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.


Director, Collective Care Center

Steven Kniffley Jr., PsyD MPA ABPP HSP

Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD HSP 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.

CCC Clinicians

Kimberly Morales Martinez

 

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC, La Casita Center
Supervisor: Rafael Veroslavsky

Where did you grow up?
I am from Koreatown in Los Angeles, CA.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I would like to be a psychologist because I have seen the needs of my community especially one of the most vulnerable populations, children. I believe this also goes hand in hand with helping to remove the stigma around mental health which is something I am interested in taking part in as well. I am in the Children, Adolescent, and Family emphasis area.

What are you most excited to contribute to CCC this practicum year?
I am excited to contribute my bilingual abilities (English and Spanish). I feel that this is generally needed, but I am excited to be able to contribute this to the CBH/CCC.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to watch and play basketball in my free time. Go Lakers!

What is a fun fact about you?
I can spin a basketball on all 5 fingers of my right hand.

Lashawn Ford

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?
In the Cincinnati area.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
Growing up many people in my circle did not seek behavioral health services, this was primary due to the lack of representation. I look forward to bringing representation to the field of psychology and help people in higher risk communities. My specialty areas are Forensic and Child Adolescent and Family.

What are you most excited to contribute to CCC this practicum year?
I have tons of experience working with diverse groups and more vulnerable populations. But I’m most excited to contribute my fun-loving spirit and a new perspective to my clients.

What do you like to do for fun?
I’m an extreme couponer who has fun finding the best deals.

What is a fun fact about you?
I’ve traveled to over 20 countries in a five-year span.

Cibrian Johnson

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Louisville, KY.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
My chosen emphasis area is children/adolescents/family. I want to become a psychologist because I believe that every family should have access to the tools that mental health services provide for living rich and meaningful lives.

What are you most excited to contribute to CCC this practicum year?
I am most excited to contribute to the CCC my unwavering commitment to learning new and effective ways for giving back to my community through our services. I think that it is so important to have the passion and motivation for treating others, so that each session is individualized to meet the client’s needs.

What do you like to do for fun?
Spending time indoors with my puppy and Netflix is always fun, but I also love trying new restaurants with friends.

What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me is that my first name, Cibrian, comes from an actor’s last name – Eddie Cibrian. He had a role in the soap opera, Young and the Restless, around the time I was born.

Sydney Smoot

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC, Simmons College
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Richmond, Ky.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I have a strong passion to help people; specifically marginalized groups whose voices often go unheard. I work with adult clients and also focus on racial trauma, as well as working with the homeless community.

What are you most excited to contribute to CCC this practicum year?
I am excited to contribute my previous experience working with the homeless community, which I find to be one of the most vulnerable groups. I am happy to bring my optimism and understanding to CCC this year.

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy hiking and essentially anything outside. I also recently learned how to make sushi, so I pride myself on that.

What is a fun fact about you?
This is probably not a fun fact, but it is a bit odd. One of my favorite things to eat is Hot Cheetos dipped in mint chocolate chip ice cream.

Starr Eshleman

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC, Supplemental
Supervisor: Rafael Veroslavsky

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in coastal Virginia.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I want to be a psychologist because I enjoy helping discover they have the skills and abilities to make themselves feel better. Psychology has always interested me, and I think is a need for more psychologists of color.

What are you most excited to contribute to CCC this practicum year?
I am most excited to provide services to underserved populations, and actively taking a role in my clients’ journeys to learn about themselves.

What do you like to do for fun?
It seems like I do not have much free time these days, but I love to travel. I love collecting frequent flier miles, and totally buy in to the psychology behind rewards and points.

What is a fun fact about you?
As a Navy Brat I lived in Japan and Hawaii.


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.