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Division of Psychology

The Division of Psychology in UMMC's Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior is led by Dr. Jefferson D. Parker and is currently staffed by nine clinical psychologists. Of these faculty psychologists, four are child/pediatric psychologists and the other five are adult clinical psychologists. The nationally recognized UMMC Psychology Internship Training Program has clinical psychology interns and post-doctoral fellows.

The division has a rich history of conducting clinical research. Division of Psychology faculty members have recently been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other state, national and private foundations that support research efforts. In addition, faculty are members of numerous editorial boards, are members of National Institutes of Health Study Sections (i.e., grant review), and provide ad hoc grant review for numerous federal agencies and foundations.

Division of Psychology faculty, residents and fellows provide diagnostic, therapeutic and consultative services to the child psychiatry inpatient unit, Children's of Mississippi Hospital, adult psychiatry inpatient services, and in a variety of adult outpatient programs. They work closely with other departments in the School of Medicine, including the Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, Neurology, Surgery, Family Medicine, Neurosurgery, and with faculty from the School of Nursing and the School of Dentistry.

In addition, all faculty members participate in medical student education and in the didactic series of the departmental residency program. The Division's faculty members provide clinical supervision to psychology residents and engage in basic and clinical research and related scholarly activities. Within the University of Mississippi Medical Center Psychology Internship Training Program, psychology faculty members provide substantial research opportunities to psychology residents and fellows, excellent training in evidence-based treatment for psychological disorders, and extensive training in grant writing.