Lakiyah “Ky” Gilliard is a Clinical Practice Support Specialist in Raleigh, NC. Ky was born in Camden, NJ and after her mom surprised their family about a new job opportunity, she was then relocated to be raised in Charlotte, NC at the age of eight years old. Later, she went on to graduate from East Mecklenburg High School and quickly found out about an accredited college, the illustrious North Carolina Central University (NCCU). Ky always knew she had a passion for helping others, especially the black community and young teens so she decided to major in Psychology.
While Ky finished her years at NCCU, she had an internship with The Boys and Girls Club working alongside children in grades K-6 during the COVID-19 pandemic. There she realized how much children needed to be heard, this helped her discover a passion for helping young children and adolescents. She went on to complete her undergrad at NCCU, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in December of 2020. Ky is currently obtaining her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at NCCU, where she aspires to gain a career as a Psychiatrist. Ky hopes a career as a Psychiatrist will allow her to educate her community about mental health and provide support for others, like she wanted growing up.
In her free time she likes to watch movies with her fiance and play with their one year old cat, Sebastian. She likes to practice self-care by going on walks, occasionally shopping for home decor, and watching new shows on Hulu. Ky also enjoys taking up new cooking techniques from Pinterest.
Ky’s favorite quote: “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”