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Kim Link


Dr. Kim Link is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Western Kentucky University and a Scholar for the Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Western Kentucky University, her Master of Nursing from Vanderbilt University, and her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Western Kentucky University. Dr. Link is currently involved in research examining the overall wellness of Child Welfare Professionals. In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Link practices as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the local community where she works with a variety of individuals and families with mental illness.



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Brian Weiler
Brian Weiler | Ph.D., CCC-SLP


Dr. Brian Weiler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western Kentucky University and a Scholar Member of the Center for Child Welfare Education and Research.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree at Davidson College, his Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Vanderbilt University and his Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science at Vanderbilt University.  Dr. Weiler’s clinical, research, and teaching focus is on childhood language impairment.  His research focuses on furthering an understanding of the linguistic profiles of children with developmental language disorder (DLD) as well as evaluating universal kindergarten language screening approaches to improve identification of children at risk for DLD.  Dr. Weiler’s research has been funded by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Kentucky Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network.  Prior to academia, Dr. Weiler worked as a pediatric speech-language-pathologist serving children at the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center and through the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools system.





Matt Woodard
Matt Woodward | Ph.D.


Dr. Matt Woodward is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Dr. Woodward is originally from Texas, and obtained his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University. He obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis and completed his internship at the Medical University of South Carolina where he worked in several trauma clinics, including the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Dr. Woodward’s research focuses on the psychological impact of trauma, particularly in understanding and treating posttraumatic stress disorder. Dr. Woodward has worked in clinical settings with a variety of trauma groups, including veterans, victims of childhood abuse, and survivors of intimate partner violence to help them overcome posttraumatic stress disorder and other mental health difficulties.





Kimberly Green
Kimberly Green | Ed.D., CCC-SLP


Dr. Kimberly J. Green is a speech-language pathologist, an Assistant Professor in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Department at Western Kentucky University, and a Scholar for the Center for Child Welfare Education and Research.  She obtained degrees from Appalachian State University and WKU. Additionally, Dr. Green holds a certificate in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), which is a core aspect of her research interests. Her scholarly activities and professional experiences are heavily centered on DEI and issues of internationalization including topics on immigration and refugee resettlement. Dr. Green’s recent work includes published articles related to cultural competence and proficiency. She has presented as an invited speaker at regional and national workshops on subjects such as providing inclusive and culturally competent services.





Jenni Redifer
Jenni Redifer | Ph.D.


Dr. Jenni Redifer is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Redifer earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University), and a master’s and Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Florida. Dr. Redifer’s research focuses on cognitive factors that influence academic performance, including working memory capacity, cognitive load, and use of retrieval strategies. Dr. Redifer previously worked in the child welfare system in a quality assurance role, and serves as a program evaluator in a variety of settings. She regularly provides training on effective learning strategies, focusing on the translational delivery of applied research.



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Diane Lickenbrock
Diane Lickenbrock | Ph.D.


Dr. Diane Lickenbrock is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences. Dr. Lickenbrock earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Saint Louis University, and obtained her Master’s and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Notre Dame. Prior to joining the faculty at WKU, she was also postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Lickenbrock’s research examines social and emotional development across early childhood within the context of the family. She is particularly interested in the development of emotion regulation and parent-child relationships, as well as the role of the father in his child’s development. Dr. Lickenbrock’s research has been funded by KY INBRE (formerly KBRIN).



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Qingfang Song
Qingfang Song | Ph.D.


Dr. Qingfang Song is an Assistant Professor in Child Studies at the Department of Applied Human Sciences and a Scholar for the Lifeskills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. She earned her Bachelor of Management in Rural Regional Development from China Agricultural University, her Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University, and her Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology from Cornell University. Dr. Song’s research program focuses on ethnic minority children’s socio-emotional development and psychological well-being. She is interested in the diversity of developmental processes by examining how individual (e.g., gender, emotion knowledge, physiological stress reactivity), interpersonal (e.g., parenting, attachment), and cultural aspects may integrally impact socioemotional adjustment.



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