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About Dr. La Keita Carter

La Keita D. Carter, PsyD is a licensed psychologist in Maryland who specializes in trauma. Born in Baltimore, MD, Dr. Carter completed her bachelor's degree at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA before completing her master's and doctoral degrees at Loyola University Maryland. In addition to being a licensed psychologist, Dr. Carter is also a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor-Supervisor (LCPC-S) and Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC) in Maryland. 

Affectionately known as "Dr. C" by her patients and students, Dr. Carter holds several certificates in psychology. She is a Diplomate in Rape Trauma (American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress) as well as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP). Through the National Board of Certified Counselors, Dr. Carter is also an Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) and a Board-Certified Telemental Health Professional (BC-TMH).

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Dr. Carter owns and operates the award-winning Institute for HEALing, LLC (iHEAL), a wellness agency based in Owings Mills, MD that specializes in the treatment of mental health disorders. iHEAL holds national accreditation and licensure with the State of Maryland as an outpatient mental health clinic (OMHC), mobile treatment service (MTS), psychiatric rehabilitation program for adults (PRP), and alcohol education program. It is also certified as a Minority-Owned Enterprise (MBE) as well as a Small Business Enterprise (SBE).

She led her team to being recognized as Largest Women-owned Business, Fastest-growing Women-owned Business, and Largest Minority-owned Business  in the Greater Baltimore area in 2021 and 2022. In 2021, iHEAL was honored to be heralded as 7th Fastest Growing Private Company in the Greater Baltimore area.

Speaker & Presenter

Dr. Carter is a sought-after speaker and presenter on topics related to trauma and cultural competence in professionals. Having experience speaking to general populations as well as professionals, she has been featured in a number of television, radio, and print media discussions, sharing her insight on important mental health topics and how they relate to current events and societal structures (see Media). Of note, she was a featured speaker at Taraji P. Henson's inaugural Can We Talk? Conference that was sponsored by the Boris L. Henson Foundation. She was also a presenter at Maryland Department of Health's first Racism and Mental Health Conference in September 2020.



As a psychologist, she spends much of her clinical time training budding psychologists and counselors, as well as consulting with a diversity of professionals including lawyers, physicians, clergy, transportation experts, entrepreneurs, journalists, academicians, and, of course, other mental health providers.

Academic Author

Dr. Carter has also authored three psychology textbooks, the last of which was Reflecting Humanity: Biological, Psychological, and Sociological PerspectivesShe has written a number of articles related to her psychology specialities as well.


In addition to her academic writing, Dr. Carter teaches multiple classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Abnormal Psychology   |   Multicultural Psychology  |  Ethics      

Theories of Psychotherapy   |   Social Psychology



Personal Life

Dr. Carter is married to Jarrett L. Carter, Sr., the owner and founding editor of the HBCU Digest, an online news outlet that covers all things related to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Together, they live just outside of Baltimore raising their four children. 

When she isn't working, you can find her spending time with family, exercising (cycling and lifting), baking and cooking, traveling, decorating her home, watching movies, and beating her husband in Scrabble (which only happens about 50% of the time). She also enjoys volunteering through her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Education & Training


BA in Psychology

Magna Cum Laude

MS in Clinical Psychology
PsyD in Clinical Psychology


Pre-Doctoral Residency


Graduate (with Honors)
Ruth C. Easley Graduate Leadership Training Institute


Licensed Psychologist (LP)


Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC)


Licensed Clinical Alcohol & Drug Counselor (LCADC)


Diplomate in Rape Trauma

American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress

Certified Clinical Trauma Professional

International Trauma Training Institute

Mental Health First Aid - Adult

National Council for Mental Wellbeing

Board Certified - Telemental Health Provider

National Board of Certified Counselors

Approved Clinical Supervisor

National Board of Certified Counselors

Notary Public


Certified Master Reviewer & Peer Reviewer

Quality Matters


Teaching Appointments

Community College of Baltimore County

Adjunct Professor of Psychology (current)

Associate Professor of Psychology

Capella University

Core Faculty of Clinical Psychology &

Director of Clinical Training

Hazelden Betty Ford Graduate School of Addiction Studies

Associate Professor of Addiction Studies & 

Clinical Placement Coordinator

Loyola University Maryland

Director of the Psychology Division & 

Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology

Stevenson University

Adjunct Professor

McDanielle College

Adjunct Professor

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

Outstanding Leadership Award (2024), Rho Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Fellow (2024), American Psychological Association

Maryland’s Top 100 Women (2023), The Daily Record

Most Admired CEOs (2022), The Daily Record

Trailblazer Award (2022), The Center Club (Women in Business)
Leader in Diversity Award (2022),
Baltimore Business Journal
Professional Achievement Award (2022), Rho
Xi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Top 30 Largest Minority-owned Business in the Greater Baltimore Area (2021 & 2022), Baltimore Business Journal

2nd Fastest-Growing Minority-Owned Business (2022), Baltimore Business Journal

Crystal Racks-Cook Perseverance Award (2022), Morgan State University’s Baltimore Metro Women’s Business Center

Top 50 Largest Woman-owned Business in the Greater Baltimore Area (2021 & 2022), Baltimore Business Journal
Maryland’s Top 100 Women (2021),
The Daily Record

Very Important Professionals: Successful by 40 (2021), The Daily Record

Enterprising Women Award (2021), Baltimore Business Journal 

7th Fastest Growing Private Companies in Greater Baltimore (2021), Baltimore Business Journal

Stephen Shank Award for Excellence in Teaching (2012, 2014, 2016), Capella University

FlexPath Trailblazer Award  (2015), Capella University

Vice President, Black Mental Health Alliance (BMHA) Board of Directors

Member, Pro Bono Counseling Board of Directors

Associate Editor, The Independent Practitioner (APA: Division 42)

Editorial Board Member, Practice Innovations (APA: Division 42)

Member-at-Large, Division 42: Psychologists in Independent Practice (APA)

Chair, Rho Xi Omega Chapter Mental Health Awareness Committee (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.)

Member, Maryland Psychological Association (MPA)

Member, Maryland Counseling Association (MCA)

Member, American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (DAAETS)

Member, American Counseling Association (ACA)

  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES)

  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development (AMCD)

Member, Association for Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

Member, American Psychological Association (APA)

  • Division 2 (The Society for the Teaching of Psychology)

  • Division 28 (Psychopharmacology and Substance Abuse)

  • Division 35 (The Society for the Psychology of Women)

    • Section 1 (Psychology of Black Women)

  • Division 36 Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

  • Division 42 (Psychologists in Independent Practice)

  • Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)

Professional Affiliations

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