Faculty & Staff

Ginny Sprang Ginny Sprang, Ph.D, Executive Director

Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sprang served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health during her...

Faculty Otto Kaak, M.D., Associate Director

Dr. Kaak is a Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Social Work at the University of Kentucky, where he has worked since 1972. He is currently an Associate Director of the University's Center on Trauma and Children, and primarily assists in evaluating families, referred by the Courts and...

Faculty Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, MSW, LCSW, Associate Director

Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, MSW, LCSW is the Associate Director of the Center on Trauma and Children and a clinical social worker. Over the past 15 years, Ms. Whitt-Woosley has worked with the children and families of Kentucky and focused her clinical and research efforts on enhancing family...

Faculty Clarissa Belle, Ph.D.

Clarissa Belle, Ph.D. earned a master's degree in 2008 and a doctorate in 2013 from the University of Kentucky. She completed an APA accredited internship in general psychology at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton Ohio where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of...

Faculty Jacqueline Bonsu, MS

Jacqueline Bonsu, M.S., is a therapist in the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute. She is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Kentucky where she also earned her Master's degree in 2012. 

Faculty Brooke Brinksneader, MSW, CSW

Brooke Brinksneader serves as the CATS Evaluation Coordinator. Ms. Brinksneader is a Certified Social Worker and earned a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Louisville in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky in 2004. Ms....

Faculty Bettye Cheves, MSN

Bettye Cheves, BSN, MSN, is a psychiatric nurse and a key member of the treatment team at the CATS clinic. Ms. Cheves is a highly skilled play therapist with over 30 years of experience working with maltreated children and their families, and an expert on attachment spectrum disorders and...

Faculty Jennifer Cole, Ph.D., Faculty Associate

Jennifer Cole is an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky with appointments in the College of Social Work in the Center on Trauma and Children and in the College of Medicine in the Department of Behavioral Science. Her research interests are in the areas of victimization, substance...

Faculty Angela Combs, M.S., LPA, LPCC

Angela Combs, M.S., LPA, LPCC, Therapist and Trainer, completed her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Ms. Combs has over eight years of clinical experience working with children who have been impacted by traumatic events and their families in the...

Faculty Carlton Craig, Ph.D., Faculty Associate

Carlton Craig, Ph.D., is a faculty associate of the Center on Trauma and Children. Dr. Craig is an Associate Professor in the College of Social Work. He has served as a Co-PI on a research project that, in collaboration with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

Dr. Craig evaluated the mental...

Faculty Lora Cuckler

Lora Cuckler is the Office Manager for the Center on Trauma and Children, providing important administrative support functions for many of the center's programs and initiatives.  She has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management.

 

Faculty Jessica G. Eslinger, PhD, LCSW

Jessica G. Eslinger, PhD, LCSW is the Research Protocol Manager and a clinician at the Center on Trauma and Children.  Dr. Eslinger received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Kentucky in 2013, and has over 19 years of clinical experience working with children, families, and...

Faculty Jodi Holsclaw

Jodi Lynn Holsclaw is a Research Assistant for the Center on Trauma and Children.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Transylvania University in 2011 and is currently working to complete her Masters in Clinical Social Work at the University of Kentucky.

Faculty Kathy Howe

Kathy Howe is a Project Assistant for CATTTI. Kathy coordinates the collection of data across study sites and provides data management support for the CATTTI project.

Faculty Debra A. Katz, M.D., Faculty Associate

Dr. Katz is a Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology and past Vice Chair for Education in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. She completed residencies and is board certified in four specialties--Pediatrics, Neurology, Psychiatry and Child and...

Faculty Phyllis Leigh, MSW

Phyllis Leigh, MSW serves as Project Director for the Behavioral Health Disaster Response project. Ms. Leigh has a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky’s College of Social Work and is a Certified Social Worker.

Faculty Patricia Lennon, RN

Patricia Lennon, RN, BSN, is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV.  An RN for 32 years, she has experience in many different specialties and settings.  She performs medical record reviews and reports for the Center.

Faculty Rachel Looff

Rachel Looff is a Research Assistant for the Center on Trauma and Children. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, History of Medicine from Yale University in 2013.

 

Faculty Gray Manis, LCSW, CADC

Mr. Manis earned his Bachelor of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky in 1995, and graduated from the University of Denver in 1996 with a Master of Social Work degree.  He has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1999. He also has his certification as an...

Faculty Monique Marrow, PhD

Monique Marrow, PhD is a child clinical psychologist and serves as a training specialist for the Center on Trauma and Children. She has worked for several years in the field of juvenile justice as a clinician, administrator and national consultant.  Dr. Marrow serves on NCTSN’s...

Faculty Aimee Mau, MSW, LCSW

Aimee Mau, MSW, LCSW, is the CATS Manager. Ms. Mau completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Mau gained approximately six years of field experience working with children and adults whose lives were impacted by domestic violence. During...

Faculty Betty Montgomery, MSW, CSW

Betty Montgomery reviews and organizes child protection case records for the CATS team.  Ms. Montgomery is a certified social worker, and earned her Master of Science in social work from the University of Kentucky.  Ms. Montgomery has 17 years of experience working with children and...

Faculty Lesli Nicholson

Lesli Nicholson is the Administrative Coordinator for the Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services Project (CATS). Ms. Nicholson acts as a liaison to the Cabinet for Health & Family Services to facilitate the referral and evaluation of families at CATS. She received a Bachelor of...

Faculty Heather Risk, Psy.D.

Heather Risk, Psy.D., Project Director. Dr. Risk completed her Master of Science at Eastern Kentucky University and her doctoral studies at Xavier University. Dr. Risk completed an APA accredited internship at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center in...

Faculty Miriam Silman, MSW

Miriam Silman is a Research Associate with the Center and an Adjunct Faculty member in the College of Social Work. She has worked in the field of interpersonal violence as a clinician for most of the last 24 years, including work at Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, the UK Department of...

Faculty Cassie Watkins, MS

Cassie Watkins, M.S., Temp. LPA, is a therapist in the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute. She earned a Master of Science in Psychology degree from Morehead State University in 2012 and is currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Spalding...