MATTHEW KIM, PhD
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY
Matt has been a member of the UK Psychology faculty since 2020. His research examines the nature and development of executive functions and motivation in early childhood through adolescence—with a special focus on school transitions—and how these cognitive processes relate to the student success of diverse learners.
In his spare time, Matt enjoys playing chess (poorly), watching University of Michigan sports (Go Blue!) and Formula 1 auto racing, and eating thin-crust New York style pizza. He lives in Lexington with his wife and two children.
Kristen Buford is a Developmental Psychology Ph.D. student. She hopes to make a profound impact on children, families, and society by transforming education through marrying educational concepts, developmental psychology, and neuroscience. She desires to develop and provide transformative learning methods and tools that will impact students and their educators. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, nature, and quality time with people.
Chellam Antony is a psychology major, and she is a part of the Psychology Scholars Program. She hopes to get her Ph.D. and be involved with clinical psychology and intersectionality. On campus, Chellam is involved with Greek life and she is studying abroad in Spain for the Fall of 2022. She is leading the lab's Gender and Mindset project for her senior capstone project. In her free time, she liked to crochet, cook, and read.
Claire Braun is a psychology major in the Psychology Scholars program. She loves working with kids and is very interested in researching how our minds develop. After she graduates she is going to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology.
Susana Gutierrez is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying Psychology with a minor in creative writing. She is passionate about various aspects of developmental and clinical psychology and is currently working on a senior capstone project concerning sibling influences on academic motivation. Additionally, she is a part of Dr. Elizabeth Lorch’s lab, which helps children with ADHD by teaching them comprehension strategies specifically tailored for their needs. After completing her undergraduate degree, Susana hopes to pursue a PhD in psychology. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with her pets.
Tabetha Hurst is a Social Work major in her senior year working towards obtaining her LCSW. She enjoys working with children and wants to further her knowledge in child development. Tabetha is currently part of the Citizen Foster Care Review Board (CFCRB) here in Fayette County. After graduating she wants to pursue a clinical career with adolescents.
Meghan Pawsat is a junior psychology major in the Psychology Scholars program and the Lewis Honors College. She loves working with children and plans to go to medical school with the goal of becoming a pediatric ER doctor. On campus, Meghan started a running club called Healthy Celebrations. In her free time, you can find her running/walking, reading romance novels, cooking, or studying physics.
Mayson Spillman is a senior at the University of Kentucky pursuing a degree in Psychology in the Psychology Scholars Program and a minor in Mathematics. She loves volunteering with the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning in Lexington, and is a part of Alpha Phi Omega. After graduating, she plans to pursue a PhD in School Psychology.
Julia Todd is a junior psychology major in the Psychology Scholars program and the Lewis Honors College at the University of Kentucky. She has a passion for working with school-aged children and plans to attend grad school to be come a licensed professional counselor after graduation. She loves listening to music, reading a good book, and hanging out with her friends.
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Karen Matsui is a Junior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and is currently working on her Capstone Project. She has an interest in psychology and through doing research with this lab, hopes to learn more about what internal and external factors motivate students to learn, and how research is conducted in general.