Kerri Ashurst
Senior Extension Specialist

Professional Profile

Kerri is a Senior Extension Specialist for Family and Consumer Sciences Extension. She serves as PI for a variety of grants focusing on outreach and support to military families and Co-PI for Kentucky's Children, Youth and Families at Risk (CYFAR) grant focusing on fatherhood and CYFAR grant focusing on homeless and unstably housed youth in the Jefferson county area.

Kerri's focus is building state-wide capacity for reaching underserved or at-risk children, youth, families, and communities. Kerri's primary areas of interest include families who are coping with major crises such as illness or death of a family member; positive youth and young adult development; couple communication and relationship building; and stress management. She has had a lifetime of exposure to select portions of Extension programming as her father served as a 4-H Youth Development Specialist at UK for over 30 years and Kerri herself participated in 4-H as a youth.

Extension Emphases

  • Extension Military Family Programs
  • Capacity Building for Reaching Underserved Audiences
  • Parenting Programs
  • Homeless and Unstably Housed Youth
  • Family Systems Processes and Research
  • Relationship Skills and Development.
  • Family Communication and Crisis.


Ph.D. Univerity of Kentucky Family Sciences

M.S. University of Kentucky Marriage and Family Therapy

B.A. University of Kentucky Psychology