Joy Wimberly

What are you doing now?

Currently, I am in my 3rd year at the University of Southern Mississippi's School Psychology Ph.D. program. I just defended my thesis on the generalization of compliance training using a bug in the ear device and hope to extend my results for my dissertation.

I have been busy teaching undergrad Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and Learning at USM and currently I serve as a researcher for The Institute for Educational Reform (TIER) as a part of my assistantship. I also helped to start up the Behavior Analysis Association of Mississippi (BAAMS) and serve as their student representative. I am currently getting supervision toward becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), and following graduation, I hope to pursue a career in academia.

How did UNA's Psychology program help you achieve what you have become?

The professors in UNA's Psychology Department were very helpful in providing me with the research and applied experience I needed to be successful in graduate school. Additionally, because of their quality of instruction, there are some courses in graduate school I do not even have to study for!

What advice would you give students who are interested in becoming UNA Psychology majors?

Get involved in the Psychology Department as much as you can and try to find someone in the psychology field you can interview and/or shadow to see if what they are doing is something you will enjoy. Additionally, if you are considering going to graduate school, really pick the professor's brains about their graduate school experiences and why they chose their selected fields. I was able to interview a past graduate of my current program, because of the connections UNA's psychology professors gave me.