Doctoral students from the School Psychology program at the University of Kentucky and the Clinical Psychology program at Indiana University-Purdue University participate on our research team. Undergraduate students also have research opportunities!
Alexis Rodgers is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. She is currently on internship at Virgina Beach Public Schools. Her research interests include behavioral and social interventions and treatment outcomes for students with ASD, as well as services for parents of children with ASD.
Venus Wong is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at University of Kentucky. She is currently on internship at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. She is interested in the implementation of evidence-based practices for students with ASD in schools and the burnout rate of teachers of students with ASD. She aims to promote quality teacher education and the use evidence-based practices in developing countries.
Jordan Findley is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program at the University of Kentucky. Her current research interests are in the quality of Individualized Education Programs for students with ASD.
Abigail Love is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology at the University of Kentucky. She received her M.S. in Educational Psychology at UK and her B.S. in Deaf Education and Elementary Education at EKU. She has worked in Australia as a teacher specializing in autism and currently works as a speaker and advocate for individuals touched by autism in her community. Her research interests include teacher motivation and beliefs and community disability education and awareness. View her curriculum vitae here
Jorgina Boloor is a doctoral student in the School Psychology program. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University with her B.A. in Psychology in 2014. During her undergraduate studies she worked as a student teacher at the children’s center on her college campus, and volunteered at one of the first elementary schools in California to incorporate the inclusion model in all classrooms. Over the last few years she has worked as the school administrator for KinderCare Learning Center. She is interested in researching effects of inclusive services, and the alleviation and prevention of teacher burnout.
Joanna Abillama is a doctoral student in the school psychology program. She graduated from the American University of Beirut with a BA in Psychology in 2013. As a Fulbright Scholar, she then pursued and received an MA in Drama Therapy from Kansas State University. She has over 500 hours of experience working with adults with disabilities and children on the autism spectrum.
Yue Yu is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis. She has a broad research interest in caregivers of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders and interventions in ASD. View her curriculum vitae here.
Melanie Watkins is a doctoral student in Clinical Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. She is interested in the problem of burnout in special education teachers, as well as in other helping professions.
Teri Belkin is a fifth year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at IUPUI. She conducts research on caregivers of individuals with ASD (parents, siblings, and support staff). Teri recently completed a meta-analysis examining the effectiveness of interventions for adults with ASD. Through her clinical work and research, she aims to promote optimal well-being and quality of life for individuals with ASD and their caregivers.