About Us

PSC Staff

Dr. Scott A. Gustafson

Director, Psychological Services Center

Phone: (662) 915-5272
Fax: (662) 915-1396

Welcome from the PSC Director
The Univeristy, the Department of Psychology, and the PSC are offering a unique and comprehensive approach to the educational, psychological, and spiritual well-being of our community. We continue to do our level best to meet the needs of our community, paying special attention to the diversity of race, income, and orientation of our clients.

Dr. Shannon Sharp

Associate Director, Psychological Services Center

Phone: (662) 915-1864
Fax: (662) 915-1396

Dr. Sharp is a School Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from University of Tennessee. Her interests are in dyslexia, psychoeducational assessment and test development .

Megan Craven

Clinic Manager, Psychological Services Center

Phone: (662) 915-7385
Fax: (662) 915-1396

Dr. Todd Smitherman

Director, Center for Behavioral Medicine

Phone: (662) 915-1825
Fax: (662) 915-5398

Dr. Smitherman is a Clinical Psychologist who received his Ph.D. from Auburn University. His interests are in adult psychological disorders, particularly anxiety and depression, and psychological approaches to treating medical problems.

Dr. Michael T. Allen

Psychology Department Chair

Phone: (662) 915-5190
Fax: (662) 915-5398

Dr. Allen is the Chair of the Department of Psychology. His area of research is in Physiological Psychology and how human behavior and physical process interact.

Josh Hamer

Coodinator, Psychological Assessment Clinic

Fax: (662) 915-7385

Mimi Zhao

Clinic Assistant

Phone: (662) 915-7385

Clinical Psychology Faculty at the University of Mississippi

Dr. Karen Christoff
Dr. Christoff is a Clinical Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from West Virginia University. Her research interests center on children’s social skills and friendships, and the factors that influence these as well as on children’s health and fitness related behaviors.

Dr. Alan Gross
Dr. Gross received his Ph.D. from Washington State University and is a Clinical Psychologist. His current research interests are in alcohol expectancies and sexual coercion in college students, emotional regulation and aggressive behavior in children, and contextual variables in Date rape.

Dr. Laura Johnson
Dr Johnson is a Clinical Psychologist who received her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville. Her research and clinical interests are in multicultural, cross-cultural and ethno-cultural psychology, with a focus on acculturation, ethnic identity, minority mental health and positive youth development.

Dr. Tom Lombardo
Dr. Lombardo is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Research Integrity and Compliance for the University of Mississippi. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and his research interests are in understanding and treating smoking and in anxiety disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder.

Dr. Stefan Schulenberg
Dr. Schulenberg received his Ph.D. from the University of South Dakota in Clinical Psychology. His research focuses on psychological assessment, test construction and validation, meaning/life purpose, adolescent psychopathology, and clinical/disaster psychology.

Dr. Kelly Wilson
Dr. Wilson received his Ph.D. from the University of Nevada at Reno in Clinical Psychology. His interests are in more recent behavioral Mental health treatments, particularly Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Dr. John Young
Dr. Young is a Clinical Psychologist who received his Ph.D. from the University of Hawaii. His research centers on the development and use of evidence based practices for the treatment of child and adolescent psychopathology.

Three primary missions of the Psychological Services Center


It is our Primary goal to provide comprehensive and quality services to our clients, regardless of ability to pay. Our dedicated staff is here to help members of the university, and community.

If you are in a position where you either do not have insurance, or want to remain confidential and not have to send personal information to your insurance company, the PSC offers a very affordable sliding scale based on your income and life situation.

The Faculty and Clinicians are highly trained and focus on the latest scientifically supported approaches to treatment, and continually track progress and consult with experts on the most effective treatment for your situation.


Our team of local practitioners include: licensed psychologists from the faculty of the University of Mississippi's Department of Psychology and advanced Graduate Student Clinicians. Graduate clinicians are well-trained and closely supervised, while our other consulting mental health professionals have considerable experience and expertise. We all, moreover, share in the value placed on our services and the opportunities to work with the community.


An important part of our mission is to conduct research that will aid our clinicians and other practitioners across the country in deepening our understanding and effectiveness. The research is conducted and supervised by the Clinical Psychology Faculty. There are a range of topics and areas that the staff pursue, such as the treatment of headaches, anxiety, smoking cessation, cultural awareness, early childhood and school-based intervention.

The faculty of Ole Miss are internationally known for the quality of research conducted through the department, and are regularly published in journals, presented in conferences, and sought out by other practitioners and clinics to inform and improve thier own services.

All research is done with the knowledge and consent of the people who participate. Privacy is always more important than research, and no observation or measurements are ever conducted without somone's full knowledge and permission.