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


Elisabeth Bailey, DNP

Elisabeth Bailey, DNP is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boston College’s Connell School of Nursing. In addition to teaching in the graduate psychiatric nursing program at BC, she provides psychiatry services for children, adolescents and adults at the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Northeastern University and her Master’s in advanced practice psychiatric nursing from Boston College. Her current clinical and teaching interests include depression, anxiety, trauma, and working to educate healthcare providers who employ a compassionate and holistic approach to care.

Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner


Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D.

The Director of the Trauma Training and Education Division at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA.  Dr. Blaustein is a practicing clinical psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of complex childhood trauma.  She is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment framework, designated a promising practice for treatment of childhood trauma by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and co-author of the text, "Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents", published by Guilford Press. She has provided extensive didactic and interactive training to clinicians, educators, professionals, and consumers regarding the impact of and intervention for childhood-onset traumaIn addition to clinical practice, Dr. Blaustein is involved in research on the impact of trauma on both children and adults, is a member of the Complex Trauma Taskforce of the NCTSN, and is past Chair of the Child Trauma Special Interest Group within the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS)

Staff Clinician, Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, NCTSI, VOCA Services, Research

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


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


Julie F. Brown, Ph.D.

Julie F. Brown, PhD, is the author of the Emotion Regulation Skills System for the Cognitively Challenged Client: A DBT™-Informed Approach (2016). Julie is the director of the Skills System at Justice Resource Institute and an adjunct faculty at the Trauma Center at JRI. She is an independently licensed social worker and has provided individual and group therapy for individuals with complex learning and behavioral health issues for over 25 years. She has been a DBT trainer with Behavioral Tech, LLC (Linehan Institute) since 2005, specializing in improving the accessibility of DBT for individuals with cognitive impairments/behavioral health issues. In addition to publishing articles and book chapters addressing issues related to intellectual disabilities, Julie authored the book The Skills System Instructor’s Guide: An Emotion Regulation Skills Curriculum for All Learning Abilities in 2011. She has presented and trained extensively on the topics of intellectual disabilities, the Skills System, DBT, and the treatment of sexual abusers in the US and abroad.

Adjunct Training Faculty


Emma Cardeli, Ph.D.

Emma Cardeli, Ph.D. is a staff clinician at the Trauma Center. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from The Catholic University of America, with a concentration in Children, Families, and Cultures. Dr. Cardeli completed her pre-doctoral internship at Boston Children's Hospital. She has experience working with traumatized children, adolescents, and adults in multiple settings, including inpatient psychiatric and medical facilities, outpatient clinics, Washington, D.C. Superior Court, and eating disorder centers. Her research and clinical interests focus on severe psychopathology, correlates of violence, and international/cultural issues related to trauma and resiliency.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Expressive Arts, TF-CBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, SMART


Marta Casas, LMHC, M.Ed

Marta Casas graduated from Javeriana University in Bogotá, Colombia, as a Clinical Psychologist in 1981. In 2002, Marta moved to Boston to become part of the clinical team at the Trauma Center at JRI, where she continues providing clinical consultation for DCF-involved cases and conducting trauma evaluations of unaccompanied minors and survivors of trafficking. In 2007, Marta was trained and is now part of the alumni of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma. Her professional experience includes Clinical and Programmatic work in the field of mental health and trauma. Between 2007-2011 Marta coordinated the Latino Child Traumatic Stress Initiative, a SAMHSA-funded program at the Latin American Health Institute in Boston; between 2011-2014 Marta did clinical work and supervision at the Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center. Since 2007, Marta has been a longstanding and active member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and is currently one of the co-chairs for the NCTSN Translations Review Committee. At present, Marta is the Director of Clinical Services at the Justice Resource Institute, where she oversees the agency’s Clinical Review Team, provides ongoing support to Program Directors and Clinical Supervisors, participates in the development of clinical and culture-related trainings, and leads the agency’s Cultural Responsiveness Initiative, among other responsibilities. Marta has a private practice in Cambridge, MA, and is an Analytic Candidate at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Bilingual (Spanish/English), Bicultural Clinical Consultant

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Trauma Evaluations of Unaccompanied Minors and Survivors of Human Trafficking, Clinical Consultation for the Pathways to Permanency Program


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


Paola Michelle Contreras, Psy.D.

Dr. Contreras is a consultant for Project REACH, a trauma center/JRI program that serves victims of human trafficking throughout the United States. Dr. Contreras received her Psy.D. from William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology), and completed her internship and postgraduate training at Harvard Medical School's Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the Cambridge Health Alliance. Dr. Contreras also holds a clinical psychology licentiate degree from Universidad Rafael Landivar in Guatemala. She is an assistant professor at William James College in Newton, MA and a visiting scholar at Universidad del Valle in Guatemala City. Dr. Contreras has conducted U.S. based and international research on human trafficking in Latin America, and she is Lead Researcher of William James College's Human Trafficking Community Research Hub.

Project REACH, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation


Alexandra Cook, Ph.D.

Alexandra Cook, Ph.D., Associate Director and the Director of Development, has been at the Trauma Center since 1995. Dr. Cook graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Psychology and then obtained her M.A. and Ph.D. at Boston University. After completing her post-doctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center, she went on to become the Director of Children's Services from 1997 until 2004. Dr. Cook has a special interest in trauma evaluations and psychological testing. She has co-authored a book, With the Phoenix Rising: Lessons form Ten Resilient Women Who Overcame the Trauma of Childhood Sexual Abuse, and been the lead author on a White Paper, Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents.

Associate Director, Staff Clinician, Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consulation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, NCTSI, Neurofeedback


Gabriel Corens, MSW

Gabriel Corens, MSW 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


 

David Emerson, E-RYT

Dave is the Founder and Director of Yoga Services for the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. He was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH funded study, conducted by Dr. Bessel van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga instruction with severely traumatized adults with PTSD. Mr. Emerson has extensive experience in the instruction of yoga with PTSD in various populations, and has developed, conducted, and supervised yoga groups for several rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, military bases, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics. In addition to co-authoring several scholarly articles on the subject of yoga and trauma, Mr. Emerson is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and author of the recently released, Trauma Sensitive Yoga (Norton, 2015). He leads trainings for yoga teachers and mental health clinicians in North America, Europe, and Asia.

Yoga Services, Training Faculty

 


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 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.

Associate Clinical Director, Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Expressive Arts Therapy, ARC, 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


Mark Gapen, Ph.D.

Dr. Gapen began his career working on an NIMH-funded study of risks and resilience factors for PTSD in a large urban hospital in Atlanta, GA. Additionally, Dr. Gapen worked in the Atlanta VA, and community and academic health settings before beginning a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center in Boston, MA. During his fellowship, Dr. Gapen earned a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies, worked with chronically traumatized individuals of all ages, and was the research coordinator for a study investigating the effectiveness of neurofeedback in ameliorating the physiological symptoms associated with PTSD. More recently, Dr. Gapen was the Clinical Research Psychologist for the Uniformed Services Program at the Brattleboro Retreat. In this role, Dr. Gapen provided direct service to police, firefighters, active and retired military, corrections officers, and other uniformed service professionals. Currently, Dr. Gapen is the Internship Program Manager for the Psychology Predoctoral Internship Program at Community Services Institute, Inc. In this role, he has led an initiative to train interns in neurofeedback. Additionally, Dr. Gapen continues to collaborate on research iniatives with the Trauma Center. He is the clinical research supervisor for the neurofeedback study. Dr. Gapen has extensive experience working in multi-disciplinary settings and incorporates multiple contextual factors into his conceptualization of psychopathology.

Clinical Research 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.

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.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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.

Program Director of Project REACH, Dr. Hopper received her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University and completed her Clinical Psychology internship at the Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Hopper is the Director of Project REACH, a program that serves victims of human trafficking throughout the United States. Dr. Hopper has conducted national outreach on traumatic stress and complex trauma, focusing on cross-discipline training. She provides trauma-informed consultation in homeless shelters and to community-based clinicians. Dr. Hopper is currently a staff psychologist and supervisor at the Trauma Center.

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

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


Sarah Kostecki, LMHC, RDT

Sarah Kostecki, LMHC, RDT, is a staff clinician at the Trauma Center and is a Registered Drama Therapist. She received her Master’s in Expressive Therapies and Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. Ms. Kostecki's clinical experience includes work with trauma-impacted children, adolescents, and adults in school, residential, and inpatient mental health treatment settings, including JRI's residential program, the van der Kolk Center, Glenhaven Academy. She also has training and work experience with children and adolescents with developmental delays and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Ms. Kostecki is a troupe member of JRI's intervention, Trauma Drama, a program that utilizes theater and improvisational techniques to increase regulation skills, self-esteem, and trauma processing/integration in adolescents with complex trauma.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Expressive Arts, ARC, SMART


Denise Kyte, MS

Denise Kyte, MS is a practicum student at the Trauma Center. She graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2007 with a BS in Psychology and from Suffolk University in 2016 with an MS in Mental Health Counseling. At present, Ms. Kyte is a PhD student in Suffolk University’s Clinical Psychology program, conducting developmentally-focused research. She has clinical experience with diverse populations in inpatient, outpatient, and private practice settings. Her passion is research, assessment, and intervention in the areas of developmental and relational trauma. Ms. Kyte’s specific interests include complex trauma, attachment-based therapies, and sensorimotor approaches to treatment.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

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


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

Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna, Psy.D., RPT-S is a clinical supervisor and EMDR 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


Erin Lemire, MSW, LICSW

Erin Lemire, LICSW is a Staff Clinician and the Clinical Intake Coordinator for the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She specializes in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults who have been impacted by complex and developmental trauma. Ms. Lemire received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and has a comprehensive understanding of a variety of trauma-informed therapeutic approaches. She has pursued more intensive training in the areas of EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and attachment-based psychotherapy and integrates these approaches within her work with clients. Ms. Lemire has experience providing individual, family, and group psychotherapy to clients working through complex and developmental trauma, dissociative disorders, substance abuse issues, anxiety, depression, caregiver challenges, and self-harming behaviors.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy (Level I), Expressive Arts Therapy, Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, PCIT-A, SMART


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


Diana Martinez, MD, M.Sc.

Diana Martinez, MD, M.Sc. is a medical doctor with specialty in Neurological Rehabilitation and 15 years of experience helping severely brain injured patients in the United States, Mexico, Spain, Italy, China, Brazil, Colombia and Honduras. She has developed an integrative intervention to rehabilitate neurological conditions that involves neurofeedback, neuromodulation and nutrition. Her experience led her to study the effects of neurofeedback in epilepsy. Currently she is the CEO of Neocemod Neuromodulation Center, Mexico. Dr. Martinez also co-authored the first book in Spanish on neurofeedback.

Director of Operations, Neurofeedback Clinic

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Neurofeedback


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


Shavonne J. Moore, Ph.D.

Shavonne J. Moore, Ph.D., is a Program Coordinator and Curriculum Development Specialist at the Trauma Center. She is a licensed psychologist who received her Doctorate in Counseling Psychology, from Purdue University. Dr. Moore completed her pre-doctoral training at Boston University School of Medicine / Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology, and her post-doctoral training at the Veteran Affairs (VA) Healthcare System in Boston. These two career endeavors symbolize her longstanding focus on trauma, multiculturalism, and diversity. Through work with the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, she currently provides clinical services for marginalized populations who have experienced lifelong traumas. Dr. Moore is also the founder and Director of a sexual victimization prevention tasks force, named Shatter the Silence Task Force, which operates under the Bethel Institute for Social Justice. She has a strong passion for engaging communities in efforts to end sexual victimization through direct attention to intersecting implications of ethnicity and religion.

Curriculum Development, Training, Project Coordination


Regina Musicaro, M.S.

Regina Musicaro, M.S. is the Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, a predoctoral intern, and a neurofeedback technician at the Trauma Center. She studied psychology concentrating in psychobiology at SUNY New Paltz and then worked as a research assistant at the Harvard University cognitive neuroscience lab. After engaging in community work at home and abroad, she switched her focus from cognitive neuroscience to clinical psychology. She is currently a doctoral student in Suffolk University's Clinical Psychology Program. At Suffolk, she is an Outreach Fellow, working to build a bridge between marginalized communities and the science and practice of mental health care in order to reduce loss caused by adversity, poverty and trauma.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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


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, MSW, LCSW

Mariah Rooney O'Brien, MSW, LCSW 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. She has worked for 3 years with traumatized children, adolescents, and adults who have been impacted by domestic abuse. Additionally, Mariah has experience working with veterans in multiple settings. She is also a yoga and meditation teacher, and often integrates the body and mindfulness practices into her clinical work with clients.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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


McKenna Parnes, MSEd

McKenna Parnes, MSEd is a doctoral student in Suffolk University's Clinical Psychology PhD program. She received an MSEd in Counseling and Mental Health from the University of Pennsylvania. Her clinical and research interests are focused on supporting positive development in underserved youth. Her research has focused on the intergenerational transmission of trauma in military families. She also has experience working clinically with youth of color who have experienced racial stress and trauma.

Staff Clinician, Research


Emily Pluhar, Ph.D.

Emily Pluhar, Ph.D. is a supervisor at the Trauma Center. As a clinical psychologist with a health specialty, she has focused her career on providing care that integrates both the medical and psychological care of patients, and her clinical passion is for providing empirically validated treatment for children and adolescents with a wide range of medical and mental health diagnoses. Dr. Pluhar received her Ph.D. from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center. She then became the Associate Director of the Optimal Weight for Life Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, where her research, protocols and clinical experience have focused on treatment for emotional eating and Obesity. She currently provides psychological services in both the Adolescent Medicine Division and Department of Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

Clinical Supervisor


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

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


Ainat Rogel, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Ainat received her Ph.D. in Computer-Science and Neurobiology from Hebrew University. She has worked in brain research at various places such as MIT, the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging, and Hebrew Univerisity in Jerusalem. In the past few years she focused on neurofeedback research and clinical work at the Mental Health Center in Beer-Sheva, Israel and in Ben-Gurion University. In 2014, Ainat received her MSW from Simmons College and her LCSW shortly after. Currently, she is the coordinator for the Child-Biofeedback Research Study and is providing clinical neurofeedback at the Trauma Center. She is also working as a clinician at Arbour Outpatient Clinic in Jamaica Plain.

Research Staff


Sean Rose, M.Ed.

Sean has more than 18 years of experience in education, treatment, and mental health with families, children and adolescents. He has held various leadership roles in the public and non-profit sectors, and has successfully partnered with state and local government to advocate for and serve youth with complex trauma, mental health, and behavioral health issues. Over his career, Sean has successfully managed programs aimed at enabling youth to develop to their full potential, from residential to recreational. Most recently, Sean was appointed as the Director of Development, Government, and Public Affairs for Justice Resource Institute’s Connecticut division. He earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Lesley University and was awarded a master’s degree in education and school administration from American International College.

Adjunct Training Faculty


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


Alexandra Shuman, LMHC

Lexi Shuman, LMHC is a Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center and Clinical Director at the Walden Street School, a JRI residential program serving adolescent girls. She received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Northeastern University. Ms. Shuman specializes in the treatment of children, adolescents, young adults, and families who have been impacted by complex trauma. Her prior clinical experience includes residential, acute level of care, and outpatient treatment settings, and she has particular interest working in the areas of attachment, adoption/foster care, and dissociation. Lexi utilizes a trauma-informed approach and is trained in ARC and SMART.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: ARC, DBT, SMART, Pathways to Permanency


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 a staff clinician at MBHC and Coordinator of the Yoga Program at the Trauma Center. She received her Masters of Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a Trauma Specialization from Lesley University. Ms. Turner has experience working with adults and adolescents in outpatient clinics, partial hospitalization and residential treatment facilities. She is also a Kripalu-certified yoga teacher who leads Trauma-Sensitive women’s yoga classes and integrates mindfulness practices and the body into her clinical work. Ms. Turner is committed to continuing ongoing training in treating complex trauma, dissociation and addiction.

Yoga Service

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center:Yoga Services


Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

Dr. van der Kolk, Trauma Center Founder and Medical Director, has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s. His work integrates developmental, biological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. His book, Psychological Trauma, was the first integrative text on the subject, painting the far ranging impact of trauma on the entire person and the range of therapeutic issues which need to be addressed for recovery. Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He participated in the first neuroimaging study of PTSD, in the first study to link Borderline Personality Disorder with childhood trauma; was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and is Chair of the NCTSN DSM V workgroup on Developmental Trauma Disorder. His current projects include yoga for treating PTSD, funded by the National Institutes of Health; the use of theater for violence prevention in the Boston public schools, funded by the CDC; the mechanisms of EMDR; sensory integration; and the use of neurofeedback in PTSD. Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, Co-Director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network and Medical Director of the Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, Massachusetts. He continues to teach at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia, Australia, Israel, and China. His book, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society, co-edited with Alexander McFarlane and Lars Weisaeth, explores what we have learned in the past twenty years of the role trauma plays in psychiatric illness. In Dr. van der Kolk's recently released and highly acclaimed book (October 2014), The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma, he transforms our understanding of traumatic stress, revealing how it literally rearranges the brain's wiring and offers a bold new paradigm for healing.

Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, NCTSI, Research, Neurofeedback

 


Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.

Dr. Warner is the lead developer of the Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Treatment (SMART) complex trauma intervention model and Director of the Trauma Center’s SMART program. Dr. Warner has had a psychotherapy practice with adults, adolescents and children in Brookline for the past 25 years. Her specialization is in the area of child and adolescent development, family therapy, and the impact on adults of parenting. Special interests include adoption and adoptive families, the special nature and implications of that attachment, and the development of effective treatments for complex trauma in children and adolescents. She spent 15 years working with severely disordered children including traumatized children and their parents, using innovative methodologies and the use of videotape at the Language & Cognitive Development Center. In addition, she has worked in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings at Boston University Medical Center, schools, mental health clinics and residential treatment, providing therapy, teaching and consultation.

Clinical Supervisor, SMART Project Director, Training Faculty, Research Team


Beth Waterman, BS

Beth Waterman, BS, is currently a Lesley University trauma and psychology graduate student. She is a master's level intern at the Trauma Center. Ms. Waterman's prior clinical experience includes seven years of working with individuals who experienced sexual exploitation in Kolkata, India. She also worked as a program coordinator for a Community Corrections Re-entry program for individuals who live with severe mental illness and addictions. Ms. Waterman is a research assistant for two research projects, one at Harvard University studying self-harm and suicidal tendencies and one at William James University researching adult attachment within the commercial sex trade. She is a certified yoga instructor and seeks to include mindfulness and body awareness in her developing clinical practice.

Staff Clinician


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


Anne Westcott, LICSW

Anne Westcott, LICSW is a psychotherapist and consultant with over 20 years experience working with children, teens and families. She has a special passion for working with trauma and attachment, assisting children and adults in the process of self-discovery and healing. She is trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, ARC, and Attachment Therapy with Daniel Hughes. Ms. Westcott specializes in child-focused relational therapy with families affected by trauma and dissociation. She provides supervision, education and consultation to parents, educators and therapists on trauma, dissociation, attachment, and relationship regulation. Ms. Westcott received her Masters Degree from Columbia University of Social Work.

Clinical Supervisor


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

 


 

Marla Zucker, Ph.D.

Director of Clinical Services of the Trauma Center at JRI and Licensed Clinical Psychologist. Dr. Zucker received her Ph.D. from Georgia State University in Atlanta and completed her Clinical Psychology Internship at Duke University Medical Center and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Trauma Center. Dr. Zucker is a Staff Psychologist and Supervisor at the Trauma Center, working clinically with traumatized children, adolescents, and adults, as well as specializing in psychological and neuropsychological assessment. Dr. Zucker is also the Research Coordinator of a youth violence prevention program collaborating with Urban Improv. Dr. Zucker has authored numerous publications and scholarly conference presentations in the areas of trauma and trauma treatment and developmental learning and attention disorders.

Staff Clinician, Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, Family Network Evaluation Services, VOCA Services, Research, School-Based Services

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

 


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