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Faculty and Staff

Brian Wilhoit

Brian Wilhoit

PhD (2000), School Psychology, University of Tennessee

Brian Wilhoit, PhD is a clinical professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling and the director of the Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center. He received his PhD from the University of Tennessee in school psychology in 2000. He is also a licensed psychologist in the state of Tennessee.

Prior to joining the university, he was the director of School Psychology Services at Cherokee Health Systems where he provided direct services in both clinical and school settings.

Professional Staff


Carolyn Blondin

Carolyn Blondin

Licensed Psychologist
PhD (2013), University of Tennessee

Carolyn Blondin is a licensed psychologist at the center. She obtained a BA in psychology at Elon University in North Carolina. After graduating, she worked two years as a psychological assistant in Gainesville, Florida. Starting in 2008, she attended the University of Tennessee’s School Psychology PhD program. She received her doctorate in 2013, following a yearlong internship with the Tennessee Internship Consortium. At the KLASS center, Blondin provides assessment, intervention, and consultative services to children and adults. She also provides services as a school psychologist for a rural school district. Her research interests include early academic interventions at the college level and class-wide behavior management.

Charles Galyon

Charles Galyon

Licensed Psychologist
PhD (2013), University of Tennessee

Charles Galyon is a licensed psychologist who works part time with the KLASS Center. He received a BA in psychology from the University of Tennessee and a master’s in cognitive psychology from Middle Tennessee State University. He returned to the University of Tennessee to pursue a degree in math education prior to being recruited by the School Psychology program. Galyon received his PhD in school psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2013 after completing a one-year internship with Lenoir City Schools.

Julia Mayer

Julia Mayer

Licensed Psychologist
PhD (2012), North Carolina State University

Julia Mayer is a school psychologist, licensed psychologist, and mother of two young boys. She obtained a BS at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill and her MS and PhD at North Carolina State University. Mayer has worked in a variety of settings from schools, community centers, and assisted-living facilities, collaborating with other professionals and parents. She has extensive evaluation and consultation experience regarding educational and clinical disabilities, particularly those related to attention and learning disorders. Mayer has several publications and work experience targeting the facilitation and monitoring of intervention plans.


Kristyn Laviolette

Licensed School Psychologist
EdS (2015), University of Tennessee, Chattanooga

Kristyn Laviolette is a school psychologist in Hamblen County Schools. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2012 with her B.A. in psychology. She received her Ed.S in school psychology from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Kristyn provides assessment, intervention, and consultative services to students, parents, and school personnel in Hamblen County schools. She enjoys collaborating with educators and parents to promote success for all students. Kristyn enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and living in the beautiful East Tennessee mountains.







Predoctoral Interns


Jiaju “JJ” Wu

EdS (2017), University of Iowa

Jiaju Wu graduated in 2010 from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee, with a B.A. in Psychology. He has achieved an EdS in school psychology and is in his final year of Ph.D. program at the University of Iowa. His research interests include autism and early childhood interventions. He enjoys reading, hiking, and playing basketball.



Katie Scott

MS (2014), University of Tennessee

Katie Scott graduated in 2012 from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology.  Katie received her master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee in 2014.  Her research interests include Autism and early childhood interventions, as well as academic interventions for early elementary school students.  During internship, Katie hopes to expand upon her skills as a clinician and practitioner in working with the early childhood population.

Clinic Coordinator (Graduate Assistant)

Victoria VanMaaren

MS (2017), University of Tennessee


Associated Faculty

mccurdymerilee_081214_s-clark_32_1-e1463599603850-150x150Merilee McCurdy

Associate Professor and School Psychology Program Coordinator
PhD, Mississippi State University



skinnerchris_090814_s-clark_19_1-e1463599724286-150x150Christopher H. Skinner

PhD (1989), Lehigh University


mccallumsteve_11-150x150R. Steve McCallum

Professor and Department Head
PhD (1979), University of Georgia



williamsrobert_081114_s-clark_01_1-e1463599909726-150x150Robert L. Williams

PhD (1965), Vanderbilt University



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