Current Ph.D. Students

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

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Rebecca Crawford

Program: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Admission Year: Fall 2014
Education:

B.S. in Education: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, University of Kentucky, May 2011
M.S. in Education: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, University of Kentucky, August 2014

Work Experience: The past four years, I worked for Fayette County Public Schools as a Preschool Teacher. In addition, I worked for the University of Kentucky Early Childhood Laboratory as a Graduate Assistant. This year I am a full-time, preschool lead teacher for the UK Early Childhood Laboratory.

Research Interests: My research goal is to better the quality of teachers in inclusive preschool classrooms with children with and without disabilities.  I will do this through (a) using coaching to mentor teachers working with early childhood children with and without disabilities, (b) creating professional developments for early childhood teachers especially in the areas of fidelity of implementation of strategies, and (c) preparing pre-service teachers in early childhood education.

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose to come to UK because I grew up in Lexington and always wanted to be a Wildcat! I looked at other surrounding schools but they did not offer Bachelor’s Degrees in IECE.

What are your academic goals while at UK? My academic goal while at UK is to gain more teaching experience. I would also like to take on a larger role in the area of research.

What are your goals after graduation? After I graduate my hope is to get a job at the college or university level and teach courses in Early Childhood Education. I would like to offer professional developments to local school districts. I also would want to help coach teachers and pre-service teachers.

Presentations:

Grisham-Brown, J., Pretti-Frontczak, K., Sullivan, L., Manno, C., Crawford, R., Caldwell, M.B., Kaylor, C., & Nicholas, K.,  “Practices to Support Inclusive Early Childhood Programs.” Preconference Workshop for International Division of Early Childhood, St. Louis, Mo, October, 2014.

Email: rvlill2@nulluky.edu


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Meg Gravil

Program: Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Stevensville, MI
Admission Year: 2011
Education:

B.S. in Social Work, Western Kentucky University

M.S. in Social Work, Spalding University

Work Experience:  Meg has 10 years experience managing a variety of research studies and evaluation projects at the University of Kentucky. Prior to her tenure at UK, she worked on the Multi-State Study of Pre-Kindergarten and Study of State-Wide Early Education Programs (SWEEP) for the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute. Meg is currently a Graduate Assistant on the IES grant Developing Enhanced Assessment Tools for Capturing Students Procedural Skills and Conceptual Understanding in Math.

Research Interests: Environmental education in early childhood, Science inquiry as part of an integrated curriculum, Nature-based learning, STEM in early childhood, Teacher-child interactions

Why did you choose to come to UK? Meg applied to the PhD program after working for Dr. Jennifer Grisham-Brown, IECE professor and Early Childhood Laboratory faculty director, for several years on the KIDS NOW Evaluation. Dr. Grisham-Brown and other faculty provided Meg with multiple opportunities to pursue her research interests and encouraged her to seek a terminal degree in IECE.

What are your goals after graduation? Upon completion of her PhD, Meg plans to continue work as a researcher in the field of education. Her goals include promoting and expanding the use of science inquiry and nature-based learning in early childhood and primary classrooms while working in either academia or the nonprofit sector.

Publications:

Grisham-Brown, J., Cox, M., Gravil, M. & Missall, K. (2010). Differences in child care quality for children with and without disabilities. Early Education & Development, 21(1), 21-37.

Under review:

Gravil, M., & Reynolds, K. (2015). Creating crosswalks to bridge formal and informal learning experiences. Manuscript submitted for publication to Phi Delta Kappan.

Gravil, M. (2014). Children and nature: A look at early childhood development in the context of nature-based play. Manuscript submitted for publication to International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education.

Presentations:

Gravil, M., & Reynolds, K. “Evaluating the Kentucky Children’s Garden.” Poster presentation for the Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association, Chicago, IL, November, 2015.

Gravil, M., & Grisham-Brown, J. “Considering classroom quality and child outcomes in programs serving young children at-risk for disabilities.” Poster presentation for Conference on Research Innovations in Early Interventions, San Diego, CA, February, 2014.

Gravil, M., & Reynolds, K. “A transactional evaluation of the Kentucky Children’s Garden.” Presentation for the Annual Conference of the Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, Lexington, KY, September, 2014.

Grisham-Brown, J., & Gravil, M. “KIDS NOW: Early Care and Education Evaluation.” Presentation for the Kentucky Early Childhood Advisory Council, Frankfort, KY, January, 2013.

Gravil, M., & Grisham-Brown, J. “Examining program quality and child outcomes in Head Start, 3 & 4 STARS rated centers, and public prekindergarten in Kentucky.” Poster presentation for the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Washington, DC, November, 2013.

Gravil, M. “A look at children’s development in the context of nature-based play.” Poster presentation for the Annual Conference of the North American Association for Environmental Education, Baltimore, MD, October, 2013.

Gravil, M., & Grisham-Brown, J. “Evaluating QRS: A look at classroom quality and child outcomes in STARS and non-participating early childhood classrooms in Kentucky.” Presentation for the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Atlanta, GA, November, 2012.

Gao, X., Gravil, M., & Grisham-Brown, J. “Teacher’s reported beliefs and observed behaviors–A look at high quality classroom instruction.” Presentation for the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s 21st National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development, Indianapolis, IN, June, 2012.

Gravil, M. “Head Start gone WILD: Examining the effects of a nature-based science curriculum on preschool children’s academic outcomes.” Poster presentation for the University of Cincinnati, University of Kentucky, & University of Louisville Spring Research Conference, Louisville, KY, March 2012.

Gravil, M., Gao, X., Roan-Belle, C. & Grisham-Brown, J. “Characteristics of inclusive high quality early care and education programs.” Presentation for the 27th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, National Harbor, MD, November, 2011.

Gao, X., Gravil, M., Grisham-Brown, J. “STARS for KIDS NOW Quality Rating System: Perceptions of Kentucky child care directors.” Presentation for the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando, FL, November, 2011.

Gao, X., Gravil, M., Grisham-Brown, J. Are teacher beliefs really linked to teacher behaviors?” Learning Galleria presentation for the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Orlando, FL, November, 2011.

Gravil, M., Gao, X., & Grisham-Brown, J. “Inclusive early care and education in Kentucky:  A look at classroom quality over six years.” Learning Galleria presentation for the Annual Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Anaheim, CA, November, 2010.

Gao, X., Gravil, M., Grisham-Brown, J. & Roan-Belle, C. “Exploring multiple characteristics of child care centers and their links to program quality and school readiness.” Poster presentation for Head Start’s 10th National Research Conference, Washington, DC, June, 2010.

Gravil, M., Gao, X., Grisham-Brown, J. “High quality early care and education settings for at-risk children: A descriptive study” Poster presentation for Conference on Research Innovations in Early Interventions, San Diego, CA, November, 2009.

Gravil, M., Grisham-Brown, J., Hawkins, S., & Missall, K. “High quality early care and education settings for at-risk children: A descriptive study.” Presentation for 24th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Minneapolis, MN, October, 2008.

Gravil, M., & Grisham-Brown, J. “Program quality and child outcomes: Results from a statewide evaluation of center-based child care.” Poster presentation for the Annual International Conference of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, Chicago, IL, November, 2007.

Grisham-Brown, J. & Gravil, M. “KIDS NOW: How is it making a difference in child care quality and child outcomes in Kentucky?” Presentation for 21st Annual Kentucky Early Childhood Summer Institute, Louisville, KY, June, 2007.

Cox, M., Grisham-Brown, J., & Gravil, M. “Descriptions of high quality inclusive classrooms: What works for children with disabilities?” Presentation for the 22nd Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and Their Families, Little Rock, AK, October, 2006.

Accomplishments:

2014   Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, inductee

2013   Education Abroad Scholarship

Email:  meg.gravil@nulluky.edu


Rehabilitation Counseling

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.


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Lisa Dunkley

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling
Hometown: Kingston, Jamaica
Admission Year: Fall 2014
Education:

Bachelor of Science, Psychology
Master of Arts, Rehabilitation Counseling
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies, Rehabilitation Counseling

Work Experience:  Worked as a rehabilitation counselor for Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission. I have interned as a counselor at the Center for Living and Working, MA (independent living center) and a clinician intern at the Henry Lee Willis Center in the outpatient department for substance abuse. I have worked as a research assistant and graduate resident director.

Research Interests: I am interested in the following research areas: ex-offender population and barriers to reentry, transition population with disabilities in post-secondary education, and substance abuse rehabilitation.

Why did you choose to come to UK? UK has a well-rounded team of faculty that is invested in student success and lifelong achievements. UK is situated in a great city and neighborhood with many resources readily available to students of all levels.

What are your academic goals while at UK? Academic goals include obtain several high quality publications in the field of rehabilitation around my research interest. Also, I strive to complete the program in a total of 5 years and to form great networking opportunities by attending conferences and other professional development opportunities to prepare for life after graduate school.

What are your goals after graduation? Enjoy life while embarking on new opportunities as a tenured-track professor at a University in the field of Rehabilitation Counseling. After which I plan on becoming a Dean at a University.

Publications:

Harley, D.A., Gassaway, L., & Dunkley, L. (in process). Socialization, recreation, and inclusion of LGBT elders. In D.A. Harley & P.B. Teaster (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT elders: An interdisciplinary approach to principles, practices, and policies. New York, NY: Springer.

Presentations:

Ex-Offender Community Reintegration Best Practices from an International Perspective
NCRE 15th Annual National Rehabilitation Education Conference,
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA
April 2015

Brain Injury in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Three East African Countries
NCRE 15th Annual National Rehabilitation Education Conference,
Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, Newport Beach, CA
April 2015

Awards:

Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission
Commissioner’s Award for Outstanding Performance
June 2014


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 apply 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.

Publications:

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.

Presentations:

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


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Benson Kinyanjui

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Admission Year: 2012
Education:

B.A. in Special Education; B.S. Learning Disabilities
M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling

Work Experience: Includes teaching children with developmental disorders; more than 10 years as a Rehabilitation Counselor, Vocational Consultant and Expert Witness in private vocational rehabilitation settings in PA, DE, MD, NJ, and NY; 11 years as a Brain Injury Specialist, Rehabilitation Counselor, and Case Manager in a cognitive rehabilitation program for adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI); and five years as adjunct faculty in a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling program.

Research Interests: TBI, multiple sclerosis, and distance learning

Why did you choose to come to UK? To obtain my doctoral degree as well as acquire current knowledge in the rehabilitation counseling field.  UK has one of the best programs in the country in terms of preparing students for research and teaching in rehabilitation counseling and special education.

What are your academic goals while at UK?  To conduct research in my areas of interest and hopefully publish papers based on the research.

What are your goals after graduation? To serve as faculty at a rehabilitation counseling program, work at a rehabilitation research center, or as a vocational consultant in private rehabilitation.

Published:

Kinyanjui, B. (2016).  Traumatic brain injury in Kenya: A preliminary review of the literature.  Sage Open Journal, 1-7.  DOI: 10.1177/2158244016638392

Leslie, M., Kinyanjui, B., Bishop, M., Rumrill, P, & Roessler, R. (2015).  Patterns in Workplace Accommodations for People with Multiple Sclerosis to Overcome Cognitive and Other Disease-Related Limitations.  NeuroRehabilitation, 37, 425-436.

Kettaneh, A. A., Kinyanjui, B., Slevin, B., Slevin, J. R. & Harley, D. A. (2015).  Analyzing the inclusion of aging in rehabilitation counseling journals 2000-2012: Implications for service delivery.  Rehabilitation Research, Policy and Education, 29(1), 75-87.

Sheppard-Jones, K., Bishop, M., Kinyanjui, B., Roessler, R.T., Rumrill, P.D., Waletich, B., & Umeasiegbu, V. (2013). Specialized housing policies, resources, and services for Americans with multiple sclerosis: Priorities for a national agenda. Journal of Rehabilitation, 79(4), 15-22.

In Press:

Kinyanjui, B., Kettaneh, A. A., Slevin, B., Slevin, J. R. & Harley, D. A. (2015) (in press). Analyzing the inclusion of autism spectrum disorder in rehabilitation counseling journals 2000-2012: Implications for service delivery.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation.

In Review:

Harley, D.A., Dunkley, L.R., Slevin, J.R., Kinyanjui, B., & Kettaneh, A.A. (in review). A critique of rehabilitation counseling journals 2000-2012 for inclusion of ex-offender population.  Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin.

Kinyanjui, B. (2015).  Multicultural counseling therapy: The dilemma of the first generation African immigrant client.  Manuscript submitted for publication.

Kinyanjui, B., & Umeasiegbu, V. (2014).  Utilizing distance learning model in training rehabilitation counselors in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Manuscript submitted for publication.

Kinyanjui, B., Umeasiegbu, V., & Bishop, M. (2014).  Rehabilitation needs of refugees with disabilities and their families: Implications for vocational rehabilitation counselors. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Monographs and Reports

Fleming, A., Bishop, M., Crystal, R. M., Kinyanjui, B., Dunkley, L. & Tiro, L. (2015). Kentucky Comprehensive Statewide Needs Assessment.  Report prepared for The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and The Kentucky Statewide Council for Vocational Rehabilitation.

Bishop, M., Strauser, D., Chan, F., Leahey, M., McDaniels, B., Osness, M., Kinyanjui, B. (2015).  Project to inform the revision of the CORE Graduate Educational Standards for the Council on Rehabilitation Education: Final Report. Submitted to the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Kinyanjui, B. (2014).  Distance learning: A comprehensive review of past, present and future trends (unpublished monograph).

Kinyanjui, B. (2013).  Quality of life and other potential measures of vocational rehabilitation services outcome: A comprehensive literature review.  White paper for The Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation.

Presentations:

Kinyanjui, B., Dunkley, L., & Umeasiegbu, V.  (2016, April). Transactional distance issues in cross-cultural and international rehabilitation counselor training programs.  Poster session to be presented at the National Council on Rehabilitation Education Spring Conference, Newport Beach, CA.

Umeasiegbu, V., Tanui, P., & Kinyanjui, B. (2016, April).  Placing rehabilitation counseling in global development: Advancing advocacy for people with disabilities.  Podium session to be presented at the 16th Annual National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Conference, Newport Beach, CA.

Kinyanjui, B., Umeasiegbu, V., & Dunkley, L. (2015, April). Traumatic Brain Injury in Sub-Saharan Africa: Evidence from Three East African Countries.  Poster session presented at National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference, Newport Beach, CA.

Umeasiegbu, V., & Kinyanjui, B. (2015, April). Self-advocacy skills training for rehabilitation consumers: The role of rehabilitation counselors.  Poster session presented at National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference, Newport Beach, CA.

Kinyanjui, B.,& Umeasiegbu, V. (2014, April).  Utilizing the Global Classroom Model in Training Rehabilitation Counselors in Sub-Saharan Africa.  Poster session presented at National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Kettaneh, A., Kinyanjui, B., Slevin, J., Slevin, B., & Harley, D. (2014, April).  Analyzing the inclusion of aging in rehabilitation counselor journals 2000-2012: A content analysis.  Poster session presented at National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.

Kinyanjui, B., & Umeasiegbu, V. (2013, April).  Refugees with disabilities and their families: Challenges and rehabilitation needs. Poster session presented at National Council on Rehabilitation Education (NCRE) Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Email: benson.kinyanjui@nulluky.edu


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Brad McDaniels

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling
Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI
Admission Year: 2015
Education:

B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, 1992 (Eastern Kentucky University)
M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, 2015 (MRC; UK)

Work Experience:  I worked as a pharmaceutical sales representative for 18 years, a drug and alcohol counselor for 3 years, and interned as an employment consultant at a community rehabilitation program for 1 year.

Research Interests: Bio/psycho/social adaptation to neurologic conditions, sexuality education curriculum for intellectual disability, transition, and supported employment.

Why did you choose to come to UK? Frankly, I chose UK because of proximity, but I chose to stay as the result of the faculty.  I realized that there were other doctoral programs, but UK has everything that I want (e.g. one-on-one collaboration, diversity in interests, desire to assist students in every way).  I couldn’t be any more pleased with my decision.

What are your academic goals while at UK?  Besides the obvious of performing well in doctoral courses, I plan on continuing to develop both internal and external collaboration opportunities and to refine my writing, research, and teaching skills.

What are your goals after graduation?  I hope to obtain a faculty position at a major university where I can bring my research abilities, experience, and encouragement to students in a way that my professors have done for me.

Publications:

McDaniels, B. (2016). Disproportionate opportunities: Fostering vocational choice for individuals with intellectual disabilities.  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 45, 19-25.

McDaniels, B., & Fleming, A. (2016). Sexuality education and intellectual disability: Time to address the challenge. Sexuality and Disability, 34(2), 215-225.

Bishop, M., Strauser, D., Chan, F., Leahy, M., McDaniels, B., Osness, M., & Kinyanjui, B. (2015). Project to inform the revision of the CORE Graduate Educational Standards for the Council on Rehabilitation Education: Final Report. Submitted to the Council on Rehabilitation Education.

Presentations:

Bishop, M., Frain, M., Tansey, T., Rumrill, P., & McDaniels, B. Health care priorities and preferences of Americans with multiple sclerosis. Annual Meeting of the International Society of Social Sciences and Behavioral Research.  Boca Raton, FL November 13, 2015.

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.

Fleming, A., Bishop, M., Tiro, L., & McDaniels, B. (2016). Critical readings for doctoral training in rehabilitation counseling: A modified Delphi study.  NCRE Spring Conference, CA.

McDaniels, B., & Fleming, A. (2016).  Sexual Education for Clients with Intellectual Disabilities: What is the Role of the Transition Rehabilitation Counselor? NCRE Spring Conference, Newport Beach, CA.

Accomplishments:

Open Data Competition winner (2015).  ExploreVR at the Institute for Community Inclusion.  University of Massachusetts-Boston.

Email: Bradley.mcdaniels@nulluky.edu


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Lebogang Tiro

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling
Homeplace: Botswana, Africa
Admission Year: 2013
Education: B.Ed. in Special Education
M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Services
M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling

Work Experience: Taught Grade 5-7 students for 13 years. Taught counseling courses in University for two years. I also supervised the students during their practicum and internship.

Research Interests: I am interested in the coping and adaptation of adults with traumatic brain injuries. I am also interested in the coping and adaptation for individuals with other neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis and narcolepsy.  I am also interested in how family caregivers cope as they provide for their loved ones with neurological conditions.

Why did you choose to come to UK?  The supportive faculty is the reason I chose to attend UK.  The faculty are proactive and create a learning environment that is abundant in resources and gives exposure to all the critical skills for a successful career.

Goals: I would like to be a strong faculty member facilitating student learning so they will be competitive in the workplace.

Publications:

Harley, D.A., Bishop, M., & Tiro L. (2016). Persons with disabilities and addictions. In D. Capuzzi & M.D. Stauffer (EDS), Foundations of addictions (3rd ed.). Boston: Pearson

Major, T. E., & Tiro, L. (2012). Theory Vs Practice: The case of primary teacher education in Botswana. International Journal of Scientific Research in Education, 5(1), 63-70.

Presentations:

Tiro, L., Harley, D. & Feist-Price, S. (2015, April). Addressing Injured Mine Workers: Collaboration in the International Rehabilitation. Presented at the 15th Annual NCRE conference, California.

Bishop, M., Fleming, A., Tiro, L., McDaniels, B.  (2016, April). Critical readings for doctoral training in rehabilitation counseling: Presented at the 16th Annual NCRE conference, California.

Tiro, L. (2016, July). Perspectives and Barriers of Caregivers to Future Planning for Individuals with Intellectual Disability. Presented at the 23rd Annual NAMRC Training Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Email: lebogang.tiro@nulluky.edu    


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Brittany Waletich, MRC, CRC, CCM

Program: Rehabilitation Counseling
Hometown: Groton, South Dakota
Admission Year: Fall 2010
Education:

B.A. in Psychology University of Kentucky
MRC in Rehabilitation Counseling University of Kentucky

Work Experience: Starting my 7th year as a case manager for Kentucky Medicaid Acquired Brain Injury and Acquired Brain Injury Long Term Care waivers.

Research Interests: Behavioral interventions and therapy, video modeling to assist individuals in gaining independence following traumatic brain injuries and the role of client choice in rehabilitation outcomes.

Why did you choose to come to UK? UK and our department provide multiple opportunities for students interested in multiple research areas. UK’s faculty is willing to assist students to explore new areas for both clinical practice and research endeavor. Lexington is a thriving community to practice in clinical settings and use applied research to enrich the lives of the individuals with disabilities.

What are your academic goals while at UK? While at UK I am going to complete my Board Certified Behavior Analysis certification and will continue to publish applied research that can be implements by practicing rehabilitation counselors.

What are your goals after graduation? Continue to practice in clinical settings, as well as take on a faculty role at a higher education institution.

Publications:

Bishop, M., Roessler, R.T., Rumrill, P.D., Sheppard-Jones, K., Frain, M., Waletich, B., & Umeasiegbu, V. (2013). The relationship between housing accessibility variables and employment status among adults with multiple sclerosis.  Journal of Rehabilitation, 79(4), 4-14.

Sheppard-Jones, K., Bishop, M., Kinyanjui, B., Roessler, R.T., Rumrill, P.D., Waletich, B., & Umeasiegbu, V. (2013). Specialized housing policies, resources, and services for Americans with multiple sclerosis: Priorities for a national agenda. Journal of Rehabilitation, 79(4), 15-22.

Bishop, M., Sheppard-Jones, K., Roessler, R.T., Rumrill, P.D., Waletich, B., Umeasiegbu, V. (2013). Specialized housing needs of Americans with multiple sclerosis: Descriptive results of a national analysis. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 39, 111-125.

Umeasiegbu, V., Waletich, B., Whitten, L.A., & Bishop, M. (2013). Community-based rehabilitation services needs: Perceptions of individuals with brain injury and their family. Australian Journal of Rehabilitation Counselling 19(2), 155–163.

Roessler, R.T., Bishop, M., Rumrill, P.D., Sheppard-Jones, K., Waletich, B., Umeasiegbu, V., & Bishop, L. (2013). Specialized housing and transportation needs of adults with multiple sclerosis. Work, 45, 223–235.

Bishop, M., & Waletich, B. (2012). Human growth and development. In F. Chan, M. Bishop, J. Chronister, E-J. Lee, & C-Y. Chiu (Eds.), CRC Examination Preparation: A Concise Guide to the Foundations of Rehabilitation Counseling (pp. 37-56). New York: Springer.

Presentations:

National and International Presentations

National Council on Rehabilitation Education Spring Conference, San Francisco, CA

April 2013.  Poster presentation: “Behavioral Interventions for Traumatic Brain Injuries: A Call to Action.”

Local Presentations

Kentucky Counsel for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, November 2013. “Video Modeling to Promote Independence.”

Service Opportunities:

Horn and Associates, June 2009 – Present

Behavior Intervention Committee Chair, January 2013-Present

– Chair the behavior intervention committee to ensure proper review of positive behavior intervention plans. Ensure policies and regulation are followed to ensure the safety of clients receiving behavior interventions. Look over all data collection and behavior interventions to ensure best practice.

Behavior Intervention Committee Member, June 2009-January 2013

– Assist in review of positive behavior intervention plans. Ensure policies and regulations are followed to ensure safety of clients receiving behavior interventions

Human Rights Committee Member, June 2009- Present

– Monitor and review right’s restrictions for clients receiving services under Kentucky Medicaid Acquired Brain Injury Waiver and Acquired Brain Injury Long Term Care waiver.

Email: brittanywaletich@nulluky.edu


Special Education

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Bader Alsulami

Program: Special Education
Hometown: Saudi Arabia
Admission Year: Spring 2015
Education: 

B.S. in Special Education (King Abdulaziz University (KAU), Saudi Arabia)
M.A. in Special Education (University Of Akron, Ohio)

Work Experience:

2010–2012 – Worked as a classroom teacher of students with deaf/hard-of-hearing, or in a K through 6th grade Special Education context in Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
2012 – Worked as an Assistant Teacher at Majamah University (Majamah, Saudi Arabia) where I taught two freshman-level courses: Introduction to Special Education and Behavior Modification.

Research Interests: My current research interests are severe and multiple disabilities, inclusion of children with disabilities into school/community settings, as well as working with families with student’s disabilities.

Why did you choose to come to UK? I am drawn to the Department of Special Education at the University of Kentucky because of the wide range of ideas and scholarly expertise its faculty offers. The department’s outstanding reputation, comprehensive doctoral program, and integrative research methodologies are all very impressive supporting assets.

What are your academic goals while at UK? I plan on earning a Ph.D. in Special Education. While earning a Ph.D., I plan on learning more about the current research and publishing some of my own articles.

What are your goals after graduation? To go back to my country and start teaching as an assistant professor and conduct research that will help students with disabilities in Saudi Arabia to be educated in regular school.

Email: bader.alsulami@nulluky.edu 


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Sam Choo

Program: ABD in Special Education, Learning and Behavioral Disorders, Instructional Technology, Assistive Technology Certificate
Hometown: Born in South Korea, Studied in Lawrence KS, Living in Lexington KY
Admission Year: 2011
Education: B.A. in Special Education; M.S. in Special Education

Work Experience: My first job in public school in the States was working as a para-educator at an alternative high school in Indiana. Then, I taught at a middle school in Frankfort before starting my doctoral program at UK. Upon admission, I worked as a research assistant under IES grant. I am currently work as a head teacher at an alternative high school and also teaching EDS 514 as an instructor at UK.

Research Interests:  SketchUP, 3D printers, multimedia-based instruction with technology applications, maker movement for students with learning and behavioral disorders

Why did you choose to come to UK? My interest in math/technology interventions, supportive faculty, and research-based learning environments

What are your academic goals while at UK? I am currently working on my dissertation. I’d like to successfully complete my PhD program with a high quality dissertation.

What are your goals after graduation? I’d like to make connections between researchers and practitioners to improve quality of education for all children.

Published:

Bottge, B. A., Toland, M., Gassaway, L., Butler, M., Choo, S. Y., Griffin, A., & Ma, X. (2015). Impact of Enhanced Anchored Instruction in inclusive math classrooms. Exceptional Children 81 (2), 158-175.

Presentations:

Choo, S. Y. (June 2015). SketchUP and 3D Printers. Training Session. Kentucky Department of Education, Digital Symposium, Lexington, KY.

Hefling, M., Jones, M. E., & Choo, S. Y. (November 2014). Using technology to enhance engaged learning for at-risk students. KySTE Fall Training Event: Digital Transformation, Lexington, KY.

Bottge, B. A., Toland, M. D., Gassaway, L., Butler, M., Choo, S. Y., Griffin, A. K., & Ma, X. (April 2014). Multilevel analysis of Enhanced Anchored Instruction in coteaching inclusive math classrooms. Roundtable presentation. Annual conference of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Choo, S. Y. (April 2014). Community partnerships building a brighter future. Invited panel discussion. Annual meeting of the North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, Raleigh, NC.

Choo, S. Y., Knight, V. F., & Bausch, M. E. (April 2013). Using a token economy system via the iPad to increase classroom participation and decrease disruptive behavior of students with ADHD. Poster presentation. Annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, TX.

Bottge, B. A., Butler, M. D., Choo, S. Y., & Gassaway, L. J. (April 2013). Detecting error patterns and improving fractions computation. Roundtable presentation. Annual conference of the Council for Exceptional Children, San Antonio, TX.

Hudson, T. M., Knight, V. F., & Choo, S. Y. (March 2013). Evaluating effects of web conferencing software on active student responding in a graduate course. Annual conference of American Council on Rural Special Education, Orlando, FL.

Butler, M. D., Griffen, A. K., & Choo, S. Y. (November 2012). Enhanced Anchored Instruction: improving math skills of middle school students. Roundtable presentation. AdvancED Kentucky/UK College of Education Innovation Summit, Lexington, KY.

Accomplishments:

Arvle and Ellen Turner Thacker Research Fund, August 2015, Developing Technology Applications for Improving the Problem-solving Skills, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Barbara J. Edwards Special Education Fellowship, August 2015, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Bright Ideas Grant, November 2013, Project-based learning for students with math learning disabilities, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives, Raleigh, NC

Dermontti F. and Regina M. Dawson Graduate Fellowship in Education, August 2013, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Sarah Geurin Graduate Scholarsip, August 2011, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Shirley C. Endowed Graduate Fellowship for Teachers, August 2011, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Email: sam.choo@nulluky.edu


Megan Jones

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Email: megan.jones4@nulluky.edu


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Alice Rhodes (Allie)

Program: Special Education, Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Admission Year: 2011
Education:

B.S. in Elementary Education, K-6
M.A. in Special Education

Work Experience: Currently working as a research assistant at the Human Development Institute (HDI) and as an instructor for EDS 375, Introduction to Special Education at UK. An experienced special education teacher with thirteen years in the field.

Research Interests: Areas of focus include assistive technology, moderate and severe disabilities, systematic instruction, and communication disorders.

Why did you choose to come to UK? My interest in assistive technology and a love of Kentucky brought me to UK.

What are your academic goals while at UK? Currently my goals are to write and successfully defend my dissertation and graduate with my PhD.

What are your goals after graduation? To teach at the college level, continue my research interests, and serve my community.

Published:

McKay, D., Banner, R., Sherif, V., & Rhodes, A. (2015). Learning, independence, and relationships: The impact of supported higher education on students with intellectual disabilities. Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky Research Brief Winter 2015. Retrieved from http://www.hdi.uky.edu/Media/Default/Documents/Research/ResearchBrief_Winter2015.pdf

Presentations:

Rhodes, A. L., Adams, C., Collins, C. & Kleinert, H. (June, 2015). Going Beyond Dissemination: Partnering With Stakeholders In Data Sense Making To Inform Practice And Policy. Poster presented at the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Annual Conference, Louisville, KY.

Rhodes, A. L. & Slocum, V. (2015, March). Applications of a changing curricular focus on the ecological curricular framework. Paper presented at the Indiana University Research Symposium, hosted by the Special Education Program (IU) in collaboration with the Indiana Institute on Disability & Community (IIDC), Bloomington, IN.

Accomplishments:

(June 2014) Winner of the 2014 Paul Kevin Burberry Award, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Web link https://education.uky.edu/blog/2014/09/10/doc-student-receives-paul-kevin-burberry-award/

Email: alrh222@nulluky.edu


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Mark Samudre

Program: Special Education
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
Admission Year: Fall 2015
Education:

B.S. in English – Radford University – 2011
M.Ed. in Special Education – Regent University – 2014

Work Experience: I was a teacher of students with Emotional Disabilities in Prince William County Public Schools at the elementary level.  Prior to that, I was an instructional assistant in Blacksburg, VA at the middle school level. Alongside my work towards my Ph.D., I currently work for the Human Development Institute as a Research Assistant for the Quality of Life project.  This project works with the Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental, and Intellectual Disabilities to assess transition supports for individuals with disabilities and mental illnesses.

Research Interests: behavioral supports in inclusion settings for students with EBD; social skill/social emotional instruction

Why did you choose to come to UK? The sense of community was undeniable at the University of Kentucky.  The faculty at UK made it clear their focus was to prepare doctoral students to become future faculty members, which fit perfectly with my professional endeavors.  Combined with the deep investment in research and strong behavioral background and approach, the choice was obvious!

What are your academic goals while at UK?  I would like to develop a rich knowledge of the many types of research methodologies and evidence-based practices that exist in our field today.  I would also like to improve upon my behavioral consultative abilities with local school systems, so that I may be able to employ sound techniques that are supported by research in difficult situations.

What are your goals after graduation?  The ultimate goal is to serve as faculty at a university and help prepare future teachers.

Accomplishments:

-Filmed by the University of Virginia, Curry School of Education to help inform future teachers on how to employ positive behavioral supports in their classrooms (2014).
-Selected as a model E.D. center-based program by Prince William County (2013).

Email: mdsa229@nulluky.edu


Emily Sartini

Emily Sartini

Program: Special Education, LBD doctoral program; working toward BCBA-D
Hometown: Lexington Kentucky
Admission Year: 2009
Education:

B.A. in English Literature
M.S. in Special education (MSD and LBD)

Work Experience: 15 years teaching special education in elementary schools (both LBD and MSD).

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorder; reading comprehension; academics; challenging behavior

Why did you choose to come to UK? I was drawn to UK because of the focus on ABA and evidence based practices.

What are your goals after graduation? I hope to teach in the university setting.

Publications:

Knight, V., Sartini, E., & Spriggs, A. D. (2015). Evaluating visual activity schedules as evidence-based practice for individuals with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 45, 175-178.

Knight, V.F., & Sartini, E. (2014). A comprehensive literature review of comprehension strategies in core content areas for students with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, doi:10.1007/s10803-014-2280-x

Sartini, E., Knight, V., & Collins, B. C. (2013). Ten guidelines to facilitate social groups for students with low incidence disabilities. Teaching Exceptional Children, 45(3), 54-62.

In review:

Snyder, S., Knight, V.F., Ayres, K., Mims, P., & Sartini, E. (2015). Single case design in text comprehension. Manuscript under review.

Spriggs, A.D., Allday, R.A., & Sartini, E. (2015). Behavioral momentum and autism spectrum disorder: A review of the evidence. Manuscript under review.

Presentations:

Knight, V.F., Mims, P., & Sartini, E. (2015, January). Comprehension Strategies for Including Students with Significant Support Needs in Core Content. DADD Annual Conference, Clearwater, FL.

Spriggs, A.D., & Sartini, E. (2013, August). Using Activity Schedules to Increase Independence for Individuals with Autism. Annual Summer Autism Institute, Lexington, Kentucky.

Knight, V.F., Spriggs, A.D., & Sartini, E. (2012, June). Using Activity Schedules to Increase Independence for Individuals with Autism [Invited Presentation]. Kentucky Autism Training Center Institute, Louisville, KY.

Sartini, E. (2011, August). Learn about Edmark reading programs [Invited Presentation]. Annual Summer Autism Institute, Lexington, KY.

Email: ecsa223@nullg.uky.edu   


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Collin Shepley

Program: Early Childhood and Special Education
Hometown: Athens, GA
Admission Year: 2015
Education:

B.S.Ed., Special Education, University of Georgia
M.Ed., Special Education, University of Georgia

Work Experience: I taught in the Georgia public school system as an early childhood teacher for 5 years and worked for 1.5 years as a supervisor and certified behavior analyst at the University of Georgia’s Severe Behavior and Skill Acquisition Clinic.

Research Interests: effective and efficient school-based interventions for students with moderate to severe disabilities, efficacious applications of assistive and instructional technology in special education classrooms

What are your academic goals while at UK? I hope to acquire knowledge that will allow me to a) effectively prepare future special education teachers and behavior analysts and b) answer research questions without having to compromise due to a lack of experience with designs or methods.

What are your goals after graduation? I would like to work in a research university that allows me to instruct pre-service teachers and continue my (developing) lines of research.

Publications:

Ayres, K.M., Shepley, S.B., Douglas, K., Shepley, C., & Lane, J. (2015). Mobile technology as a prosthesis: Using mobile technology to support community engagement and independence. In T. Cardon (Ed). Technology and the Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Springer International Publishing. 10.1007/978-3-319-20872-5

Lane, J. D., Gast, D. L., Shepley, C., & Ledford, J. R. (2015). Including instructive feedback and sharing opportunities during small group academic instruction with preschool students with disabilities. Journal of Early Intervention, 37, 3-22. doi: 10.1177/1053815115588828

Ledford, J. R., Lane, J. D., Shepley, C., & Kroll, S. M. (2014). Using structured choices on the playground for young children with autism: Effects on physical activity and social behaviors. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. doi:10.1177/1088357614547892

Shepley, C., Lane, J. D., & Shepley, S. B. (2014). Teaching young children with social-communication delays to label actions using videos and language expansion models: A pilot study.  Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. doi:10.1177/1088357614552189

In press:

Ayres, K. M., Shepley, C., & Douglas, K. P. (in press). Assistive and instructional technology for individuals with autism. In R. Simpson (Ed.). Educating Children and Youth with Autism: Strategies for Effective Practice.

Shepley, C., Lane, J. D., Ayres, K. M., & Douglas, K. (in press). Assistive and instructional technology: Understanding the differences to enhance programming and teaching. Young Exceptional Children.

In review:

Lane, J. D., Gast, D. L., Ledford, J. R., & Shepley, C. (in review). Increasing social behaviors in young children with social-communication delays in a group arrangement in preschool.

Shepley, C., Lane, J. D., & Gast, D. L. (in review). Using SMART Board technology to teach young students with disabilities and limited group learning experience to read environmental text.

Smith, K. A., Ayres, K. A., Alexander, J., Ledford, J. R., Shepley, C., & Shepley, S. B. (in review). Initiation and generalization of self-instructional skills in adolescents with autism and intellectual disability.

Presentations:

Shepley, C., Lane, J. D., Kroll, S., & Ledford, J. D. (2015). Using teacher implemented playground interventions to increase engagement in social behaviors and physical activity for young children with autism. Paper presented at The Association for Behavior Analysis International Conference, San Antonio, TX.


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Victoria Slocum

Program: Special Education, moderate and severe disabilities; Assistive Technology Certificate
Hometown: Born in Menominee MI, living in Danville KY
Admission Year: 2012
Education:

B.S. in Art Education
Certification in Special Education (cognitive disabilities, learning disabilities, emotional and behavioral disabilities)

Work Experience: I taught special education for twenty years in Wisconsin and Kentucky before entering the doctoral program at UK. I taught in K-12 settings, including residential and public schools.

Research Interests: Faith inclusion, assistive technology, video modeling and prompting, sex education for people with intellectual disabilities

Why did you choose to come to UK? UK offers an excellent doctoral program in special education. Some of the most significant research about faith inclusion is also taking place at UK.

What are your goals after graduation? I plan to teach at the university level and continue research in the areas of faith inclusion, assistive technology, video modeling and prompting, sex education for people with intellectual disabilities.

Publications:

Baggerman, Ault, Collins, Spriggs, & Slocum (2015). The effect of coaching on a faith community volunteer’s use of effective teaching behaviors. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities. Prepublished September, 5, 2015, DOI: 10.1177/1540796915602479

In review:

Slocum, V. (2013). Separate but (not) equal: Including people with intellectual and other disabilities if faith communities. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Presentations:

Slocum, V. (2012, March). The effect of video modeling on tooth brushing in high school students with Down syndrome. Spring Research Conference, Louisville, KY.

Slocum, V. (2012, November). The effect of video modeling on tooth brushing in high school students with Down syndrome. Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Exceptional Children’s Conference, Louisville, KY.

Ault, M. J., & Slocum, V. (2013, November). They’re everybody’s kids: Collaboration and inclusion in school settings. Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Exceptional Children’s Conference, Louisville, KY.

Slocum, V. (2013, November). Welcome regardless: Recommendations for including people with intellectual disabilities in faith communities. Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Exceptional Children’s Conference, Louisville, KY.

Slocum, V. (2014, February). Welcome regardless: Recommendations for including people with intellectual disabilities in faith communities. Episcopal Diocese of Lexington Annual Convention, Covington, KY.

Ault, M. J., & Slocum, V. (2014, November). They’re everybody’s kids: Collaboration and inclusion in school settings. Invited presentation, Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Exceptional Children’s Conference, Louisville, KY.

Slocum, V. (2014, November). K-PREP, PARCC, Smarter Balanced, and PAR. Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Exceptional Children’s Conference, Louisville, KY.

Slocum, V. (2014, November). Sex education and people with intellectual disabilities. Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children Exceptional Children’s Conference, Louisville, KY.

Rhodes, A. L., & Slocum, V. (2015, March). Applications of a changing curricular focus on the ecological curricular framework. Special Education Research Seminar, Bloomington, IN.

Accomplishments:

John Edwin Partington and Gwendolyn Gray Partington Scholarship, 2013-2014 school year

Email: victoria.slocum@nulluky.edu