Meet the Staff



Founder

Steve Katsikas, Ph.D.

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, PhD

Associate Chair, Spalding University School of Professional Psychology 

Director and Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Where did you grow up?

Johnson City, TN

Why did you want to be a psychologist? 

I chose to become a psychologist originally because I love listening to people and felt honored they would open up to me about such personal and meaningful parts of themselves. I always thought I would have my own private practice and work with adolescents and adults. As I went through school, I developed a love for training and teaching. I am thrilled to be in my role to support students in learning how to be compassionate, socially responsive, excellent psychologists.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

In my role as Director, I look forward to supporting our team of staff and students to meet the needs of our community in such turbulent and challenging times. I hope to be a source of stability and steadiness for our Center.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love spending time with my family playing board games, sitting around campfires, and kayaking. Personally, I also enjoy yoga, gardening, and being in nature – it always brings me peace.

What is a fun fact about you?

I love dogs! I have a boxer/beagle mix named Herman Wilson.

Steven Kniffley, PsyD

Director, Collective Care Center

Associate Director and Assessment/Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

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.

Brenda Nash, PhD

Chair, Spalding University School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Allyson Bradow, PsyD

Assessment/Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

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.

Stacy Cambron, PhD

Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Amber Penn, PsyD

Assessment/Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Dr. Penn is a licensed psychologist who received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University. She has completed years of specialized training in trauma and substance use disorder treatment through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and currently uses that knowledge to serve the larger Louisville community through her work in private practice. Dr. Penn utilizes a trauma-informed social justice framework in her approach to psychological treatment, while applying an integration of techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based approaches, holistic psychology, and interpersonal neurobiology. Dr. Penn has also facilitated multiple workshops and scholarly research presentations in the areas of psychology education, rural mental health, holistic trauma and substance use disorder treatment, and telepsychology. When not working, she enjoys gardening, yoga, reading, playing video and board games, spending time with her husband and family, and exploring nature.

Kelsey Stout, PsyD

Assessment Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Dr. Kelsey Stout earned her doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in forensic psychology from Spalding University in 2020.  Dr. Stout completed an APA-accredited predoctoral internship at Jefferson County Internship Consortium, where she completed rotations focused on forensic evaluations, psychological assessment, and provided therapy to court-involved individuals.  Dr. Stout is completing a forensically specialized postdoctoral fellowship conducting forensic mental health assessment for individuals involved in Family Court. In addition to her postdoctoral fellowship, she conducts psychological assessments with Seven Counties Services Psychological Testing Division and assists with providing supervision to the JCIC doctoral interns.  Dr. Stout also serves on the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) Continuing Education Committee.

Amy Young, PsyD

Director of Clinical Training, Spalding University School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health



Student Clinician Team

Kristina Peterson

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Stacey Cambron

Where did you grow up?
I was born and grew up in Lancaster, SC, until I was 8 years old and moved to Louisville, KY, after that.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I want to be a psychologist so that I can help individuals become their most true, authentic selves in the way that feels right for them. I am passionate about offering mental health services to all individuals, especially those who experience a lack of access or may hold a negative view of mental healthcare.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am excited to incorporate my knowledge and experience I have gained throughout my training into my role as a practicum therapist at CBH. I most look forward to utilizing these skills to help clients seek a better understanding of what they are experiencing, as well as to be involved in outreach in the Louisville, KY, area. My research and knowledge of mental health stigma and the impact that it has will help to create and implement outreach activities.

What is something you like to do for fun?
In my spare time, I love to bake. I have recently been trying out different recipes and techniques. My most recent successes in baking have been croissants!

What is a fun fact about you?
I have been practicing yoga for around 4 years and have recently begun practicing moderate level inversions, like forearm stand.

Brittney McCoy

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 
My emphasis areas are Adult and Child, Adolescent, and Family, also known as “Lifespan,” and I enjoy working with those who struggle with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship and interpersonal difficulties, emotion regulation, and identity development. I want to be a psychologist because being a human is difficult and no one should sit in the pain of it alone and I thoroughly enjoy witnessing and supporting my clients in the work, insight, growth, and progress they make in therapy.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am excited to cultivate new relationships with clients through our work together and witness their growth and progress, as well as stand by them through set-backs and struggles. I’m also very excited to stand with and advocate for those who have been and are being oppressed by white, cisgender, heteronormative, patriarchal systems in any way that is within my power.

What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I enjoy playing video and board games with my family, spending time with my nieces and nephews, cooking and baking, listening to audio books, listening to music, trying new things and traveling to new places (when we’re not in a pandemic), and watching Netflix/Hulu.

What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me is that my spouse and I once went zip lining in St. Kitts.

 

Lisa Logan

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?
I was originally born in Germany and moved to Fort Knox, KY when I was 6 years old

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 
Most of us question and attempt to understand the intricacies of our voyage in life; inquisitive in regard to the motives of our actions and behaviors. This precise intersection of the human mind and behavior has always fascinated and compelled me to continue this journey to become a Clinical Psychologist. My emphasis area is Adult and Forensics.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am extremely excited to be working at the CBH this year to gain extensive knowledge of the mental health field in regard to psychological assessments. I believe that I will be able to contribute a compassionate, positive, knowledgeable, and unique perspective to the CBH.

What is something you like to do for fun?
During my free time, I love to spend time with my friends and family, workout, cuddle with my two adorable pups, painting, listening to music, and relaxing.

What is a fun fact about you?
I was a member of Zydeco Guard and we were finalists in Winter Guard International (WGI) World Championships in 2012.

Courtnee Hall

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Amber Penn

Where did you grow up?
I am from right here in Louisville, KY. I grew up in the Jeffersontown and Fern Creek areas.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I have always wanted to help others and have been drawn to psychology and mental health from a young age. I enjoy working with young adults and adults, and I have specific clinical interests in mindfulness, substance use, self-harm, grief, and anxiety. My treatment approach is to focus on building trust and getting to know you as a person, as you are the expert on your experience. Additionally, I value collaboratively working on how you can meet your goals and experience growth. I believe that living in line with our values is a very important goal to have, and I will bring in tools into our sessions to help that happen.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH/CCC this practicum year?
I am excited to connect with clients and help guide them along their mental health journeys. I look forward to providing therapy for clients and helping in any way I can.

What do you like to do for fun?
My hobbies include visiting the park, hiking, traveling and immersing myself in other cultures. I also enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, watching movies, and reading fantasy novels.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am a dog-lover and I dog-sit often, so I may have puppies pop up in the background from time to time during our sessions online!

Hannah Gibson

Clinical Practicum Student, Supplemental
Supervisor: Brenda Nash

Savannah Walker

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in small-town Nebraska, where I lived my entire life up until graduate school. That being said, Louisville has been the first city I have lived in, and I love it!

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 

I have a passion for helping those who struggle with mental health, as well as marginalized populations who do not receive the level of care they deserve. I am very passionate about advocacy and using my privilege to help those who need it. I also have a particular interest in trauma work and want to cultivate hope for these individuals.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?

I am excited to add a fresh perspective to the CBH this year, as well as to provide services for all who come to our doors.

What do you like to do for fun?

I am a huge outdoor gal! I spend a lot of my free time trying to find places to hike or water to swim in. I find a certain amount of peace by being outside and distanced from the world for awhile.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have been to 4 out of the 7 continents. I really enjoy immersing myself in different cultures, and love to try new foods from all over the world — I’ve eaten some pretty wild things along the way!

Christian French

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Where did you grow up?
I grew up and went to school in Southern Indiana.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
Originally, I was in school to become a nurse, but I realized my passion lay in mental health. Now, my program emphasis area is the Adult/ Health hybrid at Spalding. I want to be a psychologist because I believe mental health care is central to overall well-being, and it is, unfortunately, still widely overlooked. I believe in the power of therapy, and I hope to create a space for clients to practice self-compassion, improve their relationships, and be fully themselves in service of their well-being and the wider community.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am most excited to work with marginalized populations including the LGBTQ+ community and help create a space for queer clients to be and discover their authentic selves. Also, I am looking forward to working collaboratively with clients to navigate challenges they face and improve their relationships with themselves and others. I’m also interested in working with clients struggling with anxiety, depression, eating and health concerns, and obsessive-compulsive issues.

What do you like to do for fun?
For fun, I like to read, sing, listen to podcasts, play the saxophone, and I am a plant enthusiast. I also have game nights with my partner and sister.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am colorblind, and I didn’t see the color purple until I was 24 years old when my mom bought me Enchroma colorblind glasses.

Jillian Jernigan

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?
I grew up just outside of Dallas, Texas.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
Mental health is something that I’m very passionate about and have found that these issues are often overlooked. I want to connect with people in a way that makes them feel seen, heard, respected, and empowered to help them grow, heal, and practice compassion with themself. I am an Adult Emphasis area and am especially interested in trauma work and working with LGBTQ+ individuals.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I’m excited to work at CBH this year to build my skillset of working with psychological assessments and be able to contribute to the community work that it does. Assessments can be challenging and awkward, and I want to do my best to make it a comfortable experience for clients.

What do you like to do for fun?
In my downtime, I enjoy creative writing, binge-watching the latest show on Netflix, and unwinding with some video games.

What is a fun fact about you?
I have one very, very fluffy cat named Brimley.

 

Olivia Parker

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Crystal River, Florida.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I want to be a psychologist because I want to be able to assist people with self-growth, I am particularly interested in working with young adults.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am most excited to to contribute my rapport building skills to the CBH so I can help clients feel comfortable during the testing process.

What do you like to do for fun?
In my off-time I enjoy hiking with my dogs and cooking new foods!

What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me is that I have two Dalmatians named Grace and Boomie.

Chhavi Singhal

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Amber Penn

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Dallas, TX

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I am in the Children and Family emphasis area, and I want to be a psychologist because I believe mental health issues with children are not taken seriously, especially in certain minority populations. I’d like to work with those kids whose families may not be able to understand what they are going through because of cultural reasons.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am excited to provide a new perspective to CBH this year. Most assessments are tested and created with majority white populations, and I am looking forward to bringing a multicultural perspective to assessments.

What do you like to do for fun?
For fun I like to draw, watch movies, play video games, and cook.

What is a fun fact about you?
A fun fact about me is that if I weren’t pursuing psychology, I would want to be a concept artist and design characters for video games.

Aaron Carter

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?
There are ten regional councils in the state of New York, I grew up in the Western New York region.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
At the root of it, I cherish opportunities to help people. Becoming a psychologist provides a rich variety of methods to do so. Additionally, there is something sacred about being trusted with human vulnerability, the life of a person. I relish taking great care of that trust and vulnerability. With a focus on Health Psychology, I view the entirety to be vital to maximize the ability to help. Often, bodily health can richly aid in seeing the full picture or tell a complex story more simply.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
To implement what I have learned and to learn with everyone I engage with. But also, to contribute to the ambiance of the CBH in my own way. So even if I am not directly working with someone, hopefully there is something to be gained from my presence.

What is something you like to do for fun?
I like to read, exercise, laugh, discovering or using a pun, watching sports, and relaxing. Did I mention I like to relax? I like to do that whenever I can.

What is a fun fact about you?
I enjoy using and the use of dry humor way too much.

Kimberly Morales Martinez

Assessment Practicum Student
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.

Danielle Burdalski

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Where did you grow up?
New Jersey, a small country town in South Jersey

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 
I want to be able to aid and assist those who are struggling with the battle of mental illness. I want to break the stigma associated with “getting help”. Part of breaking that stigma is associating behavioral health with other health care domains in order to create a holistic care program for those in need, which is why I chose the specialties of Health and Adult Psychology. Active communication and care between providers in all aspects of Healthcare is what will show our client’s that they are supported medically and mentally through their healing process.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
My prior knowledge and experience–I was to take this opportunity to not only build on my previously learned tools, but learn and build on new skills that will be most beneficial to our clients. I want to be able to take my prior experience and relate to our clients in a way that builds rapport and comfort in session.

What is something you like to do for fun?
I love to play with my 2 amazing, high-energy Australian Shepherds. They keep me active, happy, and on my toes.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am an Army Veteran that worked as a behavioral health specialist in a variety of fields (trauma, family services, Substance Use, and suicide prevention, to name a few). It was this job that really propelled my passion for the destigmatization of mental health services for all individuals.

Mindy Yates

Assessment and Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisors: Kelsey Stout, Amber Penn

Catherine Hackl

Clinical Practicum Student – CBH, The Healing Place
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Carmel, Indiana.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I want to be a psychologist because I value mental health and want to provide services for people who would otherwise be unable to obtain them. There are, unfortunately, many barriers to mental health treatment, and I hope that I can help make services more accessible and advocate for underserved populations as a psychologist. Personally, I find the work of psychologists to be very rewarding and enjoyable whether that is through therapy, assessments, or supervision. I hope to empower people and to provide a safe environment for self-exploration and healing. As a generalist, I welcome clients with a variety of presenting concerns, and I attempt to adjust my approach to fit the specific needs of each person. However, my therapeutic style is predominately interpersonal, which is reflected through building a trusting relationship together.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am excited to contribute a warm, empathetic, non-judgmental environment for individuals, couples, and families seeking mental health services for anxiety, depression, trauma, eating disorders, and a variety of other concerns. In collaboration with each client, I hope to help them attain their goals and improve their wellbeing by increasing their awareness and self-compassion.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love trying new things and exploring Louisville! I enjoy cycling classes, learning how to cook or bake new recipes, going for hikes or walks with my dog, and watching movies.

What is a fun fact about you?
I have been skydiving…twice!

Hunter Gatewood

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Kelsey Stout

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Williamstown, Ky. The same city where they built a full-size biblical recreation of Noah’s Ark.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I want to be a psychologist so that I can help people feel seen, understood, heard, and respected. I specifically have interests in young adults and individuals in the LGBTQ+ community.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I hope to provide insight to the role and impact of early childhood experiences, relationships, trauma, and LGBTQ+ identity.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to make rubber block prints, where I basically carve out designs similar to a stamp, roll it with ink, and press it onto paper. Some turn out much better than others.

What is a fun fact about you?
A not so fun fact, but mildly impressive, is that I was on a pop culture trivia team with friends for 6 months and could only contribute one answer for that entire timeframe. It hasn’t gotten better.

Katie Whitley

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Amy Young

Where did you grow up?
Miami, FL

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I want to be a psychologist because I love connecting with others. It is an honor to help people see the power they have within themselves to make positive changes and heal from pain. I love making people feel supported, heard, and safe. I am specifically interested in trauma work and I tend to focus on relationships including identifying attachment style, interpersonal concerns, and working on communication and boundary difficulties.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am looking forward to helping CBH continue to offer therapy services using telehealth. Due to COVID-19 there is a growing need for mental health services now more than ever before and I am really glad to be part of that.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love going for long walks and bike rides. I have a major sweet tooth that I satisfy with lots of baking (brownies are my favorite). I love spending time with my partner and my friends, especially when we have game night.

What is a fun fact about you?
I love cats and have connected with many clients over a shared love of cats. I have two cats and my dream is to have a lot of cats, like a crazy cat lady amount.

Shanika Goodspeed

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Amber Penn

Where did you grow up?
Northern California

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I decided to be a psychologist specifically because I am interested in the forensic field. I aspire to work with courts, attorneys, jails, victims, and law enforcement.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I hope to contribute a different perspective as someone from a minoritized background. I also hope that, through my own diversity, I will be able to connect with diverse clients who are normally underrepresented.

What is something you like to do for fun?
Traveling has been a hobby of mine for a long time. However, when I am not on an airplane, I am likely to be in the gym. And if I am at home, I could be found in my greenhouse, attending to my vegetables and herbs. But if the produce is doing well, there is a strong likelihood that I am on my couch watching a scary movie.

What is a fun fact about you?
I am bilingual; my second language is Spanish.

Alli Hendrick

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?
Bemus Point, NY

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
It is my desire to help people sort through some of life’s toughest obstacles while learning new tools to help them navigate situations that may arise. I love talking with people and helping them piece together how a situation has impacted them. I am an adult emphasis area and once done with school hope to work in private practice with adolescents through adults with a specialty in working with first responders.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this practicum year?
I am so excited to learn about the psychological testing process and how to utilize those results to help clients better understand themselves.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love to spend time on the lake in the town where I am from or curl up with a good book.

What is a fun fact about you?
I have lived in four states within the last two years!



Support Team

Megan Phillips

Administrative Assistant

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Berea, Kentucky.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this year?
Navigating the shift to telehealth services has been an interesting and unforeseen challenge this past year, so I hope to continue facilitating these changes so our clinicians are still able to conduct the high-quality therapy services we pride ourselves in!

What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy spending time with my two cats (ask me for pictures of them, I will gladly show you!), listening to audiobooks and podcasts, and mindlessly scrolling through Tiktok.

 What is a fun fact about you?
I am learning to speak Spanish and Korean. I am still a beginner, but I have really been enjoying the process. I hope to also learn American Sign Language after I feel more confident in the other 2 languages.

Rachel Collier

Rachel Collier

Graduate Assistant

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Salem, Illinois.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?
I genuinely love people. All people deserve to feel heard, empowered, accepted, and embraced. I am excited to use my values and passions to help guide and support clients as they learn about themselves and find strength. I have an emphasis in adult health psychology because I recognize the important interactions between mental health and physical health.

What are you most excited to contribute to CBH this year?
As a graduate assistant focusing on outreach, I am excited to help our clinicians find ways that they can connect to the community! Additionally, I am excited to help community members learn about CBH/CCC and our resources.

What do you like to do for fun?
I love to be active and be outdoors – running, swimming, hiking, biking, traveling, picnics! I also love to read and spend time with my dog who is certified The World’s Most Perfect Dog.

What is a fun fact about you?
I enjoy teaching swim lessons and used to coach a league swim team.

Ayana Croff

Graduate Assistant

Ayana Croff, MA is a Graduate Assistant for CBH. She received her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University, where she is currently in her fourth year working towards her doctorate degree. She obtained a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN. Ayana has experience assessing and treating adults, teenagers, and children, and has worked with individuals who have struggled with ADHD, depression, anxiety, trauma, learning disabilities, and more. In her free time, Ayana enjoys trying new restaurants and spending quality time with friends and her miniature dachshund, Marley.