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Racial trauma and the negative impact on health of persons of color

By June 16, 2021No Comments

Steven Kniffley Jr., PsyD, is a clinical psychologist who leads Spalding University’s Collective Care Center – one of the nation’s only behavioral health clinics to specialize in treating race-based trauma and stress.

Since 2018, he has served as associate director of Spalding’s Center for Behavioral Health training clinic, of which the Collective Care Center is a specialty division.

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 psychopathology as well as barriers to academic success for this population.

We talked to Kniffley recently about his work at the Collective Care Center, the treatment protocol for the experience of racial trauma and his goals in his new position of Chief Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Highlights are below.

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