Faculty & Staff

Staff

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Penny Cruse
Administrative Support Associate and Assistant to the Director of Graduate Studies
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237 Dickey Hall
(859) 257-7881
(859) 257-5662 (f)
Email: penny.cruse@nulluky.edu

Penny Cruse provides administrative support to all Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology students. She can help with Graduate School policy/deadlines, student registration assistance/overrides, scheduling of exams/defenses, awarding of degrees, student course adds/drops, credit overloads, grade changes, GSAS Contracts (assistantship tuition), student and applicant data, program admission correspondence, TA credentialing, and student liability insurance.

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Jennifer Lemmings
Administrative Support Associate
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247 Dickey Hall
(859) 257-7888
(859) 257-5662 (f)
Email: jennifer.lemmings@nulluky.edu

 

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Phyllis Mosman
Staff Support Associate to EDP Faculty
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251A Dickey Hall
(859) 257-7404
(859) 257-5662 (f)
Email: p.mosman@nulluky.edu

 

 


Counseling Psychology Faculty

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Candice Crowell
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Crowell earned her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2015. Dr. Crowell’s research interests include sexual health broadly, with a specific, although not exclusive, focus on Black sexuality. Her secondary research focus includes cross-cultural education and training issues in psychology (e.g., social justice, cultural competence, and leadership). Candice employs an integrated use of interpersonal process theory (Teyber model) and multicultural focus for her theoretical orientation. She has served as a leader in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, and the Society of Counseling Psychology. She is an APA Minority Fellow.  Email: candice.crowell@nulluky.edu.

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Joseph H. Hammer
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Hammer received his PhD from Iowa State University in 2015. Dr. Hammer’s program of research seeks to improve health by increasing access to healthcare.  To accomplish this goal, members of the HAMMER (“Help-seeking And Multicultural Measurement Evaluation Research”) Lab study help seeking (e.g., “What factors stop people from seeking professional healthcare when they need it?”) and culturally-sensitive measurement (e.g., “How accurately do measures of help-seeking attitudes actually measure attitudes among individuals from rural Appalachia?”). Dr. Hammer teaches Counseling Theories, Techniques, and Practicum.  He is pursuing licensure as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and uses an integrative treatment approach (ACT, CBT, EFT) that prioritizes mindful awareness of cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, and cultural processes. Email: joe.hammer@nulluky.edu.

 

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Kenneth Parnell
Lecturer
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Dr. Parnell received his PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015 and his Master’s degree in Couple and Family Therapy from the University of Maryland-College Park in 2009. Broadly, his research focuses on intimate relationships. Previous research has explored intimate partner violence, couples counseling, commitment, and couple help-seeking. Dr. Parnell teaches Personality Assessment, Group Counseling, Counseling Techniques, and Career Counseling. His theoretical orientation is strongly influenced by family systems theory (EFT, IPT).  Email: kjparnell@nulluky.edu.

 


Jeff Reese
Professor and Department Chair
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Dr. Reese received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2000. Dr. Reese’s research interests are psychotherapy process/outcome, psychotherapy supervision and training, and telehealth.  His current research is focused on investigating the process of client feedback and the use of technology to provide counseling services to underserved populations.  He currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and Psychotherapy.  Dr. Reese teaches Counseling Techniques I, Supervision and Consultation, and Practicum.  His theoretical orientation is grounded in a psychodynamic-interpersonal process approach that draws upon cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems strategies.  He is a licensed psychologist in Kentucky. Email: jeff.reese@nulluky.edu.

 


Sharon Scales Rostosky
Professor and Director of Training
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Dr. Rostosky received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998. Dr. Rostosky is the co-founder of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM), a research team of faculty and students addressing social justice issues related to the psychosocial health and well-being of sexual minority individuals and their families. Publications and current projects can be found at www.prismresearch.org. Dr. Rostosky teaches Professional Issues in Counseling Psychology. The Internship Preparation Seminar, and Advanced Practicum Seminar. She is a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty and a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  Email: s.rostosky@nulluky.edu.

 


Danelle Stevens-Watkins
Associate Professor
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Dr. Stevens-Watkins received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2008 and her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Spalding University. Broadly, her research focuses on health disparities and barriers to service utilization among African American populations. She is currently involved in secondary data analyses of a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research focusing on criminality, substance abuse, and HIV risk among African American women. She is also the recipient of a NIH Mentored Career Development Award (funded through 2017) with a research emphasis on the dynamic interaction between anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and HIV risk behaviors among African American male prisoners. Dr. Stevens-Watkins teaches Practicum, Counseling Techniques, Multicultural Psychology, Psychopathology, and Substance Abuse Counseling. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and her theoretical orientation is an integration of rational emotive behavioral therapy and interpersonal process therapy. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty. Email: d.stevenswatkins@nulluky.edu.


Educational Psychology Faculty


Fred Danner
Professor
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Dr. Danner received his PhD in Developmental Psychology from the University of Minnesota. His areas of research interest include cognitive development, adolescence, motivation, health psychology, the relationship between fitness and intellectual performance, positive emotions and health, and the effects of sleep deprivation on learning and behavior. Dr. Danner teaches courses in cognitive development, life span human development, learning, and educational psychology. His research orientation is primarily cognitive-developmental. Full Graduate Faculty. Email: fred.danner@nulluky.edu.

 


Thomas Guskey
Professor
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Dr. Guskey began his career in education as a middle school teacher, served as an administrator in Chicago Public Schools, and was the first director of the Center for the Improvement of Teaching and Learning, a national educational research center. A graduate of the University of Chicago, he served on the Policy Research Team of the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, on the Task Force to develop the National Standards for Staff Development, and is a Fellow in the American Educational Research Association. His research and writing focus primarily on professional development and teacher change, program evaluation, assessment of student learning, grading and reporting, instructional effectiveness, and educational reform. Dr. Guskey’s publications include 18 books, 38 book chapters, and over 200 journal articles and professional papers. His most recent books include Answers to Essential Questions about Standards, Assessments, Grading, and Reporting (with L. Jung) (2013), Benjamin S. Bloom: Portraits of an Educator (2nd ed.) (2012), Developing Standards-Based Report Cards (with J. Bailey) (2010), Practical Solutions for Serious Problems in Standards-Based Grading (Ed.) (2009), The Principal as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009), and The Teacher as Assessment Leader (Ed.) (2009). His course offerings center on research and evaluation design, quantitative analysis techniques, and educational reform and change. Dr. Guskey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, M.Ed. in Educational Psychology from Boston College, and a B.A. in Physics from Thiel College. Email: guskey@nulluky.edu.


Xin Ma
Professor
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Dr. Ma holds a Masters in Mathematics Education and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia in Canada. He taught education statistics and mathematics education at St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Alberta in Canada. Dr. Ma teaches courses in advanced statistics (e.g., meta analysis, multilevel data analysis, and data mining techniques) and mathematics education at the University of Kentucky. He is a Spencer Fellow of the (U.S.) National Academy of Education, a recipient of the Early Career Contribution Award from the American Educational Research Association, (former) Canada Research Chair, and founder and (former) Director of the Canadian Center for Advanced Studies of National Databases. His research interests include advanced statistical (quantitative) methods, advanced data analysis of large-scale (state, national, and international) surveys, psychology of mathematics education, program evaluation and policy analysis, and organizational (school) effectiveness and improvement. He works to advance quantitative research, using latest statistical theories and models to improve and enhance quantitative analysis on critical issues in educational policy and practice. Among his numerous publications, he is author of the book A national assessment of mathematics participation in the United States: A survival analysis model for describing students’ academic careers. Email: xin.ma@nulluky.edu.


Michael Toland
Associate Professor
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Dr. Toland received his PhD in Quantitative, Qualitative, and Psychometric Methods (QQPM) from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln in 2008. His research is focused on three areas: 1) the development, evaluation, and refinement of multi-item instruments using classical test theory, factor analytic models, and item response theory; 2) application of multilevel models to complex data structures; 3) evaluation of quantitative techniques. Ultimately, Dr. Toland is interested in research that allows him to collaborate, apply various measurement and statistical techniques, and share his quantitative knowledge with others. Dr. Toland teaches courses in measurement (e.g., introductory measurement and IRT), statistics (e.g., introductory statistics, intermediate statistics, and multivariate statistics), and research design. Suggested Quantitative Courses Flowchart and Descriptions. He is an associate member of the Graduate Faculty.  Email: toland.md@nulluky.edu.


Kenneth M. Tyler
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
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Dr. Tyler received his Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Howard University in 2002. Dr. Tyler has broad research interests with African American and ethnic minority student populations. His work spans topics such as culture and cognitive development, race and racism, identity development, school-based and community-based learning and socialization processes, motivation, school attachment, and African American student achievement. Dr. Tyler has also developed a conceptual framework based on literature regarding invisibility syndrome and intersectionality to aid in the investigation of African American male student social and academic experiences. His current research seeks to examine predictive associations with and overall model fit to data collected from African American male high school students. Full member of the Graduate Faculty.  Email: Kenneth.Tyler@nulluky.edu.


Ellen L. Usher
Associate Professor and Educational Psychology Program Area Chair
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Dr. Usher received her PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University in 2007. Her research focuses on the sources and effects of beliefs of personal efficacy from the perspective of social cognitive theory. She is the research director of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab, which aims to examine academic motivation in a variety of contexts and to identify practices that best promote and sustain the motivation students need to acquire skills essential for success and well-being in the 21st century. Dr. Usher teaches courses in educational psychology, learning theories, and motivation. She is a full member of the Graduate Faculty. Email: Ellen.Usher@nulluky.edu.


School Psychology Faculty


Jonathan Campbell
Professor
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Dr. Campbell has research interests that focus on early assessment and treatment of children with autism spectrum disorders, attitudes of peers and school professionals toward children with autism into inclusive educational settings, and evidence-based practices for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. He has served as the associate editor for School Psychology Quarterly and is currently an editorial board member for the Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment. Dr. Campbell is a member of Division 16 (School Psychology), Division 33 (Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities). Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), and Divison 54 (Society of Pediatric Psychology) of APA. He has taught seminars on autism spectrum disorders, pediatric psychology applied to school settings, intellectual assessment of children, and social emotional assessment of children. Dr. Campbell is accepting students for the following academic year. Email: jonathan.campbell@nulluky.edu.

Dr. Alicia Fedewa
Alicia Fedewa
Associate Professor & Program Chair
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Dr. Fedewa received her PhD from Michigan State University and completed her pre-doctoral training in School Psychology at Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District outside of Houston, Texas. Her research interests include the relationship between curricular physical activity and children’s academic, behavioral, and mental health outcomes. She is Director of the Active Kids, Better Learners Research Lab. Dr. Fedewa currently teaches the following courses: Introduction to Psychological Services in Schools, Psychoeducational Consultation in the Schools, Social Aspects of Behavior, and Legal/Ethical Issues in School Psychology. Dr. Fedewa currently serves on the editorial board for the Journal of School Psychology, School Psychology Review, the Journal of GLBT Family Studies and has served as guest editor for School Psychology International. Please contact Dr. Fedewa if you have questions related to the School Psychology EdS or PhD programs. Dr. Fedewa is accepting students for the following academic year. Email: alicia.fedewa@nulluky.edu.


Sycarah Fisher
Assistant Professor
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Dr. Fisher received her doctoral training in School Psychology at Michigan State University with an emphasis on working with culturally diverse populations. She completed her pre-doctoral internship in New Orleans, Louisiana focusing on Response to Intervention within urban school systems. After the completion of her degree she served as a School Psychologist at an urban charter school in Washington, DC. Dr. Fisher’s research focuses on improving life outcomes for diverse populations. This manifests itself in two distinct lines of research. The first involves investigating outcomes for minority youth. Specifically, this involves looking at ethnic identity as a protective factor against negative youth outcomes. The second line of research focuses on improving outcomes for youth with disabilities. Currently, Dr. Fisher is looking at mindfulness as an intervention for impulsive youth with substance use behaviors. Dr. Fisher teaches the following courses: Parent and Child Counseling, Individual Assessment of Personality Functioning, and Supervision for School Psychologists. Dr. Fisher is accepting students for the following academic year. Email: sycarah.fisher@nulluky.edu.


Rachel Hammond
Associate Clinical Professor
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Dr. Hammond teaches courses in Cognitive Assessment, Practicum, Internship, and Psychoeducational Assessment. As a practitioner, she worked for ten years in the school system serving children and their families from ages 3 to 21 as both a school psychologist and low incidence consultant. Dr. Hammond is interested in assessment, consultation, transition planning and community-based instruction, low incidence disabilities, comorbidity, and internalizing disorders. Dr. Hammond is accepting Specialist-level students for the following academic year. Email: Rachel.hammond@nulluky.edu.


Lisa Ruble
Professor
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Dr. Ruble is a licensed psychologist and clinician-researcher, who has provided social skills and behavioral interventions, school consultation and training, and parent training in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) for more than 25 years. She has received in excess of three million dollars in research funding. SP_RubleBookShe served on the editorial board of Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Ruble is a past recipient of the “New Investigator Award” by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She served on governor-appointed councils for advising the state on services for individuals with ASD.  Dr. Ruble’s work in implementation research involves understanding how evidence- based practices can best be provided in community-based settings. In two randomized controlled trials funded by the NIH, Dr. Ruble tested and replicated the effectiveness of a school-based parent-teacher consultation intervention called the Collaborative Model for Promoting Competence and Success (COMPASS). COMPASS is an effective practice for creating personalized and collaborative IEPs and treatment plans that are guided by outcomes based monitoring and coaching. She has also created tools for measuring educational quality and educational outcomes. New studies are underway that focus on adult outcomes and quality of life, teacher burnout, parent stress, and parent empowerment.  Dr. Ruble recently received a new NIH grant to adapt COMPASS for transition age youth with ASD. For more information on Dr. Ruble’s research, student projects and presentations, and COMPASS, visit the Autism Services Research Group. Dr. Ruble currently teachers consultation in autism and advanced practicum.Full member of the Graduate Faculty. Dr. Ruble is accepting students for the following academic year. Email: lisa.ruble@nulluky.edu.