Lab Alumni

Students who graduate from the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Southern Mississippi with their master's or doctoral degrees are well prepared for a variety of exciting career paths. Some enter academia to pursue their interests in research, teaching, and service. Many others work as clinicians and/or administrators in a variety of settings where mental health care is provided (e.g., VA medical centers, university counseling centers, community mental health, chemical dependency treatment facilities, private practice). Below is a list of several of the students who have been part of our lab.

David Boudreaux, Ph.D.
David entered the doctoral program in 2010 after completing his B.S. in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi - Gulf Coast. He successfully defended his master's thesis in 2012, Attitudes Toward Anger Management Services, a study involving the development and evaluation of a new instrument to assess attitudes and intentions related to help seeking. He presented a poster based on this work at the 2013 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, and a paper based on this study was published in Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development in 2014. David defended his dissertation in August of 2015 and completed his predoctoral internship the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL. He is currently employed as a staff psychologist at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa.

Mallory McCann, M.S.
Mallory entered the master's program in 2013 from Louisiana State University. She helped us to develop a new self-report measure of relational aggression appropriate for use with college students and collected data in state prisons for a collaborative project on dark personality traits and criminal thinking. Mallory completed her master's degree in 2015, was approved as a provisional LPC, and is now working as a counselor in New Orleans.

Emily Prather, Ph.D.
Emily entered the doctoral program in 2008 from Miami University. She defended her master's thesis, Sex Role Egalitarianism and Relational Aggression in Intimate Partnerships, and completed her predoctoral internship at Wellspan Behavioral Health in York, PA. Emily presented the results of her thesis at the 2012 conference of the American Psychological Association, and a paper based on her thesis was published in the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma in 2012. Emily defended her dissertation in April of 2015 and has accepted a postdoc position at Wellspan. She graduated with her Ph.D. in December of 2015.

Kate Czar, Ph.D.
Kate defended her dissertation in the Fall of 2011, Regional Differences in Relational Aggression: The Role of Culture, and graduated with her Ph.D. in December of 2012. She completed a postdoc at the Texas State University - San Marcos Counseling Center and is now working as a licensed psychologist at the University of Texas at Austin.

Christy Dyess, M.S.
Christy completed her master's degree in 2011. She is the Clinical Director at Clearview Recovery Center in Moselle, MS.

Matt Rauch, M.S.
Matt completed his master's degree in 2011. He is a County Administrator at Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources in Hattiesburg, MS.

Michelle (Augustin) Christopher, Ph.D.
Michelle defended her dissertation, A Psychometric Investigation of the Young Adult Social Behavior Scale (YASB), and graduated with her Ph.D. in 2010. She works as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas.

Greg Futral, Ph.D.
Greg defended his dissertation, Increasing Readiness to Change Anger: A Motivational Group Intervention, and graduated with his Ph.D. in 2010. Greg is the Clinical Director of the Gratitude Program at Pine Grove Behavioral Health and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, MS.

Michael Moore, Ph.D.
Michael defended his dissertation in the Fall of 2010, Further Validation of the Larson Driver Stress Profile, and graduated with his Ph.D. in 2011. He works as a psychologist at the Southern Arizona Veterans Affairs Health Care System in Tucson, AZ.

Roy White, Ph.D.
Roy defended his dissertation, Driving Anger, Sensation Seeking, and Narcissism in the Prediction of Unsafe Driving, and graduated with his Ph.D. in 2009. Roy is a licensed psychologist employed at the Birmingham VA Medical Center in Birmingham, AL.

M.T. McNabb, Ph.D.
M.T. defended her dissertation, Scarred Images: Using Appearance as a Motivator to Reduce Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, and graduated with her Ph.D. in 2009. She is working as a psychologist in Canada.

Ryan Martin, Ph.D.
Ryan defended his dissertation, Cognitive Processes Associated with Anger Disorders: The Development of a New Instrument, and graduated with his Ph.D. in 2004. He is currently a tenured professor in Human Development and Psychology at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay.
Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab
The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is directed by Dr. Eric R. Dahlen in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Doctoral and master's students in the Counseling Psychology graduate programs and undergraduate students at the University of Southern Mississippi study anger, aggression, traffic psychology, and related areas.