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Student Research Team


Student Research Team
Alecia Hatfield
Alecia Hatfield | B.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Alecia Hatfield is a student of the College of Education and Behavioral Science department, obtaining a Master of Art degree in Clinical Psychology. Alecia is a native of Elizabethtown, KY, and she received her Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology at WKU in the fall of 2020. While studying as an undergraduate, Alecia gained plentiful knowledge and experience while working with children and adolescents at the Lifeskills Children’s Crisis and Stabilization Unit. Now, she hopes to utilize the knowledge gained through education and hands-on experience to positively impact the lives of children and their caregivers.

 
Lindsey Powell
Lindsey Powell | B.A.

Graduate Research Assistant

Lindsey Powell is a Master of Social Work student at Western Kentucky University, and is a Graduate Research Assistant for Lifeskills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. Lindsey was raised in Versailles, KY and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at WKU. Lindsey is passionate about both family and child welfare. She is excited to continue learning about child welfare in her studies at WKU, as well as building upon her research experience from her undergraduate degree.

 
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Roderick Maul
Roderick Maul | MSW, 2020

Graduate Student Worker

Roderick Maul is in the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program at Western Kentucky University, after earning his Master of Social Work at WKU in 2019.  He was the first graduate student worker for the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. Born and raised in Alabama, Roderick grew up in Birmingham, and now calls Bowling Green, Kentucky his new home. He has over six years of experience in child welfare, beginning as a student at Miles College and throughout his studies at WKU.  Roderick is passionate about making a difference in the lives of families and children.

 

Alma Smajlovic
Alma Smajlovic | MSW, 2019-2020

Graduate Research Assistant

Alma Smajlovic is a WKU Master of Social Work graduate and the first Graduate Research Assistant for the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research. Born in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Alma grew up in Bowling Green, KY and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology at WKU. Alma is passionate about helping children, particularly those in the child welfare system who have experienced abuse. As a Certified Social Worker, Alma is currently a therapist at the Barren River Area Child Advocacy Center where she is providing trauma treatment to children and families.

 

James Turner
James M. Turner | MSW, 2020-2021

Graduate Research Assistant

James M. Turner is a Master of Social Work student at Western Kentucky University and the second Graduate Research Assistant for the LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research.  James was born and raised in Glasgow, KY and earned his Bachelor of Social Work at WKU.  While James has been primarily focused on Gerontology, he is interested in learning more about the child welfare aspect of social work and is excited use his skills in research and data analysis to help the team.

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 Last Modified 9/22/21