Affiliated NCTSN Professionals

Below is a roster of affiliated NCTSN professionals. These individuals have previously been associated with a funded organizational NCTSN partner site and have expressed an interest in remaining connected to and active with the Network. As the status of organizational sites changes and as individuals make career moves, this list will change.
Address: 

Atlanta, GA 30349

Work: 
(334) 703-9063
Description: 

Funda Yilmaz previously worked as a children’s counselor for the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Here she gained extensive experience providing services to individuals of all ages, with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and varying degrees of traumatic stress and comorbidities.

With the developmental understanding of traumatic stress granted by this clinical experience, Funda was able to write and illustrate My Big Book of Answers, a fully illustrated self-help workbook for three-to-nine-year-old survivors of violence. This workbook translates complex scientific information about traumatic stress into a language that even three-year-olds can understand and discuss with their adults. The workbook also assists therapists to effectively and efficiently discuss difficult topics with young kids such parental substance abuse, child maltreatment, illness, and death.

Funda currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and provides training, consulting, grant writing, and psychotherapy services. She is interested in application of the fine arts as a delivery modality for traumatic stress relief interventions in primary care and behavioral health services, in school communities, through the juvenile justice system, and in the child welfare services. Funda is an active member of NCTSN’s Complex Trauma, Child Traumatic Grief and Justice Consortium collaborative workgroups.

Funda is also a professional artist working through the media of painting, sculpture, and dance.
 

Address: 

Skokie, IL 60676

Description: 

Gene is a retired from Northwestern University, where, at the Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning (CCTASP) had a Category II grant that focused on the CANS assessment tool.  Presently Gene serves as the Director of Research for the ChildTrauma Academy and consults with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice on their MacArthur, Models for Change curriculum. Gene remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on public sector child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice issues.

Address: 
Santa Barbara, CA
Description: 

Gil Reyes, PhD is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara, California. At NCTSN he is involved with the Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Missouri and the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA, and is a longstanding member of the task force on the Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma. He was the lead editor of the four-volume Handbook of International Disaster Psychology (2006) and The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (2008), and his areas of expertise include psychological trauma, and the psychosocial effects of disasters, terrorism, torture, and mass violence. He has provided psychosocial disaster support in several national and local disasters throughout the past decade, including the September 2001 response to the destruction of the World Trade Center, and has worked in a consulting capacity with the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He serves as the Disaster Relief Committee Chair for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology, is the 2012 President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Peace Psychology, and is the 2014 President-Elect of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. In all areas of life, Dr. Reyes emphasizes social support and attachments as the essential tools for resilient coping in the face of adversity.

Address: 

Heather Risk, PsyD and Associates
230 N Lime Stone, Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40507

Work: 
(859) 303-8041
Description: 

Heather Risk was the former Project Director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute at the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children. She now owns Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC which is a private practice devoted to the treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Training and consultation services regarding TF-CBT and various topics related to trauma are also provided to mental health professionals, foster parents, and the child welfare, judicial, and school systems. www.heatherriskandassociates.com

Address: 

The Village Family Services
6736 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Suite 200
North Hollywood, CA 91606

Work: 
(818) 755-8786 x1008
Description: 

Irma Seilicovich is COO and co-founder of The Village Family Services, a nonprofit that works primarily with children exposed to trauma, in North Hollywood, CA.  Ms. Seilicovich has been actively working in the mental health field for over 20 years with a focus on children and families who have been victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Formerly coordinator for the Trauma Center at Children’s Institute Inc. and a current member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Ms. Seilicovich continues her association with the NCTSN while implementing evidence-based trauma treatment for children at The Village Family Services.

Address: 
Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health
4641 Fulton Drive North West
Canton, OH 44718
Work: 
(303) 433-6075 ext.154
Fax: 
(303) 433-1843
Description: 

Jacquelyn holds the position of Trauma Team Leader at Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health in Canton, Ohio. She provides direct clinical assessment and service to children and families who have experienced complex trauma, weekly consultation with the Child and Adolescent Trauma Team (CATT), ongoing policy development, and community presentations on a variety of trauma-related topics. Jacquelyn serves on the Stark County Child Abuse Task Force, the Children's Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Team, and the Victim's Rights Coalition. She was previously involved at the Cullen Center of Toledo Children's Hospital for two years during her graduate training in clinical child psychology. She specializes in traumatic stress in early childhood and in children with developmental delays.

Jeffrey N. Wherry, Ph.D., ABPP

Address: 
5351 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228
Work: 
214.818.2605
Fax: 
214.818.2645
Email: 
Description: 

Jeff completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he earned the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has worked with residential populations, foster children, and with outpatients. Jeff was the CEO of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, where he also was involved in training, outpatient work with sexually abused children, and research. He has been a tenured professor at four universities. He directs the Research Institute of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Jeff was named as an “Integrated Scholar” at Texas Tech University and received the “Outstanding Professional Award” in 2013 from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. His interests include sexual abuse, PTSD, assessment, and treatment. Jeff has published over 40 journal articles; has made over 250 presentations; and has received foundation and grant support in excess of $5.0 million. He and his wife of 38 years have one delightful daughter, a wonderful son-in-law, and two adorable granddaughters.

Address: 
117 West Walnut Avenue #C
San Diego, CA 92103
Work: 
(619) 577-2325
Description: 

Jennifer Hossler is a master level social worker and experienced trainer with extensive experience in the fields of child welfare, child trauma, system change, and juvenile justice. She recently worked as the Child Welfare Systems Change Specialist for the Chadwick Center's Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP-DI), serving as a liaison, consultant, and trainer for 5 child welfare jurisdictions across the country, helping create more trauma-informed systems. She now works as a consultant for ACEs Connection and remains involved with NCTSN committees and projects focused child welfare, sexual abuse, human trafficking, and advancing knowledge of adverse childhood experiences.

Address: 

108 Clover Street Roselle, NJ 07203

Work: 
908-578-4889
Description: 

Dr. Jones is a former Post-doctoral Fellow with The Center for Child Trauma and Resilience at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. While there she provided evidence based trauma treatment to youth involved in the juvenile justice system and facilitated trauma trainings to correctional officers, probation officers, and mental health staff. Dr. Jones currently works at Children's Specialized Hospital in New Jersey and remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on expanding evidence-based trauma practices in schools.

Address: 
Wilson-Sigrest

357 Towne Center Blvd, Suite 203
Ridgeland, MS 39056

Work: 
(601) 398-5436
Description: 

Jennifer Sigrest was the former Evaluation Coordinator for the Trauma Recovery for Youth Project with Catholic Charities in Jackson, MS. She is now co-owner of Wilson-Sigrest, LLC and specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with issues of traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, LGBT-related concerns, and other life stressors. She provides consultation and collaboration with organizations working to implement and sustain best practices or to change and improve existing systems. She remains involved with NCTSN through the affiliate program and has a special interest in working with the LGBT population.