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2021 Student Awards in Psychological Sciences


Sarah Cotney

Ms. Sarah Cotney was born in Montgomery, Alabama and spend most of her childhood in different parts of Alabama. Sarah has also lived in Texas and California before moving to Kentucky halfway through her senior year in high school. After graduating from Woodford County High School in Versailles, Kentucky in May 2017, Sarah came to Western Kentucky University where she is majoring in Psychological Sciences. Sarah has worked under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Woodward in the Trauma Recovery Lab. Sarah has been accepted into the Master’s in Psychology, Psychological Sciences Concentration, and will start in Fall 2021.

Mia Kendrick

Ms. Mia Kendrick grew up in Danville, Kentucky, just south of Lexington. Mia is a Mahurin Honors College student majoring in psychological sciences and minoring in business administration. For the past year and a half, Mia has been an active member of the Discrimination and Work-Life (DAWL) Lab, under the supervision of Dr. Katrina Burch. Mia is a co-author on two manuscripts as well as a lead author on conference presentations. During the 2021-2022 academic year, Mia will finalize her honor’s thesis examining gender discrepancies in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the future, Mia plans to pursue a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

 Allyson Copeland

Ms. Allyson Copeland grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Allyson is an honor’s student at WKU pursuing a double major in psychological sciences and philosophy, with a minor in gender and women’s studies. Allyson has been an active member of Dr. Matthew Shake’s Adult Learning Lab, has presented her research at the 2020 APA annual convention, and has completed a NSF-REU program hosted by the University of Delaware’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences program. Impressively, Allyson has accepted an offer from the University of Utah, where she will work to obtain her Ph.D. in Cognition and Neural Sciences. She will be joining the Language and Memory Lab at the University of Utah in the fall.

 Kathryn Matheson

Ms. Kathryn ‘Kate’ Matheson is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and is currently finishing her degree in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Organizational Leadership. Kate wants to continue her education by obtaining a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology in the future. During her time at WKU, Kate has become an active member of the Discrimination and Work-Life (DAWL) Lab, under the mentorship of Dr. Katrina Burch. Kate has worked on a few key projects focused on work-school conflict and conducting a job analysis and training needs analysis for the ROTC Mentoring Program. She is very grateful for the opportunities and experiences that she has had at WKU. 

Allyson Copeland

Ms. Allyson Copeland grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Allyson is an honor’s student at WKU pursuing a double major in psychological sciences and philosophy, with a minor in gender and women’s studies. Allyson has been an active member of Dr. Matthew Shake’s Adult Learning Lab, has presented her research at the 2020 APA annual convention, and has completed a NSF-REU program hosted by the University of Delaware’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences program. Impressively, Allyson has accepted an offer from the University of Utah, where she will work to obtain her Ph.D. in Cognition and Neural Sciences. She will be joining the Language and Memory Lab at the University of Utah in the Fall.

Hannah Martin

Ms. Martin was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. Hannah is a double major in psychological sciences and political science with a minor in citizenship and social justice. During her time at WKU, Hannah served as the lead undergraduate researcher in the Social Development Lab under the supervision of Dr. Liz Lemerise. After graduation, Hannah plans on taking a gap year prior to attending the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee’s Master of Sustainable Peacebuilding program in an effort to continue following her passions of mixing research and public service.

Heather McKinney

Ms. Heather McKinney was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Heather is an extended major in psychological sciences, with a double concentration in clinical psychological science and developmental science, as well as minoring in gender and women’s studies. Heather has primarily worked under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Brausch in the Risk Behaviors Lab and has completed an independent FUSE project investigating the relationship among suicide, self-harm, and social support in LGBTQ and heterosexual college students. Heather hopes to continue working to improve the lives and experiences of groups that have been traditionally excluded from research or lack efficient interventions for mental health or behavioral issues.

Katelyn McKinney

Ms. McKinney was born and raised in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Katee is a psychological sciences major and will graduate in May 2021. For the past three years, Katee has been working with Dr. Amy Brausch in the Risk Behaviors Lab. Working with Dr. Brausch has given Katee the opportunity to conduct her own research project on heightened risk of suicide ideation and self-harm in people with disabilities. Katee has presented her research at a national conference. After graduation, Katee plans on working in community-based services prior to obtaining a master’s degree.

Shelby King

Ms. Shelby King grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences and a minor in Neuroscience from Western Kentucky University. After obtaining her master’s degree in psychological sciences, Shelby will start work on her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at East Tennessee State University, where she will continue her education and research on substance use. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jenni Teeters in the TECH lab, Shelby has authored and co-authored two published manuscripts and 16 conference presentations for both local and national conferences. 

Faith Rollins

Ms. Casandra ‘Faith’ Rollins grew up in Goodlettsville, Tennessee and graduate summa cum laude with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences from Western Kentucky University in 2019. In Fall 2019, Faith started in the Master’s in Psychology, Industrial/Organizational (IO) Psychology Concentration. During the past two years, Faith has been an active and valued member of the Discrimination and Work-Life lab, under the mentorship of Dr. Katrina Burch. Faith has been actively involved in both academic and applied research, and has authored or co-authored two manuscripts, as well as local and national conference presentations. During summer 2020, Faith completed an internship at Military Systems Group in Nashville, TN, where she was able to hone and advance her skills in IO psychology. She plans on pursuing a career as an HR Generalist after graduation. 

Sarah Cotney

Ms. Sarah Cotney was born in Montgomery, Alabama and spend most of her childhood in different parts of Alabama. Sarah has also lived in Texas and California before moving to Kentucky halfway through her senior year in high school. After graduating from Woodford County High School in Versailles, Kentucky in May 2017, Sarah came to Western Kentucky University where she is majoring in Psychological Sciences. Sarah has worked under the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Woodward in the Trauma Recovery Lab. Sarah has been accepted into the Master’s in Psychology, Psychological Sciences Concentration, and will start in Fall 2021.

Meredith Whitfield

Ms. Meredith Whitfield grew up in Madisonville, Kentucky and graduated with a B.S. in Psychological Sciences with a minor in Clinical and Community Behavioral Health from Western Kentucky University. Under the mentorship of Dr. Amy Brausch, Meredith has received both internal and external grants to support her research efforts in LGBTQ+ young adults’ mental health. She has authored or co-authored five conference presentations and has co-authorship on two manuscripts in press. After graduating with her master’s degree in psychological sciences in May, Meredith plans on applying to Clinical and Counseling Ph.D. programs in the fall. Meredith aspires to work with LGBTQ+ youth.

 

 

 

 

 


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