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Psychology (Clinical) - Doctorate

Availability: Hattiesburg Options*

Considering the Clinical Psychology PhD program?

The Clinical Psychology PhD program at USM offers scientist-practitioner model, evidence-based, generalist research and clinical training with concentrations in clinical child and adult psychology.

Graduate assistantships support full-time students to include a monthly stipend and tuition waiver and involve teaching, research, and/or clinical work.

Graduates are prepared to pursue careers in academia, research, mental health care delivery, or practice in public and private settings. Applicants interested in a research-focused career are especially encouraged to apply.

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100%internship match rate
99student publications past 5 years
6students admitted annually

Why a Clinical Psychology PhD at Southern Miss?

Clinical psychology is an applied health service and research profession dedicated to understanding, assessing, and treating mental illness and behavioral healthcare needs. Students develop a range of profession-wide competencies relevant to entry level practice of health service psychology, as well as development of knowledge and advancement of psychological science through research activities. Our program trains evidence-based approaches to assessment and therapy of clinical problems across the lifespan, emphasizing cognitive and behavioral orientations. Graduates are well prepared to conduct research, assessment, therapy, training, and supervision.

Clinical Psychology Faculty Mentorship

Faculty members are highly invested and actively engaged in training students in psychological science, adding to the knowledge base, and using empirical findings to inform their clinical work. High-quality mentorship provided by our faculty includes leading active research labs, assisting students with dissemination of their research through publications and presentations, providing intensive clinical supervision, and guiding individualized professional development. All faculty are licensed psychologists, and provide weekly face-to-face supervision of practicum and externship.


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  • Assistant Professor, University Setting
  • Assistant Professor, University Medical Center
  • Licensed Psychologist, Independent Practice
  • Assistant Professor, University Setting
  • Pediatric Psychologist, Medical Center
  • Staff Psychologist, Veteran's Administration
  • Dr. Jessica J. Fulton, 2012, 
    Staff Psychologist & Assistant Director of Psychology Internship Training, Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center
  • Dr. Laura Cook, 2015, 
    Pediatric Psychologist & Internship Faculty, Geisinger Health Systems
  • Dr. Anthony Calabrese, 1996,
    Licensed Psychologist & Director of Psychology, Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services, Forrest General Hospital
  • Dr. Ted Tomeny, 2014, 
    Assistant Professor & Licensed Psychologist, University of Alabama, Department of Psychology
  • Dr. Laura Cook, 2015, 
    Pediatric Psychologist & Internship Faculty, Geisinger Health Systems
  • Dr. Tiffany Hopkins, 2016,
    Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Department of Psychiatry