Associate Research Professor
Social Science Research Center

Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology
Mississippi State University
Ph.D., Mississippi State University, 2008

M.S., Mississippi State University, 1997

B.A., B.S., Lee University, 1995

ty@ra.msstate.edu
(662) 325-0595

Dr. Ty Abernathy joined the Social Science Research Center (SSRC) in August 1998 as a research assistant working with the Freshman Academic Success Project (currently called Pathfinders). He has a joint-appointment with the SSRC and the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology (DCEP). In 2013, the Pathfinders program won the Southeastern Association of Housing Officers Housing and Academic Collaboration Award recognizing a program and/or community that involves collaborations between Housing and Academic Affairs. The program has also been given the Noel-Levitz Retention Excellence Award.

His research in the SSRC focuses on the dispositional and situational factors that influence the academic and social success of freshman students, and how these factors impact retention and graduation rates. He has been involved with research surrounding the performance of freshman students since 1996. In addition, his research has included examining memory for prescription drug advertisements in older adults. His research has appeared in The Marketing Management Journal, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, and International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Marketing. He also teaches various courses in the DCEP, including Human Growth and Development, Measurement and Evaluation, and Psychological and Educational Statistics.