Current Students in Counseling Psychology

Doctoral Students in Counseling Psychology

Cp_RobertoL.Abreu (2)Roberto L. Abreu, M.S., Ed.S, NCC, is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Roberto received a Bachelor in Science Education and a Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Florida International University (FIU). Roberto’s clinical experiences include working with: (a) children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other emotional behavioral disorders at Pediatric Psychology Associates, (b) LGBT teenagers and young adults at SunServe, (c) College students at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center, (d) low-income families and immigrants at Family Counseling Services (FCS), and (e) incarcerated men and women with severe mental illness at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Kentucky Department of Corrections. Currently, Roberto is completing a practicum at the Louisville VA Substance Abuse program where he provides services to veterans in residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient care.

Roberto’s research interests include sexual minority and gender expansive youth, with an emphasis on Latina/o LGBTQ youth and parental and community acceptance. Roberto is a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) research team at the University of Kentucky.

Regarding advocacy work and leadership roles, Roberto serves as a Board member for the Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO), Co-Chair for Orgullo (LGBT interest group of The National Latino Psychological Association-NLPA), Liaison for the American Psychological Association (APA) Division for the Psychological Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity (Division 45), and member of the Division 44 Children, Youth and Families (CYF) Committee. Email: r.abre001@nulluky.edu

Cp_BlankaAngyal_0Blanka Angyal, M.A., Ed.M., Ed.S. is a fourth year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Blanka graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a B.A. in Forensic Psychology, and later earned a M.A. degree in Psychological Counseling, and an advanced Ed.M. degree in Mental Health Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her experience in counseling is working with: (a) transfer college students at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, (b) severally mentally ill homeless women in a New York City shelter, (c) with minoritized youth at Harlem Educational Activities Fund in an after school program, (d) college students at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center, (e) psychological assessment with children and adults in an integrated private practice at Beaumont Behavioral Health, and (f) incarcerated men and women with severe mental illness at the Federal Bureau of Prisons and Kentucky Department of Corrections. Currently, Blanka is completing a practicum at Eastern State Hospital. She is also and assessment assistant in Gatton College of Business and Economics, helping with the process of the strategic plan metrics, accreditation, and annual university reporting for the college.

Blanka has experience implementing Participatory Action Research with youth, elderly, and minority communities and qualitative research . Currently, she seeks to contribute in a more meaningful manner through practice and research. Her research interest are diversity training, multicultural competence in counseling psychology programs and organizations, and social justice. She is the founder and president of a student organization, Social Justice Advocacy Group (SJAG), which actively collaborates with both undergraduate and graduate student organizations in advocacy on the University of Kentucky campus. Blanka is a Regional Advocacy Coordinator for the South Central Region within the APAGS Advocacy Coordinating Team (APAGS-ACT). She served as campus representative and state advocacy coordinator within APAGS-ACT, as well as a student representative for Division 17 and Division 35. Email: blanka.angyal@nulluky.edu

photo of Elyssa BerneyElyssa Berney is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She completed her B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2017, where she completed an honors thesis assessing the relationship between gender role conformity and current parenting behavior. She is a current member of the HAMMER lab, and holds a research assistant position working for Dr. Hammer. Broadly, her research interests include the positive and negative aspects of masculinity, with emphasis in masculine help-seeking behavior in enforced masculine contexts such as the military.  She is also interested in multicultural measurement research and, clinically, the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Email: elyssa.c.berney@nulluky.edu

 

Cp_WhitneyBlack_0Whitney Wheeler Black  is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology and a social justice driven practitioner, researcher, and educator. Currently, she is a Psychology Intern at the University of Texas Counseling and Mental Health Center. A Texas native, she completed a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2007. While at the University of Kentucky, she has earned her M.S. and Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology. Her interests in research, clinical work, and advocacy include LGBTQ experience and well-being, gender diversity, transformative anti-racist education, and creating safety and health in young adult populations. Whitney’s dissertation explores the role of self-compassion and race-related affect in developing anti-racist attitudes. Her clinical experiences include providing therapy and assessment services in university counseling centers, a family medicine clinic, a residential drug abuse center, and a federal correctional facility. Email: whitney.black@nulluky.edu

Holly BrownHolly Brown is a fourth year student and doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology. She received her BA in Psychology from Transylvania University in 2012, her MS in Counseling Psychology from UK in 2013, and her EdS in Counseling Psychology from UK in 2016. Her research interests center around gender, sexuality, and psychotherapy process/outcomes. Her dissertation project is focusing on the therapy experiences of transgender people who obtain referral letters for gender-affirming medical treatment. Holly’s previous practicum experiences include community mental health, private practice, and university counseling center settings. During the 2017-2018 year she will be seeing clients as a practicum student counselor at UK’s Transform Health Clinic, Lexington’s first clinic to specialize in healthcare for members of the LGBT community. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of GLSEN Bluegrass, is a member of APA Division 35 Section 4’s Graduate Student Committee, and is serving on the planning committee for KPA’s 2017 annual convention. She is also a research assistant in UK’s College of Nursing, working with the wonderful people at the Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy. Email: holly.michelle.brown@nullgmail.com

photo of Zakary ClementsZakary Clements is a first year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. He earned his B.S. in Psychology with a minor in LGBT Studies from Towson University. At Towson, he was involved in research with the Social Biases lab and Sexual and Gender Identity lab, researching personality traits, biases, and microaggressions directed at trans identified people. His clinical experience was at a crisis center, where he assisted individuals who recently discharged from inpatient psychiatric units with reintegrating back into the community.

Zak is a teaching assistant for the Department of Education, School, and Counseling Psychology. He is a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) lab, advised by Dr. Rostosky. His research interests broadly focus on the LGBTQ community using a holistic understanding. He is interested in intervention techniques to lessen the impact of prejudice and discrimination for non-normative identified individuals. He is also interested in exploring specific personality traits and their effects on mental health and overall wellness. Email: Zakary.Alexander@nulluky.edu

photo of Alyssa Clements-HickmanAlyssa Clements-Hickman is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Augusta University (AU).  At AU, she participated in research projects primarily focused on the similarities and differences between depression and anxiety. Alyssa is currently a member of Dr. Reese’s psychotherapy research lab.  Broadly, her research interests include training/supervision and psychotherapy process and outcome.  Alyssa also holds a teaching assistantship for the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education.

 

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Jade Clemons is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Jade graduated with honors from Transylvania University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology, and she received her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2017. Her research interests focus on psychotherapy process and outcomes, and she is a member of Dr. Reese’s research lab. To date, Jade’s completed a practicum experience at a community mental health center, Bluegrass.org. Her clinical interests focus on working with underserved and underprivileged populations. Email: jade.clemons@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Jardin DoganJardin Dogan is a first-year Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student. She is from Rock Hill, South Carolina, and a two-time graduate of Clemson University. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, and her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees are in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jardin’s research interests connect to racial identity development, race-related trauma, and reducing barriers to counseling for marginalized clients.  She is a part of the Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Enrichment (RISE) research team and is guided by Dr. Candice Hargons.  She has a research publication in progress concerning racial identity development in African American teenagers using a qualitative method called Photovoice. Her previous counseling experiences have been with transitional-aged youth and college students. At UK, Jardin currently is a Lyman T. Johnson Fellow, a Teaching Assistant for EDP 202. In her spare time, Jardin enjoys reading, exercising through strength training and binge-watching reality television. Email: jndo224@nullg.uky.edu

photo of Zach DschaakZach Dschaak is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology.  He received a B.S. from Minot State University with majors in Psychology and Addiction Studies and a M.A. in Counseling from the University of North Dakota.  Zach’s clinical experiences include conducting mindfulness-based cognitive therapy with individuals with serious and persistent mental illness at Northwestern Mental Health Center Inc. in rural Minnesota, and with adolescents and adults at a university counseling center setting at Northern Lights Behavioral Health Center in North Dakota.  He is currently a member of Dr. Joseph Hammer’s Help-Seeking and Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research lab.  Zach holds a teaching assistantship for the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Kentucky.  Broadly speaking, Zach’s research interests include rural mental health, psychological help-seeking, and addiction stigma. Email: zachdschaak@nulluky.edu

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Minnah W. Farook, MA, EdS, is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. She graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and attained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology, Counseling Specialization, from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Minnah’s research interests focus on acculturation, identity development, sociopolitical factors that affect marginalized groups, and psychotherapy process/outcomes. Her clinical interests include trauma recovery, dual diagnosis, identity exploration, and culturally competent services. She has experience working with veterans, college students, patients in inpatient psychiatric units, individuals experiencing homelessness, and individuals experiencing serious mental illnesses in community mental health agencies. Her leadership and advocacy roles include service to the American Arab, Middle Eastern, North African Psychological Association (AMENA Psy), Asian American Psychological Association’s Division on South Asian Americans (DoSAA), Social Justice Advocacy Group (SJAG) at the University of Kentucky, and Pride Community Services Organization (PCSO) in Lexington, KY.  Email: minnah.farook@nulluky.edu

Cp_Sang-heeHongSang-hee Hong is a doctoral student in counseling psychology. Sang-hee completed her B.A. in English Language and Literature and minor in Women’s Studies from Ewha Womans University in 2003. She attained her M.A. in Counseling Psychology also from Ewha Womans University in 2009. She has been involved in the area of working with sexual violence victims and survivors such as Korean Sexual Violence Relief Center and Center for Gender Affairs at Ewha Womans University. Her research and practice interest lies in integrating feminist perspective and counseling practice and recovery from traumatic experiences, specifically violence against women. Currently, she is a graduate assistant in the College of Dentistry. Email: sang-hee.h@nulluky.edu

Cp_BrettKirkpatrickBrett Kirkpatrick is a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. He received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology (2001) from Davidson College and a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Maryland (2014). While at Loyola, Brett received a Kolvenbach Summer Research Grant to explore the food environment in a neighborhood defined as a Food Desert in North East Baltimore. Brett also worked as a mental health counselor at Baltimore Crisis Response Inc., which operates a crisis hotline and a mobile crisis team. Prior to returning to academia, Brett spent 11 years working in corporate America for three large financial institutions. His research interests include white identity development and white privilege as well as suicide, trauma, and resiliency. Brett will be joining the College of Nursing in 2014 as a research assistant. Email: brett.kirkpatrick@nulluky.edu

photo of Cheryl KwokCheryl Kwok is currently a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She completed her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Delhi in 2014 and her M.A. in Applied Psychology with Specialization in Counseling Psychology from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in 2016. Her clinical experiences include working with LGBTQ* individuals, students, couples, families, older adults and individuals with substance use disorders. Cheryl’s research interests currently focus on bisexual women and their relationship expectations. Broadly, she aims to focus her research on LGBTQ* women and the intersectionality of multiple identities with a focus on India and other minority cultures. She is a member of the Psychological Research Initiative for Sexual Minorities (PRISM). Cheryl is a Research Assistant for Dr. Sharon Rostosky as well as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. Email: cheryl.kwok@nulluky.edu

Cp_AlexLengerichAlexander Lengerich M.S., Ed.S., is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky.   He received his B.A. in Psychology from Miami University (Ohio) in 2010.  While at the University of Kentucky, he has earned is M.S. and Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology.  He is a member of Dr. Reese’s psychotherapy research lab.  His research interests include psychotherapy process/ outcomes, integrated healthcare, and the use of various telepsychology formats in providing psychological services.  Alex’s previous clinical experiences include providing therapy and assessment services in a state correctional facility, a university counseling center, a community mental health center, and a university medical center.   Alex is currently a research fellow at Baptist Health Lexington.  Email: ajle228@nullg.uky.edu

 

photo of Dominiqueca LewisDominiqueca Lewis is a first year doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky.  She received her B.S. in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana.  During her undergraduate career, she was a part of the Vocational eXploratory Laboratory (VXL) focusing on gender conformity and racial centrality.  As well, she was the co-founder of a safe space on Xavier’s campus called TRUST.  She advocated for students in regards to sexual assault and racial discrimination.  She is a recipient of the EDP Fellowship and is currently advised by Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins.  Her broad research interests include intersectionality, social justice, and Black women.  Email:  dle274@nullg.uky.edu

 

Carolyn MeillerCarolyn Meiller is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She received her BA in Psychology from Transylvania University in 2014 and her MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2016. She is a member of the Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Enrichment (RISE) research team. Broadly, her research interests include sexual experiences, sexuality, and gender. To date, she has completed a practicum experience at a community mental health agency, Bluegrass.org. She is currently a graduate assistant for Dr. Rostosky in the Counseling Psychology program, and has previously served as a teaching assistant in the Psychology department. Email: cme236@nullg.uky.edu

 

CP_DellaMosleyDella V. Mosley is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology and a scholar-activist in the movement for Black Lives. She is a MHSAS fellow in the American Psychological Association’s Minority Fellowship Program. Della received her M.S. in School Counseling from The John Hopkins University in 2011 and her Ed.S. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2014. For the last few years Della has offered culturally mindful counseling services in university counseling center settings. Her research tends to focus on the processes of oppression (race-, gender-, and sexuality-based) and liberation, particularly among Black youth. Della’s dissertation, Exploring Critical Consciousness, Facilitating Black Liberation, explores the processes of critical consciousness development among Black Lives Matter activists and is guided by Drs. Danelle Stevens-Watkins and Candice Crowell. Della also engages in social justice advocacy through managing the website www.blmactivism.com and facilitating healing justice interventions for communities suffering from identity-based traumas. Email: Della.Mosley@nulluky.edu

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Dani E. Rosenkrantz, M.S., Ed.S, is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Dani received dual Bachelor degrees in Psychology and Jewish Studies from University of Florida and Masters and Educational Specialist degrees from University of Kentucky (UK). Dani’s clinical experiences include working with: (a) community members needing crisis intervention and suicide prevention at the Alachua County Crisis Center, (b) college students at the UK Counseling Center, (c) women in residential substance abuse treatment at The Chrysallis House, (d) children who have experienced trauma at the UK Center on Trauma and Children, (e) college students in emergent crisis for UK Residence Life, and (f) veterans and their families at the Lexington VA Family Therapy and Assessment Clinics. Dani’s research focuses on the wellbeing of LGBTQ people and their families, with emphases on religion and spirituality, sexual health, ally training and intervention, and measurement validation. For her dissertation, Dani is examining factors cognitive-emotional and religious factors impacting parental acceptance of LGBTQ children. Dani is a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) research team and the Sexual Health Promotion Lab at the University of Kentucky. She is also the chair of the American Psychological Association Religion and Spirituality and LGBTQ Issues Taskforce Research Initiative. In the community, Dani works at the UK LGBTQ Resource Center Safezone Trainer providing LGBTQ 101 trainings. She is also a trainer for KESHET, a national Jewish LGBTQ organization, and has been serving as Assistant Director for Camp Shalom, a local Jewish summer camp, for going on five years this summer! Dani is more than happy to chat via email with anyone interested in her work or the program!  Email: dani.rose@nulluky.edu

Todd Ryser-OatmanTodd Ryser-Oatman is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology program. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis in 2013 with a minor in Human Development. At UC Davis, Todd participated in several research labs, studying children’s eyewitness testimony and LGBTQ issues. Additionally, he completed an honors thesis exploring anti-gay prejudice reduction techniques. He has been providing mental health and community services for the last three years, counseling: Undergraduate students, LGBTQ teens, domestic violence survivors, and individuals coping with grief, loss, and critical incident stress. After two years at UK, he earned his Masters in Counseling Psychology and is now in his second year of the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology. Todd is a Research Assistant with the Evaluation Center and is a member of the Psychological Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM). Todd’s research interests focus on well-being in the LGBTQ community; currently he is interested in the impact social media apps have on gay men. Email: todd_ryser-oatman@nulluky.edu

Douglas SpikerDoug Spiker is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from Ball State University in 2011 with a minor in Creative Writing and his M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ball State University in 2014. His clinical experiences include working with children, adolescents, and families, involved with the Department of Child Services and college students at the Ball State University Counseling Center. He is currently a member of the Help-Seeking and Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) lab, and he currently holds a teaching assistantship in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. His broad research interests include psychological help-seeking, intimate partner relationships, and men and masculinity. E-mail: douglas.spiker@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Igor VasiljCaptain Igor Vasilj is a PhD Candidate in Counseling Psychology and a clinical psychology intern in the United States Army. He currently works at the Brooke Army Medical Center within the Department of Behavioral Health on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. Originally from Eastern Europe, CPT Vasilj lived in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, and Germany prior to moving to the U.S. He holds MS and EdS degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and a double BA in Psychology and German from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. His dissertation titled: “Evaluating the attitudes and practices of exercise prescription among psychotherapists” assessed the factors impacting exercise prescription among psychologists and graduate trainees. CPT Vasilj’s previous clinical experiences include conducting individual and group counseling, in addition to administering a variety of integrated personality and cognitive assessments, at settings such as the Lexington VA Medical Center, bluegrass.org, The Nest Center for Women and Children, and the UK Counseling Center. email: igor.vasilj@nulluky.edu

Paris WheelerParis Wheeler is a second year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology.  She graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology.  During her undergraduate career, she served as a research assistant on various projects involving substance using populations and health disparities among African Americans.  After graduation, she served as the project coordinator of an intervention study at UF.  Paris is a recipient of the Multi-Year Fellowship and is currently advised by Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins.  Her research interests include examining health disparities and engagement in substance use and health risk behaviors among marginalized racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups. Current projects she is involved in include examining prescription drug abuse among incarcerated men and coping mechanisms utilized by activists combating racial injustice. Paris will be completing an assessment-focused practicum at Beaumont Behavioral Health for the 2017-2018 school year. Email: paris.wheeler@nulluky.edu

Master’s Students in Counseling Psychology

 

photo of Nick DawsonNick Dawson received a B.S. in Psychology from Morehead State University in May of 2017. As an undergraduate, he tutored students in math and psychology and was secretary and co-president of NAMI on Campus at Morehead State University. However, he spent most of his time in labs, researching perfectionism, anorexic symptoms, mindfulness, narcissism, and parent-child interactions. He recently submitted his first manuscript to a peer reviewed journal. He hopes to continue his career in research by studying topics such as anxiety, depression, body image concerns, eating pathology, gender role norms, substance abuse, and factors contributing to seeking help. After completing the Master’s program in Counseling Psychology, he would like to pursue a Ph.D. and work in academic and clinical settings. When he is not in school, he likes to cook, play guitar, play video games, and exercise. Email: nada227@nulluky.edu

photo of Rena GoodwinRena Marie Goodwin is a first-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. Rena graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2014 with a B.S. in Exercise Science and is in the process of completing her M.S in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Kentucky, where she is finishing her thesis that explores: self-stigma, attitudes and preferences of student-athletes’ when seeking mental health and sport psychology services. She is currently a member of the HAMMER Lab and Dr. Reese’s psychotherapy research team. She has a wide variety of research interests including help-seeking behavior, therapeutic outcomes, mental health stigmas, sport psychology and student-athletes’ mental health needs. She hopes to continue her studies through a PhD.  Email: Rena.goodwin@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Brittney GrayBrittney Gray is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with honors from Campbellsville University with a B.S. in Psychology in December of 2016. As an undergraduate she conducted several research projects concerning the psychology of deception and the psychology of religion. She has presented her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting as well as the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference. She has a wide range of research interests including the effects of religiosity on mental health, gender differences in the effects of mental health stigma and help-seeking behaviors, as well as the bystander effect. In the future, she hopes to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Outside of class she enjoys spending time with her husband and two beagles, reading classic novels, making delicious food, and crocheting. Email : brittney.gray@nulluky.com

photo of Chase HerndonChase Herndon is a first year Masters student in Counseling Psychology. Chase received his B.A. in Psychology at the University of Kentucky in 2014. He has a wide set of interests including the dyad of mentors and mentees, intrinsic motivation, strategic communication, cognitive dissonance, and attitude change. Now, he is a member of Dr. Segerstrom’s research lab and a financial advisor for “Moneycats”. Previously, he was a research assistant in Dr. Gervais’s morality and beliefs lab, Dr. Miller’s evolutionary psychology lab, and Dr. Smith’s risky behavior research lab. Also, he interned at the UK clinic working to bridge gaps and relationships between patients with a rare genetic disorder (PKU) and practitioners. During his final year in undergrad, he presented his senior honors thesis at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research. His overarching goal is to help others reach their potential and reignite people’s drives to go after what they want. Email: Cwhe223@nullg.uky.edu

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Katherine Jensen is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology.  She graduated from Miami University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2007 and University of Arkansas with a M.S. in Operations Management in 2015.  Katherine is a Navy veteran and desires to continue research and maintain connections with veteran’s mental health.  Her research interests include mentoring, help-seeking behavior, trauma recovery, and equine assisted therapies.  In her free time she can be found spending time with her horses and dogs on the farm. Email: kcje222@nullg.uky.edu

 

photo of Hailey LawsonHailey Lawson is a second year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Communication from Middle Tennessee State University in May 2015. During her undergraduate career, she worked in a research lab and completed her thesis on developing health literacy testing measures for non-native English speaking populations. Her main research interests include LGBTQ populations and community mental health. Current projects include publishing a collaborative literature review on parental acceptance of LGBTQ youth. She is currently working towards entering either a PsyD or a PhD program in order to become a licensed professional counselor. Email: hailey.lawson@nulluky.edu

 

Xinyue LeiXinyue Lei (Layla) is a first-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from the University of Louisville with a BA in psychology and a certificate in Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation. As an undergraduate, she worked with Sister Cities of Louisville and Family & Children’s Place in promoting peace, and had also participated in a special education program in Guangzhou, China to help with children who have difficulty obtaining a normal life. Layla’s research interests include international relationships, diversification inclusiveness, gender, and immigrants’ living status. In the future, she would like to obtain a PhD in counseling psychology and further promote peace and justice. Outside of school, she loves making art crafts, video games, traveling and hiking. Email: x.lei@nulluky.edu

 

photo of LutenRobbie Luten is a second Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with honors from The University of Tennessee at Martin with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English in December 2015. As an undergraduate she researched cognition and the effects of media. She has several research interests which include gender identity, mental health in the LGBTQ + community, and anxiety and depression in minorities, particularly among African Americans. She is recipient of the 2017-2018 STAY Fellowship through APA’s Minority Fellowship Program. In the future she would like to obtain a PhD in Counseling Psychology.  In her free time she enjoys playing the drums and trying to keep up with the latest geek trends from comics and games to movies and TV. Email: robbie.luten@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Kaitlyn MillerKaitlyn Miller is a first-year master’s student in the counseling psychology program. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Child, Adult, and Family Services. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant on topics including mental health stigma and help-seeking behavior. Following graduation, Kaitlyn worked as a member of an integrated treatment team for adults living with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders. Her research interests include mental health and substance use stigmas, help-seeking behavior, and therapeutic outcomes. In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with her husband and pets, reading, exploring Lexington, drinking coffee, and calling her sister and best friend. Email: kaitlynmiller@nulluky.edu    LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/in/KaitlynRMiller

 

Samantha MooreSamantha Moore is a first-year master’s student in the counseling psychology program. She received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Spanish from the University of Kentucky in May of 2016. As an undergraduate, she worked in a lab that examined how emotions, cognition, and personality affect physical and psychological health. She has several broad research interests, which include eating disorders in the LGBTQ community, the impacts of homelessness on a student’s school life, and the mental health impacts of undocumented immigrant status on children. In the future, she would like to obtain a PhD and work as an elementary or middle school counselor. When she’s away from school, you’ll probably find her teaching lessons at a local ballroom dance studio, reading a good book, or catching up on her favorite TV shows. Email: samantha.moore@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Keisha MorganKeisha Morgan is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She recently graduated from Berea College with a B.A. in Psychology. Her research has been focused on rape culture, specifically where it comes from and what influences it. During her undergraduate career she spent a lot of time working to educate the campus on several social justice issues such as human trafficking, mental health stigma, and Queer stigma. Her future research interest include finding ways to fight mental health stigma in sexual minority groups and Appalachia. When she isn’t at school she enjoys sleeping, eating, and fighting the patriarchy. Email: keisha.morgan@nulluky.edu

 

Joseph Oluokun is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Physics, Math, and Interdisciplinary Studies. While earning his bachelors at the University of Central Arkansas, he completed an undergraduate thesis titled “Why Can’t We be Friends?: Microsggressions and African American’s Belongingness”. As a Pedagogical Associate for the Schedler’s Honors College, Joseph assisted in the instruction of a freshman level course, in which he was responsible for preparing lesson plans, grading student responses, and invigorating classroom discussion. Joseph’s research interests include racial microaggressions and their effect on minorities, specifically African Americans. In the future, he would like to earn his Ph.D  in Counseling Psychology. In his spare time, he enjoys watch and playing basketball, gaming, and eating. Email: jool223@nulluky.edu

photo of Jennifer-StuckJennifer Stuck is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with honors from Columbia College with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Gender & Women’s Studies, and Literature in 2015. Her research experience includes exploring social learning theory through gendered schemas within children’s tales, gender schemas in modern prime time television, in addition to working in a lab studying social media content. Jennifer’s research interests revolve around gender and sexuality, including identity development, socio-cultural attitudes/biases, health and pleasure norms, diversity, and social justice. Outside of school, she enjoys reading good books, cooking, video games, and watching movies with her cat, Ducky. Email: jennifer.stuck@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Katie WurtsKatie Wurts is a second-year Master’s student in the counseling psychology program. She graduated with honors from Southern New Hampshire University with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate she studied sexual prejudice, the historical oppression of women, and the effects of pet ownership on human health and well-being. She has a wide array of research interests including animal-assisted therapy, anxiety and depression in women, career counseling, LGBTQ mental health, and sports psychology. She currently holds a graduate assistant position as a career counselor-in-training at the Graham Office of Career Management in UK’s Gatton College of Business and Economics. Outside of school, she enjoys relaxing with her pets, watching basketball, scrapbooking, and crafting handmade items like cards, decorations, and jewelry. Email: katie.wurts@nulluky.edu