Lab Welcomes Morgan Lowe

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome Morgan Lowe, a student who will be entering the Counseling Psychology Master’s Program at the University of Southern Mississippi this Fall. Morgan completed her B.S. in psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, so she is already familiar with the area. Her interests in forensic psychology, relational aggression, and anger make her a great fit for the lab. Her future career plans include working with juvenile offenders, and she hopes to pursue a doctorate in Counseling Psychology.

Congratulations to Morgan on her admission to the master’s program! We are looking forward to working with you.
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Welcoming Taylor Nocera-Bolton to the Doctoral Program

This announcement is long overdue, but we are pleased to welcome our newest doctoral student for the Fall 2017 term, Taylor Nocera-Bolton. Taylor has already been working with us during her time in the Counseling Psychology master’s program and had plans to pursue her doctorate. We were happy that she decided to apply to our program. As a doctoral student, Taylor plans to continue her research on cyber aggression.

Congratulations to Taylor on the admission!
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Philip Stoner Proposes Thesis

Philip Stoner, a first-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Southern Mississippi, successfully proposed his master’s thesis today. Philip’s thesis will examine the relationship of vulnerable narcissism and emotion dysregulation in self-injurious behavior and self-criticism.

Both vulnerable narcissism and emotion dysregulation have been linked to suicidality in previous studies; however, relatively little is known about the relationship of these factors to self-injurious behavior and self-criticism in non-clinical settings. Philip’s study will use a college student sample and is anticipated to generate some useful information about the important topic of college student mental health.

Congratulations to Philip on the successful proposal!
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Introducing Skylar Hicks

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Skylar Hicks is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is originally from Louisiana, where she graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.

As an undergraduate, Skylar was involved in two different research labs. The Stress Physiology in Teens (SPIT) Laboratory led her to examine the interplay between stress exposure, biological trajectories, and adolescent development in understanding why certain individuals develop psychopathology. Her time with the Youth Social and Emotional Development Laboratory was spent identifying social, emotional, and cognitive factors related to the development and maintenance of aggressive behavior in youth.

She applied to Southern Miss because the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab overlapped with her research interests in aggression. Skylar recently proposed her master’s thesis, The Role of Emotion Regulation in the Relationship between Trait Anger and Aggression, and is currently collecting data. She hopes to research other forms of aggression, such as sexual aggression. Skylar’s career interests include working in a maximum-security prison, as well as a psychiatric unit or major hospital.

When asked for advice concerning potential future applicants to our program, Skylar mentioned the importance of gaining research experience, as it can be helpful in defining a career path and in assessing which graduate programs best align with one’s personal research interests.
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Caitlin Clark Accepts Postdoc at Houston VA

Caitlin Clark, an advanced doctoral student currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Florida, just let us know that she has accepted a postdoc position at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston. Specifically, she will be completing the Trauma/Anxiety Disorders postdoctoral fellowship, which was her top choice.

Congratulations to Caitlin!
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Niki Knight Matches at Central Arkansas VA

Today is the day when doctoral students in applied psychology programs learn whether they matched with the predoctoral psychology internship sites they have ranked following a competitive application and interview process. We just learned that Niki Knight, a fourth-year doctoral student working in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab, will be completing her predoctoral internship next year at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System in Little Rock.

Congratulations to Niki on the successful match!
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Introducing Taylor Nocera-Bolton

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Taylor Nocera-Bolton is a second year master's student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is originally from Alabama, where she graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, Taylor was involved in a parent-child interaction therapy lab where she was responsible for data collection and conducting behavioral observations.

Currently, Taylor is conducting a research project designed to evaluate one of the few published measures of cyber aggression suitable for use with college student samples. She is using it to examine various predictors of cyber aggression (also known as electronic aggression). Predictors under investigation include trait aggressiveness and several dark personality traits (e.g., psychopathy, narcissism, spitefulness, sadism). Not only is she well-positioned to make a meaningful contribution to the literature in this area, but she is helping to pave the way for future students in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab to study cyber aggression.

Taylor's plans for the future involve pursuing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology, and she is applying to doctoral programs this year. Her career goals include working as a director/supervisor at an inpatient or residential treatment facility.

When asked what advice she might have for future applicants to the Counseling Psychology master's program at the University of Southern Mississippi, Taylor mentioned not to be afraid of asking questions or seeking clarification. It is important to remember, she said, that many people can relate to the inevitable anxiety surrounding the admission process and are eager to help.
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Introducing Michael Vidana

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Michael Vidana is a second year master's student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is originally from Minnesota and received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls in 2014.

As an undergraduate, Michael worked on an independent research project focusing on the behavioral effects of a college smoking ban. His curiosity in research and counseling continued to evolve by studying abroad, ultimately guiding him to apply to the master's program at Southern Miss.

Michael aims to become a licensed professional counselor upon graduation and is interested in a career in community mental health. As such, he hopes to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic, our program's in-house training clinic where both master's and doctoral students obtain much of their practicum experience under the supervision of program faculty. This experience, along with his coursework in the master's program, will prepare Michael to pursue licensure.

In addition to completing a literature review on alcohol-related aggression, one of the ways Michael has been assisting the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is working with his peers to write biographical statements (just like this one) for our website. This is something we have been talking about doing for some time because we think it is helpful information for potential applicants to have. With Michael taking the lead on it, we are finally doing it!

When asked for advice concerning potential future applicants to our program, Michael voiced the importance of taking the time to create a well-crafted personal statement that best represents what an applicant has to offer to the program and makes a case for why the applicant is a good fit with the program.
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Introducing Savannah Merold

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Savannah Merold is a first year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is originally from Alabama and received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Southern Miss in 2016.

As an undergraduate, Savannah was involved in social and evolutionary psychology research. This resulted in her role as the second author of a 2016 paper published in Personality and Individual Differences. The paper, "Social and emotional intelligence moderate the relationship between psychopathy traits and social perception," reflects Savannah's interests in dark personality traits and social/emotional intelligence. These interests led her to apply to the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at Southern Miss to work in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab.

Savannah plans to continue studying psychopathic personality traits and social/emotional intelligence for her master's thesis, exploring their role in relational aggression. One advantage of her previous work in this area is that she already has a solid understanding of the variables and some great ideas about how best to assess them. This has allowed her to get a quick start on her thesis project. Savannah's plans for the future involve a career in academia where she can continue to conduct research.

When asked about any advice she might have for future applicants to our program, Savannah stressed the importance of knowing the research interests of potential faculty advisors, noting that this can help give one a better picture about where one would “fit” as a graduate student in the program. Very good advice!
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Doctoral Applications for Fall 2017 Under Review

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December 1 was the application deadline for the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Southern Mississippi, and the review of applications is now in progress. The outcome of this highly competitive process is that a small number of applicants will be invited to campus to participate in the doctoral program's interview day and interview with Dr. Dahlen.

Following the interviews, 1-2 applicants who are selected for the doctoral program typically receive an offer of admission to the program and the lab. Some applicants who are not selected for the doctoral program may be encouraged to apply to the master's program, as this provides applicants with another opportunity to join the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab and gain the sort of research experience that can strengthen their application to the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Southern Miss, as well as other doctoral programs.
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Introducing Adijah Battle

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Adijah Battle is a first year master's student in the Counseling Psychology program at Southern Miss. She is originally from North Carolina, where she graduated in from the University of North Carolina with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 2016.

As an undergraduate, Adijah worked as a research assistant with a professor who was studying mindfulness. After deciding to continue her education, she applied to the Counseling Psychology Master's Program at Southern Miss because she was impressed with the benefits of the program's in-house training clinic and the high pass rate on the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) obtained by graduates of the doctoral program.

Adijah joined the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab and is currently completing a literature review on depression and social media use. She also hopes to study various aspects of personality during her graduate training. After completing the master's program, Adijah plans to pursue a doctoral degree. She would eventually like to open a private practice with a focus in treating adults.

When asked for advice concerning potential applicants to our master's or doctoral programs, Adijah expressed her belief in the importance of being aware of what one is seeking from graduate training before one applies. Not only does this tend to be associated with a greater probability of success in obtaining admission to a program, but it allows one to begin graduate training with a clear goal in mind toward which one can strive in an efficient manner. Good advice!
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Introducing Philip Stoner

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Philip Stoner is a first year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Southern Mississippi and one of the newest members of the lab. He is originally from Mississippi, and he graduated from the Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English in 2016.

As an undergraduate, Philip joined a research team at Mississippi State University, working in a self-harm lab which led to his interest in studying suicide. Philip’s research interests include aggression and self-aggression, non-suicidal self-injury, and research around preventative measures and their predictive utility in advancing the understanding of suicidal behaviors. His interest in research led him to apply to Southern Miss and the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab.

As for his future career plans, Philip plans to pursue an academic position where he can continue to conduct research. He would also like to provide counseling services, with a specific interest in college-age populations.

When asked for advice concerning potential future applicants to our program, Philip mentioned the importance of obtaining research experience and explained that his prior research experience helped to prepare him for graduate work at Southern Miss.
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Introducing Niki Knight

Niki Knight
Niki Knight is a fourth year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Southern Mississippi. She is originally from Arkansas, where she graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2012.

As an undergraduate, Niki joined a research team focused on social behavior and sleep studies. She collaborated on several projects (e.g., laboratory-based sleep studies, measure development, and personality and social behavior research). She found that she particularly enjoyed research related to personality and behavior. This interest guided her in applying to doctoral programs and has carried over into her research as a graduate student at Southern Miss.

Niki started the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program in the Fall of 2013, at which time she joined the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab. Niki successfully defended her master's thesis, The Dark Triad and HEXACO Model of Personality in Relational Aggression, in October of 2015. She presented at the Mississippi Psychological Association (Relational Aggression Among Young Adults) and the Southeastern Psychological Association (The Dark Triad of Personality and Relational Aggression). Most recently, she successfully proposed her dissertation in September of 2016, Fear and Loathing in Peer Relationships: Indirect Aggression, Comparison-Based Traits, and Cognitive Vulnerabilities. She will begin data collection for this project soon.

Niki is in the process of applying for a predoctoral internship, which she hopes to complete at a VA Medical Center. Niki's long-term career goal is to become a VA psychologist, and she is particularly interested in the treatment of veterans with personality disorders, substance use disorders, and/or PTSD.
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Coming Soon: Information About Students Working in the Lab

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With graduate admissions deadlines approaching, undergraduate students planning to apply to graduate programs in psychology are in the process of researching programs and trying to decide where to apply. Although factors such as one's interest in the research areas of various faculty members, the reputation of the program, and the geographic location of the university are obvious considerations, many students are also curious about their fit with current students. Do they have similar life experiences, interests, abilities, or career goals as the students who are currently succeeding in the programs to which they are applying?

We recognize that this type of information is not always easy to find, so we aim to provide more of it for prospective students considering the doctoral or master's programs in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi who are interested in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab. Specifically, we plan to begin sharing some additional information about the students working in the lab in the form of brief student bios we will make available here. This should be helpful to prospective applicants by giving them a sense of where our current students came from, what they were doing before joining us, what they are working on here, and what they hope to do after they complete their graduate training.

Our first student bio should be ready soon and will be posted here as soon as it is available.
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New Lab Photo for 2016

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab has updated our photo of the lab personnel currently working on campus for 2016.

2016 anger lab personnel

Top row (left to right): Philip Stoner, Dr. Dahlen, Adijah Battle, Savannah Merold
Bottom row: Skylar Hicks, Niki Knight, Taylor Bolton, Michael Vidana
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Lab Welcomes Adijah Battle

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome Adijah Battle, a student who will be entering the Counseling Psychology Master's Program at the University of Southern Mississippi and joining us in the lab this fall. Adijah completed her B.S. in psychology at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Her interests in personality and psychopathology should make her a good fit for the lab.

Congratulations to Adijah on her admission to the master's program! We are looking forward to your arrival next month.
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Lab Welcomes Two New Doctoral Students

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The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome two new doctoral students who will be entering the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Southern Mississippi and joining us in the lab this fall.

Savannah Merold will be graduating this spring with a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Savannah worked as a research assistant in Dr. Sacco's Social Psychology Lab. She completed an independent project focusing on how social and emotional intelligence moderated the relationship between psychopathic personality traits and social perception.

Philip Stoner will be graduating this spring with a B.A. in Psychology and English from Mississippi University for Women. During his undergraduate career, Philip worked as a research assistant in the Clinical Studies Lab at Mississippi State University, where he obtained research experience in areas such as aggression, alcohol use, narcissism, and sleep.

Congratulations to Savannah and Philip on their admission to the doctoral program! We are looking forward to working with you both.
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David Boudreaux Accepts Position at Tampa VA

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We just learned that David Boudreaux, an alumni of the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab who successfully defended his dissertation in August, has accepted a position as a staff psychologist in the outpatient mental health clinic at the James A. Haley Veteran's Hospital in Tampa, FL, where he is completing his predoctoral internship.

David is almost finished preparing a manuscript based on his dissertation, which should soon be ready to submit for publication. He plans to take the EPPP exam for licensure this summer.

Congratulations to David on the job!
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Students Heading to Bay Pines VA and University of Memphis Counseling Center

Today is APPIC Phase I Match Day, the day where doctoral students in applied psychology programs across the U.S. who applied for predoctoral internships in psychology find out whether they have matched with internship sites. Two doctoral students working in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab applied for predoctoral internships this year, and we just learned that both of them matched. Not only that, but both matched with their first choices!

Caitlin Clark will be completing her predoctoral internship at the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System in Bay Pines, FL.

Daniel Deason will be completing his predoctoral internship at the Counseling Center at the University of Memphis in Memphis, TN.

Congratulations to Caitlin and Daniel!
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Doctoral Program Interview Day

The Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program is holding our annual interview day on February 5, 2016. We had several good applicants this year, and it was not easy to select who to invite to interview.

We are looking forward to meeting the applicants who will be interviewing, hearing about their research ideas, and discussing plans for future research.
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Congratulations to Dr. Emily Prather

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Congratulations to Dr. Emily Prather, an alumna of the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab, who graduated with her Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi last week. I last saw Emily when she took a break from her predoctoral internship at Wellspan Behavioral Health in York, PA, to successfully defend her dissertation in April. Emily's dissertation focused on the role of anger, impulsivity, and emotion regulation in binge eating. After completing her internship last summer, she started a post doc position at Wellspan. She is now studying for the EPPP exam for licensure as a psychologist and beginning the job search process where she is interested in both clinical work and teaching.

It is fairly common for current doctoral students to have a hard time imagining that there will be a day when they reach the end of their graduate training. I certainly remember feeling that way. But like Emily just showed us, it really does happen. The classes, examinations, and dissertation writing do not last forever.

It was great to see Emily again for commencement and meet her family. Congratulations to Emily on the completion of her doctorate! Please stay in touch and let us know what is next for you.
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Doctoral Admissions Deadline Approaching

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Prospective students interested in applying to the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi have until December 1 to do so. Review of applications will begin shortly after the deadline. The process is highly selective, and a small number of applicants will be invited to campus to participate in our program's interview day. For information on doctoral admissions, see the program web page.

As explained on our page for students interested in joining the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab, students who apply to work with Dr. Dahlen and receive an offer of admission to the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program are accepted to work in the lab.
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Lab Welcomes Diana Garrett

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab in the Department of Psychology is pleased to welcome Diana Garrett, a new undergraduate member joining us this semester. Diana is a psychology major and criminal justice minor who is interested in obtaining research experience. She plans to apply to masters programs in counseling psychology and is interested in someday working as a counselor in a juvenile detention center. She is on track to graduate from the University of Southern Mississippi in December.

We are happy to have Diana join the lab and are looking forward to working with her this semester.
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Lab Welcomes New Master's Students

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The Anger and Traffic Psychology lab is pleased to welcome two new master's students who will be joining us when they enter the Counseling Psychology Master's Program at the University of Southern Mississippi in the Fall. Michael Vidana graduated from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and has been working with adolescents in a high school through Americorps. Taylor Nocera graduated from Auburn University and has worked locally at the Women's Center in Hattiesburg and at a group home for adolescents in Alabama.

Congratulations to Taylor and Michael on their admission to the master's program! We are looking forward to their arrival in Hattiesburg.
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Upgrading Our Lab Space

Almost a year ago, we gained some lab space that we share with Dr. Madson's College Alcohol Research Team. Now that we have had this space for some time, we are developing a better sense of what we might do with it in the future and how to make it even more useful.

Over the summer, I was able to replace our ancient lab computer with a newer one that should be far more usable since it can run current software and connect to the Internet. I think we could also use this computer as a central hub for storing shared resources (e.g., electronic copies of journal articles, examples of successful IRB proposals, completed theses and dissertations, electronic copies of research questionnaires).

Dr. Madson and I are hoping to clear out some of the unnecessary furniture soon and hope to make some additional upgrades in the months ahead.
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Lab Welcomes Skylar Hicks

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The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome our newest doctoral student, Skylar Hicks. Skylar recently accepted an offer of admission to the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Southern Mississippi and will be joining the lab in the Fall of 2015.

Skylar completed her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of New Orleans, where she worked in Dr. Monica Marsee's Youth Social and Emotional Development Lab. She has been working as a research associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the LSU Health Sciences Center. Her interest and experience in overt and relational aggression make her an excellent fit for the lab.

Congratulations to Skylar on her admission! We are looking forward to working with you in Hattiesburg.
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Accepting Applications from Incoming Master's Students

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The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is now accepting applications from students admitted to the Master's Program in Counseling Psychology for the Fall of 2015. Interested students are encouraged to contact Dr. Dahlen with any questions and to indicate interest in joining the lab.

We plan to delay decisions until early to mid June to make sure that we are able to consider all interested master's students before making decisions.
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New Look for Lab Website

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The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab website has a new look. At least, I'm in the process of giving it a new look. The basic structure is in place, but more changes are coming. The old version of our website had become dated and was starting to generate some problems for those attempting to view it on mobile devices. I'm hoping that the new version will be easier to view on a variety of screen sizes.

I have updated the software I used to develop and maintain the website (
Rapidweaver) to the most current version, and I am using a new design template from ThemeFlood. As time permits, I hope to add more pictures and try to streamline the organization of the site a bit.

If you encounter any problems or find things that are not working as they should, please
let me know.
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David Boudreaux Matches at Tampa VA

Today is APPIC Phase I Match Day, the day when doctoral students in applied psychology programs who have applied for predoctoral internships learn whether they have matched with internship sites. David Boudreaux has matched at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL.

Congratulations, David!
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Lab Welcomes New Undergraduates

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome two new undergraduate members joining us this semester: Shawn Bishop and Ja'Meka Perry. Both are interested in gaining research experience to learn more about the process and support graduate school applications. We are happy to have them on the team and look forward to working with them.
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New Lab Space

We received some great news at the beginning of the Fall academic term. The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab has gained access to some recently vacated lab space in our building, which we will share with Dr. Madson's College Alcohol Research Team.

This lab space should provide students with some quiet workspace, a place for graduate students to meet with undergraduate research assistants without disrupting others, and facilitate access to shared research materials. It will take some time and effort to organize the space effectively and figure out how best to use it, but it will be very helpful as we move into a busy semester with multiple projects underway and a few more about to begin.
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Lab Welcomes Ashley Morrison

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome Ashley Morrison. Ashley recently accepted admission to the Counseling Psychology doctoral program and will be joining the lab in the Fall of 2014.

Ashley is completing her bachelor's degree in psychology at Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana. Her interests in relational aggression and anger make her a good fit for the lab.

Congratulations, Ashley! We are looking forward to working with you.
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Lab Member Heading to Wellspan Behavioral Health for Internship

Congratulations to Emily Prather, an advanced doctoral student working in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab, who recently learned that she matched successfully for a predoctoral internship at Wellspan Behavioral Health in York, PA.

This site should be a great fit with Emily's interests in behavioral medicine. We're proud of you, Emily!
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Lab Accepting Undergraduate Research Assistants

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For undergraduate students in psychology and related fields who are planning to apply to doctoral programs in psychology, obtaining research experience now is highly desirable. The same may be true of some (but not all) master's programs, depending on their focus.

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi is accepting applications from motivated Southern Miss undergraduate students who are interested in obtaining research experience to enhance their applications for graduate school. A new online application has been set up for students interested in joining the lab.

Students planning to apply to graduate programs are encouraged to begin obtaining research experience prior to their senior year so they have sufficient time to see projects through to completion. Interested students may apply at any time of the year but are encouraged to apply prior to the semester in which they hope to begin working in the lab so that their schedule may be considered in selecting a weekly meeting time. Late October through November would be an ideal time to apply to join the lab for the Spring semester.

Priority is given to applicants with cumulative GPAs above 3.0 and who are seeking research experience to benefit their graduate school applications.

Students accepted to the lab may elect to receive course credit through PSY 491 for their work.
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Lab Welcomes New Master's Student

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome a new master's student. Mallory McCann is entering the master's program in August of 2013. She completed her undergraduate work at Louisiana State University.

Congratulations to Mallory on her admission to the master's program. We look forward to working with her.
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Lab Welcomes Two New Doctoral Students

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome two new doctoral students for the Fall 2013 academic term.

Caitlin Clark is a master's student currently working in the lab who joined us in 2011 from Georgia College & State University. She plans to continue her research on aggression and hopes to broaden her focus beyond parenting-related variables. Niki Knight is completing her bachelor's degree at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Her interests make her a good fit for the lab.

Congratulations to Caitlin and Niki! We look forward to working with you.
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Kate Czar Graduates Today

Kate Czar will be graduating with her Ph.D. today. Kate defended her dissertation, a study of cultural differences in relational aggression, last October and completed her predoctoral internship on schedule. I am looking forward to hooding the soon-to-be Dr. Czar at the University of Southern Mississippi's commencement ceremony this afternoon.
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Lab Welcomes Sarah Burghaus

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is pleased to welcome another new doctoral student this Fall, Sarah Burghaus. Sarah will be joining us from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. Congratulations, Sarah! We are looking forward to working with you.
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Lab Welcomes Daniel Deason

The Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab is happy to welcome our newest member, Daniel Deason. Daniel will be joining the Counseling Psychology Program in the Fall as a new doctoral student. He is coming from Oklahoma State University - Stillwater. Congratulations, Daniel! We're looking forward to working with you.
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Lab Accepting Applications From Incoming Masters Students

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The lab is currently accepting applications from masters students who will be joining the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Southern Mississippi in the Fall. Incoming masters students interested in anger, aggression, and traffic psychology are encouraged to complete an application.

Projects likely to begin in the Fall include:
  • Help seeking for anger problems among college students
  • Anger and alcohol abuse
  • Developing a brief screening and early intervention program for college students at risk of developing anger-related problems
  • Cultural factors in relational aggression
  • Developing improved measures of aggressive driving
Of course, we are always interested in students' ideas and welcome projects in other areas, as long as they are generally relevant to our work.
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Kate Czar Wins Shafer Scholarship

Kate Czar, an advanced doctoral student working in the lab, received the Bill Shafer Scholarship this year. This competitive award is given to one doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program each year for making an outstanding contribution to Student Counseling Services, our university counseling center. Congratulations Kate!

Kate will be moving to San Marcos, TX, this summer to begin her
predoctoral internship at the Texas State University - San Marcos Counseling Center.
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Christy and Matt Complete Comprehensive Exam

Congratulations to Christy Dyess and Matt Rauch on passing their master's comprehensive exam! Christy and Matt are master's students who have been working in the lab on a number of ongoing projects. They will be leaving us at the end of the semester to complete the final portion of their programs, a full-time summer internship.

Great job on comps and good luck on the National Counselor Examination you two!
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Lab Member Heading to Texas State University - San Marcos for Internship

Congratulations to Kate Czar, an advanced doctoral student working in the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab, who learned today that she matched successfully in the predoctoral internship match process.

Kate has been interested in working at a university counseling center for some time, and she is excited to have a position at her top choice: the
Texas State University - San Marcos Counseling Center. We’re proud of you, Kate!
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Congratulations to Two New Lab Alumni

Michelle Augustin and Greg Futral both graduated with their doctorates in Counseling Psychology this month. They were valuable members of the lab, and their contributions will be missed even as we wish them the best moving ahead with their careers.

Michelle's dissertation, "A Psychometric Investigation of the Young Adult Social Behavior Scale (YASB)," was a confirmatory factor analysis and validation of a self-report measure of relational aggression suitable for college students. Greg's dissertation, "Increasing Readiness to Change Anger: A Motivational Group Intervention," involved a treatment study in which a brief motivational enhancement group was compared with a no-treatment control.
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Lab News

Greetings! I plan to use this page to share news from the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab. Some of the information and resources from what used to be the Anger Research Consortium will now be relocated here. In addition, I will share information relevant to those seeking to understand anger, aggression, and traffic psychology.
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