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


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


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

Gabriela Jiskrova

Adolescent Development

M.S., Psychology, Masaryk U (Czech Republic)

Hometown: Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: hiking, traveling, horror movies and books, cooking and food in general



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


Albert Ksinan
Adolescent Development

M.S., Psychology, Masaryk U (Czech Republic)
B.S., Psychology, Masaryk U (Czech Republic)
B.A. English Language and Literature, Masaryk U (Czech Republic)

Hometown: Brno, Czech Republic
Interests: reading, cooking, traveling, computers


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



David Weisenhorn
Family Processes

M.A., Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Appalachian State U
B.S., Applied Communication, Appalachian State U

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


Amanda WestmorlandAmanda Westmoreland
Family Processes

Post-M.S., Certificate, Marriage & Family Therapy, U of Louisville
M.S., Child Development & Family Studies, Middle Tennessee State U
B.S., Public Health, Clemson U

Hometown: Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Interests: volunteering with special needs kids, church, travel, outdoor activities


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 CombsStephanie Combs
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Family Science, University of Kentucky

Hometown: Louisville, KY
Interests: Being with my friends and family, hiking, all sports, and sweet tea.

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


Alyssa Campbell
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Psychology, Kansas State U

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


Kendall Coffman

Couple and Family Therapy

B.A., Sociology; Psychology; Women's/Gender/Sexuality Studies, Otterbein U

Hometown: Marengo, Ohio
Interests: tennis, reading, biking, watching the Golden Girls, traveling


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.



Allie GoderwisAllie Goderwis
Couple and Family Therapy

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



Caitlin GrassonCaitlin Grasson
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Human Development Family Studies, Auburn University

Hometown: Huntsville, Alabama
Interests: hiking, music festivals, coffee, puppies, cooking




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


Ellen KaiserEllen Kaiser
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Family Science, University of Kentucky

Hometown: Dayton, Ohio
Interests: walking my basset hound, gardening, cooking and baking, yoga, being outdoors, laughing with friends and family


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



Keiara A. MarshKeiara A. Marsh
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Hometown: Nashville, TN
Interests: spending time with family and friends, shopping, watching Reba, and enjoying good food


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 


Laura PatrickLaura Patrick
Couple and Family Therapy

PGCert, Evidence-Based Psychological Practice, U of Exeter
B.S. (Hons), Psychology, Goldsmiths College, U of London

Hometown: Exeter, United Kingdom
Interests: spending time with fiancé and our cat, gym, reading


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 PictureJane Samuel






Michael Sitton
Couple and Family Therapy

B.S., Sociology, Brigham Young U - Idaho

Hometown: Altus, Oklahoma
Interests: spending time with family, church, exercise, reading


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


Micaela VerryMicaela Verry
Family Processes

B.S. Family Consumer Sciences, Bridgewater College 

Hometown: Yorktown, Virginia
Interests: Crafting, gardening, hiking, music, history shows, and dogs.



Laura White

B.S. Health Promotion, Morehead State U

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