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School Staff and Faculty

School of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Hattiesburg

Danny Owens

Instructor of Physical Education; Head Coach, Women's Soccer
(601) 318-6589

Olivia Burkett

Lecturer in Psychology
(601) 318-6122

Kelly Caffery

Lecturer in Biological Sciences and Psychology
(601) 318-6780

Diane Williams

Lecturer in Psychology and Counseling
(601) 318-6470

Paul Cotten

Professor of Music and Psychology
(601) 318-6416

Charlotte McShea

Professor of Mathematics and Education
(601) 318-6173

Marcus Steele

Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Department of Chemistry and Physics
(601) 318-6532

Susan Curry

Assistant Director of Institutional Research
(601) 318-6773

Shelia Martin

Administrative Assistant/Grades Coordinator
(601) 318-6788

Kerrick Nevels

Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biology
(601) 318-6545

Everett A. Roark, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Genetics, Microbiology) and Director of the MBS Program
(601) 318-6027

Dr. Roark earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology from Jackson State. While attending Jackson State he participated in research projects at Jackson State University, the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Chicago and the Mississippi Medical Center. After graduation, Dr. Roark worked as a research technician at the University of Chicago where he investigated eukaryotic protein trafficking. He earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Genetics from Northwestern University.

Dr. Roark has been continuously funded throughout his research career as both a research technician and a graduate student. He has received several awards through his career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. His research interests include protein trafficking, bacterial pathogenesis, cell physiology and genetics. Dr. Roark has taught many biology classes including Genetics, Microbiology, Cell physiology, Graduate Genomics, Bioethics, and Histology. He has developed and taught several courses including online and brick & mortar.

Dr. Roark has taught Medical Genetics and Medical Microbiology since joining the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2010.

Jessica C. Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences (Physiology, Foundations of Medicine)
(601) 318-6019

Dr. Taylor earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in Exercise Science. She earned her PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Missouri in 2008. She was continuously funded throughout her graduate studies through a Biomedical Sciences Departmental Fellowship and the University of Missouri Predoctoral Exercise Training Grant. She did postdoctoral training in Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth.

She has received several awards throughout her career and has been published in multiple peer reviewed journals. Dr. Taylor’s research interests include neural control of the circulation, peripheral arterial disease and exercise physiology.

Danny Owens

Instructor of Physical Education; Head Coach, Women's Soccer
(601) 318-6589

Paul Cotten

Professor of Music and Psychology
(601) 318-6416

Charlotte McShea

Professor of Mathematics and Education
(601) 318-6173

Susan Curry

Assistant Director of Institutional Research
(601) 318-6773

Keesler

Amanda Knesal

Director, Keesler Center/Lecturer in Psychology
(228) 376-8480

Kelsey Johnson

Secretary for the Keesler Center
(228) 376-8480

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