Tracey Werner-Wilson
UK Family Center Director/Lecturer

Professional Profile

Tracey Werner-Wilson joined the Department of Family Sciences in 2009 as Director of the University of Kentucky Family Center, Clinical Director of the Couple and Family Therapy Program, and lecturer. Her graduate degrees are in social work and pastoral counseling and she is licensed as a marriage and family therapist. She brings to the couple and family therapy program over 25 years’ experience in the field of couple and family therapy. Tracey’s experience includes extensive training in Experiential Play Therapy and is working towards certification as an Emotionally Focused Couples Therapist and Discernment Counselor.

Her goal as the Director of the UK Family Center is to provide an environment that educates and trains competent, skillful relational therapists by offering quality therapy services to the University of Kentucky community, Lexington-Fayette County, and surrounding areas. Upon graduation, students in the Couple and Family Therapy Program will have knowledge and experience in managing a private practice that provides services to a wide variety of clients with varying backgrounds because of working in the UK Family Center, an onsite practicum clinic.

Course Instruction

  • FAM 685: Ethics and Professional Issues in Couple and Family Therapy

  • FAM 687: Marriage and Family Therapy Procedures – Pre-Practicum

  • FAM 759: Families and Children in Play Therapy

  • FAM 787: Supervised Experience in the Practice of Couple and Family Therapy

Research Interest

Tracey’s appointment is in administration and teaching but her research interest is in the area of attachment and how an individual’s attachment style developed in childhood impacts their adult romantic relationships.  


Master of Social Work
1995, Western Michigan University

Master of Divinity, Pastoral Counseling
1990, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary

Bachelor of Arts,Early Childhood Education
1984, Goshen College