Lynn Garst, M.Ed. currently works as the Pediatric Disaster Coordinator in the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment. He also serves as the Director of Emergency Preparedness for the Center for Resilience and Wellbeing in Schools at the University of Colorado, an NCTSN Category II site. He was the Principal Investigator for a Category III site at the Mental Health Center of Denver and remains an active affiliate member of the NCTSN.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Garst, Lynn, MEd
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., Project lnterCSECT
Project Intersect is focused on improving the well-being of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) through the provision of high quality trauma-focused evidence-based treatment to exploited children and their families and the training of professionals across child-serving systems to better recognize and respond to the needs of exploited children. A primary goal of the project involves building and sustaining a network of skilled therapists providing trauma-focused treatment (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to children and families. Additionally, Project Intersect is actively engaged with systems, community organizations and caregivers who provide services and ongoing care and support to youth who have been commercially sexually exploited, or who are at risk of exploitation. The project works with professionals in juvenile justice, child welfare/foster care, and homeless/runaway and LGBTQ youth-serving organizations to create more trauma-informed systems through training, ongoing support and consultation and promoting culture change within families and organizations.
Goldman Fraser, Jenifer
Jenifer Goldman Fraser was the former PI for the Boston site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network, the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center. in that capacity, Jenifer served as faculty for the senior leadership track for Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) Learning Collaboratives in Massachusetts where she developed a CPP sustainability tool. Jenifer is now the Senior Research Analyst and Program Development Specialist for ZERO TO THREE's Infant-Toddler Court Program, a national initiative to support implementation of infant-toddler court teams in jurisdictions across the United States funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration Maternal and Child Health Bureau. She recently co-authored a set of online learning modules on enhanced practices for judges and attorneys to meet the needs of very young children involved with child welfare services that will be available on the Child Welfare Information Gateway Learning Center in early 2019. She produced a module on parent trauma and on building a trauma-responsive court for the online curriculum. Additionally, Jenifer was the PI for the first comparative effectiveness review of interventions for children exposed to trauma, conducted under the auspices of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Effective Health Care Program and which used exhaustive systematic review methodology to assess the strength of the evidence in support of interventions.
Goldsmith, Douglas, Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas Goldsmith was the Executive Director of The Children's Center, a private not for profit mental health agency in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1995 until 2018 when he entered private practice. During his tenure he lead the agency to secure NSTSN membership in 2009 and 2012. Those 7 years with NCTSN transformed The Children's Center into a truama center for families in Salt Lake City. The clinical team received intensive training in TF -CBT, CPP, and ARC. He lectured clinicians throughout the state on how to recognize and treat trauma in very young children. And in 2017 he was asked by the Lieutenant Governor of the state to chair a committee responsible for creating a roadmap to make Utah a trauma informed state. Dr. Goldsmith is an expert in the area of attachment and co-edited a book titled, "Attachment Theory in Clinical Work with Children". His clinical work focuses on the intersection between attachment and trauma and treatment implications for young children. He is frequently asked to provide expert witness testimony on the impact of trauma on young children exposed to high conflict divorce, accidents, and refugee status. He continues to provide trauma treatment to families and children from toddlers through teens in his private practice.
Goodman, Robin F., PhD, ATR-BC
Robin Goodman is past Executive Director of A Caring Hand, Founded in Memory of Billy Esposito and consultant to St. John's University. As consultant to the Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, she focuses on childhood traumatic grief-related activities and NCTSN projects. Dr. Goodman has also been a consultant for the Department of Defense Educational Opportunities Directorate and for the NCTSN. Previously, as director of bereavement programs at the NYU Child Study Center, an NCTSN grantee, she co-directed a clinical and research program for bereaved 9/11 families.
Tharyn Giovanni Grant is a licensed clinical social worker in the Atlanta metro area who specializes in working with queer and gender expansive youth and young adults. His clinical interests include advocacy for youth and their families, working with trauma and substance use, and supporting other clinicians in providing affirming care. Tharyn approaches clinical work through psychodynamic theories, third-wave cognitive behavioral approaches, harm reduction, and relational cultural frameworks while also addressing intersectionality and examining systems of oppression, privilege, and power. He has worked with NCTSN projects at CHRIS 180, the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, and JRI, Inc.
Griffin, Gene, JD, PhD
Gene is retired faculty from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he was part of a Category II grant that focused on the CANS assessment tool. Presently Gene is the state-appointed Chair of the Illinois Children's Mental Health Partnership and remains involved with activities focused on public sector child welfare, mental health, juvenile justice, and child trauma issues.
Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
The Harborview Child Traumatic Stress Program is located at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS), a specialty program of the Harborview Medical Center, a University of Washington teaching hospital. The center serves children and adults affected by child maltreatment, rape and other violent crime, and other traumatic events.
Among its accomplishments as part of the NCTSN, the center: 1) increased its capacity to deliver evidence-based interventions at HCSATS; 2) improved mechanisms for identifying and linking affected children served within the medical center to other services; 3) created a collaboration with specialized community providers serving victims in diverse settings to increase identification, access, and availability of culturally specific treatments; and 4) constructed and managed a website for distance learning that also serves as a clinical resource for practitioners across the state.
Healthy Environments and Response to Schools (HEARTS), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UCSF at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
HEARTS is a whole-school prevention/intervention program that aims to create trauma-informed, safe, supportive, and equitable learning and teaching environments that foster resilience and wellness for everyone in the school community. HEARTS utilizes a multi-tiered system of support to address trauma at the student, staff, school organizational, and district levels through training and consultation with school personnel, and mental health supports for students and families. HEARTS work is guided by six principles that are grounded in trauma research and an extensive review of trauma-informed systems work nationally: Understanding Trauma and Stress; Cultural Humility and Equity; Safety and Predictability; Compassion and Dependability; Empowerment and Collaboration; and Resilience and Social Emotional Learning. A core feature distinguishing HEARTS from many other trauma-informed school approaches is the centrality of cultural responsiveness and equity in all aspects of the program. We believe that given the toxic, trauma-inducing, and pervasive nature of structural racism and other forms of oppression, any efforts to mitigate the effects of trauma must include efforts to counteract these harms. Further, without a culturally responsive and equity-promoting lens, there is a risk that trauma concepts could be used to pathologize marginalized communities rather than underscore their resilience. HEARTS-Extended (HEARTS-E) is our NCTSI-funded project that provides evidence-based trauma-focused mental health treatment, services, and support systems for trauma-impacted children and youth at three elementary and two middle school sites in San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), focusing on capacity-building for SFUSD personnel to deliver these services.
Heartland Alliance International
The Kovler Center at Heartland Alliance International is dedicated to implementing and evaluating high quality, trauma-informed and culturally and linguistically responsive treatment practice to immigrant, refugee, and asylee youth and families. The populations of focus are multi-ethnic groups of immigrant and refugee youth and families who have been traumatized by war, displacement, state sponsored torture, family separation, and resettlement. The main goals of this project are to: improve and expand upon trauma informed mental health services to youth whom have been impacted by war, torture, displacement, and/or family separation and to decrease disparities in ethnic minorities access to mental health care both through the center’s direct service work as well as developing collaborative community partnerships with community organizations and schools who serve immigrant and refugee populations. The Kovler Center uses the International Family Adult and Child Enhancement Services (IFACES) model, which is culturally and linguistically responsive approach to working with immigrant populations. Services will include case management, group therapies, and individual treatment. Due to Chicago being one of the main cities where immigrants are relocated, we anticipate serving youth and families from over 30 different countries annually.