JANA PRESSLEY, PSY.D.
Jana Pressley, Psy.D., is an Associate Professor and the Director of Clinical Training for the Clinical Psychology PsyD program at Wheaton College Graduate School in Wheaton, IL. In addition to administrative duties and leading student clinical seminar groups, Dr. Pressley teaches a course in professional development and ethics and a course on treating complex trauma in children and adults. In her academic role, Dr. Pressley also leads a research group focused on qualitative analysis related to complex trauma impact and adaptation, and is currently collecting data on a project interviewing young adult, court-involved men and women in urban Chicago about the impact of trauma history and community violence on relationships, coping, and resilience. Clinically, Dr. Pressley is working at a local outpatient counseling center that provides services in a low-income community, where she is engaged in the treatment of individuals, couples, and leads a trauma recovery group. Prior to her transition to Wheaton College in 2011, Dr. Pressley served at Richmont Graduate University (Chattanooga, TN) as an Assistant Professor, Assistant Dean of Students, and the Founder/Director of the Richmont Community Counseling Center (RCCC). At Richmont, Dr. Pressley designed and launched the Trauma Counseling specialization track for MFT and MA counseling students, in close collaboration with the Trauma Center senior leadership.
BESSEL A VAN DER KOLK, M.D.
Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.,
is a clinical psychiatrist who has studied the impact and resolution of trauma on human beings for over 30 years. His research has ranged from developmental impact of trauma to neuroimaging and from memory processes to the use of EMDR and theater groups in PTSD. He is professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston, where he also serves as director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress Complex Trauma Network. He is past president of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals throughout the world. He is author of over a hundred scientific articles, Psychological Trauma
and co-editor of Traumatic Stress.
Financial: Bessel van der Kolk is a professor of psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the medical director of the Trauma Center in Boston. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Nonfinancial: Bessel van der Kolk has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
MARGARET BLAUSTEIN, PHD
Margaret E. Blaustein, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist whose career has focused on the understanding and treatment of complex childhood trauma and its sequelae. With an emphasis on the importance of understanding the child-, the family-, and the provider-in-context, her study has focused on identification and translation of key principles of intervention across treatment settings, building from the foundational theories of childhood development, attachment, and traumatic stress.
With Kristine Kinniburgh, Dr. Blaustein is co-developer of the Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competency (ARC) treatment framework (Kinniburgh & Blaustein, 2005), and co-author of the text, Treating Complex Trauma in Children and Adolescents: Fostering Resilience through Attachment, Self-Regulation, and Competence (Blaustein & Kinniburgh, 2010). She has provided extensive training and consultation to providers within the US and abroad. Dr. Blaustein is currently the Director of Training and Education at The Trauma Center at JRI in Brookline, MA, and is actively involved in local, regional, and national collaborative groups dedicated to the empathic, respectful, and effective provision of services to this population.
Financial: Margaret Blaustein is the director of training and education at the Trauma Center in Boston. She is an author and receives royalties from Guilford Publications.
Nonfinancial: Margaret Blaustein has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
Patricia D. Wilcox, LCSW, Vice President of Strategic Development, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, Connecticut, specializes in treatment of traumatized children and their families. She created the Restorative Approach, a trauma- and relationship-based treatment method.
She is a Faculty Trainer for Risking Connection and an Adjunct Faculty at the University of CT School of Social Work. She travels nationally to train treaters on trauma-informed care, specializing in improving the daily life of treatment programs. She is the author of Trauma Informed Care: The Restorative Approach published by NEARI Press, and in 2011 was Connecticut Social Worker of the Year.
Lynn Sanford, LICSW is currently the Visiting Professor of Trauma Informed Social Work at Wheelock College. She began her career 40 years ago working with victims of sexual assault. She has also worked for twenty years with youth who have been convicted of crimes against people (homicide, attempted homicide, and multiple sexual assaults).
She is the author of Strong at the Broken Places: Building Resiliency in the Lives of Survivors (1990, 2004) and The Silent Children (1980). Sanford is also co-author of Women and Self-Esteem (1984), and In Defense of Ourselves (1978).
Sanford currently works as a Military Family Life Consultant on Marine Corps Air Station at Iwakuni, Japan. She has also recently worked with children whose parents were deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq at Ramstein Air Base in Germany and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska.
In 2010, Sanford was an invited speaker to the American Society of Child Abuse Professionals National Conference speaking to civilians and officers in the Air Force Medical Wing on resiliency as they developed the Air Force Comprehensive Airmen Fitness Program.
Sanford received the Massachusetts National Association of Social Workers "Outstanding Contribution to Social Work Practice Award" and the Devereux Foundation "Legacy of Caring Award" in 2010.
LISA GOLDBLATT GRACE, MPH, MSW
Lisa Goldblatt Grace has been working with vulnerable young people in a variety of capacities for twenty years. Her professional experience includes running a long term shelter for homeless teen parents, developing a diversion program for violent youth offenders, and working in outpatient mental health, health promotion, and residential treatment settings. Lisa is the Co-Founder and Director of the My Life My Choice Project since 2002. Lisa has served as a consultant to the Massachusetts Administrative Office of the Trial Court’s “Redesigning the Court’s Response to Prostitution” project and as a primary researcher on the U.S. Health and Human Services study of programs serving human trafficking victims. Lisa has written in a variety of publications regarding commercial sexual exploitation. In addition, Lisa is Adjunct Faculty at the Boston University School of Social Work. Lisa is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and holds masters degrees in both social work and public health.
DIYA KALLIVAYALIL, PH.D.
Diya Kallivayalil, Ph.D., is a staff psychologist at the Victims of Violence Program at Cambridge Health Alliance and the trauma consultant for the Department of Psychiatry. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical specialty is in the treatment of trauma-related disorders. Her research is also broadly concerned with psychological trauma. She has published in the areas of complex trauma, gender-based violence, homicide bereavement and refugee health. She is the co-author of the <> (2011) published by Guilford Press.
JOSEPH SPINAZZOLA, PHD
Joseph Spinazzola, Ph.D., 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 11th 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 Co-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. 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.
Financial: Joseph Spinazzola is the executive director of the Trauma Center in Boston.
Nonfinancial: Joseph Spinazzola has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
ELIZABETH HOPPER, PH.D.
Elizabeth Hopper, Ph.D., Program director of Project REACH, 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.
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 toward 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.
Financial: Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna is in private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Jennifer Lefebre-McGevna is a member of the Association of Play Therapy.
ANNE WESTCOTT, LICSW
Anne Westcott, LICSW, is a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist and trainer. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of Social Work, she has over 25 years of mental health experience in direct practice, supervision, consultation and program development. She is a faculty member of the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute and a supervisor and program developer at the Trauma Center in Boston. Anne trains regularly in the United States and Canada on the impact and treatment of trauma and attachment disturbance on children, adolescents, adults, and the surrounding caregiver systems. She has worked in outpatient clinics, public schools, home and community based programs in both multicultural, urban centers as well as affluent, suburban communities. She maintains a thriving private practice continuing to develop and refine effective treatment interventions for trauma and attachment related challenges.
ELIZABETH WARNER, PSY.D.
Elizabeth Warner, Psy.D., has had a psychotherapy practice in Brookline for the last 20 years. Her specialization is in the area of child development, and the treatment of children and families. Special interests include adoption and adoptive families, the special nature of that attachment and implications for development and the development of new treatments for complex trauma in young children. She spent 15 years working with severely disordered children including traumatized children and their parents, using innovative methodologies and the use of videotape study at the Language & Cognitive Development Center. In addition, she has worked in psychiatric inpatient and outpatient settings at Boston University Medical Center, schools and mental health clinics, providing therapy, teaching and consultation.
Financial: Elizabeth Warner is the project director for SMART for children and adolescents at the Trauma Center in Boston.
Nonfinancial: Elizabeth Warner has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
DAVID EMERSON, E-RYT
David Emerson, Coordinator of Yoga Services Program, is an accomplished yoga instructor and founder of the Black Lotus Yoga Project, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to the teaching of yoga to individuals with PTSD. Mr. Emerson was responsible for the implementation, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the two recent pilot studies conducted by Dr. van der Kolk to assess the utility and feasibility of yoga instruction with traumatized adults with PTSD. Mr. Emerson has extensive experience in the instruction of yoga with PTSD and mental illness populations, and has developed and conducted yoga groups for several rape crisis, domestic violence, mental health and veterans administration centers and clinics throughout Greater Boston.
ROBERT AIKIN, LICSW
Robert Aikin, MSW, is a Staff Clinician at our Brookline and Acton, MA locations. He has worked with children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma in a number of settings: school-based therapy, in-home family preservation, outpatient therapy, treatment foster care, and acute partial hospital programs. Robert directed residential programs for adjudicated youth, treatment foster care, and an outpatient mental health center. He received his Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and a Certificate in Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment at the University of Maryland. Additionally, Robert has trained in Attachment Therapy with Daniel Hughes and completed the live-supervised Family Therapy Training Program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.
FRANK G. ANDERSON, M.D.
Frank Guastella Anderson, MD,
completed his residency and was a clinical instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is the chairman of the Foundation for Self Leadership (the Internal Family Systems Therapy organization) and has served on the research advisory committee and the speakers bureau for the Center for Self Leadership.
He has lectured extensively on the Neurobiology of PTSD and Dissociation and wrote the chapter "Who’s Taking What” Connecting Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology and Internal Family Systems for Trauma in Internal Family Systems Therapy-New Dimensions.
He has maintained a long affiliation with Bessel van der Kolk’s Trauma Center at Justice Resource Center in Boston and maintains a private practice in Concord, MA.
Financial: Frank Anderson maintains a private practice. He receives a consulting fee from the Center for Self Leadership. Dr. Anderson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Frank Anderson is the President of the Foundation for Self Leadership.
FRANCES 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 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 men abuse survivors.
Deborah Korn, PhD., maintains a private practice and serves as a faculty member at the Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute in Boston,. She has been on the faculty of the EMDR Institute for the past 17 years and has authored or co-authored several prominent articles focused on EMDR treatment, including a recently published review of EMDR applications with Complex PTSD. She presents and consults internationally on the treatment of adult survivors of childhood abuse and neglect. She has been a regular presenter at the EMDR International Association Conference and was invited to present the association’s first “masters Series” class.
Michele Henderson, LICSW, provides individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults, parenting support, supervision and consultation. She is trained specifically in trauma related dyadic therapy, and attachment disorders. She earned her undergraduate degree from Colorado College then her graduate degree from the University of California at Berkley.