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22nd Annual CREDN Conference Presenters

2019 CREDN Conference Presenters


Dr. Joy DeGruy is a world renowned writer, speaker, and social scientist with two master degrees in Social Work and Clinical psychology. Her doctorate degree is in Social Work research. Throughout her career, she has held numerous workshops and seminars and given lectures about her research focused on the intersection of racism, trauma, and American chattel slavery. Her book Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing shows its readers how the persistence of that intersection suffuses our daily lives. Indeed, Dr. DeGruy travels across the globe to share this message and has held these aforementioned lectures almost everywhere. She has graced her presence, time and thoughts with—Morehouse School of Medicine, Smith College, Stonybrook College, Harvard University, Tulane University, Everett Community College, Fisk University, Oxford University, the Essence Music Festival, and the County of LA department of mental health. She has also done consulting work with Oprah Winfrey.

Joy Ssebikindu, LPC graduated from Vanderbilt University with not only her BA in Sociology and Child Development, but also her MEd in Clinical Mental Health counseling. Shortly after finishing graduate school, Joy moved to Atlanta in pursuit of a career as a mental health therapist. Joy comes with over a decade of experience in working with children, adolescents, adults and their families. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she specializes in working with individuals, couples, and families who have issues with communication, family transitions including divorce, trauma, depression, anxiety, and disordered eating/eating disorders. She is also very passionate about strengthening the family system. In 2016, she joined the Center for Discovery team as the Primary Therapist for the Atlanta House, and has since become Program Director. Joy also maintains an outpatient private practice. In her free time, Joy enjoys spending time with loved ones, running, thrifting, and writing.  

Malak Saddy, RDN, LD is the Registered Dietitian at Center For Discovery Dallas. She graduated from Michigan State University in East Lansing with her Bachelor of Science degree and then completed her dietetic internship at Keene State College in New Hampshire. She has over seven years’ experience in adolescent nutrition counseling, food cultures, and integrative nutrition education. As a certified intuitive eating counselor and body positive facilitator, Malak utilizes both approaches to help clients develop a positive relationship with food and their bodies. Malak has lectured at multiple eating disorder conferences, as well as at universities to dietetic students, and at local schools on the effects of eating disorders and challenging others to incorporate the All Foods Fit Philosophy into their own lives. She is passionate about providing individualized nutritional care and counseling support to clients and their families while being compassionate and is empathetic to their needs.