Thomas G. Adams, Ph.D., is a Co-Founder and Director of Research at the University of Kentucky Clinic for Emotional Health (CEH). He is also the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience & Behavior Therapy Lab (CnBT). He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He is additionally an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine and an Investigator with the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the VA National Center for PTSD. Dr. Adams received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006 and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas in 2014 following completion of a pre-doctoral internship within the traumatic stress track at the Charleston Consortium at the Medical University of South Carolina and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center. He completed an NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where he trained for three years in the Yale OCD Research Clinic and the Clinical Neuroscience Division of the VA National Center for PTSD before becoming a member of the research faculty. Dr. Adams joined the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky in 2019. Dr. Adams specializes is the research and treatment of anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive and related disorders, and trauma and stressor-related disorders. His research is focused on improving the understanding of cognitive and emotional factors that cause these disorders and on the development of novel treatments that integrate brain-based technologies with established behavioral interventions. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Veterans Administration, the International Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Foundation, and by the University of Kentucky. Dr. Adams, along with his students and colleagues, have published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles, case reports, and book chapters; he has also presented dozens of research papers and symposia at national conferences. In addition to his research, Dr. Adams is also a licensed clinical psychologist with nearly 15 years of experience delivering cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety and related disorders. He has experience treating adolescent and adult patients from a diversity of backgrounds and with a wide range of problems related to anxiety, obsessions, tics, habits, and trauma.


Barry Adkins, M.A.,  is a Certified Psychologist with Autonomous Functioning working as the school psychologist for the Magoffin County School District in eastern Kentucky. He has been at this position since 2004 and has additionally maintained a small private practice that provides a variety of psychological services for the local community. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Kentucky, completed his internship at the Virginia Treatment Center for Children, and received additional training with McGregor and Associates. He was born in the small Kentucky mining town of Wheelwright and is the proud father of five children and grandfather of one completely adorable grandchild.


Timothy Ainger, Ph.D., is a clinical neuropsychologist and an assistant professor of neurology with the UK College of Medicine and the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute in Lexington, KY. He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. He completed his clinical internship at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical and Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center in Richmond, VA, focusing on neurocognitive assessment and rehabilitation in veterans with multiple traumas and traumatic brain injuries. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship training in clinical neuropsychology with Cornerstone Neuropsychology (an affiliate of Wake Forest Baptist Health) in High Point, NC. He also spent three years working for the US Department of Justice (FBI). He focuses on applied neuropsychology, examining ways to enhance the clinical conceptualization of diverse populations and diagnoses. His clinical work and research foci include epilepsy, kidney and liver transplant, resiliency and wellness, primary and secondary changes in executive functioning, multiple sclerosis, psychopathy, and forensics. He is a frequently-requested speaker on both the regional and the national level, and is a consultant for both the US federal government and the Warner Brothers Entertainment. He is a National Multiple Sclerosis Society Partner-In-Care, has received recognition for both his academic medical teaching and for his work with physician wellness. He currently serves on UK The Neurology Department Wellness Committee and The Diversity & Inclusion Committee, UK Graduate Medical Education Development Subcommittee, the UK College of Medicine Faculty Wellness Committee, and the International Aerospace Neurology Consortium (where he is also the co-chair of the neurocognitive steering group


Brenda Arellano, M.S., LPA is a bilingual, Licensed Psychological Associate currently working at the Behavioral Wellness Clinic. Brenda specializes in providing empirically supported treatment for children, teens, and adults suffering from OCD. Brenda also works with individuals experiencing other difficulties, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, PTSD and eating disorders. As a fluent native Spanish speaker, Brenda provides therapy in both English and Spanish. Brenda is trained in delivering various empirically supported interventions, including Exposure and Response Prevention, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness and Acceptance Based Interventions. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2017 with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. In addition to her clinical training, Brenda was involved in various research projects during her time at the University of Louisville. She shared her research on child anxiety and the intersection of culture and mental health at national conferences as well as peer-reviewed articles. In addition to her clinical practice, Brenda enjoys sharing psychological science through community outreach and spending time with friends and family

Christal Badour, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Kentucky and co-founded the University of Kentucky Center for Emotional Health (CEH) with the mission of improving the lives of people who have been impacted by highly stressful or traumatic events as well as those facing various mental health difficulties. Dr. Badour is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioral interventions to members of the community. She specializes in assessment and treatment approaches shown to help people recover from traumatic events including experiences of violent crime, child abuse or neglect, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, combat/war, accidents, natural/manmade disasters or loss of a loved one due to homicide or suicide. Dr. Badour's research focuses on understanding the development and maintenance of psychopathology following traumatic experiences. Much of this work involves examining the role of affective expression and regulation in posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), with a particular emphasis on moral emotions such as disgust, shame, and guilt. Dr. Badour is also interested in identifying unique and shared processes underlying symptoms of PTSD and commonly comorbid concerns including substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), sexual risk behavior, and sexual dysfunction. Her work is increasingly focused on identifying specific mediators and moderators of treatment change in order to enhance existing interventions and to guide the development of new targeted interventions aimed at improving outcomes for patients with trauma-related psychopathology. Dr. Badour has published over 75 peer-reviewed articles and her research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. 

Michael Bardo, Ph.D., received his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology in 1980 at Iowa State University under the supervision of Dr. Richard Hughes. His dissertation investigated the development of tolerance to morphine in infant rats. From 1980-82, he worked as a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Iowa under the supervision of Dr. Gerald Gebhart. Since 1982, he has been in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky. He has worked in the field of neuropsychopharmacology and drug abuse for over 35 years, having been funded continuously by NIH since 1981 and publishing over 200 research articles. His research interests are investigating the neurobehavioral effects of environmental enrichment and social influences on drug self-administration. He is also are interested in medication development for substance use disorders. In addition to behavioral processes, his laboratory conducts work using chemogenetics, immunohistochemsitry, stereotaxic surgery and microdialyis with HPLC.

Tristan Barney, M.A., is currently a Psychology Intern at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center and doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology from William James College in Newton, Massachusetts. He obtained his master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from William James College with an emphasis on Forensic and Correctional Counseling, and concentration in Military and Veteran Psychology. Tristan’s clinical training includes college counseling, a community mental health center for children and adolescents, a medium security state prison, and a partial hospitalization program. Tristan is a queer-identified clinician who focuses on serving individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community, military veterans and ROTC, as well as those who have experienced trauma. He is also a military veteran of the United States Army.

Abbie O'Ferrell Beacham, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist with specialized training and experience in health care settings. She completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Louisville, a predoctoral internship in Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida, and a clinical fellowship in Orofacial Pain at the University of Kentucky. She has spent the past two decades training psychology and health care professionals in a variety of settings including primary care, pain and oncology and clinical applied research. More recently, Dr. Beacham’s work in research and development of brief evidence-based interventions has focused on Burnout and Well-being in professionals including healthcare, university faculty/staff and professional and graduate students. After serving as the Co-Director of the University of Colorado School of Medicine Resilience Program, she returned to the University of Louisville in 2019 as the Director of Behavioral Science in the School of Dentistry. She currently has a lab of enthusiastic and devoted dental and psychology students who are conducting survey research in Burnout and Well-being in dental professionals and students


Benjamin Birkby, Psy.D., is a clinical and sport psychologist who has been providing professional services to children and families for over 20 years. He holds a Psy.D. from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Birkby is a co-owner of Strive, a sport and performance psychology company dedicated to teaching mental game skills to youth and young adult athletes. Dr. Birkby works with athletes at all levels to develop confidence and discipline, increase enjoyment, and reach their potential in sports and other areas of life. Dr. Birkby is also an Associate at StrongMinds, a group practice dedicated to providing specialty behavioral health services for children, adolescents and young adults, and their families. At StrongMinds Dr. Birkby treats a wide variety of clinical conditions and concerns ranging from normal developmental challenges to serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. In addition, Dr. Birkby maintains a position as a senior evaluation researcher at REACH Evaluation. REACH consults with non-profit, for-profit, philanthropic, and governmental entities in support of efforts to improve services and bring about organizational and community change. Dr. Birkby previously worked in summer therapeutic recreation programs in New York and Kentucky and completed his predoctoral internship at Boys Town in Nebraska. He served on the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Psychological Association from 2004-2007, and served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of that committee. He also served a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Psychological Association from 2010-2011, and was a recipient of the Art of Governance Award from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence during his tenure. He is currently a member of KPA's Political Action Committee


Mark Brengelmen, JD, M.A., holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Philosophy from Emory University and his law degree from the University of Kentucky. Assigned to the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology and working as an Assistant Attorney General in Kentucky in the area of administrative law, Mark was the assigned counsel and prosecuting attorney to numerous health professions licensure boards. He retired from state government and switched sides to represent licensees. Having been a presenter for over fifty organizations and private companies, Mark is a frequent participant in continuing education including the Kentucky Psychological Association and the Association ofState and Provincial Psychology Boards



Georgeann Brown, Ph.D., is currently the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for KPA. She is also involved on the Legislative Advocacy Team, the PAC committee, and has helped plan the past eight annual KPA Legislative Days in Frankfort. She currently works in private practice at True North Counseling and Development in Lexington, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2006 with a doctorate in Clinical-Community Psychology.


John Chenault, MA, is an associate professor and the director of Anti-Racism Initiatives in the office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) in the School of Medicine (SOM) at the University of Louisville (UofL). A long-time UofL faculty member, Chenault previously served as a medical librarian in the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library for 17 years and in the Pan African Studies Department of the College of Arts & Sciences for 15 years. Chenault earned a Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky in 2006, a Master's of Arts Degree in Pan African Studies in 2007 at the University of Louisville, and currently is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Pan African Studies at UofL, which will be completed in fall 2021. His research in the past decade has focused on the history of medicine and "race" in the United States, including medical experimentation, medical apartheid, health disparities, and the role of medical practitioners and biomedical researchers in the invention of race. Chenault has presented this research at national and international conferences and taught continuing education classes for physicians and medical school faculty.


Stephanie Chin, M.S.Ed., is a 3rd year counseling psychology Ph.D. student at the University of Louisville. Her research interests include family dynamics, culture, discrimination, stigma, Asian American and Pacific Islander mental health, and resilience in BIPOCs in order to inform culturally appropriate treatment and interventions. She also has interest in applying cultural humility into practice and understanding how intersecting identities, including class, impact each individual’s experience. Stephanie currently holds several leadership positions within the Asian American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association. She received her M.S.Ed. in Mental Health Counseling from CUNY Hunter College and B.S. in Applied Psychology from New York University.


Karima Clayton-Forbes, Ph.D. received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Columbia University. An organizational consultant and licensed psychologist*, Dr. Clayton directs the WorkHaven Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program, providing trainings, webinars, and organizational and executive leadership consultation. She is currently employed within the VA-NY Harbor Healthcare System, where she co-leads the Diversity Committee within the Psychology Department. Dr. Clayton also chairs the Diversity Advisory Council which has identified and implements initiatives related to diversity to promote a more inclusive environment for staff and Veterans in the broader hospital system. She has provided national DEI related trainings and webinars focused on topics including, but not limited to, navigating discussions effectively about race and racism and understanding the psychological effects of racism. Dr. Clayton has engaged actively in a range of DEI-related research, including DEI in the workplace, race and racial identity, race-based traumatic stress, minority mental health, incarceration and the collateral consequences, youth development, and dementia caregivers.



Mary Curnutte, MS, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian at the Louisville Center for Eating Disorders, working with individuals with eating disorders for nutrition counseling and providing medical nutrition therapy. Mary works with eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, and otherwise not specified eating disorders. Mary also works with individuals with general disordered eating as well as general wellness and health nutrition counseling. Mary has taught nutrition courses at both the University of Louisville Bellarmine University. Mary has worked as a nutrition counselor at the YMCA and taught community nutrition classes at local health centers. Mary received both her MS and BS in Nutrition & Dietetics at Saint Louis University. Mary completed her Dietetic Internship in St. Louis, MO at a variety of hospitals. Mary also sits on the board of Slow Food Bluegrass and volunteers regularly with local efforts involved in addressing food security. Mary is currently a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Health and Information Sciences with a concentration in Health Management and Policy.


Daniel A. DeCaro, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Urban and Public Affairs and Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. His research focuses on participatory democracy, sustainability, and the interdisciplinary psychology of motivation and decision-making involved in societal cooperation and governance.


 Joel Goodrich, Psy.D., is a queer-identified white male from Winchester, Kentucky, currently living in Lexington. Dr. Goodrich obtained his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), and is a staff psychologist at the University of Kentucky Counseling Center. He also works as an adjunct instructor at his alma mater, EKU. He has previously worked in community mental health, disability resource center, and other university settings. Though trained as a generalist, Dr. Goodrich focuses on serving the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as those who have experienced trauma or suicidality.

Joseph Edwards, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist who earned his Psy.D. in clinical psychology from Spalding University. He is in private practice, since 1995, working with children, adolescents, families and young adults. He is a clinical adjunct facility member of the University of Louisville School of Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychology, His professional interests include: the evaluation and treatment of childhood anxiety disorders, ADHD and psychological assessment. He has served on the advisory board of directors for (R.E.A.C.H.) Resources for Adaptation, Education, Change and Health in Louisville, KY. He is active in the Kentucky Psychological Association (KPA) and has served on the board and several committees. Currently, he serves as co-chair of the KPA Political Action Committee. He has served as an oral examiner for licensees for the Kentucky Board of Examiners of Psychology (KBEP).


Carol Falender, Ph.D., is co-author of multiple books on clinical supervision including Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2004; second edition, 2021), Getting the Most Out of Clinical Training and Supervision: A Guide for Practicum Students and Interns (2012) The Essentials of Competency-based Clinical Supervision (2017), co-editor of Casebook for Competency-based Clinical Supervision and all with Edward Shafranske; Multiculturalism and Diversity in Clinical Supervision: A Competency-based Approach (2014) edited with Edward Shafranske and Celia Falicov. She edited one book on consultation, Consultation in Psychology: A Competency-based Approach (2020) with Edward Shafranske. She has written numerous articles and conducted workshops and symposia internationally. She directed APA approved training programs for over 20 years and was a member of the Supervision Guidelines Group of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and Chair of the Supervision Guidelines Task Force of the Board of Educational Affairs of APA. Dr. Falender is a Fellow of American Psychological Association (APA; Divisions 37. 29 and 43). She is an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University, Clinical Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology. She was the recipient of 2018 Distinguished Career Contributions to Education and Training in Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association.


Sherri Lynn Haas, M.A., is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner and owner of Appalachian Wellness. LLC, an integrated health services practice located in Campton, KY providing primary care, behavioral health care, medication-assisted treatment, and other health services. She has worked in a wide range of clinical settings all in Eastern Kentucky. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are from Morehead State University.

  David Hanna, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist currently working as a behavioral health program manager for Passport by Molina Healthplan. He retired from Bluegrass, now New Vista, CMHC in 2014 after a long career in publicly funded behavioral health services. He has a B.A. from West Virginia University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. He is a recipient of the Karl F. Heiser Presidential Award for Advocacy form the American Psychological Association and is a member of the KPA Hall of Fame. He grew up on a small farm in Sissonville, West Virginia.


   Hannah Heitz, B.A. (she/her/hers) is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of Louisville. Her current research examines the relationship between social inequities and health outcomes through a strengths-based lens. Specifically, Hannah is interested in protective factors that support wellbeing in the context of chronic stress. She graduated from Emory University with a degree in Psychology and Human Health and previously worked in the Bay Area with startups in the healthcare communications and employee wellbeing space.

Heather Hodges, LCSW, is dually licensed in Clinical Social Work and Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counseling and has extensive supervisory and clinical experiences working with complex client populations. She received her Bachelors and Masters of Social Work from Campbellsville University. She currently is the Executive Director at the Commitment House in Elizabethtown, KY.

Katy Hopkins, Ph.D.earned her masters and doctoral degrees, as well as completed her postdoctoral training, at the University of Louisville. She completed her internship in child and family psychology at the Southern Arizona Psychology Internship Consortium in Tucson, AZ. She is currently leading Norton Healthcare's efforts to integrate behavioral health into pediatric primary care. Prior to joining Norton Children's Medical Group, she was an assistant clinical professor of counseling psychology at the University of Louisville, where she served as the director of two community-based behavioral health training clinics in West Louisville, known as the Cardinal Success Program, serving individuals and families across the lifespan.

Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; Chief Psychologist; Director of the Atlanta Trauma Alliance, and Director of Postdoctoral Residency Training. In 2012, she received a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Pepperdine University. The 2014 President of the American Psychological Association (APA), Dr. Kaslow is Past President/Chair of four APA divisions (clinical psychology, family psychology, psychotherapy, psychologists in public service), American Board of Clinical Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology, and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). A former Editor of the Journal of Family Psychology, Dr. Kaslow was a Primary Care Public Policy Fellow through the U.S. Public Health Service, a fellow of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program, and a Fellow of the Woodruff Leadership Academy. She has received numerous awards including APA’s Distinguished Contributions for Education and Training Award, APA Presidential Citation, APPIC’s Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training, Heiser Award for legislative advocacy, Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award for inspiring junior colleagues to develop effective community programs, Grady Health Foundation’s Inspiring Mentor Award, Emory University’s Thomas Jefferson Award, Distinguished Member of Psi Chi, and Emory School of Medicine’s Lifetime Award for Service and Leadership. She has served as Principal Investigator for multiple federal and foundation grants related to suicide prevention and intervention. She has published over 350 articles and five books, one of which is a co-edited book entitled Advancing the science of suicidal behavior: Understanding and intervention. A member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board, she is a nationally recognized expert in culturally-informed suicide assessment and intervention, family violence, psychology education and training and clinical supervision, and leadership development. Dr. Kaslow is the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet and a frequent media guest.


Jennifer Kelly, Ph.D., ABPP, currently serves as the President of the American Psychological Association. A Licensed Psychologist she is Board Certified in Clinical Health Psychology. She is the Director of the Atlanta Center for Behavioral Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Kelly has expertise in treating disorders that involve the relationship between physical and emotional conditions with a specialty in pain management. In 2018, Dr. Kelly served as Co-Chair of the newly formed Advocacy Coordinating Committee of the American Psychological Association Services, Inc. A past president of the Georgia Psychological Association, she has served as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator for 23 years. She is a recipient of APA’s State Leadership Award, Karl F. Heiser Advocacy Award, Legislative Award by the Georgia Psychological Association, and the APA Practice Organization’s Federal Advocacy Award.


Lisa M. King, Psy.D., is the Director of Behavioral Medicine at Bluegrass Care Navigators (formerly Palliative Care of the Bluegrass and Hospice of the Bluegrass). She has a doctoral degree from the University of Indianapolis in clinical psychology. Dr. King has over 20 years experience in providing mental health services for individuals ranging in age from infancy through geriatric. She has worked in various settings including in-home, group home, community-based and solo practice. When asked what brings her great satisfaction in her work, she reported, "My favorite moments are the "ah-ha!" moments people have... The most precious times are when clients get to see themselves for who they really are- beautiful, strong, courageous, gifted, and priceless. Those moments don't just give me great satisfaction; they renew my soul and keep me going.

Steven D. Kniffley Jr., PsyD MPA ABPP, is Spalding University’s Chief Diversity Officer and an Assistant Professor in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Kniffley's area of expertise is research and clinical work with Black males and the treatment of race-based stress and trauma. Dr. Kniffley also serves as an organizational diversity consultant and works with law enforcement departments on addressing conflicts between communities of color and police officers. 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. Additionally, Dr. Kniffley was recently selected as one of Louisville’s top 40 under 40 for 2020, a recipient of the 2020 MediStar Healthcare Advocacy Award, and a 2021 Louisville Healthcare Hero.

  Mark M. Leach, Ph.D., is Department Chair and a Professor in the Department of Counseling & Human Development at the University of Louisville. He is a Fellow of two APA divisions, has been awarded a Presidential Citation, and has held different committee positions within APA and other organizations. He has two handbooks and multiple journal articles related to ethics teaches ethics, has presented nationally and internationally on the topic, most notably on international psychological ethics, and is a member of the IAAP ethics committee. Dr. Leach has been a member of the APA ethics committee and is currently Vice-Chair of the Ethics Code Task Force charged with developing the next iteration of the APA ethics code.

Stephanie Lenox, Psy.D., is an early career neuropsychologist at the Frazier Rehab Institute through UofL Health. She completed her doctoral training at Nova Southeastern University, her internship at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center, and her postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia. Clinically, she has particular interests in evaluating individuals with epilepsy, traumatic brain injury, and cerebrovascular and neurodegenerative diseases.

  Benjamin Mast, Ph.D., ABPP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. He has published extensively on ageing and cognition including authoring or co-authoring 4 books. Dr. Mast was chair of the APA guidelines for the Evaluation of Dementia and Age-Related Cognitive Change published in 2021.
Katie McBride, Ph.D., Director of Professional Affairs, KPA, serves as Kentucky Psychological Association’s 4th Director of Professional Affairs, and has participated on KPA’s Board of Directors since 2015 in various capacities, including as Interim Executive Director 2019-2020. She has enjoyed discovering the concrete impact of KPA’s political activity to protect educational and training standards and the professional identity of psychology in Kentucky. A continued mission is to bridge communication across public and professional spheres to promote a broader sense of who psychologists are, what they know, and what they can contribute to almost any public issue.
Dr. McBride graduated with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Miami University in 1998, and has cultivated a number of clinical specialties that include complex PTSD & developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety, and mood disorders, as well as divorce consultation and therapy. She has been passionate about applying innovative, emerging and evidence-based treatment approaches to highly complex and daunting  clinical problems. She has completed training across a range of therapy modalities that integrate mindfulness and somatic-emotional processing approaches to access the deep brain and body. Most recently, she has pursued the integration of yoga into therapy practice. She was pleased to participate in a 200-hour yoga teacher training in 2016-2017 and in 2021, embarked on a 300 hour certification course for Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY).
  Shayla Miller, M.S., is a Licensed Psychological Practitioner working at Little Sandy Correctional Complex through Wellpath. Her previous work experience includes providing mental health and substance abuse services in a community mental health setting. She has a M.S. in Clinical Psychology, and a B.S. in Psychology, both from Morehead State University in Morehead, Kentucky. She recently obtained certification as a Correctional Mental Health Professional (CCHP-MH). She was raised in Eastern Kentucky and throughout her career has worked in rural communities.
   Amanda Mitchell, Ph.D., (she/her/hers) is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the University of Louisville. Dr. Mitchell directs the Social Inequities in Health lab, a research program that examines the relationship between socioeconomic position and health from a biopsychosocial lens. She has also supervised the clinical work of masters and doctoral counseling psychology students from the University of Louisville.

Janet Orwig, MBA, CAE, in her position with the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) serves as the Associate Executive Officer for Member Services and PSYPACT Executive Director. Janet plays an integral part in the development of new services and programs, securing and managing large government grants and furthering member relations. She is responsible for monitoring state regulatory and legislative actions and overseeing member services for ASPPB including mobility initiatives, the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT), the Psychology Licensure Universal System (PLUS), the Disciplinary Data System (DDS), model documents, and the ASPPB website and listservs. Her 25-year career in association management includes experience in customer service, communications, public relations, advocacy, strategic planning, leadership development and project and program management. Janet earned her Paralegal Certificate and Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Huntingdon College and her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She is a Certified Association Executive.


Paul Salmon Ph.D., M.S., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Louisville. A Licensed Psychologist, he is also certified as an Exercise Physiologist (ACSM), Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT/200), Personal Trainer (YMCA) and Running Coach (RRCA). Dr. Salmon taught mindfulness meditation and yoga since the 1990s in clinical, academic, military, community fitness, and cancer-specific settings. He has collaborated extensively on clinical research involving mindfulness for fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, and college student stress. The author of Mindful Movement in Psychotherapy (Guilford, 2020) he subsequently developed and currently teaches the online MINDful FITness program for recreational athletes.


Jessica Schleider, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University, where she is a core faculty member in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and Director of the Lab for Scalable Mental Health ( Dr. Schleider completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Harvard University in 2018, along with an APA-accredited Doctoral Internship in Clinical and Community Psychology at Yale School of Medicine. Her research on brief, scalable interventions for youth depression and anxiety has been recognized via numerous awards, including the National Institutes of Health Director's Early Independence Award; the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies' President's New Researcher Award; and the Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry's 2018 Best Paper Award. Her work has been featured in the Atlantic, Vox, and U.S. News & World Report, among others. In 2020, she was selected as one of Forbes Magazine's "30 Under 30" in Healthcare.


Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has been engaged in state legislative activities for more than forty years as a volunteer, as Executive Director of the KY Psychological Association and currently as a legislative agent for a number of health care organizations, including KPA. Dr. Schuster is recognized for her long history of advocacy trainings and coalition-building around issues of behavioral health, disabilities and health care access. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Advocacy Action Network, an umbrella organization encompassing the work of the KY Mental Health Coalition and the United 874K Disabilities Coalition. Dr. Schuster also serves as Board Chair of Kentucky Voices for Health, a statewide coalition whose mission is to improve the health of Kentuckians.


Allison Smith, Ph.D., is Community Engagement Strategist and Brownfields Program Manager in the Office of Advanced Planning for Louisville Metro Government, as well as a part-time lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Louisville. She advises city agencies on effective community engagement and leads a work group focused on improving the city’s outreach to residents. Her research interests include environmental justice and policy, affordable housing, inclusive community engagement in marginalized communities, and climate change effects on aquatic systems


Felicia D. Smith, Ph.D., is a child and adolescent psychologist, educator, consultant, and mental health advocate. Dr.Smith’s expertise is in the areas of adolescent development and parenting with a special focus on diversity and cultural competency. Dr. Smith is also a co-owner and co-founder of Strive, where she works with young athletes and specializes in helping athletes improve their mental toughness by developing sound mental skills. She focuses on mental skills such as goal setting, mental toughness/grit, stress management, and the use of imagery as methods of teaching athletes to train their minds and overcome mentally challenging situations. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia and completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School. She previously served as president of the KentuckyPsychological Association and is currently Kentucky’s representative to the American Psychological Association. Dr. Smith co-owns StrongMinds Psychology, PLLC, an independent practice in Louisville, KY. She and her husband are very proud parents of two children..


Tanya F. Stockhammer, Ph.D., a co-founder and co-owner of Strive, Sport and Performance Psychology Specialists. In addition, she is a co-founder and co-owner of StrongMinds Child and Adolescent Psychology Specialists. Dr. Stockhammer’s interest in the area of youth sport and performance has developed from many years of working with students, youth athletes, and performers, particularly to address the negative effects of anxiety on their pursuits. Dr. Stockhammer helps kids and teens learn skills, including relaxation, visualization, and mindfulness, to change their thinking and/or behavior in order to improve and optimize their performance. She is a long-time advocate of healthy lifestyle choices such as developing effective sleep, balanced eating, and regular exercise routines as foundations for balanced mental health in young people. A child-clinical and pediatric psychologist by training, Dr. Stockhammer obtained her doctorate from St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. She completed her internship and post-doctoral residencies at the New York University/Bellevue Hospital Medical Center and the University of Louisville School of Medicine, respectively. In addition, Dr. Stockhammer has benefited from the perspective gained from supporting her own children and their teams over the years in their competitive athletic and performance arts pursuits.


Erlanger “Earl” Turner, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and an assistant professor of psychology at Pepperdine University. His research focuses on mental health among racial and ethnic communities, access to behavioral health services, and the impact of racism on mental health. Dr. Turner is the PastPresident of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, APA Division 37. He has been interviewed as a mental health expert by the Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, NBC news, NPR, the New York Times, Bustle, and other sources. Dr. Turner is also the author of Mental Health among African Americans: Innovations in Research and Practice


Lisa Willner, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who served as the Executive Director of the KY Psychological Association from 2009 – 2019. She is currently in her second term as a member of the KY House of Representatives, serving on a number of committees, including Health & Family Services and is Chair of the House Democratic Women’s Caucus. Dr. Willner’s legislative initiatives center on efforts to prevent or mitigate trauma. In addition to her years of teaching undergraduate psychology courses, Dr. Willner has been an invited speaker on many conference panels for diverse groups ranging from the American Psychological Association to the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, Local Progress, and the National Council of Urban Education Associations.


Dustin B. Wygant, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training for the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program at Eastern Kentucky University. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio prior to completing his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Dr. Wygant is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Personality Assessment. Dr. Wygant’s primary research interests include the conceptualization of psychopathic personality and the DSM-5 model of personality disorders. Other research interests include the detection of malingering as well as the use of personality assessment in forensic and medical settings. He over 35 MMPI-related publications, including a 2018 book on forensic uses of the MMPI-2-RF.In addition to his academic position, Dr. Wygant is a licensed psychologist in Ohio and Kentucky. He routinely conducts forensic psychological evaluations and testifies as an expert witness.


Shannon Sauer-Zavala, Ph.D.,  co-founded the Clinic for Emotional Health (CEH) with the mission to improve the lives of people with mental health difficulties by expanding access to evidence-based treatment, training future treatment providers, and conducting cutting-edge clinical research. Dr. Sauer-Zavala is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 15 years of experience providing cognitive-behavioral interventions. She is also the co-developer of the Unified Protocol for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders, a well-known and effective cognitive-behavioral intervention for anxiety, depression, and related disorders. To ensure that more patients have access to high-quality care, Dr. Sauer-Zavala founded the Unified Protocol Institute, an initiative dedicated to training clinicians to provide evidence-based treatment; in this role, she is invited to provide training workshops all over the world. In addition to her role at CEH, Dr. Sauer-Zavala is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky (UK). Dr. SauerZavala received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from UK in 2011; she completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center and her postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University. She then spent seven years on the faculty in BU’s Department of Psychological and Brain Science before returning home to UK in 2019. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high-risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily-disseminated intervention strategies. Her research has been supported by NIMH, NIAAA, Templeton Foundation, the Center for Implementation and Improvement Sciences, and the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Dr. SauerZavala has co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, and three books.

  Jody Zhong, B.A., Jody Zhong is a 5th-year doctoral student of counseling psychology at the University of Louisville. Ms. Zhong’s research and clinical interests include intersectionality, consciousness-raising, social class, and retention and thriving of folx of color in academic spaces. Ms. Zhong received her bachelor’s in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Pennsylvania and previously worked as a full-time research assistant at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety under Dr. Edna Foa. Laurie "Lali" McCubbin, Ph.D. Dr. Laurie “Lali” McCubbin is the Director of Training at the University of Louisville and is an indigenous scholar. Her research interests focus on stress, resilience, and well-being among indigenous peoples and people of color and adaptation and well-being among families, communities, and organizations. She has served on the Committee for Children, Youth and Families for the American Psychological Association. She is currently the Executive Director of the Resilience, Adaptation and Well-Being Project ( and Past President for the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. She has worked with several organizations including the Trager Institute, Pacific American Association, the Coeur D’Alene Tribe, and Kamehameha Schools, and published articles, chapters, and books on stress, resilience, and well-being.