In collaboration with the Asian Health Services (AHS), the Health Intervention Projects for Underserved Populations (HIPUP), Public Health Institute (PHI) will implement the Trauma Informed Programs for Asian Communities (TIPAC) that aims to provide trauma-informed treatment and other services to reduce mental health and behavioral problems (e.g., substance use) and promote health and well-being for Asian Americans and immigrants in Alameda County, CA. TIPAC will target Asian children (6 to 18 years old) and their families who have had traumatic experiences due to refugee/immigration/relocation process, child abuse, and other traumatic events (e.g., exposure to war and disaster). In collaboration with local CBOs and the Public Health Department, we will conduct community and online outreach and recruit the targeted Asian children and families who are suffering from trauma. We will provide evidence-based and culturally appropriate trauma-informed treatment and other programs (e.g., Asian youth community empowerment) and evaluate the efficacy of TIPAC on the targeted health outcomes. We will also facilitate system level changes in child-serving systems to improve access, use, and outcomes of trauma-informed treatment and other services in the San Francisco Bay area. Results of the process and outcome evaluation will be reported to SAMHSA and the targeted Asian communities through community forums and newsletters. Through direct individual and system level interventions, TIPAC will have a significant impact on increasing access, use, and outcomes of trauma-informed treatment and other services for Asian children and families who are suffering from trauma but have been neglected by mental health and other service providers.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Public Health Institute
Ralston, Libby, PhD
Elizabeth Ralston, PhD was the founding director of the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Inc. (DNLCC) an accredited Children’s Advocacy Center located in Charleston, South Carolina and, since her retirement in 2012, has served as their Director Emeritus.
Dr. Ralston is on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has served on the National Children’s Alliance (NCA) Board of Directors and the NCA mental health standard revision committee, and participated in the partnership between NCA and NCTSN to develop the CAC Director’s Guide to Mental Health services. She currently serves as the vice chair of the South Carolina Children’s Justice Act Task Force.
Dr. Ralston served as the project director when DNLCC was designated as a Level III Center 2008, and implemented a community-based learning collaborative in the Charleston area in the provision of evidence-supported treatment for children with sexual behavior problems funded through SAMSHA. She has served as the co-director of Project BEST since 2007. This project, funded by the Duke Endowment, is a partnership between MUSC and NCVRC, and has developed and utilized a community based learning collaborative coordinated through Children’s Advocacy Centers.
The goal of Project BEST is to increase the availability of evidence-based treatment to the children of South Carolina by training community mental health professionals in the delivery of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy with fidelity, and training community treatment brokers to do evidence-based treatment planning and case management.
In 2013, Project BEST was expanded to the South Carolina Trauma Practice Initiative, a partnership between the Duke Endowment, the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, the National Crime Victims Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, and the South Carolina Department of Social Services. The goal of SCTPI is to increase to 100% the number of professionals trained through PB by training the majority of clinicians, supervisors, and senior leaders within the public mental health system, as well as caseworkers, supervisors, and senior leaders within the child welfare system. This project is expected to significantly increase the availability of evidence-based practice to the children of South Carolina and also to increase the collaboration between mental health and child welfare professionals, with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes for abused/traumatized children and their families in South Carolina.
Reagan, Laura, LCSW-C
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.
Reyes, Edwina, MFT, CSAC
Edwina Reyes is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She is the Vice President and co-founder for Ho'oko LLC, a private mental health counseling center in Hawaii. She is also in full-time private practice, specializing in faith-based counseling. She is presently the co-chair for the NCTSN Domestic Violence Collaborative Working Group.
Reyes, Gilbert, PhD
Gil Reyes, PhD is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara, California. At NCTSN he is involved with the Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Missouri and the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA, and is a longstanding member of the task force on the Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma. He was the lead editor of the four-volume Handbook of International Disaster Psychology (2006) and The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (2008), and his areas of expertise include psychological trauma, and the psychosocial effects of disasters, terrorism, torture, and mass violence. He has provided psychosocial disaster support in several national and local disasters throughout the past decade, including the September 2001 response to the destruction of the World Trade Center, and has worked in a consulting capacity with the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He serves as the Disaster Relief Committee Chair for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology, is the 2012 President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Peace Psychology, and is the 2014 President-Elect of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. In all areas of life, Dr. Reyes emphasizes social support and attachments as the essential tools for resilient coping in the face of adversity.
Risk, Heather, PsyD
Heather Risk was the former Project Director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute at the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children. She now owns Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC which is a private practice devoted to the treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Training and consultation services regarding TF-CBT and various topics related to trauma are also provided to mental health professionals, foster parents, and the child welfare, judicial, and school systems. www.heatherriskandassociates.com
Rivas-Hermina, Lisette, MS, LMFT
Lisette Rivas-Hermina has been a senior training specialist at the Children’s Institute, Inc. She now works as a consultant and trainer for Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in Los Angeles. She remains involved with NCTSN activities to promote the use of evidenced-based trauma treatment for children and their families. Ms. Rivas-Hermina provides treatment to children and their families in Spanish and English in her private practice using both TF-CBT and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.
Rockey, Marsha, PsyD
Marsha Rockey was clinical director for Heal the Hurt in Florida. She now works through Spectrum Health at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, an Army installation in Indiana. Dr. Rockey has remained involved with the NCTSN through her work on the Child Welfare Committee.
Rompala, Vikki, LCSW
Vikki Rompala was the Co-Chair of the Partnering with Youth and Families Committee at NCTSN and the Program Evaluation and Consumer Initiative Coordinator at La Rabida Children's Hospital Chicago Child Trauma Center. She now works as the Director of Outcomes and Evaluation at Metropolitan Family Services and remains involved with creating trauma-informed services for many different service sectors including domestic violence, child welfare, youth development, early childhood, and outpatient mental health settings.
Rosenzweig, Kim J., PsyD
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.