Brett Kirkpatrick, MS


Brett Kirkpatrick graduate from Davidson College in 2001 with a degree in psychology.  He then returned to his hometown of New York City and worked at AIG, a fortune 6 company and the world’s largest financial institution, for 11 years.  Wanting a more fulfilling career, Brett returned to school and completed a masters degree in counseling psychology from Loyola University Maryland, after which he was accepted to University of Kentucky’s Ph.D. program in counseling psychology.  Brett was attracted to UK’s program because of its focus on social justice, which included conducting research and advocating for issues of race, gender, and sexuality.  Brett’s research interests include trauma, suicidality, racial identity, white privilege, and severe mental illness.  Brett’s clinical work has been conducted at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center and Eastern State Hospital.  As Brett enters his fourth year at UK, he will be working at the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women.  In his personal time, Brett enjoys hiking and suffering through another season of NY Mets baseball.