Doctoral Students

Banafsheh AghayeeabianehBanafsheh Aghayeeabianeh
Adolescent Development

M.S., Social Sciences, University of Tehran
B.S.,Social Sciences, Alzahra University

Hometown: Tehran, Iran
Interests: music, swimming, news!


Marcia Malone Bell
Adolescent Development

M.S., Family Studies (MFT), U of Kentucky
B.S., Individual and Family Development, U of Kentucky

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Interests: sports, historical novels, classical piano, technology, and a good cup of tea


Alyssa Campbell
Family Processes

M.S. Couple and Family Therapy, U of Kentucky
B.S., Psychology, Kansas State U

Hometown: Olathe, Kansas
Interests: going to concerts, animal lover, outdoor adventures, working out, reading


Guangyi Cui Guangyi Cui
Adolescent Development

M.S., Family Sciences, U of Kentucky
B.A. Psychology, Shandong Normal U (China)

Hometown: Jinan (Shandong Province), China
Interests: Japanese culture, cooking


Alex ElswickAlex Elswick
Family Processes

M.S. Couple and Family Therapy, U of Kentucky
B.S., History, Centre College

Hometown: Lexingtomn, Kentucky
Interests: weightlifting, basketball, and advocating for people recovering from addiction


Djidjoho Gnonhossou
Family Processes

M.A., Christian Education, Asbury Theological Seminary
M.A., Marriage, Family & Child Counseling, Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary
B.A., Linguistics and Communication, U of Abomey Calavi (Benin)

Hometown: Cotonou, Republic of Benin
Interests: cooking, music, spending time with family


Allie GoderwisAllie Goderwis
Family Processes

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

Hometown: Florence, Kentucky
Interests: yoga, mindfulness, growing flowers and plants, Mo (my cat), reading novels, playing guitar, and exercise



Magda JavakhishviliMagda Javakhishvili
Adolescent Development

M.A., Sociology, Tbilisi State U
B.A., Psychology, Tbilisi State U

Hometown: Tbilisi, Georgia
Interests: theater, classical music, reading (fiction and non-fiction), dancing, writing, discovering new places


Dan LiuDan Liu
Adolescent Development 

M.A., Translation Theory and Practice, Sichuan University
B.S., English, Sichuan University

Hometown: Chongqing, China
Interests: hiking, yoga, reading, photography, and cooking


Sarah Martin

Sarah Martin Butterbaugh
Adolescent Development

M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.S. Recreation Therapy and Psychology, Georgia Southern University

Hometown: Statesboro, Ga
Interest: Cooking, traveling, hiking, and spending time with my family



Jakub Mikuška  Jakub Mikuska
Adolescent Development

M.S.,Psychology, Masaryk U (Czech Republic)
B.A. Psychology, Tmava U (Slovakia)

Hometown: Bratislava, Slovakia
Interests: music (both playing and listening), movies, nature games (board/card, video, role playing)


Jacqueline Norman
Family Processes

M.Ed., Moderate & Severe Disabilities, U of Kentucky
B.S., French Education, Georgia Southern U

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Interests: family time, swimming, hiking, baking, community service

Iilya OkhotnikovIlya Okhotnikov

Family Processes

D.Min., Family Ministry and Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary
M.Div., Pastoral Ministry, Pentecostal Theological Seminary
Engineer, Radio-Electronic Devices, Izhevsk State Technical U (Russia)

Hometown: Izhevsk, Russia
Interests: family time, church ministry, photography, traveling, sports, music


Jeffrey Reed
Family Processes

M.A., Marriage and Family Counseling, Asbury Theological Seminary
B.S., Psychology, U of Texas at Austin

Hometown: Gastonia, North Carolina
Interests: fly fishing, running, rock climbing, backpacking, spending quality time with wife and children


Rodion Svynarenko
Family Processes

B.S., Psychology, Odesa National U (Ukraine)

Hometown: Odessa, Ukraine
Interests: bicycling, hiking, reading European Philosophy books



Phillip A. ThompsonPhillip A. Thompson
Family Processes

M.A. Marriage and Family Therapy, The Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
B.A. Psychology, Kentucky State University

Hometown:  Louisville, Kentucky
Interests:  Leather Working, Engine Repair, Wine Making, Electronic Repair, Antique Car Collecting, Scuba Diving, Fishing, and Cycling


Qun (Kelly) ZhangQun (Kelly) Zhang
Family Finance & Economics

M.S., Family Sciences, U of Kentucky
B.A., English, Dalian Nationalities U (China)

Hometown: Harbin, China
Interests: traveling, skiing, piano, movies, shopping


Master’s Students

Stephanie Boyd

Family Processes

B.S., Family Science, U of Kentucky

Hometown: Shelbyville, Kentucky
Interests: reading, yoga, jogging, spending time with family, advocating for birthing options


 Matthew CornuMatthew Cornu
Couple and Family Therapy (CFT)

B.S., Human Development and Family Studies, The University of Alabama

Hometown: Covington, Louisiana
Interest:  watching football, playing ultimate frisbee, Xbox video games, relaxing on a beach, and eating gulf seafood.


Jennifer GuilliamsJennifer Guilliams
Family Processes

B.S., Child and Family Development, Auburn University

Hometown: Manchester, Tennessee
Interests: spending time with family, movies, music, yoga, playing games, relaxing on beach, sports: soccer and football


Kristina Hayes
Adolescent Development

B.A., Child and Family Development, U of Akron

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Interests: running, reading, arts and crafts



McKenna FeyMcKenna Fey
Couples and Family Therapy

B.S. Human Development and Family Science, Oklahoma State University,
Minor in Psychology

Hometown: Plano, TX
Interests: Canoeing, cycling, going to concerts, watching movies, cooking, board games


Gabrielle HadornGabrielle Hadorn
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S. Psychology, University of Georgia

Hometown: Cumming, Georgia
Interests: hiking, traveling, concerts, movies, dogs


Claire HeaneyClaire Heaney
Family Processes

M.A. English Literature, CUNY Queens College
B.A. English/Secondary Education, CUNY Queens College

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).


Emily JohnsonEmily Johnson
Couple and Family Therapy

B. S. Human Development and Family Studies, Adult Life Programs, Auburn University

Hometown: Roswell, GA
Interests include: cooking, reading, running, hiking, playing with my pup


Melinda Lemaster
Adolescent Development

B.S., Family Sciences, U of Kentucky
A.A., Bluegrass Community & Technical College
A.A.S., Legal Assistant, Mayo Technical College 

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Interests: being outdoors, movies, reading fiction


Rachael Looney Rachael Looney
Adolescent Development

B.A., Psychology, U of Kentucky

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky



Trenton McClureTrenton McClure
Family Processes

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

Hometown: Salt Lake City, UT
Interests: cycling, outdoor adventures, swimming, hanging out with my family, guitar 



Bailey MortisBailey Mortis
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Psychology, University of Evansville 

Hometown: Evansville, IN

Interests: running, hiking, traveling, a nice cup of coffee, and spending time with my family and friends 


Melinda MurdockMelinda Murdock
Couple and Family Therapy

B.A., Psychology, University of Memphis

Hometown: Benton, AR
Interests: Running, working out, exploring the outdoors, writing, social justice advocate.


Kirstie OttoKirstie Otto
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Family Science, University of Kentucky

Hometown: Geneva, OH
Interests: Spending time with my friends and family, my animals, cooking new recipes, and watching Cleveland Sports


Melissa PikeMelissa Pike
Family Processes

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

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


No PictureTiyani Rodrigo
Family Finance & Economics

B.B.A., Finance, University of Colombo

Hometown: Colombo, Sri - Lanka
Interests: Family time, Road trips, Stitching and Crochet



Jane D. SamuelJane D. Samuel
Marriage and Family Therapy

J.D. Suffolk University Law School
B.A. University of Massachusetts/Amherst

Hometown: Lexington, Kentucky
Interests: Reading, Writing, Swimming, advocating for families raising children with early trauma/toxic stress.


Yabin TangYabin Tang
Couple and Marriage Therapy

M.A.P. Master Degree of Applied Psychology (clinical oriented) Peking University in China

Hometown: Sichuan, China
Interests: swimming, doing sports, spending time with friends, reading, embroidery


Vanessa VelaVanessa Vela
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Sociology, Abilene Christian University

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



Laura White

B.S. Health Promotion, Morehead State U

Hometown: Morehead, Kentucky
Interests: family time, Extension work