Remove the mask

and hang up your cape.


Dr. Ricks combines her personal life experiences with over 20 years of research and teaching. She completed her bachelors and master degrees as a single parent after experiencing an unplanned pregnancy in college. At the age of 38, she decided to return to school for her Ph.D. as a working mother of three.


Being determined to "get it done", Dr. Ricks experienced burnout and fatigue, and began to realize that she was wearing a mask by pretending to be okay. She now works daily to remind herself and others that it is "okay to not be okay."