Senior Administrative Team


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.

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.


Gender Neutral Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class on Saturdays


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


Books by Trauma Center Faculty and Colleagues available on