Doctoral Students in School Psychology 

Jorgina BoloorJorgina Arballo-Boloor is an Ed.S student in the School Psychology program. She is currently completing her internship in Clark County in southern Nevada. 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. During her first two years at UK she completed the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities, served as a Teaching Assistant for EDP 202, and was an active member of the Autism Services Research Group and the Police Autism Community Training program (PACT). Research interests include autism, special education teacher burnout, parental involvement, and inclusive services. Email: jar252@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

 

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_KirstenScheilKirsten Railey (Scheil) is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program who recently became a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA) in May 2018. 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 six local public schools, an autism assessment and treatment center, and a severe behavior outpatient clinic. For the 2018-19 school year, she is returning 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 Arsenault (Sheehan) M.S. is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She graduated from Castleton University in 2014 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 is currently completing her predoctoral internship with Virginia Beach City Public Schools. Chelsea’s research interest is microaggressions within the education setting. Email: cesh223@nullg.uky.edu

Madison YeeMadison Yee is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2017 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Neuroscience. During her undergraduate career she worked in Dr. Rachel Farr’s Developmental Psychology Laboratory as well as Dr. Nathan DeWall’s Social Neuropsychology Laboratory where she studied the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on motivation. She later presented her data at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Washington DC. In addition to academics, Madison was a member of the University of Kentucky’s Cheerleading program from 2013-2017. Her current research interests focus on the best learning methods for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities and the impact of peer models. Email: madison.yee@nulluky.edu

 

Specialist Students in School Psychology

photo of Alicia BooneAlicia Boone is a second-year Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program and currently serves as a Graduate Assistant for UK’s Student Center, where she co-leads a team of around 60 student employees. She graduated from UK in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and, in her undergraduate, worked with Dr. Ellen Usher as a first-author on several projects, including her thesis. 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 Michael CraddockMichael Craddock is an Ed.S 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 in disability services, assisted living, and family services. Michael’s research interests include LGBTQ youth with special needs and family systems. He is a Graduate Assistant in the UK Center for Community Outreach and teaches an experiential course on Active Citizenship through UK Alternative Service Breaks. His passions include social justice and reform, philosophy, and the arts. Email: Michael.craddock@nulluky.edu

 

 

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

 

 

Lauren DurenLauren Duren is a 3rd year 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 completed the graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities through the Human Development Institute. She served as the Teaching Assistant for the Cognitive Assessment and Psychoeducational Assessment courses throughout her second year in the program. She is currently completing her internship with Anderson County Schools in East Tennessee for the 2018-2019 school year. Email: ledu228@nulluky.edu

 

 

photo of olivia gipsonOlivia Gipson is a second-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. Email: Olivia.Gipson@nulluky.edu

 

 

Rachel HardenRachel Harden is a first year Ed.S student in the School Psychology program.  She is from Canton, Michigan and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Psychology.  During her undergraduate career she was involved in research as a research assistant in the FAD (family, adoption, diversity) lab.  She completed a seniors honor thesis assessing knowledge of child trauma, in parents with adopted children with special needs.  Currently, she is Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate psychology department. Email: rachelharden@nulluky.edu

 

 

Julia HerzingJulia Herzing is a first year School Psychology EdS. Student.  She attended Rend Lake College to obtain my Associate’s Degree and then transferred and graduated with my B.A. in Psychology from the University of Kentucky.  Her current UK assistantship is the School Psychology Program Assistant. Email: jherzing96@nulluky.edu.

 

 

 

Jensen LucasJensen 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 as a CLS (Community Living Support) Agent for children with autism. For the 2017-2018 school year, she completed her practicum assignment in Scott County, and she served as a Teaching Assistant for UK’s Undergraduate Psychology Program. She will be completing her internship in Broward County, Florida during the 2018-2019 school year.              Email: Jensen.lucas@nulluky.edu

 

 

Molly MayoMolly Mayo is a first-year EdS student in the School Psychology program. Molly graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2018 with her B.S. in psychology. During her undergraduate career she completed research on eliminating problem behavior by providing reinforcement for alternative behavior in pigeons. As a graduate student, she is interested in substance use and issues of social justice. Currently, she is a teaching assistant for the undergraduate psychology department. Email: Molly.mayo@nulluky.edu

 

 

 

Madison OsborneMadison Osbourn is a second year Ed.S. student in the School Psychology Program. She is from Versailles, Kentucky and graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2017 with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences and a minor in Clinical and Community Behavioral Health. During her undergraduate career, she worked as a supervisor at an elementary-aged after-school program for almost three years. She was also involved in research in the Cognition Laboratory at WKU. She completed the graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities through HDI during her first year at UK. She is a scholar for the RESPECT Grant at UK. This Fall, she will complete her practicum in Franklin County Schools. Email: madison.osbourn@nulluky.edu

 

 

photo of Kelsey PeareKelsey 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

 

 

Saraid RacicotSaraid Raciciot is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program.  She is from Savannah, Georgia.  She graduated from the University of Mississippi with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education.  While at Ole Miss she was involved with research that focused on how children control behavior and what skills are involved in this control across the lifespan. Saraid is interested in positive behavioral interventions and issues of social justice.  She serves as a Teaching Assistant for UK’s Undergraduate Psychology Program. Email: saraid.racicot@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 Williams is a current 3rd year school psychology Ed.S. student. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2014 at UK, as well as her Master’s in Educational Psychology in 2018.  She works with the Disability Resource Center on campus as a student-learning specialist. Most recently, Emily organized and operated a summer camp for students in high school with varying disabilities who want to be apart of the University of Kentucky after graduation. Emily will be entering her internship year in January 2019.  The following is a link to Emily’s website regarding research on childhood resiliency and trauma. Email: ekw664@nullyahoo.com