Meet the Team
Sonya Lott, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of CEMPSYCH, LLC. She is also a licensed psychologist in private practice in Philadelphia. She specializes in helping individuals to transform their experience of pre-death, anticipatory, acute, and complicated grief. In the past, she has worked as a psychotherapist in outpatient, emergency, and long-term structured residential settings.
She has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Ball State University. More recently, she completed advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of Complicated Grief, at the Center of Complicated Grief at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Social Work. She is currently one of only two clinicians in the Philadelphia area, trained in this evidence-based treatment protocol.
Her immersion into multicultural psychology began as a doctoral student, during which time she attended many trainings facilitated by the primary contributors to this field. Her dissertation Racial and Cultural Identity Development of African American and Puerto Ricans Individuals: Same Process, Different Content? was one of the first studies to explore the validity of the Racial/Cultural Identity Development Model (R/CID) proposed by Atkinson, Morten, & Sue (1979) and expanded upon by Sue & Sue (1990).
Her commitment to multicultural awareness has been expressed in her work in academia. As a full-time and tenured professor of psychology for 18 years at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP), she designed and taught psychology courses from an integrated multicultural perspective. She also served as a Minority Faculty Fellow Mentor. Her model of training became the prototype for the Minority Faculty Fellow program college wide.
During her tenure in academia, Sonya’s expertise in multicultural psychology was frequently sought by publishing houses for developmental reviews of new and revised editions of psychology textbooks. She also authored and revised many ancillary materials (test banks, instructors’ manuals, companion websites) for psychology textbooks published by Pearson Higher Education, McGraw-Hill, Worth Publishers, and Cengage Learning.
In addition to her roles as owner and CEO of CEMPSYCH, LLC, she is a co-facilitator of the workshops and the primary developer of upcoming continuing education courses online. And the host of the upcoming CEMPSYCH, LLC podcast Reflections on Multicultural Competence.
Mike Likier, Ph.D. is a CEMPSYCH, LLC co-facilitator and member of the programming and grievance committees. He is also a licensed psychologist in private practice in Summit and Montclair, NJ. He is certified by the Academy of Cognitive Therapy (ACT) as a diplomate in Cognitive Therapy and completed advanced training in Complicated Grief Therapy at the Center of Complicated Grief at Columbia University.
He earned a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Temple University, and a dual degree (M.A. & Ed.M.) in Psychological Counseling from Columbia University, Teachers College. His experience of taking a Racial Identity and Mental Health course taught by Robert Carter, Ph.D. at Teachers College was a catalyst for his racial justice activism.
With 25 years of experience working within a variety of clinical, corporate, and educational settings, he has worked with individuals of different age, race, ethnic, and religious backgrounds. He has provided short-term and long-term individual and group psychotherapy, to treat anxiety and depressive disorders, addiction, insomnia, grief and issues related to other life transitions.
Mike has also provided multicultural consultation and training to organizations and other mental health professionals. He has taught many psychology courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Since 2016, he has been a facilitator of the White People Confronting Racism workshop held in Philadelphia 3-4 times annually.
In addition to co-facilitating CEMPSYCH, LLC workshops, Mike serves on CEMPSYCH LLC’s programming planning and grievance committees.