Fellowship Programs

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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.


    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.

    Kathleen M. Young, PhD, MPH


    Dr. Young is an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine and a licensed psychologist who provides direct patient care at the Lakeland Family Medicine Center and supervision for the Primary Care Health Psychology Fellowship.  She is credentialed by the National Register.

    Dr. Young earned a PhD in clinical psychology (health psychology emphasis) from Bowling Green State University.  She also obtained a Master of Public Health degree (public health nutrition major) from the Northwest Ohio Consortium for Public Health.  She completed a predoctoral internship at the Boston Consortium (behavioral medicine/substance use disorders emphases), and a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) Department of Family Medicine.  She then worked as the Director of Behavioral Science and Director of Research at the Albany Medical College Department of Family and Community Medicine before returning to UMMC.

    Dr. Young's primary role is Director of the Judith Gore Gearhart Clinical Skills Center, which houses the UMMC standardized patient program.  As director of the center, Dr. Young works with learners, faculty, and staff throughout the UMMC community, developing and overseeing educational and assessment activities focused on interpersonal and written communication, interprofessional collaboration, critical thinking skills, professionalism, and quality improvement.  She has a variety of professional and research interests in both medical education and health psychology (particularly obesity and weight management).


    Kristen Alston, PhD


    Dr. Kristen Alston is a licensed psychologist who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Health Psychology from East Carolina University in 2015. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Henry Ford Health Sciences Center in Detroit, Michigan and her postdoctoral fellowship as a health psychology fellow within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

    Upon completion of her Health Psychology Fellowship, Dr. Alston transitioned to a faculty position within the UMMC Department of Family Medicine in 2016 and is currently an Assistant Professor within the department. Her interests include health psychology, integrated primary care, and resident education. As a faculty member, Dr. Alston works collaboratively with residents, physicians, and other healthcare providers as a part of an integrated care team delivering direct consultative services and providing behavioral health clinical services to patients with comorbid acute/chronic health conditions and behavioral concerns. She also contributes to resident education and training.

    Dr. Alston is a native of North Carolina and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and her Master's Degree from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC.   


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