Doctoral Student Directory


 

 Current Doctoral Students

Georgia Anderson

Georgia Anderson

Georgia received her MSW degree from the University of Kentucky. She started the UofL Kent School of Social Work Doctoral program in Fall 2016. Her area of interest is in the impact of cancer survivorship in families (How living with cancer influences family dynamics), stigma in cancer, and palliative care. Read more.

Rebecka Bloomer

Rebecka Bloomer

Rebecka started UofL Kent School of Social Work Doctoral program in 2015.  She received her MSSW degree from the University of Louisville.   Her area(s) of research interest focuses on social justice and community youth development with an emphasis on equity for vulnerable populations using community based participatory action methods. Read more.

Mona Dajani

Mona Dajani

Mona started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2019. Her area(s) of interest are in Refugees and Immigrants, Expressive Creative Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, Trauma Informed care, Strength-Based Interventions and Micro-enterprise Development and Self-Sufficiency. Read more.

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Prabathi Gunathilake

Prabathi started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in 2019. Received Master's degree from the University of Louisville.

Paul Hibbeler

Paul Hibbeler

Paul started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2020.  His area of interest focuses on substance abuse, public health, and children and families. His mentor is Dr. Martin Hall.  Read more.

Allison Kacmar

Allison Kacmar

Allison started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2019.  Her area of interest is in Effects of childhood trauma in adults, trauma informed education within schools and medical providers, the effects of chronic homelessness in children and adults, equitable access to trained providers in rural and urban populations. Read more.

Brandon Mitchell

Brandon Mitchell

Brandon started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2020.  His area of interest focuses on the intersection of education and social work, promoting avenues of school equity and the role of the school social worker. His mentor is Dr. Andy Frey.  Read more.

Alyssa Middleton

Alyssa Middleton

Alyssa received her MSW degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She started the UofL Kent School of Social Work Doctoral program in Summer 2017. Her area of interest is in pediatric psychosocial oncology, siblings of pediatric cancer patients, pediatric palliative care, quality of life, end of life and social work education. Her mentors are Dr. Karen Kayser and Dr. Barbara Head. Read more.

Ben Miller

Ben Miller

Ben started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2018.  His area of interest is in Gender and sexual minorities.  His mentor is Dr. Anita Barbee. Read more.

Ashley Logsdon

Ashley Logsdon

Ashley started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2020.  Her area of interest focuses on child welfare and substance use. Her mentor is Dr. Becky Antle.  Read more.

Eva Nyerges

Eva Nyerges

Eva started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2019.  Her area of interest is in Human Service Organizations, Political Economy, Social Welfare Policy and Programs, Newcomer communities, Racial/Ethnic disparities.   Read more.

Lisa Purdy

Lisa Purdy

Lisa started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in 2018. Her area of interest is in Child Welfare Workforce Development with a primary focus on Secondary Traumatic Stress. Her mentor is Dr. Anita Barbee. Read more.

Jill Randall

Jill Randall 

Jill started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Summer 2017.  Her area of interest is in Psychosocial oncology, especially patients and their families undergoing hematopoietic cell transplant and her mentor is Dr. Karen Kayser. Read more.

Doroty Sato

Doroty Sato

Doroty started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2018.  Her area of interest is in Unaccompanied Minor Refugees and Undocumented Latino Children in U.S.  Her mentor is Dr. Lesley Beth Harris.  Read more.

Sultan Shubair

Sultan Shubair

Sultan started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2018.  His area(s) of interest are in Health/Mental Health, Aging, Quality, and Access to healthcare, and Social Work Education and his mentor is Dr. Thomas R. Lawson.  Read more.

Patricia Smith

Patricia Smith

Patricia started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2020.  Her area(s) of interest are in Sexual behavior and sexual risk avoidance education, Historical trauma, transgenerational trauma, and historical trauma response, First responder trauma, violence against social workers, and social worker safety, Non-traditional psychotherapeutic treatment modalities, and Social work practice with clients belonging to subculture and microculture groups . Her mentor is Dr. Anita Barbee.  Read more.

Liz Utterback

Liz Utterback

Liz started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2019.  Her area of interest is in Gender and Language. Read more.

Richard Weaver

Richard Weaver

Richard started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2017.  His area of interest is in Sports social work with a focus on intercollegiate athletes and his mentor is Dr. Adrian Archuleta. Read more.

Sara Williams

Sara Williams

Sara started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2017.  Her area of interest is in Suicidality and Suicide Prevention among individuals with gender and sexually diverse identities and her mentor is Dr. Laura M. Frey. Read more.

Kyee Altranice Johnson-Young

Kyee Young

Kyee started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in 2018. Her area of interest is in Critical Consciousness. Read more.

Jean Zelenko

Jean Zelenko

Jean started the UofL Kent School Doctoral program in Fall 2018.  Her area of interest is in Mental Health Literacy in Children and her mentor is Dr. Bibhuti Sar.  Read more.