Current Students in School Psychology

Doctoral Students in School Psychology 

Jorgina BoloorJorgina Arballo-Boloor is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with her B.A. in Psychology in 2014. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a student teacher at the children’s center on her college campus, and volunteered at one of the first elementary schools in California to incorporate the inclusion model in all classrooms. Over the last few years she has worked as the school administrator for KinderCare Learning Center. As a School Psychology student, she is interested in researching  effects of inclusive services, and the alleviation and prevention of teacher burnout. Email: jar252@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Brittany CheaterBrittany Cheater is a first-generation college student who has transitioned into a first year doctoral student within School Psychology. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology at Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. During her undergraduate studies, her research interests included: culturally-sensitive research, mentoring, and ethnography within Native American Reservations. She has presented ideas and findings at professional conferences including Southwestern Psychological Association and the American Indian Symposium. She has work experience through a Native American Adolescence Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Center and taught A Cultural-Approach to Human Development at the collegiate level. She is interested in furthering research in substance-abuse among adolescence and spirituality. As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Brittany was awarded the Lyman T. Johnson Fellowship at the University of Kentucky. E-mail: brittany.cheater@nulluky.edu

photo of Mary ComisMary Comis is a first year doctoral student in School Psychology.  She graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  As an undergraduate student her research interests included a study looking at the correlation between Counterproductive Work Behavior in the College Setting, Narcissism, and Drug Use.  This study was presented at the Duquesne University Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium and the Duquesne University Regional Undergraduate Psychology Conference.  She is interested in research involving Autism and how parenting styles impact their young children’s internal and external behavior. Email: mary.comis@nulluky.edu

 

SP_ColleenCorneliusColleen Cornelius is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. Colleen graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Education and from the University of Virginia with an M.Ed. in Reading Education. She has 8 years of classroom teaching experience and 3 years of experience as a reading specialist. She has worked with students in grades Kindergarten through grade 12 in classroom, small group, and one-on-one settings through her roles as teacher, reading specialist, tutor and coach. Her interests focus on attention and how it correlates with reading ability in females. Email: corneliuscolleen@nullgmail.com

 

photo of Michael CraddockMichael Craddock is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. Michael graduated from Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas in 2014 with his BA in Youth and Family Ministry. He has since worked with adults with disabilities, in assisted living, and for a family services non-profit. Michael’s research interests include LGBTQ youth with special needs and family systems. He is currently a Graduate Assistant in the Center for Community Outreach and teaching an experiential course on Active Citizenship through UK Alternative Service Breaks. His passions include social justice and reform, philosophy, the arts, and dog memes. Email: Michael.craddock@nulluky.edu

 

Jordan FindleyJordan Findley is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Psychology. During her undergraduate career she worked in a developmental lab studying infants’ processing of emotional body language. She additionally worked in the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab where she assisted a scale development project looking to measure teacher self-efficacy when teaching students with autism. Her current research interests are in intervention strategies for students with ASD and supports for parents and teachers of students with ASD. Email: jordan.findley@nulluky.edu

 

Amy Fisher is currently in the doctoral School Psychology program.  Amy received her B.A. in Psychology and her Masters and Certification in School Psychology in Central PA.  She has been a practicing School Psychologist for the past 5 years in both private and public schools in Nashville, TN.  Currently, Amy’s interests include how unintended bias of students with disabilities and those identified as minority status students can influence expectations in the classroom.  Amy currently holds a Teaching Assistantship with Dr. Tyler in EDP 203. Email: amy.fisher@nulluky.edu

Rachel JacobRachel Jacob is a doctoral student in the School Psychology PhD program. She graduated cum laude from Binghamton University in New York with a B.A. in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she worked in a clinical psychology lab studying schizotypal personalities. After graduation she worked as a teacher’s assistant in a school for children with special needs. Her current research interests focus on the validity of measuring the intelligence of children with autism spectrum disorders. Email: Rachel.jacob@nulluky.edu

 

 

Olivia LochnerOlivia Lochner is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. Olivia graduated from Western Carolina University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration.  Her primary research interests during undergrad were correlating preschool children’s personality traits to their pre-literacy skills and social emotional well-being. During her undergraduate career, she also focused on cheating in the online classroom. Her current research interest are the implantation of evidence-based Response to Intervention (RTI) programs for minority children within the criminal justice system. Email: oklochner@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Kahyah PinkmanKahyah Pinkman is a first year doctoral student in the School Psychology PhD program.  She graduated with her B.A. in psychology from Georgia State University.  During her undergraduate career, she worked in two research labs as an assistant studying children’s emotions and the effects of discrimination on children in school.  She also spent time working as an intern at Georgia Pediatric Psychology Center.  After graduating Kahyah began working as an ABA therapist for children with ASD.  Her current research interests focus on social inclusion for children with developmental disabilities and the impact that perceptions of racism have on student academic engagement and performance. Email: kahyah.pinkman@nulluky.edu

 

Sp_AlexisRodgersAlexis Rodgers is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She earned her BS in Psychology and an Addiction Specialist Certificate from Saint Vincent College, as well as her MS in School Psychology from UK. Alexis has completed practicum placements at Woodford and Jessamine County Public Schools, the UK CASPER Clinic, and the Kentucky Children’s Hospital. She also completed internship hours with Lincoln County Public Schools. Alexis previously worked as a research assistant for the Autism Services Research Group with Dr. Ruble. Currently, Alexis is completing her APPIC internship with Virginia Beach City Public Schools, as well as her dissertation examining a telehealth model of a psychotherapeutic support and training program for parents of children with autism and challenging behaviors. Email: alexis.rodgers@nulluky.edu

 

Sp_KirstenScheilKirsten Railey (Scheil) is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program who is also pursuing certification to become a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA). In 2013, Kirsten graduated summa cum laude from Furman University with a B.S. in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she interned at a hospital school for children with a range of mental health disorders in London, England. While at UK, she has completed placements with schools in Fayette County and the UK CASPER clinic. For the 2017-18 school year, she is serving as a Teaching Assistant for the Academic Coaching program under the Transformative Learning department. Kirsten’s current research interests focus on interactions between law enforcement and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as early identification and treatment of individuals with ASD. She is also interested in social justice advocacy as well as outcomes for underserved and vulnerable individuals and communities. Email: scheilkirsten@nullgmail.com

photo of Chelsea SheehanChelsea E. Sheehan, M.S. is a fourth-year student in the School Psychology Ph.D. program. She graduated from Castleton University with a B.A. in psychology. While at Castleton, she was part of a research team, which focused on the blame of rape victims and was the recipient of the Academic Excellence Award for the Psychology Department. In February 2016, Chelsea presented her research at the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) conference. Furthermore, in May of 2016 she was the recipient of the Helen Thacker Graduate Fellowship in Education & Counseling Psychology. This fellowship is awarded to graduate students who are engaged in active research in psychological aspects of education counseling, University of Kentucky. She currently holds an assistantship as an Academic Coach with the Department of Transformative Learning. Chelsea’s research interest is microaggressions within the education setting. Email: chelsea.sheehan1@nullyahoo.com

photo of Danielle WilsonDanielle Wilson is a doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Elementary Education, and a double major in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, Danielle researched in the STEM Education department, studying pre-service teachers’ misconceptions about photosynthesis. More recently, Danielle taught third grade in the Bourbon County school system. For the 2017-2018 school year, Danielle will serve as a Teaching Assistant in the Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology (EDP) with Dr. Alicia Fedewa. Email: danielle.wilson1@nulluky.edu

 

SP_VenusWongVenus Wong is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at University of Kentucky. She is interested in the implementation of evidence-based practices for students with ASD in schools and the burnout rate of teachers of students with ASD. She aims to promote quality teacher education and the use evidence-based practices in developing countries. Email: venuswong1990@nulluky.edu

 

 

Specialist Students in School Psychology

SP_Jordan AllanJordan Allen is a specialist student in the School Psychology program. He graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 2011 with his BA in Communication Studies. He then received his MS in Mental Health Counseling in 2014 from Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, TN. Jordan spent two years interning for the Helen Ross McNabb Center, a non-profit community mental health agency based in Knoxville, TN. Here he worked with youth ages 3-18, focusing mainly on high school aged students. His current research interests are exploring the link between physical wellness (diet and exercise) and classroom performance.  Email: jordan.allen1@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Alicia BooneAlicia Boone is a first-year Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program and currently serves as an Operations Graduate Assistant for UK’s Student Center. As an undergraduate research assistant at UK, Alicia worked with both Dr. Ellen Usher and Dr. Christia Brown both as a first-author and co-author on several projects. Broadly speaking, Dr. Brown’s developmental psychology lab focused on children’s perceptions of gender and racial discrimination and Dr. Usher’s educational psychology lab studied student motivation. While working under Dr. Usher, Alicia completed her senior honors thesis regarding students’ sources of exercise self-efficacy and is now working toward publication. As a graduate student, she is interested in the complex relationships among developmental disabilities and student success both in and out of the classroom. Email: aliciaboone2@nullgmail.com

photo of Mikayla BrownMikayla Brown is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is from Union, Kentucky and graduated in 2017 from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Family Sciences. During her undergraduate career she a research assistant in an Adolescent Development Lab. As a school psychology student she is interested in early intervention and issues of social justice.
Email: mikayla.brown@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Emma Chadd

Emma Chadd is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She graduated from Capital University in Columbus, OH in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and minors in Computational Science and Math. During her first two years at the University of Kentucky, Emma worked as a graduate assistant in the STEM Education department, completed a graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities through the Human Development Institute, and completed practicum placements in Clark County and Fayette County Schools. During the 2017-18 school year, Emma will complete her internship with Montgomery County Educational Service Center in Dayton, OH serving Brookville Local Schools. Email: emma.chadd@nulluky.edu

 

Madison Courtney is a first-year specialist student in School Psychology and is perusing a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities. Madison obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Georgetown College with a minor in Child Development. She currently works as a community living support agent for children with developmental disabilities. Her undergraduate research interests include IEP effectiveness for children with autism as well as the impact of anxiety on academic performance and interpersonal relationships. Her current interests include early intervention and detection for children with ASD as well as behavioral disorders. Email:

Stephen CrakerStephen Craker is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. He graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and minors in Counseling, Spanish, and Religious Studies. During his undergraduate career he was supervised while completing his independent research on different religious orientations and their impact on altruistic behaviors and racial biases. During his undergraduate career he also interned at Bloomington Meadows Hospital, a mental health hospital, working with acute child and adolescent patients. This year he will be starting a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities and begin practicum in Franklin County.  Email: stephen.craker@nulluky.edu

 

photo of Grace DrumhellerGrace Drumheller is a first-year Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is originally from Starkville, MS and graduated from Mississippi State University in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychology. During her undergraduate career at MSU, she volunteered as a secondary clinician in the Autism and Developmental Disabilities clinic for two years. During her senior year, she also served as an undergraduate teaching assistant for an Introductory Psychological statistics course. As a graduate student at UK, she in interested in research focusing on the integration of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Email: egdr222@nullg.uky.edu

 

Lauren DurenLauren Duren is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program.  She is from Knoxville, TN and graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Africana Studies.  White at UT, she was involved with research that focused on racial prejudice and the influence of threat on evaluative processing.  During her first year at UK, she had completed the graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities through the Human Development Institute.  She is the Teaching Assistant for the Cognitive Assessment and Psychoeducational Assessment courses for the 2017-2018 school year, and she is completing her second-year practicum in Jessamine County. Email: ledu228@nulluky.edu

 

Elizabeth FergusonElizabeth Ferguson is third year Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is originally from Greer, SC. She graduated from Clemson University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Communications. During her undergraduate career, she was involved in research that focused on sleep movement. This led her to co-author two posters that were presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association’s annual meeting in Hilton Head, SC and the 27th annual Association for Psychological Science convention in New York City, New York. She is currently completing her internship with Greenville County Schools in Greenville, SC. Email: emferguson@nulluky.edu

 

photo of olivia gipsonOlivia Gipson is a first-year Ed.S student in the School Psychology program. She recently graduated the University of Kentucky with a Master’s of Science in Education and Counseling Psychology, and is a Service for Transition Age Youth Minority Fellow with American Psychological Association.  Olivia is interested in the barriers that effect achievement with at-risk youth.  She is specifically interested in the school to prison pipeline and the factors of identity that may influence the status of education. Currently, she is the Teaching Assistant for EDP 303, Teaching Exceptional Learners in the Elementary Classroom. Email: Olivia.Gipson@nulluky.edu

 

SP_AshanteGivensAshante’ Givens is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology Program. She received a BS in Psychology from Middle Tennessee State University in 2014. Ashante’ completed the Developmental Disabilities Degree Certificate from the Human Development Institute and her M.S. from the University of Kentucky in 2015. She is an intern with Jefferson City Public Schools in Jefferson City, Missouri. Email: ashante.givens@nulluky.edu

 

SP_Maggie Hartlage PictureMaggie Hartlage is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. Maggie graduated from Centre College with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Politics, playing varsity basketball during her time at Centre. During her second-year at UK, Maggie served as the Graduate Assistant for the Office of Professional Development in the Graduate School. She completed her second-year practicum at Boyle County Middle School. Maggie will begin her third-year internship position at Boyle County Middle School in the Fall 2017. At Boyle County, she will serve as the School Psychology Intern and is also being trained in Reality Therapy. As a School Psychology graduate student, she is interested in the relationship between organized team sports and their impact on school aged children. Email: maggie.hartlage@nulluky.edu

 

SP_Shelby Kerwin PictureShelby Kerwin is a third year Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is originally from Miamisburg, OH, and graduated from Ohio University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology. During her first two years at UK, Shelby was a teaching assistant for the Psychology department, as well as the Department of Education. Shelby also received a Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities from the Human Development Institute. Her main research interest includes understanding how elementary school students perceive and understand Autism Spectrum Disorder. Shelby is now on internship in Kenton County, Kentucky, where she is working in an elementary school as well as a middle school. Email: shelby.kerwin@nulluky.edu

 

Jensen Lucas

Jensen Lucas is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program.  She is from Georgetown, KY.  She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2016 with a B.A. in Psychology.  While at WKU, she was an intern at the Children’s Crisis Stabilization Unit in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  During her undergraduate career, she also worked for a summer as a CLS (Community Living Support) for children with autism.  She is completed her 2017-2018 practicum in Scott County. Email: Alu223@nulluky.edu

 

 

Sp_KheoLyKheo Ly is a student in the School Psychology Ed.S. program. She has her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from The University of Southern Mississippi. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a research assistant and inquired on factors related to youth development and behavioral problems. This led her to become a co-author on a poster presentation at the Southeastern Psychological Association in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as the American Psychological Association in Orlando, Florida. She has also worked directly with at-risk children as a youth care worker at a psychiatric residential treatment facility. Kheo will be completing the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities through the Human Development Institute. Email: Kheo.Ly@nullgmail.com

Hillary MooreHillary Moore is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is originally from Hyden, KY. She graduated from Centre College in 2015 with a BS in Psychology, where she was involved in research on the voir dire jury selection process. As a school psychology graduate student, she is interested in early intervention and integration of students with ASD, as well as services for families of children with autism spectrum disorders. Email: hillary.moore@nulluky.edu

 

 

photo of Madison OsbournMadison Osbourn is an incoming Ed.S. student in the School Psychology Program. She is from Versailles, Kentucky. She recently graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychological Sciences and a minor in Clinical and Community Behavioral Health. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a supervisor at an after-school program through Community Education for almost three years. She was involved in research in the Cognition Laboratory at WKU collecting, inputing, and scoring data, recruiting participants, and running experiments for two different studies: Motivation and Memory and Discrimination Learning. Her research interests include knowledge about how substance abuse during pregnancy relates to children developing attention or behavioral disorders along with behavioral therapy vs. medication treatment for children who have ADHD. Email: madison.osbourn@nulluky.edu

photo of Kelsey Peare

Kelsey Peare is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is from North Canton, Ohio and graduated from Ashland University (OH) in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. During her undergraduate career she played four years of varsity basketball. Kelsey is currently working as an Academic Services Assistant on campus for the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services. As a graduate student, she is interested in early intervention and issues of social justice. Email: kmpeare14@nulluky.edu

 

 

photo of Lori ThomasLori Thomas is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is from Somerset, Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with a B.S. in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she was involved in research focused on the effects of diaphragmatic breathing methods on cognitive functioning under Dr. Charles Carlson. Following graduation, Lori completed a one-year AmeriCorps commitment in a rural school district, where she tutored elementary school children in math and provided drug-prevention education. As a graduate student, her research interests include positive behavioral interventions in the classroom and effective family-school relations. Email: lori.thomas@nulluky.edu

 

Emily WilliamsEmily Williams is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She graduated in May 2016 with a B.A. in psychology. While obtaining her undergraduate degree, she was a research assistant for Dr. Milich and Dr. Lorch in their ADHD story comprehension lab throughout Lexington elementary schools. Emily also completed a research project on the big five personality traits and infidelity among women while at the University of Kentucky.  Email: ekw664@nullyahoo.com

 

 

SPY_Sarah WootenSarah Wooten is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky in May 2015. During her undergraduate career, she was a clinic assistant at the Harris Psychological Services Center and a research assistant for the Psychology and Family Studies Department.  Sarah is currently a Teaching Assistant in the Psychology Department. She is also pursuing the graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities from the Human Development Institute.
Email: sarah.wooten6@nulluky.edu