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Class Entering Fall 2019



Adkins, Dane

Dane Adkins was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee. He graduated from Western Kentucky University (WKU) with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 2016. After a brief period, Dane returned to WKU and received his Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from WKU in 2019. He completed his internship at the WKU Counseling Center and currently works there as a Post-Master's Intern, providing therapeutic services for college students. Dane's research interests include memory, attention, depression and anxiety, psychopathology, and more. In his free time, Dane enjoys reading, spending time with his fiancée, playing board games, and playing and recording guitar.

Hagedorn, Leslie


Leslie was born and currently resides in Evansville, IN, with her husband and three children. She received her bachelor's degree in Social Work and master's degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern Indiana. She is a licensed clinical social worker in Indiana and trained EMDR therapist, with specializations in addictions, co-occurring disorders, and trauma-related disorders. She has been providing direct clinical services to adults in the Evansville area for over five years.

In 2016, Leslie and her husband developed two organizations in Evansville, in hopes of creating new opportunities for wellness for individuals struggling with addictions and co-occurring disorders. They currently own and operate an outpatient facility, two residential facilities, and multiple sober living homes. Leslie is the acting Clinical Director of the agency's outpatient clinic, which primarily serves addictions and forensic populations. She has interest in working with the addicted family system and recently started working with a small number of children and adolescents. She has developed and facilitates a treatment program designed to meet the unique needs of parents in early recovery from addiction and co-occurring disorders and hopes to test and manualize this program within the next five years.

Milby, Jordan

Jordan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Indiana and Kentucky as well as Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselor in Indiana and Kentucky as well. He has worked in the addiction field for 8 years. He has worked primarily in a peer-driven recovery program. He brings vast experience with peer-supported recovery models into his clinical work. Jordan received a bachelor's and master's degree in social work from Western Kentucky University

Schwindt, Kristen

Kristen was born in Evansville, IN and quickly moved to Nashville, TN, as a young child. Kristen lived in the Nashville area through her elementary and high school years. After high school, she moved to Chattanooga, TN, for her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Southern Adventist University. Her Bachelor's degree is in Family Studies and her Master's degree is in Social Work. After graduation, she pursued a career in the medical field, specifically hospice. She has been serving as the bereavement counselor for her current hospice company as well as educating clients on end-of-life resources. Kristen enjoys spending time outdoors doing activities like fly-fishing, camping, and hiking with her two dogs, Cotton and Lollie. She also enjoys traveling to other countries to experience different cultures.

Smith, Julie

Julie is a resident of Bardstown, Kentucky and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor's degree in Psychology and minor in Criminology in 2008. She went on to pursue a masterʼs degree in Clinical Counseling from Bellevue University and graduated in 2017. Julieʼs internship was completed at a community mental health clinic where she providing therapy services to adults with severe illnesses and substance abuse disorders. Julie is currently employed at Lincoln Trail Behavioral Health System psychiatric hospital as the unit therapist with adolescent females aged 12 to 17. She additionally treats various other populations of; active duty and veterans, geriatrics, dual-diagnoses, and substance abuse. Julie is also in process of obtaining her certification as a drug and alcohol abuse counselor. She has completed training in play therapy, TF-CBT, and EMDR approaches to treatment. Her professional interests are in the areas of trauma and substance abuse.

Turner, Hannah

Hannah Turner was born and raised in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. She graduated with Psychology Honors from Anderson University in Indiana in 2017, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Youth Leadership Development and a minor in Non-Profit Business. She received her Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2019, graduating with Honors in Psychology. For her Master's thesis, Hannah researched adolescent responses toward peers with mental illnesses. She completed her internship at the Kelly Autism Center at the Clinical Education Complex located on Western Kentucky University's campus. Her personal interests include binging DnD podcasts, watching movies, and knitting.

Underwood, Irene

Irene grew up in Nashville, TN, and completed her elementary and high school years in Nashville. She then moved to Lexington, KY, to pursue her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky. After earning her bachelor's degree, she began working in a dual diagnosis intensive outpatient program, as well as a psychiatric day program, while completing her master's degree at Louisiana State University. She gained further clinical experience working as a school-based therapist between urban- and rural-based high schools. She then went on to work as a therapist based in a pediatrician's office before making the switch to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she currently works as a lead assessment clinician through the adult emergency room, children's emergency room, and psychiatric hospital. Her research interests include: neural predictors of suicidality, peer influence on teen behavior, and the media's role in the rising prevalence rates of psychopathology.

Wilson, Ashley

Ashley was born and raised in the Chicagoland area. She and her spouse moved from Chicago to Western Kentucky in 2016. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Gender Studies from Roosevelt University and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University. Ashley's previous research areas include the impact of gender-normed assessments on trans individuals. Ashley has a passion for advocacy work, the LGBTQ+ community, and other issues relating to social justice. Ashley and her spouse live on a farm and have three dogs, two cats, a snake, and two cows named Cheddar and Mocha. When not working or studying, Ashley enjoys photography, crochet, and other creative projects

Working-Drury, Krystle

Krystle was born and raised in Southwestern Indiana. She remained local to her home area for her undergraduate studies earning her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Evansville in 2008. Krystle then moved to St. Louis, MO, to pursue her Master of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis where she graduated in 2010. She remained in St. Louis working in juvenile detention centers and schools providing case management and violence prevention programing until she returned to be closer to family in late 2011. She began working as a therapist primarily with children and adolescents, both inpatient and outpatient, with an emphasis in trauma work, and has focused her recent work with adolescents, young adults, LGBTQ clients, and clients with trauma. Krystle also has experience working with individuals with Autism and co-morbid mood disorders. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both IN and KY, has training in TF-CBT and EMDR. Krystle currently owns a private practice in Southwestern Indiana where she resides with her family. She also works with a not for profit Soldier Dogs For Independence as the Head Trainer, training veterans to train their own service dogs. Her research/professional interests include: trauma, LGBTQ issues, differential diagnosis/proper Autism Spectrum Disorder and trauma diagnosis, assessment, and animal-assisted interventions.

York, Scott

Scott was born and raised in Murray, KY and attended Murray State University, where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Chemistry in 2013. Scott then received his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Murray State University in 2019. Upon graduation, Scott began working full-time as a Licensed Psychological Associate at Four Rivers Behavioral Health (FRBH) in Murray, KY. FRBH is a community mental health facility and through this facility, he works with a broad spectrum of diagnoses and client populations. His primary clinical interests are anxiety, depression, and mental health among athletes. In his free time, Scott enjoys following Murray State and University of Kentucky athletics as well as St. Louis Cardinals baseball.

Class Entering Fall 2018



Bond Johnson, Andrea

Bond Johnson, Andrea

Andy grew up in Rockford, IL, and earned her Bachelor of Science from Loyola University Chicago. After her undergraduate studies, Andie worked at Advocate Christ Hospital for nine years on the psychiatric floor. Andy decided to return to school and pursue an advanced degree after several years, and attended and graduated with a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois school of professional psychology in Chicago Illinois and graduated in 2009. She was accepted into the PsyD program at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology and completed practicums at Metropolitan Federal Prison, Dixon State Prison Special Treatment Unit, and Elgin State Mental Hospital- Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity unit. She began her final training at Janet Wattles Center/Mildred Berry Childrens Center in Rockford, Illinois, but did not complete her training. She was hired as a Family Liason Specialist and Supervisor for the Winnebago Mental Health Court prior to moving to Kentucky. Andy’s research interests include psychoeducation, school based interventions to decrease violence within schools, forensic psychology, and health psychology.  Andy is grateful and excited to resume work on her PsyD. Her professional goals include teaching psychology, psychoeducation for families, helping businesses and institutions to find better stress reduction programs, and eventually working as part of a team treating patients with medical illnesses while providing therapy to help address lifestyle changes for improvement of health and functioning in their daily life.

Cawood, Marketa


Markéta is a native of Prague, the Czech Republic, but she has lived in different parts of the U.S. for most of her adult life.  Her background is in sociology, specifically social psychology and the sociology of culture, but she had decided to follow her calling to pursue clinical psychology after a long exposure to the human consequences of war while working at Fort Campbell.  She is a professor of sociology at Hopkinsville Community College, and she teaches on their Fort Campbell campus. She completed her BA in political science at the Anglo-American College in Prague, she holds an MA degree in sociology from Rutgers University, where she also completed the sociology doctoral program (ABD). She lives in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Lamar, Lauren


Lauren Lamar was born in Lexington, KY and attended the University of Kentucky (UK), where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Spanish in 2012. While attending UK, Lauren worked in a Social Psychology Laboratory researching the effects of exclusion and rejection. Lauren received her Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology from Western Kentucky University (WKU) in 2016. She has been working as a school psychologist in Robertson County School District in Tennessee for the past few years. She recently accepted a position as a school psychologist for Bowling Green Independent Schools in Bowling Green, KY. She is eager to continue her education through the Psy.D. program at WKU. Lauren’s research/professional interests include: English Language Learner (ELL) supports, Specific Learning Disability (SLD) identification, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Lauren enjoys playing and watching sports, reading, cooking, and enjoying good music with friends.

Matally,M. G.


 M.G. Matally leads Owensboro’s only truly multiethnic (mixed) church, where he has taught biblical Christianity and practical living for more than 14 years. His background as a former war refugee prompts his outreach to the poor, needy and hurting. He teaches Genesis Men (manhood) classes at the Daviess County Detention Center and Friends Of Sinners (a halfway house). His favorite topics for teaching include biblical health and wellness, biblical marriage and family, and biblical finance. One of his educational goals is to teach in higher education. He also desires to bridge the gap between theology and psychology in order to better influence human behavior through education. He has been married to Lady Harriet for over 26 years; they have three offspring. His hobby is playing guitar (gospel music) and writing. He also enjoys spoiling and walking his dog, Mattie.

Reynolds, John Paul


John Paul was born and raised in Bonnieville, Kentucky. He graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2012, with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He received his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2015. For his Master’s thesis, John Paul researched factors that affected academic procrastination. He completed his internship at Green River Youth Development Center, located in Cromwell, Kentucky. He is currently employed as a dual-diagnosis therapist at LifeSkills, where he works at the Hart County and Edmonson County offices. At his current position, he works with individuals suffering from mental health and substance use disorders. His current research interests include addiction, trauma, and shame.

Class Entering Fall 2017



Bender, James


James was born and raised in Lombard, Illinois. He graduated from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale (SIUC) in 2013, with his Bachelor's degree in Psychology. While attending SIUC, James was a research assistant at the Integrative Neuroscience Laboratory. During his time as a research assistant, he worked on several studies focused on the characterization of individual differences in genetic and temperamental characteristics to the effects of nicotine and marijuana on mood, attention, task performance, and brain activity. James received his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University. He completed his internship at the Lloyd C. Elam Mental Health Center, located in Nashville, TN. He is currently employed as a dual-diagnosis therapist at LifeSkills Health Services, located in Bowling Green, KY.

Chinchankar, Rutuja


Rutuja Chinchankar has been practicing in the areas of child and adolescent psychotherapy, and diagnostic testing and research in clinical psychology for the past eight years in India. She has experience conducting play therapy with children who have learning difficulties and ADHD. She also consulted with psychiatrists in a clinical setting. Rutuja worked at the Dr D Y Patil Hospital and Research center in Mumbai. Because this is a charitable hospital, the cases that she saw covered the spectrum of psychiatric diagnoses. After D Y Patil, she had the opportunity to start my own clinical practice while teaching part time at Pune university, India. She published a research paper titled "Frustration and Anxiety among Sportsmen in Team games vis-a-vis Sportsmen in Individual games" in the Journal of Psychosocial Research. Rutuja is very passionate about clinical psychology and is enthusiastic to obtain an in-depth understanding of the subject matter at the PsyD program at Western Kentucky University (WKU).

Cook, Rocky


Rocky was born in Lexington, KY, raised in Lewisburg, KY (Logan County), and lived primarily in both Lewisburg, KY and Greenville, KY (Muhlenberg County). Most of his life has been spent in small town, rural areas. He received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Business, from WKU in 1988. He later returned to WKU, and completed a Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling in 1998. Although his work experience has not been directly related to counseling, he has used the aspects of what he learned in many ways. His employment has included industrial manufacturing management and law enforcement work as a Kentucky State Police Detective. Rocky is the proud father of two beautiful daughters, who are both registered nurses now. After helping them through school, he decided to make a career change and pursue his ultimate passion of counseling and psychology. In the fall of 2016, he enrolled in the Forensic Psy.D. program at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He completed one full year in that program, during which the school decided to eliminate the specialized forensic program. He is grateful and excited to now be enrolled in WKU's Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program. His professional goals are to complete this program, focusing on crisis intervention, trauma counseling, and addiction issues. He hopes to work with both law enforcement and military personnel in a variety of capacities. He would also like to do the majority of his work in rural settings, to help offset the lack of resources that are available in small rural Kentucky towns.

Cravero, Elizabeth


Originally from Lexington, KY, Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2011. She spent two years working in an overflow facility for Eastern State Hospital in Lexington, and worked for an additional two years as a support broker through the Michelle P. Waiver for adults and children with disabilities. She received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University in 2017, and is eager to continue her education in WKU's PsyD program.

Hodskins, Drew


Drew was born and raised in Owensboro, KY. After graduating high school in 2004, he enlisted in the United States Army and successfully completed all of the training to become an Airborne Ranger. He was stationed with 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and served in combat in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After receiving an honorable discharge in 2007, he began pursuing an undergraduate degree and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Adult and Career Education from Indiana State University in 2014. He completed a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Western Kentucky University in 2016. He decided to apply to the PsyD program at Western Kentucky University because of a desire to help military veterans cope with the psychological trauma they have incurred from combat deployments. Drew is happily married to his beautiful wife and best friend Lacy, and they have six beautiful children: Kiley, Saylor, Kaleb, Presley, Maddie, and Gunner. They are expecting their seventh baby, Savannah, on September 11th. They just bought a home in Murfreesboro, TN, and Drew currently works as an Operations Manager with Comprehensive Logistics in Spring Hill, TN.

McGuire, Wade


Wade grew up in Spottsville, KY. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries and Psychology from Campbellsville University and a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from Lindsey Wilson College. He is currently employed by RiverValley Behavioral Health as the therapist for the Crisis Stabilization Unit. His research interests include development of severe mental illness, particularly schizophrenia, and utilization of assessments in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. His personal interests include game nights with friends, watching movies, and playing with his two adorable cats, Annabelle and Anastasia.

Mitchell, Toy Lisa


Toy was born and raised in Gallatin, TN. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider designation for the state of Tennessee and is employed as a Behavioral Health Therapist for Neighborhood Health in Nashville, TN. Toy attended Vanderbilt University, Peabody School where she obtained a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She obtained a Ph.D in Mass Communication from the University of Kentucky, Master of Divinity degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication with a minor in Business Administration from Western Kentucky University. Toy is also a radio announcer with her own psychoeducational radio show and podcast entitled "Talking With Dr. Toy." Toy enjoys her passion of combining aspects of mass communication with psychology to assist others in their journeys toward emotional healing.

Peake, Ayanna


Ayanna grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, and earned her Bachelor's degree in Educational Studies: Human Development from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Ayanna then earned her specialist degree in School Psychology from the University of Rhode Island. Ayanna completed her school psychology internship in North Carolina, where she spent the next eight years providing school-based psychological services in North Carolina & South Carolina. Serving in both rural and urban areas, she developed expertise in school-based psychological services with special emphasis on intensive Autism support services for six schools. She also provided and Cultural Competency trainings for staff of the schools. Ayanna returned to Kentucky in the fall of 2013 and she is presently working as a School Psychologist in Shelbyville. Ayanna is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, pursing her Psy.D. in Applied Psychology with a specialization in School Psychology. Ayanna enjoys volunteering with The Lord's Kitchen, reading, hiking with her two dogs, Forrest Gump and Rio Grande, and traveling abroad to serve through mission work. While there are many places she has yet to go, her favorites thus far are Romania and Guatemala.

Randolph, Michelle



Wilson, Sara


Sara received both a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. She is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and a Qualified Mental Health Professional. Sara has worked in outpatient therapy since 2013, and is currently employed at RiverValley Behavioral Health in Owensboro, Kentucky, where she manages the adult Crisis Stabilization Unit. Her professional interests include trauma-informed care and organizational health within community mental health centers. When she is not working, she enjoys creating expressive art and holding empathic conversations with her four darling felines.

Class Entering Fall 2016



Dodds, Brittany


Brittany grew up in rural western Kentucky and earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from WKU in 2012. Brittany then attended WKU for her Specialist degree in School Psychology. Brittany completed her school psychology internship in Loudoun County Public Schools (Virginia), just outside of Washington, D.C. She spent the next year working in Virginia at Prince William County Public Schools. Brittany returned to Kentucky in the fall of 2016 and is currently perusing her Psy.D. with a specialization in School Psychology. Brittany is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist, and her research/professional interests include: safeguarding LGBTQ students; student motivation; SLD identification; gifted education and supports; and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Foley, Mary


Mary Foley serves as the Executive Director of the Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center, and has since April of 2011. With more than 10 years of experience in working with victims of interpersonal crimes such as child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault, Mary uses her passion for justice, advocacy and victims’ rights to help create stronger and safer communities. Mary holds a graduate degree from Murray State University in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed psychotherapist. Mary is certified as a domestic violence advocate through the Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence, is a lead instructor in the Coalition’s Certification Program responsible for training advocates state-wide and level-one certified in the practice of EMDR.  Mary also serves on the Kentucky Multidisciplinary Commission on Child Sexual Abuse, appointed by Attorney General Jack Conway. Mary is currently a doctoral student through the Western Kentucky University’s PsyD Program, and resides in Western Kentucky with her husband Brian and two sons, John Phillip and Thomas.

Ingram, Jay


Jay was born and raised near Bowling Green, Kentucky. He graduated from Georgetown College with a Bachelor of Arts in Commerce, Language, and Culture with an emphasis in German. His Master of Arts was completed at Western Kentucky University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. While working toward his LPCC, Jay is currently serving as a Behavioral Health Professional at Transformations, LLC in Louisville, KY, where he provides treatment to at-risk individuals and families. He also has over a decade of experience as an administrative and operations manager for a local family business.

Jacobs, Brooke


Brooke is originally from Grand Chain, Illinois where she developed a strong desire to provide services to rural, underserved areas. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from McKendree University in Lebanon, Illinois. After graduation she moved back to Southern Illinois and worked as an Outpatient Youth Counselor for three years at a local mental health agency. Brooke then continued her education at Murray State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology. Her previous research interests includes the clinical effects of the changes in diagnostic criteria from the DSM-IV to the DSM5. She enjoys hiking, horseback riding, and spending time on her family’s farm in Grand Chain. Brooke and her husband spend their time training dogs and taking impromptu trips to different restaurants and attractions across the country.

Palmer, Blake


Blake completed his undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of Kentucky and earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Union College in the fall of 2015. During his practicum at Union College Blake conducted alcohol education and risk assessment groups and developed a curriculum for an anxiety reduction program for implementation in the student counseling center. While at Union College Blake developed an interest in mindfulness-based stress reduction. After completing his Masters Blake taught as an adjunct psychology instructor at Eastern Kentucky University where he and Dr. Richard Osbaldiston co-authored work that compared the efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction and traditional cognitive behavioral therapy. Upon approval the work displayed at the Kentucky Academy of sciences convention in November 2015. His dissertation topic will extrapolate on the work involving MBSR compared to CBT on various treatment outcome measures. Blake’s therapeutic approach involves eclecticism with a focus on cognitive behavioral therapy and promoting positive cognitions and emotional functioning through action-based practice. Blake is an avid enthusiast of the outdoors and also enjoys woodworking, exercising, and time with family and friends. Blake is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Kentucky Psychological Association, Psi Chi honor Society for psychology and the Kentucky Academy of Science.

Thomas, Tenille


Tenille was born and raised in New Jersey. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Fisk University and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Austin Peay State University. Tenille is currently employed as a contract employee at Riverbend Maximum Security Institute where she is the behavioral counselor working with segregated, male inmates. Tenille pursues her doctoral degree at Western Kentucky with her own cheering squad, M. James (husband), and the best daughters in the world, Jean and Jahna.

Wilson, Sarah


Sarah grew up in Scottsville, Kentucky and graduated from high school in 2010. Immediately after graduation, she completed a year of military training. She then returned to the local area in 2011 to enroll in Western Kentucky University. She graduated from Western in 2014 with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, and attended the Clinical Psychology Master of Arts Program at Western Kentucky University. Her past research experience has been in the areas of suicide prevention, Posttraumatic-Stress Disorder, and rural mental healthcare. She currently serves as a full-time Soldier in the Kentucky Army National Guard. She is also employed as a Community Living Support at KY Steps, and as an activity facilitator at Holistic Therapy Playplace.

Class Entering Fall 2015



Case, Joseph


Joseph Case holds a Master of Arts (MA) in Counseling Psychology from Trevecca Nazarene University (’11). His master’s thesis is titled “Childhood exposure to intimate partner violence and adult attachment style in undergraduate college students.” He is also an alumnus of WKU (’07), completing a Bachelor of Arts program (Psychology major). His research interests include attachment, sport psychology (motivational factors, fan identification), and positive psychology (resilience, post-traumatic growth). He currently serves as a full-time faculty member at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College. He is also employed as a therapist at Skyline Madison Campus (Madison, TN). A native of Nashville, TN, he is married and has a 3 year-old son. His personal interests include spending time with family, kayaking, fantasy football, and reading.

Chandler, Chris




Chris grew up in Scottsville, Kentucky and graduated from high school in 2001.  He attended Western Kentucky University as an undergrad from 2001 to 2005 where I earned a double major in Psychology and English with emphasis on Writing.  He returned to Western in the fall to enter the Clinical Psychology master’s program and graduated in December 2007.  From there, h worked at an impatient adolescent facility for three years, first as an orderly and then as a therapist.  Currently he is working as an outpatient therapist who focuses primarily on children.  When he is not working, he enjoys fishing and golfing.  He also enjoys car culture (specifically first generation American muscle cars) and likes visiting car shows.  He also likes to keep a vegetable garden in the summer.  His wife of four years has made a huge animal lover out of him and they currently have A LOT of dogs, a few cats, one turtle and three very smart and occasionally manipulative pigs.


Embry, Rob



Rob is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and an ASSECT Certified Sex Therapist. He has earned Master’s degrees in both Criminal Justice (Eastern Kentucky University, 2000) and Mental Health Counseling (Western Kentucky University, 2009). He has worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice since 2000, working with at-risk youth and their families. In 2012, he began working in private practice as a contractor with Ivory Howell Counseling, LLC in Owensboro, Kentucky. His therapy style is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and reality therapy. He believes it is important for clients to take an active role in their treatment because “we are the experts in our own lives.”

Forbes, Elizabeth



Elizabeth began working for the Elizabethtown (KY) Independent Schools during her school psychology internship year in 1994. She continued her employment there for one more year before moving to Massachusetts to follow the man of her dreams. She was employed as a school psychologist for the North Attleboro (MA) public schools for the 1996-97 school year after which she and her husband relocated a little closer to home, in Lexington, Kentucky. In the fall of 1997, she was hired as a School Psychologist/Director of Special Education/Preschool Coordinator for the Paris Independent Schools in Paris, Kentucky (it’s a very small system, so they all wore lots of hats). This required an emergency certification and additional coursework at the University of Kentucky to get full certification to be a Director of Special Education. In 2003, her family relocated to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where she was hired by the Bowling Green City Schools as an Intervention Coordinator, a title that allowed me to serve as ARC Chairperson for meetings at their Jr. High, and to head up various district wide initiatives such as the Primary Project Early Intervention Program and the Community in Crisis Partnership that introduced WhyTry programming into the school system. Part time turned into more part time, which turned into full time, which evolved into the creation of another school psychologist position in 2012. She was happy to get back to her roots. She is currently assigned to Bowling Green Jr. High and T.C. Cherry Elementary Schools.

Guthrie, Regina



Regina has worked as the district school psychologist for Russellville Independent Schools since 1999. Prior to working as a school psychologist, Regina worked for Life Skills Child and Family Counseling Services in Bowling Green, Kentucky as a clinic and school based therapist from 1995 to 1999. From 1994 to 1995, Regina was employed as a children’s therapist in a Tennessee mental health clinic that served inner city children in settings that included clinic-based counseling as well as a therapeutic preschool and afterschool therapeutic programs. Regina completed a supervised internship for her graduate studies, while working at a psychiatric hospital that provided inpatient therapeutic services to children and adolescents. After completing her degree, Regina was employed as a full-time therapist for children and adolescents at the psychiatric hospital. Regina earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1991 and her Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology in 1993, both from Western Kentucky University. Regina is a National Certified School Psychologist, licensed Psychological Associate in Kentucky, and a certified school psychologist in Kentucky.  Professional memberships include the National Association of School Psychologist (NASP) and the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS). In her free time, Regina enjoys spending time with her husband of over 20 years and her 10-year-old son, as well as running, teaching indoor cycling and aerobics, and reading.

Henson, Crystal


Crystal received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville TN in 2001. She then went on to attend Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green KY, and received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2003. In 2008, she became a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) designation in the state of Tennessee. Her primary concentration has been working with inner city teens in both community mental health and residential settings. She is currently the Clinical Supervisor and Training Coordinator for a crisis department at a community mental health agency in Nashville, TN.

Kirsch-Hiltz White, Colleen


Colleen started working in mental health in 2010 working at an adult crisis unit, and currently works as a Targeted Case Manager for Alliance Counseling Associates. Her goal for after graduation is to focus on the underserved rural populations in South Central Kentucky. She graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2011 with a bachelor of arts degree in Psychology and Religion, and attended the Clinical Psychology Master of Arts program at WKU.

Littrell, Chance


Chance grew up in middle Tennessee and attended the University of Tennessee at Martin for his undergraduate degree. He earned his M.A. in clinical psychology from Western Kentucky University. After completion of the program, Chance moved to Chattanooga, TN, where he worked in therapeutic foster care for several years before returning to WKU to pursue his PsyD. Chance is currently working in a medication-assisted treatment center, providing therapeutic services for individuals suffering from opiate addiction. In his free time, Chance enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and two dogs, as well as supporting his favorite Premier League club, Chelsea FC.

Marshall, Brittany


Brittany is a licensed school psychologist in Sumner County Schools in Tennessee. Originally from Michigan, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University and moved to Bowling Green to earn her Specialist in Education degree from Western Kentucky University. While earning her Ed.S., she worked at the Kelly Autism Program which sparked her professional interest of working with students on the Autism Spectrum. Previous research topics include self-harm and risk taking in adolescents.

Murdock, Michele


Michele was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and graduated from Western Kentucky University with a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology. After graduate school, she worked at Mental Health Cooperative as a member of the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) Team in Nashville, TN, where she provided individualized case management to those with severe and persistent mental illnesses who had legal obligations. Currently, she works for Nashville’s Office of the Metropolitan Public Defender as a Client Advocate.

Pugh, Anissa


Anissa Pugh is a first year Applied Clinical Psychology doctoral student at Western Kentucky University.  She is from Evansville, IN and graduated from Indiana University in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice.  In July 2015, she received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from Western Kentucky University.  In her free time, she loves watching sports (especially college basketball), spending time with family and friends, playing with her dog, and baking cupcakes. 

Severs, Rachel


Rachel is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program (Clinical Concentration) at Western Kentucky University (WKU). Up until this point, she worked at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (CCHCM) in Cincinnati, Ohio for six years as a Clinical Research Coordinator. She had had the opportunity to work on a number of imaging and environmental exposure studies, with an emphasis on neurobehavioral and neuroimaging outcomes. Prior to her work at CCHMC, she received her Master in Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from WKU. While working toward her MA degree, she was able to build upon previous experience by working with children and young adults on the autism spectrum through her internship at the Kelly Autism Program. These combined experiences shaped her current research interests surrounding health care and autism spectrum services. She is excited and looks forward to both the clinical training and research opportunities in WKU's PsyD program throughout her time here.



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