College of Education, Health and Human Sciences



Brian Wilhoit, Ph.D. is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling, and is the Director of the Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills Center.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee in School Psychology.  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.


David F. Cihak, Ph.D.


David F. Cihak, Ph.D. is an associate professor at the University of Tennessee in the Special Education Program and Co-Principal Investigator of FUTURE. His research agenda studies the effectiveness of instructional and behavioral interventions that result in greater competency, college and community access, and acceptance for adolescences and your adults with intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, his research interests include the use of video, augmented, and context-aware mobile technologies for improving educational, functional, and social/communicative skills.



Melinda Gibbons



 Tom Beeson is the program coordinator for FUTURE. He earned his master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has Tom Website7received further graduate-level education from North Carolina State University, the University of North Texas, and the University of Tennessee. His areas of study and professional interest include education, technology, and behavior analysis. He has more than twenty years of experience in treatment and educational settings, providing cognitive/behavior therapy for adolescents and community based services for children and adults with developmental disabilities.




Tonya Wimberley has worked at the University of Tennessee for eleven years and as the office manager for  FUTURE program since May 2011. In addition to secretarial duties, she enjoys close interactions with students, serving as instructor for the Cooking Skills class, being the program photographer, and participating in all the special events and recreational group activities. She is blessed to share her home with four of her favorite men—her husband, David; their two precious sons, Jay and Blake; and her father, Joe. In her free time, Tonya loves going to concerts and photographing her family.




 Kelly is teaching Life Skills for the FUTURE program for the second year. A Florida native, she completed her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Special Education in 2003 at the University of Tennessee and her Master’s degree in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida in 2006. She taught preschool and Kindergarten students with autism and developmental delays and spent time coordinating multidisciplinary team meetings at the school and district level in Florida. She started her PhD in Special Education in 2013 and is focusing her research on health, fitness, and physical activity for college students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Kelly also works as a rowing coach, fitness coach, and group exercise instructor, and enjoys rowing, working out, and spending time with her dog, Fancy, in her free time. 














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