Dr. Risk has many years of experience working with victims of traumatic events, primarily children and adolescents who have experienced multiple forms of interpersonal trauma. After completing her undergraduate work and earning a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Kentucky University, Dr. Risk continued her education at Xavier University where she earned a Doctorate of Psychology. Dr. Risk also completed an APPIC accredited internship at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, CAARE Center. Dr. Risk has dedicated her career to understanding the impact of trauma and learning evidence-based and research supported techniques for best supporting individuals and families through the healing process. Formerly the Project Director of a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) site (the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training institute (CATTTI) at the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children), she is currently the owner of Heather Risk PSyD and Associate, PLLC where she provides therapy, training, supervision, and consultation service. Dr. Risk is also an approved national Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) Trainer.
Aimee Mau is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked extensively with children and families during the past two decades with specialization in meeting the needs of those impacted by trauma. She has experience implementing evidence-based therapies with children and their families beginning with her previous role as a pioneering clinician at the University of Kentucky's Child and Adolescent Trauma, Treatment, and Training Institute (CATTTI) housed in the Center on Trauma and Children. As the former Project Director of the Center's Comprehensive Assessment and Training Project (CATS), Ms. Mau assessed hundreds of children and families involved with the child welfare system to provide a trauma informed view of treatment needs and state-of the-art assessment of caregiving risks and strength. Ms. Mau also has considerable experience supervising other clinicians on promoting best practices in assessment and treatment and is currently the Clinical Director of the Key Assets Behavioral Health Services Organization in Lexington, Kentucky. Through direct practice, consultation, and training, Ms. Mau, a Certified TF-CBT provider, has focused on increasing awareness regarding the importance of trauma assessment and engaging in evidence based practice. Ms. Mau brings this extensive experience to Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC where she conducts assessments and treatment with children and adults with a variety of needs.
Dr. Graham is a Licensed Psychologist who is assisting Dr. Risk's practice by completing psychological assessments. After completing her undergraduate work and earning a Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology at Morehead State University, Dr. Graham continued her education at Spalding University where she earned a Doctorate of Psychology. Dr. Graham also completed an APA accredited internship at Kentucky River Community Care in Eastern Kentucky. Currently, Dr. Graham works full time for the Veteran's Administration as a Clinical Psychologist working in Home-Based Primary Care. Dr. Graham is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Substance Use Disorder and Prolonged Exposure.
Elizabeth Riley, M.S. is currently completing the APA-accredited internship Through the University of Kentucky's doctoral program in clinical psychology. Ms. Riley works works primarily with adults who have experienced trauma and other co-occurring mental health issues using research-based best practices. She has trained and worked in a variety of settings, including community settings, counseling centers, hospital settings, and the Veteran's Administration. Ms. Riley operates using an evidence-based, skills-oriented therapeutic framework informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, exposure-based therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and mindfulness.
I've spent over 40 years working in health care. I'm a certified Medical Technologist and have worked in labs as a bench tech, an educator, and a laboratory manager. I moved into the Health Care Information Technology field in 1996 where I managed the clinical applications for multiple hospitals providing every day support, leading upgrades for existing application, and the implementation of new applications. In 2001, I traded my home base hospital support for a position with a large IT company implementing applications for hospitals through out the US and Canada. During that time, I obtained my Project Management Certification with PMI. In 2016,I left my full-time job for part-time consultation work, and in May of 2018, I joined Heather Risk and Associates.