Mississippi State Hospital (MSH) is a publicly funded behavioral health program of Mississippi Department of Mental Health. The hospital is located on a 350-acre campus in Whitfield, MS, 15 miles southeast of Jackson, the state capital. MSH operates 384 hospital beds and is accredited by the Joint Commission. The program also includes 355 licensed nursing home beds. MSH provides compassionate, quality care to individuals in need of mental health and substance use treatment. Each individual receives treatment from an interdisciplinary team of professionals who provide medical, nursing, social, psychological, and recreational services. Patients may be admitted to MSH voluntarily or through commitment–a legal process in which a court orders a person to the hospital for treatment or evaluation. MSH provides care to adults, children, and teens for evaluation, stabilization, and treatment through acute and long-term inpatient mental health and substance use services.

Training experiences during the fellowship year will be arranged by the Fellow and supervisor based on the Fellow’s training needs and areas of interest. The fellow may participate in suicide risk assessments, psychological testing, clinical interviews, admissions/intakes, report writing, group therapy, individual psychotherapy, clinical case management, behavior intervention planning, supervision of doctoral level practicum students and/or residents, multidisciplinary treatment teams, demonstration/performance improvement projects, MSH Discharge Advisory Committee, predoctoral Internship Committee, and other hospital committees, program development/outcome evaluation, and other clinical psychological services as able and needed.

Clinical populations available for training experiences offered at MSH at this time include Substance Use Disorders (adult and adolescent), Serious Mental Illness (adult, child, and adolescent), Chronic Mental Illness (adult), and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (child, adolescent, adult; at Hudspeth Regional Center). Some minor experiences in forensic psychology may be available through our Forensic Services Unit (e.g., observing and/or conducting a forensic evaluation, co-facilitating court competency group). Geriatric (at Jaquith Nursing Home) and health/behavior medicine experiences may also be available (across campus and on the Med-Surg. Unit). Availability of training experiences may vary based on characteristics of a given unit’s patient population and other resources. Additional training experiences (and a possible focus area) in Administration are also available and include activities (e.g., program development, staff training/education, etc.) that fall under many jobs that a clinical psychologist might hold.

The Fellow will be provided with at least two hours of face-to-face clinical supervision per week with a licensed psychologist. The Fellow will also participate in and present at weekly seminars covering topics of diagnosis, intervention, professional practice, current research, and ethics. An additional hour each week will be devoted to continuing professional development and education in psychology, which may involve clinical assessment and treatment considerations, diagnostic issues, legal and ethical issues, and socio-cultural/ethnic factors in the context of psychological services. Fellows will also have the opportunity to attend grand rounds at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Eligible candidates will have obtained their PhD or PsyD in Clinical or Counseling Psychology or related degree from an APA-accredited or equivalent graduate program that includes completion of an APA-accredited internship. All degree requirements, including dissertation defense, must be completed prior to beginning the Fellowship. The goal of this Postdoctoral Fellowship position is to provide a unique and relevant practitioner-scholar training experience in clinical psychology. The Behavioral Health Services department strives for inclusiveness and diversity. Applications are sought from qualified persons regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, genetic information or veteran status. Approval by APPIC and accreditation by the American Psychological Association are being pursued. While our program is not yet accredited, the fellowship program ensures that each trainee meets requirements for licensure in the state of Mississippi and ABPP.


Detailed information can be found on the Universal Psychology Postdoctoral Directory:


Applicants should submit the following materials via e-mail (preferred) or regular mail to Dr. Gugliano by  February 13:

Cover letter including a personal statement regarding the applicant’s interest in the field of clinical psychology

Current curriculum vitae Three (3) letters of recommendation with at least one (1) from an internship supervisor

Graduate school transcripts from doctoral program

One (1) de-identified clinical writing sample

You may also be asked to submit a copy of your APPI from internship applications. 

Contact information: Amanda L. Gugliano, Psy.D. Mississippi State Hospital P.O. Box 157-A, Building 43 Whitfield, MS 39193 amanda.gugliano@msh.state.ms.us 

Applications are due by 11:59 PM CST on 2/13/18

Please note the rapid turn-around time for notification and interviews. Notification of interviews will be on 2/15Interviews will be held on 2/22 and 2/23. Phone/Skype interviews are also offered on both dates. On campus interviews are preferred but not required. While often in-person interviews are expensive and difficult to schedule around, they typically offer the interviewee a much better sense of the environment and culture of their interview site. We are interested to meet you in person if possible; however, we are sensitive to the difficulties that may arise that preclude on-site interviews.

We will be participating in Uniform Notification Day on 2/26/18.