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We are grateful for the hard work of our lab alumni who often pitch in to help, even off the clock.

Graduate Student Alumni

HadeelHadeel Ali is a first year Master’s student in the Counseling Psychology program. She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Islamic Studies. During her undergraduate career, she worked in several research labs that assessed various topics including children at risk, adolescent risk behavior, drug abuse, infant memory, and comparative cognition. She completed her honors thesis on the attitudes and stereotypes that children hold toward Muslims in post-9/11 America. Her research interests include children at risk, social inequality, victims of war trauma, and refugees. She hopes to one day obtain her PhD in Counseling Psychology and work with populations who are underprivileged and underserved. Email: Hadeel.ali@uky.edu

 

 

AmandaBAmanda Butz received her PhD in Educational Psychology in 2015 and is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She served as the Graduate Research Assistant for the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab from 2012-2014 and as the graduate student assistant for the Motivation and Achievement in Rural Appalachia project (MARA), which investigates contextual factors that have the potential to influence student motivation and achievement. Her current research interests involve exploring the information networks of potential first-generation college students and the relationship of those networks to students’ educational aspirations. In addition, Amanda has conducted research on the sources of self-efficacy in mathematics and reading. Amanda also served as a research assistant for the Robinson Scholars Program from 2011-2014, where she conducted research on the influence of their programming on the academic motivation and success of first-generation college students.  Email: abutz2@wisc.edu

 

Audrey ConwayAudrey Conway successfully completed her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology in spring 2015. Audrey graduated from Centre College with her B.S. in Psychology in 2012. During her gap year, she spent her time substitute teaching at an elementary school in her hometown. Blending the ideas of education and psychology found a perfect fit with educational psychology. Her research interests include the application of self-determination theory, specifically perceived autonomy, in undergraduate students. During her Master’s program, Audrey worked full time teaching two undergraduate sections of developmental psychology at the University of Kentucky. When she has spare time, she enjoys watching the Kentucky Wildcats play basketball, learning new recipes, and needlepointing. Email: audrey.conway@uky.edu

 

 

 

rebeccaRebecca Jones is living the dream pursuing her doctorate in Education Psychology. She comes to the University of Kentucky to delve into her research using a Self- Determination Theory lens. She is interested in perceptions of relatedness (sense of belonging), autonomy, and self-efficacy and how they interact to affect student motivation. Rebecca is equipped with her M.A. in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College in New York, NY and her B.A. in Psychology from Antioch University in Los Angeles, CA. Besides being a graduate level researcher in the P-20 Motivation and Learning Lab, Rebecca is also a mother, dog-owner, yoga practitioner, professor, mobile application designer, and general optimist! Email: Rebecca.jones@uky.edu Web:www.linkedin.com/in/rebeccastacyjones/

 

 

200399_1889711210791_6182883_n (3)Angela Kim  works in the College of Education after earning her EdS degree in Counseling Psychology in 2016. She has been working for the lab since 2013.  She received her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from University of Kentucky.  Angela graduated from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with her B.S. in Psychology in 2011.  After receiving her B.S. degree, she went back to her hometown Jeju, Korea to work for The Jeju Weekly as a staff reporter.  She is currently working on studying attitudes and beliefs of students attending an alternative high school.  Her research interest is mostly in multicultural psychology, especially how different identities influences individuals and counseling process. She plans to obtain a Ph.D degree in counseling psychology. Email: Angela.kim@uky.edu

 

 

 

Caihong Li is a first year doctoral student in Educational Psychology.  She has been working in the lab as graduate assistant since 2013. She received her MS in Educational Psychology, University of Kentucky and BS in Educational Technology in Tianjin Foreign Studies University, China. Her area of interest is in educational and psychological measurement, specifically item response theory and CFA and their application in personality measurement. Most of her studies focus on survey research in student population, including engineering students, at-risk adolescents, regular middle and high schoolers, etc. Caihong has presented her work in all works of conferences including AERA, APA, ASEE, SRC, CAR. Caihong was awarded the Graduate School Academic Year Fellowship for year 2015-2016. Her current goal for year 2015-2016 is to get more work published. Email: caihong.li@uky.edu

 

 

natashaNatasha Mamaril received her PhD in Educational Psychology in 2014 and is currently Coordinator of Undergraduate Research in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She obtained her BS in Chemical Engineering (cum laude), at the University of the Philippines and her MS in Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky (UK). Tasha is a recipient of an International Fellowship from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). With the support of AAUW, she completed her master’s thesis entitled, “Through the Pipeline: A Qualitative Study of Women’s Self-Beliefs in Engineering.” Prior to pursuing her graduate degree, Tasha worked for nine years as an application development engineer at 3M. She hopes that her industry experience and a graduate degree in education will make her an effective educator in the future. Her research interests include gender differences and motivation in the context of engineering. She worked as a graduate assistant at the UK Office of Assessment for four years. Email: tashmamaril@uky.edu

 

ravenRaven Piercey received her PhD in Educational Psychology in 2013 and is currently a Lecturer in Behavioral Science at the University of Kentucky.  She received a BA in psychology from Asbury College in 2004 and completed a master’s degree in Counseling from Auburn University in 2006.  Raven’s dissertation research focused on the development of reading self-efficacy.  In 2013, she began working as an instructor in the Department of Behavioral Science, teaching several courses in the College of Medicine and the College of Dentistry.  She is also involved in course development and design within the Department of Behavioral Science.  Her current research is in the area of medical education.  Raven loves reading, watching her bird feeders, doing New York Times crossword puzzles, and spending time with her family, Donnie, Scarlett, and Hank.  Email: raven.piercey@gmail.com

 

mikahMikah Pritchard is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology.  She graduated from Oakland City University in 2009 with a B.S. in Psychology and obtained her M.S. Ed. in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University in 2012.  Before moving to Kentucky, Mikah held positions as an Instructional Technologist for DePauw University, and Educational Specialist for Project ASPIREE a Vincennes University TRiO Program, and as a Caseworker for Ireland Homebased Services.  Mikah currently works as an Instructional Designer at Eastern Kentucky University.  Her research interests revolve around student motivation and self-efficacy’s impact on achievement in distance education courses.

Email:mikah.pritchard@uky.edu

 

 

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Megan Kleine-Kracht Thomas received her PhD in Educational Psychology in 2013. She currently serves as a school psychologist for Fayette County Public Schools. Megan received her BA in Psychology from UK in 2007 and her MS in School Psychology in 2008. In her dissertation research, Megan investigated the relationships between the feedback teachers provide to students during mathematics instruction, teacher and student self-efficacy, and student achievement. She is extremely thankful for her wonderful husband who supports her throughout the ups and downs of grad school and is the proud mother of our toddler lab member, Abby. Email: megan.kk.thomas@uky.edu

 

TrishaTrisha Turner received her M.S. in Educational Psychology in 2016. Trisha graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in Psychology in 2014. Trisha’s research interests include students self-regulation strategies, first generation students, and motivation in higher education. Along with being the Graduate Research Assistant for the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab, she is also a Graduate Assistant for the Robinson Scholars program and a member of the Applied Psychometrics Lab. Trisha is currently conducting research with undergraduate biology students at the University of Kentucky. After receiving her Master’s degree she would like to pursue a career with students in higher education. Email: trisha.douin@uky.edu

 

 

xianXian Wu is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology. She received her B.S. in Physics Education and M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from Guangxi Normal University, China. Before moving to Kentucky, Xian was a faculty at Guangxi Teachers Education University and established Scientific Inquiry Club with her colleagues as a platform for linking pre-service teachers’ study at university to their practice at K-12 schools. As an international scholar funded by China Ministry of Education, Xian has visited Malone University in Ohio and East-West Center in Hawaii for six months. She is currently working as a research assistant for the project focusing on large-scale students’ academic achievement evaluation which is collaborated by University of Kentucky and Guangxi Normal University. Her research interests include measurement, evaluation, and statistics; psychology of STEM education; inquiry-based science learning and teaching. She has the membership of both NAST and EASE (East-Asian Association for Science Education). Email:xian.wu@uky.eduWeb:http://blog.risechina.org/u/121/index.html

 

Undergraduate Student Alumni

AlexAlexandria Boatwright graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in psychology. She will be in the Clinical Social Work Program at the University of Kentucky this fall and is hoping to become a licensed clinical social worker and work with children. She has been part of a project with the UK Child Development Lab for two years and will continue working with them while the project evolves. Alex recently married her college boyfriend, Nolan Boatwright and they are living in Lexington pursuing their careers. She is happy, healthy, and looking forward to her future! Email: alexandria.hagan@uky.edu

 

 

ShawnShawn Bohac is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Psychology. This is his first semester in the P20 Motivation Lab and he plans to use his experience in the lab to guide his decision making in his journey post graduation. In his free time, Shawn is an avid hiker and bookworm and he enjoys spending time with friends.

 

 

 

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natashiaNatashia Cheatham is a psychology major at UK from Newark, New Jersey. After graduation, she hopes to go to graduate school for clinical psychology to administer therapy to people. In her free time she enjoys reading, dancing, hanging with friends, listening to music, traveling, and working out. Email:nnch222@g.uky.edu

 

 

 

 

Sam ChenotSam Chenot is a fourth year student at the University of Kentucky. She is studying both Psychology and Biosystems engineering. She dreams of running a non-profit organization that would help human trafficking survivors, while also being an environmental engineer. She loves learning and being outside; filling her free time with reading and hiking

 

 

 

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Rebecca Cooper

 

 

 

 

sydenySydney Covington is a psychology major at the University of Kentucky. After graduation, she wants to go to graduate school and eventually teach at a university and do research. Outside of schoolwork, she is actively involved in UK Residence Life and School of Music. She is a euphonium player and is a member of the Wildcat Marching Band, Pep Band, Concert Band, Women’s Choir, as well as organizations promoting and servicing UK Bands, the School of Music, and women in music. In her spare time, she participates in Drum Corps International and enjoys fine art, crocheting, Kentucky basketball, and Netflix. Email:stco229@g.uky.edu

 

 

Britt CoyleBritt Coyle is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Social Work at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Email: britt.coyle@uky.edu

 

 

 

 

 

TaylorCreek-croppedTaylor Creek  graduated from the University of Kentucky with a major in Psychology and a minor  in Communications in 2013. She hopes to go to graduate school for School Psychology and work with children of all ages. She really enjoys going to sporting events, being involved in her sorority, and spending time with family and friends. Email: kelseycreek2@uky.edu

 

 

 

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Ellen Deatrick is in the Master of Community Planning degree program at the University of Cincinnati. She plans to focus her studies on economic development and community revitalization, with the goal of working as an urban planner upon graduation. Email: ellen.deatrick@uky.edu

 

 

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 Jessica Dias is a Psychology major at the University of Kentucky from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduation, she hopes to continue on to a graduate program for School Psychology so she will be able to work with children. Jessica likes spending time with family and friends, shopping, hiking, and doing yoga in her spare time. She teaches swim lessons, enjoys watching UK sporting events, and loves being involved in her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. Email: jessica.dias@uky.edu

 

 

 

 

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Zack Eddy received his BA in psychology with a minor in economics at the University of Kentucky in 2015. He is pursuing a Master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at the University of Western Florida. As an undergraduate, Zack was very involved in his fraternity and participating in UK intramurals. Zack’s interests include sports such as soccer and tennis, along with fishing, attending music festivals and spending time with family and friends. Email: Zachary.eddy@uky.edu

 

 

 

 

JordanJordan Findley is a senior Psychology major at the University of Kentucky. This is her first semester in the P20 Motivation and Learning Research lab. Additionally, she participates in research in the infant memory development lab. After graduation she plans on pursing a doctorate degree in School Psychology. She is a member of the University’s Honors Program and serves as a College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador. In her free time she likes to watch movies, bake cookies, and spend time with her friends and family!

 

 

CaitlybCaitlyn Gastfield is a senior from Arlington Heights, and is starting her 4th year at the University of Kentucky where she is studying Psychology. This is her first semester with the P20 Motivation and Learning Research Lab. After graduation she plans on attending graduate school to obtain her masters degree in School Psychology. She is very involved in her sorority, Phi Mu, and in her free time enjoys spending time with her friends and family.

 

 

 

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Allie Goodnight graduated from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Psychology in 2014. She is currently at Kent State University pursuing her EdS degree in School Psychology. Allison is also part of a federal grant at Family Child Learning Center that is apart of Akron Children’s Hospital. This grant is comprised of intensive training in early intervention strategies that specifically target children on the Autism Spectrum ages birth to three. Allison loves spending time with her family, friends and two dogs. She also enjoys exercising and cooking in her spare time. Email: acgo227@uky.edu

 

 

IMG_1056Rachel Husk is a senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Spanish.  She is a member of the Psychology Scholars Program, and a member of the Best Buddies Program at the University of Kentucky.  After graduation, she plans to attend a graduate school program for Child Psychology, and later obtain her doctorate. Her ultimate career goal is to become a Child Psychologist, working with children who have behavioral problems, learning disabilities, or have experienced traumatic events within their lifetime. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys spending time with her friends, singing, reading, exercising, and babysitting. One of her biggest priorities though, is spending time with her sister, and her family’s two foster children. Email: rmhu224@g.uky.edu

 

 

Sara Jewell

 

Sara Jewell is currently a student in the Master in Public Administration program in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. Her focus area in the program is higher education administration. Sara is a Graduate Assistant in the Office of Assessment under the Office of Faculty Advancement and Institutional Effectiveness. Upon graduation in the spring, she plans to work at a higher education institution in Kentucky.

Email: sara.jewell@uky.edu

 

Akia Jones

Akia Jones earned her BA in psychology with a minor is sociology at the University of Kentucky in December 2014. Originally from Shelbyville, Kentucky, Akia served as an undergraduate member of the P20 Motivation and Learning Lab for two years. She enjoys reading, watching TV, and spending time with friends and family. She hopes to continue on to a graduate program that will allow her to explore her interests in education, psychology, and helping others. . Email: akia.jones3@uky.edu

 

 

 

FaithJonesFaith Jones is a senior at the University of Kentucky with a major in Psychology and minor in Sociology. After graduation in May, Faith plans to attend graduate school for social work. Faith’s main focus in obtaining her graduate degree is to help teens that are struggling to overcome whatever barriers they are facing. Faith enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and volunteering with children.  Email: faith.jones@uky.edu

 

 

 

ErinErin Koeninger is a senior at the University of Kentucky. She is studying Psychology with a minor in Business. This is her second semester in the P20 Motivation and Learning Research lab. After graduation she plans on getting her masters in I/O Psychology while starting off in Human Resources. Outside of school, Erin loves to paint, spend time with her friends and family, and is heavily involved in her sorority. Erin is a huge UK basketball fan and likes to attend as many games as possible!

 

 

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John Kupar graduated from the University of Kentucky in the fall of 2013 with a BA in psychology and sociology. After graduating, he served for two years as a Young Adult Volunteer through the PC(USA) in Los Angeles and then in New Orleans, where he worked with youth ministries at Lakeview Presbyterian Church as well Carrollton Avenue Church of Christ. He is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity program in Louisville, KY. Email:john.kupar@gmail.com

 

 

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Adam Lynch, graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2012 with a BA in Psychology. He completed his Master’s degree in UK’s Counseling Psychology program and is currently completing his EdS program. In the future, he plans to conduct research investigating the ethical considerations of psychological practice in rural areas and the effects of discrimination and harassment in LGBT youth. Email: raly222@g.uky.edu

 

 

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Taylor Maxson is a psychology major at the University of Kentucky with a minor in business management. After graduation, she hopes to either continue on to a graduate program to one day become a counselor or to incorporate her interests in psychology within the business management world. In the past, she has volunteered at elementary schools and spent summers taking care of children as a nanny. She loves spending time with friends, traveling, outdoor activities, reading and watching Kentucky sports. Email: taylor.maxson@uky.edu

 

 

 

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Natalie Meiners is from Rochelle, Illinois. Natalie graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in School Counseling at Loyola University in Chicago. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys spending time with her friends and her family. She also loves to travel and hopes to travel as many places as possible after graduation. Lastly, she loves watching UK basketball. Go Cats! Email: natalie.meiners@uky.edu

 

 

RobertRobert Neeley is a senior at the University of Kentucky majoring in Psychology and minoring in History. After graduation, Robert intends to attend graduate school to pursue a doctorate in Social Psychology.

 

 

 

 

christinagradChristina Nguyen, graduated from the University of KY in May 2013 with a BS in Psychology. She is currently attending the University of Alabama Birmingham to receive her Doctor of Optometry degree to become an Optometrist and has hopes of returning to Kentucky to practice. She loved her undergraduate career at UK and will miss being a Wildcat!

 

 

 

 

MariaMaria Pamelia is a psychology major and is a part of the psychology honors program on campus. She is “minoring” in american sign language and plans to be fluent by the end of her after schooling. She is in tri delta sorority and participates in philanthropic events to support St. Jude as well as any other philanthropies that the greek life on campus supports.She plans to complete her undergrad in four years and then go on to grad school to receive a PhD. She has a wide variety of career goals: she would like to be a neuropharmacology clinician in a hospital setting specifically working with individuals who are or have been drug addicts or who are or have been suffering from eating disorders. She would like to be able to implement all her knowledge and findings in this field into articles that are published by health magazines (e.g. men and women’s health, time magazine, etc.). She would then like to use her sign language skill in the court room setting to translate for those who need as well as be the psychologist present during the cases at hand. Her academic email is: maria.pamelia@uky.edu

 

 

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Alyssa Paolella graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Biology. She is currently pursuing a Master’s of Public Health in Asheville, NC. While at UK, Alyssa worked at the Markey Cancer Center at UK Hospital and volunteers with Hospice of the Bluegrass. She one day hopes to be a Physician’s Assistant with a focus in surgical oncology. Email: acpa223@uky.edu

 

 

Shelby Piercy

Shelby Piercy is a psychology major at the University of Kentucky. She loves working as an ABA therapist every summer at a day camp for children with developmental disabilities. After receiving her bachelor’s degree she hopes to get her masters and become a speech-language pathologist. She enjoys spending time with friends and watching UK athletics. Email: shelby.piercy@uky.edu

 

 

 

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Lindsey Powell graduated with her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. She plans on attending graduate school at UK in August 2015 in the Clinical Rehabilitation Program, and then plans on being a addiction counselor. Email: lindsey.powell@uky.edu

 

 

 

Olivia Pumphrey is a senior at the University of Kentucky, majoring in Psychology with a minor in Criminology.Her hometown is Louisville, Kentucky. This is her second semester in the P20 motivation lab. After graduation Olivia plans to pursue a career in the Criminology field Olivia belongs to Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Olivia has a passion for young girls and likes mentoring and coaching young girls also. She also loves to volunteer.

 

 

 

 

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Katie Pyne is a senior Psychology major at the University of Kentucky. After receiving her bachelors degree in Psychology, she plans on pursuing an Ed.S degree in School Psychology. She is also working as an intern at the Center for Autism Spectrum Evaluation, Service, and Research at UK. She enjoys working with kids, and in her free time loves going to Keenland and cheering on the Cats! Email: katie.pyne@uky.edu

 

 

 

MeriahMeriah Rose is a senior at the University of Kentucky. She is currently in her sixth semester with the P20 motivation and learning research lab. This academic year, Meriah is working on her senior honors thesis with the aid of her mentor, Dr. Ellen Usher. Thus far, Meriah has presented on college-going self-efficacy among Appalachian students at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), the Spring Research Conference twice (SRC), and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) conference. She is a psychology and sociology double major. She is a member of the University’s Honor’s Program and Psychology Scholar’s Program. Meriah is an active brother in the co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega, serving as Vice President of Membership this year. Meriah has also been a FUSION site leader, a K Crew leader, an Honors Peer Mentor in the Living Learning Program, and is currently working as a service representative for the University’s student center. In her free time she enjoys reading, Pinterest, and trying new recipes. Email: Meriah.rose@uky.edu

 

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Taleisha Ross is currently pursuing her Master’s of counseling psychology at Eastern Kentucky University. She majored at UK in Psychology and minored in Family Studies. Afterward she plans to continue her education to obtain her doctorate. She enjoys music of most genres and enjoys spending time playing her guitar and singing. She also loves watching sports and cheering on the wildcats. In her free time she likes to spend time listening to music, playing basketball, or reading. She enjoys the times she gets to spend with her family and friends. Email: taleisha.ross3@uky.edu

 

 

 

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Betsy Snyder is a Psychology and Spanish major from Louisville, KY. Betsy is also the Assistant Philanthropy Chair for her sorority Delta Delta Delta where she helps coordinate and run events on campus to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. When she’s not busy with work or school, she enjoys reading, shopping, hanging out with sisters and cheering on the Cats! Email: elizabeth.snyder@uky.edu

 

 

 

Alex Thompson

 

Alex Thompson is currently a Family Youth Specialist/Case Management at Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth. She is  attending graduate school at Eastern Kentucky University. She plans on getting two Masters degrees; The first in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the second in School Counseling. Alex also plans on getting her play therapy certification while at EKU . Email: jami.thompson@uky.edu

 

 

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Ciara Thompson currently works at Sunrise Treatment Center in Cincinnati, OH as an addiction counselor. She has been working there since February 2014 and loves it! She is also a full time graduate student in the rehabilitation counseling in clinical mental health counseling at Wright State University in Dayton, OH. Email: ciara.thompson@uky.edu

 

 

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Jaclyn Turpin graduated from UK in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She started a full time position at a psychiatric hospital in Louisville. She hopes to enter a PhD program in either Counseling or Clinical Psychology. Email: jatu223@g.uky.edu

 

 

 

taylorgradTaylor Willett graduated from UK in 2013 with a BA in Psychology. She is currently a 2nd grade special education teacher through Teach For America Baltimore and is pursuing her Master of Science in Education, with a focus in elementary education, at Johns Hopkins University. Email: willett.taylor@gmail.com

 

 

 

ArlenaArlena Wilson is a senior at the University of Kentucky and is studying in Psychology. Arlena is originally from Cincinnati Ohio and recently moved to Lexington last summer. Her goal is to be in the DPT program at UK. She enjoys running and training for a variety of events. Email:arlenawilson1@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Christy Baker is a non traditional student. She has been married for fifteen years and has two sons ages 14 and 8. She is enrolled as a double major in Education and Psychology. Email: cba246@g.uky.edu

Courtney Cole, BA, 2011

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Joe Reser, BA, 2012