Doctoral Students in Counseling Psychology

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


Elyssa BerneyElyssa Berney is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She completed her B.A. in Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2017, doing research in gender, sexuality and behavioral health as well as the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). She is a current member of the HAMMER lab, and holds a graduate assistant position working in assessment and program evaluation for Student and Academic Life (SAL) under Dr. Michael Toland. Her research interests are help-seeking and gender norm conformity, broadly defined.  She is also interested in developing sound and culturally sensitive measurement and, clinically, the treatment of post-traumatic stress. Email: elyssa.c.berney@nulluky.edu


photo of Zakary ClementsZakary Clements is a third-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. He is currently a research assistant for the College of Nursing and holds a practicum placement at EKU’s counseling center. Zak 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 lens. He is interested in intervention techniques to lessen the impact of prejudice and discrimination on non-normative identified individuals. He is also interested community-based research to promote the positive aspects of LGBTQ* identities. 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.



Rena M. G. Curvey (Goodwin) is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Rena graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2014 with a B.S. in Exercise Science, and the University of Kentucky in 2017 with a M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sport Psychology and 2019 with a M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She is currently a member of Dr. Reese’s research team. She has a wide variety of research interests including help-seeking behavior, therapeutic process and outcomes, sport psychology, and student-athlete mental health. She has completed practicums at the UK Graham Office of Career Management and UK Alumni Association Career Services. She is currently a practicum student at UK’s Counseling Center. Email: Rena.goodwin@nulluky.edu


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Jardin Dogan is a third-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 (2015) is in Psychology, with a minor in Spanish, and her Master’s and Education Specialist degrees (2017) are in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Jardin’s research interests broadly connect to racial identity development, race-related trauma, and drug and sexual health-related disparities for Black individuals. She is a part of the Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Enrichment (RISE) research team under Dr. Candice Hargons, and is also training under Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins as a National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 Fellowship Recipient. As forms of self-care, Jardin enjoys meditation, reading, and exercise. Email: jndo224@nullg.uky.edu.


Zach Dschaak is a third-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 working with veterans in the Substance Use Disorder Treatment Program at the Robley Rex Veteran Affairs Medical Center and is currently completing a practicum at Eastern State Hospital.  Zach is a member of Dr. Joseph Hammer’s Help-Seeking and Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab. Zach’s research interests include substance use help seeking and rural mental health. Zach is a Lyman T. Johnson Fellow and holds a teaching assistantship for the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. Zach is the program representative for the Student Affiliates of Seventeen. Email: zachdschaak@nulluky.edu


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Sang-hee Hong is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology. Sang-hee received her B.A. with an English Language and Literature major and a Women’s Studies minor from Ewha Womans University in South Korea. She attained her M.A. in Counseling Psychology also from Ewha Womans University in 2009. She completed her doctoral internship at the Ball State University Counseling Center in July 2019. Her research and practice interests include integrating a social justice/feminist perspective and counseling psychology, culture and therapy, trauma, and experiential therapy. She is currently conducting a dissertation project of utilizing regular client feedback in therapy in Asian culture (South Korea). Email: sang-hee.h@nulluky.edu


photo of Jade-ClemonsJade Hollan (formerly 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. She is a member of Dr. Reese’s research lab, and her research interests focus on psychotherapy process and outcomes and telemental health. To date, Jade has completed a practicum experience at a community mental health center (i.e., Bluegrass.org) and UK’s Counseling Center, and she is currently a practicum student at an Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital. Her clinical interests focus on working with underserved and underprivileged populations. Email: jade.clemons@nulluky.edu



Katherine (KC) Jensen is a doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. KC graduated from Miami University in 2007 with a B.A. in Psychology, the University of Arkansas in 2015 with a M.S. in Operations Management and 2019 with a M.S. in Counseling Psychology. She is currently a member of Dr. Rostosky’s PRISM research lab. She has a wide variety of research interests including equine assisted therapy, therapeutic process and outcomes, trauma recovery, LGBT youth protective factors, veterans, and healthy relationships. KC is also a veteran and served as a naval aviator flying P-3s. She has completed practicums at Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a therapeutic riding center. She is currently a practicum student at UK’s Counseling Center. Email: kcje222@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 a fourth-year doctoral candidate 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, veterans, older adults and individuals with substance use disorders.

Broadly, her research interests focus on diversity and the influence of intersecting identities on lived experiences, minority identities within the LGBTQ* community, and social justice advocacy. She is a member of the Psychological Research Initiative for Sexual Minorities (PRISM). Cheryl is also a Graduate Assistant for the Center of Community Outreach housed within Student Organizations and Activities. Email: cheryl.kwok@nulluky.edu


Photo of Natalie MaloneNatalie Malone is a second-year counseling psychology doctoral student. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky in 2018 where she received a B.A. in Psychology. She is a member of the RISE^2 Research Team and advised by Dr. Candice Hargons. Broadly, her research interests include topics surrounding social justice, and Black women’s intersectional experience of love, sex, and spirituality. As a scientist-practitioner and activist, she aims to address systemic-level barriers to mental health affecting communities of color, promote sex-positivity, and celebrate all expressions of Black love throughout the diaspora. During the 2019-20 academic year, Natalie will complete a practicum at The Center for Healing Racial Trauma located in Lexington, KY. She is a recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship and holds a teaching assistantship for the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys traveling, yoga, and sorority involvement. Email: njma232@nullg.uky.edu


Sarah McCurrySara McCurry is a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2018. Her prior research experiences were in the Development of Adolescents and Young Adults lab, the Social Cognition and Research lab, and the Self and Identity labs at UTK. Sara’s prior clinical experience was at the UT Psychological Clinic, and she currently holds a practicum at a community mental health center (Bluegrass.org). She is a teaching assistant for the Psychology department and a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) lab. Her research interests focus on sexual and gender diverse individuals’ experiences of minority stress as well as intra- and inter-community belonging. Email: Sara.McCurry@nulluky.edu


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Carolyn Meiller is a fourth-year doctoral candidate 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. To date, she has completed practicum experiences in community mental health centers, college counseling centers, and prison settings. Carolyn is a research assistant in the College of Health Sciences, where she researches program effectiveness and student success, teaches a Cultural Competency in Healthcare course, and runs and evaluates programming, including a grant-funded peer mentor program. She is a member of the RISE^2 research team. Broadly, her research interests include sexual pleasure and identity; currently she is focused on experiences of and definitions for sexual pleasure among fat and queer women. Email: cme236@nullg.uky.edu



Melanie Miller is a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2015 with a double B.A. in Psychology and Child and Family Studies with a minor in Philosophy. She has worked in various research labs studying social determinants of health, couples/family relationships, intervention effectiveness, and cultural diversity. She has also worked in research and program evaluation for nonprofit health organizations. Melanie is a member of the HAMMER lab and currently holds a graduate assistantship working for Transformative Learning as an academic coach. Broadly, her research interests include help-seeking behaviors, healthcare utilization, and intimate partner relationships in diverse and at-risk populations. Email: melmiller931@nulluky.edu


Chesmore MontiqueChesmore Montique is a second year Doctoral student in UK’s Counseling Psychology program. Originally from New Jersey, Chesmore comes to UK after previously earning his BA from Morehouse College in Psychology with a minor in Spanish where he researched Black women’s racial and gender identity development and the influence the type of school (PWI vs. HBCU, co-ed vs same gendered) has on these developments. He also earned his MA in Psychology from American University, creating and completing a thesis that explores the dating preferences of educated Black women seeking educated Black men. Under Dr. Candace Hargons mentor ship, he intends to continue his research on Black men and women as impacted by their lived experiences with intersectional identities, particularly as it relates to romantic experiences. So far at UK, he has contributed to projects ranging from healing racial trauma through race-based meditation, experiences of intimacy in sexual encounters, sexual pleasure for curvy queer women, power dynamics in romantic relationships, and Black professionals’ partner preferences. Chesmore is a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair graduate fellowship as well as the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship. Email: CSMontique@nulluky.edu


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Emily Murphy is a second year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program.  She received her B.S. in Psychology at Indiana University in 2018.  While at IU, she was a research assistant in Dr. Joel Wong’s lab, collecting data on university men’s perception of various social issues and conducting a study testing the impact of an encouragement intervention on female doctoral advisees’ self-efficacy.  She was also a research assistant in Dr. Linda Smith’s cognitive development Lab, using Datavyu to code videos for facial patterns seen by infants, and was an undergraduate teaching assistant to Dr. Jeff Huber for his class The Psychology of Coaching and Motor Performance.  Her clinical experiences include interning for Dr. Alison Arnold, a leading sport psychologist for USA Gymnastics, in addition to being a consultant in the athletic department for Transylvania University for the 2019-2020 school year. Emily’s research interests lie within the intersection of positive psychology and performance enhancement in a variety different domains, most recently working in the realms of sport psychology and psychotherapy.  Emily is teaching assistant for the psychology department and is happy to answer any questions via email! Email: e.murphy@nulluky.edu


Kelsey RedmayneKelsey Redmayne is a second year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 2014 with her BS in Psychology, BA in Music, and a minor in Bible and Ministry. She then completed her MS in Clinical Psychology at Abilene Christian University (ACU) in 2017. After graduating from ACU, Kelsey provided therapy services at a private practice before coming to UK. She previously completed a practicum placement at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center and is currently completing a placement at a private practice. Kelsey is a member of Dr. Reese’s psychotherapy research lab, and her research interests are in psychotherapy process and outcome. Her current projects focus on feedback and psychotherapy outcomes. Kelsey is a teaching assistant for the psychology department. Email: Kelsey.Redmayne@nulluky.edu\



Matt Richardson is a second-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Originally from Massachusetts, he received his BA in Psychology from Westfield State University in 2016 with a minor in Political Science and his MS in Counseling Psychology from Salem State University in 2018. His clinical experience includes working with adolescents and adults in a community mental health agency and working with college students at UK’s Counseling Center. Matt is currently completing an assessment-focused practicum at Bluegrass Family Consultants, and he also holds a teaching assistantship in the College of Education. He is a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) lab. Matt’s research focuses on partner preference and intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ+ community. This research seeks to understand the implications of these experiences on psychosocial functioning, their intersections across axes of inequality, and how individuals cultivate resilience and positive identity despite the challenges of these experiences. Email: mrichardson@nulluky.edu


Todd Ryser-Oatman is a fourth-year doctoral candidate 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. He has provided mental health and community services focusing on incarcerated populations, community mental health, undergraduate students, LGBTQ teens, domestic violence survivors, and individuals coping with grief, loss, and critical incident stress. Todd is a Graduate Assistant with the Gatton Office of Assessment and Accreditation, where develops academic accreditation projects. He is also 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 help-seeking experiences of sexual minority men who have experienced intimate partner violence in their same-sex relationships. Email: todd_ryser-oatman@nulluky.edu


Douglas SpikerDoug Spiker is a third-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. He is currently a teaching assistant for both personality and cognitive assessment, and he holds a graduate assistantship as the assistant to the Director of Master’s Training. His broad research interests include couple’s help-seeking, the influence of gender roles on relationship functioning, and mental health literacy. E-mail: douglas.spiker@nulluky.edu


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Jennifer Stuck is a 2nd year PhD student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She received her BAfrom Columbia College (2015) and a MS in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky (2017). Jen is a member of the RISE^2 Research Team (Relationships, Intimacy, and Sexual Enrichment | Race, Intersectionality, and Social justice Engagement) where she studies sexual pleasure, relationship dynamics, and social justice. She is currently conducting assessments at her practicum site, Bluegrass Family Consultants, LLC. Jen also has an assistantship with the Evaluation Center at UK. Email: jennifer.stuck@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

Carrie Bohmer is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2017 with a BA degree in both Psychology and Women, Gender, and Sexuality. In her undergraduate career, Carrie worked with sexual assault prevention programs and grounded herself in social justice issues. She has a range of research interests, however, they primarily center on female sexuality, bodily autonomy, relationships, and empowerment. Her future plans include a doctoral degree in Counseling or Clinical Psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two cats, exercising, and traveling to new places. Email: cbo276@nulluky.edu

 


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Levi Van Den Busch is a first-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. He received his B.S. in psychology with an emphasis in mental health from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay in 2018. As an undergraduate, Levi had the opportunity to research coping skills in collegiate student athletes and mental health outcomes in comparison to general student populations. Following graduation, he worked one-on-one with discharged psychiatric patients at a community-based residential facility to help them gain skills for independent living in the community. Through these experiences, Levi’s research passions are in therapeutic outcomes and positive psychology as well as resiliency outcomes in repudiated individuals. He plans to continue his education towards a PhD. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, exercising, hiking, and gaming. Email: ljva224@nullg.uky.edu


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Jonica Davis is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology.  Jonica received her B.A in Neuroscience with an emphasis on Psychology and a Minor in Music Application from Transylvania University in 2016.  As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant that lead to a published article, “Examination of Anime Content and Associations between Anime Consumption, Genre Preferences, and Ambivalent Sexism”.  Her capstone project collected research on the relationship between resilience and adversity in brain structures and how to incorporate techniques to strengthen the connection into school curriculum.  Her research interest’s include LGBTQ issues and mental health, therapy representation in media, fat-phobia, and help-seeking behaviors.  In her free time she plays trumpet, is the librarian for the Central Kentucky Concert Band, and takes short walks and long naps with her dog Champ. Email: jcda234@nulluky.edu

 


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Brittany Derr is a first-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program.  She graduated in 2018 from the University of Detroit Mercy in her home state, Michigan, with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and minors in Women and Gender Studies and Addiction Studies.  She recently presented a poster at the 219 Midwestern Psychological Association Spring Convention on her senior thesis, “Factors Related to Recent Increases in Impaired Driving Among Young Females”.  Her research interests include women and LGBTQ+ issues and hope to explore projects revolving around these topics.  In her free time Brittany enjoys backpacking, exploring the outdoors, baking, and taking pictures of her cats. Email: bnde233@nulluky.edu


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Kaitlyn French-Miller is a third-year, nontraditional master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky.  Kaitlyn is originally from Kansas City, Missouri and earned her B.S. in Psychology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.  Prior to entering graduate school at UK, Kaitlyn worked as a member of an integrated treatment team for adults with co-occurring severe and persistent mental illnesses and substance use disorders.  Her research interests include help-seeking behavior, stigma, substance use disorders and telehealth and online counseling.  Following graduation, Kaitlyn plans to continue her education and research at the doctoral level or will pursue licensure as a Psychological Associate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  In her free time, Kaitlyn enjoys spending time with friends, running, drinking coffee, and finding quiet spots of nature. Email: kaitlynmiller@nulluky.edu

 


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Rachel Hughitt is a second-year master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. Rachel graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison is 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Rehabilitation Psychology, focusing on the intersection that race, gender, and education have with mental health. Rachel’s research interests include psychotherapy outcomes and process, clinician competency, training and supervision, and how to adapt skills across communities with specific interest in incarcerated individuals and their family. She holds a graduate assistantship with UK’s Disability Resource Center, acts as cohort senator, is a current practicum student at New Vista (formally Bluegrass.org) and is a member in Dr. Reese’s psychotherapy research lab. Email: Rachel.hughitt@nulluky.edu

 


Hannah Luttrell is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in History.  Her undergraduate capstone project focused on alternative therapeutic techniques (including hypnosis) and their impact.  She has several research and clinical interests including religion and spirituality, help-seeking behavior in minority groups, and eating disorders. In the future, Hannah plans to continue her education and obtain a PhD. When not in class, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exercising, and reading. Email: hannah.luttrell@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


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Marissa Phelps is a second year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with honors from Transylvania University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and Religion. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant examining the spontaneous use of human identity. Additionally, she studied the impact of media portrayals of minorities on the societal perceptions and treatment of minorities, stereotyping and prejudice in Western culture, and the history of psychology concerning gender, race, and class structures. Her research interests include gender issues and masculinity. She is currently a member of the Hammer Lab. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys reading, spending time with her pets and family, and sleeping. Email: marissa.phelps@nulluky.edu


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Anyoliny “Angie” Sanchez is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida Spring 2019 where she received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Family, Youth & Community Sciences.  As an undergraduate, she engaged in behavioral science research related to goal achievement, self-efficacy, and life satisfaction.  Anyoliny is an aspiring psychologist who is primarily interested in exploring into the factors that give individuals (especially those from marginalized communities) more life purpose and, in turn, a more robust sense of happiness or life satisfaction.  Her research goal for graduate studies is to uncover how people find and define their calling, and how they develop the skills necessary for performance.  In her spare time, Anyoliny enjoys spending time with family/friends, traveling, sorority involvement, and dancing.  Anyoliny is also a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair graduate fellowship. Email: asa394@nullg.uky.edu



Amelia Stanley is a second year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology.  She graduated with honors from Transylvania University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology.  As an undergraduate, she worked on several social justice and Title IX issues on campus.  Her research interests include help seeking attitudes and behavior, particularly amongst survivors of sexual assault and power-based personal violence, as well as rape culture on college campuses. Her clinical interests include trauma counseling and PTSD. She currently holds a practicum placement at Bluegrass.org and is a member of the Help-Seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab. Upon graduating with her M.S., she would like to further pursue her research by earning a PhD. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys reading, cooking, visiting with friends and family, and volunteering with her sorority as an alumna. Email: amelia.stanley@nulluky.edu

 



Trevor Tierney is a first-year master’s student in Counseling Psychology. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Business, where he also went on to receive his M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sport Psychology in 2019. As an undergraduate, Trevor studied creativity in virtual worlds as part of Dr. Philipp Kraemer’s research lab. More recently, Trevor’s research interests include mindfulness, athlete mental health, the integration of sport and counseling psychology, and the use of outcome measurement in sport psychology. Since 2017 he worked for UK athletics in an academic support role for members of the men’s and women’s basketball, rifle, and tennis teams, and will be beginning a TA in academic coaching in the fall of 2019. Outside of work and school Trevor enjoys boxing, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. Email: trevor.tierney@nulluky.edu