Kyla Liggett-Creel Ph.D., LCSW-C
Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel (Dr. K) is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Families Studies (with a concentration on African American Studies) from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s degree is in Social Work from Smith College School of Social work with an anti-racism curriculum. She has an earned PhD from the School of Social work, University of Maryland, Baltimore and wrote her dissertation on creating a parenting program based on common components with a focus on community engagement. Dr. Liggett-Creel worked as a therapist at Kennedy Krieger Family Center for ten years and became a Clinic Coordinator for the Birth to Five Clinic as well as founding a clinic for Deaf and Hard of Hearing families. Dr. Liggett-Creel then became the Senior Social Worker at the Center for Infant Studies at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. In 2010, Dr. Liggett-Creel began working with Promise Heights, a place-based initiative serving families in the Upton-Druid Heights community from cradle to career. Dr. Liggett-Creel helped develop the early childhood portion of the pipeline of 5 services and developed the evaluation for the entire pipeline as well as assisted in writing the grant which was funded for $30 million dollars over a five year period. She is also the Director of Evaluation for ReCAST which is a five-year SAMHSA grant funded program focusing on anti-racism and trauma. She has partnered with over 35 grassroots organizations on addressing trauma and racism in the West Baltimore community. In 2020, Dr. Liggett-Creel continued as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland and became the lead strategist for the Office of Youth and Trauma Services at the Baltimore City Health Department. She is assisting in the creation of the training curriculum for the Healing City Act which will train all Baltimore City staff on becoming healing centered champions. Dr. Liggett-Creel was the co-chair for the antiracism task force and is a representative on the Diversity and Anti-Oppression committee, President’s Diversity Advisory Committee, and the Dean’s Diversity Implementation Group. Dr. Liggett-Creel has also earned a Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Leadership from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Liggett-Creel is on the Board of Advisors for the Black Mental Health Alliance and serves on the Mayor’s Trauma Workgroup for Baltimore City. She will be teaching a course on Structural Oppression in the fall of 2020.