Dr. Cindi Cassadyis has been a lecturer/consultant with UNIK since December 2015. Currently, she is a Head of the Clinical Psychology Department in the Faculty of Education. She holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant University, San Diego (US). She also holds a MA in Peace and Justice Studies, with emphasis on Conflict Resolution, Development and Human Rights.
For the past 25 years, she has been a practitioner-scholar in the field of Clinical Psychology, specializing in working with gender-based violence, child abuse and working with both victims and perpetrators of intimate partner violence. While living in San Diego, California, Dr. Cindi Cassady had a private practice and was also the Director of Mental Health services for a community-based organization. She provided clinical supervision for MA and Ph.D. level Clinical Psychology and Counseling Psychology students in clinical settings and she looks forward to working with UNIK students in clinical supervision.
At UNIK, she teaches a number of courses within the Psychology Department. She believes it is important to encourage students to actively participate in learning how to do psychotherapy so they will be prepared to provide psychotherapy in a variety of settings and situations. The best way to do this is to practice a variety of therapy techniques in class, using role playing and to receive weekly individual clinical supervision during the industrial attachment or internship placement.
Cindi’s research interests are in looking at the incidence of intimate partner violence within vulnerable populations such as with persons who are deaf, as well as looking at the impact of substance abuse on the family unit. She is also interested in exploring ways traditional psychological assessment can move away from a Eurocentric focus toward a more culturally appropriate, African Psychology approach.