Doctoral Students in Counseling Psychology

Blanka Angyal is a sixth year 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 Berney 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 a current member of the HAMMER lab, 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. Email: elyssa.c.berney@nulluky.edu

 

 


Isabelle (Izzy) Blaber is a first-year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She graduated from Rhodes College in 2019 with her B.A. in Psychology and a minor in English. Her undergraduate research experience included work in both the Community Narrative Research lab, which examined engaged-service learning narratives from college students, and the Intersecting Identities Lab which explored the intersection of sexual and gender minority well-being with religiosity. Izzy is currently a member of Dr. Rostosky’s PRISM team, and her main research interest is sexual and gender minority well-being, with specific attention to identity concealment.  Email: isabelle.blaber@nulluky.edu

 


photo of Alyssa Clements-HickmanAlyssa Clements is a fifth-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology Program. She is currently completing her predoctoral internship at Auburn University Student Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to enrolling at the University of Kentucky (UK), sheearned a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Augusta University. Alyssa’s research interests include psychotherapy process and outcome and training/supervision. Alyssa is a member of the Student Development Committee for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) and the UK campus representative for the Division of Health Psychology (APA Division 38). Email: alyssa.clements@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, researching personality traits, biases, and microaggressions directed at trans-identified people. He is currently a research assistant for the College of Nursing and holds a practicum placement at Clarity. 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 strengths-based 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


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 fourth-year 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 fourth-year doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology. 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’s clinical experiences include working with veterans at the Robley Rex Veteran Affairs Medical Center, conducting assessment at Eastern State Hospital, and is currently completing a substance use treatment rotation at New Vista – Schwartz Center. 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, the recipient of the Association of Emeriti Faculty Fellowship, the assistant to the director of M.S. training, and holds a teaching assistantship for the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology. Zach is also the regional coordinator for the Student Affiliates of Seventeen. 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 first 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 University of Kentucky Counseling Center. Email: jkje225@nulluky.edu

 


Shannon Johnson is a first-year Counseling Psychology Ph.D. student. Originally from Texas, Shannon has previously obtained a B.S. and M.A. in Psychology with an additional M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling. Shannon is now a member of Dr. Danelle Stevens-Watkins research team. Broadly, Shannon’s research interests include: health disparities, service seeking behaviors, racial trauma experienced by Black professionals, and sexual liberation for Black women. She is a recipient of the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship, Helen Thacker Graduate Fellowship and the Arvle & Ellen Turner Thacker Fellowship. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys camping, collecting vinyl records, road trips, reading, yoga and meditation. Email: sdjo248@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


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Cheryl Kwok is a fifth-year doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Delhi in 2014 and her Master of Arts in Applied Psychology with Specialization in Counseling Psychology from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai in 2016. She is currently doing her pre-doctoral internship at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Her theoretical orientation integrates person-centered, multicultural, and feminist approaches. Her clinical experience includes working with LGBTQ* individuals, students, couples, families, veterans, older adults, and conducting psychological assessments. 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). Email: cheryl.kwok@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


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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 (she/her/hers) is a third-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 for the last 5 years. 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 academic coach. Broadly, her research interests include help-seeking behaviors, access to career opportunity, first-generation students, and diverse and at-risk populations. Email: melmiller931@nulluky.edu


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Destin Mizelle is a first-year 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 third-year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program. She completed her undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Psychology at Indiana University in 2018 during which she worked as an undergraduate research assistant in Dr. Joel Wong’s lab, Dr. Linda Smith’s Cognitive Development Lab, and was a teaching assistant for Dr. Jeff Huber’s class- The Psychology of Coaching and Motor Performance. While at Kentucky, she has worked as a teaching assistant for the psychology department and is a member of Dr. Joseph Hammer’s Help-Seeking and Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) Lab. Her research primarily focuses on looking at the integration of counseling into sport and performance psychology, with her recent work focusing on different aspects of identity in sport domains. Regarding clinical work, she was the Transylvania University sport psychology consultant for the 2019-2020 year and has spent the past four years working for Dr. Alison Arnold, a leading sport psychology consultant for USA Gymnastics. Additionally, she serves  as the Vice President for the Sport and Exercise Graduate Psychology Club, a University of Kentucky Second Year Success Coach, and is happy to answer any questions via email! e.murphy@nulluky.edu


Kelsey RedmayneKelsey Redmayne is a third year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology 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. She is currently completing practicum work with a private practice providing therapy and assessment services. 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 third-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 experience includes placements in a community mental health center, a college counseling center, and a private practice. He is currently completing a practicum at Eastern State Hospital. Advised by Dr. Rostosky in the PRISM lab, his research focuses on partner preference and body image concerns among sexual minority men. Matt holds an EDP teaching assistantship and serves as an APAGS Member-at-Large. Email: mrichardson@nulluky.edu


Todd Ryser-Oatman is a fifth-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 currently on his predoctoral internship at the University of Southern Florida Counseling Center, where he conducts individual and group therapy, provides crisis intervention, conducts outreach, and develops consultation relationships with on campus agencies. He was previously a Graduate Assistant with the Gatton Office of Assessment and Accreditation, where developed academic accreditation projects.  He is a member of the Psychological Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM).  Todd’s research interests focus on well-being in the LGBTQ community; currently he is interested in the 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


Amelia Stanley is a first 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. Her clinical interests include trauma counseling and PTSD. She currently holds a practicum placement at University of Kentucky’s Counseling 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. In her spare time, Amelia enjoys reading, cooking, and visiting with friends and family. Email: amelia.stanley@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 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 first-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. During the 2020-2021 academic year, Courtney will complete a practicum at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center and a research assistantship with the NSF funded Research Initiation in Engineering Formation team. In her spare time, Courtney enjoys journaling, meditating, exercising, traveling, and exploring restaurants. Email: cjwr225@nulluky.edu

Master’s Students in Counseling Psychology

 

Carrie Bohmer is a second-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


Marissa Bosco will be a first-year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program in the fall of 2020. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA degree in psychology with a minor in journalism. My undergraduate capstone class had a focus in violence and aggression through film, literature and science. My research interests include athlete mental health, trauma counseling and gender issues. Upon graduating I would like to further my studies in athlete mental health and earn a PhD within sport psychology. Outside of school, I enjoy playing soccer, traveling and spending time with family and friends. Email: mkbo233@nulluky.edu

 


Levi Van Den Busch is a second-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. Levi’s research passions primarily focus on secular identity development. Currently, Levi serves as an Assistant Resident Director through an assistantship within the university. In his spare time he enjoys exercising, hiking, and gaming. Email: ljva224@nullg.uky.edu

 


Benjamin Coffey is a first-year, Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Kentucky.  Benjamin is originally from Hamilton, New Zealand, and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University–Hawaii in 2018 where he earned his B.S in Psychology and Certificate in Legal Studies.  Following his graduation, Benjamin moved to Alaska where he gained clinical experience at an acute psychiatric hospital for youth and was most recently employed as a Research Analyst for the State of Alaska Division of Behavioral Health.  His research interests include developing culturally sensitive therapy approaches for working with indigenous peoples, help-seeking behavior, and stigma.  Benjamin’s ultimate goal is to one day shape public policy to better serve the mental health needs of underserved ethnic groups. Email: bkco238@nulluky.edu


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Jonica Davis is a second-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 interests include help-seeking attitudes and behavior, particularly amongst Fat clients tackling the barriers of fat-phobia and stigma. She is currently a member of the Help-Seeking and Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research (HAMMER) lab. 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 second-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. Brittany is an Academic Coach and START TA and will begin her practicum at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center Fall 2020.  Her research interests include women and LGBTQ+ issues, belongingness in outdoor spaces among people of color, and outdoor therapies. In her free time Brittany enjoys backpacking, exploring the outdoors, baking, and taking pictures of her cats. Email: derr.brittany@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


Trent Marcumis a first year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program.  He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2017 with a B.A. in English Literature and Film Studies. After graduating from WKU, Trent worked in both Day Treatment and Intensive Outpatient Therapy at CHNK Behavioral Health in Covington, KY; upon moving to Lexington in 2019, Trent began work at Expressive and Wellness Programs of ES Inc. where he provided supports for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. His research interests include relationships, generational trauma, trauma in marginalized populations, and guided psychedelic therapy as an alternative treatment for trauma. In his free time, Trent loves to go hiking, slowly devour good books and art, spend time with those whom he loves, and patiently make his way through every iteration of Star Trek media available. Email: tgma230@nulluky.edu


photo of Angie SanchezAnyoliny “Angie” Sanchez is a second-year Counseling Psychology Master’s student. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida in Spring 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology. Currently, Anyoliny is a member of the RISE^2 Research Team, under the mentorship of Dr. Candice Hargons. Anyoliny is an aspiring psychologist who is primarily interested in examining the ethnic identity development and mental health of adolescents from racially and ethnically marginalized Latinx communities. Her graduate research goal is to help identify the specific needs of Latinx adolescents and suggest strategies/interventions that will improve their mental and physical health and subjective well-being. In her spare time, Anyoliny enjoys spending time with family/friends, traveling, sorority involvement, and dancing. Anyoliny also holds a graduate assistantship working for Transformative Learning as an academic coach, and was a recipient of the Ronald E. McNair graduate fellowship. Email: asa394@nullg.uky.edu


photo of Queen-Ayanna SullivanQueen-Ayanna Sullivan is a second-year master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Kentucky in 2019 and received a B.A. in Psychology and Human Communication. During her undergraduate career, she was a UK 101 Peer Instructor, Peer Mentor for the Business and Enterprise Living Learning Program, Resident Advisor, and Research Assistant in the Families, Adoption, and Diversity Research Lab. Currently, Queen is a member of the RISE^2 Research Team, is an Ally Diversity Workshop Fellow, and she is also advised by Dr. Candice Hargons. During the 2020-2021 academic year, Queen will complete a practicum at the University of Kentucky Alumni Career Center. Her career goal is to become a licensed psychologist and sex educator working for the United States government, specifically focusing on military service members of color and their families. Her areas of interest include sex, intimacy, relationships, trauma, and life transition among people within this community. Queen is a Graduate Assistant Resident Director within the Department of Residence Life and in her spare time, she loves spending time being actively engaged in her sorority. Email: qisu222@nullg.uky.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