Meet The Staff


 


DIRECTOR

NORAH CHAPMAN, PH.D.

 

Dr. Chapman currently serves as the Director and a Clinical Supervisor at CBH, as well as the Associate Chair of Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. She 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 is currently a member of the APA Division 17 Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, is involved with the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the KPA.


SUPERVISORY TEAM

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

Dr. Nash, a tenured associate professor, holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. After completing her internship, she returned to her native Louisville and quickly became involved with Spalding, teaching as clinical faculty for nine years before joining the faculty full-time in 2006. From 2011-2020, she assumed the role of Director of Clinical Training, overseeing students’ practicum and internship placements. She was named the 2020 Spalding University Board of Trustees Faculty of the Year. Dr. Nash specializes in working with survivors of trauma, including sexual and physical abuse, childhood abuse, domestic violence, automobile accidents, catastrophic loss, etc. She approaches therapy from an interpersonal perspective and is also passionate about teaching students how to work effectively and compassionately with trauma survivors. She is licensed in Kentucky and maintains a small private practice where she routinely provides pro bono services. She is a member of APA and KPA, where she has also served as a past Executive Board member. In 2020, Dr. Nash was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear to serve on the Kentucky Board of Examiners in Psychology.


Steve Katsikas, PHD

Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Steve Katsikas earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas in 1995.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and worked as a faculty member at Albizu University, training Psy.D. students in their APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology from 1996-2003.  In 2003, he became Director of Child and Adolescent Psychological Services for Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida while also serving as postdoctoral training director.  In 2006, he accepted a position as Department Chair at Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology, a position he held until 2020.  During his tenure at Spalding, he received over 8 million dollars of federal grants through HRSA, supporting student training with a focus on behavioral health.  He was recognized in 2018 as the Kentucky Psychological Association’s (KPA) Psychologist of the Year, and was elected President of KPA for 2020. He currently is the Director of Spalding University’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Research and continues to teach and train future psychologists within the School of Professional Psychology as a professor and licensed psychologist.  His clinical interests include behavioral health, behavioral and emotional issues in children and adolescents, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and mood problems.  


AMY YOUNG, PSYD

Director of Clinical Training, Spalding University School of Professional Psychology

Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Dr. Amy Young received her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University. Dr. Young’s passion for social justice concerns previously connected her to Mercy Behavioral Health, a legacy program of the Sisters of Mercy of the America’s ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There she provided comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to underserved populations for eleven years. Her research interests include trauma-informed services for women, harm reduction psychotherapy and the clinical implications of bias in the therapeutic relationship. She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and Kentucky Psychological Association.


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.


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.


STACY CAMBRON, PHD

Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Dr. Cambron has been a mental health provider since earning a master’s degree in medical social work in 1989. She went on to earn a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Louisville in 1998. She has experience working in a variety of settings across the country including private practice, community mental health centers, residential/forensic placements, and hospitals. Dr. Cambron also earned her Master of Public Health from the University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences in May 2015 with a concentration in biostatistics. The master’s degree in public health is evidence of her philosophy of lifelong learning and staying current with cutting edge research methodologies. She is a proponent of utilizing evidence-based practices and outcome measures whether she is practicing psychology, teaching and supervising students, or evaluating effectiveness of programs and interventions.


Willie McBride, PHD

Clinical Supervisor, Center for Behavioral Health

Dr. Willie F. McBride is a Louisville native and clinical neuropsychologist who recently completed his fellowship at the University of Virginia Health System within the Department of Neurology. He is primarily focused on evaluating neurodegenerative processes in older adults but has a burgeoning interest in cultural neuropsychology and examining health disparities within the African American community. He is a founding member of the Society for Black Neuropsychology, a national organization devoted to advancing the field of neuropsychology at it relates to the African diaspora. He completed his doctoral degree from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology in Norfolk VA, internship at the Vanderbilt-Veteran Affairs Psychology Consortium, and completed a fellowship in Interprofessional Psychology Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Murfreesboro Tennessee. His hobbies include collecting vinyl records, playing video games, spending time with family, and watching movies/anime.

 


STUDENT CLINICIAN TEAM


Aislinn Bartlett

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Hannah Richardson

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in central Illinois in a town surrounded by corn and soy bean fields. 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

The cliche is to say I want to help people, which is absolutely accurate! But more specifically, I want each person to know their worth and to help individuals understand they are valued despite any mental health diagnosis or struggles they may face. I seek to work with adults who are military connected, including veterans, active-duty personnel, and their families. 

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

I am excited to contribute my services as an assessor to CBH to further serve  the community. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to spend time reading, being with my dogs, and spending quality time with family and friends. 

What is a fun fact about you?

I love participating in my Celtic heritage! I was a Scottish and Irish dancer, and played snare drum in the bagpipe band for a while. While I consider myself “retired” from both, I still actively participate and volunteer to keep the heritage alive! 


Alyssa Adams

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Jaclyn Williams

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Cleveland, Ohio

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 

I’m a children, adolescent, and families emphasis! I got into psychology after working with an program called Sparkles Cheerleading, which is designed to promote inclusion between children with developmental disabilities and typically developing peers.

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

I’m very eager to get started and look forward to serving the Louisville community!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love exploring all Louisville has to offer — food, parks, shops, etc.! I also enjoy reading and talking about my dog, Finnegan.

What is a fun fact about you?

I adopted a vegetarian diet at age 11, and became fully vegan 3 year ago.


Aubree Harrington

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?

Salem, VA

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 

At an early age, I was able to see the need for mental health services and how therapy can improve people’s quality of life as they begin to explore their inner selves. Furthermore, I am a forensic emphasis, and I chose this emphasis because I have seen first-hand how there is a shortage of quality mental health services in various forensic settings and how difficult it can be for someone with little familial support to exit a cycle of crime without sufficient mental health management. 

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

I am looking forward to creating an inclusive, safe space for clients to be able to be their true selves while also bringing my upbeat, positive personality into the therapy room. 

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I like to try different food places, play a lot of sports, work out, and enjoy time outside with friends!

What is a fun fact about you?

I am related by marriage to a famous serial killer, Henry Lee Lucas.


Adorya Baly

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Kelsey Stout

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the British Virgin Islands (Caribbean).

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 

I want to be a psychologist to help the underprivileged, especially black men. I believe the mentally challenged should he helped not harmed. My desire is to advocate and be involved in policy making decisions and programs that would benefit such populations. A desire for systemic change led me to choose Forensic Psychology as my emphasis area.

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

I’m excited to contribute my experience and education to CBH this practicum year. However, I’m most excited about contributing my culture, language and heritage. The positive aspects of myself, especially my sense of humor, should help both my colleagues and clients to have a better day. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love the outdoors and water sports. I love to shop and look beautiful (self-care). I love speaking with family members and going out with friends to eat. I get excited about traveling and I enjoy listening to music and dancing. Last but certainly not least, I love watching Netflix and surfing the internet.

What is a fun fact about you?

I’ve competed at the Miss Universe competition and I’ve travelled all over the world but I’m still getting around to learning how to swim.


Bethany Jones

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steve Katsikas

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in east Tennessee, right between Knoxville and the Smokey Mountains.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

A huge reason for wanting to become a psychologist is that I have always felt drawn to help others and be involved in building strong community and connections. At Spalding, I decided to complete a dual emphasis in Adult and Child/Adolescent/ and Family psychology so that I can work with primarily young adults and adolescents as they make huge life transitions.

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

I am so excited to work with the students and volunteers at Youth Build this year! This organization has already done tremendous work here, and I am thrilled to be a part of their mission!

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun, I love to knit! My goal is to knit a sweater eventually.

What is a fun fact about you?

I am passionate about horses and have been riding since I was seven!


Brenna Krivashei

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Will McBride

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Southern California in the Riverside County area.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to be a psychologist to hopefully help children and adolescents through traumatic experiences and advocate for these kiddos.

 

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

I am most excited to contribute to CBH by providing accurate and effective assessments for individuals who are in need in our community.

What do you like to do for fun?

Some things I like to do for fun include hanging out with my dog, exploring Louisville’s nature and parks, and trying out new food places around the city!

What is a fun fact about you?

One fun fact about me is that my eyes change color from blue to green depending on what I wear!


Brittany Donna

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Liz Swabek

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised just outside of Cleveland, Ohio.

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 

I believe that it is important for us to care for our minds just as we do our bodies. Unfortunately, mental health has always been surround by stigma. I want to become a psychologist because I want to ease others negative feelings towards mental disorders and their treatments. My emphasis area is health psychology, however, I like working with individuals from all walks of life.

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

I am excited to put forth a welcoming environment for everyone, free from sigma and judgment. I also looking forwards to applying what I have learned through my education and experiences, as well as learn through my work with others.

What do you like to do for fun?

I have too many hobbies to count but I love to craft, play video games and listen/play music.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I am the only child of two only children. I come form a very small, close-knit family.


Claudia Mesa

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Rafael Veroslavsky

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Miami, FL.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I aspire to support and empower underserved populations because while everyone can make positive change and lead fulfilling lives, not everyone has the same access to resources and opportunities. I am in the Forensic emphasis area, and my interests are primarily in working with justice-involved clients.

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

As a second-generation Cuban, I am most excited to work collaboratively with Spanish-speaking clients at La Casita and contribute my unique perspectives.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy staying active by exercising, exploring new places, and learning how to rollerblade! At home, playing video games with friends, painting my nails, and bugging my partner is my kind of self-care.

What is a fun fact about you?

I am the proud cat mom of two babies, Arya and Gimli.


Cory Byers

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Jaclyn Williams

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Seymour, Indiana until I moved to Henryville, Indiana in 2006.

 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I always knew I wanted to help people. However, it was not until 2016 when I knew several people close to me that were struggling with mental health issues. In the last several years I have made it a personal goal of mine to help those that maybe struggling and decrease the rising number of mental health cases. I am particularly interested in the Adult population with a potential of looking into Forensics, and Neuropsychology areas.

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

I am excited to be able to apply my skills, knowledge, and learning to practice while making others feel safe, secure, and comfortable.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy spending time with my family and friends when I am not busy. I also like to hunt, fish, and hike during the colder months.

What is a fun fact about you?

I like to quote and use examples of movies that I have seen when talking to people.


Emily Long

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Amy Young

Where did you grow up?

I was born in Michigan, moved and lived in Southern Illinois for the first 5 years of my life and then moved and have lived in Northern Illinois ever since (lived in Wisconsin during undergraduate)

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I’m a Health Emphasis, and I am fascinated with the mind-body connection and how our mind affects our body and how our body affects our mind. The typical answer to why I want to be a psychologist of course is to “help others” but we get to change people’s lives, we get to watch people grow and improve over time, we get to learn from our clients, we get to help individuals become the best versions of themselves, and understand why people do the things that they do. I can’t think of a more meaningful or rewarding job than this.

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

I’m excited to bring some fun, along with many hours of hard work, and friendliness to CBH. I think it’s especially important that we take a break from our day-to-day stress and laugh and have fun and get to know each other! As for our clients, I’m excited to bring a welcoming, calming, and nonjudgmental presence to them so that they have a safe place to express themselves.

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun, I like to play tennis or ping pong, dance, do waterfall hikes, and just about anything involving my pups!

What is a fun fact about you?

Although M&M’s are not my favorite candy, I love all things M&M! I have a collection of M&M Knick Knacks, and I hope to have them in my future office!


DeeAnn Stalvey

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?

Rural Minnesota.

 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I was always curious about human behavior and reactions to stimuli in the environment; Especially how our experiences affect behavior and thought patterns. I hope with intervention, I can help people gain skills to have a positive influence on their life.

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

I hope that I can see a positive difference in my clients’ lives, which is the greatest motivation for me.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to read and do puzzles. I also like outdoor activities and be with family.

What is a fun fact about you?

I grew up on a farm in southern Minnesota.


JILLIAN Strauss

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Where did you grow up?

Hi my name is Jillian Strauss. I grew up in Victoria, Texas. I received a bachelors degree from Texas A&M University and a masters degree from University of Houston Victoria.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I chose to pursue a doctoral degree at Spalding because they have a great program with my chosen emphasis area. I enjoy working with forensic populations and hope to work with both adults and adolescents in the justice system. I hope to perform assessments and provide psychotherapy in these environments.

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

I am excited to work at the CBH this year and hope to add anything I can to the site. I have an overall social and bubbly disposition and I hope this adds to the overall atmosphere and comfort when working with me for my coworkers and my clients.

What do you like to do for fun?

In my spare time I enjoy crafting such as crocheting or making vinyl stickers with my Cricut machine. I also enjoy watching Disney movies and reading Stephen King novels.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I studied American Sign Language in college.


Jeremy Brog

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Hannah Richardson

Where did you grow up?

St. Louis, Missouri

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to become a psychologist because I want to help make a difference in people’s lives and I enjoy listening to people’s stories. I am planning to complete the child/adolescent/family and adult emphasis areas.

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

I am excited to work as part of the assessment team and to grow closer to the Louisville and surrounding communities by working firsthand with its members, contributing my passion and empathy.

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy hiking, ping-pong, playing games with my friends, and anything that has to do with dogs.

What is a fun fact about you?

My dream is to build a miniature golf course.


Kayle Wilson

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Jaclyn Williams

Where did you grow up?

Louisville, KY

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I have had family members struggle with various mental illnesses and it inspired me to be a clinician who could better some of their experiences. I also have worked with children on the Spectrum and have a large passion with this population.

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

Compassion! Everyone is going through something personal, and I am happy to be here to help!

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to play guitar and piano… but anyone who knows me will tell you my absolute favorite thing is being home with my Golden Retriever, Daisy.

What is a fun fact about you?

I used to show horses competitively throughout my childhood.


Leah Brodbeck

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Kelsey Stout

Where did you grow up?

Boston, MA

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I have always had the desire to understand what contributes to human behavior and what really drives people to do what they do, especially when it comes to crimes. After living and working closely with the communities in Boston and Washington, DC. I began to recognize the flaws in the criminal justice system and just how desperately mental health services were needed in the communities to prevent crime and within the system itself to remove the systemic racism and lack of acceptance that has riddled our justice system for so long. I chose Forensics as my emphasis area because I want to create the change this system so desperately needs.

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

I am most excited to contribute my curious nature and passion for learning about others. As an outgoing and humorous person, I hope to relieve any anxiety clients may feel about seeking services.

What is something you like to do for fun?

I am obsessed with my dog and two cats and spend alot of time spoiling them! I also love to listen to crime podcasts, anything Halloween related, attend concerts, and get to know the city of Louisville.

What is a fun fact about you?

I spent four weeks in Zimbabwe doing public health work while in college. While I was there, I was able to feed lion cubs and elephants who were living at a conservation/rehab facility – it was an amazing experience.


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.


Lydia Murphy

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Jaclyn Williams

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Northern Kentucky, right outside of Cincinnati

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 

I have always been drawn to the field of psychology with fascination on how individuals are so unique in their own ways. As a psychologist, I hope to help you identify and understand what experiences and relationships throughout your life make you, you. My chosen emphasis area is Forensics.

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

I am most excited about getting to know and interact with individuals that make up the Louisville-metropolitan area!

What is something you like to do for fun?

My favorite hobby is practicing/teaching yoga!

What is a fun fact about you?

During college, I studied abroad in Ireland!


Halie Herrin

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the Columbus, Georgia area and then went to undergrad in Atlanta, Georgia at Georgia State University.

Why do you want to be a psychologist? 

I want to be a forensic psychologist because I want to help those in need while simultaneously being a part of the team/generation that changes our justice system for the better.

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

I am not only excited to be able to contribute therapy services for the underserved population of Louisville, but I am also excited to be able to potentially offer therapy services for those across the entire state of Kentucky via telehealth. I am most excited about offering telehealth services because it makes receiving therapy services more accessible to those far away and to those who wish to remain distant due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

What is something you like to do for fun?

I like to hang out with my family and friends, listen to music, watch TV, go hiking, go longboarding, go swimming, and just be outdoors for fun!

What is a fun fact about you?

I’ve played the trumpet for the past 12 years! I’ve played for both concert band/wind orchestra settings as well as for marching band. I was in marching band for 8 years from 8th grade all the way through the end of undergrad at Georgia State University! Doing marching band in college was so much fun and led to so many great opportunities like going to Orlando, Florida for a bowl game (and of course Universal Studios while we were there!), performing in the Super Bowl LIII half time show in Atlanta, GA (they hired our marching band to do choreography and hold LED lights on the field during the half time show), and traveling to Tucson, Arizona for another bowl game for New Year’s 2020!


Marissa Lewis

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisors: Eric Russ

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town right outside of New York City.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to be a psychologist to walk with, and work on behalf of, intersectional populations that often struggle to receive adequate care. My emphasis area is the Health emphasis area, and I am particularly focused on integrated primary care, trauma, and substance abuse. I am passionate about integrating psychological care with physical health and want to help clients feel empowered and supported during therapy.

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

I am most excited to develop a warm and collaborative space to work with clients, as well as bring my own diverse perspective to connect with people. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy reading, hiking, swimming, baking, playing endless board games, doing embroidery, and playing around with my cat.

What is a fun fact about you?

I studied and speak some conversational Mandarin Chinese.


Megan Orton

Clinical Practicum Student 
Supervisor: Norah Chapman

Where did you grow up?

My name is Megan Orton, I grew up in Downers Grove, Illinois which is a southwest suburb of Chicago.

 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I was inspired to be a psychologist by my grandmother who has struggled with Depression the majority of her life. I remember trying to research depression when I was younger trying to find a way to help her.

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

I am excited to bring my growing therapy skills and outreach to the JCTC community!

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I enjoy walking my puppy, Frankie.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I love animals, so much so I wanted to a veterinarian for most of my life growing up.


Nailah Williams

Clinical Practicum Student 
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Louisville, KY. 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I began my education in the field of sociology and really started to notice how society issues can affect the individual, especially for people that are black/of African descent. Because mental health is such a taboo in the black community, a lot of us do are afraid to reach out for help. I wanted to be that bridge for my community. 

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

What I am most excited to contribute to the CCC is my passion for understanding the intersectional identities of the clients that we treat and their own individual and unique needs

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to hang out with friends and family and braid hair for fun.

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that despite being stung by one as a child, jellyfish are my favorite animals.


SHANIKA GOODSPEED

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Will McBride

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Northern California between Sacramento and the greater San Francisco area.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I am looking forward to becoming an investigative psychologist with a law enforcement agency and providing psychological assessment services for courts. I am passionate about the forensic field and am directing all my energy in that direction. 

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

I am most excited about helping to solidify the new partnership between CCC and the parole office by providing therapy services to people who have recently been released from prison.

What is something you like to do for fun?

I love traveling, working out, and eating! I also love cuddling up on the couch and watching horror flix. 

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is I used to live in Costa Rica!


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.

 


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!


Paris Wheeler

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Fort Myers, Florida.  

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I love learning about the many ways that our culture, society, social groups influence how our minds work. Using this information, I want to help people understand their thoughts and behavior and grow into who they want to be! I also love doing research on cultural strengths that help buffer against substance use and health disparities among African Americans. 

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

I am excited to contribute my enthusiasm for working with socially marginalized groups and my social-ecological lens when working with clients, taking into account the complex ways that our environment contributes to our mental health. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I enjoy gardening and just being outdoors in general! 

What is a fun fact about you?

This year I am growing various fruits and vegetables in my home garden, including strawberries, green beans, watermelon, squash, and herbs like rosemary, cilantro, and basil. 


Samantha Hollis-White

Clinical and Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Will McBride

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I wanted to be a psychologist because I love puzzles, I want to help adolescents and adults (CAF emphasis) piece their strengths, personality traits, and therapeutic techniques to help improve their lives!

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

I’m most excited to bring an open mind to the CBH and CCC! I want to make sure that no presumptions or expectations get in the way of fully being in the room with my clients.

What do you like to do for fun?

I am a TV show connoisseur! Some of my favorites are Criminal Minds, Chopped, and This Is Us!

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I rode horses at an equine center for individuals with disabilities for ten years!


Samantha Weatherhead

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the south end of Louisville

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

My emphasis area is in Child, Adolescent, & Family. I am fond of getting to connect with people by helping process through different aspects of life or having a space to just be without outside pressure. I hope to provide a validating experience while you balance your relationships with who you are. I primarily enjoy working through anxieties, depression, emotion regulation, and identity development.

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

I hope to bring stability and validation to my clients, especially in a world that has been turned upside down. I look forward to building relationships on the foundation of empathy and trust. Being at CBH allows me the opportunity to expand and grow alongside my community. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I am super close with my family/friends, and we spend time together often. I also enjoy lazing with my animals while I watch shows, read books, write, or paint. 

What is a fun fact about you?

I have a zoo of animals in my house. I have roughly 23 pets: dogs, cats, rabbits, chinchillas, snakes, lizards, and a tortoise.


Sarah Higby

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Kelsey Stout

Where did you grow up?

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I want to be a psychologist because I want to be someone who has the ability to meet people where they are in life and be able to walk with them in helping to get where they WANT to be. So many people have no option other than to hold the weight of their world on their shoulders and I want to be able to provide space for individuals to put that weight down for a few moments at a time and then support them when it’s time to pick it back up. I am interested in working in the forensic psychology world and specially in a correction setting when I finish my degree.  

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

I am most excited to contribute my personal and professional determination as well as a fresh perspective to the CBH this practicum year with the goal of working with clients who may also be looking for a fresh perspective is varying life domains. 

What do you like to do for fun?

I love to spend time anywhere dogs are welcome; I have a one-year-old mixed pup named Oakley who loves to run around and play with other dogs. As a result, we spend TONS of time at the local dog parks and outside exploring the Louisville area. I also love to read, and I view all car rides as an opportunity to have a passionate jam session. 

What is a fun fact about you?

I was a University tour guide all four years of my undergraduate career and therefore I am a very impressive backwards walker and talker, outside of this skill I often trip and fall over anything and everything.


SARAH Chatt

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Ginger Crumbo

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Buffalo, NY. 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I am in the adult/forensic hybrid emphasis area. I want to become a psychologist to better understand why individuals engage in violent behavior and how to prevent future violence. I want to work with incarcerated individuals, as this population is often underserved and the legal system can use some knowledgeable forensic psychologists!

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

I am excited to contribute my passion for psychology and my strong desire to learn as much as I can about evidence-based practices for a variety of mental health concerns.

What do you like to do for fun?

I like to take dance classes, spend time with my three cats, and facetime my siblings!

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is my favorite form of exercise is bounce classes: working out while getting to jump on my own personal trampoline!


Sarah Mills

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Allyson Bradow

Where did you grow up?

I was raised in Chesterfield, Virginia before moving to North Carolina for college, which is where I remained until moving to KY in 2020.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I am passionate about providing excellent mental health care and decreasing the stigma of help-seeking in rural and underserved populations. Additionally, I am interested in working with justice-involved individuals and clients with severe mental illnesses. It is for this reason I have chosen to emphasize in Forensics during my training, to provide care to populations of people that are often overlooked by the system.

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

I am looking forward to furthering my skills in both therapy and assessment, and also learning more about the wonderful community of people (and their stories) in Louisville.

What do you like to do for fun?

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking, spending time with my dogs, and lifting weights.

What is a fun fact about you?

I have my boater’s license, so when I’m not land-locked in the great state of Kentucky, I enjoy spending time cruising on Lake Gaston (VA) with friends and family.


Shannon Park

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Eric Russ

Where did you grow up?

I moved around a bit since my father was in the military, although I lived in Swansboro, NC for the longest and most recent years of my life.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I have been interested in the field of psychology and helping others for as long as I can remember. I want to be able to give back to the community that has helped me become who I am today. I plan on studying in the Health Emphasis Area to reach my overarching goals of working with military personnel struggling with trauma, anxiety, depression, and substance use.

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

I am most excited to contribute to the outside community of Louisville and surrounding areas while working at the CBH. I am excited to see and incorporate all of the perspectives each clinician and practicum student has to offer to expand my abilities in both therapy and assessment.

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun I mostly like to workout or hangout with my cat, Toulouse. I enjoy telling or hearing corny jokes, watching movies, and attempting to cook/bake.

What is a fun fact about you?

I played soccer in undergrad and still have a year of eligibility to play!


Shelby Roshoe

Assessment Practicum Student
Supervisor: Kristen McCrary

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Pennsylvania. I am originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, then moved to central Pennsylvania, and then went to Erie for my undergraduate degree.

 

 

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I am a P1, forensic/adult hybrid emphasis. I want to become a clinical forensic psychologist and ultimately work in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. With that being said, I specifically want to be in this career due to my passion for mental health and the legal system. I feel this is important and necessary work, especially when considering the systemic injustices experienced by many, as well as the stereotyping of mental illness that is pronounced in the U.S. It is my hope to work with seriously mentally ill (SMI) inmates, personality disorders, and racial (or really any marginalized based) trauma.

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

I am most excited to get the opportunity to work with the Louisville community and provide them accurate assessment data. It is my hope to further hone in my skills so I can assist in getting clients the best services possible.

What do you like to do for fun?

I would consider myself a free spirit. When in good company, I can find happiness and excitement in almost any circumstances! I do particularly enjoy cooking, doing scratch art, going on hikes, trying new restaurants and cafés, spending time with my friends, and hanging out with my cats Orion and Nova!

What is a fun fact about you?

A fun fact about me is that I am the current Social Chair Officer of the SOPP’s multicultural organization and a recently elected Student Representative for the SOPP.


Yancy Nesbitt

Clinical Practicum Student
Supervisor: Steven Kniffley

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Hampton, Virginia

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

I’ve always been interested in human behavior and why individuals do what they do, and as I began to explore the field, I became more knowledgeable about mental health, and my desire to help others grew. In the past four years, I’ve taken a special interest in Sport Psychology, and working with college-student athletes, and eventually elite athletes. I’m a Health Emphasis.

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

In the CCC, I am most excited to provide services to the Black community and other groups of color and assist my clients in their journeys of healing and self-improvement. 

What do you like to do for fun?

For fun, I enjoy reading by the pool, working out and binge-watching shows on Netflix.

What is a fun fact about you?

I was born in Okinawa, Japan.


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Ashley Jackson

Administrative Assistant 

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Louisville, KY.

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

As the past year has brought new challenges, I am excited about being part of an organization that is training people to meet mental health needs in new ways, too. I am also looking forward to creating a warm, supportive environment for the staff and clients at CBH.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love live music, sharing love through baking, and watching my friends do karaoke.

What is a fun fact about you?

I’m a mean hula hooper!


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.


Danielle Beam

Assessment Practicum Student and Graduate Assistant

Where did you grow up?

I grew up right here in Louisville, KY.

Why do you want to be a psychologist?

The first reason I became interested in becoming a psychologist was a combination of my curiosity of the human mind and behavior, along with my passion of helping others. That still rings true today, but my reason is more than just that. I have a strong desire to work with underserved, stigmatized populations, such as individuals involved in the criminal justice system and correctional facilities. I believe that these individuals deserve fair, equal access to psychological services and treatment from competent, empathetic clinicians.

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

As a practicum student, I am most excited to contribute my enthusiasm for assessment and to share and build upon my past experience. I have a lot to learn and am thrilled about the opportunity to do so at CBH. As a graduate assistant, I am looking forward to learning more about the logistics of CBH and to interact with both clients and fellow students!

What do you like to do for fun?

In my free time, I love traveling, hiking, kayaking, going to the lake, going to the drive-in, and trying new restaurants. I also enjoy days in cooking, reading, or watching true crime documentaries with my fiancé and our cats.

What is a fun fact about you?

I lived in Ireland for a year and attended an Irish university. I fell so in love with the people, the culture, and the landscape and could go on and on about it. Ask me about the time I attempted to climb a holy mountain there…you’ll also learn how clumsy I am!