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Network Members

This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.

Jewish Family and Children's Service

Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III - Massachusetts
Funding Period:
2016-2021

Early Connections/Conexiones Tempranas (EC/CT), a project of the Center for Early Relationship Support (CERS) of Jewish Family and Children’s Service (JF&CS), is designed to address traumatic stress and build resilience in children ages 0-5 while reducing disparities in mental health access among marginalized populations, particularly Latino immigrant families living in Waltham, Massachusetts and nearby communities. The project serves pregnant women and families with young children who are coping with multiple adversities including parental substance use or mental illness, domestic abuse, community violence, homelessness, separation from a primary caregiver, and/or immigration.

In collaboration with our partner, Boston University School of Social Work, EC/CT offers and evaluates services at multiple levels. For parents and young children, EC/CT provides Child-Parent Psychotherapy augmented by Circle of Security-Parenting groups to promote engagement and build interpersonal connections. The EC/CT team includes bi-lingual/bi-cultural clinicians, as well as community members hired as Mentoring Moms, to provide peer support and connect families with resources. At the community and systems level, EC/CT is building a trauma-informed network of local organizations, representing health care, early childhood education, child welfare, domestic violence services, and Early Intervention to enhance community-wide awareness and collaboration in meeting the needs of trauma-exposed and marginalized young children and families.

Location:
Waltham , MA
Staff:

Johns Hopkins University, Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative

Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers - Category II - Maryland
Funding Period:
2012-2016, 2016-2021

The Center for Mental Health Services in Pediatric Primary Care: Pediatric Integrated Care Collaborative (PICC) will increase the quality of child trauma services by integrating behavioral and physical health services, targeting traumatic stress exposure and recovery, extending accessibility of services by integrating trauma-informed behavioral health services with primary care, and promoting a sustainable integration. The center will support three levels of collaborative activity: 1) a Breakthrough Series, which will generate and test innovations to bridge the gaps between existing practices for prevention/early intervention for toxic stress in young children and the application of these practices within primary care settings; 2) a Learning Collaborative, which will promote the dissemination and adoption of these innovations, and will develop a Pediatric Integrated Care Training and Resource Toolkit; and 3) an Integrated Care Collaborative Group (ICCG) of participants from SAMSHA-NCTSI–funded sites and Network Affiliates. Dissemination will also be facilitated through the center's six core sites, its links to the American Academy of Pediatrics, and its hosting of the National Network of Child Psychiatry Access Programs.

Location:
Baltimore , MD
Staff:

Jones, Russell

Individual Affiliate - Virginia

Dr. Jones is a Professor of Psychology at Virginia Tech University, and a Clinical Psychologist who specializes in clinical child psychology, trauma psychology, and issues related to disaster and terrorism (www.firetrauma.com). He is also an expert in the behavioral sciences. His research concerns the topic of childhood stress and coping, coping with common stressful life events as well as major traumas (i.e., natural and technological disasters as well as interpersonal violence). Disaster Preparedness and Posttraumatic stress disorder, Depression, and Post Traumatic Growth are major areas of study. Assessment, conceptualization, and treatment of consequent psychiatric and psychosocial disorders also serve as topics of interest.  Co-editor of Behavior Therapy and Black Populations: Psychosocial Issues and Empirical Findings, Dr. Jones has also served as a member of numerous editorial boards and .extensively in the trauma area Dr. Jones received his Ph.D. from Penn State University and completed his clinical internship at Brown University.  He also held a secondary appointment at Yale University at the Child Study Center. He currently serves as the Director and Founder of Recovery Efforts After Adult and Child Trauma (R.E.A.A.C.T).  He has appeared on CBS News, CBC News, BBC, PBS, C-Span, Fox News and a host of other media outlets including print, radio and the web.  He was also featured on the Dr. OZ show discussing the impact of the shootings in Newtown Conn., as well as ways of coping with it.d extensively in the trauma area.

Location:
Virginia Tech Blacksburg , VA
Work:
(540) 231-5934

Jones-Damis, Jennifer R., PsyD, LPC

Individual Affiliate - New Jersey

Dr. Jennifer R. Jones-Damis is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies from The University of Virginia; a Master's Degree in School and Community Counseling from Regent University; and a Doctorate Degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Jones-Damis completed a highly competitive, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Traumatic Stress at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City where she administered evidence based treatment to youth in the juvenile justice system, coordinated staff trainings in evidence-based interventions and facilitated follow up consultation with state agencies (e.g., New York Department of Probation, Riker's Island). Currently, Dr. Jones-Damis is the Associate Director of Mental Health for the Young Adult (18-21) population at Riker's Island Correctional Facility. Additionally, she facilitates trainings and workshops for Probation/Correction Officers and professionals around the country in order to spread knowledge about the impact of trauma and mental health issues on youth involved in the justice system. Dr. Jones-Damis is an active participant with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), particularly on the School's Committee Work Group and the Justice Consortium Committee. In 2015 Dr. Jones-Damis spear headed a new sub-committee, which combined the School, Community Violence, and Cultural Committees of NCTSN in order to address how educators and counselors respond to race and trauma in the classroom and therapeutic settings. Furthermore, Dr. Jones-Damis holds positions on the state and national boards of The Association of Black Psychologists, where she continues to advocate for the mental health needs of the Black community. Dr. Jones-Damis' research interests focus on the disproportionality of Black students receiving exclusionary discipline in school systems and issues of the over representation of Black youth in the juvenile justice system. She has presented her research at national conferences such as the American Psychological Association, The Association of Black Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. Dr. Jones-Damis co-authored a chapter on classroom management for the International Handbook of Student Achievement and has published articles concerning Black students and school discipline.

Dr. Jones-Damis is an active participant with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), particularly she is the Co-Chair of the Justice Consortium Committee. In 2015 she spear headed a new sub-committee, which combined the School, Community Violence, and Cultural Committees of NCTSN in order to address how educators and counselors respond to race and trauma in the classroom and therapeutic settings. Dr. Jones-Damis "research interests focus on the disproportionality of Black students receiving exclusionary discipline in school systems and issues of the over representation of Black youth in the juvenile justice system. She has presented her research at national conferences such as APA, The Association of Black Psychologists, and the National Association of School Psychologists. 

Location:
Essex County Correctional Facility NJ
Work:
(908) 578-4889

Justice Resource Institute

Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III - Massachusetts
Funding Period:
2001-2005, 2005-2009, 2009-2012, 2012-2016, 2018-2023

The Metropolitan Boston Complex Trauma Treatment Initiative (MB-CTTI) is a mobile service network delivering evidence-based trauma interventions to high-risk and underserved complex trauma-exposed children and youth ages 0-21 living in the Metropolitan Boston region. There are several groups of children and youth that we are prioritizing for services in this project, including trafficked and exploited youth, youth in state custody, LGBTQ youth, youth from military families, and urban youth of color. The primary aim of the MB-CTTI is to reduce behavioral health disparities among these consumer groups. The work of the MB-CTTI includes delivery of clinical services, including individual and family therapy, to children, youth, and their families, as well as consultation and training to programs partners. We deliver trauma-informed interventions, consultation, and training to a range of service settings, including outpatient, community based, and residential settings. A central goal of the MB-CTTI is to enhance the infrastructure and capacities of program partners in order to support sustainability of trauma EBPs over time.

Location:
Needham , MA
Staff:

Kagan, Richard, PhD

Individual Affiliate - South Carolina

Richard Kagan, Ph.D. has had extensive leadership experience in child and family services and behavioral health care as director of professional development, QI, research, and psychological services and served as the principal investigator for two NCTSN grants. He is the author or co-author of 34 articles, chapters, and papers and ten books: Families in Perpetual CrisisTurmoil to Turning Points; Building Hope for Children in Crisis PlacementsWounded Angels; Lessons from Children in CrisisRebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children; Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse, and Neglect, the Real Life Heroes Life Storybook 1st, 2nd and 3rd editions, the Real Life Heroes Practitioner’s Manual, the Real Life Heroes Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families, and Wounded Angels; Inspiration from Children in Crisis.

Dr. Kagan developed Real Life Heroes, an evidence-supported treatment model for children and families with Complex Trauma. He is currently the director of Training Programs on Traumatic Stress in Columbia, SC and provides training and consultation on practical and innovative approaches that organizations and therapists can utilize to engage hard-to-reach children and parents/caregivers, to strengthen resilience and to reduce toxic stress. Dr. Kagan has also served on the NCTSN Steering Committee, the Affiliate Advisory Board, the Complex Trauma and Child Welfare Committees, the Trauma-Informed Organizational Assessment Advisory Group and he co-led development of the NCTSN curriculum,Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Traumatic Stress as co-chair of the Resource Parent Committee.

Location:
Training Programs on Traumatic Stress Columbia , SC
Work:
(803) 569-6712

Kellin Foundation

Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III - North Carolina
Funding Period:
2018-2023

We provide a trauma-informed, culturally-competent, and community-based child trauma recovery center called The Treehouse for children and families who have been exposed to violence and trauma. We focus on three core areas: (1) access to treatment services, (2) community awareness through a public awareness and prevention campaign focused on the community-at-large, and (3) provider capacity building through a training academy that provides specialized training on trauma-informed approaches With support from SAMHSA's NCTSN, we also provide specific trainings about military culture and resources and treatment options for military families are embedded within the academy. In this way, we raise awareness about the needs of children of military personnel and build our community capacity to address their unique needs. We participate in network-wide initiatives and actively dissemination NCTSN products and materials. We look forward to making a difference together!

Location:
Greensboro , NC
Staff:

Kennedy, Judith

Individual Affiliate - South Dakota
Location:
Lead , SD
Work:
(605) 209-5540

Knoverek, Angel, PhD, LCPC, ACS

Individual Affiliate - Illinois

Angel Knoverek previously served as Director of Clinical & Residential Services at Chaddock in Quincy, IL. She now serves as faculty in undergraduate, masters, and doctorate programs and owns and operates a private practice and consultation business. Dr. Knoverek remains involved with NCTSN activities, including as a Master Trainer in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and Psychological First Aid (PFA), member of committees and work groups, and collaboration and consultation with numerous organizations providing trauma-informed services and evidence-based treatment to children and adolescents.

Location:
Quincy , IL
Work:
(217) 440-6247

Kramer-Kuhn, Alison M, PhD

Individual Affiliate - Maryland

Dr. Kramer-Kuhn is a clinical psychologist and previously worked at two NCTSN sites: the Institute for Juvenile Research at the University of Illinois at Chicago (Urban Youth Trauma Center) and the Child Abuse Program at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA. She is certified in TF-CBT and trained to fidelity in CFTSI and PSB-CBT School-Aged Model.

Location:
Rockville , MD

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