School Department News

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 2:51pm

The William Carey University Tradition Campus counseling program has received a National Board for Certified Counselors & Affiliates (NBCC) grant to assist in initial Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) accreditation.

The grant, awarded to the program’s clinical mental health and school counseling tracks, was one of 15 given from an applicant pool of 59 institutions nationally.

“We were honored to receive this funding that will pay for each of our remaining phases of accreditation and will include funding for planned site visits sometime in the spring of 2015,” said Dr. Carol Jones, director of psychology and graduate counseling at the Tradition Campus.

The grant application was evaluated on criteria including the general understanding of the CACREP process; the feasibility of the program’s timeline, goals and challenges; and the potential of the program to graduate counselors who will serve underserved populations in need.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 4:12pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., October 15, 2013 - William Carey University’s Dr. Kelly Caffery, instructor of biology and psychology, will be holding an Enrichment Day at the Hattiesburg Zoo for her animal behavior class on October 19 at 11a.m. They will be making and presenting enrichment items to several different animals at the zoo including the jaguar, tiger, servals, lemurs, and other primates.

“One of the activities includes making a deer out of cardboard and stuffing it with meat to present to the tiger,” Dr. Caffery said. “Last time I did this activity with my animal behavior students the tiger was especially interesting to watch!”

The public is invited to attend and observe. Admission to the zoo is $5 for adults, $4 for military/seniors, $3 for children 2-12, and free for children under 2. They are open 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

“I think this will be a fun activity for my students, beneficial to the animals, and interesting for the public as well,” Dr. Caffery said. “I think anyone with children will especially enjoy watching the animals interact with the enrichment we make for them.”

For more information about the Animal Behavior Enrichment day, contact Dr. Caffery at (601) 318-6780 or For more information about the Hattiesburg Zoo, call (601) 545-4576 or

Monday, September 9, 2013 - 3:25pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., September 9, 2013 - University of Mississippi Medical Center pediatrician Dr. Hannah Gay, who has gained worldwide recognition for helping to cure an HIV-positive infant, will present a lecture at William Carey University on September 17 at 2 p.m. in Tatum Theatre. Dr. Gay was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” for finding an apparent cure of this child, known as “The Mississippi Baby.”  Her lecture will deal with this subject.  Faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. This lecture is the first of WCU’s University Lecture Series.

Friday, May 10, 2013 - 2:27pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., May 10, 2013 - Sen. John Polk will speak at one of William Carey University’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 18, at 9:30 a.m. in Smith Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus. Nearly 800 students will graduate from WCU in four ceremonies. This ceremony is for students receiving undergraduate degrees from the school of arts and letters, school of nursing and school of natural and behavioral sciences.

Sen. John Polk, owner and chairman of the corporation for Polk’s Meat Products, Inc., was elected to a four-year term in the Mississippi State Senate in 2011. He serves District 44, representing parts of Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties.  In August of 2012, Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves appointed Sen. Polk as Chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee.  He has served on multiple other committees as well, including Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency, Education, Elections, Energy, Finance, Housing, Ports and Marine Resources.

Originally from Prentiss, Sen. Polk graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s in communications and radio-television-film in 1971.  He began his career as news director of WHSY radio in Hattiesburg, and then worked for the USM Office of Public Information before joining the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics in Jackson as its first staff assistant for public affairs.  In 1973 he married Jan Barrett and in 1974, they bought their current business, Polk’s Meat Products, Inc. Through the years Sen. Polk has also owned and operated a radio station, been involved in cattle farming, tree farming, a pizza restaurant, and dabbled in interstate trucking. 

Sen. Polk has served on the board of directors of the Southern Miss Alumni Association, the University Foundation, and is a past president of the International Alumni Association.  In 1998 he was inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Hall of Fame. He and Jan live in Lamar County and are members of Temple Baptist Church where he sings in the choir. They have two children; Brian Polk and Julie Polk Breazeale, and three grandchildren: Barrett Blake, and Olivia.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 1:16pm

Hattiesburg, Miss., April 30, 2013 - William Carey University’s Dr. Frank Baugh, assistant professor of psychology and behavioral medicine, dean of the School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, and graduate dean, and Courtney Lauren Daley of Carson, a senior psychology major, are among 68 outstanding faculty and students from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges to receive special recognition from the Mississippi Legislature during the Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence  (HEADWAE) program.

Dr. Baugh graduated from William Carey College with a Bachelor of Science in psychology in 1997 before earning his Masters in counseling psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1999. He then earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in groups and work teams from Texas A&M University in 2004. Dr. Baugh completed a doctoral residency in clinical psychology with an emphasis in behavioral medicine, trauma at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem, Va. Following his residency, he accepted a postdoctoral fellowship in consulting with the Veterans Health Administration National Center for Organization Development, Cincinnati, Ohio, where he provided business consultation services to senior leadership of Veteran Affairs Medical Centers nationwide.

In 2005, Dr. Baugh joined the faculty of WCU as an assistant professor of psychology. He then served as dean, while also serving as the associate dean of academics affairs for the WCU College of Osteopathic Medicine (WCUCOM) from its inception in 2008 until 2012. Dr. Baugh is a licensed psychologist and certified civil commitment evaluator in the State of Mississippi. In 2010, he completed a Postdoctoral Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology (MSCP) through the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University.

Courtney Daley graduated from Prentiss Christian School in 2009 as  class valedictorian. She was also named a Star Student, and elected into Prentiss Christian’s Hall of Fame. Since her freshman year at WCU, Daley has received a number of scholarships and awards, and been extremely active on campus. She received four endowed scholarships, was named to the President’s List for four consecutive years, is a member of Alpha Chi National Honor Society, and was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Daley also received the Jenkins - Chastain Citizenship Award at WCU’s 2013 Honors Convocation on April 24. The highest honor given by the university, the Jenkins –Chastain Award recognizes students who have made the most significant contributions to student and campus life in exemplifying those qualities of citizenship upheld by the university. Daley served as a Carey Connection Ambassador, as president of pre-SOMA (Student Osteopathic Medical Association), as senior representative for Student Government Association, and held various officer positions for the Student Foundation Program and Gamma Chi Sorority. She is also very active in the community, serving as an assistant Sunday school teacher at Santee Baptist Church and participating in various community service projects. Daley plans to attend medical school upon graduation.

HEADWAE was established in 1988 by the Mississippi Legislature to recognize outstanding students and faculty in Mississippi’s colleges and universities. The 2012 – 2013 Appreciation Day, hosted by the Legislature in Jackson, was held on February 26. The honorees were welcomed by Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, recognized by both the Mississippi House of Representative and the Senate, and recognized by name at a luncheon attended by institution leaders, corporate sponsors and legislators.