Senior Administrative Team


Heather Finn, LICSW

Heather Finn, LICSW is the Clinical Director, clinician, supervisor and trainer at the Trauma Center. Heather specializes the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma, and has particular interest in the areas of adoption/foster care, attachment and resiliency. She is trained in EMDR (level 2), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (level 1), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART) and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT-A) approaches to treatment. Heather is also a trainer and consultant for the SMART and ARC programs at the center. Prior to her work at the Trauma Center, Heather has clinical experience working with children and families in shelter, residential treatment and outpatient mental health treatment settings. She graduated from Smith College School for Social Work in 2001.


Hilary Hodgdon, Ph.D.

Hilary Hodgdon is the Director of Research Operations at the Trauma Center and Director of Trauma Informed Services at the van der Kolk Center, a residential treatment facility for youth ages 12 to 22 years specializing the treatment of complex trauma. She also serves as an Associate Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a SAMSHA Category II training network housed at the Trauma Center. Dr. Hodgdon received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia in 2010 and has worked clinically with children and families in community mental health settings. Her research interests center on the crossover of youth from the child welfare to juvenile justice systems, the impact of early trauma on the development of psychopathology during adolescence, longitudinal outcomes of trauma-impacted youth and alternative treatments for complex trauma. Dr. Hodgdon is particularly interested in the assessment of children and youth involved in foster care and in issues related to the overlap between the mental health, child welfare and juvenile justice systems. She is trained in sensory-motor therapy for children (SMART), Eye Movement Desensitization Training (EMDR), EEG biofeedback (Neurofeedback) and Trauma-focused CBT.

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.


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.


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