Who We Are -- Trauma Center Staff

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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


Margaret Blaustein, Ph.D.

The Director of Training and Education 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


Elyssa Bristol, Psy.D.

Elyssa Bristol, Psy.D. is the Clinical Services Coordinator and a Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She completed her degree at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) with a concentration in Childhood, Adolescent and Family practice. Dr. Bristol’s previous training includes inpatient, outpatient, and school-based assessment and counseling. Her interests include the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with social/emotional and behavioral difficulties and the effects of trauma on the family system.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: CBT, ARC, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, SMART, ACRA/ACC, Expressive Arts Therapy


Emma Cardeli, Ph.D.

Emma Cardeli, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow and 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


Marta Casas, M.A.

Marta Casas, M.Ed., 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, where she continues doing trauma evaluations of minors, refugees and survivors of human trafficking. In 2007 Marta was trained by and is now part of the alumni of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma – Global Mental Health. Marta currently works as a staff clinician at the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. She is also a member of the training team of the Massachusetts Child Trauma Project. Marta has done extensive work and training on the interplay between psychological trauma and cultural identity.

Project REACH

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center: Trauma/Sexual Abuse (bilingual) evaluations


Michelle Contreras, M.A.

Michelle Contreras, M.A., 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. She also provides clinical evaluations at the Trauma Center. Ms. Contreras has a Licensure in Clinical Psychology granted by Universidad Rafael Landívar in Guatemala City, Guatemala (1999), and received her Master's Degree from the Boston Graduate School of Psycho-analysis. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology and was granted a certification in traumatic stress studies by the Trauma Center. She has a special interest in the diagnosis and treatment of people who have experienced various forms of physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, and war-related trauma, including the particular ways in which such stressors affect new immigrants in the U.S

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


Wendy D'Andrea, Ph.D.

Dr. D'Andrea is a researcher, clinician and teacher with expertise in how interpersonal violence affects people throughout the lifespan. She began working with trauma at a Rape Crisis Center in the 1990's, and was surprised by the limited understanding psychiatry held about the experience and impact of childhood abuse. Following those lines, her work focuses on the differences between acute trauma and chronic trauma. Her research investigates how self-regulatory processes are impacted by prolonged traumatization and re-shaped through therapeutic interventions. Her work aims to use knowledge about the impact of trauma on the body to develop self-regulation and healing. She also works to help the DSM's task force to broaden diagnosis to include trauma-informed assessment, and with programs in Gaza to help children thrive despite chronic adversity. Dr. D'Andrea has served as an Assistant Professor at The New School for Social Research and Senior Trainer at the Trauma Center at JRI since 2010.

Adjunct Training Faculty


 

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 forthcoming, 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

 


Lee Fallontowne, B.A.

Lee serves as Office Manager for the Behavioral Health and Trauma Services Division at the Trauma Center. She graduated from Lesley College with a B.A. degree in U.S. History and Women's Studies. Before coming to the Trauma Center, Lee worked for many years as an administrative manager and public relations coordinator of an acute-care inpatient psychiatric hospital. She also served for over a decade as an assistant registrar at Harvard University.

Administrative Staff

 


Amy Fingland, Psy.D.

Amy Fingland, PsyD., is in the second year of her Fellowship at the Trauma Center. She is currently a third year graduate student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology working on her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Her prior training experiences include work with both adolescents and adults in school, day treatment, residential, and inpatient settings. Her clinical training has focused primarily on therapeutic work with individuals with Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

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

 


Heather Finn, LICSW

Heather Finn, LICSW is the Assistant 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.

Assistant Clinical Director, Staff Clinician, Clinical Intake Coordinator

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

 


Janina Fisher, Ph.D.

Dr. Fisher received her Ph.D. from Boston College and completed her Clinical Psychology internship at Cambridge Hospital, as well as a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in trauma treatment at the Victims of Violence Program, Cambridge Hospital. Since completing her post-doctoral training, she has been in full-time private practice at the Center for integrative Healing in Watertown and has been an Instructor at both the Trauma Center and Harvard Medical School, Cambridge Hospital. In addition, Dr. Fisher is an EMDR Approved Consultant, a trainer in Sersorimotor Psychotherapy, and Past President of the New England Society for the Treatment of Trauma and Dissociation. Dr. Fisher lectures nationally and internationally on topics related to trauma, dissociation, and the implications of the neurobiological research for treatment.

Adjunct Training Faculty


Amy Fitzpatrick, LICSW, Ed.M.

Amy Fitzpatrick is a Staff Clinician at the Trauma Center. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults who have experienced complex trauma in a variety of settings: psychiatric inpatient units, home-based therapy, and in the courts. After completing a Master's in Education from Harvard University and an MSW from Simmons College, she went on to receive a Post-Master's Certificate in Relational and Multi-Contextual Treatment of Trauma. In addition, she has trained in Internal Family Systems Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and in the treatment of children with trauma-attachment problems with Daniel Hughes.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Treatment of Dissociation


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


Nyssa Green, Psy.D.

Nyssa Green, Psy.D. is a Staff Clinician and the VOCA Resiliency Coordinator at the Trauma Center. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Northwestern University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Green has worked clinically with children, adolescents, and adults in school, residential, and outpatient settings. Her past training experience includes work with GLBTQ survivors of domestic violence, assault, and bias crime. Dr. Green has also worked with programs in Kenya and Malawi and has particular interest in international/cultural issues related to trauma and resiliency.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, VOCA

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


Fran Grossman, Ph.D.

Frances K. 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 in 1965, was on the faculty at Yale from 1965-1969 and has taught at Boston University since 1969. Currently she teaches Ethics in Psychology in the graduate program at Boston University and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Assessment, and Treatment in the Masters in Counseling Psychology Program at Lesley University. 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


Liz Gruenfeld, Ed.M.

Liz Gruenfeld, Ed.M. is a predoctoral social work intern and clinician, serving with Project REACH at the Trauma Center. She received a B.A. from Smith College, a Master's Degree in Arts Education from Harvard University and is a current MSW/PhD student at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Ms. Gruenfeld has worked with diverse children and adults affected by trauma in schools, community clinics, and residential treatment centers in 12 countries over 15 years. She has worked extensively with Latino immigrants in the U.S. (fluent in Spanish), and in varied communities across Latin America, the Middle East, and North Africa providing therapy, teaching, training and consultation. Ms. Gruenfeld is particularly interested in trauma related to migration, geopolitical conflict and intergenerational transmission, and specializes in using techniques from yoga (multiple 200-hour yoga teacher trainings), the arts, indigenous healing, and spirituality to partner with youth and adults in coping and recovery.

Staff Clinician, Project Reach

Specialized Services provided at the Trauma Center:Expressive Arts Therapy


Frank Guastella-Anderson, M.D.

Psychiatrist and supervisor at the Trauma Center. Private practice in Concord, MA. Specializing in medication management, EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

Adjunct Training Faculty


Yoko Harumi, LICSW

Yoko Harumi, LICSW, received her MSW from Boston College. She completed her post-social work fellowship at the Victims of Violence Program of the Cambridge Health Alliance, where she continued as a research clinician for a PTSD treatment study until August 2014. For two decades, Ms. Harumi has also worked in various public- and private-sector positions as a specialist on domestic violence, sexualized violence, and other trauma issues. She regularly provides training to medical and social service professionals in the United States as well as Japan on domestic violence and trauma issues.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), Treatment of Dissociation, TF-CBT, Internal Family Systems (IFS Level II)

 


Hilary Hodgdon, Ph.D.

Hilary Hodgdon is the Associate Director of Research 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)

 


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

 


Kay Johnson, LICSW

Kay Johnson, LICSW is a Supervisor and Clinician at the Trauma Center. She has over 25 years of experience working in various outpatient settings with many different populations (adults and children; mental health; victims of violent crime; substance abuse and other addictions; sexual, physical and emotional abuse survivors; dual diagnosis). Kay specializes in working with trauma and co-occurring disorders (addictions and mental health). She has an expertise in utilizing the Seeking Safety stabilization model, as well as working with complex trauma and dissociation. She received her Master's degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York in 1986 and has taught there since 2007.

Staff Clinician, Clinical Supervisor, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), DBT, Treatment of Dissociation, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation

 


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

 


 

Anna Kharaz, M.A.

Anna Kharaz, M.A. is a staff clinician, research coordinator, neurofeedback technician, and yoga instructor at the Trauma Center. She studied Neuroscience and Psychology at Brandeis University and completed her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. She has worked for institutions such as Harvard Medical School, the National Institutes of Health, Boston Medical Center, and the Veterans Administration Hospital. She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults in outpatient and partial hospitalization settings. Ms. Kharaz's approach to clinical work draws from her interest in the mind-body connection, mindfulness, and body-based treatments.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research, Yoga Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Neurofeedback, SMART, Trauma Sensitive Yoga, TF-CBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation

 


 

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.

Staff Clinician, Senior Training Consultant, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, NCTSI


Deborah Korn, Psy.D.

Debbie Korn, Psy.D., maintains a private practice in Cambridge, MA and serves as a faculty member at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute. She has been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute for the past 19 years and is the former Clinical Director of the Womens’ Trauma Programs at Charter Brookside and Charles River Hospitals. Dr. Korn has authored or co-authored several prominent articles focused on EMDR, including a comprehensive review of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD. Dr. Korn is an EMDRIA-approved consultant and a past board member of NESTTD. She is also on the Editorial Board of the Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. As a clinician, teacher, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Korn is known for her knowledge and integration of many different clinical models.

Adjunct Training Faculty


Erika Lally, LMHC, ATR-BC

Erika Lally, LMHC, ATR-BC is a trainer, trauma evaluator and consultant to the SMART program at the Trauma Center. Erika holds a Masters in Art Therapy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts and a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist as recognized by the American Art Therapy Association. She has provided trauma treatment for both children and adults for twenty years. Erika specializes in treating complex trauma, is EMDR level two certified and trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, level one. Erika is also an adjunct faculty member at Lesley College.

Training Faculty, SMART Consultant


Zachary Levko, B.A.

Training and Development Coordinator for the Trauma Center, Zach graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology focusing in biotechnology and physiology. During undergrad he competed as a varsity water polo player and swimmer in addition to performing research analyzing the biomechanics of bat flight, the effects of sonar on marine life, and induced plasticity in the auditory cortex. Prior to joining the Trauma Center, Zach worked in clinical research while coaching high school and club water polo teams. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree at Harvard University in Finance with specific interests in financial analysis and private equity transactions.

Administrative Staff


Rachel Liebman Ph.D.

Rachel Liebman, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Trauma Center. She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from University of Rochester and her pre-doctoral internship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Liebman's clinical and research interests center around the intergenerational transmission of complex trauma and its impact on personality and relationship functioning. She has experience working with children and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and community mental health settings. In addition to trauma work, Rachel also has specialized training in the treatment of substance use and eating disorders.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: TF-CBT, CBT, PCIT, DBT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment


Lia Martin, Ph.D.

Lia Martin, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Trauma Center. 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.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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


Regina Musicaro, B.A., ALM

Ms. Musicaro is the Senior Clinical Research Coordinator at the Trauma Center at JRI and a pre-doctoral candidate in Suffolk University’s Clinical Psychology program. Before joining the Trauma Center she worked on studies of memory, imagination, planning and face perception as a research assistant at the Harvard University Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory of Aging and Cognition. At the Trauma Center she coordinates clinical trials investigating trauma-sensitive yoga and neurofeedback as supplementary treatments for post-traumatic stress. She also coordinates the nationwide Developmental Trauma Disorder (DTD) field trial as well as the nationwide training initiative called Enhancing Multidisciplinary Responses to Polyvictimization. Ms. Musicaro was awarded Suffolk University's Outreach Fellowship to support her efforts to reduce loss related to poverty, urban violence and trauma.

Research Staff


Sharman Nathanson, LICSW

Ms. Nathanson received her M.S.W. from Simmons School of Social Work. She is a Clinical Supervisor at the Trauma Center and is currently the Mental Health Coordinator at the Children's Advocacy Center of Suffolk County.

Clinical Supervisor, VOCA Services


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 Staff


Jessica Pierre, Ed.M., M.A.

Jessica Yanick Pierre, Ed.M., M.A., is a Predoctoral Intern at the Trauma Center. She received a B.A. from Providence College, a Master of Education and Master of Arts from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a current doctoral student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Pierre has worked clinically in school, residential, and outpatient settings with children, adolescents, and young adults. She has also worked with international youth who have been impacted by acts of terrorism and violence. Ms. Pierre is interested in cultural and collective identity as it relates to trauma.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

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


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, VOCA 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


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


Alison Rhodes, LCSW, Ed.M.

Alison Rhodes is a Ph.D. candidate at the Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. She also received her MSW from Boston College and holds a Masters Degree in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her clinical experiences include work with adolescents and adults in school and outpatient settings, and crisis intervention and advocacy services for sexual assault survivors. Alison is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and has been teaching yoga in the Boston area since 2005, including serving as a yoga coach for the Trauma Center’s study of yoga for women with chronic PTSD. Her research interests include healing processes following trauma, and mindfulness, arts, and body-based treatments.

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 Co-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


 

Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D.

Dr. Spinazzola is the Executive Director of the Trauma Center and Vice President of Behavioral Health and Trauma Services at Justice Resource Institute. Dr. Spinazzola is a member of The Forensic Panel and holds an appointment at Boston University School of Medicine. In his 16th year with the Trauma Center, Dr. Spinazzola remains actively involved with provision of direct services to individuals and providers, serving as a clinician, clinical supervisor, senior trainer, and as Associate Director of our Research Department. Dr. Spinazzola is Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a national initiative to transform large regional and statewide systems of care, operated through our Center's Category II National Child Traumatic Stress Network site award. Additionally, he is Director of a National Action Partnership on Polyvictimization sponsored by the federal Office for Victims of Crime. Dr. Spinazzola specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults, and is the author of a number of publications in this area as well as on the topic of youth violence prevention. Dr. Spinazzola holds particular interest in dissociative coping adaptations in survivors of chronic maltreatment and neglect and in the role of transformative action in the recovery process.

Staff Clinician, Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, NCTSI, VOCA Services, Project Reach, Research, School-Based Services, GLBTQ services

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

 


Laura Stone, M.A.

Laura Stone, M.A., Psy.D. in progress, completed a predoctoral practicum at the Trauma Center. She received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University and is currently attending Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology working on her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. Her clinical experiences include work with adults, couples, families, adolescents and children in outpatient settings. She has taught Relaxation Response, Chi Quong and other wellness interventions. Laura’s areas of interest include the psychoneuroimmunology of trauma, somatic awareness and mind-body interventions for the treatment of complex trauma symptoms.

Research Staff

 


Janice Stubblefield-Tave, LICSW

A licensed social worker, Janice has been at the Trauma Center for nine years. She has over 20 years of experience with child and adult trauma survivors. In addition to providing therapy to individuals, caregivers and families, Janice coordinates group services and facilitates the women's coping skills groups. Janice attended the University of Chicago.

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

 


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


Sujata Regina Swaroop, Psy.D.

Sujata Regina Swaroop, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist and second-year Postdoctoral Fellow at the Trauma Center. As the Program Coordinator for Project REACH, she 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. Dr. Swaroop received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, with a concentration in International Psychology and Human Rights. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings providing services to refugees and asylum-seeking survivors of torture, veterans, university students, adolescents and children. Dr. Swaroop has engaged in clinical and community work in numerous countries, including trauma recovery program development in northwestern Pakistan. She has authored numerous publications and scholarly conference presentations on trauma recovery related to populations affected by war and displacement, gender-based violence, and intergenerational transmission of trauma.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Project REACH

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma CenterTrauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment, EMDR (Level 1), SMART, ARC, Biofeedback, Mind-Body Approaches


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 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

 


Elaine Veracruz, M.A.

Elaine Veracruz, M.A. is a Predoctoral Intern at The Trauma Center. She is a graduate student at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology working on her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience. She has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in outpatient and school-based settings. Her interests include the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with adverse child experiences and the impact of traumatic experiences on the family system.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

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


Grace Verbeck, Ph.D.

Grace Verbeck, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow and clinician at the Trauma Center. Dr. Verbeck obtained her Master's and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University in San Diego after she graduated from William Jessup University with a double major in counseling psychology and theology. She completed her predoctoral internship at the UC Davis and CAARE Center where she received clinical training in the evaluation and treatment of child maltreatment. In addition to co-authoring scholarly articles on the subject of trauma and dissociation, Dr. Verbeck first-authored the chapter "Religion/spirituality and the working alliance with trauma survivors" in the forthcoming book Spiritually Oriented Trauma Psychotherapy (APA Press, October 2014).

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: Treatment of Dissociation, TF-CBT, DBT, PCIT, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment


Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D.

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


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

 


Kerry-Ann Williams, M.D.

Dr. Kerry-Ann Williams is a staff psychiatrist at Cambridge Health Alliance who is providing psychiatry services to children and adults at the Trauma Center and Metrowest Behavioral Health Center at JRI. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from Creighton University School of Medicine and completed her training in General Psychiatry at the Creighton-Nebraska Psychiatry Residency program in Omaha, Nebraska. She went on to complete a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Her current clinical interests include anxiety disorders, complex trauma, and the role of spirituality in child and adolescent psychiatry.

Psychiatry

 


Ilya Yacevich, LMFT

Ilya Yacevich, LMFT, received her Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from St. Mary’s University and completed post-graduate training in International Trauma Studies. She specializes in work with children and families with histories of complex and intergenerational trauma. Ilya has particular interest in the area of international mental health and wellness, and has worked with programs in India, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. Currently Ilya is working oversees spearheading strength-based, trauma-informed service initiatives with child and adult victims in Kenya. She maintains a part-time role as an adjunct member of our training faculty, providing remote consultation to milieu based programs utilizing our Center’s ARC complex trauma intervention model.

Adjunct Training Faculty

 


 

Remy Yoshida, Psy.D.

Remy Yoshida, Psy.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Trauma Center. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Yoshida has worked with diverse children, adolescents, and families affected by trauma in multiple settings, including inpatient psychiatric facilities, residential programs, therapeutic schools, outpatient centers, and homes. Her research and clinical interests pertain to the recovery from and treatment of child sexual trauma with a particular focus on the use of various play therapy techniques.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

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

 


 

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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