Philip Stoner Proposes Thesis

Philip Stoner, a first-year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Southern Mississippi, successfully proposed his master’s thesis today. Philip’s thesis will examine the relationship of vulnerable narcissism and emotion dysregulation in self-injurious behavior and self-criticism.

Both vulnerable narcissism and emotion dysregulation have been linked to suicidality in previous studies; however, relatively little is known about the relationship of these factors to self-injurious behavior and self-criticism in non-clinical settings. Philip’s study will use a college student sample and is anticipated to generate some useful information about the important topic of college student mental health.

Congratulations to Philip on the successful proposal!

Introducing Philip Stoner

Philip Stoner
Philip Stoner is a first year student in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Southern Mississippi and one of the newest members of the lab. He is originally from Mississippi, and he graduated from the Mississippi University for Women with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English in 2016.

As an undergraduate, Philip joined a research team at Mississippi State University, working in a self-harm lab which led to his interest in studying suicide. Philip’s research interests include aggression and self-aggression, non-suicidal self-injury, and research around preventative measures and their predictive utility in advancing the understanding of suicidal behaviors. His interest in research led him to apply to Southern Miss and the Anger and Traffic Psychology Lab.

As for his future career plans, Philip plans to pursue an academic position where he can continue to conduct research. He would also like to provide counseling services, with a specific interest in college-age populations.

When asked for advice concerning potential future applicants to our program, Philip mentioned the importance of obtaining research experience and explained that his prior research experience helped to prepare him for graduate work at Southern Miss.