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Ginny Sprang, Ph.D, Professor of Psychiatry, Executive Director

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 Chair Emeritus of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Collaborative group.

Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, PhD, LCSW, Associate Director

Adrienne Whitt-Woosley, 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-Woosley 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.

Jessica G. Eslinger, PhD, LCSW

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, training, and a broad scope of research related activities, including the development and monitoring of research protocols and the coordination and supervision of data collection. Dr.

Heather Bush, Ph.D., Faculty Associate

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 industry and was responsible for the design and analysis of Phase IV studies, observational studies, health registries, and large simple safety studies.

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

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 women’s health.

Jennifer Cole, Ph.D., Faculty Associate

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 evaluation study of publicly-funded substance abuse treatment programs for adolescents in Kentucky and a pilot study on sex trafficking of minors in Kentucky. She and Dr.

Diane Follingstad, Ph.D., Faculty Associate

Diane Follingstad, Ph.D. is a faculty associate at the Center on Trauma and Children. She is also 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 Psychology at the University of South Carolina.

Antonio Garcia, Ph.D., MSW

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 Research, he is committed to effectively engaging community stakeholders to shrink research to practice gap.

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

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 interest in intensive psychotherapy led her to complete training as a psychoanalyst, and she has an active clinical practice focusing on long-term psychotherapeutic work with adults and children. Dr.

Meghan Marsac, PhD, Faculty Associate

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 practices to facilitate families' management of medical treatment and emotional adjustment to challenging diagnoses and medical procedures. In addition, Dr.