CATS Faculty & Staff


 

Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services

Ginny Sprang Ginny Sprang, Ph.D, Executive Director

Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sprang served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health during her...

Faculty Clarissa Belle, Ph.D.

Clarissa Belle, Ph.D. earned a master's degree in 2008 and a doctorate in 2013 from the University of Kentucky. She completed an APA accredited internship in general psychology at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton Ohio where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of...

Faculty Brooke Brinksneader, MSW, CSW

Brooke Brinksneader serves as the CATS Evaluation Coordinator. Ms. Brinksneader is a Certified Social Worker and earned a Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Louisville in 2009 and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky in 2004. Ms....

Faculty Julia Caldwell, Psy.D., LMFT

Julia Caldwell, Psy.D, LMFT, earned her doctoral degree from Spalding University in 2014. Dr. Caldwell completed an APA accredited internship at the Institute for Child and Family Health in Miami, FL. While on internship, Dr. Caldwell received specialized training in Infant Mental Health, and...

Faculty Bettye Cheves, MSN

Bettye Cheves, BSN, MSN, is a psychiatric nurse and a key member of the treatment team at the CATS clinic. Ms. Cheves is a highly skilled play therapist with over 30 years of experience working with maltreated children and their families, and an expert on attachment spectrum disorders and...

Faculty Angela Combs, M.S., LPA, LPCC

Angela Combs, M.S., LPA, LPCC, Therapist and Trainer, completed her Master of Science in Counseling Psychology at the University of Kentucky. Ms. Combs has over eight years of clinical experience working with children who have been impacted by traumatic events and their families in the...

Faculty Patricia Lennon, RN

Patricia Lennon, RN, BSN, is a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, WV.  An RN for 32 years, she has experience in many different specialties and settings.  She performs medical record reviews and reports for the Center.

Faculty Aimee Mau, MSW, LCSW

Aimee Mau, MSW, LCSW, is the CATS Manager. Ms. Mau completed her Master of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Prior to graduate school, Ms. Mau gained approximately six years of field experience working with children and adults whose lives were impacted by domestic violence. During...

Faculty Betty Montgomery, MSW, CSW

Betty Montgomery reviews and organizes child protection case records for the CATS team.  Ms. Montgomery is a certified social worker, and earned her Master of Science in social work from the University of Kentucky.  Ms. Montgomery has 17 years of experience working with children and...

Faculty Lesli Nicholson

Lesli Nicholson is the Administrative Coordinator for the Comprehensive Assessment and Training Services Project (CATS). Ms. Nicholson acts as a liaison to the Cabinet for Health & Family Services to facilitate the referral and evaluation of families at CATS. She received a Bachelor of...

Faculty Heather Risk, Psy.D.

Heather Risk, Psy.D., Project Director. Dr. Risk completed her Master of Science at Eastern Kentucky University and her doctoral studies at Xavier University. Dr. Risk completed an APA accredited internship at the UC Davis Children’s Hospital, CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center in...