Our Providers


Felicia D. Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith is a clinical psychologist who has practiced in Louisville since 2004 and a is co-owner of StrongMinds. She obtained her BA at the University of Illinois and then went on to earn her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Dr. Smith completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital /Harvard Medical School, specializing in Pediatric Psychology & Adolescent Medicine. She served as an Assistant Professor and Director of Psychological Testing at the University of Louisville School of Medicine for four years and continues to teach college courses in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Dr. Smith maintains active involvement with the KY Psychological Association (KPA), where she has served as President and as the Child and Adolescent Representative and Diversity Committee Chair to the Board of Directors. In 2015, Dr. Smith was recognized as KPA Psychologist of the Year!

In her clinical practice, Dr. Smith specializes in psychoeducational evaluations to assess a number of areas that may impact an individual’s daily functioning. These include factors such as learning difficulties, ADHD, emotional factors, and giftedness. Dr. Smith also specializes in the treatment of child/adolescent issues such as depression, anxiety, and adjustment difficulties.

Outside of the office, Dr. Smith gives presentations and workshops on parenting topics, behavioral interventions for schools and agencies, and youth-related workshops on topics such as stress management. Dr. Smith and her husband have two school-aged children and she enjoys practicing yoga, playing volleyball and soccer, and traveling with her family.


Tanya F. Stockhammer, Ph.D.

Dr. Stockhammer is a clinical psychologist with specializing in child, adolescent and pediatric psychology and is co-owner of StrongMinds. She obtained her BA from Rutgers University in New Jersey. She subsequently completed her PhD at St. John’s University and her clinical internship at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center, both in New York. Dr. Stockhammer continued to develop her career at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University where, among other duties, she was a supervisor for the implementation of evidence-based child and adolescent psychotherapies. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Child & Pediatric Psychology at the University of Louisville, School of Medicine, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, until 2009.

Dr. Stockhammer’s clinical specialty areas include anxiety disorders (including OCD) in youth of all ages, teenage adjustment issues, and parenting challenges (including parenting children with complex behavioral or health issues). In addition, Dr. Stockhammer conducts psychological and psychoeducational assessments of school-age children to identify emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and learning disorders. Dr. Stockhammer provides clinical supervision and training to psychology doctoral students at Spalding University and the University of Louisville. She has served as an adjunct professor at Spalding University. Dr. Stockhammer is a member of the Kentucky Psychological Association and is a past chair of the KPA Continuing Education Committee.

Dr. Stockhammer is married and has three children from whom she learns new things every day. When she is not working, she can often be found carting her children around town, volunteering at their school, or cheering on the sidelines. In her free time, she enjoys finding quiet space, laughing with friends, walking for fitness, and dancing.



Benjamin (Ben) W. Birkby, Psy.D.

Dr. Birkby is a clinical psychologist who has been providing professional services to children and families for 15 years. He holds a PsyD from Spalding University in Louisville. Dr. Birkby joined StrongMinds as a part-time Associate in the spring of 2013.

At StrongMinds, Dr. Birkby provides specialty behavioral health services for children, adolescents and young adults ages 4-20, and their families. He treats a wide variety of conditions and concerns ranging from normal developmental challenges to serious emotional and behavioral difficulties. He also provides school consultations, parenting consultations, and professional presentations on a variety of topics. Dr. Birkby also works with youth athletes, performers, and their parents to enhance success and enjoyment in sports and performance contexts as well as in all areas of life.

In addition to working at StrongMinds, Dr. Birkby also maintains a full-time position as a licensed psychologist and senior evaluation researcher at REACH Evaluation. REACH consults with non-profit, for-profit, philanthropic, and governmental entities in support of efforts to improve services and bring about organizational and community change.

Dr. Birkby previously worked in summer therapeutic recreation programs in New York and Kentucky and completed his predoctoral internship at Boys Town in Nebraska. He served on the Ethics Committee of the Kentucky Psychological Association from 2004-2007, and served as both Chair and Vice-Chair of that committee. He also served a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Psychological Association from 2010-2011, and was a recipient of the Art of Governance Award from the Center for Nonprofit Excellence during his tenure.

Dr. Birkby and his wife have been married for 24 years and have three children. He enjoys watching his children play soccer, spending time outdoors (especially running), and watching science fiction movies.

Liz England, Psy.D.

EnglandDr. England is a clinical psychologist and ADHD/Executive Functioning coach. She obtained her B.A. from the University of South Carolina and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida. In 2011, she earned her PsyD in Clinical Psychology from Spalding University. Dr. England completed her predoctoral internship at Family Service and Guidance Center, Inc. in Topeka, Kansas, emphasizing play therapy and treating disorders of early childhood.

Dr. England maintains a full-time position as Clinical Director of Providence House, a non-profit family residential reunification program in southern Indiana. She also teaches undergraduate courses at Indiana University Southeast and serves as an ADHD/Executive Skills coach for high school and college students.

Dr. England has been working with children and families for ten years. Her areas of expertise include trauma, attachment therapy, and ADHD treatment.   She began emphasizing her expertise with college students with ADHD in 2008. When she’s not working, Dr. England enjoys traveling and antiquing.

Melissa Gibson, Psy.D.

Dr. Gibson is a clinical psychologist specializing in older adolescent and young adult populations. She earned her Bachelors degree from Indiana University Bloomington and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Spalding University.

Dr. Gibson has over five years of experience working with adolescent and young adult populations. In her work at StrongMinds, she provides individual therapy services to clients with a wide range of presenting concerns including adjustment/transitional challenges, anxiety, depression, trauma (including sexual assault survivors and interpersonal relationship violence), nonsuicidal self-injury, identity development, and relationship difficulties. She enjoys engaging in collaborative work with clients to improve their day-to-day lives and help them create the life they want.

Dr. Gibson maintains a full-time position at Bellarmine University Counseling Center (BUCC) where she serves as the Assistant Director and Practicum Coordinator. At Bellarmine, Dr. Gibson provides individual therapy, co-leads a coping skills group, co-advises the Active Minds student organization, and provides clinical supervision to doctoral trainees at BUCC.

Outside of work, Dr. Gibson treasures her time with her friends and family, enjoys baking, being in nature, and trying new restaurants. Parenting is her newest adventure; Melissa and her husband are proud parents to their toddler son.

Kristi B. Kelly, LPAT, ATR-BC

Kristi is a Board Certifed Art Therapist with a Master of Arts in Expressive Therapies from the University of Louisville. She has worked for the past twenty years with children ages 3-15 in a school setting, attending to a variety of issues surrounding divorce, social skills, anger management, selective mutism, peer relations, ADHD, oppositional defiant disorder, learning challenges, self-awareness, anxiety, self-harm, and family concerns.

As an expressive therapist, Ms. Kelly uses a variety of techniques including drawing, sculpting, collage, bibliotherapy, play therapy, and guided imagery to help children express themselves and reach their personal goals. She also works collaboratively with parents to help them understand and guide their children so that each child can feel safe, empowered, and successful.

Currently, Ms. Kelly is the full-time Counselor at Saint Mary Academy in Norton Commons. She uses a team approach, working with parents, teachers, administrators, and students, to promote the success of each child. At Saint Mary Academy she also teaches an expressive arts class to middle school students to introduce them to new opportunities for self-exploration and expression.