Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Katherine Jordan

*Project PURPLE Scholar

Program: Special Education (Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education)
Hometown: Nicholasville, KY
Admission year: 2020
Education:

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Teaching Certification
M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis

Work Experience: 

  • Early Head Start teacher
  • substitute teacher Early Head Start through high school
  • general and special education classrooms

Research Interests: Training current and pre-service early childhood educators to use evidence-based practices with fidelity in the classroom

Why did you choose to come to UK? I received my master’s from UK. The faculty and staff are supportive and team-oriented, and share my research interests.

What are your academic goals while at UK? I want to learn how to utilize evidence-base instructional practices in the higher education classroom and expand my research skills.

What are your goals after graduation? I want to teach interdisciplinary early childhood education at a collegiate level while providing support to teachers in the field.


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Ndaru Prapti

Program: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Admission year: Fall 2018
Education:

Bachelor in English Education (Padang State University, Indonesia)
Master in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (University of Kentucky)

Work Experience: I taught English at elementary schools in Indonesia for 10 years before became a superintendent of Early Childhood Program, still in Indonesia. I am now a Teaching Assistant at the Early Childhood Laboratory at the University of Kentucky.

Research Interests: Autism, parent/teacher training, evidence-based intervention for young children with disabilities

Why did you choose to come to UK? I heard from some Indonesian friends who came to UK that it has healthy supportive academic environment in addition to its strong research practices. I also heard that Lexington, where UK is located, is filled by friendly local people who respect diversity. As a person who comes from a tropical country, I want to experience living in a four-seasons country with a mild-to-medium winter, and Lexington, Kentucky is just perfect.

What are your academic goals while at UK? I want to develop my research skill as well as my teaching skills at higher education level.

What are your goals after graduation? I want to be a professor in a higher education institution.


Counseling Education

Maram Alfulayyih

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling
Hometown: Saudi Arabia
Admission year: Fall 2016
Education:

B.S. in Special Education King Saud University
M.A. in Special Education The University of Texas at San Antonio

Work Experience: 

  • 2014 Lecturer at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
  • 2013 Lecturer at Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University

Research Interests: My research interests include, but are not limited to, rehabilitation psychology, and rehabilitation counseling of individuals with disabilities.

Why did you choose to come to UK? I discovered The University of Kentucky Rehabilitation Counseling Program while researching degrees in Rehabilitation Counseling, The program objectives’ strong emphasis on engaging, consuming, and producing knowledge that is research based, culturally responsive, and allowing opportunity for candidate to explore and expand on their personal teaching philosophy and identities appealed to me greatly. I chose UK’s Rehabilitation Counseling Program with confidence that the University of Kentucky will provide me the learning experience to become an outstanding educator.

What are your academic goals while at UK?

  • Gaining foundational knowledge and content knowledge in rehabilitation counseling.
  • Opportunities of Professional engagement and collaborative ethos.
  • Developing strong research skills that will foster me into becoming one of the fields leading researchers.
  • Developing professional skills that will strengthen my ability to contribute positively to the field of special education and rehabilitation counseling. 

What are your goals after graduation? My objective is to become a leading researcher and educator in the field of rehabilitation counseling in order to contribute to assisting individuals with disabilities live full, happy, and more complete lives with tools to help them navigate current and future daily challenges.


BJ Kim

Byung Jin Kim

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling
Hometown: Cheongju, South Korea
Admission Year: 2015
Education:

B.S. in Psychology, Saint Louis University Baguio

M.S. in Counseling Psychology, Handong Global University

Work Experience: 

Associate Researcher, Student Counseling Center, Handong Global University, Pohang, South Korea (2014-2015)

Secretary, Korean Addiction Counseling Association, Seoul, South Korea (2014-2015)

Research Interests: Substance abuse, internet addiction, group counseling, therapeutic community, cultural diversity, program evaluation

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose to come to the University of Kentucky to learn about research and teaching, and to develop an attitude toward rehabilitation.

What are your academic goals while at UK?

  1. to obtain a good education.
  2. to join research projects
  3. to develop my teaching and research skills
  4. to grow as a good counselor

What are your goals after graduation? I want to be a professional teacher and researcher in a university setting.

Harley, D.A., & Kim, B.J. (in press). Groups in rehabilitation settings. In D. Capuzzi & M. D. Stauffer (Eds.), Group counseling (6th ed.). Denver, CO: Love Publishing

Harley, D.A., & Kim, B. J. (2018). Substance-related and addictive disorders treatment in rural settings. In D.A. Harley, N. Ysasi, M. Bishop & A. Fleming (Eds.), Disability and vocational rehabilitation in rural setting: Challenges to service delivery. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

McDaniels, B., Kim, B. J., & Harley, D.A. (2018). Sensory impairments among rural populations in America. In D.A. Harley, N. Ysasi, M. Bishop & A. Fleming (Eds.), Disability and vocational rehabilitation in rural setting: Challenges to service delivery. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Dunkley, L., Alfulayyih, M., Tiro, L., Kim, B. J., & Harley, D.A. (2018). Adolescent and transition students with disabilities in rural areas. In D.A. Harley, N. Ysasi, M. Bishop & A. Fleming (Eds.), Disability and vocational rehabilitation in rural setting: Challenges to service delivery. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Ysasi, N., Tiro, L., Sprong, M., & Kim, B. J. (2018). Marketing vocational rehabilitation services in rural communities. In D.A. Harley, N. Ysasi, M. Bishop & A. Fleming (Eds.), Disability and vocational rehabilitation in rural setting: Challenges to service delivery. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Lin, C., Aristizabal, C. A., Chen, R., & Kim, B. J. (in reviewing). Applying Career Assessment to Minorities with Consideration: The Case of Asian-Americans.

Kim, B. J., & Harley, D. A. (in reviewing). Availability of Syringe Exchange Program in Rural Areas in Kentucky: A Preliminary Review.

Harley, D. A., Alfulayyih, M., Park, M., Kim, B. J., & Salmon, M. (in reviewing). Rescission of DACA and undocumented immigrant psychological trauma: Implications for VR services. Journal of Rehabilitation.

Bishop, M., Frain, M., Li, J., Chiu, C-Y., McDaniels, B., & Kim, B. J. (in press). The Multiple Sclerosis Self-Management Scale-2: Evaluation of an Updated Scale. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education.

Kim, B. J., & Harley, D. A. (2019). Needle and syringe programs in rural areas: Addressing the intravenous drug use epidemic. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, & Education, 33(1).

Bishop, M., Chiu, C-Y., McDaniels, B., Kim, B. J., & Tiro, L. (2018). A population-based investigation of healthcare needs and preferences in American adults with MS. Journal of Patient Experience.

Shin, S. M., Kim, B. J., Lee, D. H., & Park, M. J. (2015) The development study on the internet version of the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale (SOCRATES-I) for Korean adolescents’ internet addiction. Korean Journal of Psychology: Health, 20(4), 803-819.

Shin, S. M., Ryu, S. J., Kim, B. J., Lee, D. H., & Chung, Y. J. (2015) The development and effectiveness of MI group counseling program for adolescents in internet-addiction. Korean Journal of Counseling, 16(4), 89-109.

Shin, S. M., Ryu, S. J., Kim, B. J., Lee, D. H., & Chung, Y. J. The development and effectiveness of MI group counseling program for adolescents in internet-addiction. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Shin, S. M., Kim, B. J., Lee, D. H., & Park, M. J. (2015) The development study on the internet version of the Stages of Change Readiness and Treatment Eagerness Scale (SOCRATES-I) for Korean adolescents’ internet addiction. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Harley, D.A., Kim, B.J., & Kinyanjui, B.  (in process). Substance-related and addictive disorders treatment in rural settings.  In D.A. Harley, N. Ysasi, M. Bishop & A. Fleming (Eds.), Disability and vocational rehabilitation in rural, frontier, and territory communities:  Challenges and solutions to service delivery.  Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Dunkley, L., Harley, D. & Kim, B. J. (April, 2019). Dedicated to Quality Services for Persons with Disabilities through Education and Research. NCRE Spring Conference, San Diego, CA.

Park, M., Alfulayyih, M., & Kim, B. J. (June, 2018). Transition planning and employment outcomes of transition-age youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Poster presented at the annual conference of America Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, St. Louis, MO.

Kim, B. J., Harley, D., Alfulayyih, M., Park, M., & Dunkley, L. (March, 2018). Is pre-traumatic stress disorder (Pre-TSD) a new mental health diagnosis?. Poster presented at the
annual conference of National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA.

Dunkley, L., & Kim, B. J. (March, 2018). Desistance from Crime: Factoring the Social and Subjective for Reintegration. Poster presented at the annual conference of National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA.

Kim, B. J., Harley, D. Dunkley, L., & Tiro, L. (April, 2017). Syringe Exchange Programs Kentucky: Compliance and Cultural Implications in Rural Kentucky. Poster presented at the annual conference of National Council on Rehabilitation Education, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA.

Dunkley, L., Harley, D. & Kim, B. J. (April, 2017). Military Suicide: Serving Those Who Served and the Implications for Rehabilitation Counselors. National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference, Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, CA

Bishop, M., Rumrill, P.D., Chiu, C-Y., McDaniels, B., & Kim, B. J. (June 3, 2016). Optimizing multiple sclerosis health care: Health care priorities of Americans with multiple sclerosis. Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers. National Harbor, MD.

Shin, S. M., Choi, S. A., Jung, Y. J., Ryu, S. J., Kim, J. Y., Lee, D. H., & Kim, B. J. (2013). Internet addiction recovery after-care program development research. Poster presented at the annual conference of American Psychological Association, D.C.

Bishop, M., Rumrill, Ph.D.,  Chiu, C-Y., McDaniels, B., & Kim, B.J.  (June 3, 2016).  Optimizing multiple sclerosis health care:  Health care priorities of Americans with Multiple Sclerosis.  Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers.  Nation Harbor, MD.

Poster presented at the 121th Annual Convention of the America Psychological Association, Washington, D.C.

Shin, S. M., Choi, S. A., Jung, Y. J., Ryu, S. J., Kim, J. Y., Lee, D. H., & Kim, B. J. (2013). (“Internet addiction recovery after-care program development research”)

Email: byungjin.kim@nulluky.edu


Catherine Troop

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling  
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Admission Year: Spring 2018
Education:
M.S. Psychology, University College London, London, England
M.A. Special Education, Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
B.S. Psychology, Centre College, Danville, KY
Work Experience:
Drug and Alcohol Brief Interventionist and Prevention Coordinator, UK Healthcare, Lexington, KY
Policy Advisor, Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, Frankfort, KY
Crisis Interventionist, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC
Therapist, API Associates, Washington, DC
Research Interests:
Substance abuse, program development and implementation

Troop, C., Harley, D. (2019). Understanding power and privilege. In D.A. Harley, Cultural diversity in mental health and disability counseling of marginalized groups. Ronkonkoma, NY: Linus Learning.

Troop, C.L., Kindred, M.G. Methamphetamine and its association with development of complex infection. Poster presentation at Annual Conference of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse, November 2019, Boston, MA.

Troop, C.L. Beyond Birth: A substance use disorder treatment program for post-partum women. Poster presentation at Annual Conference of the National Council for Rehabilitation Education, April 2019, San Diego, CA

Beacham, A.O., Thomas, A., Threlkeld, B., Crafton, K.T., Troop, C.L. & Katsikas, S. Internet-based data collection in a chronic pain population: Unique challenges in new frontier? Poster presentation, Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, April 2009, Montreal, CAN

Beacham, A.O., Troop, C.L., Herbt, A., Streitwieser, T. & Scheu, E. Comparing primary care medical provider attitudes regarding mental health and behavioral medicine in integrated and non-integrated primary care practice settings. Poster presentation, Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions, April 2009, Montreal, CAN.

Email: Catherine.Troop@nulluky.edu


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Jennifer M. Miller

Program: Counseling Education
Hometown: Sandy Hook, KY
Admission year: Fall 2020
Education:

B.A Psychology
Criminology M.A. Clinical Mental Health Rehabilitation Counseling

Work Experience: MHA Eastern State Hospital, LPCA Deaton & Deaton Counseling Services

Research Interests: 1. Cross- Sectional study of Developmental Disabilities across the globe . Research Interest 2. Counseling Theories for individuals with co-occuring mental health disorders. Research Interest 3: Education in Prisons

Why did you choose to come to UK? Increased opportunities!

What are your academic goals while at UK? Goal 1. Complete PhD in Counseling Education., Goal 2. Publishings & Presentations, Goal 3. International Grant for Research,

What are your goals after graduation? 1. Stay in Academia! I cannot imaging leaving the university. 2.Teach courses related to mental health and counseling theories, conduct international autism research, receive a travel grant to conduct research in the United Kingdom


Hyun-Ju Ju

Program: Counseling Education
Hometown: Busan, South Korea
Admission year: Fall 2020
Education:

B.S. in Childhood Education, State University of New York at Geneseo
M.S in Psychology, Handong Global University

Work Experience: Internship, Student Counseling Center, Handong Global University

Research Interests: Self-advocacy, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Community-based Rehabilitation Service, Recovery

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose to come to UK because our program has great faculty members and a robust academic curriculum.

What are your academic goals while at UK? 1) Gaining and developing my research skills 2) Collaborating research projects 3) Gaining knowledge in rehabilitation counseling

What are your goals after graduation? I want to be a professor.

“Shin, S. M., Ju, H. J., Song, Y. S., & Lee, D. S. (2019). A Study on the Development of Standard Curriculum for Training Rehabilitation Counselors in South Korea. Korean Journal of Rehabilitation Psychology. 26(3), 1-24. http://doi. org.10.35734/karp.2019.26.3.001

Lee, U. B., Shin, S. M., Lee, D. S., Cho, E. H., & Ju, H. J. (2018). The Effects of Disability Acceptance on Self-efficacy of People with Hearing Disability: Mediating Effect of Interpersonal Relationship. Journal of Special Education & Rehabilitation Science. 57(4), 301-324. http://doi.org/10.23944/Jsers.2018.12.57.4.14”


John R. Slevin (Rob)

Program: Counseling Education
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Admission year: Fall 2010
Education:

B.A. in Psychology Washington University in St. Louis
MRC in Rehabilitation Counseling University of Kentucky

Work Experience: Employment Consultant with Bluegrass Career Services/Employment Solutions (2011-2016)

Research Interests: The impact of vision loss.

Why did you choose to come to UK? UK and the Department provide students with many opportunities for research development and implementation. The faculty and staff are friendly and focused on helping the students achieve their best both academically as well as practically so that they are well suited for life after graduation.

What are your academic goals while at UK? I will continue to research and publish articles relating to my interests and to get re-certified as a CRC.

What are your goals after graduation? I intend to continue in academia as a faculty member.

Kettaneh, A. A., Kinanjui, B., SLEVIN, J. R., Slevin, B., & Harley, D. A. (2015). Inclusion of aging in rehabilitation counseling journals 2000-2012: A content analysis. Rehabilitation Research, Policy, and Education, 29 (1), 75-87.

Kettanel, A. A., & SLEVIN J. R. (2014). National module for helping individuals with physical disabilities in disaster events. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 45(1), 3-10.

SLEVIN J.R., & Slevin, J. T. (2011). Neurological examination of veterans with traumatic brain injury. Vocational Evaluation & Work Adjustment Association Journal, 38 (1), 18-26.

Caporello E, Nath A, SLEVIN J, Galey D, Hamilton G, Williams L, Steiner JP, Haughey NJ, The immunophilin ligand GPI1046 protects neurons from the lethal effects of the HIV-1 proteins gp120 and Tat by modulating endoplasmic reticulum calcium load. J Neurochem 98(1):146-55, 2006

Liu D, Chan SL, de Souza-Pinto NC, SLEVIN JR, Wersto PR, Zhan M, Mustafa K, de Cabo R and Mattson MP. Mitochondrial UCP4 mediates an adaptive shift in energy metabolism and increases the resistance of neurons to metabolic and oxidative stress. J Neuromolecular Med. 8(3):389-414, 2006

Chen Y, Ai Y, SLEVIN JR, Maley BE and Gash DM. Progenitor proliferation in the adult hippocampus and substantia nigra induced by glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor. J Exp Neuro. 196(1):87-95, 2005

Green L, Myerson J, Holt DD, SLEVIN JR, and Estle SJ. Discounting of delayed food rewards in pigeons and rats: Is there a magnitude effect? J Exp Anal Behav. 81(1):39-50, 2004

Liu D, SLEVIN JR, Lu C, Chan SL, Hannson MJ, Elméer E and Mattson MP. Involvement of mitochondrial K+ release and cellular efflux in ischemic and apoptotic neuronal death. J Neurochem. 86(4):966- 979, 2003.

“National Rehabilitation Educators Spring Conference (April, 2014) National Model for Helping Individuals with Physical Disabilities in Disaster Events (Talk) A. Kettaneh, J.R. SLEVIN, National Rehabilitation Educators Spring Conference (April 2014), Aging in Rehabilitation Counseling Journals and Implications for Rehabilitation Counselor Curricula (Poster) A. Kettaneh, J.R. SLEVIN, B. Slevin, National Rehabilitation Educators Spring Conference (April,2014) Analyzing Inclusion of Autism in Rehabilitation Counseling Journals 2000-2012 and Implications (Poster) B. Slevin, J.R. SLEVIN, B. Kinyanjui, A. Kettaneh, National Rehabilitation Educators Spring Conference (April 2014) Analyzing Inclusion of Ex-Offenders in Rehabilitation Counseling Journals 2000-2012 and Implications (Poster) J.R. SLEVIN, B. Slevin, A. Kettaneh, B. Kinyanjui , National Rehabilitation Educators Spring Conference (April, 2014) Analyzing Inclusion of Three Populations in Rehabilitation Counseling Journals 2000-2012 and Implications (Poster) J.R. SLEVIN, B. Slevin, B. Kinyanjui, A. Kettaneh , Scott County Special Education 2013 Teachers Biannual Meeting, Assisting Students with Disabilities Transition into Adulthood (Talk) J. R. SLEVIN”

Special Education

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Mark Kruger, BCBA, LBA

Program: Special Education – Applied Behavioral Analysis
Hometown: Parker, Colorado
Admission Year: 2018
Education:

M.S.Ed. Applied Behavior Analysis, Bay Path University, Longmedow, MA
B.A. Psychology, Clark University, Worcester, MA

Work Experience: 

Clinical Supervisor, Applied Behavior Analysis – Severe Behavior Clinic, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Classroom Clinician, Center for Applied Behavioral Instruction, Worcester, MA
Clinical Coordinator, Behavioral Concepts Inc., Worcester, MA
District Wide Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Littleton Public Schools, Littleton, MA

Research Interests: Applied Behavior Analysis, Training school staff, Environmental Manipulation in the classroom

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose UK because of their expert faculty in Applied Behavior Analysis. The department/program also recieves a considerable amount of grant funding for research which indicated to me the government recognizes the program’s expertise.

What are your academic goals while at UK? I want to develop the skills and experience necessary to be leader in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and special education.

What are your goals after graduation? I want to consult with school districts for staff training and how to effectively utilize BCBAs within districts.

Kruger, M. A., Slaton, J. D., Lynn, C. B., & Raftery, K. J., (2016, May). Function-Based Treatment of Severe Problem Behavior Evoked by the Presence of People. Presented at Applied Behavior Analysis International 42nd Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois.

Kruger, M. A., Lynn, C., Raftery, K., & Slaton, J. D., (2015, October). Effects of Delay/Denial Tolerance Training on Severe Problem and Social Avoidance Behavior. Presented at Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy 36th Annual Conference, Amherst, Massachusetts.

Email: mkruger@nulluky.edu


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Sara Sheffler, BCBA, LBA

Program: Special Education – Applied Behavioral Analysis
Hometown: Sullivan, Indiana
Admission Year: 2019
Education:

B.S Art Education, Indiana University
M.Ed. Special Education and Behavior Analysis, Vanderbilt University

Work Experience: 

Clinical Supervisor, Applied Behavior Analysis – Severe Behavior Clinic, University of Kentucky
BCBA, Hopebridge, Lexington, KY
BCBA, Knoxville Center for Autism, Knoxville, TN
Behavior Liason, Knox County School District, Knoxville, TN

Research Interests: Applied Behavior Analysis, Emotional/behavioral disorders

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose UK because of the positive and cohesive educational environment, expert faculty, and strong Applied Behavior Analysis program.

What are your academic goals while at UK? To gain the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to be a leader and advocate in the field of special education and Applied Behavior Analysis.

What are your goals after graduation? I would ultimately like to pursue becoming a professor or a researcher at a university

Email: sara.sheffler@nulluky.edu


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Melike Yozgatli

Program: Special Education
Hometown: Yozgat, Turkey
Admission Year: Fall 2018
Education:

B.A. in Elementary School Teaching (Ataturk University, Turkey)
M.A. in Special Education (The University of South Dakota, U.S.)

Work Experience: I worked as Child Development Teacher in a Vocational High School and as an Elementary School Teacher in a Special Education and Rehabilitation Center in Turkey. I have several internship experiences in Testing Center and Disability Center of the University of South Dakota, and in an Elemantary School in the U.S.

Research Interests: My research interest includes topics related to teacher education and teacher preparation programs, inclusive education, and teaching students with learning disabilities.

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose to study at the University of Kentucky because of positive and strong academic environment in the department of Early Childhood, Special Education, and Rehabilitation Counseling and supportive faculty members.

What are your academic goals while at UK? I want to improve my research skills and teaching abilities in higher education. While at UK, I am going to complete Research Methods in Education Graduate Certificate. I want to join research projects and gain more experience in the field.

What are your goals after graduation? I am planning to return to Turkey after my graduation to work in the Department of Special Education in Turkish Ministry of National Education.

Turkish Ministry of National Education Scholarship (2014-Present)

Email: Melike.Yozgatli@nulluky.edu


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Enrika Johnson Wright

*Project PURPLE Scholar

Program: Special Education (Learning and Behavior Disorders)
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Admission year: 2020
Education:

Certified in Elementary Education & Special Education, K-12
Master’s in Special Education
Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology

Work Experience: I have 19 years of classroom experience as an educator of exceptional learners in Fayette County Schools. I also spent 14 summers teaching in the Jumpstart early intervention summer program providing intervention to kindergarten, first and second grade typical learners.

Research Interests: My research interests include: 1. Research to practice gaps in special education 2. Servicing diverse populations with disabilities 3. Teacher training and preparation

Why did you choose to come to UK?  I chose the University of Kentucky because of the strong faculty who are both consumers and producers of strong research. My experience as an undergrad and graduate student was positive and I had lots of support.

What are your academic goals while at UK? While attending the University of Kentucky, I intend to improve my knowledge in the field of special education, increase my research skills and join committees that will allow me to network and build my overall capacity to become a leader in higher education.

What are your goals after graduation? I aspire to obtain a position teaching and researching in higher education. I would love to consult with districts to provide professional development and coaching for in-service teachers.

Fayette County Schools, Ashland Elementary, Special Education Department Assistive Technology Grant Writing Committee (Smartbaord Acquisition), 2009. CKSEC Outstanding Educator of the Year, 2009-2010. Model Demonstrate Site for Implementation of Evidenced Based Strategies for Students with Autism in partnership with the Kentucky Autism Training Center and UNC Chapel Hill, 2010. Fayette County Schools, Ashland Elementary, Special Education Department team lead, 2010-2020 Fayette County Schools, Ashland Elementary, Power of One Mentoring Coordinator for at-risk students, 2012-2017. University of Kentucky Project PAIRSS Advisory Board, 2012-2014. Fayette County Schools Special Education Autism Institute presenter, “Making a Silk Purse out of Sow’s Ear: Increasing Effectiveness and Efficiency by Using Inexpensive and Time Saving Materials.” 2013 Fayette County Schools, Ashland Elementary, Multi-Tiered System of Supports & Student Problem Solving team, 2014-2020. Fayette County Schools professional development presenter-“What is Response to Intervention? How do we use AimsWeb to Make Data-Based Decisions?” 2015. Gattitown Favorite Educator Award, 2015. Fayette County Schools, Ashland Elementary, Site Based Decision Making Council, 2016-2019. Fayette County Schools, Ashland Elementary, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Team, 2017-2020. Fayette County Schools, District Committe for Special Education Curriuclum Selection, 2017-2018. Co-teaching and High Yield Strategies Training and Site Implementer, 2019-2020. University of Kentucky Project Purple Scholar, 2020. IHE Special Education Consortium Grant graduate assistant, 2020.

Kaitlin O’Neill

*Project PURPLE Scholar

Program: Special Education for Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Hometown: Shrewsbury, MA
Admission year: 2020
Education:

Master of Education in Special Education and Teacher Leadership
Bachelor of Science in Special Education for Moderate and Severe Disabilities

Work Experience: Research Assistant, Teaching Assistant, Community Living Support (CLS) services, Paraeducator, Math Tutor

Research Interests: Systematic instruction efficiency for students with moderate and severe disabilities

Why did you choose to come to UK? I initially chose to come to UK because, at the time, UK’s special education program had the option to earn an undergraduate degree that specialized in moderate and severe disabilities. I chose to stay at UK for my graduate degrees because of the rigorous academic content provided in the programs and the faculty members’ expertise, personable demeanor, and commitment to providing students with opportunities for educational and professional development. Furthermore, the department and faculty offer opportunities for grant funding.

What are your academic goals while at UK? I want to develop the knowledge and skills to teach at the higher education level and contribute to the applied research in the field. I would also like to obtain the clinical experience hours required to become a board certified behavior analyst.

What are your goals after graduation? I want to teach special education and applied behavior analysis at a university while conducting applied research in collaboration with the local school district.


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Rasheeda Swain

*Project PURPLE Scholar

Program: Doctoral Program in Special Education
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Admission year: 2020
Education:

Ms. Swain received her B.S. in Moderate to Severe Disabilities from the University of Kentucky. Additionally, she has earned a M.Ed. in Autism Spectrum Disorders with an emphasis on Classic Autism from the University of Georgia, and a M.A. in Urban Leadership from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Work Experience: 20+ years experience in teaching students identified with MSD and Autism, as well as collaborating with teams in Educational Leadership Positions

Research Interests: Applied Behavior Analysis and Response Prompting Strategies

Why did you choose to come to UK? The Instructors that comprise the Special Education Department are leaders and trend setters in the field of ABA and Response Prompting Strategies

What are your academic goals while at UK? To learn as much as I can to reach mastery of knowledge in my field and begin research publications

What are your goals after graduation? I would like to join the teaching staff at UK, publish in peer reviewed journals, and do consultations

Swain, R., Lane, J. D., & Gast, D. L. (2015). Comparison of Constant Time Delay and Simultaneous Prompting Procedures: Teaching Functional Sight Words to Students with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Behavioral Education; New York, 24(2), 210–229.

Kat Lynch

Program: Special Education
Hometown: Woodbridge, Virginia
Admission year: 2020
Education:

M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education/Applied Behavior Analysis, Vanderbilt University, 2008
B.A. Psychology, George Mason University, 2005

Work Experience:  2015-present: Owner, Executive Director, New Hope ABA, Fredericksburg, VA; 2010-2015: Clinical Supervisor, Alexandria/Fredericksburg, VA; 2008-2013: Special Education Teacher, Nashville, TN/Lorton, VA; 2004-200Assistant Teacher, Washington, DC

Research Interests: Increasing learning efficiency with derived relational responding/equivalence based instruction; improving implementation of existing interventions outside of labs and clinics

Why did you choose to come to UK? I became familiar with the work of some of the faculty when I was at Vanderbilt and found them to be knowledgeable and approachable. They are prolific writers and have done important work in special education and applied behavior analysis.

What are your academic goals while at UK?To refine my knowledge of applied behavior analysis, develop my knowledge of educational leadership, and write a meaningful dissertation.

What are your goals after graduation? I would like to open or direct a “lab school” where we do research with our students, train future teachers, and serve the community.

Bennett, K., Reichow, B., Wolery, M. (2011). Effects of Structured Teaching on the Behavior of Young Children With Disabilities. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities, 26(3), 143-152. https://doi.org/10.1177/1088357611405040
Schnitz, A., Voyles, T., Bennett, K., Lane, K. (2007). A Functional Assessment-Based Intervention Using Self-monitoring to Increase On-task Behavior in a Child with Co-morbid Disorders [Poster Presentation]. Tennessee Association for Behavior Analysis Conference, Nashville, TN.

Devin Graley

Program: Special Education – Applied Behavior Analysis
Hometown: Maysville, Kentucky
Admission year: 2019
Education:

B.A. Psychology – Bellarmine University
M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis – University of Kentucky

Work Experience: Clinical Supervisor – University of Kentucky; Behavior Technician – Bluegrass Center for Autism, Louisville, Kentucky

Research Interests: Increasing caregiver adherence and participation in behavior analytic treatment development and implementation

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose UK because of the positive collaborative relationships between faculty and students and strong Applied Behavior Analysis program.

What are your academic goals while at UK?1. Develop my research interests and teaching skills; 2. Work collaboratively with faculty to grow the Center for Applied Behavioral Supports

What are your goals after graduation? 


Janet Nutt

*Project PURPLE Scholar

Program: Ph.D. in Special Education
Hometown: Plain City, OH
Admission year: 2020
Education:

B.A. Political Science, Miami University Oxford, OH
MAT Learning and Behavior Disorders, Asbury University, Wilmore, KY

Work Experience: Six years as a secondary special education teacher with a strong focus in mathematics

Research Interests: Preservice Teacher Preparation, Deeper Learning

Why did you choose to come to UK? I came to the University of Kentucky to further develop my skills as an educator and learn from research leaders in the field how to translate research into practice under the guidance of supportive department faculty.

What are your academic goals while at UK? To continue to expand my knowledge base in the area of special education, collaborate with faculty and peers to further develop research skills and to learn the necessary skills to prepare future educators to positively impact the education of students with diverse learning needs.

What are your goals after graduation? To teach at an institute of higher learning preparing preservice teachers.