Autism Project Staff

 

 

Director

Dr. Michael Mong     

Director

  • Education:

- Ph.D., School Psychology, Mississippi State University, 2008

- M.S., School Psychology, Mississippi State University, 2005     

- B.S., Psychology, Louisiana State University

  • Publications:            

- Jeanfreau, M. Jurich, A., & Mong, M. (in press). Risk factors associated with women's marital infidelity. Contemporary Family Therapy.

- Jeanfreau, M., Jurich, A., & Mong, M. (2014). An examination of potential attractions of women's marital infidelity. American Journal of Family Therapy, 42, 14 -28.

- Sheperis, C., Mong, M., & Doggett, R.A.,  (2006).  Selecting, Administering, Scoring, and Interpreting Assessment Instruments and Techniques.  In B. T. Erford (Ed.), Assessment for Counselors.

- Mong, M., Doggett, R. A., Mong, K., & Henington, C. (2012).  Evaluation of the effects of the math to mastery intervention package with elementary school students in a school setting. Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, 13(1), 61-80.

- Mong, M., Johnson, K., & Mong, K., (2011). Effects of check in/check out on behavioral indices and mathematics generalization.  Behavioral Disorders, 36(4), 225-240.

- Mong, M., & Mong, K. (2012). An examination of the utility of brief experimental analysis and extended intervention analysis in selecting effective mathematics interventions.  Journal of Behavioral Education, 21, 99-118.

- Mong, K., Mong, M., Henington, C., & Doggett R.A. (2012). A comparison of four reading interventions for struggling elementary students using brief experimental analysis and extended intervention analysis. Journal of Direct Instruction 12, (1), 13-24. 

- Mong, M. & Mong, K. (2010). Efficacy of two mathematics interventions on enhancing fluency with elementary students. Journal of Behavioral Education, 19(4), 273-288.

- Mong, M., Noguchi, K, & Ladner, B. (2012). Immediate Psychological Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Symptoms of PTSD and Coping Skills. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 21(6), 691-704. 

- Scattone, D. & Mong, M. (2013). Cognitive Behavior Therapy in the Treatment of Anxiety for Adolescents and Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Psychology in the Schools, 50(9), 923-935.

Book Chapters

 - Sheperis, C., Mong, M., & Doggett, R.A. (2006).  Selecting, Administering, Scoring, and Interpreting Assessment Instruments and Techniques.  In B. T. Erford (Ed.), Assessment for Counselors.

 

 

Teachers

Lori R. Potter    

Lead Teacher

  • Education:

- Ed.S. in Instructional Leadership from William Carey University

- M.Ed. in Special Education from William Carey University

- B.S. in Mild/Moderate Disabilities in Speical Education from the University of Southern Mississippi

- B.S. in History from the University of Southern Mississippi

  • Experience:

- Behavior Specialist- 2 years

- Community Based Teacher, Hattiesburg School District- 8 years

  • Organizations:

- Area Director, Hub City Special Olympics

- District Liason, Unified Sports

  •  Certification/Awards: 

- Hattiesburg Public Schools Teacher of the Year (2015- 2016)

- CPI, CPR, and First Aid Certified 

 
 

Jodi M. Cameron-Polk

Teacher

  • Education:         

- Ph.D. in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Expected date of graduation: May 2019

- M.Ed. emphasis on English

- B.A. in English, minor in Spanish

  • Experience:

- University of Southern Mississippi Autism Project, Special Education Teacher- August 2016 – present

- Jackson County School District. Special Education Teacher (self contained), 08/2015 – 05/2016

-Lamar County School District. Spanish Teacher, 08/2014 – 05/2015

- Marion County School District. Spanish and English Electives Teacher, 08/2010 – 05/2015

- Hattiesburg Public School District. Spanish, English, and Compensatory English Teacher, 

08/2009 – 05/2010

  • Organizations:

- Mississippi Professional Educators

- Phi Theta Kappa

  • Certifications: 

- Special Education, Reading and Spanish (K-12), MBE

- English and Social Studies (7-12), MBE

- CPI, CPR, and First Aid Certified

 

 

 

Crystal Magruder

Teacher

  • Education: B.A. in Special Education, from The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Experience: 

- Hattiesburg Public Schools, 2009-2012

- Lauderdale County Schools, 2015

  •  Organizations: The National Association for the Education of Young Children. (NAEYC)
  •  Certifications: 

- Mild/ Moderate disabilities

- Spanish 

- CPI, CPR and First Aid Certified

 

Kyle Turner      

Teacher

  • Education: B.S. in Special Education from Mississippi State University
  • Experience: Special Education Teacher at Long Beach Middle School from 2013 - 2015
  • Organizations: Long Beach Youth Commission Sponsor 
  • Certifications: CPI, CPR, and First Aid Certified

 

 

Instructional Assistants 

 

Alexandra Utley     

Instructional Assistant

 

  • Education: B.S. in Psychology, expected Spring 2017
  • Experience: 1.5 years of previous experience in an Autism classroom
  • Organizations:

- Psi Chi Honor Society

- Student Government Association

- American Psychological Association

- Undergraduate Student Affiliate

 

 

Audrey Morgan     

Instructional Assistant

  • Education:

- A.A. from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

- University of Southern Mississippi

  • Experience: University of Southern Mississippi Autism Project, 2012- present
  • Certifications:  CPR and First Aid Certified
 

Nichole Bourdon      

Instructional Assistant

  • Education: B.S. in Marketing from The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Experience: University of Southern Mississippi Autism Project, 2015- present
  • Certifications:  CPR and First Aid Certified
 

Raven Grantham   

Instructional Assistant

  • Education: 

- M.P.H., Expected Graduation Date: May 2018

- B.A., The University of Southern Mississippi

  • Experience:

- Substitute Teacher with Special Education, 1.5 years

- Sylvan, Office/Classroom Assistant, February 2015- November 2015

- Autism Project, 2015 to present

  • Certifications: CPR, First Aid and AED Certified
 

Myles Ray  

Instructional Assistant

  • Education: B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Experience: 2 Years experience teaching community botany classes
  • Certifications:  CPI, CPR, and First Aid Certified

Nicole Liles    

Instructional Assistant

  • Education:

- Attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College

- Biloxi High School, Class of 2014

  • Experience: IMMS Educator, 2 years
  • Certifications: 

- Work Keys Test

- CPR and First Aid Certified

 

 

Administrative Staff

 

Rebecca Gillespie        

Administrative Assistant

  • Education: Attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
  • Experience: Autism Project, 2015-present