Fellowship Programs


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  • Fellowship Faculty

    Molly S. Clark, PhD

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

    Dr. Molly Clark
    Dr. Molly 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 assistant professor in the department and has a faculty appointment within the Department of Human Behavior and Psychiatry. 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.

    Patrick O. Smith, PhD

    Dr. Patrick O. Smith
    Dr. Patrick O. 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.

    In 2010, he was appointed associate dean for faculty fffairs in the School of Medicine and became a part-time faculty member within the Department of Family Medicine. He has served in numerous leadership roles at the state and national level, including the Mississippi Psychological Association, the Mississippi Board of Psychology, the Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers, and the National Register for Healthcare Providers in Psychology.

    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.

    Natalie W. Gaughf, PhD

    Dr. Natalie Gaughf
    Dr. Natalie Gaughf

    Dr. Gaughf is the director of academic counseling Services for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a psychologist.

    She serves as president of the Mississippi Psychological Association and has served in several leadership roles in the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence. Dr. Gaughf’s research and professional interests include academic counseling, professionalism, behavioral health and tobacco 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 the Department of Family Medicine at the UMMC.

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