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School of Psychology

Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic

The School Psychology program supports three main centers for research, practice, and training: The Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic, the Obesity and Behavior Disorders Lab, and the Standard Assembly and Visual Analysis of Graphical Effects Lab. In addition, other psychology faculty in the department maintain research labs and clinics for graduate student training.

The Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic (directed by Dr. Brad%20Dufrene) provides an opportunity for school psychology graduate students to work directly with children and their parents, under direct supervision of faculty members. The Center serves multiple functions including service to children and families in the region, research, clinical training, and external funding generation in the forms of grants and external contracts.

The clinic offers assessment and intervention services for children, adolescents, and young adults who are having learning problems and/or school/home behavioral and emotional problems. Specialty services offered by the clinic include evaluation and treatment for Autism Spectrum Disorders, assessment and treatment for tic disorders, including Tourette's Disorder, and comprehensive evaluation and treatment services for ADHD. Graduate students are assigned cases in the Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic as partial fulfillment of their practicum duties.

The clinic also offers consultation services to area schools and Head Start agencies. Consultation services include independent evaluations, consultation and training for system-wide Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS), consultation and training for Response to Intervention (RtI), and individual behavioral consultation.

The Obesity and Behavior Disorders Lab is directed by Dr. Brad A. Dufrene.  Dr. Dufrene’s lab currently includes one grant funded project that is evaluating the effects of a parenting program on proximal obesogenic behaviors and factors that may be related to obesity in preschool children.  Additionally, Dr. Dufrene’s lab includes a variety of student projects that are testing consultation and intervention procedures that reduce Head Start children’s risk for developing emotional and behavioral disorders.  If you are interested in undergraduate or graduate opportunities in Dr. Dufrene’s lab, please contact him at brad.dufreneFREEMississippi.

The Standard Assembly and Visual Analysis of Graphical Effects (SAVAGE) Lab is directed by Dr. Evan H. Dart. Dr. Dart's lab conducts work to standardize the way in which single-case data are presented in linear graph in order to minimize the inflation or misrepresentation of treatment effects. If you are interested in undergraduate or graduate opportunities in Dr. Dart’s lab, please contact him at evan.dart@usm.edu

For additional information regarding services please contact the Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic at 601-266-5255.