Sleep Research Society &

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Undergraduate, Graduate and Postgraduate Training Opportunities 

in Basic and Clinical Sleep Research and Sleep Medicine

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University of Southern Mississippi


Department of Psychology

Sleep Research Laboratory

Southern Station Box 5025

Hattiesburg, MS. 39406



Phone: (601) 266-4619 (Sleep Lab)

FAX: (601) 266-5580 (Department of Psychology)


Faculty (Name, Email address):

John Harsh, Ph.D. (Diplomate American Board of Sleep Medicine)      

Types of Training Available



            Research assistantships and internships. 

  Honors thesis.


Graduate students are enrolled in Experimental, Clinical, Counseling, or School Ph.D. programs.

Research placements are available for graduate students. 

Masters thesis and dissertation.



            There are postdoctoral research opportunities available.

Types of Funding Available

Undergraduate and graduate trainees are funded from research grants and university based research assistantships.

Teaching assistantships are also available.

Students admitted to graduate programs receive 4 to 5 years of support, including tuition waivers

Current Trainees (Names and Email address)

Predoctoral Fellows:

Monique LeBourgeois, M.S.

Chris Ward                           

Undergraduate Trainees: 

Miriam Hancock                   

Michele Mixon                       

Trainees who have completed training [in the past five years] and current status (Name, Title, Institution, Email)

Marcia Hartwig, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow, Forrest General Hospital  


Jennifer Pezska, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Hendrix College 


David Mastin, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Central Arkansas University


John Hull, Ph.D. Director Sleep Center, Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center


Ursula Voss, Ph.D. Lecturer, Goethe Universitat

Primary Research and/or Clinical Focus of Laboratory

Sleep and Behavior
Event related potentials in sleepiness and sleep
Psychosocial aspects of narcolepsy
Children’s Sleep

Technical Capabilities of Lab        

Three-bedroom sleep research laboratory
Event related potential laboratory
Grass polygraphs

Primary Training Focus

        Human (Basic)
        Human (Clinical Research)
        Human (Clinical Practice)

Other Training Opportunities  

Sleep Disorders Center

Forrest General Hospital

Geoffrey Hartwig, M.D., Medical Director


For information:

Contact John Harsh

Tel (601) 266-4611, Fax (601) 266-5580



Representative Publications For the Last Five Years

Voss U, Harsh J. Information processing and coping style during the wake/sleep transition. Journal of Sleep Research. (1998) 7, 225-232.

Randomized trial of modafinil for the treatment of pathological somnolence in narcolepsy. US Modafinil in Narcolepsy Multicenter Study Group. Annals of Neurology. 1998, 43(1):88-97.

Randomized trial of modafinil as a treatment for the excessive daytime somnolence of narcolepsy: US Modafinil in Narcolepsy Multicenter Study Group. Neurology. 2000, 14;54(5):1166-75.

Harsh, J., Peszka, J., Hartwig, G. and Mitler, M. (2000). Nighttime sleep and daytime sleepiness in narcolepsy. Journal of Sleep Research. 2000, 9:309-316.

Hull, J. & Harsh, J. P300 and sleep-related positive waveforms (P220, P450, and P900) have different determinants. Accepted for publication. Journal of Sleep Research. 2001, 10: 9-17. 

Harsh, J. & Hull, J. Psychological determinants of the negativities (N350, N550) of the NREM sleep ERP. Accepted for Publication. Journal of Sleep Research. 

Hartwig, G., Harsh, J., Ripley, B., Nishino, S., & Mignot, E. Low CSF hypocretin levels found in familial narcolepsy. In press. Behavioral Medicine . 

www link for the Lab 

Faculty Research Interests

This laboratory focuses on sleep and behavior. There are three major lines of research. One concerns the effect of sleepiness on vigilance, mood, and performance and involves the recording of event related brain potentials of subjects during different states of wakefulness and sleep. A second line of research addresses the developmental importance of sleep and specifically, whether the sleep of preschool children is related to their subsequent level of functioning during the first three years of school. The third line of research has to do with the safety and efficacy of pharmacological treatment of sleep disorders such as narcolepsy and insomnia.