Faculty & Staff
Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., is a professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky, and executive director of the UK Center on Trauma and Children. She is the Principal Investigator of the SAMHSA funded Category II Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center, the Category III Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute, and... more
Adrienne Whitt, PhD, LCSW is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and the Associate Director of the Center on Trauma and Children. Over the past two decades, Dr. Whitt has served the children and families of Kentucky through clinical and research efforts focused on enhancing family relationships and understanding and mitigating the impact of trauma. Dr. Whitt has specifically worked to assist... more
Jessica Eslinger, PhD, LCSW is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a clinician, trainer, and researcher at the Center on Trauma and Children. Dr. Eslinger has over 25 years of clinical experience working with children and their families affected by trauma in community mental health, inpatient, and private practice settings. Her work includes direct clinical services,... more
Stephanie Gusler, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children. She completed her predoctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina where she implemented evidence-based interventions for trauma, including Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). She received her Doctorate in... more
Heather M. Bush, Ph.D. is a Faculty Associate at the Center on Trauma and Children. She is also 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. Bush worked as a Senior Biostatistician in... more
Ann Coker, Ph.D., MPH is a faculty associate at the Center on Trauma and Children. She 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 expert in the effect of partner violence on... more
Jennifer Cole, Ph.D. is a faculty associate at the Center on Trauma and Children. She is an assistant professor in the College of Medicine in the Department of Behavioral Science. Her research interests are in the areas of victimization, substance use, and in particular the intersection of victimization and substance use among youth and young adults. Dr. Cole is Principal Investigator of an... more
Antonio Garcia, PhD, MSW, is an Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Social Work, and Faculty Associate of the Center on Trauma and Children in the College of Medicine. His research is informed by his experience as a former Child Protective Services Worker and Supervisor in Washington State. Having broad inter-disciplinary training in Psychology, Social Work, and Services... more
Dr. Katz is a faculty associate at the Center on Trauma and Children. She 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 Adolescent Psychiatry. Her longstanding... more
Meghan Marsac, PhD, is a faculty associate at the Center on Trauma and Children and an Associate Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics 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 evidence-based... more
Dr. Meadows is a faculty associate at the Center on Trauma and Children and 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 directs the Pediatric Psychiatry Consultation... more
Corey Birch, LPCC, is a clinician at the CATS clinic. Corey has an undergraduate degree in Psychology and received his Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2012. He has over two decades of experience working with at-risk children, youth, and families. He has experience providing both inpatient and outpatient individual therapy and group therapy to children, youth, and adults. He is a... more
Alex Clark, MA, MDiv, LMFT is the Project Coordinator for the SAMHSA funded Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center (STS-ISC), a category II site of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) (Sprang, PI). In this role, he supports the goals and objectives of the STS-ISC grant related to developing, implementing and testing interventions to address secondary... more
Dr. Tracy Clemans is the AWARE Project Manager for the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children (CTAC). She received her Masters of Social Work in 2000 and has worked with children and adults in hospital settings, hospice/palliative care, elementary schools, and community mental health. In 2010 Dr. Clemans received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the American School of... more
Karissa DiMeo, MSW, CSW serves as a clinician and Evaluation Coordinator for the Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services (CATS) Project, completing maltreatment risk assessments and consultations for families and children involved with the child welfare system. Karissa completed the Clinical Social Work Master’s program at the University of Kentucky after previously earning a Bachelor’s... more
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 over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and systems in Kentucky. As a clinician and therapeutic child support worker for the IMPACT Plus Program, he provided in-home and... more
Kristal N. Hankinson, LMFT currently serves as the Project Coordinator for the Child & Adolescent Trauma, Treatment, and Training Institute (CATTTI); a category III site of the national Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In this role, she manages the clinical activities of the clinic and provides trauma-focused treatment and assessment services to children and families. She is a... more
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.
Megan Kohler, MSW, LCSW, 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 Interdisciplinary Studies at Antioch College. Megan has worked in the field of trauma treatment and abuse... more
Patricia Lennon, RN, BSN, is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV. An RN for 40 years, she has experience in many different specialties and settings. She performs medical record reviews and consultations for the Center.
Laura McCullough-Santana, Ph.D.- is a training specialist with the several of CTAC’s systems transformation projects. She earned her Ph.D from the University of Virginia in Education with a specialization in emotional and behavioral disorders/learning disabilities. She was a statewide trainer consultant and behavioral specialist for the Kentucky Department of Education for over 25 years. She... more
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 Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Eastern Kentucky University.
Adrienne O'Rourke, MSW, LCSW, serves as a Clinician and Training Specialist for the Center on Trauma and Children. She is a team leader for the Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services (CATS) project. 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. She specializes in... more
Trish Polly is the Finance and Administration Officer for the Center on Trauma and Children. Trish provides financial oversight and human resource management for the center and has 30+ years of experience at the university. She earned her Business Administration degree at the University of Kentucky.
Emily Smith is the Well @ Work Project Coordinator for the Center on Trauma and Children. She is pursuing a Master’s in Public Health with a focus in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville and previously earned dual Bachelors’ degrees in Natural Resources Management and Forestry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Nichole serves as the Officer Manager for the Center on Trauma and Children and provides important administrative functions for the Center’s multi-faceted programs and initiatives which support children and families in the Commonwealth.