Trauma Center Clinical Supervisors

Suzanne Allen, Ph.D.

Suzanne Allen, Ph.D. received her doctorate from the University of Memphis and completed her internship at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center, in Worcester, MA. She has worked for over 25 years in various community settings with children and families who have experienced trauma, particularly around adoption and attachment issues and the impact on physical, family and social functioning. She takes a multi-faceted approach to intervention. Dr. Allen has received training in many different approaches to treating families affected by trauma including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Dan Hughes, Ph.D.) and Internal Family Systems (Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.) and incorporates these tools in her work.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Treatment of Dissociation, Pathways to Permanency

Risheen Brown, LICSW

Risheen Maheswaran Brown, LICSW is a staff clinician at the Trauma Center. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in multiple settings including residential treatment, schools and outpatient clinics. She received her MSW from New York University and has completed post-master's training in child and family therapy at NYU and integrated trauma treatment at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy. Her interests include mind-body approaches to trauma treatment and working with attachment and dissociation.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center:Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, EMDR (Level II), Somatic Experiencing

Marta Casas, LMHC, M.Ed

Marta Casas has been part of the Trauma Center since 2002, and is currently in a clinical supervisory role. She graduated from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, as a Clinical Psychologist in 1981 and in 2002 moved to the US to deepen her training in psychological trauma. Her professional experience both in Colombia and the US includes clinical and programmatic work in the field of mental health and trauma. In 2007, Marta was trained and is now part of the alumni of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Between 2007-2011 she coordinated the Latino Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, a SAMHSA-funded program at the Latin American Health Institute in Boston; later on, between 2011-2014 Marta did clinical work and supervision at the Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center. In 2014 she was appointed Director of Clinical Services at the Justice Resource Institute in Needham, MA, where she is currently a Consultant on clinical and diversity issues. Marta has a private practice in Cambridge, MA, and is completing analytic training as a candidate at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Clinical Supervisor

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Clinical Supervision and Consultation

Amy Fingland, Psy.D.

Amy Fingland, Psy.D. is currently a staff clinician at the Trauma Center and Director of trauma-informed services at the van der Kolk Center at Glenhaven Academy and Pelham Academy, two JRI residential treatment programs for traumatized youth. Dr. Fingland received her Master's degree and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from William James College. She specializes in the integrative treatment of Complex trauma and dissociation and her clinical experience includes work with trauma-impacted children, adolescents, and adults in school, day, residential, outpatient, and inpatient treatment settings. She believes that healing, recovery, and post-traumatic growth is possible through the integration of psychological and body-based treatment approaches. Dr. Fingland provides clinical treatment and training in the Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART) and Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment frameworks.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Training Faculty

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, ARC, DBT, EMDR (Level II), SMART


Heather Finn, LICSW

Heather Finn, LICSW is a supervisor and practicing therapist who specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families impacted by experiences of complex trauma and adversity. She graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 2001, and has experience working in both residential and outpatient treatment settings. Heather worked at the Trauma Center at JRI from 2009-2018 as a staff clinician, supervisor, member of the senior management team, Clinical Director and as a lead trainer and consultant. She has engaged in specialized training in EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART), the Attachment, Regulation Competency (ARC) framework and Parent Child Interaction Therapy adapted for trauma (PCIT-A). Heather currently a maintains a part-time private practice in Boston, MA and is a founding partner of SMARTmoves, LLC providing supervision, consultation and training in Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) to clinicians across the United States. She is also the lead co-author of the article The Boy Who Was Hit in the Face: Somatic Regulation and Processing of Preverbal Complex Trauma, published through the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma in 2017.

Clinical Supervisor

Frances K. Grossman, Ph.D.

Fran Grossman, Ph.D., ABPP, has been a supervisor and faculty member at the Trauma Center since spring of 2002. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Yale University and was on their faculty from 1965-1969. Dr. Grossman taught Ethics in Psychology in the Graduate Program at Boston University until 2002 and is now Emeritus Professor. She taught Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Assessment, and Treatment in the Masters in Counseling Psychology Program at Lesley University until 2013. She and some colleagues wrote "With the Phoenix Rising: Stories from 10 Resilient Women Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse"(Jossey Bass, 1999), as well as more recent journal articles on resilient male abuse survivors.

Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Treatment of Dissociation, Trauma Evaluation

Hilary Hodgdon, Ph.D.

Dr. Hilary Hodgdon is a practicing clinical psychologist, trainer, and researcher specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress. Her research interests center on deepening understanding of the etiology and sequelae of childhood trauma, elucidating mechanisms that convey risk for psychopathology among vulnerable populations, and development and evaluation of trauma-informed treatment approaches. Dr. Hodgdon is the Director of Research Operations at the Trauma Center and a Research Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice in the Department of Psychology at Suffolk University. Dr. Hodgdon also serves as the Co-Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Category II training and technical assistance center, as well as the Director of the LAMP Project, a curriculum development grant funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. Dr. Hodgdon is a certified trainer in the Child Welfare Toolkit and Resource Parent Curriculums of the NCTSN and the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment framework for children with complex trauma. Dr. Hodgdon has provided training in the neurobiology and developmental impact of trauma and evidenced based interventions for traumatic stress to a variety of professional groups including prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, social workers, mental health practitioners, and administrative, milieu and nursing staff at outpatient, residential, inpatient and community mental health settings. Dr. Hodgdon received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research, Senior Administrative Team

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Psychological/ Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, DBT, TF-CBT, Treatment of Dissociation, EMDR (Level II), SMART


Elizabeth K. Hopper, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Hopper is a Senior Manager and the Director of Clinical Supervisory Services at the Trauma Center. She specializes in the treatment of people whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma and is a clinician, supervisor, trainer, and consultant. Dr. Hopper is also the Chief Program Officer for the Trauma Center’s Anti-trafficking Programs. As part of this work, she directs Project REACH, a national anti-human trafficking program that offers direct services and training and technical assistance to cross-discipline professionals; oversees the New England Coalition Against Trafficking, a regional anti-trafficking coalition; co-chairs the Mental Health Council of HEAL Trafficking, a national network of health care professionals; and co-chairs the TRuST Collaborative, an international network of mental health professionals. Dr. Hopper is co-author of two books, Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: Component-Based Psychotherapy (2018, Guilford Press) and Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body (2011, North Atlantic Books). She has written numerous articles about human trafficking, homelessness, and the treatment of complex trauma. Dr. Hopper completed a Master of Science (1999) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2001) at St. Louis University, an internship at the Medical College of Virginia (2001), and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center in Boston (2003). She has received advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Training (EMDR), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Crisis Intervention, Bereavement, and EEG biofeedback (Neurofeedback). She has particular interests in body-based intervention, cross-cultural work, and integration across treatment models.

Staff Clinician, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, NCTSI, Family Network Evaluation Services, Project Reach, Senior Administrative Team

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), DBT, CBT, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, PCIT, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Neurofeedback, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy


Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, Psy.D., RPT-S

Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, Psy.D., RPT-S is a clinical supervisor and EDMR consult facilitator at the Trauma Center. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford in 2006.

She is a Registered Play Therapist – Supervisor, and has received specialized training in Attachment, Regulation, and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TC-TSY), Trauma –focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Theraplay, and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-A). She is working towards becoming an EMDRIA-approved consultant, and is an EMDR (Level II) clinician. Additionally, she is an Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultant.

Dr. Lefebre-McGevna’s clinical and research interests center on the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. She has experience working with young children (0-5), adult survivors of severe childhood abuse and neglect, and combat veterans with PTSD. She has worked in residential treatment, psychiatric inpatient and community mental health settings, and schools, and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level. She has provided trainings around the country integrating play therapy and evidence- based trauma practices.

Clinical Supervisor

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Trauma Evaluation

Jana Pressley, Psy.D.

Jana Pressley is Director of Training and Professional Development at the Trauma Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Richmont Graduate University. Dr. Pressley was formerly the Clinical Training and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Wheaton College Graduate School. Her research interests are focused on the experience of court-involved young adults who have suffered relational trauma in the midst of chronic poverty and community violence, as well as the impact of complex trauma history on adult spirituality and meaning-making. Dr. Pressley teaches trauma-related courses at the graduate level, and has designed and implemented trauma counseling specialization courses for graduate programs in close collaboration with the Trauma Center senior leadership. Clinically, Dr. Pressley serves as a therapist and supervisor at a community-based counseling center, where she specializes in the treatment of individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. Dr. Pressley founded and directed a non-profit agency for uninsured/underinsured individuals and families in Chattanooga, TN. She is is a national ARC trainer and consultant, and also trains on the impact of trauma on adult spirituality.

Staff Clinician, Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, Senior Administrative Team

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), DBT, TF-CBT, PCIT-A, and SMART

Jackson Ravenscroft, MA Hons, LICSW

Jackson Ravenscroft received an MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work and is the Clinical Administrative Coordinator, Intake Coordinator, Neurofeedback Clinic Coordinator, Supervisor and Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center. Jackson has previously worked clinically in residential, inpatient and emergency settings with children, adolescents and adults, and currently also works in private practice with adults. Jackson has clinical sub-specialties in dissociative adaptions to trauma and trauma-informed care for transgender, queer and gender non-conforming/non-binary individuals. Jackson draws from strength-based, mindfulness and body-based treatments, and has particular strength and interest in dissociative parts work (Component Based Psychotherapy), integration of sensorimotor psychotherapy and EMDR and biofeedback interventions. Jackson is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Levels I and II (in progress), EMDR Levels I and II, Neurofeedback, Biofeedback, ARC, SMART, TF-CBT, Psychological First Aid and has completed the Trauma Center certificate program in traumatic stress studies.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Expressive Arts Therapy, ARC, TF-CBT

Rona Sandberg, LICSW

Founder and Director of the Pathways to Permanency Program (P2P), Coordinator and Clinician of the VOCA Child Abuse Program, and Clinical Supervisor, Rona is a licensed clinical social worker (LICSW) who has been a staff member of The Trauma Center since 1999. Rona has extensive experience working with complexly traumatized children and their families and specializes in the area of attachment, foster care/adoption specific issues and sexual abuse. Rona provides a range of clinical services including caregiver consultations, individual, family and dyadic treatment, and trauma evaluations. Through the P2P program, Rona works closely with DCF and private foster care and adoption agencies. Rona received her Master's degree in Social Work from New York University in 1997 and has been practicing in the fields of childhood trauma and child welfare for the past 20 years.

Staff Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, VOCA Services, Pathways to Permanency

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level I), ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Pathways to Permanency

Linda T. (Lynn) Sanford, LICSW

Linda T. (Lynn) Sanford, LICSW began her career over 40 years ago working with victims of sexual assault. She has also worked for twenty years with youth who have been convicted of crimes against people (homicide, manslaughter, and multiple sexual assaults).In 2013 and 2014, Sanford worked as a Military Family Life Consultant on Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, Japan. She also worked with children whose parents were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.

In 2009, Sanford achieved the rank of Professor of Practice. She taught at various graduate schools of social work for 25 years. She is the author of Strong at the Broken Places: Building Resiliency in the Lives of Survivors (1990, 2004) and The Silent Children (1980). Sanford is also co-author of Women and Self-Esteem (1984) and In Defense of Ourselves (1978).

Sanford received the Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers "Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Practice Award" and the Devereux Foundation "Legacy of Caring Award" in 2010.

Interim Clinical Director

Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.

Elizabeth Warner is a licensed psychologist with 40 years of experience working with children and families in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings, schools, mental health clinics and residential treatment, as well as in her private practice. Early in her career, she spent 15 years working with severely disordered children including traumatized children and their parents, using innovative treatment methodologies and videotape for process study at the Language & Cognitive Development Center.

In the last 12 years, her focus has been on development of innovative treatment for children from 1.5 years to 22 years whose lives have been impacted by chronic stress and complex trauma, and their caregivers. As project director at the Trauma Center at JRI, a center of excellence in trauma treatment, training and research, she oversaw training and consultation in Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) for outpatient, in-home, therapeutic day school, and residential treatment settings in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong. She also collaborated with Tiffany Naste of JRI and her community-based therapists to develop SMART applications for in-home therapy, and constructed two videotape coding systems for studying regulatory processes in treatment.

As a partner in SMARTMoves LLC, she continues to train and consult to therapists. She is conducting research through videotape study and treatment outcome studies, in order to test out hypotheses about the impact of sensory motor interventions and somatic regulation. Dr. Warner is on the Board of The Trauma Research Foundation, and maintains a private practice for adult psychotherapy and parent consultation in Brookline, MA.

Clinical Supervisor


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Trauma Center at JRI awarded federal grant of $633,405 to help those affected by human trafficking


Suffolk University and the Trauma Center at JRI Receive $3 Million National Child Traumatic Stress Network Grant


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