PhD Students

Ryan Barney


Master’s in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor’s in Psychology, Brigham Young University

Teaching Interests

  • Generalist practice
  • Clinical practice
  • Practice with military populations

Research Interests

  • Compassion fatigue in military helping professionals
  • Leadership and human performance in the modern military environment
  • Socio-emotional development of adolescent males


Ryan is an active-duty Air Force officer currently completing his PhD in social work at the University of Kentucky. Prior to his current academic studies, he was the Family Advocacy Officer for Space Base Delta 1, tasked with the prevention and treatment of domestic violence and child abuse at 3 separate installations in Colorado Springs, CO. He completed his MSSW at the University of Texas at Austin in 2016 and has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Brigham Young University. He has practiced as an LCSW in a variety of clinical settings with adults and adolescents, treating issues such as substance abuse, family violence, depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders.