Leadership Narratives with the Kentucky Psychological Association Show Notes 


Episode 7: Eric Russ, Ph.D., is an experienced Clinical Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in healthcare management and delivery. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Emory University, completed his internship at the San Francisco VA and fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Russ moved back to Louisville, where he grew up, in 2012. He spent three years working as an assistant professor at the University of Louisville in the Department of Psychiatry. Following that, Dr. Russ spent two and a half years running the PTSD clinic at the VA in Lexington. Most recently Dr. Russ worked for Passport Health Plan. Dr. Russ is also currently serving on the KPA Board as the Past-President.

Episode 6: Dr. Felicia D. Smith, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who has practiced in Louisville since 2004 and a is co-owner of StrongMinds. She obtained her BA at the University of Illinois and then went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Smith completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital /Harvard Medical School, specializing in Pediatric Psychology & Adolescent Medicine. She served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Psychological Testing at the University of Louisville School of Medicine for four years and continues to teach college courses in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Smith maintains active involvement with the KY Psychological Association (KPA), where she has served as President and as the Child and Adolescent Representative and Diversity Committee Chair to the Board of Directors. In 2015, Dr. Smith was recognized as KPA Psychologist of the Year! Dr. Smith currently sits on the board of directors for KPA as the APA Council Representative.


Episode 5: with Sheila A. Schuster, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who served for many years as the Federal Advocacy Coordinator and Legislative Liaison for the KY Psychological Association. Dr. Schuster also represents a number of mental health and health care organizations in Frankfort. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Advocacy Action Network, an umbrella organization encompassing the work of the KY Mental Health Coalition, the Medicaid Consortium, 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. Additional presenters may include members of the Kentucky General Assembly, staff of the KY Legislative Research Commission (LRC) and others who advocate in Frankfort on health/mental health/disabilities/social justice issues.

Episode 4: with Dr. Courtney Keim is an Industrial-Organizational psychologist, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Bellarmine University and Chair of the Psychology in the Workplace Committee for the Kentucky Psychological Foundation. Dr. Keim is a leader within KPA and APA and is passionate about mentoring undergraduate students interested in psychology.

Episode 3: with Dr. Amanda Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology and Director of the Social Inequities in Health Lab at the University of Louisville. Dr. Mitchell conducts research at the intersection of counseling psychology, public health, and psychoneuroimmunology through a biopsychosocial lens with an emphasis on social justice.

Episode 2: with Dr. Steven Kniffley is the Associate Director for the Center for Behavioral Health and an Assistant Professor in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology. In addition to these roles, Dr. Kniffley is also the coordinator for the Collective Care Center, which is one of the few racial trauma clinics in the country, and a leader in the field of racial trauma training and education. Check out Dr. Kniffley's blog here: https://drstevenkniffleyjr.com/

Episode 1: with Dr. David Susman is a licensed clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Kentucky where he is director of both the Psychology Internship Consortium Program and the Harris Psychological Services Center. In addition to his roles at UK, Dr. Susman runs a website that provides mental health resources and inspiration and is involved with both KPA and APA. Check out Dr. Susman's blog here: https://davidsusman.com/



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Hannah Heitz joined the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at the University of Louisville in the Fall of 2019. Hannah's current research examines the relationship between socioeconomic status and health through a strengths-based approach in Dr. Amanda Mitchell's Social Inequities in Health Lab. In addition to her research pursuits, Hannah is a fellow in the inaugural KPA leadership academy program and is the KPA Graduate Student Representative (KPAGS).



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