Chair & Directors
Brenda Nash, PhD
Chair; Full firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Nash, a tenured professor, holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky. After completing her internship, she returned to her native Louisville and quickly became involved with Spalding, teaching as clinical faculty for nine years before joining the faculty full-time in 2006. From 2011-2020, she assumed the role of Director of Clinical Training, overseeing students’ practicum and internship placements. She was named the 2020 Spalding University Board of Trustees Faculty of the Year. Dr. Nash specializes in working with survivors of trauma, including sexual and physical abuse, childhood abuse, domestic violence, automobile accidents, catastrophic loss, etc. She approaches therapy from an interpersonal perspective and is also passionate about teaching students how to work effectively and compassionately with trauma survivors. She is licensed in Kentucky and maintains a small private practice where she routinely provides pro bono services. She is a member of APA and KPA, where she has also served as a past Executive Board member.
- In 2020, Dr. Nash was appointed by Governor Andy Beshear to serve on the Kentucky Board of Examiners in Psychology.
Jennifer Altman, PhD
Health Psychology Emphasis Area Director, Assistant Professorjaltman@spalding.edu Dr. Altman earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Louisville. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology in the University of Washington School of Medicine. Her research and clinical interests are centered in mindfulness and body. This translates broadly in health psychology, including body compassion, mindfulness, well-being, pain, depression, anxiety, adjustment to injury/illness, behavioral interventions, as well as health outcomes specifically associated with mindfulness and queer identities. Dr. Altman’s treatment philosophy is informed by the biopsychosocial model. Her theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral with an emphasis in mindfulness and acceptance—she views each client’s presentation in terms of how they are relating to their experience. This manifests differently with each client, although it is always a collaborative process. She is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 22—Rehabilitation Psychology, and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science.
Ida Dickie, PhD
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.
Norah Chapman, PhD
Associate Chair; Director, Center for Behavioral Health
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 evidence-based practices that increase the access to and quality of mental health care amongst underserved populations. Although Dr. Chapman uses an integration of interpersonal process, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness theories to inform her work, her clinical approach is ultimately informed by a client-directed outcome-informed (CDOI) model. She is currently a member of the APA Division 17 Section for the Promotion of Psychotherapy Science, is involved with the Society for Psychotherapy Research and the KPA.
Amy Young, PsyD
Director of Clinical Trainingayoung01@spalding.edu Dr. Amy Young received her Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology from Carlow University. Dr. Young's passion for social justice concerns previously connected her to Mercy Behavioral Health, a legacy program of the Sisters of Mercy of the America’s ministry in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There she provided comprehensive mental health and substance abuse services to underserved populations for eleven years. Her research interests include trauma-informed services for women, harm reduction psychotherapy and the clinical implications of bias in the therapeutic relationship. She is a member of both the American Psychological Association and Kentucky Psychological Association.
Tom Bergandi, PhD
Full Professortbergandi@spalding.edu 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, sports 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.
Allison Fowler, PhD
Dr. Fowler earned her Ph.D. from the University of Louisville in Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation, and is excited to be continuing her career as an Assistant Professor in the SOPP. A strong belief in the importance of education is at the core of Dr. Fowler’s research and teaching. Her background is rooted in the practice and pedagogy of a successful classroom, as she earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Kentucky. That training was the catalyst for her research, which examines the relationship between developmental theory, achievement motivation, and learning. She centers her teaching around fostering a positive classroom community in which both the students and herself can learn and grow, using the latest research and evidence-based strategies to aid in the process.
Steve Katsikas, PhD
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 served as the Chair of the School of Professional Psychology for 13 years. 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 psychostimulants on weight change in Hispanic children.
- Dr. Katsikas, former program chair, is the 2020 Kentucky Psychological Association President.
Steven Kniffley, PsyD, MPA, ABPP, HSP
Assistant Professor; Associate Director of Center for Behavioral Healthskniffley01@spalding.edu
Dr. Steven D. Kniffley Jr. received his doctorate and master’s degree in clinical psychology from Spalding University where he specialized in child, adolescent, and family therapy. He completed his post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kniffley also has a Master’s in Public administration from Wright State University. Dr. Kniffley's area of expertise is research and clinical work with Black males. Specifically, his work focuses on understanding and developing culturally appropriate interventions for Black male mental health as well as barriers to academic success for this population. As an educational consultant Dr. Kniffley has worked internationally with students and school administrators in South Africa and India. 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. Some of his books include: Knowledge of Self: Understanding the Mind of the Black male, Out of KOS (Knowledge of Self): Black male psychopathology and its treatment, and Black males and the Criminal Justice System. Follow Dr. Kniffley’s blog.
- In 2020, Dr. Kniffley was recognized as an up-and-coming leader in Louisville Business First's "Forty Under 40".
Nicholas K. Lim, PhD
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, PhD
Professor Emeritusklinfield@spalding.edu 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.
David Morgan, PhD
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.