Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education


Lin Zhu

Program: Early Childhood Education
Hometown: Dalian, China
Admission Year: Spring 2016
Education:

B.A. in English (Dalian Institute of Information)
M.A. in Literacy Education (University of Kentucky)

Work Experience: I have been working as a preschool teacher at the UK Early Childhood Lab for three years. Before that, I worked at Collaborative Center for Literacy Development as graduate assistant.

Research Interests: Children and family with diverse backgrounds, ESL families, teacher/parent training.

Why did you choose to come to UK? I chose to attend UK because of the strong research component, and also supportive and diverse academic environment.

What are your academic goals while at UK? My goal is to gain more experience in teaching and research.

What are your goals after graduation? My goal is to pursue a teaching job on a college or university, and continue research as well.

Email: lzh243@nullg.uky.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.


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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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.

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.

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.”

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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Megan Jones

Program:  Special Education (Learning Behavior Disorders)
Hometown: Detroit, MI//Louisville, KY
Admission Year: 2016
Education:  Certified in Elementary Education & Special Education, K-12;  Master’s in Teacher Leadership

Work Experience:  5 years teaching special education at an alternative high school in Lexington, KY

Research Interests:  The at-risk student population & high school transition.

Why did you choose to come to UK?  I taught in Lexington and I knew UK has a fantastic program and faculty.

What are your academic goals while at UK?  My goals include collaborating with professors and peers to further our goals in research, teach in higher education and become familiar with educational organization work.

What are your goals after graduation?  My goal is to obtain a job as a special education professor or create an organization that serves the at-risk population.

Jones, M. (March, 2017). Promoting Career Readiness for At-Risk Adolescents Using the Employability Operating System. Asheville, NC. Presented ways to help at-risk students in the area of transition. The audience consisted of a group of teachers and professors across the nation.

Bottge, B., Gassaway, L., Jones, M., Gravil, M. (January, 2017). AIMs Instructional Teacher Training. Lexington, KY. Presented technology usage of instructional practices for a group of middle school teachers.

Jones, M., Diamond, S. (June 2016). Persistence to Graduation Summit.  Lexington, KY.  Co-presented ways to help alternative and at-risk students become engaged and successful in their future endeavors.  

Ackerman, K. & Jones, M. (May, 2016).  Aspiring Special Educators Workshop.  University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY. Helped assist at an aspiring special educators workshop for high school students interested in the field.

Jones, M. (August 2015). How to read accommodations as a general educator.  The Learning Center Staff Training, Lexington, KY.

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

Jones, M., Choo, S. Y. (August 2014).  Efficient collaboration for special educators in the classroom.  The Learning Center Staff Training, Lexington, KY.

Jones, M. (August 2012). Engaging Special Education Students in the Classroom. The Learning Center Staff Training, Lexington, KY.

Jones, M. (July 2011).  Guest Speaker at a student camp.  Delanco Camp, New Jersey.

2016
John Edwin Partington and Gwendolyn Gray Partington Scholarship
Scholarship Money Awarded from: College of Education Scholarship
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2013-2015
WHAS Grant
Scholarship Money Awarded from: WHAS grant
Asbury University, Wilmore, KY

2012
Elementary Educator of the Year Award
Asbury University, Wilmore, KY

2008-2012
President’s Scholarship
Asbury University, Wilmore, KY

Program Development: 

Fall 2014
Development for the Dept. of Special Education – The Learning Center

Summer 2017
Developed Media Arts Curriculum – The Learning Center

Positions: 

2016-Present
Graduate Assistant, Special Education
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

2014-2016
Department Chair, Special Education
Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY
The Learning Center at Linlee

2012-2017
Teacher, Special Education
Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington, KY
The Learning Center at Linlee

2010-2012
Assistant to the Provost/President of Asbury
University Lexington, KY
Asbury University

 
Email: megan.jones4@nulluky.edu


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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