Ashley Hicks, PhD

PhD, Marriage and Family Therapy

Adjunct Professor


Hicks is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of KY. She graduated from The Ohio State University in 2011 with her Master's Degree in Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) and again in 2016 with her PhD in HDFS with a specialization in couple and family therapy.

Hicks has worked in a number of clinical settings serving clients from diverse backgrounds including racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ populations, homeless and low socio-economic individuals and families. Her current research focuses on the intersection of mental health, oppression, and well-being among African Americans. Her other research interests and teaching experience include risk and resilience in adolescent development, adolescent eating disorders, trauma exposure and trauma informed care, and culturally informed care of African American, Hispanic, and immigrant youth and families. As a therapist, Dr. Hicks believes it is the therapist's role to work with the client to co-create goals and help facilitate change while providing practical support and an empathetic connection.