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.
Thomas Donovan is a trainer of Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Psychological First Aid (PFA). Thomas formerly served at Chaddock, a former category 3 site, as the Associate Director of Clinical Services. Currently he is the owner of New Life Counseling in Quincy, IL and Assistant Pastor at Columbus Road Baptist Church.
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.
Dr. Corwin serves as Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Child Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry. He has worked as a lecturer, consultant, evaluator and/or expert witness addressing child abuse cases throughout the United States and other countries including Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Israel, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. Dr. Corwin is a founder of the California and American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (CAPSAC & APSAC), the Ray E. Helfer Society, and the Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA). As liaison from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, he chaired the transition of the AMA’s National Advisory Council on Violence and Abuse into the National Health Collaborative on Violence and Abuse between 2009 and 2011. Dr. Corwin has ongoing interests in the evaluation, mitigation and prevention of the adverse health impacts associated with exposure to violence and abuse across the lifespan and currently serves as the President of the Academy on Violence and Abuse which is dedicated to increasing the education of health professionals about and research on the health impacts of violence and abuse. In 2012, he was re-elected to the Board of Directors of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and serves currently as the Secretary for the Society. Jon Conte, APSAC’s first President referred to Dr. Corwin as the "Father of APSAC" at APSAC's its 25th Anniversary celebration. In early 2012, the AVA released a DVD entitled the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study. Dr. Corwin served as the DVD’s Executive Producer. Dr. Corwin continues teaching, networking, program development, professional society leadership, clinical and forensic consultation.
Currently an active NCTSN individual affiliate member, Laura Templet received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Kansas. In 1995, she was awarded a social work fellowship from the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry and Mental Health Sciences. Throughout her career, she has worked in a variety of settings in the field. She was the director of family support services and mental health for foster and adoption in Kansas, and a founding member of the Kansas Association for Infant Mental Health. Since moving to Colorado in 2001, her clinical work has focused on trauma treatment whether residential treatment, outpatient, or in community centers. Ms. Templet has also been a foster-adopt parent for 10 years, which resulted in the addition of two more children to her family.
Steven Grilli was formerly Child Welfare Program Coordinator with the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He now works at NorthEast Treatment Centers in Philadelphia and remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on the assessment and treatment of traumatic stress among children and families in the child welfare system.
Brain Farragher is the former Executive VP/COO of Andrus and the co-founder of the Sanctuary Institute with Dr. Sandra Bloom. Brian formally served as co-chair of the Residential Work Group and participated in several other committees. He is most interested in the impact of trauma on care providers and organizations providing care.
Licensed clinical psychologist Brad Stolbach, PhD is an associate professor of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago Medicine, and co-founder and clinical consultant to La Rabida Children’s Hospital’s Chicago Child Trauma Center (CCTC). Dr. Stolbach is Project Director of Trauma-Informed Care for Youth Injured by Violence, a collaboration involving La Rabida’s CCTC, the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital, the John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, and the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice at the Drexel University School of Public Health. A primary goal of this project is to develop and implement an adaption of Drexel’s Healing Hurt People (HHP) trauma-informed hospital-based violence intervention model in emergency pediatric settings in Chicago. Dr. Stolbach’s work at the University of Chicago Medicine also focuses on developing trauma-informed programs and services in a variety of settings, including the Adoption Center, the Pediatric Mobile Medical Unit, and the Center for Community Health and Vitality, as well as developing a Trauma-Informed Psychiatry Clinic for youth on probation. Within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Dr. Stolbach is the Midwest Lead Technical Advisor in the Complex Trauma Treatment Network and a member of the Dissociation Expert Workgroup for the Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning at Northwestern University. He currently serves as a Co-Chair of the NCTSN Community Violence Committee. Dr. Stolbach’s research activities focus on developmental trauma disorder in urban children, cumulative trauma in young children, the links between poverty and trauma, and the role of developmental trauma in the lives of children and youth affiliated with armed groups.
Carla Smith Stover has been a faculty member at the Yale Childhood Violent Trauma Center and began her involvement with the NCTSN while there. She is now on the faculty at the University of South Florida Department of Mental Health Law and Policy. Dr. Stover continues her involvement with the NCTSN as a master trainer in the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention and as a Co-Chair for the Family Systems Affinity Group.
Sara McConnell is an educator and clinical interpreter with over 20 years of experience. In recent years she has worked for Colorado State University's community outreach program, serving the local Hispanic community by providing interpretive services in conjunction with social workers, judges and the courts, psychiatric and medical professionals. Her primary clients are child victims of trauma and their families.