Counseling Psychology Faculty

Jeff Reese, Associate Professor and Department Chair, received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2000. Dr. Reese’s research interests are psychotherapy process/outcome, psychotherapy supervision and training, and telehealth.  His current research is focused on investigating the process of client feedback and the use of technology to provide counseling services to underserved populations.  He currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Counseling Psychology, The Counseling Psychologist, and Psychotherapy.  Dr. Reese teaches Counseling Techniques I, Supervision and Consultation, and Practicum.  His theoretical orientation is grounded in a psychodynamic-interpersonal process approach that draws upon cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, and family systems strategies.  He is a licensed psychologist in Kentucky. Email:

Candice Crowell, incoming Assistant Professor, will earn her PhD from the University of Georgia in 2015. Her research interests include sexual health broadly, with a specific, although not exclusive, focus on Black men. Her secondary research focus includes cross-cultural teaching and training issues in psychology. Candice employs an integrated use of interpersonal process theory (Teyber model) and multicultural focus for her theoretical orientation. She has served as a leader in the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students, and the Society of Counseling Psychology. She is an APA Minority Fellow. Email:

Pamela Remer, Associate Professor, received her PhD in Counseling from the University of Colorado in 1972. Her areas of research interests include factors affecting recovery from rape, effective counseling interventions for women, career decision-making counseling, diversity issues in counseling and effectiveness of counselor responses. She teaches courses in techniques of counseling, theories, counseling women, psychodrama, and career counseling. A licensed psychologist, Dr. Pam Remer’s theoretical orientation is Psychodrama within a feminist framework. She is currently the Director of the Counseling Psychology Services Clinic. Full graduate faculty. (Dr. Remer will begin phased retirement on July 1, 2013 and thus will not be accepting new doctoral students.) Email:

s-hammerJoe Hammer, incoming Assistant Professor, is currently completing his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Maryland Counseling Center and will receive his PhD from Iowa State University in the summer of 2015. He will join the counseling psychology faculty at UK as an assistant professor in August of 2015 and start taking graduate advisees in fall of 2016. His research interests are help seeking (i.e., mental health service utilization) and culturally sensitive psychometrics (i.e., measurement, scale development). He will pursue licensure as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and uses an integrative treatment approach (ACT, CBT, EFT) that prioritizes mindful awareness of cognitive, emotional, interpersonal, and cultural processes. Email:

s-IMG_1833-4Michael McClellan, post-doctoral lecturer, received his PhD from the University of Kentucky in 2014. Dr. McClellan’s research interests include scale development, awareness of privilege and oppression, diversity education, and diversity training. His current research is focused on the development and validation of the Awareness of Privilege and Oppression Scale-2 (McClellan, 2014) and on diversity education outcome. Dr. McClellan teaches graduate courses in cognitive and personality assessment, psychopathology, counseling techniques, and practicum. His theoretical orientation pulls from interpersonal process, cognitive-behavioral, and brief therapy models and his clinical interests include individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, trauma, substance use disorders, and assessment. Email:

Rory Remer, Professor, received his PhD in Counseling and Research Methodology from the University of Colorado in 1972. His research interests include interpersonal communication modeling, multicultural perceptions and interactions, rape prevention, gerontology, and dynamical family systems research methodology. A licensed psychologist and ABPP in Family Psychology, Dr. Rory Remer teaches courses in introduction to counseling, techniques, group counseling, statistics, professional/technical writing (APA style and grammar), marriage and family therapy, and counseling practicum. His theoretical orientations are Dynamical Systems (Chaos) Theory, Psychodrama, and Social Learning Theory. Dr. Remer won a Fulbright to study in Taiwan during 2002-2003. He is full graduate faculty. (Dr. Remer will begin phased retirement on July 1, 2013 and thus will not be accepting new doctoral students.) Email:

Sharon Scales Rostosky, Professor, received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1998. Dr. Rostosky is the co-founder of the Psychosocial Research Initiative on Sexual Minorities (PRISM), a research team of faculty and students addressing social justice issues related to the psychosocial well-being of sexual minority adolescents, adults, and their families. Publications and current projects can be found at Dr. Rostosky teaches graduate courses in counseling theories, counseling techniques, clinical supervision and consultation, and lifespan gender development. She is a Full Member of the Graduate Faculty and a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.Additional information for current and prospective graduate students can be found in the PRISM handbook. Email:

Danelle Stevens-Watkins, Assistant Professor, received her PhD in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2008 and her Masters in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from Spalding University. Broadly, her research focuses on health disparities and barriers to service utilization among African American populations. She is currently involved in secondary data analyses of a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded research focusing on criminality, substance abuse, and HIV risk among African American women. She is also the recipient of a NIH Mentored Career Development Award (funded through 2017) with a research emphasis on the dynamic interaction between anxiety, depression, drug abuse, and HIV risk behaviors among African American male prisoners. Dr. Stevens-Watkins teaches Practicum, Counseling Techniques, Multicultural Psychology, Psychopathology, and Substance Abuse Counseling. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and her theoretical orientation is an integration of rational emotive behavioral therapy and interpersonal process therapy. She is a member of the Graduate Faculty. Email:

Daniel Walinsky, Lecturer, received his PhD in counseling psychology from the University of North Dakota in 2012. His research interests include LGBT vocational development, social justice in counseling, and sexual and gender diversity in supervision and training. He is committed to training that emphasizes science, practice, and social justice. Dr. Walinsky teaches courses in assessment, practicum, counseling techniques, ethics, and career counseling. He is an active member of Division 17 of the American Psychological Association, the Society for Counseling Psychology. Email: