Doctoral Students

Banafsheh AghayeeabianehBanafsheh Aghayeeabianeh
Adolescent Development

M.S., Social Sciences, University of Tehran
B.S.,Social Sciences, Alzahra University

Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Interests: music, swimming, news!


Julia Beier

Julia Beier
Adolescent Development 

B.S., Psychology, Missouri Western State University

Hometown: St. Joseph, MO
Interests: Being with friends and family, volunteering, and exploring new places and cultures. 



Alyssa Campbell
Family Processes

M.S. Couple and Family Therapy, U of Kentucky
B.S., Psychology, Kansas State U

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas
Interests: going to concerts, animal lover, outdoor adventures, working out, reading


Alex ElswickAlex Elswick
Family Processes

M.S. Couple and Family Therapy, U of Kentucky
B.S., History, Centre College

Hometown: Lexingtomn, Kentucky
Interests: weightlifting, basketball, and advocating for people recovering from addiction


Djidjoho Gnonhossou
Family Processes

M.A., Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Marriage, Family & Child Counseling, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary
B.A., Linguistics and Communication, U of Abomey Calavi (Benin)

Hometown: Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Interests: cooking, music, spending time with family


Allie GoderwisAllie Goderwis
Family Processes

M.S. Couple and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky
B.A., Psychology and Family Sciences, University of Kentucky

Hometown: Florence, Kentucky
Interests: yoga, mindfulness, growing flowers and plants, Mo (my cat), reading novels, playing guitar, and exercise


Magda JavakhishviliMagda Javakhishvili
Adolescent Development

M.A., Sociology, Tbilisi State U
B.A., Psychology, Tbilisi State U

Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia
Interests: theater, classical music, reading (fiction and non-fiction), dancing, writing, discovering new places


Dan LiuDan Liu
Adolescent Development 

M.A., Translation Theory and Practice, Sichuan University
B.S., English, Sichuan University

Hometown: Chongqing, China
Interests: hiking, yoga, reading, photography, and cooking


Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin Butterbaugh
Adolescent Development

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.S. Recreation Therapy and Psychology, Georgia Southern University

Hometown: Statesboro, Ga
Interest: Cooking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with my family



Jacqueline Norman
Family Processes

M.Ed., Moderate & Severe Disabilities, U of Kentucky
B.S., French Education, Georgia Southern U

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Interests: family time, swimming, hiking, baking, community service


Jeffrey Reed
Family Processes

M.A., Marriage and Family Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.S., Psychology, U of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina
Interests: fly fishing, running, rock climbing, backpacking, spending quality time with wife and children


Phillip A. ThompsonPhillip A. Thompson
Family Processes

M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
B.A. Psychology, Kentucky State University

Hometown:  Louisville, Kentucky
Interests:  Leather Working, Engine Repair, Wine Making, Electronic Repair, Antique Car Collecting, Scuba Diving, Fishing, and Cycling 


Master’s Students

Stephanie Boyd

Family Processes

B.S., Family Science, U of Kentucky

Hometown: Shelbyville, Kentucky
Interests: reading, yoga, jogging, spending time with family, advocating for birthing options


Tera BuerkleTera Buerkle
Couple & Family Therapy

B.A. in Film & Media, Georgia State University

Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Interests: cooking, fermentation, performance, art, film, sexuality, dancing, foraging, mental health, comedy, music


Kara BurnsKara Burns
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Family Sciences, University of Kentucky

Hometown: Paducah, Kentucky
Interests: Playing Xbox video games, spending time with friends, going new places and meeting new people 


 Matthew CornuMatthew Cornu
Couple and Family Therapy (CFT)

B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The University of Alabama

Hometown: Covington, Louisiana
Interest:  watching football, playing ultimate frisbee, Xbox video games, relaxing on a beach, and eating gulf seafood.


McKenna FeyMcKenna Fey
Couples and Family Therapy

B.S. Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University,
Minor in Psychology

Hometown: Plano, TX
Interests: Canoeing, cycling, going to concerts, watching movies, cooking, board games


Jennifer GuilliamsJennifer Guilliams
Family Processes

B.S., Child and Family Development, Auburn University

Hometown: Manchester, Tennessee
Interests: spending time with family, movies, music, yoga, playing games, relaxing on beach, sports: soccer and football


Gabrielle HadornGabrielle Hadorn
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia

Hometown: Cumming, Georgia
Interests: hiking, traveling, concerts, movies, dogs


Claire HeaneyClaire Heaney
Family Processes

M.A. English Literature, CUNY Queens College
B.A. English/Secondary Education, CUNY Queens College

Hometown: Flushing, New York
Interest: Honestly, just doing new things! Since I’ve moved here two years ago, I’ve joined the Mecca Dance Studio, I’m part of a book club, swimming, cosplay, traveling (even though it has only been to the surrounding states recently, but hey, these are all parts of America I’ve yet to discover).

Morgann HeggeMorgann Hegge
Couples and Family Therapy

B.A., Psychology, University of Kentucky

Hometown: Union, KY
Interest: Hiking, cycling, arts and crafts, baking, and enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends


Emily JohnsonEmily Johnson
Couple and Family Therapy

B. S. Human Development and Family Studies, Adult Life Programs, Auburn University

Hometown: Roswell, GA
Interests include: cooking, reading, running, hiking, playing with my pup


Mary LanceMary Katherine Lance
Couple and Family Therapy

B.A., Religion, Furman University

Hometown: Macon, GA
Interests: cozy coffee shops, cycle/spin class, houseplants, college football




Melinda Lemaster
Adolescent Development

B.S., Family Sciences, U of Kentucky
A.A., Bluegrass Community & Technical College
A.A.S., Legal Assistant, Mayo Technical College 

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Interests: being outdoors, movies, reading fiction


Rachael Looney Rachael Looney
Adolescent Development

B.A., Psychology, U of Kentucky

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky



Trenton McClureTrenton McClure
Family Processes

B.S Marriage and Family Studies, Brigham Young University - Idaho

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Interests: cycling, outdoor adventures, swimming, hanging out with my family, guitar 



Melinda MurdockMelinda Murdock
Couple and Family Therapy

B.A., Psychology, University of Memphis

Hometown: Benton, AR
Interests: Running, working out, exploring the outdoors, writing, social justice advocate.


Kirstie OttoKirstie Otto
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Family Science, University of Kentucky

Hometown: Geneva, OH
Interests: Spending time with my friends and family, my animals, cooking new recipes, and watching Cleveland Sports


Melissa PikeMelissa Pike
Family Processes

B.A., Family and Consumer Sciences, Bridgewater College

Hometown: Madison, VA
Interests: Crossfit, painting, playing the mandolin, hiking, and spending quality time with friends and family.


Tiyani RodrigoTiyani Rodrigo
Family Finance & Economics

B.B.A., Finance, University of Colombo

Hometown: Colombo, Sri - Lanka
Interests: Family time, Road trips, Stitching and Crochet



Jane D. SamuelJane D. Samuel
Marriage and Family Therapy

J.D. Suffolk University Law School
B.A. University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Interests: Reading, Writing, Swimming, advocating for families raising children with early trauma/toxic stress.


Vanessa VelaVanessa Vela
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Sociology, Abilene Christian University

Hometown: Fort Worth, Texas
Interests: watching movies, hanging out with friends and family, working out, being a friend of the world, and ice cream!


Ciara WatkinsCiara Watkins
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Family and Child Sciences, Florida State University

Hometown: Coral Springs, FL
Interests: Spending time with friends and family, working out, hot yoga, shopping


Laura White

B.S. Health Promotion, Morehead State U

Hometown: Morehead, Kentucky
Interests: family time, Extension work