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Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts


The Department of Psychology is committed to enhancing knowledge of psychological principles and practices through scholarship, research, undergraduate service-learning, and graduate clinical training. In addition, the faculty to promote the discipline of Psychology through professional service at the national and local levels. The Department has 12 faculty members, all of whom have diverse training and research interests. We currently offer two degree programs: a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (APA accredited).

Department Chair

noimage_112x142-236x300Kaye Sly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Clinical Psychology, Southern Illinois University-Carbondale
Phone: 601.979.4005
Location: 235 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


The Team – Faculty & Staff

Modupé Daramola, Research Associate
Community Health Program (CHP)
Phone: 601.979.1551
Location: 229 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Kevin A. Patterson, Research Associate
Community Health Program (CHP)
Phone: 601.979.1551
Location: 229 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Keith Hudson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Education Counseling, Mississippi State University
Phone: 601.979.3383
Location: 229 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Ryan Liu-Pham, Ph.D.
Experimental/Social Psychology, University Southern Mississippi
Assistant Professor
Phone: 601.979.3380
Location: 230 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Faith Brown, Ph.D.
Experimental/Social Psychology, University Southern Mississippi
Assistant Professor
Phone: 601.979.3375
Location: 225 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Kendal Smith, Ph.D.
Experimental/Cognitive Psychology, University Southern Mississippi
Assistant Professor
Phone: 601.979.3379
Location: 233 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


James Broussard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone: 601.979.3381
Location: 232 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


noimage_112x142-236x300Dawn Bishop McLin, Ph.D.
Education Counseling, Mississippi State University
Phone: 601.979.3385
Location: 236 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


JSU_Cheryl Moreland_112x142Cheryl Moreland, Ph.D.
Interim APSC Clinic Director
Counseling Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
Phone: 601.979.5991
Location: 328 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Glory Moses, Ph.D.  APSC Office Manager
Phone: 601.979.3381
Location: 229 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.



Juliette Schweitzer, Ph.D.
Interim Director of Clinical Training
Clinical Psychology, Jackson State University
Phone: 601.979.1738
Location: 228 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Theresa Kearns Cooper, Psy.D.
Visiting Professor
Clinical Psychology
Phone: 601.979.3386
Location:  231 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


noimage_112x142-236x300Tracey Hollins
Administrative Assistant (Psychology)
Phone: 601.979.5990
Location: 240 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


Wanda Harris, Ph.D. (LPC-S)
Visiting Professor
Social Psychology
Phone: 601.979.3377
Location:  234 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.


noimage_112x142-236x300Ashlee Gray, M.A.  
College Success Advisor (Psychology)
Phone: 601.979.1389
Location: 239 Dollye M.E. Robinson Bldg.
‘Offers academic guidance and coaching, while providing holistic support to students as they navigate their undergraduate journey. This is done by engaging students in academic planning, advising, clarifying their career goals and providing students with resources.’


Psychology Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Tonya F. Hays       

Dr. Jardin Dogan-Dixon

Dr. Kathy Crockett     

Dr. Melvin Davis        

Dr. Richisa Hamilton 

Mr. Antonio Horton    

Dr. Aisha Nyandoro   

Dr. Antwynette Shields

Dr. Lorna Shird          

Dr. Amanda Gugliano

Dr. Joseph Griebler  

Dr. Shenell Evans    

Dr. Erin Dehon          

Dr. David Germany  

Dr. Monica Sutton    



More about us
By the time JSU officially gained university status from Mississippi’s state legislature in 1979, the Department of Psychology’s primary focus on research made its move to the School of Liberal Arts a natural transition. Then, Dr. Janet St. Lawrence, a faculty member and clinical psychologist at JSU, began to investigate HIV and STD issues in vulnerable populations during the advent of the AIDS epidemic. Out of this work with those in drug treatment, people contending with incarceration, or people from other at-risk groups, came the genesis of the Community Health Program (CHP). This program became the foremost research division within the Psychology Department and works to provide community service while training students and conducting original studies, which gain national attention. Additionally, during this time period, Dr. Cynthia Ford designed a course to teach psychology from an afro-centric perspective. This type of enhancement to the curriculum highlights JSU’s focus on both cultural and individual diversity and remains a popular elective in the discipline.


The mission of the Undergraduate Major in the Psychology Department is to expose students to the breadth and depths of the various fields of psychology. Students are encouraged and taught to think critically about psychological issues and to understand the value of empirical investigation. The department seeks to foster each student’s appreciation for the field of psychology and its applications to individual and social problems. The department is dedicated to high standards of original inquiry and personal growth. Students are taught that sound research and scholarship serve to expand knowledge and improve the quality of peoples’ lives. Our program provides students with the education needed to enter a variety of careers or to pursue graduate work in psychology or related fields.

“Challenging Minds, Changing Lives.”


After years of preparing undergraduates to pursue advanced research degrees, JSU began to develop its own plan for graduate study. Spearheading this movement was a working group whose goal was to design a program in clinical psychology that would provide multicultural training. The idea behind such multiculturalism is that the most effective clinical psychologists are those who have separated themselves from their personal biases and that this can only occur through in depth understanding of other cultures. In 1995, program was launched with a charter class of five students. APA accreditation then followed in 2001, and the first dissertation defense occurred in 2002. The concept of multicultural training remains a primary mission and requires the program actively to support those from diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds while ensuring that even the most traditional of graduate students becomes immersed in as many different environments as possible. This occurs most directly through practica, externships, and field research experience with underserved people; in the area of Jackson, this most often means rural and African-American populations.


Psychology majors have a plethora of career options after studying:

Psychiatrist Industrial-Organizational Psychologist Neuropsychologist Clinical Psychologist
Engineering Psychologist Counseling Psychologist Forensic Psychologist School Psychologist


For more information, please contact us at (601) 979-2371.  We look forward to meeting with you and seeing how our program can help you achieve your goals.



College of Liberal Arts Building-2nd Floor
1325 J. R. Lynch Street
P.O. Box 17550
Jackson, MS 39217-0350


(601) 979-2371