Spalding professor Ida Dickie wins Kentucky Psychological Association service award

Steve Jones

Ida Dickie, a forensic psychologist and faculty member in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology, was honored last month as the winner of the Jack Runyon Community Service Award by the Kentucky Psychological Association.

Dickie, who received the award at the KPA convention in Lexington, is the director of the forensic emphasis area at Spalding while being a public servant in the justice system.

Among her many service projects, Dickie developed and manages the “Healthy Lifestyles” program at Dismas Charities for men who have been in the Kentucky correctional system. On a pro bono basis, she has supervised graduate student therapists in the program as well as offered psychological services herself.

Dickie is also on the board and provides pro bono services for the nonprofit New Legacy Center, which is another residential program that assists men returning to the community from prison.

Dickie also works pro bono with the Muhammad Ali Center, helping implement talking circles about community violence. She has worked with other community organizations to offer restorative talking circles with black men returning to the community from incarceration to provide them with a pro-social support network.

She performs pro bono psychological services and supervises graduate student therapists at the Survivors of Torture Recovery Center, which offers services to refugees and immigrants who have experienced torture in their home countries.

Dickie also trains Louisville Metro Police Department officers and recruits in restorative communication and oversees courses for Spalding students seeking a minor in restorative justice.

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