning. We hold 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. 


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 Gulf 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.


Owings-McQuagge Hall
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 35th anniversary 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 Hall
Room 122
Phone: 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 peter.paprzyckiFREEMississippi 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



Fritzsche-Gibbs Hall
2nd Floor
Phone: 601.266.6970

The Institute of Child Nutrition (ICN) is the only federally funded center dedicated to applied research, education and training, and technical assistance for child nutrition programs.  The Institute was established by Congress in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 1989.  The ICN, Applied Research Division (ARD) located at The University of Southern Mississippi supports ICN's mission by systematically conducting research and development projects that influence child nutrition operational practices.  These projects increase knowledge, provide research-based resources, and determine best practices for issues affecting the operation and improvement of child nutrition projects.  ARD's primary research threads include operational accountability, customer service, best practices, human resources, wellness, equipment purchasing and facility design, and program evaluation.  ARD research results are used to develop resources and training to promote excellence in Child Nutrition Programs.


Owings-McQuagge Hall
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. 




Owings-McQuagge Hall
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.   


Owings-McQuagge Hall
Phone: 601.266.4194  

America Reads - Mississippi (ARM) is a national service AmeriCorps program that addresses the issue area of education.  The ARM program is dedicated to improving the reading skills of students, encouraging public awareness and support of literacy, and helping to increase the number of certified teachers in Mississippi.  It is the largest AmeriCorps program of its kind in the nation with 80 full-time members serving in approximately 30 school sites across the state of Mississippi.  ARM AmeriCorps members strive daily to achieve the program’s mission by:  (1) tutoring K-3rd grade students in reading during school and in extended-day programs; (2) recruiting volunteers to assist with six national service projects as well as with reading activities in the classroom; (3) engaging students in service learning projects; and (4) participating in professional development opportunities.  Housed in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, & Special Education, the USM Region of ARM has 22  AmeriCorps members serving in 9 public schools throughout south Mississippi.



Owings-McQuagge Hall
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.

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