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Doctoral Students

Banafsheh Aghayeeabianeh

Doctoral Student

b.aghayee@uky.edu

Education:

M.S., Social Sciences, University of Tehran

B.S., Social Sciences, Alzahra University

Emphasis Area:  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

Emphasis Area: Adolescent Development

Hometown: St. Joseph, Missouri

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

Miranda Bejda

Doctoral Student

mlbe240@uky.edu

Education:

B.S. Human Development and Family Science, Illinois State University

Emphasis Area: Adolescent Development

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Interests: reading, dancing, and spending time with my bunny (Thumper)

McKenna Fey

Doctoral Student

mckenna.fey@uky.edu

Education:

M.S. Couple and Family Therapy, University of Kentucky
B.S. Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

Hometown: Plano, Texas

Interests: Cooking, hiking, house projects, board games, reading

Becca 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

Emphasis Area: Family Processes (ACES, Juvenile Justice)

Hometown:  Scaly Mountain, North Carolina

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

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

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

Hometown:  Roswell, Georgia

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

Allison Leip

Doctoral Student

allison.leip@uky.edu

Education:

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

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

Hometown:  Syracuse, New York

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

Emphasis Area: 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

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

Hometown:  Benton, Arkansas

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

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

Hometown:  Lexington Kentucky

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

Allison Smith

Doctoral Student

aego223@uky.edu

Education:

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

Emphasis Area: Aging and Adult Development

Hometown: Florence, Kentucky

Interests: yoga, guitar, and spending time with family

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

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

Hometown:  Louisville, Kentucky

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

Sara Yamini

Doctoral Student

s.yamini@uky.edu

Education:

M.S. Industrial Management, Kar University
B.S., Industrial Engineering, Mazandaran University of Science and Technology

Emphasis Area: Adolescent Development

Hometown: Tehran, Iran

Interests: going to concerts, watching movies, spending time with family and friends

Masters Students

Portrait of Stephanie Boyd

Stephanie Boyd

Masters Student

samccl00@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Family Sciences, University of Kentucky

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

Hometown: Shelbyville, Kentucky

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

Madalyn Cooke

Masters Student

mcbe243@uky.edu

Education:

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

Emphasis Area: Couple and Family Therapy

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky 

Interests: Reading, baking, playing board games, and spending time with my family 

Edith Del Moral

Masters Student

Edith.Delmoral@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Child and Family Studies, Eastern Kentucky University

Emphasis Area: Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Interests: Painting, hiking, running, reading, and dog lover

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

Emphasis Area: Family Processes

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).

Krystal King

Masters Student

knki227@uky.edu

Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of Kentucky
A.A., Bluegrass Community & Technical College
A.S., Bluegrass Community & Technical College

Emphasis Area: Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky

Interests: Cooking, Watching movies, Going to concerts, Traveling, Spending time with friends and family, Animal lover, Coffee lover, and Roller skating!

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

Emphasis Area: Adolescent Development

Hometown:  Lexington, Kentucky

Interests:  being outdoors, movies, reading fiction

Talley Mortara

Masters Student

timo224@uky.edu

Education:

B.A., Psychology, Auburn University

Emphasis Area:  Couple and Family Therapy

Hometown:  Charlotte, North Carolina

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

Claire Nickell

Masters Student

Claire.Macmichael@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Family Studies and Human Development, Brigham Young University

Emphasis Area: Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown: Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada

Interests: sports, writing, reading, swimming, hiking

Portrait of Melissa Pike

Melissa Pike

Masters Student

melissa.pike@uky.edu

Education:

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

Emphasis Area:  Family Processes

Hometown:  Madison, Virginia

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

Liz Steering

Masters Student

elizabeth.steering@uky.edu

Education:

B.S. Sociology - Portland State University

Emphasis Area: Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown: Lake Forest, Califonia

Interests: Yoga, running, hiking, cooking and nutrition, traveling, journaling

Portrait of Natalie Tate

Natalie Tate

Masters Student

natalie.ohara@uky.edu

Education:

B.A., Psychology, University of Kentucky

Emphasis Area:  Couple & Family Therapyt

Hometown:  Palo Alto, California

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

Emphasis Area: Couple and Family Therapy

Hometown:  Seattle, Washington

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

Emphasis Area: Couple & Family Therapy

Hometown:  Fort Worth, Texas

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

Portrait of Laura White

Laura White

Masters Student

laura.white@uky.edu

Education:

B.S., Health Promotion, Morehead State University

Emphasis Area: Aging

Hometown:  Morehead, Kentucky

Interests:  family time, extension work