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 – CCC
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

Gabriela Diaz

Clinical Practicum Student – La Casita
Supervisor: Rafael Veroslavsky

Gabriela Lisette Diaz is currently a doctoral candidate at Spalding University. She holds a M.A. from Spalding University and a M.S from Morehead State University. Gabriela earned her B.S. at San Jose State University, where she became a McNair Scholar. Gabriela’s clinical training is centered in forensic psychology, which revolves around three areas. First, providing Bilingual therapeutic services to justice-involved individuals, including inmates, immigrants and refugees.. Second, conducting a variety of forensic psychological, competency to stand trial, and criminal responsibility evaluations. Third, providing several MBSR training to correctional officers across Kentucky. Gabriela’s passion centers from her eagerness to empower marginalized communities. During her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, reading, and spending time with family, friends, and in nature.

Lucille Gardner

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Lucille is originally from New Jersey. She attended Rutgers University where she earned a B.A. in psychology and minored in music concentrating on vocal performance. Subsequently, she earned a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Indiana State University. Herein, Lucille worked in community mental health and college settings. She is entering her 4th year in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University and harbors a profound appreciation and respect for cultural diversity and just and inclusive care for marginalized communities. Thus, her clinical interests span a wide range inclusive of trauma, anxiety, depression, identity, race, and many others. Lucille places primary emphasis on understanding the role of intersectionality as a means to intervene holistically. When she has time, she enjoys hiking, spoken word poetry, travel, carnivals/fairs, and impromptu day long trips through NYC.

Jimmy Joseph

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC: Simmons College
Supervisor: Rafael Veroslavsky

Jimmy Joseph is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the Collective Care Center: Simmons College. He has worked with a variety of clients ranging from adults, children, and families spanning from college counseling centers, residential treatment centers, and survivors of torture outpatient treatment center. Jimmy’s work has been predominantly dedicated to working with underserved and marginalized black communities with severe trauma backgrounds. He emphasizes the importance of culture, intersectionality, and systemic environments that contribute to the client’s presentation. Jimmy’s hopes for the future are to advocate, empower, and provide systemic change that will benefit all black communities

Dominuquica Lewis

Clinical Practicum Student – CCC
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley


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