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Ashley Kernan

Current Graduate Student


My name is Ashley Kernan and I’m from Southern California. I graduated from BYU in August of 2022 with my Bachelor's Degree in sociology. I was on the BYU women’s gymnastics team for two years before sustaining a brain injury due to an accident during practice resulting in medically retiring from the sport. I am now a disabled graduate student and you may see my service dog by my side walking the halls.

I selected BYU Master’s program in Sociology to continue to be mentored by the best faculty. The faculty wants to see you succeed and will help continue and develop my research skills. My research interests include trauma in both adolescents and adults, mental health, victimization, and crime. I believe by investigating the relationships between trauma and crime, it can help us understand how we can intervene to help stop potential crimes from occurring.

Research Interests

Adverse Childhood Experiences; Deviance and Crime; Incarceration


Kernan, Ashley R., Melissa S. Jones, Peter S. Lehmann, and Ryan C. Meldrum. 2023. “The Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender and the Prevalence of Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors.” Preventative Medicine Reports 36:1-6.

June, Haylie M., Ashley R. Kernan (authors contributed equally), Rachel M. Sumison, Michael R. Cope, Scott R. Sanders, and Carol Ward. 2023. “When Event Social Sustainability is Tarnished by Scandal: Long Term Community Perceptions of the 2002 Winter Olympics Bid Scandal and Legacy.” Sustainability 15(3):2558.

Cope, Michael R., Ashley R. Kernan, Scott R. Sanders, and Carol Ward. 2022 “Social Sustainability?: Exploring the relationship between community experience and perceptions of the Environment” Sustainability 14: 1-11.