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: 

Glade Run Lutheran Services
220 S. Main Street
Butler, PA 16001
 

Work: 
(870) 208-5279
Description: 

Jessica Gahr provides trauma-informed clinical services as a member of the S.A.F.E. project at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which provides therapeutic services to children adjudicated of a sexual offense and their families. In addition, she works with Glade Run Lutheran Services in Western Pennsylvania providing trauma-informed, community-based care. Jessica is interested in bridging the gap between science and practice to ensure youth receive evidence-based treatment across settings.

Jim Van Den Brandt, LCSW, ACSW

Address: 
Group Health Corporation of South Central Wisconsin
3051 Cahill Main
Fitchburg, WI 53711
Work: 
(608) 661-7214
Description: 

Jim Van Den Brandt is the former clinical area manager of Integrated Services and director of Adolescent Trauma Treatment at the Mental Health Center of Dane County in Madison, WI. Jim has contributed to the development of numerous Network products, provided training and leadership on the adoption and implementation of evidence-based practices, and helped various systems become more trauma-focused and evidence-based. Jim is currently the mental health services manager for Group Health Cooperative in Madison, WI and he remains involved with a variety of Network activities and product development efforts.

Address: 

PO Box 56
4855 Broad Street
Mooresville, AL 35649

Work: 
(256) 520-0366
Fax: 
(256) 350-1888
Description: 

JoAnn Jaco Plucker was project director for the National Children's Advocacy Center's NCTSN project in Huntsville, Alabama. She is now a private consultant and grant writer.

Address: 

20 Park Avenue
Stillwater, NY 12170

Work: 
(518) 944-3703
Description: 

Joseph Benamati is author of START (Systematic Training to Assist in the Recovery from Trauma) and former center director of the Parsons Child and Family Center's NCTSN project in Albany, New York. Dr. Benamati is currently a faculty member at the Sanctuary Leadership Development Institute in Yonkers, New York. He remains involved with the Network through his membership on the NCTSN Steering Committee (2008–2010), and through his trainings and speaking engagements around the United States.

Address: 

Child and Adolescent Services, Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue, Unit 6B
San Francisco, CA  94110
 

Work: 
(415) 206-3278
Description: 

Joyce Dorado is the co-founder and director of UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools), a multilevel prevention and intervention program that collaborates with the San Francisco Unified School District to promote school success for students who have experienced complex trauma, by creating school environments that are more trauma-sensitive and supportive of the needs of these students. She is an Associate Clinical Professor and the Director of Clinical Research and Evaluation at Child and Adolescent Services (CAS), a trauma-informed mental health clinic at UCSF-San Francisco General Hospital that provides services to children, youth, and families from under-resourced, culturally diverse communities. Dr. Dorado led and coordinated CAS data contributions to the NCTSN Core Data Set for over six years, collaborated with Laurel Kiser and the Family-Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center to implement and help evaluate Strengthening Families Coping Resources (SFCR) multifamily groups at CAS, and currently participates in the Family Systems and the Schools Collaborative Groups.

Address: 

444 Community Drive Suite 301
Manhasset, NY 11030

Work: 
(516) 481-3716
Fax: 
(516) 481-3716
Description: 

Dr. Juliet M. Vogel is a former director of training for the Division of Trauma Psychiatry for the North Shore LIJ Health System in Manhasset, New York. Through the NCTSN category II site there, she was involved in the development of programs for children, families, and first responders affected by 9/11, and in the development of a program for military personnel and their families. Her NCTSN workgroup participation has included co-authoring NCTSN’s Psychological First Aid for Schools Field Guide. Dr. Vogel currently teaches the didactic seminar for the Division of Trauma Psychiatry at NSLIJ. She maintains a private practice and does consulting, with a particular interest in family resilience. She is involved in the NCTSN Family Systems, Military Families, and Terrorism and Disaster collaborative groups.

 

Address: 

Community Care Behavioral Health
1200 Camp Hill Bypass, Suite 100
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Work: 
(717) 731-3633
Fax: 
(866) 418-0366
Email: 
Description: 

Karen Mallah served as project director for the Mental Health Center of Denver's Family Trauma Treatment Program, an NCTSN grantee. Dr. Mallah now works as a behavioral health consultant on the Mercer Government Human Services Consulting team. She remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on expanding evidence-based and culturally competent trauma treatment for diverse youth and families.

Address: 
Wilson-Sigrest

357 Towne Center Blvd, Suite 203
Ridgeland, MS  39056

Work: 
(601) 383-1248
Description: 

Kelly Wilson, LCSW is a clinician, consultant and trainer in private practice in Ridgeland, MS. She has over 20 years of experience in the mental health field specializing in the treatment of childhood traumatic stress. Kelly has worked extensively with children and families in multiple settings including therapeutic foster care, in-home services, child welfare prevention and reunification cases, child advocacy centers, and outpatient care. She is a nationally recognized trainer of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and has been a faculty on numerous TF-CBT Learning Collaboratives across the country. Beyond clinical training, Kelly has worked with organizations to bring about systems change focused on administrative and supervisory structures that support the adoption and implementation of evidence-informed clinical practices. Kelly maintains a private practice working with adults and adolescents focusing on anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, and adjustment issues. Kelly has a passion for ensuring client-driven behavioral healthcare of the highest quality.

Address: 

1660 S. Columbian Way, MC 116
Seattle, WA 98108

Work: 
(206) 768-5253
Description: 

Kendall Browne was the former program evaluator for the Adolescent Traumatic Stress and Substance Abuse Treatment Center at Boston University. She earned her doctorate from the SDSU/UCSD joint doctoral program in clinical psychology in 2013. She is currently a psychology fellow with the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the VA Puget Sound, Seattle Division. Her research and clinical work continue to focus on co-occurring trauma and alcohol/substance use.

Address: 

Valko and Associates
3130 Executive Parkway, 8th Floor
Toledo, OH 43606

Work: 
(419) 720-9000
Mobile: 
(419) 944-4602
Fax: 
(419) 720-9002
Description: 

Kristine Buffington was project director of the Cullen Center in Toledo, Ohio. She is now working with Valko and Associates.  She remains active on the NCTSN Juvenile Delinquency Committee and is active on the Ohio Department of Mental Health Child Trauma Task Force.