Fall 2020 Grad Accomplishments

Steph Cooke had several publications and conference presentations! Congratulations, Steph!
Conference Presentations:
Grafsky, E. L., Puckett, KP., Cooke, S., Johnson, S., Simpson, S., El Helou, L. (2020, November). Strategies of Sexual Minority Disclosure to Family [Conference poster]. National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, St. Louis, MO, United States. https://www.ncfr.org/ncfr-2020
Poe-Scott, D. S., Cooke, S., & Dellinger, J. (2020, November). LGBTQ+ adults in nursing homes: The re-closeting process [Conference workshop cancelled]. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, United States. https://networks.aamft.org/conference/home
Puckett, KP., Cooke, S., Johnson, S., Simpson, S., El Helou, L., & Grafsky, E.L. (2020, April). Strategies of Sexual Minority Disclosure to Family [Conference poster]. VT Graduate Student Association Research Symposium, Blacksburg, VA, United States.
Cooke, S. C., Nedela, M.N., Shipman, D. & Grafsky, E.L. (in press). Therapist self-disclosure in therapy & supervision. In M. Murph & R. G. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy (2nd ed.). Taylor Francis.
Hartwell, E. E., Heiden-Rootes, K., & Cooke. S.C. (in press). Bisexual couple therapy. In M. Murph & R. G. Harvey (Eds.), Handbook of LGBT-Affirmative Couple and Family Therapy (2nd ed.). Taylor Francis.
Cooke, S., Few-Demo, A. L. (submitted for publication). Theory of intersectionality. In J. Logan, B. van Eeden-Moorefield & S. Browning (Eds.), Constructing Authentic Relationships in Clinical Practice:  Working at the Intersection of Therapist and Client Identities. Routledge.
Sami Simpson was the recipient of the AAMFT Minority Fellowship for the second time!  She is also celebrating her first, first author publication! 
Simpson, S. K. J., Hawkins, J. M., & Bean, R. A. (2020). Family Therapy for Substance Use among Sexual Minority Youth: A Review of Treatment Options. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 1-15.

Bradford Stucki presented the following!  Congratulations, Bradford!

” Grandparents Raising Grandchildren in Appalachia: An Examination of Available Services” in a research symposium Needs of and Services for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: Regional, National, and International Perspectives on Friday 11/6 at the Gerontological Society of America’s national conference.

Manasi Shankar

Passed Doctoral prelims and proposal defense

-Trained in EMDR
-Trained in CBT Foundations course from the Beck Institute
– Developed a lecture on “Working with Individuals and Families Living with Disability in a Mental Health Setting: A Social Model Perspective” and was invited to give a lecture at Converse College, SC, which went great!
– Working on several research papers with a few publications coming very soon!
All members of our brilliant 2018 cohort have passed their preliminary exams!  Congratulations, Steph, Deneisha, Allie, Sami, and Jessica!!  

Congratulations Diana and Casey!!!

Congratulations to Diana Devine and Casey MacGregor who both successfully defended their masters theses on Monday, December 3rd!!

Diana’s thesis is, “Mothers’ and Fathers’ Differential Discussion of Emotion with their School-Age Children”

Casey’s thesis is, “Young Mothers in Appalachia: Meanings of Help from Family”

Congrats to you both on obtaining your masters degree! Now on to doctorate work!

NCFR Award

Congrats to Amy Morgan, who along with her co-first author Jessica Goodman of East Carolina University, won the “Best Student Research Paper Award” from the Family Therapy Section at the 2018 National Council for Family Relations Conference in San Diego, California.

The paper, published in the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, emphasizes the importance of social and political advocacy in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy. The paper serves as a call to action and a starting point for all MFTs, across all settings and experience, to participate in public policy for consumers and the profession alike. Congrats Amy!

Prelim Defense

Congratulations to Amy Morgan, Evan Thomas, and Jameson Natwick for their successful preliminary exam defenses this year. Well done, PhD candidates!

Best of luck to Casey McGregor & Diana Devine who both defend their theses on December 5th!

Doctoral Defense

Congratulations to Michelle Butner Kozimor for successfully defending her dissertation titled “Relationship-Focused Support, Body Image, and Quality of Life in Older Couples Coping with Skin Cancer”. Congratulations Dr. Kozimor!


Doctoral Defense

Congratulations to Isha Williams for successfully defending her dissertation entitled “Health-Related Quality of Life in Children with Type 1 Diabetes: The Role of Family Environment, Parental Perceived Social Support, and Children’s Coping”. Congratulations Dr. Williams!