Yes, I will be taking a new doctoral advisee next fall.  Please note that the application deadline for our Counseling Psychology PhD Program is December 1.

If you’re interested in getting a better sense of what I’m like as a person, here is a 20-minute video introduction.

Hint: If you watch the video on the YouTube website (by starting the video and then clicking on the “YouTube” icon in the lower right hand corner of the video window), you’ll be able to see a list of topics I talk about in the video description; clicking on a given topic will fast forward you to that part of the video.

In addition, to learn more about the structure and function of the HAMMER Lab and how UK PhD students contribute to the Lab, check out the hot-linked Table of Contents in the description of my “Introduction to the Hammer Lab” video.

My Mentoring Style

I was able to succeed professionally because of the high-quality mentoring I received over the course of my higher education.  Mentors like Dr. Lisa Spanierman, Dr. Glenn Good, Dr. David Vogel, and Dr. Noah Collins helped me learn the knowledge and skills I needed to get into graduate school, manage my time well, practice work-life balance, pursue the research and clinical opportunities that would help prepare me get to the next career step, and find a sense of belonging and community in my chosen profession of counseling psychology.  Providing mentoring to those who are earlier in their professional journeys is one of the most rewarding things I do as a professor.  Having mentored more than 35 undergraduate and graduate students over the last eight years, I have learned some valuable things about how I can best meet the needs of my mentees.  Creating a safe, healthy working relationship takes effort and intentionality.  There needs to be room for both humor and seriousness, as well as a balance of support and challenge.  I am invested in my mentees’ success and dedicated to helping them achieve their career goals.  If this sounds like the kind of mentoring you are looking for, please consider applying.

Before You Submit an Application

If you are interested in working with me, I recommend sending me an email expressing your interest, including the following information*:

1. The reason you are interested in working with me.
2. The specific questions or issues related to help seeking and/or multicultural measurement evaluation you are particularly interested in, and why they interest you.
3. Your prior research experience.  Specifically, who did you work with, what was your role, and what were you responsible for?  If you were the principal investigator (i.e., the person who is primarily responsible for conceptualizing, running, and writing up the study) on a given project, you’ll want to make that clear.
4. Optional: You might read several of my recent research papers and propose an idea for how to extend these findings, or propose an idea for a related study that you think would address an interesting open question. Don’t let this be an obstacle to sending an e-mail! I’m not looking for the next great research idea, just evidence that you know what I do, have a thoughtful interest in the topics I’m studying, and have the ability to generate your own ideas on these topics.

Please note that it is recommended but not required that you email me prior to submitting your application.  As long as you mention your interest in working with me in your application’s statement of purpose, your application will be brought to my attention.  I am always happy to answer via email any questions not addressed by the websites of the UK Graduate School, EDP Department, or Counseling Psychology Program.

*These prompts were adapted from Dr. George Alvarez.