Speaker’s Bureau Directory

MPA Speakers Bureau Information

In an effort to increase community presence, collaboration, and accessibility the Mississippi Psychological Association (MPA) has developed a Speaker’s Bureau. This Bureau directory includes MPA members who are available and willing to provide trainings, engage in media appearances, and/or be an invited speaker. Please contact the Executive Director, LaDarion Ammons, if you have any questions.

Phone: 601-608-7677 Email: mpa@mpassoc.org

**CVs are available upon request for each identified speaker.**


Name: David Gavel, Ph.D.

Email: steadfast.gavel@gmail.com

Phone(s): office: 601-255-1618


Presentation topics: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Anxiety and related disorders, Violence Risk Assessment, Psychology of Crisis & Hostage Negotiation, Forensic Evaluation, Police psychology, Fit-for-Duty evaluation, Psychological Assessment, Criminogenic thinking, Adult psychopathology, Biopsychosocial approach to pain, Adolescent Development, Civil commitment


Dr. Gavel is a Licensed Counseling Psychologist and Forensic Evaluator in the state of Mississippi. As a full-time provider for Southern Behavioral Medicine Associates, Dr. Gavel provides a wide variety of clinical services including assessment and treatment of mood, personality, and psychotic spectrum disorders; criminal and civil forensic evaluations; and other specialized psychological evaluations such as fit-for-duty/pre-employment, psychological disability, and violence risk assessment. Dr. Gavel earned his doctorate in Counseling Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi and completed his doctoral residency with emphasis on treatment of trauma-related disorders and severe mental illness at the Charles George VAMC in Asheville, NC. Dr. Gavel holds position as Adjunct Faculty for The University of Southern Mississippi and has been published in peer reviewed journals such as Journal of Criminal Psychology and Journal of Relationships Research. He is certified in Crisis & Hostage Negotiation and the owner of Steadfast Consulting, a Mississippi firm available for contract-based consultation regarding the intersection of mental health and the criminal justice system. Dr. Gavel has presented on topics such as criminogenic thinking, identity development in the corrections system, interdisciplinary treatment of chronic pain, and the biopsychosocial approach to functional restoration.

Sample of Prior Presentations:

1)Criminogenic Thinking: Patterned Thought Processes Facilitating Criminal & Other Anti-Social Behaviors *Mississippi Psychological Association 2019 Annual Meeting)

2) Going All in: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Functional Restoration and Lasting Change

3) Pain Management Symposium – Keynote Presentation (May 2019)

4) Lost in Translation: Why the Message Received is Rarely What you Said, But Always More Important Mississippi Athletic Trainer Association (June 2019)


Name: B. Heath Gordon, Ph.D., ABPP

Email: info@clinicalandforensicneuropsychology.com

Phone(s): office: 601-869-5898

Fax: 601-589-0825

Presentation topics:

Neuropsychology, Geriatrics, Forensics


Dr. Gordon is the owner of CFNS. His clinical focus is providing adult and geriatric neuropsychology services for clients ranging in cognitive and functional ability as well as stage(s) of chronic illness. He also works as an independent consultant performing forensic neuropsychological evaluations in both civil and criminal matters. Dr. Gordon is a licensed psychologist in Mississippi and is board certified in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He also holds a faculty appointment in the Division of Geriatrics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

CV available upon request and on website:  https://clinicalandforensicneuropsychology.com/about-cfns/


Name: Cynthia Karlson, Ph.D.

Email: ckarlson@umc.edu

Phone(s): office: 601-984-2723 other:

Fax: 601-984-2702

Mailing Address (if any): 2500 North State Street, Jackson, MS 39216

Presentation topics:



Cynthia Karlson, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology/Oncology, and Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Dr. Karlson received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL and completed her Ph.D. in clinical health psychology at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at UMMC in Jackson, MS. Dr. Karlson divides her time between clinical work, research, and clinical student training. Her research program focuses on chronic pain and neurocognitive conditions in children and adolescents with cancer and sickle cell disease. Dr. Karlson also has ongoing research investigating how family factors (e.g., parental emotional health, family conflict) interact with the experience of pain and emotional health in children with cancer and sickle cell disease. Dr. Karlson is Director of Inpatient Pediatric Psychology at UMMC and oversees psychology clinical services across pediatric medical conditions such as craniofacial conditions, heart transplant, diabetes, trauma, and chronic pain. Dr. Karlson believes that every child is a gift and deserves the right to grow up happy, without teasing or bullying. Her 50-minute interactive presentation on bullying is based on evidence-based information and strategies to teach kids how to recognize, prevent, and stop bullying.

Sample of Prior Presentations:

(1) “Stop Bullying” (October 2019) Community Presentation to youth group at Madison United

Methodist Church in Madison, MS

(2) Regular clinical counseling on bullying for pediatric medical patients


Name: Mallory L. Malkin, Ph.D.

Email: mallorymalkin@gmail.com;malkinconsultationservices@gmail.com

Phone(s): office: 601-359-6398

Presentation topics:

Child Maltreatment; Anxiety Disorders; Autism Spectrum Disorders; Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Vicarious Trauma and Burnout; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT); Evidenced Based Treatment and Practice; Postpartum Depression and Anxiety; Suicidality; Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities; Online Teaching; ADHD


Dr. Mallory Malkin is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and duly certified Civil Commitment Examiner in the State of Mississippi. She is also credentialed as a National Register of Health Service Psychologist. She currently serves as the Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) of the Bureau of Community Mental Health Services at the MS Department of Mental Health (DMH). Dr. Malkin is originally from Pennsylvania, but has lived in Mississippi for over 10 years. Dr. Malkin earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Guilford College (Greensboro, NC) and her Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi (Hattiesburg, MS). Dr. Malkin completed her doctoral internship at The University of Mississippi Medical Center/G.V. Sonny Montgomery Consortium. Dr. Malkin has presented on various topics throughout the state and has published in peer- reviewed journals such as Journal of Family Issues, Journal of American College Health, Journal of Child and Family Issues, Journal of Adolescence, and Journal of Personality, among others. She is also the owner of Malkin Behavioral and Mental Health Consultation Services, a contract-based behavioral and mental health consultation firm. Dr. Malkin also serves as an adjunct instructor/lecturer for Mississippi State University, University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi University for Women, and University of Maryland Global Campus. Additionally, Dr. Malkin serves as the President of the Mississippi Psychological Association (2021-2022), as well as the Vice Chairperson on the Board of Directors for the Kids Hub Child Advocacy Center (CAC).

Sample of Prior Presentations:

1)Shatter the Silence: Postpartum Depression Training

4-hour Workshop

Mississippi Department of Mental Health

Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services Auditorium

2) Vicarious Trauma and Burnout

Forrest County Multidisciplinary Team

Department of Human Services

3) Helping Kids Who Are Hurting: How to Properly Intervene and Develop an Inclusive School Culture

Pine Grove Panel Series

Forrest General Hospital

4) Violence and Trauma in Youth: Interventions within the School System

Pine Belt Chapter of the Mississippi Counselor’s Association (PBCA) Fall Convention

The University of Southern Mississippi, Trent Lott Center