Pictured: Emily Bullock Yowell, Ph.D.
Consider this: If people spend 86,000 hours in jobs over their lifetime (working for 43 years, 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year), shouldn't we as researchers, counselors, and psychologists find ways to help them be happier, more satisfied, and more productive during that huge portion of their life?
This is the goal of vocational psychology and career counseling. The science of vocational psychology informs career counselors of better ways to work with people on their career and personal issues to create a better life.
As an Associate Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Southern Mississippi, I am a faculty member in the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program and Coordinator of the Counseling Psychology Master's Program. I completed my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Florida State University in 2006 and am a licensed psychologist in the State of Mississippi.
I maintain a program of research in diverse areas of vocational psychology, career development, workplace issues, and assessment with a concentration on Holland's RIASEC theory and the Cognitive Information Processing Approach. I regularly teach courses in vocational psychology, careers in psychology, testing & assessment, and counseling practica. I help students find ways to better understand the career development of people from all walks of life; including research participants, their current & future clients, and themselves. Some of this training occurs through my collaboration with the career counseling specialty training clinic.
In addition, I serve as the faculty advisor for the Psychology Department Advisement Center. Please feel free to explore my website for more information on my research, teaching, and service & affiliations. Please contact me if you have additional questions.