Martika Jones, PhD Candidate
Martika was raised in the Midwest, having been born in Chicago and cycling through Minneapolis, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky. Martika was raised with two brothers and two sisters, whom she is very close with. She spent her childhood split between living with her father and her mother. Her history has made her no stranger to change and adapting to new surroundings and her untraditional upbringing has taught her the importance of family. As one could imagine, growing up in Chicago did not come without challenges, further propelling Martika’s passion to help impoverished communities with minimal resources to mental health services.
Not allowing her upbringing to define her future, Martika attended college and began pursuing a career in psychology, as she strongly possessed a need to work in social services. Prior to her move to Dallas, Martika received her Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology and is currently a PhD candidate at the University of the Cumberlands in Northern Kentucky. As she completes her dissertation, Martika works as a pre-doctoral clinician under the supervision of Dr. Jafarzadeh at Legacy Assessment Group. Prior to joining the Legacy Assessment Group, Martika received training in conducting psychological evaluations with intellectually disabled adults. She also received training in providing individual therapy, couples therapy, and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. During her training, it became apparent that Martika’s strength has been her empathy, making her relatable and easy to talk to.
Martika is particularly passionate about her work with children as she has previously helped create and implement an after-school youth development program in Kentucky. She dedicated herself to providing culturally sensitive and psychoeducational information to underserved children at a local school. Martika’s past experiences has equipped her with the ability to understand and empathize with the obstacles her prospective clients encounter. Her background has taught her the impact that family has on each person’s mental well-being. Her areas of clinical focus include: traumatic stress, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attachment disruption, and mental health assessment of children involved in the foster care system. Martika approaches her clients with plenty of smiles and laughter. She is typically calm and understands the importance of providing a safe and pleasant environment for her clients. Outside of work, Martika enjoys traveling and spending time with her family, friends, and fur babies (Coco and Honey)!