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  • Fellowship Faculty

    Molly S. Clark, PhD, ABPP 

    Dr. Clark is a licensed psychologist who received her PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS.

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    Clark

    She completed the doctoral residency program at the University of Missouri (Columbia) and the health psychology postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Department of Family Medicine. After working for several years in primary care at the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center, Dr. Clark moved to serve as the director of the health psychology fellowship in the Family Medicine Department at UMMC.

    Dr. Clark is currently an associate professor in the department and has a faculty appointment within the Department of Human Behavior and Psychiatry. She is also board certified in Clinical Health Psychology with the American Board of Professional Psychology.  She provides direct treatment for patients and consults with UMMC faculty regarding issues related to behavioral health. Additionally, she is involved in training healthcare providers in an effort to increase collaborative care roles amongst primary care providers and psychologists.

    Natalie W. Gaughf, PhD, ABPP

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    Gaughf

    Dr. Gaughf is an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine, supervises psychology fellows in the Department of Family Medicine Primary Care Health Psychology Fellowship, and is a licensed psychologist.  She is credentialed by the National Register and by the American Board of Professional Psychology with a specialty board certification in Clinical Health Psychology.

    Dr. Gaughf is the Director of the Office of Academic Support for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) coordinating Academic Consulting Services and providing direct services to UMMC students, residents, fellows, and faculty.  These services include assistance with skill development necessary for academic achievement and professional development.  She also manages University Tutoring Services, the UMMC peer tutoring service available to all UMMC students as well as Academic Accommodations for UMMC. 

    Dr. Gaughf’s research and professional interests include academic consulting, medical education, health psychology, behavioral health, and tobacco use and dependence treatment.  She has served in several leadership roles for the Mississippi Psychological Association and is actively involved in state and national efforts to increase access to behavioral health treatment. 

    Dr. Gaughf received a PhD in psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She completed the Doctoral Residency Program at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System and the Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship in Primary Care in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    Penni Smith Foster, PhD

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    Foster

    Dr. Foster is a licensed psychologist and an associate professor of Family Medicine at UMMC. She serves as the Academic Consultant for the Office of Support within the Office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at the institution. In this role, she works with UMMC’s students, residents, fellows, and faculty in educational program development and academic achievement. Her current research focuses on the learning behaviors of students and residents in health science education programs. 

    Dr. Foster is also an active member of the Mississippi Psychological Association and currently services as the Government Relations Officer and Federal Advocacy Coordinator for the association. Dr. Foster received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. She completed an APA-accredited internship in clinical psychology at the Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System in Biloxi, MS. She is also a graduate of the 2-year postdoctoral health psychology fellowship in primary care with the Department of Family Medicine at UMMC. 

    Patrick O. Smith, PhD, ABPP

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    Smith

    Dr. Smith joined the Department of Family Medicine in 1995, holds the rank of professor, and is a clinical psychologist. From that time until 2010, he held a full-time appointment with the department and was actively involved in residency training. He established and directed the health psychology fellowship from 1999-2010 during which time his research interests focused on tobacco cessation.  Moving to part time in 2009, he was appointed associate dean for faculty affairs in the School of Medicine and in 2014 was appointed as the Chief Faculty Affairs Officer for the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    Dr. Smith is licensed in Mississippi, is credentialed by both the Association of State and Provincial Boards of Psychology and the National Register, and is board certified through the American Board of Professional Psychology (Clinical). He provides evidence-based psychological treatments to adults through the Department of Family Medicine with a special focus on anxiety disorders, addictive behaviors and chronic disease management.

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