Current Students in Counseling Psychology

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

 

 

Holly BrownHolly Brown is a fifth year student and doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology, and is currently completing her predoctoral internship at the Lexington VA Healthcare System. Her dissertation project is focused on the experiences of transgender and gender nonconforming therapy clients who ask their therapists to provide referral letters for gender-affirming medical treatment. Broadly, she’s interested in the psychology of gender and sexuality, as well as therapy processes and outcomes. Her other research experiences primarily come from involvement in Dr. Reese’s lab, but include a few studies from a sexual health lab in Health Promotion and from her assistantship in the College of Nursing. Holly’s practicum experiences included community mental health, private practice, university counseling center, and integrated healthcare settings. 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. When she’s not at internship or trying to finish her dissertation, she’s usually spending time with her partner and cat or getting into nerdy shenanigans with her friends. Email: holly.michelle.brown@nullgmail.com

 

photo of Zakary ClementsZakary Clements is a second-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 a research assistant for the College of Nursing and holds a practicum placement at UK’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 lense. He is interested in intervention techniques to lessen the impact of prejudice and discrimination on 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.

 

 

photo of Jardin DoganJardin Dogan is a second-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 weight-training exercise. Email: jndo224@nullg.uky.edu.

 

photo of Zach DschaakZach Dschaak is a second-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 college students at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center, individuals with severe mental illness at Northwestern Mental Health Center Inc., low-income adolescents and adults at the Northern Lights Behavioral Health Center, and is currently completing a practicum at the Robley Rex Veteran Affairs Medical Center.

Zach is a member of Dr. Joseph Hammer’s Help-Seeking and Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research Lab. Broadly speaking, Zach’s research interests include rural mental health, psychological help-seeking, and addiction stigma. 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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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 doing her internship at the Ball State University Counseling Center. 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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Natalie Malone is a first-year Counseling Psychology doctoral student.  She is from Smiths Grove, Kentucky.  She graduated with honors from the University of Kentucky in 2018.  She received a B.A. in Psychology, with a minor in Neuroscience, and the Undergraduate Certificate in Social Science Research.  As a Gaines Fellow and Psychology Scholar at UK, Natalie completed a thesis on perceptions of Black women at HBCUs and PWIs.  Natalie is interested in exploring how intersections of identity create unique experiences for African Americans.  Her goals as a scientist-practitioner and activist include creating a positive atmosphere for sexual health, advocating for more inclusive leadership and educational development experiences for minorities, and improving relationship dynamics between African American families and couples.

Natalie is a recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship and is advised by Dr. Candice Hargons.  She is also a member of the RISE^2 Research Team.  In her spare time she enjoys socializing, traveling, fitness, and her sorority involvement. Email: njma232@nullg.uky.edu

Sarah McCurrySara McCurry is a first-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. At UTK, she was an undergraduate research assistant in the Development of Adolescents and Young Adults (DAYA) lab, the Social Cognition and Research lab, and the Self and Identity lab. She was also an undergraduate intern at the UT Psychological Clinic. She is currently a teaching assistant for the Psychology department and a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) lab. Her research interests include intersectionality, minority stress, and well-being within gender and sexual minority individuals. Email: Sara.McCurry@nulluky.edu

 

Carolyn MeillerCarolyn Meiller is a third-year 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 RISE^2 research team. Broadly, her research interests include sexual experiences and pleasure. To date, she has completed practicum experiences at community mental health centers and college counseling centers. 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 programming, including a peer mentor program. Email: cme236@nullg.uky.edu

 

 

Melanie MillerMelanie Miller is a first-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 an assistantship working for Dr. Joseph Hammer. 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 entering UK’s Counseling Psychology doctoral program this 2018 fall. 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 the mental health of Black women as impacted by their lived experiences with an intersectional identity. Chesmore is a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair graduate fellowship as well as the LTJ Fellowship. Email: CSMontique@nulluky.edu

 

 

Emily MurphyEmily Murphy is a first-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.  Emily’s research interests lie within the intersection of sport/performance psychology and positive psychology, more specifically self-talk, self-efficacy, and how feedback between dyads can improve efficiency.  Additional personal interests of hers include mindfulness and biofeedback.  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 first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 2014 with her BS in Psychology. She then completed her MS in Clinical Psychology at Abilene Christian University (ACU) in 2017. After graduating from ACU, Kelsey worked at a private practice before coming to UK. She currently holds a practicum placement at the UK Counseling Center. Kelsey is a member of Dr. Reese’s psychotherapy research lab, and her research interests are in psychotherapy process and outcome. Kelsey also holds a teaching assistantship for the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology in the College of Education. Email: Kelsey.Redmayne@nulluky.edu\

 

Matt RichardsonMatt Richardson is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. Originally from Massachusetts, he received his BA in Psychology from Westfield State University in 2016 and his MS in Counseling Psychology from Salem State University in 2018. He is a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) lab. Matt’s research interests include LGBT well-being, substance use, and intimate partner relationships. Email: mrichardson@nulluky.edu

 

 

 

photo of Dani RosenkrantzDani 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-Oatman is a third-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 focusing on: Community mental health, undergraduate students, LGBTQ teens, domestic violence survivors, and individuals coping with grief, loss, and critical incident stress. Todd is a Research Assistant with the Evaluation Center, where he researches and evaluates the efficacy of education programs across the state. 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 intimate partner violence in men’s same-sex relationships and the impact of social media on sexual minority 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

 

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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

 

 

 

Captain Igor VasilijCaptain 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 is a second-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. He 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, body image, mindfulness, and parent-child interactions. He hopes to continue his career in research by studying topics such as body image concerns, gender role norms, narcissism, mental health in LGBTQ populations, 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

 

Kathleen FrazzettaKathleen Frazzetta is a first year Masters student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education and a minor in Theatrical Studies in May, 2018. While completing her undergraduate degree, she gained experience working with children with disabilities, children in residential treatment, and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. These experiences inspired her to continue her education with research interests in child development and the impact of abuse and trauma on children. Other interests include using the fine arts such as music, theatre, dance, and creative writing as a medium for education and self-expression. She enjoys traveling and has experience teaching general and special education throughout the United States and overseas in places such as Aldine, Texas, and Liverpool, England. After completing her Master’s, she plans to work with children in various settings including residential treatment, the juvenile justice system, children’s hospitals, and private clinics. Email: kathleen.frazzetta@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Rena GoodwinRena Marie Goodwin is a second-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 from the University of Kentucky in 2017 with a M.S. in Kinesiology and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Sport 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 outcomes, mental health stigmas, sport psychology, and student-athlete mental health. She hopes to continue her studies through a PhD and become a Counseling and Sport Psychologist.  Email: Rena.goodwin@nulluky.edu

 

 

photo of Brittney GrayBrittney Gray is a second-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with honors from Campbellsville University with a B.S. in Psychology in December of 2016. She has presented her research at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting as well as the Mid-America Undergraduate Psychology Research Conference and UK’s Annual Spring Conference. She has a wide range of research interests including the implementation of culturally affirmative mental health care for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, effects of mental health stigma and help-seeking behaviors, as well as the help-seeking behaviors of childhood survivors of sexual trauma. She is currently a member of the HAMMER Lab. When not in Dickey Hall she works research assistant in UK’s College of Nursing, working with the wonderful people at BREATHE. She plans to continue her studies through a PhD. Outside of class she enjoys spending time with her husband and two beagles, reading, and gardening. 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

 

Rachel Hughitt is a first-year Master’s student in Counseling Psychology. Rachel received her bachelor’s from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2017 for Rehabilitation Psychology. Her degree focused on the intersection that race, gender, and education have with mental health. After graduating, Rachel worked as a case coordinator for a non-profit where she worked with youth on probation to address and dismantle barriers that prohibited their success. Rachel is interested in continuing to work with county involved youth and individuals who have been previously incarcerated to help reduce their risk of recidivism through counseling and rehabilitation. After completing her master’s, Rachel is interested in continuing to get her PhD. She would like to work as a psychologist in both counseling and clinical settings with populations that are often underserved and underrepresented. Email: Rachel.hughitt@nulluky.edu

 

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Katherine Jensen is a second-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 further develop research  specific to woman veteran’s mental health.  Main research topics include help-seeking behavior of veterans, trauma recovery and resiliency, equine assisted therapies, and resiliency in the LGBT community.  Katherine is a member of both the PRISM and HAMMER Research Labs. In her free time, she can be found spending time with her horses and dogs on the farm. Email: kcje222@nullg.uky.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

 

photo of Kaitlyn MillerKaitlyn Miller is a second-year master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She earned her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Child, Adult, and Family Services 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 in St. Joseph, Missouri. She holds a practicum placement at the Audrey Grevious Center (formerly Lexington Day Treatment Center) and will be working with at-risk adolescents in the Lexington area. She is currently a member of the Help-Seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab. Kaitlyn’s research interests include mental health stigma, help-seeking attitudes and behavior, online counseling research, and substance use and addiction stigma. Email: kaitlynmiller@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

Marissa PhelpsMarissa Phelps is a first 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, media influence, abnormal psychology, LGBTQ issues, and other social justice issues. She currently holds a graduate assistantship position as a research assistant for the Police Autism Community Training program. In her spare time, Marissa enjoys reading, spending time with her pets and family, and sleeping. Email: marissa.phelps@nulluky.edu

 

Amelia StanleyAmelia Stanley is a first 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 to educate the campus community on several social justice and Title IX issues.  Following graduation, she has worked as a Mental Health Associate at Central Kentucky Recovery Center.  Her research and clinical interests include gender issues, rape culture, PTSD, trauma, and forensic psychology.  Upon graduation she plans to further purse a PhD in Counseling Psychology.  In her spare time, Amelia enjoys reading, spending time with her dog, visiting with friends and family, and volunteering with her sorority as an alumna. Email: amelia.stanley@nulluky.edu