GR native chosen for UMMC training program

A Green River native and current Mississippi State College of Education graduate student is joining the University of Mississippi Medical Center's Magnolia Clinical Scholars Training Program this fall.

Harry "TJ" Bobak is one of two students that has been accepted into the UMMC program, which "offers training in integrated behavioral health care for doctoral and master's level students in psychology and counseling," according to a Mississippi State University press release.

Bobak, from Green River, is in his final year in MSU's School Psychology Ph.D. program. His advisor, Kayla Bates-Brantley, nominated him for the program.

Bates-Brantley, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Higher Education Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations, noted that Bobak's spirit of service stands out, the press release explained. As a graduate assistant for the university's ACCESS program, Bobak worked with students with intellectual disabilities, implementing positive behavior interventions and support.

"Knowing TJ, I can also say without a shadow of a doubt, he has one of the biggest hearts for service I have ever witnessed within a doctoral student," Bates-Brantley said. "He presents himself in a professional and mature manner and is beloved by his clients and their families."

Bobak is looking forward to learning more about medical and educational consultation services, effective mental health services, and behavioral therapy treatment delivery in rural and underserved areas, according to the press release.

"I hope this will enhance my knowledge to provide better services as a practicing licensed psychologist focused on human engagement through organized sport," Bobak said.


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