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Natalie W. Gaughf, PhD, ABPP

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Associate Dean of Student Affairs
(601) 815-5064



Dr. Gaughf is the associate dean of student affairs for the John D. Bower School of Population Health and director of the Office of Academic Support for the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Gaughf is a professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine and a professor in the School of Population Health's Department of Population Health Science. Dr. Gaughf coordinates support services for students, residents, and faculty, which include skill development necessary for academic achievement and professional development. Dr. Gaughf's educational and research areas of interest include academic consulting, health science education, medical education, graduate medical education, effective study strategies, and health psychology.

Dr. Gaughf received a PhD in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi, completed the Doctoral Residency Program at the VA Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System, and completed the health psychology postdoctoral fellowship in primary care at UMMC. Dr. Gaughf is licensed as a psychologist, is recognized as a health services provider for the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and is board certified in clinical health psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Research interests

  • Health science education
  • Health psychology

Recent publications

  • Foster, P.S. & Gaughf, N.W. (2017). Guidelines for Cultivating Academic Support at an Academic Health Science Center. Medical Science Educator. 27 (4): 779-784. 
  • Gaughf, N.W. & Foster, P.S. (2016). Implementing a centralized institutional peer tutoring program. Education for Health. 29 (2): 148-151. 
  • Gaughf, N. W., Foster, P. S., & Norris, M. R. (2015). Comparing a face-to-face and online faculty development program at an academic health science center. Journal of Family Medicine. 2 (1): 5.
  • Payne, T.J., Gaughf, N.W., Sutton, M.J., Sheffer, C.E., Elci, O.U., Cropsey, K.L., Taylor, S., Netters, T., Whitworth, C., Deutsch, P., & Crews, K.M. (2014). The impact of brief tobacco treatment training on practice behaviors, self-efficacy, and attitudes among healthcare providers. International Journal of Clinical Practice. doi: 10.1111/ijcp.12386
  • Sutton, M.J., Payne, T.J., Gaughf, N.W., Crews, K.M., Elci, O.U., Peck, S.B. & Schweinfurth, J. (2013). Tobacco dependence treatment: Influence of training experiences on clinical activities among otolaryngologists. The Laryngoscope, 123: 3005-9. doi:10.1002/lary.23513