Current Students

Jacqueline (Jackie) Allen
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Started UK doctoral program: 2015 Area of research interest: Researching how personality disorder diagnosing is underrepresented among LCSWs. Mentor: Dr. Royse Current Position: LCSW in private practice. Specialty: diagnosing personality disorders. MSW, UK Read More

Molly Bode
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Started UK doctoral program: 2018 Area of research interest: Primary Interest: Researching the dynamics surrounding the professional regulation/portability of social work practice. Secondary: The regulatory interplay of the child welfare workforce and how that impacts... Read More

Amy Brown
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Started UK doctoral program: 2015 Area of research interest: Military and Veteran mental health and suicide outcomes, specifically treatment seeking and access to care Dissertation chair: Dr. Cerel Mentors: Dr. Cerel; Dr. Schuman Working title... Read More

Steven Buchanan
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Started UK doctoral program: 2017 Area of research interest: Rural Suicide and phenomenology of suicide survivors Current Position: Part time TAship in the COSW Publications: Understanding social justice engagement in undergraduate social work curriculum   Benner,... Read More

Jessica Donohue-Dioh
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Area of research interest: prevention of human trafficking   participatory research  mixed-methods research  race and gender as relates to human trafficking Started UK doctoral program: 2015 Dissertation chair: Dr. Otis and Dr. Miller Mentor: Dr. Miller... Read More

Monica Himes
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Started UK doctoral program: 2015 Area of research interest: Researching mental health and substance abuse of military veterans Dissertation chair: Dr. Otis Working title of dissertation: Veterans’ Treatment Courts in Kentucky:  Examining Program Completion and... Read More

Athena Kheibari
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Started UK doctoral program: 2014 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.... Read More

Shelagh Larkin
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Started UK doctoral program: 2015 Area of research interest: health outcomes in children and adolescents Dissertation chair: Dr. Otis Current Position: I am a senior teaching professor at Xavier University in the BSW program. I... Read More

Abigail Latimer
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Started UK doctoral program: 2016 Area of 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... Read More

Lindsay Littrell
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Started UK doctoral program: 2018 Area of 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 Teaching Experience: Have taught seventy... Read More

Shannon Moody
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Started UK doctoral program: 2018 Area of research interest: well-being of children and families in kinship care Dissertation chair: Dr. Miller Current Position: I work at Kentucky Youth Advocates (KYA) as the Child Welfare policy... Read More

Janet Otachi
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Started UK doctoral program: 2017 Dissertation Chair: Dr. Melanie Otis Area of research interest: Evidence Based Tobacco Treatment Current Employment: Program Coordinator Tracking and Evaluation at UK-CHSR and Program Associate, “Behavioral Health Tobacco Dependence Treatment... Read More

Theresia Pachner
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Started UK doctoral program: 2017 Area of research interest: Researching refugee’s mental well-being (including PTSD, depression, anxiety), refugee’s integration, and overall mental health issues in various populations (e.g. veterans, children etc). Mentor: Dr. Lawrence Current Position:... Read More

Aaron Slusher
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Started UK doctoral program: 2015 Area of research interest: Transgender identities Dissertation chair: Dr. Otis MSW, Radford University Read More

Annie Snow
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Area of research interest: suicide, GLBTQ, transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel Teaching Experience: -Graduate Instructor, University of Kentucky Understanding Intimate Partner Violence, 3 semesters, 30 graduate students per section... Read More

Vinod Srivastava
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Started UK doctoral program: 2014 Area of research interest: Understanding the impact of cyber technology on people and building theory, researching the impact of complex trauma, treatment, and effectiveness of different approaches, the use of... Read More

Shawndaya Thrasher
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  Started UK doctoral program: 2016 Area of research interest: My research interest centers on intergenerational bullying among African-American youth. Specifically, exploring intergenerational perceptions (e.g., parent-youth dyads) of bullying victimology, and risk and preventative factors... Read More

Grant Victor
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Started UK doctoral program: 2014 Area of research interest: My primary goal is to advance research on substance use, with a further focus on translational projects that can improve treatment and other interventions. This places... Read More

James W. Watts
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Started UK doctoral program: 2017 Area of research interest: Researching the correlates of rural suicide. Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel Employment: Department of Veterans Affairs:  Social Work and Chaplaincy Service Chief MSW, University of Kentucky Read More