Where Are They Now?

Graduates of the Educational Psychology program land positions in diverse fields. Below is a list of positions held by some of our Educational Psychology alumni.

Calah Ford (PhD, 2021), Visiting Assistant Professor, Georgetown College, Kentucky

Falynn Thompson (PhD, 2021), Postdoctoral Researcher, Judith Herb College of Education, University of Toledo

Caiti Griffiths (MS, 2021), Assistant Director of Academic Services, Bellarmine University

Xiao-Yin Chen (MS, 2020), Doctoral Student, Educational Psychology, University of Georgia

John Eric Novosel-Lingat (PhD, 2020), Research Psychologist, Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR)

Abigail Love (MS, 2016, PhD, 2019), Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Autism Spectrum Australia (ASPECT)

John Witry (MS, 2019), Clinical Research Associate III, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Master’s paper title: “How Much Attention is Given to Self-Efficacy in Smoking Cessation Clinical Trials With Parents and Pregnant Women? A Review of Self-Efficacy Measures”

Chair: Ellen Usher

Brianna Weidner (MS, 2018)

ReShanta Beatty-Hazelbaker (PhD, 2018)

Shanshan Hu (PhD, 2018), Senior Data Analyst, Virginia Health

Natasha Murray (PhD, 2018), Policy Analyst, Gates Foundation

Dissertation title: “Examining Academic Resilience Factors Among African American High School Students

Chair: Xin Ma, Co-Chair: Kenneth Tyler

Jing Yuan (PhD, 2018), Faculty Member, Guangxi Normal University, Guilin, China

Angela Tombari (PhD, 2017), Research Analyst, Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics

Dissertation title: “Dimensionality Analysis of the PALS Classroom Goal Orientation Scales

Chair: Michael Toland

Lauren Hargrave (PhD, 2017), Independent Research Consultant

Chelsea Adams (MS, 2017) New Skills for Youth Team Lead and Career Counselor, Lee County Public Schools, Kentucky

Renae Mantooth (MS, 2017) Earned PhD in 2020, North Carolina State University; Design Researcher, HKS, Inc.

Thesis title: “Learning Spaces and Self-Efficacy in Undergraduate Statistics

Chair: Ellen Usher

Zijia Li (PhD, 2016), Assistant Research Professor, National Institute for Early Education Research, Rutgers University

Caroline Gooden (PhD, 2016), Principal Investigator, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Larry J. Grabau (PhD, 2016). Retired Associate Dean for Academic Programs, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky

Trisha Turner Douin (MS, 2016), Coordinator for Career Development, Berea College; Doctoral Student, Applied Sociology, University of Louisville

Caihong Li (MS, 2015, PhD, 2018), Statistician, Center for Violence Against Women, University of Kentucky

Thesis title: “The Short Grit Scale: A Dimensionality Analysis

Chair: Michael Toland

Audrey Conway (MS, 2015; PhD in Education Policy, 2019), Assistant Professor, Bowling Green State University

Amanda Butz (PhD, 2015), Director of Evaluation and Research, Wisconsin Institute for Science and Community Engagement (WISCIENCE), University of Wisconsin – Madison

Joanne Rojas (PhD, 2015), Research Project Manager, Postdoctoral Scholar, Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Natasha Mamaril (PhD, 2014), Associate Director of Undergraduate Research, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Kathryn Cunningham (PhD, 2014), Associate Director of Business, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Dissertation title: “Full-Time Non-Tenure Track Identity and Departmental Perspectives

Chair: Fred Danner

Ashley Hall (MS, 2014), Research Project Manager, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, University of Kentucky

Dissertation title: “Investigating Ability Grouping and Self-Efficacy in Middle Grade Mathematics

Chair: Kenneth Tyler, Co-chair: Ellen Usher

Alexandra Henchy (PhD, 2013), Director of Institutional Evaluation and Research, Asbury Theological Seminary

Dissertation title: “Review and Evaluation of Reliability Generalization Research

Chair: Fred Danner

Meng Fan (MS, 2013), Doctoral Student, Educational Statistics and Research Methods, University of Delaware

Raven Piercey (PhD, 2013), Senior Lecturer, Department of Behavioral Science, University of Kentucky

Dissertation title: “Reading Self-Efficacy in Early Adolescence: Which Measure Works Best?

Chair: Ellen Usher

Timothy Conner (PhD, 2012), Assistant Professor, Department of Foundational and Graduate Studies in Education, Morehead State University

Dissertation title: “The Cultural Discontinuity Hypothesis: An Appalachian American Perspective

Chair: Lynda Brown-Wright, Co-chair: Kenneth Tyler

George McCormick (PhD, 2012), Director, Office of Data Research and Evaluation (Retired 2014), Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY

Dissertation title: “The Relationship of Parent Involvement in the Elementary School with Student Achievement on Standardized Assessments”

Chair: Fred Danner

Sarita Shukla (PhD, 2012), Lecturer, School of Educational Studies, University of Washington-Bothell