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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.

Ralston, "Libby" M. Elizabeth, PhD

Individual Affiliate - South Carolina

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. 

Sullivan’s Island , SC
(843) 412-6706

Reagan, Laura, LCSW-C

Individual Affiliate - Maryland

Laura specializes in trauma and attachment focused therapy with adults with complex trauma from childhood. TJ works with mothers and parenting partners to address perinatal mental health using a trauma and attachment focus. Mary Beth helps children and adolescents, along with their families, when there has been attachment disruption due to trauma and loss. Sara specializes in complex/traumatic grief, particularly in adults who are survivors of a loved one's suicide. January specializes in selective mutism, sensory processing, and somatic co-regulation with young children, adolescents and their families using an attachment and trauma perspective. Jeanne works with adults with trauma from childhood abuse or other traumatic experiences. 

The Baltimore Annapolis Center for Integrative Healing Severna Park , MD
(443) 320-4034

Residential Child Care Project/College of Human Ecology

Treatment and Services Adaptation Centers - Category II - New York
Funding Period:

The “Creating Conditions for Change - Therapeutic Foster Care” project strives to improve the quality of therapeutic foster care (TFC), an essential undertaking as the Family First Prevention Services Act restrictions will increase the number and acuity of children placed in TFC. The goals are: 1) increase Therapeutic Foster Parents (TFPs) access to training that improves their capacity to meet their children’s trauma-specific needs, 2) increase the capacity of agency staff to support and mentor TFPs as they apply new skills and knowledge regarding trauma-informed care, and 3) increase the capacity of voluntary and public agencies to train, support, and retain qualified TFPs in their TFC programs. Two existing programs – the Therapeutic Crisis Intervention for Families (TCIF) and Children and Residential Experiences: Creating Conditions for Change (CARE) - will be adapted, integrated, and updated based on a review of current scientific literature and stakeholder focus groups. CARE, a trauma-informed, evidence-based program model provides a set of evidence-informed principles that emphasize building developmental relationships, maintaining trauma-sensitive environments, and working effectively with biological families. TCIF is an evidence-informed curriculum that prepares foster parents to therapeutically prevent, de-escalate, or manage challenging behaviors. To improve accessibility, both TFP and Staff trainings will include materials to facilitate learning in three modalities: in-person training, live virtual training, and self-paced E-learning. Training a cadre of 240 3C-TFC Trainers will accelerate the adoption of this new trauma-informed, relationship-focused program in agencies nationwide.

3M402 MVR Hall 37 Forest Home Dr.
Ithaca , NY 14853

Reyes, Edwina, MFT, CSAC

Individual Affiliate - Hawaii

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. 

Ho’oko LLC Waipahu , HI
(808) 375-7712

Richmond University Medical Center

Community Treatment and Services Centers - Category III - New York
Funding Period:
2016-2021, 2021-2026

RUMC is certified by the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH), Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), and Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) to provide treatment to a diverse array of children, youth, and families with a variety of needs. We deliver medical and behavioral health services to children and youth in multiple settings, ensuring that there is no wrong door of entry for any child who will benefit from our trauma informed services. Our multidisciplinary team takes a cross systems approach to treatment and observes each contact with a child as an opportunity to screen, evaluate and treat for trauma.

355 Bard Ave
Staten Island , NY 10310

Riley, Tracey

Individual Affiliate - Illinois

Tracey Riley is a certified Project Management Professional with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology (Loyola University Chicago) and a Master's degree in Information Design and Strategy (Northwestern University). In addition to volunteering and working as a crisis line worker at the National Runaway Safeline, Tracey supported children and families involved in the Illinois child welfare system as an Intact Family caseworker. Prior to working within the NCTSN, Tracey published and presented research focused on psycho-social outcomes of emerging adults during the college transition. Tracey joined the Category II Center for Child Trauma Assessment Services and Interventions (previously the Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning) in 2015. Key contributions included the evaluation and reporting efforts across projects, development of two trauma-informed films (including Remembering Trauma), facilitation of state-wide focus groups with transition age youth and the development and execution of a national train-the-trainer initiative for the Think Trauma curriculum. Currently, Tracey manages projects in the early childhood education space at the Ounce of Prevention Fund and supports Ounce leadership in executing their strategic plan and annual operating initiatives. Tracey's areas of expertise include the successful management and execution of projects focused on improving outcomes for at-risk populations and building team capacity in managing communication, stakeholders, and risk in high performing, non-profit settings.

Ounce of Prevention Fund, Chicago , IL

Rimmler, Shelby, MPH

Individual Affiliate - North Carolina

Shelby Rimmler (she/her) is a community-engaged researcher focusing on health workforce wellbeing and sustainability. Shelby came to the NCTSN as project manager of the Category II site, the National Initiative for Trauma Education and Workforce Development at UNC Chapel Hill. She remains involved with the NCTSN as an affiliate and in the role of Research Associate/Research Program Manager at the Program on Health Workforce Research and Policy based at UNC Chapel Hill. Shelby continues to do work supporting implementation of trauma-informed and innovative strategies for organizational change that improve the wellbeing of clinical care providers, and thus the wellbeing of the individuals, families, and communities being cared for. She will complete the Total Worker Health certificate in December 2023:

Hillsborough , NC
(919) 672-0113

Risk, Heather, PsyD

Individual Affiliate - Kentucky

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.

Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC Lexington , KY
(859) 303-8041

Rivas-Hermina, Lisette, MS, LMFT

Individual Affiliate - California

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.

Rivas-Hermina Trauma Recovery Services Glendale , CA
(818) 269-6325

Rockey, Marsha, PsyD

Individual Affiliate - Indiana

Dr. Rockey was a member of the Heal The Hurt program, a Category III funded site in Clearwater Florida. After relocating to Central Indiana, Dr. Rockey worked with Military Personnel and their families at Camp Atterbury. In 2016, Dr. Rockey opened a private practice that serves both children and adults in the local community struggling with the effects of traumatic experiences.

Rockey Psychological Services, Inc. Franklin , IN
(317) 868-8300