Bringing Psychology to Everyday Life
Dr. Tony Sheppard
I have been involved in the psychology community in Louisville since 1996 when I moved here to attend graduate school at Spalding University. My interest in psychology began as an undergraduate student at Middle Tennessee State University. One of my professors at MTSU once said, "when you share something with another human being, it changes that thing forever". This introduced me to the power of psychology to impact the lives of people.
Dr. Zack Thieneman
Psychology is fascinating to me. It always has been. I began working in the field of psychology 10 years ago when I applied for a job working with children who have autism and related developmental disabilities. Ever since, my passion for psychology, in particular psychotherapy, flourished. I studied at Bellarmine University before completing my doctorate at Spalding University because of my fondness for Louisville and its psychology-friendly community.
My passion for psychology began 13 years ago when I became a peer support for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Since then my love of psychology and helping others has driven me from central Georgia to Berry College in the northwest Georgia mountains all the way to Louisville, where I am continuing to immerse myself in the field of psychology. I am beginning my fifth year as a graduate student in Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology and have several years of psychotherapy experiences working with children, adolescents, and families.
My interest in psychology started while I was completing my undergraduate studies in upstate New York, but I’ve always known that I want to work with children and families. I’ve worked in many different settings including a crisis stabilization unit, a school for emotional and behavioral children, residential care, and a college counseling center. I am starting my third year at Spalding School of Professional Psychology and am so excited to start my work at Groupworks!
Joshua Smith, Psy.D.
I became interested in studying psychology as an adolescent. I began formally studying cognitive behavior psychology at Utah State University in 2000. As I began working with individuals with developmental disabilities, I realized that this was an interest area that I wanted to pursue. I was able to complete my doctorate degree from Spalding University in 2012. I completed my dissertation on integrating individuals with autism into group therapy. I had the privilege of running a program for prison inmates with autism for the Kentucky Correctional System. Since that time, I have started my own private practice in New Albany, Indiana where I specialize in working with individuals with autism and other developmental disorders. I provide individual, family, and group therapy in that setting. I’m very excited to provide group therapy at Groupworks to offer group therapy to individuals here in Kentucky.
The friendly and well-trained voices on our phone belong to Melissa Steinkamp & Anastasia Wehri. Both Melissa and Anastasia are doctoral students in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University!