Who We Are -- Trauma Center Staff

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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


Joshua Arvidson, MSS, LCSW

Joshua Arvidson, LCSW is the Director of the Alaska Child Trauma Center at ACMHS, a center specializing in treating young children who have experienced complex trauma. Joshua is also the Founder and Director of the Anchorage Childcare Mental Health Consultation Program where he leads a multi-agency team providing trauma-informed mental health consultation to childcare and early learning programs. Joshua also serves as the statewide coordinator for Alaska's Childcare Mental Health Consultation Network and the Alaska Early Childhood Mental Health Learning Network. He is a Director and former Board President for an Infant Learning and Early Education Program that provides developmental services to children 0-3 and teaches courses on child trauma for the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Adjunct Training Faculty


Naomi Azar, Ph.D.

Naomi Azar, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow and staff clinician at the Trauma Center. She received her degree from Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY and completed her predoctoral psychology internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. Dr. Azar specializes in the intergenerational transmission of trauma and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults across a wide range of treatment modalities. She has also worked internationally to advance interventions targeted to treat the needs of vulnerable children. Dr. Azar has experience with individual, couples, family, dyadic, and group therapy. She is also a licensed yoga instructor and bodywork practitioner.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Project REACH

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Expressive Arts Therapy, Treatment of Dissociation, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, DBT, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment


Alyssa Brelsford, LCSW

Alyssa Brelsford, LCSW is a Post-Graduate Social Work Fellow at the Trauma Center. Ms. Brelsford is also on the research team conducting a randomized, controlled community-based effectiveness trial for the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework. She obtained her Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Columbia University. Ms. Brelsford’s clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents and adults in school, outpatient, in-home and residential settings. Her clinical interests include attachment-based therapies, dissociative parts work, and utilizing yoga in healing and psychotherapy.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: ARC, TF-CBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation


Ernestine Briggs-King, Ph.D.

Dr. Ernestine Briggs-King is the Honorary Research Chair at the Trauma Center. She serves as a mentor to Director of Research Operations, Hilary Hodgdon, Ph.D., helping to shape the vision, enhance the scientific rigor, and broaden the reach of the Research Department into the next generation. Dr. Briggs-King is Director of the Data and Evaluation Program at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Duke University. A longstanding colleague of the Trauma Center, Dr. Briggs-King is a co-investigator on the prestigious Longitudinal Study of Child Abuse & Neglect (LONGSCAN), is a recipient of the NIH/NICHD funded Long-Term Minority Investigator Research Supplement, and is a national expert on the intersection of trauma, culture, gender and systemic issues, as well as on the development and evaluation of interventions with urban, minority youth at risk for maltreatment, delinquency and sexual risk-taking.

Honorary Research Chair


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


Kimberly Cherry, LMFT

Kimberly Cherry, LMFT (she/her/hers) specializes in the treatment of individuals and families for issues related to anxiety, stress, mood, trauma, familial and romantic relationships, sexual and gender identity development, grief and loss. Her background is in community mental health centers, schools, and university counseling clinics. She provides affirming therapy for LGBTQIA-identified individuals and has specialized training in Meditation, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. She uses an integrative approach and is committed to providing a compassionate space, supporting each person toward exploration, self-awareness, change and healing.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Mind-Body approaches, EMDR(II), CBT


Alice Connors-Kellgren, Ph.D.

Alice Connors-Kellgren, Ph.D. is a postdoctoral fellow at the Trauma Center. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and completed her predoctoral training at South Shore Mental Health. She has worked with children and adolescents with complex trauma across a variety of settings, including inpatient units, schools, outpatient clinics, and medical settings. Her interests include complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, and the effects of poverty on mental health and development.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: ARC, SMART, DBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment


Gabriel Corens, LCSW

Gabriel Corens, LCSW is a post-graduate social work fellow at the Trauma Center and project coordinator of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network. He completed his masters in social work from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2017. Mr. Corens has clinical experience in outpatient counseling and community based mental health and has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in English and Spanish. He has also worked in the fields of contemplative and experiential education in the United States and internationally. Mr. Corens has particular interests in supporting individuals and families impacted by complex trauma through attachment, relational, and body-based therapies.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, NCTSI

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, DBT


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

 


Stacey Forrest, M.Ed.

Stacey Forrest, M.Ed., is currently the Director of The Susan Wayne Center of Excellence and the Susan Wayne Center Clinical Day School of JRI. Stacey has been with JRI for nine years, seven of which were at The van der Kolk Center, Glenhaven Academy, prior to moving to JRI’s Connecticut Division. As an administrator and later Director of several residential treatment settings, Stacey assisted with several major programmatic change initiatives, with a special focus on transitioning programs to more trauma-informed practices and the implementation of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Attachment (ARC) model. Stacey has also played key roles in staff development initiatives, as well as the creation of an agency-wide intervention model. As an adjunct training faculty for The Trauma Center at JRI, Stacey provides training to organizations seeking to adopt trauma-informed treatment models, as well as presents on this topic nationwide.

Adjunct Training Faculty


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

 


Michelle Horner, Psy.D.

Michelle Horner, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center. She received her degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and completed her predoctoral internship at Oregon State Hospital. Dr. Horner has provided therapy and assessment for chronically traumatized children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including forensic, community-based, school, and medical settings. Dr. Horner has also studied internationally concerning socio-political and intergenerational transmission of trauma as well as cultural adaptations to trauma treatment. She has a special interest in chronic and complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, cultural and sociopolitical trauma, and the impact of gender and attachment.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment

 


Elizabeth James, JD

Liz James works as the Training Division Coordinator, focusing in communication with potential and current contractees, and providing assistance to the various clinicians and educational programs run by the Trauma Center’s Training and Education department. She graduated with a JD from Drake Law School in 2014, as well as a B.S. in Education and a B.A. in English from Drake University in 2010. Liz is trained in the TLPI system of Trauma-Informed Care, the Crisis Prevention Institute method for de-escalation with children, arbitration, mediation, trial advocacy, and legal research and writing. Before coming to the Trauma Center, Liz completed clinical legal work as a student attorney in the capacity of Guardian ad Litem for the Polk County, Iowa, Juvenile Court System. She interned for the Iowa Attorney General’s Office with the Department of Human Services, rebutting appeals in child abuse cases, and worked for 8 years as a Milieu Treatment Counselor for children with emotional and behavioral disorders.

Administrative Staff

 


Cynthia Kennedy, LICSW

Cynthia Kennedy, LICSW is a consultant for Project REACH, a Trauma Center program that offers trauma-focused mental health services to victims of human trafficking and consultation and training to providers working with trafficking victims throughout the United States. Ms. Kennedy received a Masters in Social Work and Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College. She completed a post-graduate fellowship in trauma and post-traumatic stress at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Hospital. She has worked clinically with asylum seekers, immigrants, and survivors of complex trauma.

Project REACH

 


 

Kristine Kinniburgh, LICSW

Kristine Kinniburgh has worked with complexly traumatized children in a range of settings, including state funded residential & after school programs, hospital settings, alternative educational settings, transitional living programs and in the Boston Public Schools. She is the originator and co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework, and co-author of the text, "Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents", published by Guilford Press. She has consulted on this framework with agencies across the U.S.

Senior Training Consultant, Training Faculty, NCTSI


Dominique Malebranche, Ph.D.

Dominique Malebranche, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow and staff clinician at the Trauma Center. She received her degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri in Columbia and completed her pre-doctoral psychology internship at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in California. She specializes in gender-based violence and exploitation prevention, mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, cross-cultural competencies and trauma-informed care across the lifespan. She is interested in global mental health, has served internationally in various social justice projects, and has experience working with marginalized populations in a variety of therapy modalities. Dr. Malebranche is also a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor.

Staff Clinician, Project REACH, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, DBT. Mind-Body approaches, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment


Lia Martin, Ph.D.

Lia Martin, Ph.D. is the Associate Director of Quality Management at JRI and Assistant Research Director at the Trauma Center. Dr. Martin oversees CATS, JRI’s large-scale agency-wide, longitudinal clinical outcomes tracking database. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University. There she conducted research on the clinical outcomes of adult and child survivors of intimate partner violence. Dr. Martin has worked clinically with children, adolescents and adults in both outpatient and community mental health settings. While completing her pre-doctoral internship at the Yale School of Medicine she worked with young adults with complex trauma histories living in the context of urban poverty. She also has a graduate specialization in early childhood development.

Research Faculty, Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: DBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, SMART


Katherine McCarthy, Ph.D.

Katie McCarthy, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow and Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center. She received her doctoral degree from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Francisco, CA. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Community Healthlink Youth and Family Services, an APA accredited program affiliated with the UMass Memorial Behavioral Health System in Worcester, MA. Dr. McCarthy specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex trauma, PTSD, and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. She is interested in research on evidence-based treatments and clinical treatment outcomes, and she is the Project Coordinator of the first randomized controlled community-based effectiveness trial for the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) framework. Dr. McCarthy has experience working with children, adolescents, families, and adults in community mental health centers, schools, residential programs, and a juvenile justice center.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Expressive Arts Therapy, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, DBT, SMART, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment


Sinead McLaughlin, LICSW

Sinead McLaughlin, LICSW is a bilingual psychotherapist with over 15 years of clinical experience working both nationally and internationally. After receiving her Masters of Social Work (MSW) from Smith College in 2000, Ms. McLaughlin moved to Quito, Ecuador where she served as the Dean of Counseling at La Universidad San Francisco de Quito and as a clinician at the country’s first and only eating disorders clinic. Upon her return to Boston in 2007, Ms. McLaughlin continued to serve the Spanish-speaking population at a community health center. Prior to her professional career, she gained a great appreciation and respect for cultural differences through her experiences living abroad in Argentina, Spain, Costa Rica, and France, as well as extensive travels through Western and Eastern Europe and Central and South America.

Staff Clinician, VOCA Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR(Level II), Treatment of Dissociation (IFS), ARC, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, TF-CBT, Pathways to Permanency, SMART


Carryl P. Navalta, Ph.D.

Carryl P. Navalta, Ph.D. is a clinical researcher affiliated with Children's Hospital Boston and is appointed as Instructor in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Navalta's background includes applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, including the use of exposure-based strategies. He has also been formally trained in Trauma Systems Therapy and provides consultation and training to agencies for the adoption and implementation of this evidence-based treatment model for childhood traumatic stress. At the Trauma Center, he is a site supervisor for the multisite Developmental Trauma Disorder field trial. Dr. Navalta is a licensed psychologist in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and maintains a part-time private practice.

Research Associate


Mariah Rooney O'Brien, LCSW, RYT

Mariah Rooney O'Brien, LCSW, RYT (she/her/hers) is a postgraduate social work fellow at the Trauma Center and Project Coordinator for the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders. She received her MSW from St. Catherine University and University of St. Thomas School of Social Work in St. Paul, MN and completed a post-graduate fellowship at Hamm Memorial Psychiatric Clinic in St. Paul, MN. Ms. Rooney provides integrative assessment and treatment of complex trauma and dissociation, and her clinical experience includes work with children, adolescents and adults in outpatient, community, hospital and specialty care settings. Her clinical and research interests include attachment, complex trauma, intergenerational trauma, race- and gender-based trauma, body-focused interventions, and the intersections of mental health and social justice.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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


Kelly Pratt, LICSW

Kelly Pratt, LICSW, is a staff clinician, consultant, supervisor and faculty trainer at the Trauma Center. Ms. Pratt received her MSW from Boston University and has worked clinically with child and adult survivors of chronic/complex trauma in individual and family therapy for over a decade. She has worked in a variety of settings including hospitals, community mental health agencies and residential programs. As a member of the training faculty at the Trauma Center, Ms. Pratt has provided local and national trainings on the impact across the lifespan. Ms. Pratt has a particular interest in dissociative coping and complex adaptations to trauma and draws from psychological, feminist relational and body-based perspectives.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, GLBTQ services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: CBT, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, PCIT, Trauma/ Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Neurofeedback, EMDR (Level II), Pathways to Permanency


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, LCSW

Ms. Ravenscroft received an MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work and is a Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center. She has worked clinically in residential, inpatient and emergency settings with children, adolescents and adults. She has also worked with HIV/AIDS impacted youth in West Africa and children impacted by homelessness in Boston. Ms. Ravenscroft has clinical and research interests in dissociative adaptions to trauma and in racism, poverty, oppression and other forms of socioeconomic trauma. Ms. Ravenscroft draws from strength-based, mindfulness and body-based treatments, traumatic stress neurobiology, Internal Family Systems and expressive art therapies.

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


Janice Stubblefield-Tave, LICSW

A licensed clinical social worker, Janice has over 25 years of experience with child and adult trauma survivors, and has worked at the Trauma Center for thirteen years. In addition to providing individual therapy to children and adults, she facilitates groups. She was part of the original group of staff members who, seven years ago, set off on the adventure of learning and practicing Neurofeedback.

Staff Clinician, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, VOCA Services

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

 


Rosalie Suescun, Psy.D.

Dr. Suescun has been affiliated with The Trauma Center for two decades. She received a Master's Degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and holds a Doctor of Psychology degree from Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). Dr. Suescun completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at The Trauma Center. She also completed a two year post-doctoral fellowship at Two Brattle Center with a focus on Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Couples/Family work. Dr. Suescun's doctoral thesis focused on the integration of attachment and trauma in the treatment of adults. This interest continues in her work with individuals with Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders. Dr. Suescun is also interested in the acute experience of trauma following catastrophic events and has responded to acute events in school settings and safe houses. She was a member of the Trauma Center World Trade Center Crisis Team and the IBM International Crisis Team that responded to the Hurricane Katrina crisis.

Staff Clinician, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level I), Treatment of Dissociation, Trauma Evaluation, Couples Therapy


Michael Suvak, Ph.D.

Michael Suvak, Ph.D., Senior Research Associate. Michael has been providing methodological and statistical consulting for a variety of projects at the Trauma Center for a number of years. He assisted with data analysis for several projects including the randomized controlled trial investigating yoga as an adjunctive treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder (van der Kolk et al., 2014) and the first trials providing evidence for the efficacy of neurofeedback training in treating PTSD (Gapen et al., 2016; van der Kolk et al., 2016). Michael involvement with the trauma center recently increased as he is serving as the Principle Investigator for the current funding cycle of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network (CTTN), which started September of 2016. This currently funded project is a continuation and extension of the CTTN, which is a network within the National Childhood Traumatic stress Network (NCTSN) established in 2009 and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) to develop, adapt, and disseminate evidence-based child/family complex trauma interventions (CTI’s). In addition to serving as the Principal Investigator on the project and working with the leadership team to successfully implement the project, Michael serves as the Director of the Evaluation Team for the project. An increase in scope and rigor of the impact of the trainings provided by the CTTN is an important extension of the currently funded project.

Michael is as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University. His tenure has been recently approved, with his promotion to Associate Professor of Psychology starting July 1, 2017. At Suffolk University Michael teaches (primarily methodology focused classes at both the undergraduate and graduate level), supervises students in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Suffolk, and is active in research in several areas. Michael has authored or co-authored 66 peer-reviewed publications. His primary scientific contributions over the past five years can be divided into three categories: 1) the application of sophisticated, cutting edge multivariate statistics, 2) the impact of trauma exposure on psychosocial functioning, and 3) the nature and function of emotion and how emotional processes contribute to mental disorders. He has collaborated with leading scholars in the areas of traumatic stress and emotion and regularly publishes in top-tiered journals including the Journal of the American Medical Association, the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. Michael’s strength as a researcher is both the breadth and depth of knowledge of various research methodologies including advanced quantitative analysis, measurement, psychophysiological assessment, and a variety of social-cognitive experimental/laboratory paradigms.

Advanced statistical consultant, Research associate and Principal investigator of the CTTN


Jenn Turner, LMHC, RYT

Jenn Turner, LMHC, RYT is Coordinator of the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center.She is a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher who leads Trauma-Sensitive women’s yoga classes at the Trauma Center. Ms. Turner also has experience working with adults and adolescents in outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization and residential treatment facilities. She received her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Trauma Specialization from Lesley University.

Yoga Service


Kimika Watkins, LMHC

Kimika Watkins, LMHC is a staff clinician at the Trauma Center. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults impacted by trauma and life adversity, providing individual, family, couples and group therapy. She takes a multi-faceted approach to intervention using her training in DBT, IFS, ARC, EMDR, and Family Systems Therapy. Her clinical interests include attachment and resilience, the intergenerational transmission of trauma, family systems intervention, addiction, and culturally-sensitive trauma-informed care. Her broad clinical background comes from her work in outpatient clinics, schools, in-home family services, a domestic violence agency, emergency services and refugee service.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, DBT, SMART, Family and Couples Therapy


Constance Wilkinson, LMHC, MFA

Constance Wilkinson, LMHC, MFA is a clinician at the Trauma Center treating adults and children with complex PTSD and dissociative disorders. She has experience working with adult and child surivors of severe abuse and neglect, as well as combat and non-combat veterans with PTSD. She uses a present-oriented, mindfulness-based approach to encourage an increased capacity to self-regulate. A student of meditation in the Tibetan tradition since 1978, she studied Tibetan and Nepali at Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu, Nepal; she taught ESL and writing while studying philosophy and meditation with distinguished refugee teachers. After a decade in Nepal, she returned to the U.S. and began working with behaviorally-disordered adolescents in a residential school. In 2000, she trained in EMDR and received a Master's Degree in counseling psychology from Lesley University. Ms. Wilkinson has had a long interest in the expressive arts, including work in experimental theater and dance; she has an MFA in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), Treatment of Dissociation, Expressive Arts Therapy, Clinical Hypnosis

 


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