Casey Cassetty

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2015 Cohort; clco275@g.uky.edu Research interest: LGBT caregiving Current position: substance abuse therapist at Foundations Recovery Network (Nashville, TN) Dissertation chair: Dr. Melanie Otis & Dr. Natalie Pope Publications: Cassetty, C., Kostelic, A.F., Pope, N.D., & Liu, Y., (2018, January).  Prepare to … Read More

Jessica Donohue-Dioh

Graduated from the UK doctoral program: 2019 Area of research interest: prevention of human trafficking   participatory research  mixed-methods research  race and gender as relates to human trafficking Dissertation chair: Dr. Otis and Dr. Miller Mentor: Dr. Miller Working title of … Read More

Ethan Engelhardt

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2019 Cohort; Ethan.Engelhardt@uky.edu Research interest: first-generation college students; social media usage & social isolation among older adults Current position: Assistant professor, Social Work Department at Asbury University MSW: Arizona State University Presentations: Engelhardt, E. (2016). Promoting Mental Health AWAREness. University … Read More

Douglas Foote

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Started UK doctoral program: 2018 Area of research interest: Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in the military Dissertation chair: Dr. Flaherty Mentor: Dr. Flaherty Working title of dissertation: Prevalence of adverse childhood experiences in the military MSW: Yes from Fayetteville … Read More

Athena Kheibari

Graduated from the UK doctoral program: 2019 Area of research interest: Understanding the underlying causes of stigma, particularly related to suicide, and factors associated with suicide stigma. Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel Mentor: Dr. Julie Cerel; Dr. Jay Miller Working … Read More

Shelagh Larkin

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2015 Cohort; shelagh.larkin@uky.edu Research interest: health outcomes in children and adolescents Dissertation chair: Dr. Melanie Otis Current Position: Senior Teaching Professor at Xavier University in the BSW program; Director of Field Education at Xavier University. Publications: Larkin, S. (2019). A … Read More

Abigail Latimer

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2016 Cohort; abbie.latimer@uky.edu Research interest: moral distress in professionals and healthcare providers, impact of social work and professional development in palliative care, role of social workers in management of heart failure Dissertation chair: Dr. Melanie Otis Current Position: Palliative Care … Read More

Lindsay Littrell

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2018 Cohort; lindsaylittrell@uky.edu Research interest: Collectivist engagement of local and global practices toward intersectional social justice and liberation; social work ethics, education and practice in the context of civil resistance Publications: Miller, J., Cooley, M., Segress, M., Niu, C., Bowman, K., Fletcher, J., … Read More

Shannon Moody

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2018 Cohort; snmo243@g.uky.edu Research interest: well-being of children and families in kinship care Dissertation chair: Dr. Miller Current Position: Child Welfare policy director and director of the Face It Movement to End Child Abuse at Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA). Publications: … Read More

Liz Nelson

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2015 Cohort; elizabeth.nelson@uky.edu Research interest: serious mental illness; Assertive Community Treatment (ACT); service delivery in community-mental health centers Dissertation chair: Dr. Natalie Pope Current Position: director of Supportive Living Programs at New Beginnings, Lexington, KY Teaching Experience: Primary Instructor – … Read More

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