Our Trainers


Alexa Armon, LICSW

Alexa Armon, LICSW received her BA from CUNY Hunter College in Psychology and her Masters in social work from Adelphi University. She has worked for five years in multiple community settings throughout New York City and New Orleans. She has worked with children, teens, adults and families who have experienced various forms of trauma. Her clinical interests include mindfulness, DBT, attachment-based therapies, TF-CBT and EMDR.

Staff Clinician

Specialized Services provided at MBHC: ARC, EMDR, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation


Naomi Azar, Ph.D.

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

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Project REACH

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


Alyssa Brelsford, LCSW

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

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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


Alice Connors-Kellgren, Ph.D.

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

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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


Gabriel Corens, LCSW

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

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, NCTSI

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


Hilary Hodgdon, Ph.D.

Dr. Hilary Hodgdon is a practicing clinical psychologist, trainer, and researcher specializing in the study and treatment of traumatic stress. Her research interests center on deepening understanding of the etiology and sequelae of childhood trauma, elucidating mechanisms that convey risk for psychopathology among vulnerable populations, and development and evaluation of trauma-informed treatment approaches. Dr. Hodgdon is the Director of Research Operations at the Trauma Center and a Research Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice in the Department of Psychology at Suffolk University. Dr. Hodgdon also serves as the Co-Director of the Complex Trauma Treatment Network, a National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) Category II training and technical assistance center, as well as the Director of the LAMP Project, a curriculum development grant funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. Dr. Hodgdon is a certified trainer in the Child Welfare Toolkit and Resource Parent Curriculums of the NCTSN and the Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) treatment framework for children with complex trauma. Dr. Hodgdon has provided training in the neurobiology and developmental impact of trauma and evidenced based interventions for traumatic stress to a variety of professional groups including prosecutors, law enforcement, advocates, social workers, mental health practitioners, and administrative, milieu and nursing staff at outpatient, residential, inpatient and community mental health settings. Dr. Hodgdon received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research, Senior Administrative Team

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

 


Elizabeth K. Hopper, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Hopper is a Senior Manager and the Director of Clinical Supervisory Services at the Trauma Center. She specializes in the treatment of people whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma and is a clinician, supervisor, trainer, and consultant. Dr. Hopper is also the Chief Program Officer for the Trauma Center’s Anti-trafficking Programs. As part of this work, she directs Project REACH, a national anti-human trafficking program that offers direct services and training and technical assistance to cross-discipline professionals; oversees the New England Coalition Against Trafficking, a regional anti-trafficking coalition; co-chairs the Mental Health Council of HEAL Trafficking, a national network of health care professionals; and co-chairs the TRuST Collaborative, an international network of mental health professionals. Dr. Hopper is co-author of two books, Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Emotional Abuse and Neglect: Component-Based Psychotherapy (2018, Guilford Press) and Overcoming Trauma through Yoga: Reclaiming Your Body (2011, North Atlantic Books). She has written numerous articles about human trafficking, homelessness, and the treatment of complex trauma. Dr. Hopper completed a Master of Science (1999) and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (2001) at St. Louis University, an internship at the Medical College of Virginia (2001), and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Trauma Center in Boston (2003). She has received advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Training (EMDR), Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC), Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Crisis Intervention, Bereavement, and EEG biofeedback (Neurofeedback). She has particular interests in body-based intervention, cross-cultural work, and integration across treatment models.

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

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

 


Michelle Horner, Psy.D.

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

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

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

 


Ava Lorenzo, Psy.D.

Ava Lorenzo, Psy.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Metrowest Behavioral Health Center. She is a New Jersey Certified School Psychologist (NJCSP) and received her degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ. Dr. Lorenzo completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Haven in Piscataway High School, a school-based mental health center for children, adolescents, and families, where she engaged in individual, group, and family therapy. She has also worked to introduce school-based social-emotional learning interventions, and studied teacher perceptions of disruptive behavior in students, toward the goal of creating safe and supportive schools.

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services

Specialized Services Provided at MBHC: Treatment of Dissociation, ARC, Trauma/Sexual Abuse Evaluation, TF-CBT, Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment


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


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


Shavonne Moore, Ph.D.

Shavonne J. Moore, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who specializes in trauma and mental health within marginalized communities. She received her doctorate from Purdue University and completed her clinical training rotations through Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Medical School. Currently, she serves as the Director of Clinical Training at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, D.C, and also has a small private practice. Over the past decade, Dr. Moore has been engaged in community advocacy around trauma and violence, mental health needs in communities of color, and access to care for marginalized and disenfranchised populations. She is a public speaker who is passionate about these matters, and she enjoys traveling to conferences and workshops to engage audiences in thoughtful discussions. She has helped to develop curriculum related to understanding trauma, and was previously a Curriculum Development Specialist for the Trauma Center of the Justice Resource Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Training


Mariah Rooney O'Brien, LCSW, RYT

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

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, Research

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


Kelly Pratt, LICSW

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

Staff Clinician, Family Network Evaluation Services, GLBTQ services

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


Jana Pressley, Psy.D.

Jana Pressley is Director of Training and Professional Development at the Trauma Center, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Richmont Graduate University. Dr. Pressley was formerly the Clinical Training and Associate Professor in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Wheaton College Graduate School. Her research interests are focused on the experience of court-involved young adults who have suffered relational trauma in the midst of chronic poverty and community violence, as well as the impact of complex trauma history on adult spirituality and meaning-making. Dr. Pressley teaches trauma-related courses at the graduate level, and has designed and implemented trauma counseling specialization courses for graduate programs in close collaboration with the Trauma Center senior leadership. Clinically, Dr. Pressley serves as a therapist and supervisor at a community-based counseling center, where she specializes in the treatment of individuals and families whose lives have been impacted by complex trauma. Dr. Pressley founded and directed a non-profit agency for uninsured/underinsured individuals and families in Chattanooga, TN. She is is a national ARC trainer and consultant, and also trains on the impact of trauma on adult spirituality.

Staff Clinician, Senior Administrative Team, Senior Consultation Practice, Clinical Supervisor, Training Faculty, Senior Administrative Team

Specialized Services Provided at the Trauma Center: EMDR (Level II), DBT, TF-CBT, PCIT-A, and SMART


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Gender Neutral Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Class on Saturdays

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TRAUMA CENTER IN THE NEWS: Suffolk University and the Trauma Center at JRI Receive $3 Million National Child Traumatic Stress Network Grant

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