CTAC Faculty & Staff


 

Center on Trauma and Children

Ginny Sprang, Ph.D. Ginny Sprang, Ph.D, Professor of Psychiatry, 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, PhD, LCSW, Associate Director

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

Faculty Heather Bush, Ph.D., Faculty Associate

In June 2015, Heather M. Bush, Ph.D. became the Kate Spade & Company Foundation Endowed Professor in the Center for Research on Violence Against Women. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, College of Public Health. Prior to her academic appointment in 2006, Dr....

Faculty Ann Coker, Ph.D., MPH, Faculty Associate

Ann Coker, Ph.D., MPH serves as Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, College of Medicine and jointly in the Department of Epidemiology, College of Public Health. She holds a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina. She is a nationally recognized...

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 Diane Follingstad, Ph.D., Faculty Associate

Diane Follingstad, Ph.D. is the Director and Endowed Chair of the Center for Research on Violence Against Women and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky.  This appointment follows her career as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Clinical and Forensic...

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 Meghan Marsac, PhD, Faculty Associate

Meghan Marsac, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She is a pediatric psychologist with expertise in promoting adjustment and preventing posttraumatic stress in children with medical conditions and their parents. Clinically, she implements...

Faculty Catherine Martin, MD, Faculty Associate

Catherine A. Martin, M.D. is the Dr. Laurie L. Humphries Endowed Chair and the Division Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She currently and has been funded to investigate individual differences in drug effects of drugs of abuse including changes in sex steroids. She has been funded to...

Faculty Amy Meadows, MD, MHS, FAAP, Faculty Associate

Dr. Meadows is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, where she is also the Associate Program Director for the Triple Board (Pediatrics/Psychiatry/Child Psychiatry) residency program. At Kentucky Children's Hospital, Dr. Meadows...

Faculty Caroline Adams, MS

Caroline Adams, MS works as a research assistant and clinical intern at the Center for Trauma and Children. She completed her first practicum as a clinical trainee at CATTTI this past year conducting evidenced-based trauma treatment, primarily in the form of individual therapy with children and...

Faculty Sarah Ascienzo, MSW, LCSW

Sarah Ascienzo, MSW, LCSW, currently works as a research assistant and clinician at the Center on Trauma and Children.  She has over 14 years of experience working with children and families in a variety of roles, including work as a caseworker, forensic interviewer, and clinician. As a...

Faculty Josh Barnett, MSSW, LCSW

Josh Barnett, MSSW, LCSW, is a clinician at the Center on Trauma and Children, providing in-depth assessments for at-risk families. Josh earned a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2011 and previously earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the...

Faculty Lora Cuckler

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

 

Faculty Josh Fisherkeller, MSW, CSW

Josh Fisherkeller, MSW, CSW, is the Education and Training Manager for the Center On Trauma and Children. He received his Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Kentucky in 2005, and has 11 years of experience working with children and families in Kentucky. As a clinician and...

Faculty Jodie Koch, CSW

Jodie Koch, CSW, is a clinician with the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute (CATTTI).  In her clinical role, Ms. Koch provides trauma-focused therapeutic services to children and caregivers.  Ms. Koch earned a Masters of Social Work degree from the University...

Faculty Megan Kohler, MSW, CSW

Megan Kohler, MSW, CSW, is a clinician at the Center on Trauma and Children, providing in-depth assessments for at-risk families. Megan completed the Clinical Social Work graduate program at the University of Kentucky in 2014, and previously earned her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural and...

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 Susan Noel, DNP, APRN

Susan Noel, DNP, APRN is the Project Coordinator at the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute (CATTTI) and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner providing therapy services at the center.  Ms. Noel earned the Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of...

Adrienne O'Rourke Adrienne O'Rourke, MSW, CSW

Adrienne O'Rourke, MSW, CSW, serves as a Clinician and Training Specialist for the Center on Trauma and Children. Ms. O'Rourke earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky in 2015 and previously earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology from Kenyon College....

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 Meghana Suchak, Ph.D.

Meghana Suchak, PhD, is the Clinical Supervisor of the Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services (CATS) project. She is a licensed psychologist in the states of Rhode Island and Indiana; and is working to get licensed in Kentucky. Dr. Suchak earned her PhD from Purdue University, and a...