Pat Sims

Associate Professor, Chair of Department


Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy


Research Interests:

I am interested in the self-of-the-therapist as it pertains to training and supervising therapists. I am also interested in at-risk children and youth specifically as it relates to juvenile delinquency. The other major area of interest is in the clinical treatment of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.


Teaching: Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy, Intimate Relationships


Selected Service


National Council on Family Relations Conference Reviewer (2014)

COAMFTE Site Visitor (2004-2006)

                Valdosta State, 2006

                Northwestern Illinois, 2005

                Purdue University Calumet, 2004

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Grant Reviewer, 2004

Treatment and Reentry Services to Sentenced Juveniles and Young Adult Offenders Returning to the Community from the Correctional Systems (TI-04-002)

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

Council of Division Presidents, 2014-2016; 2000-2002


Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Past President, 2016-2018
  • President, 2013-2015
  • President Elect, 2012-2013
  • Past President, 2002-04
  • President,  2000-2002
  • Legislative Chair, 1994-97
    • Licensure for Marriage and Family Therapists was achieved in 1997


Council on Chairs, 2015-present

Caregivers Support Group, Center on Aging & Human Resources,

Lecturer & Group Facilitator 2011-2012


Member, College Council, 2013-present

Member, College Curriculum Committee, 2012-present


Chair, Department of Child and Family Studies, 2014-Present

Director, Child and Family Studies, MS Online Program, 2013-2014

CFS Search Committees 2011-2014, (Chair, 1; Member, 3)

CFS Academic Suspension Committee Chair, 2011-2012


Selected Publications

Clark, P. & Sims, P. (2014). The practice of fee setting and collection: Implications for clinical training programs. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 42, 386-397. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2013.857914

Sims, P. L. & Hinton, J. (2014). Modified polar sculpture. In Fineran, K; Nitza, A; Roberts, B.H.; McCoy, J. & Roberts, S (Eds.), Group Work Experts Share Their Favorite Activities: A Guide to Choosing, Planning, Conducting, and Processing, Volume 2. Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.

Sims, P. L. & Garrison, S. (2013). Childhood sexual abuse and intimate relationships: A support group for male partners. Contemporary Journal of Family Therapy. Doi: 10.1007/s10591-013-9293-z

Sims, P. L, & Garrison, S. (2013). Abuse of children: Sexual. In R. Emery (Ed.), Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopedia. Volume 1 (pp. 15-18). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:

Garrison, S., & Sims, P. (2013). Children: Effects of divorce on adolescents. In R. Emery (Ed.), Cultural sociology of divorce: An encyclopedia. (Vol. 3, pp. 213-216). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. doi:

Hinton, W.J., Sims, P.L., Adams, M.A., & West, C.W.  (2007). Juvenile justice: A system divided.  Criminal Justice Policy Review 18 (4), 466-483. doi: 10.1177/0887403407304578

Sims, P., Hinton, W. J., Adams, M. A. & West, C. K. (2007). Building a bridge: An experiential group for adult survivors of sexual abuse. In D. Viers (Ed), The Group Therapist’s Notebook: Homework, Handouts, and Activities for Use in Psychotherapy (pp. 97-103). Haworth Press.

Boudreaux, J., Exline, J., Forster, M. & Sims, P. (2003). Strategies for tough times: Planning, acquiring resources, reorganizing, and maintaining morale. The Department Chair: A Resource for Academic Administrators, 14, 3-5. 

Hinton, W. J., Sheperis, C. & Sims, P. L. (2003). Family based approaches to juvenile delinquency. The Family Journal, 11, 167-173. doi: 10.1177/1066480702250156

Forster, M.  Rehner, T., Sims, P. & Hinton, W.J. (2003) Working with Disadvantaged Youth: Two University-Based Programs for Reducing Delinquency and Associated Health Risks. The Researcher: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 19, 151-163

Thun, D., Sims, P.L., Adams, M.A., & Webb, T. (2002). The effects of group therapy on female adolescent survivors of sexual abuse: A pilot study. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 11(4)1-16. doi:10.1300/J070v11n04_01

Sims, P. L. and Stamper, A.M. (2000). Talking about sexual abuse: Teacher as catalyst. Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences, 92(5), 46-52. ERIC Number: EJ619127


Selected Presentations

Grames, H.A., & Sims, P. (2012). “Exploring the supervisory system: Client, therapist, supervisor.” The Mississippi Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference. Hattiesburg, MS.

Sims, P. L. & Garrison, S. (2012) Ethical Decision Making in Clinical Practice. Pine Belt Mental Health Resources, Hattiesburg, MS.

Garrison, S. & Sims, P. L. (2012) Ethical Decisions Related to Confidentiality and Family Systems. Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth 24th Annual Lookin’ to the Future Conference. Meridian, MS.

Sims, P., Azria-Evans, M., Melton, M. & Hall, S., (2005) Economic and academic impact of child care obligations for college students (Poster Presentation). National Council of Family Relations Annual Conference, November 2005, Phoenix, AZ.

Hinton, W. J., Sims, P.L., Adams, M. A., Castle, M. & Besnoy, L. (2004) Parental attitudes of families of first-time juvenile offenders (Poster Presentation). American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference (9/10/04) Atlanta, GA

Hinton, W.J., Sims, P. L. & Adams, M. A., Castle, M. & Webb, S. (2004). Preventing Juvenile Crime: Examining an Effective Family-Focused Model and Community-Based Approach. Second Annual Mississippi Child Welfare Institute Conference. Jackson, MS

Hinton, W. J., Adams, M. A., Sims, P. L., Besnoy, L., Mullins, D. & Mathis, M. (2003) Treating Delinquency: Efforts of a COAMFTE Training Program. Poster session presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.

Boudreaux, J., Exline, J., Forster, M., and Sims, P. (Feb 2003).Moving Forward in Hard Times: Essential Strategies. Paper presented at the 20th Academic Chairpersons Conference. Orlando, FL.

Hinton, J., Sims, P., Besnoy, L., Dupree, W. J. & Swanson, M (2002). MFT Training Clinic Offers High Quality Low Cost Service. Poster session presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Sims, P., Stamper, A., Azria-Evans, M. and Blackwell, A. (June 2002).  FCS Teacher Education: Staying at the Edge. Paper presented at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Annual Conference, Dallas, TX.

Adams, M.A., Sims, P.L., Clarke, D. J., Siggers, A. (Oct 2001). Minority Men Matter: An Evidenced-Based Clinical Approach to the Empowerment of Fathers. Paper presented at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Nashville, Tenn.


Selected Grants

Pine Grove Family Therapy Training Program (2013-2014). Co-Principal Investigator with Jeff Hinton (Principal Investigator), $30,000 Funded.

Child Care Access Means Parents In School (2005). Co-Investigator with Cheryl Mueller and Ann Blackwell, U. S. Department of Education, $156,424 Funded.

Multi-Systems Delinquency Prevention Program (2000-2003). Mississippi Department of Public Safety Block Grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Co-investigator with Mary Ann Adams, $ 90,376 Funded.

Incorporating Technology in the Training Marriage and Family Therapists (2002). Title III Faculty Mentor Program, The University of Southern Mississippi, $2,500 and laptop, Awarded.

Men Matter Family Project (2000). Position: Family Crisis Counseling Coordinator. Mississippi Department of Human Services. Project Director: Mary Ann Adams, $71,217 Funded.

Marriage and Family Therapy Externship: Veteran’s Base Camp (2000). Veteran’s Base Camp, $4,800 Funded.

Family Therapy Training Opportunity: Mississippi National Guard Youth Challenge Program. (1999). Mississippi National Guard, $1,807 Funded.