Sara Pollard completed a postdoctoral psychology fellowship with the Georgia Child Traumatic Stress Initiative (GCTSI), an NCTSN Category III center and collaboration between Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University School of Medicine. During this fellowship, she developed expertise in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Additionally, Dr. Pollard delivered webinars on suicide, self-injury, and cultural issues in maltreated children. She now works in an integrated primary care clinic for children in foster care, and has been integrating the NCTSN's Resource Parent Curriculum with Triple P for foster and adoptive parents. She is especially interested in network projects related to integrated care, foster care, and cultural and systems issues.
The Children’s Place is a non-profit agency that helps heal the youngest survivors of abuse, neglect and other traumas. Serving the Kansas City community for over 30 years, The Children’s Place is a recognized leader in working with young children using evidence based therapy and best practice treatment.
Operating three main programs: Day Treatment, Outpatient Therapy and Parenting Support Services; The Children’s Place works to help every child overcome development delays and mental health issues that manifest as a result of traumatic experiences. Day Treatment provides a therapeutic early education program for children under the age of 5. Outpatient Therapy provides both child and family therapy for children up to 8 years of age and Parenting Support Services is an in-home service to work with caregivers to strengthen their parenting competencies and decrease parental stress. The goal of all three programs is to help children and families heal from adverse experiences and to promote happy and healthy childhoods.
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.
Kim is a Clinical Psychologist at St. Aloysius Orphanage in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her clinical training has focused on the area of trauma, and specifically child trauma. She trained in evidence-based practices such as TF-CBT, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy during her time working at the NCTSN Affiliate Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The majority of her current caseload consists of trauma-focused cases such as child abuse, traumatic grief, and complex trauma.
Laura Reagan was a clinician on the Trauma-Adapted Family Connections grant with the University of Maryland School of Social Work from 2010-2011. She is now a psychotherapist in private practice in the Annapolis, Maryland area offering trauma-focused therapy services to children, adolescents and families.
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.
Megan Schacht was the former Clinical Manager of the Children's Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis. She now is the Manager of Family and Clinical Services at the St. Louis County Family Court and remains active with the NCTSN in areas related to juvenile justice and complex trauma.
M. Carolina Velasco-Hodgson is a bilingual clinician with over 10 years of experience. She attended psychology school in Chile, and after obtaining a Fulbright Scholarship, she completed her MSW in the US. She was a Social Work Intern at Child Witness to Violence Project and collaborates with the NCTSN Translation Review Committee since 2010 (Caring for kids, Trinka and Juan, and after disasters’ fact sheets) and also collaborates with other members of the NCTSN network (PTSD in Infancy and Early childhood interview: PIE). Carolina currently has a private practice and is a professor in two Universities in Chile. She remains involved in Network activities focusing in early childhood trauma and on product development for Spanish speaking families living in the US.
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.
Susan Vosburgh is the Director of the National Resource Center on ADHD at CHADD. She is a Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience as a therapist, clinical supervisor, administrator, and educator. She graduated from the National Catholic School of Social Service (NCSSS) at Catholic University and has received post-graduate training in child and family therapy and the administration of social service agencies. She has been on the faculty of Georgetown University’s Department of Psychiatry and NCSSS and has served as a mental health consultant and trainer to schools, churches, the courts and government agencies. Susan has provided therapeutic services to diverse populations of all ages, directed a bilingual therapeutic preschool, a child and adolescent hospital outpatient clinic, a school mental health program and a trauma and bereavement mental health agency. She is bilingual, bicultural in English and Spanish.