Collective Care Center


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Racism occurs in everyday microaggressions that deny people of color access to resources, power, and even basic survival needs based solely on the color of their skin. Racism can be insidious, like suffering “death by a thousand cuts” or it can be more traumatic and sudden.   Regardless, fighting racism can affect you in many ways, including:

  • Getting poor quality sleep
  • Feeling edgy and irritated
  • Needing to disconnect from the news cycle and society
  • Causing you to question your most important values
  • Upsetting your relationships with your children, parents, friends, or partners


If you can relate to the experiences described above, there is hope. Through connecting with a therapist you can trust, we can navigate through the process of healing together.


CCC Clinicians

Steven Kniffley, Psy.D.

Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD MPA ABPP is the Associate Director for the Center for Behavioral Health and an Assistant Professor in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. He currently teaches Multicultural Psychology and Intro to Psychotherapy. Dr. Kniffley is also a Board Certified Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Kniffley’s area of expertise is research and clinical work with Black males. Specifically, his work focuses on understanding and developing culturally appropriate interventions for Black male psychopathology as well as barriers to academic success for this population. Dr. Kniffley has written numerous books, book chapters, and articles on Black male mental health, Black males and the criminal justice system, and academic achievement.

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons

Dr. Candice Nicole Hargons is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor at University of Kentucky. One of her areas of research and therapeutic specialization is healing racial trauma. She created the Black Lives Matter Meditation for Healing Racial Trauma, which has been featured on Huffington Post, and she is the founding director of the Center for Healing Racial Trauma. Dr. Hargons serves as a consulting supervisor for the Collective Care Center, where she co-leads case conference and provides supervision to the trainee clinicians.

Truman Harris

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Truman Harris is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the Collective Care Center. He works with children, adolescents, adults, and families, and seeks to meet the needs of marginalized and underserved populations. Truman’s work and advocacy focuses on the examination of racial identity, intersectionality, and the dynamics of privilege and oppression.  He conceptualizes the trauma experienced by minority populations through a lens of racial and intersectional trauma originating from an inherently unbalanced system. Truman seeks to empower community members throughout their journey to recovery, as well as facilitate social change and collective healing

Jardin Dogan

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Jardin Dogan is a practicum student at the Collective Care Center and a doctoral student in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Jardin explores racial identity development, intersectionality, and social support with her clients to enhance their well-being and build strategies to combat racism and discrimination. Her research area focuses on the impact of drug use and incarceration on the functioning of Black couples and families. In addition to therapy and research, Jardin views expressive arts and policymaking as integral components to dismantling systems of oppression and bringing about social change

Simone Leavell-Bruce

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Lolita Wiggs

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman


If you would like to learn more about the services offered through the Collective Care Center for Behavioral Health at Spalding University, please Contact Us and note interest in the Collective Care Center. A clinician you may work with in the Collective Care Center will address questions or support you in scheduling an appointment.