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LESLEY-MARIE (CLEVENGER) BUER
Place of Origin: Knoxville, Tennessee
Undergraduate School: College of Charleston
Undergraduate Major: Anthropology, sociology, and health
Graduate College: College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Department: Anthropology
Graduate Program: Anthropology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
2nd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Carl Leukefeld
Description of Research Activities: Multiple projects (SNAP, Purdue Pharma) involving qualitative research on prescription drug misuse in Eastern Kentucky.
Hobbies/Interests: Hiking, Cooking, Watching Football, Music.
What is unique about me:  Not much. I am first generation to college, from Appalachia, and focused on issues affecting rural Appalachian communities.
LUCAS BROSTER
Place of Origin: Lexington, Kentucky
Undergraduate School: Yale University
Undergraduate Major: Cognitive Science
Graduate College: College of Medicine
Graduate Department: Behavioral Science
Graduate Program: Clinical & Translational Science
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D./M.D.
Year:
2nd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Yang Jiang
Description of Research Activities: The goal of my dissertation proposal is to learn how emotional content may moderate the memory effects of very early Alzheimer dementia, sometimes identified with amnestic mild cognitive impairment. The long-term goal is to identify both early markers of dementia and spared capacities that can help patients to cope with the disease. I use electrophysiological, behavioral, and brain imaging approaches to study the aging brain and mind.
Hobbies/Interests: Anything with numbers
What is unique about me:  Come say “Hi” and I’ll leave this for you to decide. :0

MATTHEW BUSH, M.D.
Place of Origin: Cross Lanes, West Virginia
Undergraduate School: Bob Jones University
Undergraduate Major: Pre-Medicine
Graduate College: College of Medicine
Graduate Department: Behavioral Science
Graduate Program: Clinical & Translational Science
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
1st year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Nancy Schoenberg
Description of Research Activities: I am investigating pediatric hearing loss in Appalachia. Specifically, I am investigating the degree of hearing healthcare disparity for children in that region and causative factors related to it. In response to this, we are devising some methods to address this care inequity through telemedicine and patient advocates/navigators.
Hobbies/Interests: Coaching my kids soccer, Playing golf, Medical mission work in Nairobi, Kenya.
What is unique about me:  I’m filling a unique role of clinician scientist in the Department of Otolaryngology. Pursing a Ph.D. is quite uncommon for peers in my position but I believe it will greatly augment my research in pediatric hearing loss in Appalachia.

ANDREA CRIPPS
Place of Origin: Echo Bay, Ontario Canada
http://www.mc.uky.edu/athletic_training/images/RHB%20Doctoral%20Students/Cripps,%20Andrea.jpgUndergraduate School: Lake Superior State University
Undergraduate Major: Athletic Training
Graduate College: College of Health Sciences
Graduate Department: Rehabilitation Science
Graduate Program: Rehabilitation Science
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
3rd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Scott Livingstone
Description of Research Activities: Visuo-motor processing and the effect on balance following sports-related concussions
Hobbies/Interests: Sports, Movies.
What is unique about me:  ?
MEGAN F. DICKSON
Place of Origin: Bardstown, Kentucky
Undergraduate School: Western Kentucky University
Undergraduate Major: Sociology, Criminology, and Broadcast Communications
Graduate College: College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Department: Sociology
Graduate Program: Sociology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
4rd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Matthew Webster
Description of Research Activities: As a Data Coordinator Senior with the Center on Drug and Alcohol Research, I have worked on several research projects – including Drugged Driving in Alcohol-Restricted Rural Appalachia, the Kentucky Needs Assessment Project, the Kentucky DUI Project, and A Web-based Employment Intervention for Drug Court Participants. As a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology, I am currently at the proposal stage of my dissertation project. My dissertation will investigate recidivism among Kentucky DUI offenders, specifically exploring DUI recidivism using a deterrence theory framework. As part of my dissertation, I will also explore the effects of various moderators such as age, gender, substance abuse problem severity, and location.
Hobbies/Interests: Baking & Gardening
What is unique about me:  I’m an urban chicken keeper and I come from an incredibly large family.
PK ELLISTON
Place of Origin: Richmond, Kentucky
Undergraduate School: Eastern Kentucky University
Undergraduate Major: Corrections & Juvenile Services
Graduate College: College of Public Health
Graduate Department: Health Behavior
Graduate Program: Health Behavior
Degree(s) Pursuing: DrPh
Year:
4rd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Matthew Webster
Description of Research Activities: Evaluator/Research Coordinator for SAMHSA funded grant – Targeted  Capacity Expansion Program for Substance Abuse Treatment and HIV/AIDS Services
Hobbies/Interests: Gardening, Cooking, Reading
What is unique about me:  Growing up my family owned bars and package liquor stores and now as an academic I am studying drug and alcohol behaviors.
DAVID PASCALE HAGUE
Place of Origin: New Jersey
Undergraduate School: Asbury
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Graduate College: College of Education
Graduate Department: Counseling Psychology
Graduate Program: Counseling Psychology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
3rd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. John Wilson
Description of Research Activities: Medical curriculum development for ICM1, integrate new technology into the course to create a richer educational experience for students.
Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, Spending time with my 20 month old daughter.
What is unique about me:  I grew up at the real Jersey shore, not that place they show on that awful TV show! J.
MARTHA HINCHEY
Place of Origin: Savannah, Georgia
Undergraduate School: The University of the South, Sewanee
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Graduate College: College of Education
Graduate Department: Educational Psychology
Graduate Program: School Psychology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
4th year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Jamie L. Studts
Description of Research Activities: Part of a study involving evidence-based tobacco cessation program within an OB-GYN setting (QuitAdvisor).
Hobbies/Interests: Running, my dog Bucket, Traveling, Cooking
What is unique about me:  I’m one of four children and we are all 13 months apart; the order of kids is boy, girl, boy, girl… our first initials are PMPM
JENNIFER KILKUS POE
Place of Origin: Shenandoah, Virginia
Undergraduate School: Berea College
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Graduate College: College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Department: Psychology
Graduate Program: Clinical Psychology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
6th year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Jamie Studts
Description of Research Activities: Treatment decision-making in cancer. Currently working on an equine facilitated research program for cancer survivors.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Exercising, Skiing, Spending time with my dog.
What is unique about me:  I am currently on crutches, you will hear me coming before you see me! J.
DUSTIN LEE
Place of Origin: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Undergraduate School: University of New Mexico
Undergraduate Major: Psychology/Philosophy
Graduate College: College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Department: Psychology
Graduate Program: Behavioral Neuroscience and Pharmacology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
? year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Thomas H. Kelly
Description of Research Activities: I am interested in examining dimensions of impulsivity and characteristics of alcohol use to determine which factors, alone or in combination, are associated with the escalation of tobacco smoking, and how alcohol interacts with behavioral inhibition to increase cigarette consumption in young adults.
Hobbies/Interests: Running, Hiking, Playing Golf, Cooking/Eating good food.
What is unique about me:  I like to think I have a unique sense of humor.
KATIE MARKS
Place of Origin: Louisville, Kentucky
Undergraduate School: Murray State University
Undergraduate Major: Psychology
Graduate College: College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Department: Psychology
Graduate Program: Behavioral Neuroscience Program
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
4rd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Craig Rush
Description of Research Activities: Eye-tracking of drug-related cues in cocaine users, pharmacological interventions for drug abuse.
Hobbies/Interests: Soccer, backpacking, music
What is unique about me:  I am working on my pilots license to fly sail planes.
MICHAEL GEORGE MEJIA
Place of Origin: Washington State
Undergraduate School: University of Miami
Undergraduate Major: Psychology (Anthropology minor)
Graduate College: College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Department: Psychology
Graduate Program: Clinical Health Psychology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
1st year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Jamie Studts
Description of Research Activities: I am completing a literature review, content analysis, and codebook development for research projects with my mentor.
Hobbies/Interests: I enjoy bluegrass festivals and I’m learning to play the mandolin.
What is unique about me:  I lived in Peru for several years of my childhood.
RAVEN PIERCY
Place of Origin: Loxley, Alabama
Undergraduate School: Asbury College/Auburn University
Undergraduate Major: Psychology/Counseling
Graduate College: College of Education
Graduate Department: Educational, School and Counseling Psychology
Graduate Program: Educational Psychology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year:
4th year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. John Wilson
Description of Research Activities: Medical Education, Curriculum Development, Integrating technology into curriculum.
Hobbies/Interests: Reading, Knitting, Bird watching, Crossword puzzles, Bluegrass music
What is unique about me:  I have a bomb shelter (built in 1957) under my front yard. I also have an adorable little girl, Scarlette Jane.
ERIKA PIKE
Place of Origin: Clinton Township, Michigan
Undergraduate School: University of Michigan, Fling
Undergraduate Major: Clinical & Community Psychology
Graduate College: Arts & Sciences
Graduate Department: Psychology
Graduate Program: Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Psychopharmacology
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D., Certificate in Clinical & Translational Science
Year:
3rd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Craig Rush
Laboratory: Laboratory of Human Behavioral Pharmacology
Description of Research Activities: I primarily research the effects of different FDA-approved medications for the treatment of cocaine and methamphetamine abuse in non-treatment seeking human volunteers. I have done work investigating the effects of these medications on cognitive performance, as this is a growing area in the field (with little luck thus far). Most recently, I have been collecting data using a task developed in Dr. Filmore’s lab to look at differences in using cocaine images as a go cue on a go/no-go task to see how images of cocaine influences inhibitory control when a participant is prepared to respond, but must inhibit at the last minute.
Hobbies/Interests: I have been horseback riding since I was very young and competed in hunter jumping before going to college. In Kentucky I volunteered for a while working with horses at a rescue and did some retraining to help improve adoptability of horses. I also enjoy reading about most anything, the discount tables at bookstores are usually where I find obscure things to read. When I have time, I also enjoy climbing, which has mostly been at the rock wall at the Johnson Center. Lately, I have spent most of my time with my dog, as I haven’t had time for much else.
What is unique about me: I’m not really sure, I haven’t really ever thought about it.
SRIHARI SESHADRI
Place of Origin: Bangalore, India
Undergraduate School: Dr.B.R. Ambedkar Medical College
Undergraduate Major: Medicine/Surgery
Graduate College: College of Medicine
Graduate Department: Department of Behavioral Science
Graduate Program: Clinical & Translational Science
Degree(s) Pursuing: Ph.D.
Year: 2nd year
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Nancy Schoenberg
Description of Research Activities Planning a smoking cessation with weight control pilot program.
Hobbies/Interests: Singing and listening to music, Rural health and health disparities
What is unique about me:  I speak 5 different Indian languages.

DUSTIN STEPHENS
Place of Origin: Fort Worth, Texas
Undergraduate School: University of Texas at Austin
Undergraduate Major: Biology
Graduate College: College of Medicine
Graduate Department: Department of Behavioral Science
Graduate Program: Clinical & Translational Science
Degree(s) Pursuing: M.D./Ph.D.
Year: 2nd year medical student
Professor/Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Havens
Description of Research Activities My research agenda focuses on infectious disease epidemiology and related high-risk behaviors among drug users in medically underserved regions of rural Appalachia. This research includes both individual and network-level risk characteristics in a population with very high levels of prescription opioid abuse by means of injection, along with concomitantly high prevalence of hepatitis C virus and substantial risk of HIV/AIDS.
Hobbies/Interests: Travel, rock climbing, hiking, skiing.
What is unique about me:  I worked as a rock climbing guide and high-risk aerial stunt coordinator before deciding to attend graduate school at UK.

NICHOLAS DENTON

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CHRISTIAN LATTERMAN, M.D.

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KELLIE LYNCH

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RACHEL STEFFENS

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