Search our graduate students:

Doctoral Students | Masters Students

Doctoral Students

Banafsheh Aghayeeabianeh

Doctoral Student

b.aghayee@uky.edu

Education:

M.S., Social Sciences, University of Tehran

B.S., Social Sciences, Alzahra University

Area of Interest:  Adolescent Development

Hometown:  Tehran, Iran

Interests:  Music, swimming, and news

Julia Beier

Doctoral Student

jbeier1@uky.edu

Education:

B.S. Psychology Missouri Western State University

Area of Interest:  Adolescent Development

Hometown:  St. Joseph, MO

Interests:  Being with friends and family, volunteering, and exploring new places and cultures.

Alyssa Campbell

Doctoral Student

alyssa.campbell@uky.edu

Education:

M.S. Couple and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky

B.S., Psychology, Kansas State University

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Olathe, KS

Interests: Going to concerts, animal lover, outdoor adventures, working out, and reading.

Emily Johnson

Doctoral Student

em.johnson@uky.edu

Education:

M.S., Couple and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky

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

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Roswell, GA

Interests include:  Cooking, reading, running, hiking, playing with my pup. 

Portrait of Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson

Doctoral Student

rljo258@uky.edu

Education:

M.S., Criminal Justice, East Carolina University

M.S., Couple and Family Therapy

B.A., Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Sciences, East Carolina University

Area of Interest:  Family Processes (ACES, Juvenile Justice)

Hometown:  Scaly Mountain, NC

Interests: Hiking, camping, kayaking, reading, and spending time with my dog.

Allison Leip

Doctoral Student

allison.leip@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Family, Youth, and Community Sciences, University of Florida

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Syracuse, NY

Interests:  Snuggling with my dogs, gardening, hiking, reading, and crafting.

Portrait of Dan Liu

Dan Liu

Doctoral Student

dan.liu1@uky.edu

Education:

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

Area of Interest:  Adolescent Development

Hometown:  Chongqing, China

Interests:  hiking, yoga, reading, photography, and cooking

Melinda Murdock

Doctoral Student

melinda.murdock@uky.edu

Education:

M.S., Couple and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky

B.A., Psychology, University of Memphis

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Benton, AR

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

Portrait of Jacqueline Norman

Jacqueline Norman

Doctoral Student

jacqueline.norman@uky.edu

Education:

M.Ed., Moderate & Severe Disabilities, University of Kentucky

B.S., French Education, Georgia Southern University

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Lexington KY

Interests:  family time, swimming, hiking, baking, community service

Portrait of Jeffrey Reed

Jeffrey Reed

Doctoral Student

jeff.reed@uky.edu

Education:

M.A., Marriage and Family Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary

B. S., Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Gastonia, NC

Interests:  fly fishing, running, rock climbing, backpacking, spending quality time with wife and children.

Allison Smith

Doctoral Student

aego223@uky.edu

Education:

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

Area of Interest:  Aging and Adult Development

Hometown:  Florence, KY

Interests:  yoga, guitar, and spending time with family

Portrait of Phillip Thompson

Phillip Thompson

Doctoral Student

phillip.thompson@uky.edu

Education:

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

B.A., Psychology, Kentucky State University

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Louisville, KY

Interests:  leather working, engine repair, wine making, electronic repair, antique car collecting, scuba diving, fishing, and cycling.

Masters Students

Portrait of Stephanie Boyd

Stephanie Boyd

Masters Student

samccl00@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Family Sciences, University of Kentucky

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Shelbyville, KY

Interests:  reading, yoga, jogging, spending time with family, advocating for birthing options.

Portrait of Tera Buerkle

Tera Buerkle

Masters Student

tera.buekle@uky.edu

Education:

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

Area of Interest:  Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Atlanta, GA

Interests:  cooking, fermentation, performance, art, film, sexuality, dancing, foraging, mental health, comedy, music.

Portrait of Kara Burns

Kara Burns

Masters Student

kara.burns@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Family Sciences, University of Kentucky

Area of Interest:  Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Paducah, KY

Interest:  playing Xbox video games, spending time with friends, goings new places and meeting new people.

Portrait of Gabrielle Hadorn

Gabrielle Hadorn

Masters Student

gabrielle.hadorn@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Psychology, University of Georgia

Area of Interest:  Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Cumming, GA

Interests:  hiking, traveling, concerts, movies, dogs.

Portrait of Claire Heaney

Claire Heaney

Masters Student

claire.heaney@uky.edu

Education:

M.A., English Literature, CUNY Queens College

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

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Flushing, NY

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 Hegge

Masters Student

mo.hegge@uky.edu

Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of Kentucky

Area of Interest:  Couples & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Union, KY

Interest:  hiking, cycling, arts & crafts, baking, and enjoying a good cup of coffee with friends.

Mary Katherine Lance

Masters Student

marykatherine.lance@uky.edu

Education:

B.A., Religion, Furman University

Area of Interest:  Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Macon, GA

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

Portrait of Melinda Lemaster

Melinda Lemaster

Masters Student

male222@g.uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Family Sciences, University of Kentucky

A.A., Bluegrass Community & Technical College

A.A.S., Legal Assistant, Mayo Technical College

Area of Interest:  Adolescent Development

Hometown:  Lexington, KY

Interests:  being outdoors, movies, reading fiction

Portrait of Talley Mortara

Talley Mortara

Masters Student

timo224@uky.edu

Education:

B.A., Psychology, Auburn University

Area of Interest:  Couple and Family Therapy

Hometown:  Charlotte, NC

Interests:  fishing, spending time with family and friends, baking/cooking

Portrait of Melissa Pike

Melissa Pike

Masters Student

melissa.pike@uky.edu

Education:

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

Area of Interest:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Madison, VA

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

Portriat of Tiyani Rodrigo

Tiyani Rodrigo

Masters Student

tiyani.rodrigo@uky.edu

Education:

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

Area of Interest:  Family Finance & Economics

Hometown:  Colombo, Sri - Lanka

Interests:  family time, road trips, stitching and crochet

Portrait of Natalie Tate

Natalie Tate

Masters Student

natalie.ohara@uky.edu

Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of Kentucky

Area of Interest:  Couple & Family Therapyt

Hometown:  Palo Alto, CA
Interests:  Walking my dogs, spending time with family and friends, cooking, hiking and yoga.

Portrait of Tory Thomas

Tory Thomas

Masters Student

tory.thomas@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Family Sciences, University of Kentucky

Area of Interest:  Couple and Family Therapy

Hometown:  Seattle, WA

Interests:  dance, disney movies, photography, drawing, animal lover, diet coke, and anything mint.

Portrait of Vanessa Vela

Vanessa Vela

Masters Student

vanessa.vela@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Sociology, Abilene Christian University

Area of Interest:  Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Fort Worth, TX

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

Portrait of Ciara Watkins

Ciara Watkins

Masters Student

clwa256@uky.edu

Education:

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

Area of Interest:  Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Coral Springs, FL

Interests:  spending time with friends and family, working out, hot yoga, shopping

Portrait of Laura White

Laura White

Masters Student

laura.white@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Health Promotion, Morehead State University

Area of Interest:  Aging

Hometown:  Morehead, KY

Interests:  family time, extension work