Doctoral Students in School Psychology 


Lexi Bird is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She graduated in 2019 from Viterbo University in Wisconsin with a B.S. in Psychology and minors in Ethics and Family Studies. During her undergraduate career, she received a summer research fellowship to study the effects of empathy on increasing children’s connection with nature. She also interned at Partners in Excellence, an autism therapy center, as a behavior therapist aide. Email: alexis.bird@nulluky.edu

 


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Sara Ebner is a doctoral student in the School Psychology PhD program. She graduated with her B.A. in Neuroscience and Neuropsychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2016 and her M.A. in Applied Psychology from the University of Cincinnati in 2017. During her graduate career, she worked in the Laboratory for Cognitive and Affective Neuropsychology researching the neuropsychology of cognitive-emotion interactions and learning across the lifespan. Through this research she completed her thesis examining affective contributions to key reading skills in learning-disabled adults. After graduating she worked as a School Psychologist Assistant from 2017 to 2019 at various Cincinnati charter schools. Her current research interests include exploring the scope of why minority and underprivileged students develop learning disorders from a physiological, emotional, and environmental perspective, examining the impact that emotions and behavioral disturbances have on learning disabilities, and developing targeted interventions to remedy these difficulties when given limited resources. Email: saraebner@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

 


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Amy Fisher is currently in the doctoral School Psychology program and completing her clinical internship at Centerstone in Louisville, KY at a residential treatment facility.  Amy received her B.A. in Psychology and her Masters and Certification in School Psychology in Central PA.  She has practiced as a school psychologist for six years in both private and public schools in Nashville, TN.  Amy returned to earn her Ph.D. in order to focus on her research interests which include examining how systemic school–level policies and practices contribute to educational attainment gaps at the intersection of race, gender, and ability status through a DisCrit framework. 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

 


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Alyssa Mitchell-Chavez is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. Alyssa graduated from Northern Arizona University with a BSBA in Finance and a BS in Accounting. Before transitioning to School Psychology, she worked in the finance field as a credit analyst and financial planner. During her master’s program in School Psychology, Alyssa was selected to participate in a year-long research program as an Access, Wellness, and Relational Determinants of School Success (AWARDSS) fellow. Her research focus was examining the relationship between a functional analysis and a screening tool created by her mentor. Currently, she is interested in early intervention for students with autism. Email: ami345@nulluky.edu

 


photo of Kahyah PinkmanKahyah Pinkman is a 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

 


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Kirsten Railey (Scheil) is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program who 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 seven local public schools, an autism assessment and treatment center, and a severe behavior outpatient clinic. From 2017-2019, she also held a teaching assistant for the Academic Coaching program under the Transformative Learning department. During the 2019-2020 school year, Kirsten will complete her pre-doctoral internship through Emory University Department of Pediatrics’ Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Georgia. 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


Clair Tischner is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology. After graduating she worked as a clinical research coordinator on various research studies examining attention-deficit\hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), sluggish cognitive tempo, and sleep in children and adolescents. Her current research interests focus on early intervention strategies and risk and resiliency in correlation to academic success. Email: clair.tischner@nulluky.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. In addition to academics, Madison was a member of the University of Kentucky’s Cheerleading program from 2013-2017. She is currently a Research Assistant in Dr. Lisa Ruble’s autism focused lab and a Teaching Assistant for the Psychology Department. Her research interests focus on early intervention and early identification for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities.Email: madison.yee@nulluky.edu

 

 

Specialist Students in School Psychology

photo of Danielle BeardDanielle Beard is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology Program. She is from Taylorsville, KY and received her B.S. in Psychological Sciences with concentrations in Clinical and Developmental Sciences from Western Kentucky University in 2019. As an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Redifer’s Attention and Memory Lab as well as Dr. Lickenbrock’s Children and Families Lab where she helped to collect data in research projects on memory retrieval strategies and early lifespan emotional development. She has also devoted much of her time to working closely with college students diagnosed with ASD as a mentor at the Kelly Autism Program, as well as working with preschool age students as an early childhood education teacher. This fall, Danielle will be joining other graduate students as a first-year RESPECT grant recipient. Her interest areas include early childhood development as well as effective teaching and behavioral intervention strategies. Email: danielle.beard@nulluky.edu


photo of Alicia BooneAlicia Boone is an 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

 


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Madison Bortner is an Ed.S student in the School Psychology program. She is from Hanover, Pennsylvania and graduated in 2019 from the Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Human Development and Family Studies. During her undergraduate career she was involved in research as a research assistant in the FBIp (feelings, behavior, and information processing) lab. Email: madisonbortner@nulluky.edu

 


photo of Mikayla BrownMikayla Brown is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is from Union, KY and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2017 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Family Sciences. During her undergraduate career she served as a research assistant in an Adolescent Development Lab. During her first year in graduate school, she was a teaching assistant for Psychology 100 and was on the RESPECT grant in collaboration with the ABA program at UK. This grant continued in to her second year in the School Psychology Ed.S. program. She is currently completing her internship at Boone County Schools in Northern Kentucky for the 2019-2020 school year. Email: mikayla.brown@nulluky.edu

 


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Michael Craddock is an Ed.S student in the School Psychology program and has attained a graduate certificate in Human Development from UK’s Human Development Institute. 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 professional interests include LGBTQ youth, mental health, child resiliency, and mindfulness practice. He is a Graduate Assistant in the UK Center for Community Outreach and teaches an experiential learning course on Active Citizenship through UK Alternative Service Breaks. His passions include social justice, education reform, philosophy, humanities, and the arts. Email: Michael.craddock@nulluky.edu


Samuel Fisk is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. He is from Independence, KY. He recently graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences with a concentration in Developmental Science. While at WKU, he worked as a mental health aid for Rivendell Behavioral Health Hospital assisting adolescents in crisis situations using Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. As an undergraduate, he worked under the supervision of Dr. Amy Brausch in the Risk Behaviors Lab at WKU. Working alongside Dr. Brausch, he completed an independent research study examining the relationship between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Thomas Joiner’s interpersonal theory of suicide and presented the work at the American Association of Suicidology Conference. Samuel will be collaborating with ABA students as a RESPECT grant recipient beginning in the Fall. His interests include early intervention and teacher self-efficacy for student with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Email: Samuel.Fisk@nulluky.edu


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Josh Hansman is a student in the School Psychology Ed.S. program. I am from Whitley City, KY and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2018 with my B.S. in psychology. At Eastern Kentucky University, I worked with Dr. Dan Florell for my senior thesis, which looked at the relation between parental expectations/involvement and students’ future education plans. Currently, for the 2019-2020 school year, I will be doing my practicum in Scott County and will be a Teaching Assistant in the undergraduate psychology department. Email: steven.j.hansman@nulluky.edu


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Rachel Harden is an 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 senior’s honor thesis assessing knowledge of child trauma, in parents with adopted children with special needs. Currently, for the 2019-2020 school year, she is doing her practicum assignment in Jessamine county and she is a Teaching Assistant for the undergraduate psychology department. Email: rachelharden@nulluky.edu


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Julia Herzing is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology Program.  She is from southern Illinois.  She attended Rend Lake Community College where she obtained her associates degree. She then transferred to the University of Kentucky and graduated with a B.A. in Psychology.  During her undergraduate career she was a member of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab with Dr. Ellen Usher.  Currently, she is the School Psychology Program Assistant.  Julia is completing her practicum at Franklin County Schools. Email: jherzing96@nulluky.edu.

 


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Sarah Matney is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program and currently serves as a Teaching Assistant in the department of education, where she is the primary instructor for EDP 203. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology. As a graduate student, she is interested is using functional communication training with children whom are nonverbal. Email: Sarah.Matney@nulluky.edu

 

 


Molly MayoMolly Mayo is a specialist student in the School Psychology program. Molly graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina in 2018 with her B.S. in psychology. Currently, Molly is working on a grant with Dr. Fedewa pertaining to food preference and health awareness in low-income schools.  Her research interests focus on the impacts of nutrition and physical activity for low-income students. Currently, she is a teaching assistant for the undergraduate psychology department. Email: Molly.mayo@nulluky.edu

 

 


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Brooke Messer is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology program. She is from Lovely, Kentucky. Brooke graduated from The University of Pikeville in 2018 with a B.S. in Psychology, after transferring from The University of Kentucky in 2017. During her time as an undergraduate, she was the President of Pikeville’s Psi Chi organization and competed on the school’s Nationals Dance Team. While attending UK, Brooke was a member of the Education Student Association and served on UK’s K Board and K Crew. She is interested in learning how generational poverty impacts educational success. Email: BrookeMesser@nulluky.edu

 


Madison OsborneMadison Osbourn is an 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. Kelsey worked as an Academic Services Assistant for UK’s football team during her first year of graduate school and served as a Graduate Assistant for the Disability Resource Center on campus during her second year. She is a scholar for the RESPECT Grant at UK. Kelsey is currently completing her internship with Cuyahoga Falls City Schools (OH) for the 2019-2020 school year. Email: KMPeare14@nullUky.edu

 


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Saraid Raciciot is an Ed.S. student in the School Psychology Program.  She is from Savannah, GA and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2018 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Education.  During her undergraduate career she was involved with research that focused on how children control behavior and what skills are involved in this control across the lifespan.  As a graduate student, her research interests include early intervention services and early identification for students with developmental disabilities.  She completed the graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities through HDI during her first year at UK.  Currently, she is a teaching assistant for UK’s undergraduate psychology department.  She will be completing her practicum in Fayette County Schools during the 2019-2020 school year. Email: saraid.racicot@nulluky.edu


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Macy Randle is an E.d.S student in the School Psychology program.  She is from Lexington, Kentucky, and recently graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S in Family Science.  While at UK, Macy took numerous classes which helped to foster her love of working with students in a school setting.  She also interned at Trinity Christian Academy in the Early Intervention department.  Beginning in the fall, Macy will be a RESPECT grant scholar.  She is interested in family structure and dynamic effects on children with developmental disabilities.  Email: macy.randle@nulluky.edu

 


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Lori 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 taught an evidence-based drug-prevention education curriculum. As a graduate student, Lori obtained a graduate certificate in Developmental Disabilities from UK’s Human Development Institute and has been a RESPECT interdisciplinary grant scholar. Her research interests include positive behavioral interventions and supports and effective family-school collaboration practices. She is currently completing her internship with Jessamine County Schools in Nicholasville, Kentucky for the 2019-2020 school year. Email: lori.thomas@nulluky.edu


Emily Williams is a 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