Current Students

Jacqueline (Jackie) Allen
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2015 Cohort; jacqueline.allen@uky.edu Research interest: LCSW diagnosing of personality disorders Mentor(s): Dr. David Royse Current Position: private practice specializing in diagnosing personality disorders MSW:  University of Kentucky Read More

Molly Bode
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2018 Cohort; molly.bode2@uky.edu Research interest:  professional regulation/portability of social work practice; regulation of the child welfare workforce and how regulation affects service delivery Dissertation chair: Dr. Jay Miller Current Position:  manager at Lantern Alzheimer’s Center... Read More

Amy Brown
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2015 Cohort; aebr256@uky.edu Research interest:  mental health and suicide outcomes among military and veteran populations; specifically treatment seeking and access to care among military personnel and veterans Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel Mentors: Dr. Julie... Read More

Steven Buchanan
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2017 Cohort; steven.buchanan@uky.edu Research interest: hazing, bullying and military suicide Current Position: Children’s Therapeutic Rehabilitation Program Director at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center. Publications: Benner, K., Loeffler, D., & Buchanan, S. (In Press). Understanding social justice... Read More

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., &... 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).... 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... 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.... 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... 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,... 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... 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... Read More

Tim Olsen
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2014 Cohort; timothy.olsen@uky.edu Research interest: research-informed interventions for moral injury among military populations; suicide prevention in the military Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel Mentor: Dr. Flaherty, Dr. Royse, Dr. Cerel Current Position: Director of Psychological... Read More

Janet Otachi
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2017 Cohort; janet.otachi@uky.edu Dissertation Chair: Dr. Melanie Otis Area of research interest: Evidence Based Tobacco Treatment Current Employment: Behavioral Health Wellness Environments for Living and Learning (BH WELL) Program Coordinator II, UK College of Nursing Publications:... Read More

Theresia Pachner
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2017 Cohort, tpa249@uky.edu Research interests:  mental health outcomes of various populations (e.g., women, refugees & immigrants), health risk behaviors across age groups (including factors related to cognitive decline), older refugees and integration of refugees and... Read More

Stephanie Ratliff
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2019 Cohort; Stephanie.Ratliff@uky.edu Current Position: Clinical Faculty/Director/Co-Principal Investigator of the Credit for Learning Program (CFL), UK College of Social Work Research interest: public child welfare, comorbidity of child maltreatment and caregiver substance use, substance use... Read More

Aaron Slusher
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2015 Cohort; aaron.slusher1@uky.edu Research interest: Transgender identities Dissertation chair: Dr. Melanie Otis Teaching Experience: SW 322: Social Work and Social Welfare (BASW; Spring 2017; Fall 2017; Spring 2018, Fall 2018) SW 222: Development of Social... Read More

Annie Snow
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Research interest: suicide, GLBTQ, transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel Teaching Experience: SW 580: Understanding Intimate Partner Violence (Fall 2019) SW 350: Social Work Practice II – Survey of Groups... Read More

Lynn Squicciarini
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2011 Cohort; lynn.squicciarini@uky.edu Research interest: job satisfaction among child-welfare workers; impact of job satisfaction on client outcomes; infant-mother relationships Dissertation chair: Dr. Melanie Otis Current Position: Faculty at Eastern Kentucky University Publications: Squicciarini, L. M.... Read More

Vinod Srivastava
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2014 Cohort; vksriv2@uky.edu Research interest: cyber technology; complex trauma; public health; ethics and social media Mentor: Dr. David Royse Current Position: Clinical Assessor for Family Preservation and Reunification Services (FPRS) at KVC Healthcare System Kentucky,... Read More

Shawndaya Thrasher
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2016 Cohort; shawndaya.thrasher@uky.edu Research interest: perceptions of bullying among African-American parents and youth; risk and preventative factors associated with bullying among African-American youth Dissertation chair: Dr. Jay Miller Mentors: Dr. Jay Miller, Dr. Royse, Dr.... Read More

James W. Watts
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2017 Cohort; james.watts1@uky.edu Research interest: suicide among rural populations Dissertation chair: Dr. Julie Cerel Employment: Department of Veterans Affairs:  Social Work and Chaplaincy Service Chief Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant – SW 580: Special Topics in... Read More