Meet Psychology Faculty

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 and is currently a tenured Associate Professor. Dr. Beauchamp’s interests include issues of diversity, social justice, and professional leadership. She spearheaded the first national legislative grassroots advocacy network for graduate students in psychology, and has been 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. Her academic interests include lesbian, gay, bi, and transgendered cultures, gender experiences, program evaluation, and clinical supervision.

Tom Bergandi, Ph.D., Director, Adult Psychology Emphasis Area

Dr. Bergandi holds a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Ball State University and joined the Spalding faculty in 1985. 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. He also consults with Kentucky’s Department of Public Advocacy. He is licensed in the states of Kentucky and Indiana, and is a member of the American Psychological Association (Division of Independent Practice and Consulting Psychology) and the Southeastern Psychological Association. He has appeared in multiple publications and presents in a variety of areas, but primarily in sport & exercise psychology.

Norah Chapman, Ph.D.

Dr. Chapman 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 evidenced 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.

Ida Dickie, Ph.D., Director, Forensic Psychology Emphasis Area

Dr. Dickie is a forensic psychologist who has a broad range of experience working with the criminal justice system ranging from provincial to federal level maximum security correctional facilities and has served as the chair of the correctional ethics committee. She operates her own evidence-based treatment/training clinic at a private community correctional facility and is experienced in assessing and treating violent, non-violent and sexual offenders in private practice. Dr. Dickie has worked with the National Headquarters for the Correctional Service of Canada in various research capacities. 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. She 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.

Steve Katsikas, Ph.D., Chair

Dr. Steve Katsikas obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Arkansas. He has 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, 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.

Nicholas K. Lim, Ph.D.

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

Ken Linfield, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Training

Dr. Linfield earned his degree in Clinical/Community Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign with a minor in quantitative psychology. His interests include various elements of religious faith and spirituality, and 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. He is on the editorial board for the journal of APA’s Division 36: Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He teaches graduate courses in psychometrics, research design, statistics, and program evaluation, in addition to two undergraduate courses: Psychology of Religion, and Community Psychology.

Nate Mitchell, Ph.D., Director, Health Psychology Emphasis Area

Dr. Mitchell earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Louisville. His 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.

David Morgan, Ph.D.

Dr. Morgan earned his degree in experimental psychology with an emphasis in human operant behavior from Auburn University. 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.

Brenda Nash, Ph.D., Director of Clinical Training

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. In 2011, she assumed the role of Director of Clinical Training, overseeing students’ practicum and internship placements. 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.

DeDe Wohlfarth, Psy.D., Director, Child, Adolescent and Family Emphasis Area

Dr. Wohlfarth, a tenured full professor, loves to teach. She has made teaching the focus of her research endeavors and is actively collaborating with students on a number of teaching-focused projects. 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. Wohlfarth’s clinical expertise focuses on the needs of children with severe emotional and behavioral challenges. Currently, she maintains a private practice and is a licensed clinical psychologist in Indiana and Kentucky. She also serves as a consulting psychologist, 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.

Amy Young, Psy.D.

Dr. Amy Young received her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University. 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. 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.