Our Coaches

Who are our academic coaches?

Our academic coaches are trained in Academic Life Coaching Skills and Appreciative Advising. We closely follow the International Coach Federation’s Core Competencies and Ethical Guidelines and anticipate certification by the International Coach Federation in the Fall of 2019. Certification in the International Coach Federation (ICF) is considered the Gold Standard for coaches around the world. To learn more about ICF: https://coachfederation.org/

Julie Bradley, MA, ICF-ACC

Assistant Director of Academic Coaching, International Coach Federation Associate Certified Coach (ACC), Certified Academic Life Coach, Certified Appreciative Advisor, Certified DISC Coach, Harvard Institute of Coaching Member

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Hi Wildcats!  My name is Julie Bradley and I am the Assistant Director of Academic Coaching in the Department of Transformative Learning.  I love academic coaching- assisting students in learning the skills and resources to be successful in college and beyond is very rewarding!  When I am not working, I love to spend time with my family, hike in the Red River Gorge, and try new foods! I am excited to meet you and help you reach your goals!

Email:  julie.bradley@uky.edu


Frieda Becker, Academic Coach

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Hello! My name is Frieda and I'm currently pursuing my Master of Social Work with a focus on community and social development. I'm so excited to be on the Academic Coaching team and have a chance to work with you! As an educator with over 7 years of experience teaching English as a second language, life skills, and photography, one of my greatest joys is being able to help and empower others in their learning. I'm passionate about travel and learning about other cultures. I hope to see you soon!



Ranym Nenneh, Academic Coach

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Hi, all! My name is Ranym Nenneh and I am a masters student in Social Work. I graduated from UK with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and I can't wait to share my knowledge of successful strategies and campus resources with you! I'm excited to work with you and help you make the most out of your college career! My coaching philosophy centers around compassion, unconditional positive regard, and encouraging student self-determination. In my free time, I like to swim, dance, and spend time with my fur babies, Lucy and Toby! I am looking forward to another great year at Academic Coaching!


Travis Scheadler, Academic Coach

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My name is Travis Scheadler and I am excited to work with you this semester! I am a Masters student in Sport & Exercise Psychology. I ran Track & Field and participated in Student Government during my undergraduate career at Wilmington College in Ohio. I enjoy weightlifting, running, sports, reading, and helping others. I look forward to meeting you!












Melanie Miller, Academic Coach

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Hey, all! My name is Melanie Miller and I am a second year post-Bachelors Ph.D. student in Counseling Psychology here at the University of Kentucky. I’ve had the pleasure of working with undergraduate students on multiple college campuses to help them achieve their academic/career goals, and I am excited to now be working with Wildcats. Everyone can use some support – and I am passionate about empowering students to access resources, find their passion, and accomplish their potential. I look forward to working with you soon!


Falynn Thompson, Academic Coach

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Greetings! My name is Falynn and I am a doctoral candidate in Educational Psychology with a focus on culture in education. I am honored and grateful to be a part of the Academic Coaching team at UK! For the past several years I have enjoyed teaching, tutoring, and mentoring students at UK. I look forward to meeting you all! 


Trevor Tierney, Academic Coach

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Hello, my name is Trevor Tierney and I’m a first-year master’s student in counseling psychology.  I previously earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in sport & exercise psychology from UK, where I also worked with several teams in academic counseling for UK Athletics.  It’s safe to say I have a pretty good idea of what it’s like to be a student here! This is my first year as an academic coach and I’m eager to apply everything I’ve learned to help students consistently be the best versions of themselves academically and beyond. Outside of work and school, I like to spend time with friends and family, play golf or practice combat sports, fish, and listen to interesting podcasts. I can’t wait to meet you and help you find success!


Caiti Griffiths, Academic Coach

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Hey Wildcats! I am a first-year Masters student studying Educational Psychology. I went to UK for undergrad, too, where I was a DJ on 88.1 WRFL, helped teach in the Honors College, and I worked in a research lab examining ADHD. I was also an RA and a Tour Guide, so I developed a lot of love for working with college students on making UK the best possible experience. I can’t wait to work with you, too! Go Cats!


Jennifer Burris, Academic Coach

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Greetings Wildcats!  My name is Jennifer and I’m a doctoral student in Educational Psychology with a focus on culture and student academic functioning.  As an educator with 8+ years of experience, I have worked with many learners and have a strong desire to support students in their efforts to maximize their learning potential and reach their educational goals.  I am looking forward to meeting you and working together as you pursue academic success at UK!