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Research Affiliates


whitney cassity-caywood
Whitney Cassity-Caywood | Ph.D., L.C.S.W

Research Affiliate

Dr. Whitney Cassity-Caywood is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Murray State University and a Research Affiliate for the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Transylvania University and her Master of Science in Social Work and her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Louisville. Dr. Cassity-Caywood's current research focuses on how advocates and therapists working within Kentucky's Child Advocacy Centers and Sexual Violence Resource Centers adapt their practices to continue delivering services during COVID-19. Her previous research has focused on mental health issues, particularly in rural areas. In addition to her work as an educator and researcher, Dr. Cassity-Caywood is a practicing Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also serves on the Kentucky Board of Social Work. 





David Royse
David Royse l Ph.D., M.S.S.W.

Research Affiliate

Dr. David Royse retired as a Professor from the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work in 2021 after 37 years there, two years at the University of Dayton, one at Alice Lloyd College, and nine years practice in mental health and nonprofit agencies. He obtained his BA (Psychology) from the University of Kentucky, his MSSW from University of Louisville, and his PhD from The Ohio State University. He is the author and co-author of several college textbooks and numerous professional journal articles across such topics as child welfare, program evaluation, mental health, and a broad spectrum of other topics.




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