Meet the Staff



Founder

Steve Katsikas, Ph.D.

Chair, School of Professional Psychology (SOPP)

Dr. Steve Katsikas is a licensed psychologist in the State of Kentucky and an active member of the Kentucky Psychology Association. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas. Prior to coming to Spalding, Dr. Katsikas was the Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital and also served as Director of Training for their post-doctoral fellowship program in clinical psychology. His teaching interests include psychopathology, tests and measurement theory, advanced quantitative methods, and personality, culture and social structure.


Supervisory Team

Norah Chapman, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, SOPP

Director and Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Chapman earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. Her primary research interests are in evaluating components of psychotherapy process and outcome, both in person and via telepsychology, to develop evidence-based practices that increase the access to and quality of mental health care amongst underserved populations. Although Dr. Chapman uses an integration of interpersonal process, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness theories to inform her work, her clinical approach is ultimately informed by a client-directed outcome-informed (CDOI) model. She currently holds a small private practice, is on the Executive Board of the Kentucky Psychological Association, and the Membership Chair for the American Psychological Association Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy.

Allyson Bradow, Psy.D.

Clinical Supervisor

Dr. Bradow is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her degree from Spalding University. She is currently in private practice and specializes in treating trauma-and attachment-based disorders utilizing DBT,including individual and skills groups, ACT and Interpersonal approaches. She previously worked at the Home of the Innocents where she served as Clinical Director and founded the Psychological Services and Outpatient Therapy as well as coordinated the practicum and internship programs. Dr. Bradow received training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy from the Dr. Martha Wetter and Cindy Frase, and advanced training with Dr. Charlie Swenson and Dr. Kelly Koerner through the DBT Center San Gabriel and Institute for Girls Development.

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.



Student Clinician Team

Kristie Morales

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Hello! My name is Kristie Morales, and I am currently in my second year of the clinical psychology program here at Spalding University, with an adult/health emphasis. My past research interests have included military and veteran health issues, and assistive interventions that can stand adjunct to standard care. My clinical interests include working with adult and trauma populations experiencing a variety of disorders (e.g., mood disorders, substance use, and personality); as well as veteran specific issues. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and my German Shepherd, watching Netflix, and endurance running. I’m excited to be at CBH, and look forward to working with you! on

Katie Armstead

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

My name is Katie Armstead and I am in my third year of Spalding University’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral program. Currently, I provide therapy and counseling services here at the Center for Behavioral Health. I am generally interested in working with young adults or individuals struggling with things such as mood disorders, addiction, personality disorders and more. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, being outdoors, and playing video games. I look forward to working with you!

Rachel Hempel

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Rachel Hempel is a Practicum IV student from Louisville, KY. Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Transylvania University and her master’s from Spalding University. She is interested in serious mental illness, addiction and recovery, and feminist psychology. When she’s not working, Rachel likes to spend time with her financé and cat, watch Law and Order: SVU, knit, and read for fun.

Alex Bettag

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Alex is a six-year doctoral student at Spalding University. He is a Louisville native and received his Bachelor’s degree from Bellarmine University and Master’s degree from Spalding. His emphasis area is Pediatric Psychology and he particularly enjoys working with children and adolescents. He has experience working with clients struggling with depression and anxiety, as well as interpersonal concerns and conflict within the family unit. In his spare time, he enjoys working out, watching/attending sporting events, and spending time with family and friends.

Sarah Urda, M.A.

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

I’m a doctoral practicum student in my 3rd year of Spalding’s Psy. D. program. My treatment approach is grounded in respect for client autonomy and in the exploration of each client’s perspective: their history, values, strengths, areas for growth, and goals are all essential in our therapeutic work. I value and respect the collaborative, trusting relationship shared between client and therapist. With an emphasis in health psychology, I strive to incorporate the relationships between mind, body, and health with my clients. I have experience working with a variety of disorders (e.g. anxiety, depression, personality, etc.), and my clinical interests also include trauma, substance abuse, and eating disorders. Outside of therapy, spending time with friends, listening to new music, and painting are some of my favorite hobbies.

Ryan McPeak

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Lauren Holder

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

CJ Haynes

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Lolita Wiggs

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Kelsey Boyea

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Ameenah Ikram

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Hello! My name is Ameenah Ikram, and I am a second year doctoral student in Spalding University’s Psy.D. program. My role at CBH is to provide psychological assessment services. My emphasis areas are Child/Adolescent/Families (CAF) and Adult. Clinically, I am interested in working with children, adolescents, and families of minority backgrounds and cultures who may be experiencing psychological distress such as, depression, anxiety, trauma, etc. I have a high interest in working with refugee populations as well. In my free time I enjoy being with family and friends, volunteering for nonprofit organizations in the Louisville area, and drinking bubble tea. I look forward to working with you at the Center for Behavioral Health!

Sara Halcomb

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

My name is Sara Halcomb, and I am currently completing my assessment practicum. I am in my second year at Spalding University’s Psy.D. program, with Pediatrics as my emphasis area. The interaction between the mind and the body is something that fascinates me, especially in terms of development. Once I graduate, I plan to work in an integrated healthcare setting. In my free time, I enjoy reading, hiking, and spending time with friends.

Katie Whitley

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

My name is Katie Whitley and I am in my second year in Spalding’s School of Professional Psychology PsyD program. I am interested in working with children, adolescents, families, and couples with various concerns and cultural backgrounds. When I am not doing schoolwork, I enjoy cooking and baking, gardening, hiking, watching TV, and snuggling up with my cat.

Melissa Diego

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Hello! My name is Melissa Diego and I am currently a second-year doctoral student at Spalding University. At CBH, I will be focusing on the administration of psychological assessments. My emphasis area is forensics and I am interested in working with individuals who are justice involved. When I’m not in class or working, I enjoy watching Netflix, trying new foods, and spending time with family and friends.

Kimberly Janiszewski

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Hello! My name is Kimberly and I am a second year doctoral student at Spalding University. I will be here at CBH for my first practicum to provide psychological assessments. My area of emphasis is pediatrics and my passion is working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma as well as those with eating disorders. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with friends, going on hikes, and cooking. I look forward to working with you at the Center for Behavioral Health.

Shruti Shastri

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Rachel Garcia

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Beth Curran

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Colton Groh

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Brittney McCoy

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Alicia Fortier

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Brian Collin

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Kristina Peterson

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Carrie French

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow



Support Team

Lauren Peterson

Caitlin McNamara

Rachel Collier