Student Clinicians



PsyD Student Clinicians

McKenna Blaylock

Where did you grow up?

Newburgh, IN

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I have been interested in psychology ever since I found one of my mom’s old psychology textbooks on our bookshelf when I was about 12 or 13 years old. I found the little information that I could understand at the time fascinating and began picking my parent’s brains about what I could do when I grew up that involved this subject. A psychiatrist was one of them, and that path was my initial plan; However, as I got older, I realized I did not want to go to medical school and mainly prescribe medication. I discovered that becoming a clinical psychologist, who engages in therapy and psychological assessment, was what I really wanted to do- so, here I am!

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I am excited to hopefully contribute to a positive and supportive environment!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love being outside, hiking, and frequenting the local coffee shops and restaurants. I also love my fair share of staying cozy at home and watching t.v., reading books, or working on a spontaneous craft project.

What is a fun fact about you?

I cycle through different hobbies frequently and am always down to try new things. A few examples of hobbies I have gotten into and will circle back to occasionally are rock climbing, writing, and drawing. Some others that are on the docket to try include learning the guitar and knitting.

Jennifer Chapman

Where did you grow up?

Growing up here in Louisville, I always knew I wanted to raise my family here. I returned to do just that after graduating from the University of Georgia and living in Atlanta, GA, for a number of years.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

As a student clinician, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of individuals guiding them on their journey to achieve their mental health goals.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I see this process as a true privilege, and I am fulfilled by the challenge and reward that comes from helping my clients.

What do you like to do for fun?

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, listening to and playing music, and reading.

What is a fun fact about you?

One interesting fact about me is that I founded and ran a baby apparel business that made a one-of-a-kind water repellent clothing for drooling babies that kept children dry without needing a bib. It was an incredible learning experience that taught me lessons that I carry with me in my work with clients today.

Rebekah Cook

Where did you grow up?

I’ve called Louisville home my entire life but hope to one day relocate to California.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to be a forensic psychologist to show compassion to people who don’t often receive understanding. The community at Spalding has helped me remember that sometimes good people make bad choices, and that doesn’t make them any less deserving of compassion.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I believe healthy attachment styles could solve most, if not all of the world’s problems. This allows me to bring a unique perspective to my work with clients and helps diversify the theoretical approaches at the CBH.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love hanging out with my dog, listening to podcasts, trying brand new recipes, and being around loved ones.
What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is I graduated high school in 3 years and college in 3.5 which makes me the youngest person in my cohort.

Austin Hacker

Where did you grow up?

I am from London, Kentucky! It’s about an hour south from Lexington and an hour north of Knoxville.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

Here at Spalding, I am on the Advanced Clinical track – I have a little bit of interest in everything in the field. A lot of people say they want to be a psychologist to help people – which is true for me too! I’m from a rural area of Kentucky where mental health care is not abundant, so the ability to assist underserved populations is something that’s very special to me.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

As someone who’s worked with kids my whole life, I am excited to bring those skills and watch them transfer to the adult population at JCTC.

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun, I really enjoy going to yard sales or thrifting, as well as cooking and trying new foods.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I am from the county that the first KFC originated in. Every year since the 90’s (except 2020), we’ve had the “World Chicken Festival” to honor the success of the restaurant. They close roads and we get out of school for it – almost like a mini holiday.

Sam Hollis-White

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I wanted to be a psychologist because I love puzzles, I want to help adolescents and adults (CAF emphasis) piece their strengths, personality traits, and therapeutic techniques to help improve their lives.

What are you most excited to contribute to CCC this practicum year?

I’m most excited to bring an open mind to the CBH and CCC! I want to make sure that no presumptions or expectations get in the way of fully being in the room with my clients.

What do you like to do for fun?

I am a TV Show connoisseur! Some of my favorites are Criminal Minds, Chopped, and This Is Us

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I rode horses at an equine center for individuals with disabilities for ten years!

James Loftis

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Kalispell, Montana.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to be a psychologist because I deeply value the healing power of human connection, I believe in the inherit good in all human beings, I want to empower everyone I can to embrace radical self-compassion, and I believe everyone has a right to mental healthcare. Becoming a psychologist is the next step in the process of bringing mental healthcare to those in need.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I am most excited to contribute my contagious, genuine, loving positivity to the CBH this year as well as my skills as a therapist.

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun, I love to work with my hands in my garden, building things, and getting outdoors!

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I am a first-generation college student!

Madison Mudd

Where did you grow up?

I grew up here in Louisville

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to be a psychologist because I think mental health is very important and it is something that can often be overlooked, especially in the justice system. My chosen emphasis area is forensics! I think what drew me to this work is being able to give a voice to those who may not have one, to be able to provide answers to questions that people may struggle to understand their whole lives. I think there is so much freedom and understanding you can provide someone as a psychologist through therapy and assessment, and I want to be a piece in helping people create their puzzle of life!

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I am most excited to learn and grow as a psychologist. I think the CBH is a unique and wonderful way to open access to mental heal care, and I am excited to be a part of that unique process.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to coach my 12-year-old travel volleyball team when I am not at school/CBH. I played volleyball my whole life and have found a lot of enjoyment in coaching competitively.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I have a dog named Maytag that I rescued from the Humane Society!

Kristen Mulcahy

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Cedarburg, WI, a small town just outside of Milwaukee.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I believe that changing the world starts by making even the tiniest impacts on everyday life. Psychologists have the opportunity to change the world of each client they see.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I am most excited to work in a professional setting alongside my faculty and peers, whom I have already learned from and grown with.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love being outdoors and staying active! I love hiking, weather permitting, and I am currently training for the Derby Mini Marathon!

What is a fun fact about you?

The Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Bucks are my favorite sports teams!

Jennifer Ranick

Where did you grow up?

My family and I moved around a lot which means I get to call fifteen different states home.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I’m part of the forensic and child/adolescent/family tracks and I LOVE working with children and their families. I’m especially passionate about helping children (and their families) involved in the foster care and/or juvenile justice system/s. I hope to be able to work towards policy reform of these systems in order to allow the children (and their families) involved to have more rights, autonomy, and empowerment.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

Delivering random information I’ve recently learned from various books in an extremely enthusiastic and in-depth manner.

What do you like to do for fun?

Spend time with my partner, kids, cats, and dogs; play video games; read mystery/thriller novels; watch banked track roller derby matches; and participate in community activism.

What is a fun fact about you?

As an adult, I’ve been able to live in five different countries on three different continents.

James Roethler

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Hampton, Iowa and went to University of Northern Iowa for my Bachelors

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I have wanted to be a psychologist for a long time, due to witnessing family members struggle with mental illnesses, in particular my two brothers who have PTSD from war.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I am excited to bring a good foundation of CBT therapeutic skills to CBH to help a wide variety of clients.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to hike, play with my dogs and play video games as my hobbies.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that the most inspiring thing I have done is diving at the Great Barrier Reef, and bungee jumping while in Australia.

Kate Turns

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY! I grew up in the Highlands and loved it so much that I choose to live there now, too!

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to be a clinical psychologist because I lam fascinated by how people become who they are. Being on the Advanced Clinical track gives me the opportunity to work with individuals from all backgrounds with a vast array of life experiences, which is so meaningful!

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I hope that I can provide a comfortable space for my clients to open up about their circumstances and experiences. The most important thing for me is that my clients feel heard, valued and validated!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to spend time with my family and friends! I really enjoy hanging out with my dog and trying to be the best dog-mom I can be. I’m also a foodie, so I love cooking new recipes at home and trying out different restaurants when I get the chance!

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I’m surprisingly good at word scrambles!

Avish Waghray

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Hyderabad, India

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

After learning about the Asch’s classic conformity line test in high school, I became fascinated with psychology and human behavior. I developed a passion for helping people, and chose the clinical psychology route as it offers a unique way to tackle difficulties people may face. Through the use of assessment and therapy, I hope to help people understand their concerns and provide them a safe place to unpack them. On the neuropsychology tract, I hope to eventually better understand the challenges for those with neurological injuries, and the best way to assist them

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I hope to use my unique experiences to help those within the Kentucky community. In addition, I hope to break the stigma around mental health care.

What do you like to do for fun?

I am a huge sports fan and usually spend time with friends watching various games and playing soccer.

What is a fun fact about you?
I’m a huge Miami Heat fan!

Makalah Zeinstra

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in a very small town in rural West Michigan, about halfway between Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo.
Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I want to be a psychologist to do my part in bringing respect, healing, compassion, and justice to other through talk therapy and accurate psychological assessments. I hope to work with individuals who have been impacted by the criminal justice system. Specifically, I want to bring awareness to and help justice-involved women who have experienced motherhood or pregnancy concerns (such as infant or child loss, loss of custody, perinatal mental health concerns, infertility or parenting struggles). Through my work at the Rowen Clinic within CBH, I hope to gain experience in and help individuals dealing with these concerns.
What are you most excited to contribute to CCC this practicum year?
I am most excited to contribute a safe and welcoming space for clients to share and process their concerns about motherhood and/or pregnancy. This is a topic that is often overlooked in mental health spaces, so my goal is to provide a space where clients can explore their raw, unfiltered emotions without judgement or fear.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy going to the movies (big horror movie buff) and eating a ton of popcorn. I also enjoy trying new restaurants in the area, and overall, just exploring the city! Additionally, I have two cats, Wednesday (like Addams) and Steve, who I enjoy cuddling and playing with.
What is a fun fact about you?
One fun fact about me is that I was born with a horseshoe shaped kidney, meaning that my kidneys are fused together in the shape of a horseshoe. So basically, I have one mega kidney!