Doctoral Students in Counseling Psychology

Blanka Angyal is a doctoral candidate 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. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Her research interest are diversity training, cultural practice of psychology, cultural competence and whiteness in counseling psychology programs and organizations, and social justice. She works under the joint mentorship of Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins and Dr. Candice Hargons. Blanka serves as the Chair of The American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), student member on the APA Council Leadership Team, and as the Sandhill Regional Representative on the North Carolina Psychological Association Board of Directors. She is a graduate student member of Divisions 5, 17, 35, and 45. In her free time, Blanka enjoys going on outdoor adventures, dancing, traveling, and spending time with friends, family, and my cats.  Email: blanka.angyal@nulluky.edu


Elyssa C Berney (she/her) is a third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She completed her BA in Psychology from Texas Tech University in 2017 and her MS in Counseling Psychology from UK in 2019. She is advised by Dr. Joe Hammer and holds a graduate assistant position working in the Office of Assessment and College Effectiveness in the Gatton College of Business. Her research uses an intersectional feminist framework to study masculinities and help seeking behavior among veterans and military personnel. Clinically, she is interested in substance abuse concerns, moral injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Email: elyssa.c.berney@nulluky.edu

 

 


Isabelle (Izzy) Blaber (she/her/hers) is a second-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from Rhodes College in 2019 with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English. Izzy is a member of Dr. Rostosky’s PRISM team: her main research interest is sexual and gender minority well-being, with specific focus on eating disorders / disordered eating in the LGBTQ+ community. Her current assistantship is with the Presentation U, through the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT). In her free time, Izzy enjoys reading, hiking, and yoga. Email: isabelle.blaber@nulluky.edu

 


photo of Zakary ClementsZakary Clements is a 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. He is currently a teaching assistant for the College of Education and holds a practicum placement at Skaggs Consulting. 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. Specifically, he is interested in how authenticity and well-being can be enhanced in trans, nonbinary, and gender diverse individuals. He is also interested community-based research to promote the positive aspects of LGBTQ* identities. Email: Zakary.Alexander@nulluky.edu


Rena M. G. Curvey 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. Hargons research team. She has a wide variety of research interests including the intersection of sport psychology and psychotherapy, training and practice, multicultural competence, and social justice. As a therapist she is particularly interested in depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, identity development, life transitions, interpersonal issues, career counseling, and sport performance. She has completed practicums at the UK Graham Office of Career Management, UK Alumni Association Career Services, and UK’s Counseling Center. She is currently a practicum student at the Lexington VA Hospital. Email: Rena.goodwin@nulluky.edu


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Jardin Dogan is a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. candidate. 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 works under the joint mentorship of Dr. Candice Hargons and Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins. To see her work, please visit jardindogan.com. Email: jndo224@nullg.uky.edu.


Zach Dschaak is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology and predoctoral intern at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center. Zach 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 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 former Lyman T. Johnson Fellow and recipient of the Association of Emeriti Faculty Fellowship and Opioid Workforce Expansion Program Grant. Zach is also a member of the Finance Committee for the Society of Counseling Psychology (APA Division 17) and the Membership Committee for the Society of Addiction Psychology (APA Division 50). Email: zachdschaak@nulluky.edu


photo of Jade-ClemonsJade Hollan (formerly Clemons) is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program and an Intern in the UK’s Internship Consortium 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 passionate about improving access to quality mental health care to underserved populations, including Appalachia. Jade’s research focuses on using technology to provide psychological services, and she provides consultation services on topics such as telemental health, mental health and self-care, and program effectiveness. 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 the University of Kentucky in 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, post-traumatic growth, LGBT protective factors, and healthy relationships. KC is also a Navy veteran and served as a naval aviator flying P-3s. Email: kcje222@nulluky.edu


Jasmine Jester is a second year Counseling Psychology PhD candidate from Columbus, Ohio. She is a two time graduate of Tennessee State University where she received her bachelor’s degree in psychology, with a minor in Africana Studies, and master’s degree in counseling psychology. Jasmine’s research interests include: the intersecting identities of gender and race, health disparities found in the Black community, and social justice issues. She is advised by Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins, and will be completing a practicum at The Schwartz Center.                       Email: jkje225@nulluky.edu

 


Photo of Natalie MaloneNatalie Malone, M.S., is a third-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 social justice topics and love, sex, and spirituality among Black folx. 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 2020-21 academic year, Natalie will complete a practicum at Eastern Kentucky University Counseling Center. 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 third-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. Sara received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in English Literature at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2018. Sara’s 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 is currently completing a practicum at UKCC, and has prior clinical experience at NewVista in both Jessamine and Anderson counties. Sara is a member of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM) lab. Sara’s research interests focus on sexual and gender diverse individuals’ experiences of minority stress and systemic oppression in higher education. Email: Sara.McCurry@nulluky.edu


Melanie Miller, M.S. (she/her/hers) is a fourth 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 then received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from the UK in 2020. Melanie is a member of the Help-Seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab and currently holds a graduate assistantship working for Transformative Learning as an APP instructor and Integrated Success Coach. Melanie has worked professionally in research, program evaluation, and patient-education for various non-profits and health organizations for the last 8 years. Clinically, Melanie has worked with a range of clients in career counseling, university centers, and health psychology settings. She is currently a Doctoral Intern at Bluegrass Health Psychology working with health psychology assessments and treatments. Broadly, Melanie’s work as a scientist-practitioner and advocate focuses on marginalized people’s access to healthcare and opportunity. Within this framework, she studies the impacts of identity on help-seeking, how identity impacts healthcare disparities and inequities, the impact of providers’ cultural competency in healthcare, the barriers to mental healthcare, and marginalized peoples’ educational/career development. Email: melmiller931@nulluky.edu


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Destin Mizelle is a Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student from College Park, GA. He graduated in spring 2019 from The University of Georgia with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in African American Studies. Destin’s research interest broadly includes racial socialization, mental health disparities in the Black community, factors that influence Black marital rates, issues of involving racism, and social justice. He is advised by Dr. Candice Hargons. In his free time, Destin enjoys exercising, painting, traveling, writing poetry, and hanging with friends. Email: Dmizelle@nulluky.edu


Chesmore MontiqueChesmore Montique is a third-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 school type (PWI vs. HBCU, co-ed vs same gendered) has on their respective development. 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 mentorship, he continues his research on Black people as impacted by their lived experiences with intersectional identities, particularly ethnic identities and education status. 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, the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship, and the APA Minority Fellowship. Email: CSMontique@nulluky.edu


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Emily Murphy is a doctoral student in the University of Kentucky’s Counseling Psychology program. She completed her BS in Psychology at Indiana University and MS in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Clinically, she has worked within Transylvania University Athletics, the University of Kentucky’s Counseling Center, and for Dr. Alison Arnold— a leading sport psychology consultant for USA Gymnastics. Emily will be working at the Lexington VA Health Care System during the upcoming academic year. She has experience instructing several undergraduate psychology courses, including The Psychology of Coaching and Motor Performance and Social Psychology and Cultural Processes. Emily is currently a member of the Help-Seeking and Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab and the UKY Sport and Counseling Psychology Research Lab. Her research primarily focuses on the integration of sport psychology and psychotherapy, athlete activism, and multicultural training of sport psychology practitioners. Additionally, Emily serves as the Vice President for the Sport and Exercise Graduate Psychology Club, a University of Kentucky Second Year Mentorship Coach, and an Association for Applied Sport Psychology Student Delegate. Email: e.murphy@nulluky.edu

 


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Rayven Peterson is a first-year Ph.D. Counseling Psychology student from Dayton, Ohio. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Spelman College in spring 2021 with a B.A. in Psychology. She is advised by Dr. Candice Hargons. Rayven’s research interest broadly includes social justice issues, mental health disparities, and the barriers that serve as facilitators to mental health help-seeking within the Black community. She is a recent recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship. During her spare time, Rayven enjoys performing poetry, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. Email: Rayven.Peterson@nulluky.edu

 

 


Kelsey Redmayne

Kelsey Redmayne is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program and an Intern in UK’s Internship Consortium program. She graduated from Harding University in 2014 with her BS in Psychology and BA in Music. 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 in Texas before coming to UK. Kelsey is a member of the HAMMER research lab, and her research interests and current projects are in help-seeking behaviors, substance use, medications for opioid use disorder, and psychotherapy outcomes. Email: Kelsey.Redmayne@nulluky.edu


Matt Richardson is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. 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. Matt’s clinical and assessment experience includes placements in a community mental health center, a college counseling center, a private practice, and a state psychiatric hospital. He is currently completing an advanced practicum at Clarity Counseling, another local private practice. Matt’s research focuses on body image concerns, eating disorders, and partner preference among sexual minority men. He has taught several courses in EDP as a Senior TA and is currently an APAGS Member-at-large. Matt is currently working on his dissertation and preparing to apply for internship. Email: mrichardson@nulluky.edu


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Amelia Stanley is a second-year Doctorate student in Counseling Psychology.  She graduated with honors from Transylvania University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology, and from the University of Kentucky in 2020 with an M.S. in Counseling Psychology. Her research interests include help-seeking attitudes and behavior, particularly amongst survivors of sexual assault and power-based personal violence. She currently holds a practicum placement at New Vista’s Schwartz Center and is a member of the Help-Seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab. She also holds a graduate assistantship with Transformative Learning as an Academic Coach and UK 125 Instructor. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys reading, cooking, and visiting with friends and family. Email: amelia.stanley@nulluky.edu

 


Ashna Sangar is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She received her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling from Fergusson College, India, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison respectively. She is a licensed professional counselor and has four years of therapy experience working in the community, college, and hospital settings with people with anxiety and related disorders, mood disorders, and disabilities. Her research interest areas broadly focus on anti-racism and whiteness. Within this framework, she intends to study the intersection of critical consciousness development as it relates to reflection, motivation, and action in whiteness to reduce and resist racism. In her spare time, she enjoys karate, Latin dancing, and being outdoors. Email: ashna.sangar@nulluky.edu

 


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Jennifer Stuck is PhD student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She received her BA from 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. Email: jennifer.stuck@nulluky.edu

 

 


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Kasey Vigil is a first-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She completed her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies at Converse College in 2019 and her M.A. in Clinical Psychology at Western Carolina University in 2021. Her published master’s thesis focused on the impact of genital perceptions on sexual pleasure through the process of spectatoring. She will be joining the RISE^2 research lab and will be advised by Dr. Candice Hargons. Kasey’s broad research interests include sexual pleasure and the impact of shame on the sexual experiences of women and individuals that identify as LGBTQ+. She is a research assistant in the College of Nursing and will be completing a practicum in the University of Kentucky Counseling Center. She enjoys hiking, gardening, and listening to podcasts. Email: Kasey.Morey@nulluky.edu


Paris Wheeler is a doctoral candidate 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. Paris is currently a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) T32 Fellow and is advised by Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins. Her research interests include substance use and structural determinants of health disparities among marginalized populations. She is completing practicum at the Center for Women and Children, a residential substance use treatment facility. Paris’s current research projects include (1) examining the impact of cocaine and cannabis co-use on sleep and (2) investigating culturally relevant protective factors of polysubstance use and prescription drug misuse among Black incarcerated men. In her free time, Paris enjoys outdoor activities such as gardening and hiking. Email: paris.wheeler@nulluky.edu


Courtney Wright is a second-year Counseling Psychology PhD student. Originally from New Jersey, Courtney comes to UK after completing both her BA in Applied Psychology and Human Development and MA in Mental Health Counseling at Boston College. Courtney is now a member of the RISE^2 Research Team and advised by Dr. Candice Hargons. Broadly, her research interests include: the intersections of race, culture, gender, and their impact on health; mental health seeking behaviors in marginalized communities; and trauma, healing, & resilience among Black people. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys journaling, meditating, exercising, traveling, and exploring restaurants. Email: cjwr225@nulluky.edu


Ming “Mindy” Zhang is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from Bucknell University in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in statistics and music. She earned her M.S.Ed in Counseling and Mental Health Services and M.Phil.Ed in Professional Counseling from University of Pennsylvania in 2020 and 2021 respectively, during which she did her practicums and internship as an eating disorders CBT therapist, a possibility mentor for middle school students, and a high school college counselor. Ming is a member of the Help-Seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab and currently holds a teaching assistantship for the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. Her research interests broadly focus on mental health service utilization and help-seeking behaviors among international students. In her spare time, Ming enjoys cooking, singing, music arranging, and doing jigsaw puzzles. Email: mzh240@nulluky.edu

Master’s Students in Counseling Psychology

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Jaxin Annett is a first-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from Brigham Young University – Provo in 2020 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in English. During most of her undergrad, she worked as a lead research assistant and research trainer for both graduate and undergraduate students on project MORE: Minority-Oriented Research Evaluation, an ongoing study of social science research and its attention to ethnic minorities. More recently, Jaxin’s research interests focus on generational trauma, mindfulness, women and LGBTQ+ issues, dating and interpersonal violence, and attitudes and stereotypes of abuse. In her spare time, she loves outdoor adventures, playing classical guitar, traveling, yoga, and spending time with friends/family. Email: jan241@nulluky.edu


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Chloe Benningfield is a first-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.S. in Psychological Science with an additional major in English Literature. As an undergraduate, Chloe researched trauma, PTSD, social support, and mental health outcomes for college students. More recently, her research interests include sexuality, gender expectations, and the effects of social support in sexual and gender minorities. In her free time, Chloe enjoys reading, baking, going to the movies, and spending time with her loved ones. Email: cjbe240@nulluky.edu


 

Marissa Bosco is a second-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2020 with her B.A. in psychology and a minor in journalism. In undergrad, she studied the psychology of violence and aggression through film, literature and science. Marissa’s research interests include the help-seeking behaviors of athletes, as well as the unificaiton of counseling and sport psychology. She’ll be completing her practicum at Transylvania University where she’ll be working within the athletics department. Upon graduating she plans to further her education in sport and performance psychology. Outside of school, she enjoys playing soccer, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Email: mkbo233@nulluky.edu


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Benjamin Coffey is a Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. He graduated from Brigham Young University–Hawaii in 2018, where he earned his B.S in Psychology and Certificate in Legal Studies. Following graduation, Benjamin was employed as a Research Analyst for the State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health and was involved with reporting on behavioral health service outcomes, tracking substance abuse prevention programs, and providing data support for Alaska state legislature requests. Benjamin is a member of the HAMMER research lab, and his research interests include mental health stigma, help-seeking behaviors, and psychotherapy outcomes for Pacific Islanders. Email: bkco238@nulluky.edu

 

 

 


Grace Haring is a first year Masters student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated with honors in Psychology from Miami University in 2020 with her B.A. with a double major in Psychology and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality studies. During her undergraduate career, she completed a thesis titled “Life in the Shadow: gritty female college students more likely to take precautionary measures to prevent sexual assault” relating grit as a resilience variable and taking precautionary measures to college sexual assault. This work won a Regional Research Award at the 2020 Midwest Psychological Association Conference, and is currently under review to be published. Grace is passionate about using research to create lasting societal change and her research interests include women, college sexual assault, dating and interpersonal violence, and resilience. She is a member of the H.A.M.M.E.R. lab at UK. In her free time she enjoys reading, hiking, and cooking and eating good food. Email: gcha226@nullg.uky.edu


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David Robinson is a second-year Masters student in Counseling Psychology. David is a proud alum from Morehouse College earning his bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Sociology in 2012. He gained his behavioral health experience working at New Vista Schwartz center rehab where the focus is on substance use and recovery. David earned a Yoga certification through yoga alliance program taught in KY. He incorporates his passions of mindfulness and yoga as an aid in his current and future practices for people of all ages, genders, and ability to grant a space for acceptance and healing. David is a member of the Rise^2 lab engaging in studies of meditation and healing racial trauma. He is also the President of a student organization BGPSA (Black Graduate Professional Student Association), and the Graduate Assistant at the Graduate School in the office of academic affairs. Email: Dro326@nulluky.edu