Faculty Interests

STEVE KATSIKAS, PH.D.

Dr. Steve Katsikas began as the Chair of the School of Professional Psychology in August of 2006. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Kentucky. Prior to coming to Spalding, Dr. Katsikas was the Director of Child/Adolescent Psychology at the University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital and also served as Director of Training for their Post-Doctoral Fellowship program in Clinical Psychology.

Dr. Katsikas obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas in 1995. He completed both his internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital.

He worked for several years as a faculty member in the APA-accredited Psy.D. program at Albizu University in Miami and wrote and ran several grant-funded programs, mostly in the area of delinquency prevention.

Currently and in the past, he teaches/taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in Psychopathology, Child/Adolescent Psychopathology, Tests and Measurement Theory, Advanced Quantitative Methods, and Personality, Culture, and Social Structure. He has been an active member of the Kentucky Psychology Association, most recently as the representative for the Education and Training Interest Group.

Dr. Katsikas’ clinical interests are in the area of child and adolescent assessment and treatment of children with behavioral difficulties. His research interests include psychometric properties of The Rorschach Inkblot Technique (Exner system), Attachment Theory, Child Psychopathology, and scale development. His most recent publications have been in the areas of juvenile fire setting, cross-cultural differences in childrearing practices, computer use among the elderly, and the effects of psycho stimulants on weight change in Hispanic children.

TOM BERGANDI, PH.D.

Dr. Bergandi holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology (Ball State University, 1985) and joined the Spalding faculty in 1985. He is tenured and holds the rank of full professor and serves as the Director of the Adult Psychology Emphasis Area.

He is currently teaching in the graduate program.  His course load consists of Intervention I, Ethics, Interpersonal Processes in Psychotherapy, Gerontology, Consultation & Education and University Supervision.

His areas of professional expertise and interest are in long-term psychotherapy, forensic evaluation, organizational psychology, sport psychology and student retention. In addition to his University responsibilities, he sees clients in his private practice and consults for Business Visions, a national management consulting firm (owned and operated by his wife, Sandy), he also consults with Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy.

He is licensed in the states of Kentucky and Indiana. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association (Division of Independent Practice and Consulting Psychology) and the Southeastern Psychological Association.  He has multiple publications and presentations in a variety of areas, but primarily in sport & exercise psychology.

In his free time, he enjoys landscaping, woodworking and an occasional round of golf.

DAVID MORGAN, PH.D.

Dr. Morgan earned his degree in experimental psychology from Auburn University in 1988, with an emphasis in human operant behavior. He is currently a full professor in the School of Professional Psychology and a faculty member in the Applied Behavior Analysis program. His primary area of expertise is behavior analysis, with an emphasis in human operant behavior. He maintains interests in behavioral epistemology, single-subject research design, and the impact of human behavior on the natural environment. His recent textbooks include Essentials of Learning and Cognition (Waveland Press, 2007), and Single-Case Research Methods for the Behavioral and Health Sciences (Sage, 2009) coauthored with Robin K. Morgan of Indiana University Southeast. Dr. Morgan has contributed numerous articles in professional journals, including The Behavior Analyst, The Psychological Record, and Teaching of Psychology. He and his wife, Robin, have two children, Sarah and Zachary, and a grandson, Gabriel. When he can get away, Dr. Morgan prefers to spend his time hiking, backpacking, and fishing wilderness areas in the Colorado Rockies.

DEDE WOHLFARTH, PSY.D.

Dr. Wohlfarth is a tenured full professor at Spalding University and is the Director of the Child, Adolescent, and Family Emphasis Area in the doctoral clinical psychology program.  She loves to teach and her passion is making a difference in the lives of students.  As such, she has made teaching the focus of her research endeavors and is actively collaborating with students on a number of teaching-focused projects.   She loves working with students because they do all of the hard work and she gets all of the credit.  Her goal in all of her classes and interactions with students is to ensure that students develop their critical thinking skills as they gain content information that they believe to be truly relevant to their lives.  Ultimately, she hopes to contribute to each student’s life in some meaningful way, not only as a scholar and a clinician, but also as a human being.  Who we are as people is much important that what we publish or present.  Every day, she is inspired by students who demonstrate so much courage in risking to learn.

The greater Louisville area has recognized Dr. Wohlfarth’s teaching expertise.  She frequently presents at national and international teaching conferences and has been a featured speaker at the Lilly Conference on College Teaching.  She has won the Metroversity Award for teaching excellence in 2001 and 2003 and the Trustees Award for Outstanding Faculty in 2004.  Despite these prestigious awards, she is most comfortable filthy, outside, and working in her garden.

Dr. Wohlfarth’s clinical expertise focuses on the needs of children and families with severe emotional and behavioral challenges.  She has more than twenty years experience in this specialty area, including completing her APA approved internship through the University of Nebraska Consortium at Boys Town in Omaha, Nebraska. Currently, she maintains a (tiny) private practice and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Indiana and Kentucky.  She also serves as the Consulting Psychologist at Brooklawn Youth Services and Home of the Innocents, positions which allow her to engage in another passion:  supervising students working as clinicians.  Her treatment philosophy is systemic, family-centered, evidence-based, practical, and strengths focused.  She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association and serves as an Ambassador for KPA.

Dr. Wohlfarth is married to the love of her life, Terry Scott, whom she notes is the single most patient man on earth for putting up with her.  They live in an old farmhouse in rural southern Indiana that they are slowly renovating.  They have four young children who make life wonderfully noisy and perpetually interesting.  She enjoys gardening, running, finding fossils in the creek with her children, scooping up good bargains at yard sales and flea markets, and cheering on the Ohio State Buckeyes in football.

BARBARA BEAUCHAMP, PSY.D.

A graduate of Spalding University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology, Dr. Beauchamp returned to the Spalding community in 2004 as a faculty member in the School of Professional Psychology.  She is a tenured Associate Professor.

Dr. Beauchamp’s interest in issues of diversity, social justice, and professional leadership is historically rooted to her graduate student days and further developed while a faculty member in the Department of Human Development and Learning at East Tennessee State University. She was a nationally recognized leader within the field and spearheaded the first national legislative grassroots advocacy network for graduate students in psychology, in addition to being appointed to various leadership positions with the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS), including a three-year executive committee chairpersonship.  Leadership remains a strong component of her professional life, both within the Spalding community and broader professional communities.

Academic interests include lesbian, gay, bi, and transgendered cultures, gender experiences, program evaluation, and clinical supervision.  Dr. Beauchamp spends much of her time outside the university enjoying her family relationships and friendships.

NICK LIM, PH.D

Dr. Nicholas K. Lim joined Spalding University as an Associate Professor in 2009.  Dr. Lim obtained his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from University of Arkansas.  He teaches graduate courses such as Statistics, Quantitative Methods, Tests and Measurement Theory, and Advanced Social Psychology.  Dr. Lim also teaches undergraduate courses such as Introductory Psychology and Research Methods.

Dr. Lim’s current research interest include the social aspects of Facebook, test bias in clinical assessment, bias in therapy, stereotype threat, terror management theory, stress and coping among servicemen and veterans, aggression in school settings, technology usage among older adults, and multicultural issues.

Dr. Lim enjoys traveling, good food, and photography.

KEN LINFIELD, PH.D.

Dr. Linfield earned his degree in clinical/community psychology (University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, 1999) with a minor in quantitative psychology. He is the Director of Graduate Training for the School of Professional Psychology, with responsibility for a variety of administrative areas such as advising and overseeing transfer of credits and policy and procedures documents.

He is interested in various elements of religious faith and spirituality and in the relation of religion and spirituality to a broad range of Mental Health issues, including positive elements such as well-being.  In addition, he maintains an interest in many elements of research and analysis such as multivariate techniques, structural equation modeling, and qualitative as well as quantitative data analysis.

Dr. Linfield is the program evaluator for a number of on-going projects in Louisville, such as the Gheen’s Bridges to Tomorrow project. He is on the editorial board for the journal of APA’s Division 36: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. And he teaches graduate courses in psychometrics, research design, statistics, and program evaluation, in addition to two undergraduate courses: Psychology of Religion, and Community Psychology.

Ken is married and has two children. Some of his outside interests, when there is time for them, are gardening, woodworking, hiking, home repair, cycling, and running, especially with his children.

IDA DICKIE, PH.D.

Dr. Ida Dickie is a Forensic Psychologist and the Director of the graduate Forensic Psychology Program at Spalding University as well as the Forensic Research Interest Group. In addition, Dr. Dickie operates her own evidence based treatment/training clinic at a private community correctional facility in and is experienced in assessing and treating violent, non-violent and sexual offenders in private practice. She has a broad range of experience working with the criminal justice system ranging from provincial to federal level maximum security correctional facilities and served as the chair of the correctional ethics committee. Dr. Dickie has also worked with the National Headquarters for the Correctional Service of Canada in various research capacities. She has trained and presented nationally and internationally to interdisciplinary groups including mental health, judges, lawyers and correctional professionals on topics including evidence based criminal justice practice, motivational interviewing, ethics and correctional organizational change. She is the co-chair of the Association for Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Criminal Justice Special Interest group and currently sits on the Criminal Justice Commission in Louisville, and also serves on the Governors appointed board for sex offender risk assessment and treatment and on the board of directors as well as the evaluator for the restorative justice initiative in Louisville, Kentucky. Her own training includes having been a student of Don Andrews, Jim Bonta and Karl Hanson as well as Ralph Serin, all of whom are recognized leaders in the field of evidenced based corrections. Ida is currently working on a partnership with the International Association of Forensic and Correctional Psychology to set up a Behavioral Sciences, Policy and Law Institute at Spalding in which interdisciplinary criminal justice training will be available that will strive to bridge the gap between research and practice in the criminal justice/forensic psychology field.

NATE MITCHELL, PH.D.

Dr. Mitchell is a recent addition to the School of Professional Psychology as the Director of Health Psychology Emphasis Area.  He graduated with his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville and joins the Spalding University School of Professional Psychology department with a passion for interdisciplinary clinical work and research.  Dr. Mitchell’s clinical experiences include working in collaboration with physicians, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, and others to evaluate and provide interventions for children with developmental disabilities, feeding disorders, and associated co-morbid conditions.  His interdisciplinary research with exercise physiologists, kinesiologists, nurses, and educators focuses on increasing health behaviors in underserved children and understanding the psycho-social correlates of obesity and other chronic health conditions.  Dr. Mitchell’s other research interests include the social stigmatization of obese individuals by health care professionals, psychologists, and educators.  Furthermore, his passion for clinical work and research is matched only by his zeal for teaching and training future psychologists and was awarded several teaching awards for his adjunct work at the University of Louisville.   Outside of the classroom Dr. Mitchell is a dedicated husband and father of two children.  His too infrequent opportunities for self-care often include playing music, as Dr. Mitchell is an experienced percussionist and an extremely inexperienced guitarist.

BRENDA NASH, PH.D.

Dr. Brenda Nash is a tenured, Associate Professor, who holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky, and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Xavier University. After completing her internship at the Federal Medical Center (federal prison) in Lexington, KY in 1997, she returned to her native Louisville. She quickly became involved with Spalding, teaching at the adjunct faculty level and as a member of the clinical faculty (supervising sections of practicum). Dr. Nash joined the faculty full-time as the Director of the Adult Emphasis Area in 2006. In 2011, she assumed the role of Director of Clinical Training in the SOPP. She is licensed in the state of Kentucky and maintains a small private practice in the Middletown area of Greater Louisville where she routinely provides pro bono services.

Dr. Nash approaches therapy from an interpersonal perspective and specializes in working with survivors of trauma, including sexual and physical abuse, childhood abuse, domestic violence, automobile accidents, catastrophic loss, etc. She is also passionate about teaching students how to work with trauma survivors. Dr. Nash is the faculty advisor for the Mindfulness and Meditation Club, and she co-facilitates a Research Interest Group (the “BIG RIG”). Her students routinely present at state, regional and national conferences.

Dr. Nash is a member of both APA and KPA, as well as SEPA and ISSTS (International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies). She is currently the Secretary for the KPA Board of Directors. Outside of her professional responsibilities, she delights in the joys and struggles of parenting a college freshman daughter, a teenage son and a ‘tween’ daughter. In her spare time, Brenda serves as an advisory council member for CrossRoads Ministry, and is learning the fine art of yoga. She also enjoys traveling anywhere with a beach, and loves quality time with her two humane society rescue dogs, Cinnamon and Coco. Her life and practice philosophy can be summed up with a famous Harry Stack Sullivan quote, “We are all much more simply human than otherwise.”

JOHN JAMES, PH.D

Dr. James is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities and a Professor of Psychology. He earned his degree in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri in 1973. He was licensed in Kentucky and Indiana for many years and was in community mental health 1973-1976, and in private practice and consulting, 1976-2006. He joined the faculty at Spalding as a full time faculty member in 1984 after four years of teaching part-time in the graduate program. He directed the Practicum and Internship program for the PsyD program from 1984 to 2004. He was Interim Chair of the School of Professional Psychology in 2005-06, as well as Interim Dean of the College Of Health And Natural Sciences, 2008-09

During his years of practice (1973-2006), his clinical interests included both short-term health psychology therapy techniques in habit modification and affective and cognitive change (e.g. smoking cessation, pain management) and developmentally oriented long-term psychotherapy with adults.

He was recipient of a grant from the Gheens Foundation during 2002-03 to develop and evaluate a pain management program in a low income primary medical care clinic..

His academic interests include: understanding gained from the application of General Systems Theory to human behavioral phenomena; evolutionary bases of human behavior; biological bases of behavior; teaching critical thinking; and strategies in academic administration.

John is married, has three grown children, and lives on a farm in Southern Indiana. He has enjoyed guitar playing and folk music as an avocation for many years.

GRACE MATHAI KURAVACKEL, PH.D.

Dr. Grace Mathai Kuravackel graduated with a Ph.D in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. She started her career in Child and Adolescent Mental health, gradually specializing and working in the field of Autism for the past 12 years. She currently works at the University of Louisville Autism Center as a licensed Psychologist and is involved in the assessment and treatment of individuals on the autism spectrum across the life span. Other clinical interests include feeding disorders and frequently occurring comorbid disorders associated with Autism Spectrum Disorders. She is passionate about providing evidence based work to her clients and devotes much time to researching her own clinical work. After being a clinician for over 15 years, Dr. Kuravackel is committed to dispersing her knowledge and skills in clinical work and enriching students in developing a comprehensive approach to assessing and working with clients. Aside from work, Dr. Kuravackel loves to travel the world, experiencing different cultures, languages and cuisines. Opportunities to grow are endless when you step outside your comfort zone.

PAT PERNICANO, PSY.D.

A 1985 graduate of Baylor University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology, Dr. Pernicano joined the Spalding community in 1996 as a clinical faculty member in the School of Professional Psychology.

Dr. Pernicano’s interests in personality assessment, child & family treatment, applied developmental psychology, and parent-child attachment have developed over the years in her work within residential treatment and outpatient mental health settings. In her current work setting, she uses metaphorical stories and play therapy to implement Trauma-Focused CBT in family trauma intervention; and she is the author of two recent publications by Jason Aronson Press, Metaphor and Play in Child Therapy and Family Focused Trauma Intervention: Metaphor and Play with Victims of Abuse and Neglect.

Dr. Pernicano has made a strong commitment to the training of doctoral psychology students by developing clinical training sites at which she provides supervision, and she is actively engaged in the student dissertation process through her role as chair and reader.

Dr. Pernicano spends much of her time outside the university enjoying her family relationships and community and church friendships; as well as singing in The Louisville Chorus and writing music.

SCOTT SALATHE, PSY.D.

Dr. Salathe is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice who has provided therapy since 2003 to children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of mild, moderate, and severe mental health problems.  He specializes in the treatment of adolescents and young adults, using individual therapy, family therapy, and couples therapy.

His approach to therapy is grounded in the belief that we are each trying to do our best (based on our genetics, families, and current circumstances).  He utilizes evidence-based treatments–including Family Systems Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialetical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), Interpersonal Neurobiology, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and old-fashioned common sense to offer a highly personalized approach for each client, couple, or family.

Additionally, Dr. Salathe supervises psychology graduate students at Our Lady of Peace, who provide therapy and assessment for inpatient adolescents.  He has served on the Clinical Faculty at Spalding University since 2005.  He completed his doctoral studies at Spalding University and Pre-Doctoral Internship at Emory University Student Counseling Center.  He is grateful to have the Kentucky Psychological Association as his professional home.   In his “spare time” he enjoys golfing, watching college sports, and is a devoted Saints fan.

MARTINE TURNS, PSY.D.

Dr. Martine Turns received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana State University in 2000. After completing her internship at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Lexington, Kentucky, she worked as a clinical psychologist at Eastern State Hospital.  In 2004, she began private practice doing civil forensic assessments at Cooley Forensic Associates.  She also became involved with Spalding University as a site supervisor for assessment practicum students at that time.  She became a member of the Spalding adjunct clinical faculty in 2010 and is currently the university supervisor for two sections of assessment practicum I.  Dr. Turns is a member of both APA and KPA and is licensed in the State of Kentucky.  Her clinical interests include psychological assessment, professional development, and humor in psychology.  Outside of the classroom, Dr. Turns is a dedicated wife and mother.  She can frequently be found at swim meets, cross country meets, and soccer games on weekday evenings and weekends!!  She is an avid reader, traveler, and practical joke player.

BARBARA WILLIAMS, PH.D.

Barbara Williams, Professor Emeritus of the School of Professional Psychology, was the founding director of the Doctor of Psychology degree program. She served Spalding University for twenty-five years as a professor, Director of Training of the graduate programs in psychology, and as the Dean of the School of Professional Psychology before her retirement in 2003.

She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Houston University in 1973, was licensed in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, earned a Diploma in Family Psychology, was a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and was the President of the American Board of Family Psychology. She completed an internship and post-internship at a Veteran’s Hospital, served River Region Community Mental Health Services as a Supervising Psychologist, Acting Director of a center, as a Unit Supervisor at the River Region Hospital, and as the Assistant and then Acting Director of the Hospital. She had a private practice for fifteen years.

She was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Kentucky Psychological Association, the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, and the Association of Transpersonal Psychology. Her primary research interest was in the investigation of the effects of intercessory prayer on the academic and psychological functioning of college students.

She has three grown children and four grandchildren. She currently resides in Kentucky, gardens, is a Board Member for the Kentucky Watercolor Society, is an avid photographer, and enjoys feeding her extended family.

M. DUNCAN STANTON, PH.D.

Dr. Stanton, Professor Emeritus, earned his degree in clinical/community psychology (University of Maryland, 1968), with minors in experimental and social psychology.

A former consultant to the White House, he has been elected a Fellow in five Divisions of the American Psychological Association (i.e., Clinical, Psychopharmacology, Psychotherapy, Family, and Addictions). Dr. Stanton is also a founding member of the American Family Therapy Academy and a Fellow and Approved Supervisor of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He is a Diplomat in both Clinical Psychology and Family Psychology of the American Board of Professional Psychology, and holds the Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Abuse Disorders from the APA College of Professional Psychology.

Author of over 150 professional and scientific publications, he has given more than 500 invited lectures, workshops and presentations in 26 countries on five continents, including, in 1991, serving in Argentina as a Visiting Scholar for the Fulbright Commission. Having served on the editorial boards of 16 scientific/professional journals or book series, Dr. Stanton’s interests include family psychology, substance abuse, healthcare issues, survey research, transpersonal psychology, and community prevention programs.

Music is a big part of his life and he enjoys almost all kinds from Renaissance, to Rock, to Rock-a-Billy, and Zydeco.

TOM TITUS, PH.D.

Dr. Titus is an emeritus professor of psychology who earned his degree in experimental psychology (Ph.D., University of Louisville, 1970).

His current area of scholarship is in the area of research methodology and statistical analysis. He is currently co-investigator on a research project funded by NIMH that investigates the effectiveness of a family-based intervention program for alcohol-dependent adolescents. He is also a member of the American Psychological Association and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

His tenure with Spalding University makes him our resident historian, and he enjoys teaching research, physiological psychology, adult development, and introductory psychology.

Tom is married and has two beautiful daughters who make him very proud! Although he definitely can’t sing, he is a music buff (mostly classical and jazz), possessing an extensive selection of CD’s. Often, you can find him at the performances of the Louisville Orchestra.

NORAH SLONE, PH.D.

Dr. Slone is an instructor in the School of Professional Psychology.  She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky.  Among Dr. Slone’s professional passions include teaching and mentoring graduate students, conducting applied research and doing clinical work.  Dr. Slone’s primary research interests are in evaluating components of psychotherapy process and outcome both in person and via telepsychology, to develop evidenced base practices that increase the access to and quality of mental health care amongst underserved populations.

Dr. Slone’s clinical experiences include conducting psychotherapy and psychological assessments in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, a federal prison (FMC Lexington) and university counseling centers. One of her many clinical passions is facilitating interpersonal process groups with clients who exhibit a range of interpersonal concerns.  Although Dr. Slone 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.  CDOI supports tailoring the psychotherapy approach to individual needs and privileges the client’s voice in their treatment process.

Being connected to the profession through national and regional organizations is also a strong value for Dr. Slone.  She is currently a member at large in the American Psychological Association Division 17 Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science and is involved with the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the Kentucky Psychological Association.

Outside of professional activities, Dr. Slone enjoys a range of experiences that span from spending time with her family, which includes two rescue Beagles (Sadie and Charlie), training for half-marathons, practicing yoga and traveling to a beach as often as she can get there.

AMY FOWKES, PSY.D.

Dr. Amy Fowkes received her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University in 2011.  After completing her internship at the Kentucky State Reformatory, she worked as a psychologist at St. Luke Center, an internationally renowned assessment, education and treatment provider for Catholic clergy and men and women religious.

Dr. Fowkes’ 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.

Other clinical experiences included providing inpatient care at Allegheny General Hospital and counseling center services at Carnegie Mellon University.  Her research interests include trauma-informed services for women, harm reduction psychotherapy and the clinical implications of bias in the therapeutic relationship.

Dr. Fowkes is a member of both the American Psychological Association and Kentucky Psychological Association, and is thrilled to be a part of the energy of the Spalding University community!

Outside of the School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Fowkes enjoys reading, travel and pilates.