Dr. Rachel E. Buehner is a Licensed Psychologist. She earned a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Counseling Psychology, following completion of her undergraduate degree in Psychology, all from the University of Louisville. While working in a community mental health agency in Louisville, KY, Dr. Buehner chartered the agency's first psychoanalysis workgroup and initiated efforts to improve evidence-based practice with court-active, co-parenting/post-divorce families. She completed a pre-doctoral internship rotation in forensic assessment at the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center, as well as a clinical rotation at Central State Hospital where she received training in civil commitment and involuntary hospitalizations. Dr. Buehner also completed pre-doctoral internship rotations in trauma-informed care in an outpatient setting, and the Waller-Williams Environmental School in Louisville, KY. She completed postdoctoral training in Forensic Psychology through the Department of Corrections.
While working for the Kentucky Department of Corrections, she spearheaded an evidence-based, multidisciplinary effort to reduce long-term restrictive housing among female offenders in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, effectively eliminating long-term solitary confinement among these offenders. Dr. Buehner has taught several courses for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She has received numerous awards during her career, including Distinguished Service Award for Advancement of the Field from the American Statistical Association, the National Register of Health Services Psychologists New Psychologist Trainee Register Credentialing Scholarship, Outstanding Performance Award for Classified and Professional/Administrative Staff (Honorable Mention) from the University of Louisville, and Employee of the Month at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women (KCIW) in Pewee Valley, KY.
She previously chaired the Communication Committee of the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville and chaired the KCIW Multidisciplinary Treatment team.
She has served as the Jefferson Region Representative and is now the elected President (2020-2022) of the Kentucky Psychological Association. She holds the Health Service Provider (HSP) distinction by the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Dr. Buehner's areas of clinical focus include corrections, family court-involved therapy and assessment, military psychology, women's issues, and trauma-informed care. She performs forensic assessment and evaluation and provides Expert Witness Testimony for Shelton Forensic Solutions.