Mollie Marr was the Evaluation Coordinator for the NYC initiative Creating Trauma-Informed Care in Juvenile Secure Detention. She is currently pursuing an MD/PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience at Oregon Health and Science University and is interested in neurosceince of PTSD, trauma in juvenile justice and child welfare settings, and advocacy and policy.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Marrow, Monique, PhD
Monique Marrow is a clinical psychologist and currently a juvenile justice consultant for the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice at the University of Connecticut Health Center. She is the former deputy director of Treatment and Rehabilitation Services for the Ohio Department of Youth Services, and was the previous project director of the Toledo Children’s Hospital Cullen Center. Dr. Marrow serves as affiliate representative to the NCTSN Steering Committee, co-chair of the NCTSN Juvenile Justice Treatment Committee, and the affiliate Advisory Committee, as well as the Justice Consortium and Community Violence committees for NCTSN. Dr. Marrow is co- Author of the NCTSN Toolkit Think Trauma: A Training for Staff in JJ and Residential Settings. Her primary interest is helping juvenile justice and child welfare systems to become more trauma informed through a process of organizational assessment, planning, youth education, and staff training.
Maryann E. Robinson
Matheny, Saprina, MSW, LICSW
Saprina Matheny was the Clinical Program Manager for the Ambit Network at the University of Minnesota. In that role, she provided clinical consultation and training related to the implementation of Trauma Informed Communities/Practices to a variety of audiences, including education, child welfare, juvenile justice, and clinicians. She now provides outpatient therapy, as well as supervision, consultation, and training with a particular emphasis on implementation of TF-CBT.
McAlister Groves, Betsy, MSW, LICSW
Betsy McAlister Groves was the former director of the Child Witness to Violence Project at Boston Medical Center, and site director for Boston site of the Early Trauma Treatment Network. She is now on the faculty at Harvard's Graduate School of Education and remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on early childhood trauma, domestic violence and collaborations with pediatric professionals to increase their skills in identifying and responding to childhood trauma.
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.
Medical University of South Carolina, Mental Health Disparities Among Trauma-Exposed Youth Center
The Mental Health Disparities Among Trauma-Exposed Youth Center is located within the Mental Health Disparities and Diversity Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. Our center focuses on increasing access to, engagement in, and completion of culturally- and linguistically-appropriate, evidence-based treatments (EBT) for trauma-exposed African American, Latino, economically-disadvantaged, and rural/urban children and adolescents residing in 9 counties across South Carolina. We have a particular focus on utilizing specialized service modalities with evidence of reducing barriers to care, in particular community-based treatment and telemental health. The center seeks to (1) increase access to EBTs, among underserved populations through community-, telemedicine-, and office-based service provision modalities; (2) increase capacity of therapists to provide EBTs (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Culturally Modified-TF-CBT (CM-TF-CBT)) through learning collaboratives on EBTs; and (3) increase completion of services through reducing barriers to care and the provision of culturally-tailored treatment aimed at increasing engagement and reducing premature drop-out. Services are provided in a variety of community locations, including local child advocacy centers, schools, and pediatric primary care locations.
Mental Health Center of Denver, Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver – Trauma Treatment Project
The Gang Reduction Initiative of Denver - Trauma Treatment Project (GRID-TTP) in Denver, Colorado, will target youth aged 11-17, primarily African American and Latino/Latina, who are gang involved or at risk of gang involvement, and who reside in three Northeast Denver neighborhoods with high rates of community, domestic, and gang-related violence. GRID-TTP will be part of a citywide effort to reduce gang violence and to address the impact of this violence on city residents, especially Denver's youth. The project, implemented by a consortium of Denver government, community, and faith-based agencies, led by the Mental Health Center of Denver (MHCD), is based on the Comprehensive Gang Model developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. GRID-TTP will deliver two primary interventionsCognitive Behavioral Interventions in Schools (CBITS) and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS)in three middle school, one high school, and five recreation/community centers in the targeted Denver neighborhoods. During the two-year project period, 140 unduplicated youth will be served, some of whom, along with their families, will be referred to other MHCD services.
Prior funding to the Mental Health Center of Denver supported the Family Trauma Treatment Program, which providd access for low-income children and families to community mental health services through a network of more than thirty locations throughout the Denver area. The program improved services and treatment for children who experienced trauma by implementing and evaluating evidence-based interventions in a variety of community settings including schools, shelters, juvenile detention centers, day care centers, and neighborhood clinics.
Mental Health Partners
The Trauma Center of Excellence for Children and Families in Colorado aims to reduce health disparities in under-served children and families whose past traumatic experiences place them at risk for the development of trauma-related problems, by creating a nexus of culturally-responsive evidence-based treatments. We serve youth and their families as well as adults who have been impacted by traumatic events (e.g., physical abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, victims of crime, sexual assault, combat violence). Our target population includes three under-served groups in our community: (1) Hispanic youth and their families, (2) youth involved in the child welfare system and their caregivers, and (3) military youth and their families. The Center represents a strong community-academic partnership between Mental Health Partners (MHP), the community-based behavioral health treatment center in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and the University of Colorado-Boulder’s Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence (CSPV). The Center will develop and implement a trauma screening and referral system, as well as a comprehensive assessment protocol. CSPV will provide training, implementation support, and fidelity monitoring for the following evidence-based practices to MHP clinicians and local community-based referral sources: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), TF-CBT-Child Traumatic Grief (CTG), Culturally Modified-Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CM-TF-CBT), Alternatives for Families: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).
Mercy Family Center
Mercy Family Center: Project Fleur-de-lis (PFDL) is a mental health service provider in New Orleans that provides school-based trauma-focused intervention services, military family interventions, school-based suicide risk assessment support, and restorative justice approaches training and implementation support. All schools in the Greater New Orleans area are provided the opportunity to participate in PFDL’s comprehensive programming. PFDL partners with an average of 65 schools each school year. PFDL provides the following interventions to youth in schools: (1) Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), (2) Bounce Back, and (3) Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). PFDL serves youth who have experienced the following traumatic events: community and domestic violence, death of a loved one, Hurricane Katrina exposure, and family separation. Most of the youth participating in PFDL’s trauma-focused intervention services are urban, low-income, African American, English-speaking students ages 4-18. PFDL has partnered with the Louisiana National Guard (LANG) Office of Family Programs to reach military members and their families and to provide a variety of individual and family resiliency workshops throughout the state. PFDL is expanding their work in schools and communities through two new programs: (1) a comprehensive suicide awareness and responsiveness program for youth, caregivers, and school personnel and (2) the implementation of restorative practices in school and community systems.