I am a Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Southern Mississippi. I earned my Ph.D. from Marquette University and joined the Southern Miss faculty in 2005.
My research involves college student substance use, harm reduction, and motivational interviewing (MI). I am a co-investigator on SBIRT training for Mississippi Medical Students a project funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and was co-investigator on Hub City Steps (2008-2014) a study funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIH) evaluating an MI enhanced lifestyle intervention aimed at reducing hypertension among African American individuals. Also I direct the Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) Program at the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic. As director I provide specialized training and supervision of graduate students in regard to college student alcohol use and brief motivational intervention.
At USM I am the Director of Undergraduate Studies and teach graduate courses in theories of counseling and psychotherapy, alcohol and drug abuse intervention, supervision, research methods and supervise the psychological services provided by advanced doctoral students. My undergraduate teaching includes courses in alcohol and drug abuse, health psychology, and workshop in counseling procedures.
Personally I am a big fan of the Green Bay Packers, am a Kansas City Barbecue Society Certified BBQ Judge and enjoy hanging out with my dog Voodoo!
My approach to mentoring
Voodoo waiting for the Packer Game!
My approach to mentoring is best described as active, involved and collaborative. This means that I strive to facilitate the development of team members that work together to achieve shared as well as individual goals. To accomplish this, the team has regular interaction through team meetings, individual meetings with me and other students as needed. Members who succeed in the BAR Lab are highly motivated and driven to succeed, balance hard work and fun, and are genuinely supportive of each other rather than competitive. As a mentor I provide regular feedback that is direct and with the intent of challenging students while remaining supportive of their development. As students progress in the program and on the team they accept more autonomy and adopt active leadership roles. Thus, early in the program I may adopt a more directive role than later in the program. Student success and achievement of their academic goals is very important to me and a focus of my mentoring!