Meet the FAD Lab team!

Lab Director:

Rachel Farr
Email: rachel.farr@uky.edu
PhD from University of Virginia, Developmental and Community Psychology (BS from Cornell University)

Dr. Farr's research focuses on diverse families, particularly those parented by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) adults and formed through adoption. Overarching themes in Dr. Farr's writings include how empirical research on LGBTQ+ parent families and on adoption may be informative to public policy, practice, and law, especially given that her research has been influential in media circles, public debates, and legal and policy domains. She serves on her local county school's LGBTQ+ advisory committee, as well as in multiple leadership roles in her department and university, especially as related to diversity and inclusion efforts. Founded the FAD lab:Summer 2015

Graduate Students:

Samuel Bruun
Email: sbr268@g.uky.edu
PhD expected 2021 (Class of 2016, University of Wisconsin Stevens Point)

My broad research interests revolve around the ways in which people use cultural artifacts, such as toys, clothing, and fictional characters to represent and reinforce gender. My most recent research line has focused on understanding how LGBTQ+ people engage in gender presentation, and the unique pressures that these groups might face making presentation choices, in comparison to cisgender and heterosexual people. This line of research has led to a developing interest in discrepancy theory, examining how people’s mental health is impacted when their ideal self feels unattainable, or is blocked by social obstacles. My other research interests include the impact of children’s gender-typed play behaviors, how LGBTQ+ parents talk to their children about sexuality, and identity development in the intersection between race, gender and sexual orientation. Joined the lab: Summer 2016

Madison Diomede
Email: mdi268@uky.edu
PhD expected 2025 (Class of 2020, University of Texas at Tyler)

My research interests revolve around identity development, identity saliency, and socialization. In the past, I have researched developmental and psychological predictors of LGBTQ+ attitudes in college students. Currently, I am exploring the intersection between diverse family structures and identity in adolescents and young adults. I am also interested in perceived social status amongst these populations— more specifically, the relationship between perceived social status and various identities such as racial/ethnic, geographic, gender, or sexual identities. Joined the lab: Summer 2020

Emily Lapidus
Email: emilylapidus@uky.edu
PhD expected 2025 (College of Charleston, 2019)

My primary research interests focus on how and to what extent childhood development is influenced by public policy. Developmental research focused on adoption into same-gender households is still controversial and there can be a lot of changes that can be made for the better. Specifically in the FAD lab, I am interested in seeing how we can better understand development of children in same-gender households so we can better the current adoption systems. Joined the lab: Summer 2020

Kay Simon
Email: kasi233@g.uky.edu
PhD expected 2021 (Class of 2015, Ohio Wesleyan University)

Broadly my research interests focus on how we as diverse individuals come to conceptualize sexual identity in relation to other identities (e.g., racial-ethnic, gender) and various ecological contexts particularly family life. Understanding the way sin which we come to create narratives for ourselves as well as the ways in which others view and perceive our identities is my primary interest. My current research is focused on ambiguous loss theory and boundary ambiguity in the context of LGBTQ+ identity development and family stress. Further, this work is often in the context of LGBTQ+ people's perceptions of parenthood, for those who are already parents, or those who want to be parents in the future. In addition, identity-based socialization such as sexual or gender identity, racial-ethnic identity, and adoption status are an additional line of research. A relatively new interest is perceptions of sexual or gender identity that are under-researched such as asexual-identified people. Joined the lab: Summer 2016

Casey Vázquez
Email: casey.vazquez@uky.edu
PhD expected 2023 (Class of 2017, University of Kentucky)

Primarily, I am interested in how parent-child relationships and communication in diverse family systems relate to adolescent and young adult's sexuality development. Specifically, I intend to explore how sexual minority and adoptive parents talk to their children about sexuality and how these conversations may influence child and family level outcomes and relationships. I am also interested in the perceptions and stereotypes of youth in foster care. Lastly, I have helped spearhead a project exploring birth relatives' experiences of contact with the adoptive families whom they are connected to. Joined the lab: Summer 2016

Postdoctoral Scholars:

Krystal Cashen

Email: kcashen@uky.edu
PhD, 2020, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Class of 2013, Vassar College)

Dr. Cashen earned her PhD in developmental science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2020. Broadly, her research focuses on development in the context of diverse family systems (LGBTQ+ parent families, adoptive families). Her dissertation examined experiences of stigmatization and community among emerging adults with LGBQ+ parent(s). She has also been involved in research looking at the close relationships of adopted people through the transition to adulthood. Joined the lab: Summer 2020

Research Assistants:

Brittany Alexander
Email: bmal232@g.uky.edu
Class of 2022
Major: Psychology Minor: Criminology

Key Professional Goals and Interests: I am planning on attending graduate school to pursue a PhD in Counseling Psychology one I graduate from UK. I have a particular interest in child and adolescent mental health research. Outside of school, I enjoy reading, watching movies, and spending time with my roommates. My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and my main research interests surround the mental health of children and adolescents with chronic illnesses. Joined the lab: Summer 2020

Chelsea Bass
Email: cba293@g.uky.edu
Class of 2021
Major: Psychology Minor: Family Sciences

Key Professional Goals and Interests: My goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and my main research interests surround the mental health of children and adolescents with chronic illnesses. Joined the lab: Fall 2018

Jordan Bernard
Email: jordan.bernard@uky.edu
Class of 2022
Major: Psychology, Topical Studies in Social and Behavioral Science

Key Professional Goals and Interests: I have a strong interest in developmental psychology, with a focus on children, especially those from diverse backgrounds, and their educational process and needs. My goal is to one day be able to aide children going through school by helping them achieve an education that is best suited for them. I plan on going to graduate school to earn my Ed.S in School Psychology after I complete my undergrad. Joined the lab: Fall 2019

Calisse Burand
Email: calisse.burand@uky.edu
Class of 2021
Major: Psychology, Topical Studies in Cognitive Sciences

Key Professional Goals and Interests: Currently, I am applying to graduate schools in clinical and counseling psychology to pursue a career as a clinician working with children. I have a particular interest in neurochemistry and developmental psychology. Outside of classes, I love yoga, zumba, and a hearty bowl of oatmeal. Joined the lab: Spring 2019

Emma Breetz
Email: emma.breetz@uky.edu
Class of 2022
Major: Psychology Minor: Spanish

Key Professional Goals and Interests: After graduating, I plan to apply and join the Peace Corps and work with youth in development. Forming human connections and understanding individuals from all different perspectives is what brought me to study psychology. Outside of school you can find me outdoors, running, hiking, and partaking in the occasional barre or cycling class. Joined the lab: Fall 2020

Heather Evans
Email: heather.evans@uky.edu
Class of 2022
Major: Psychology Minor: Sociology

Key Professional Goals and Interests: I plan on taking the MCAT this spring and I will hopefully be attending medical school in order to further pursue my psychology interests to become a psychiatrist. I find all facets of psychology research to be absolutely fascinating and I am super happy to be a part of the FAD lab! Joined the lab: Summer 2020

Camille Harn
Email: cha368@uky.edu
Class of 2023
Major: Psychology

Key Professional Goals and Interests:  After getting my bachelor's, I plan to pursue a PhD in Psychology, and pursue a career in research and academia. Joined the lab: Fall 2020

Ryan Stephens
Email: ryanstephens@uky.edu
Class of 2021
Major: Psychology

Key Professional Goals and Interests:  I am currently applying to graduate schools to pursue my PhD.  I have a broad interest in LGBTQ+ research, especially intragroup/intergroup relationships, identity, and sexuality.  Outside of the lab and working on my senior thesis, I like to play hockey and explore downtown.  Joined the lab: Summer 2020.

Teja Sudhakar
Email: tsu237@g.uky.edu
Class of 2022
Major: Psychology, Gender and Women's Studies, and a minor in Creative Writing

Key Professional Goals and Interests: After graduating, I plan on pursuing a PhD in Social Psychology, and hopefully a future career in academia. I am especially interested in learning about how race and gender can play a role in identity formation, relationships, and mental health. Outside of school, my hobbies include writing, painting, and annoying my cat. Joined the lab: Summer 2020

Lab Alumni:

Meg Brown
Email: megybrown@gmail.com
UK alumi, Telecommunications, B.A.
Currently pursuing Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A., at EKU
Key Professional Goals and Interests: My current goals are to complete the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at EKU and begin work towards professional counseling licensure. My current interests are focused on the LGBTQ+ community, adolescents, adoption, socialism, and community organizing. I currently volunteer as a tutor at the Village Branch Library. Joined the lab: Summer 2016

Amanda Campbell
Email: mandycampbell412@gmail.com
Class of 2017 Major: Psychology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: social psychology, specifically stereotyping -- I plan to get my PhD in social psychology and later be a professor. Joined the lab: Fall 2016

Indrani Chatterjee
Email: if.chatterjee@uky.edu
Class of 2018
Major: International Studies & Psychology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: Moving away from psychology (sorry!), I plan to pursue a public health career. My main interest is community-based health education, with a special focus in inclusive sexual health education. I'd love to take my experience abroad and find ways to incorporate these concepts into international development. Post-graduation, I will be staying in Lexington and working an entry-level job in the health field. I eventually hope to serve in the Peace Corps, and earn an MPH (and one fine day, a PhD) in Health Behavior. Joined the lab: Summer 2017

Jessica Cherry
Email: Jessica.cherry@uky.edu
Class of 2017
Major: Psychology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: getting a masters degree in school psychology and becoming a school psychologist with hopes in working at an elementary school Joined the lab: Fall 2015

Evelyn Gonzalez-Lozano
Email: Evelyn.Gonzalez-lozano@uky.edu
Class of 2020
Major: Psychology & Spanish
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I am interested in developmental psychology, researching the LGBTQ+ community, looking at adoption trends, and child socialization. I hope to go on to graduate school and attain a Ph.D. in developmental psychology. Joined the lab: Summer 2018

Erika Goodman
Email: erika.goodman@uky.edu
Class of 2018
Major: Psychology; Minor in Family Sciences
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I plan on obtaining my PhD in counseling psychology and then go on to work as a family counselor with hopes of opening my own counseling center. My research interests include religion, sexual identity, and how those come into play in the family system. Joined the lab: Summer 2017

Rachel Harden
Email: rachelharden@uky.edu
Class of 2018
Major: Psychology; Minor in Family Sciences
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I want to go to grad school and study school counseling. Joined the lab: Fall 2016

Morgann Hegge
Email: mo.hegge@uky.edu
Class of 2019
Major: Psychology; Minor: Family Sciences
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I aspire to earn my Masters degree in Couples and Family Therapy and hope to someday run my own private practice. My research interests include human sexuality, family systems, ambiguous loss, military families, and religious socialization. Outside of the lab I enjoy spending time with family, crafting, working out, and spoiling my dog. Joined the lab: Summer 2018

Stefanie Jones
Email: Stefanie.jones@uky.edu
Class of 2017
Major: Psychology with Communication Minor
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I/O psychology Joined the lab: Spring 2016

Katie Kirk
Email: katie.kirk@uky.edu
Class of 2020
Major: English, Minor: Psychology & Theatre
Key Professional Goals and Interests: how LGBTQ+ youth manage their identities in today's world/the role that social media plays in modern sexual identity formation, narrative theory, psycholinguistics. My hobbies are writing plays, acting, going on walks, and playing with my friends' cats. Joined the lab: Spring 2019

Madison Martin
Email: madison.martin@uky.edu
Class of 2018
Major: Psychology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I am primarily interested in developmental psychology and children's well-being. Moreover, children in the foster care system and that have been adopted. I hope to go to graduate school for school psychology. Joined the lab: Fall 2018

Caroline Miller
Email: c.s.miller96@gmail.com
Class of 2018
Major: Psychology & English
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I am interested in social and developmental psychology. I think children’s perceptions of gender, diversity, and stereotypes are important in social development. Joined the lab: Fall 2017

Jillian Morrison
Email: morrisonja@guilford.edu
Class of 2021
Major: Psychology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: While I enjoy learning about all aspects of psychology, my current focus is developmental and abnormal. One day, I hope to earn a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and become a Child Psychologist who works with children and families going through cancer diagnoses. Joined the lab: Summer 2019

Alex Nelson
Email: alex.nelson153@gmail.com
Class of 2017
Major: Psychology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: Pursue further education in developmental, make a career out of research, actively work with kids as often as possible Joined the lab: Spring 2016

Reagan Rucker
Email: reaganrenee@hotmail.com
Class of 2018
Major: Psychology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I am planning on attending graduate school to earn my LCSW. I want to become a family and marriage therapist. My current interests are focused on studying open adoption, and trauma from sexual exploitation and domestic abuse. Joined the lab: Fall 2018

Kelsey Siebenthaler
Email: kelsey.siebenthaler@stu.fayette.kyschools.us High School Student,
Class of 2020 Expected Major: Business & Spanish
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I hope to eventually become a CFO in the very far future and be able to connect with people across the globe through language. Joined the lab: Fall 2018

Cristin Sullivan
Email: cristin.sullivan@uky.edu
Class of 2018
Major: Psychology & Anthropology
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I want to go into Clinical Psychology and complete training to do therapy. Some of my interests include mental health, body image, and self-esteem. Joined the lab: Summer 2017

Queen-Ayanna Sullivan
Email: qisu222@g.uky.edu
Class of 2019
Major: Psychology and Human Communication
Key Professional Goals and Interests: After graduation I plan on attending graduate school to pursue a graduate degree in either school or counseling psychology. My ultimate career goal is to become a psychologist for the government, focusing on military families. Joined the lab: Fall 2018

Anna Susini
Email: annaksusini@gmail.com High School Student,
Class of 2018
Major: Undecided
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I’m interested in working with or researching bicultural and bilingual families, with a special focus on child development. Joined the lab: Spring 2017 Now attending Brown University, Class of 2022

Joe Walden
Email: jmwa253@g.uky.edu
Class of 2020
Major: Psychology & Neuroscience
Key Professional Goals and Interests: I hope to one day go to medical school and become a doctor, possibly working in pediatric psychiatry or pediatric oncology. Joined the lab: Summer 2017

Madison Yee
Email: madison.yee@uky.edu
Class of 2017
Major: Psychology with a Minor in Neuroscience
Key Professional Goals and Interests: Clinical Neuropsychology focusing on Traumatic Brain Injury Joined the lab: Fall 2015

Kelsey Young
Email: kmyo225@g.uky.edu
Class of 2019
Major: Pre-Nursing
Key Professional Goals and Interests: Graduating from nursing school and continuing my education through a master’s program. Joined the lab: Fall 2016

 

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