Gary Chong, Ph.D.
(Texas Tech University)
Associate Professor of Psychology
Gary Chong earned his B.A. in psychology from the University of Hawai’i, his M.S. in clinical psychology from Augusta State University, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University. He completed a clinical internship at the Mississippi State Hospital, and has done some postdoctoral work with St. Dominic Counseling Center and Jackson Mental Health. Dr. Chong has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and clinical psychology at Jackson State University (JSU) and Belhaven University, and he has twice received the “Most Influential Faculty” award from JSU psychology majors. He continues to work with JSU doctoral students as an outside member of their dissertation committees.
Dr. Chong’s research interests are mainly in the area of health psychology/behavioral medicine (chronic pain, substance abuse/addiction, illness prevention, weight management, and HIV/AIDS topics). Other areas of interest are group therapy, anxiety disorders, child psychopathology, and the psychology of reconciliation/forgiveness.
Dr. Chong has been personally involved in a variety of academic and community service activities including psychology club, psi chi, various charity promotion and fundraising events, teen mentoring, blood and platelet donation, Habitat for Humanity projects, and Mission Mississippi. During his recreational time, Dr. Chong enjoys playing music (piano, organ, violin, and guitar), singing in his church choir, attending cultural and arts events, ballroom dancing with his wife, tennis, golf, hiking/camping, swimming, and skin/scuba diving.