Wanda Vargas-Haskins, PhD, is currently the senior psychologist at New York Presbyterian’s Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center. She dedicates herself to improving the safety and well-being of children and caregivers who have been exposed to trauma. Wanda was born in the Dominican Republic and immigrated to the United States at the young age of 3, where she was raised in the community of Washington Heights. She earned her PhD in the combined Clinical and School Psychology program at Hofstra University where she developed an interest in maternal stress and mother-child dyads. Her career began in St. Barnabas Hospital’s Safe Start program, testing the effectiveness of using Child-Parent Psychotherapy as a treatment for young children exposed to violence. In 2011, she became a clinician at New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Family PEACE Trauma Treatment Center to continue working with the underserved population of Latino/a/x young children and their parents exposed to trauma in Washington Heights and Inwood. Over the years, Wanda’s passion for working with families has grown into a dedication and commitment to affect change both directly and on a systemic level. Through her leadership at Family PEACE, she has been working on creating a trauma-informed approach to identifying at-risk young children and developing programming that is client-centered and culturally attuned to the needs of the community. She dreams of one day being able to break the intergenerational transmission of trauma for our nation’s children.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Washington State University
Washington State University Child and Family Research Unit, CLEAR Trauma Center
The Child and Family Research Unit promotes health and wellness for underserved and at-risk populations through research, education, and outreach. Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience (CLEAR) partners with school systems to build and sustain trauma-informed practices in Education through staff professional development, coaching and support.
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network Multi Service Center
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network's (Wayside) Navigating to Emotional Wellness (NEW) Project aims to build upon our extensive experience serving marginalized children, young adults, and their families with behavioral health conditions, child welfare involvement, and high-risk environments since 1977. The overall goal of this NCTSN Category III project is to improve access to and engagement in evidence-based trauma-focused prevention and treatment services to children and families living with trauma experiences. The primary populations of focus for the NEW Project are youth and young adults ages 6-22, and their families, residing in Watertown and Waltham, Massachusetts with a focus on those who most experience health disparities and represent racial/ethnic minorities (African American, Armenian, Haitian, Hispanic/Latino), are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBTQ), or non-binary, immigrants, under-insured, and/or live in low-income neighborhoods.
Webb, Heather, MSW, LCSW
Provision of evidence-based trauma assessment and treatment with a focus on child sexual abuse, children in foster care, and complex trauma. Co-principal investigator of study focusing on treating parent interpersonal childhood trauma with Cognitive Processing Therapy in an effort to improve the rate of children in foster care in a state that has the highest rate of substantiated abuse and neglect in the county.
MSW with Prior Cat III PI at Family & Children's Services[Elizabeth NJ].Currently NCTSN Individual Affiliate Member. Affiliate Advisory Group, Steering Committee.Participated in I/DD and Multi-System Youth Collaborative Groups.NJ involvement: Community Access Unlimited/Special Projects/Nurtured Heart Approach Certified Trainer ;Families and Community Together/Board President;NJEA ACES Task Force;Shaping Elizabeth MH Task Force. Professional and lived experience with trauma.
Webster, Ruthlyn, Ed.D., LCSW, ACSW
Ruthlyn Webster, Ed.D., LCSW, ACSW As Kristi House’s former Programs Director, Dr. Webster oversaw Therapy and Project GOLD departments at Kristi House, which encompasses 28 staff members. She has shepherded Kristi House’s program growth during her 16 years at the agency, reaching more and more clients each year. She served as Director for Kristi House’s ongoing federal SAMHSA grant, which is spreading evidence-based interventions for child trauma throughout South Florida. In its first four years, the Miami C-START program a community based learning collaborative; treated 1,200 children and trained 172 therapists and caseworkers in evidence-based interventions for child sexual-related trauma. The SAMHSA project is now exploring evidence-based interventions that hold promise for child sex trafficking survivors, and is working closely with clients in Project GOLD, our CSEC program. Dr. Webster holds a Doctor of Education degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership; she is also a licensed clinical social worker, with more than 35 years’ experience as a field instructor, managing state and federally funded programs for abused children in culturally diverse settings, primarily in Harlem, NY and Miami. She has been trained and provides trainings in multiple Evidence Based Treatment Interventions. These includes: Trauma Focus Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT); Problematic Sexual Behavior-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (PSB-CBT); Risk Reduction Family Therapy (RRFT); Modified TF-CBT for CSEC; and Infant Mental Health. Dr Webster also served on various NCTSN collaborative groups such as Child Abuse, CSEC, PSB and Sexual Health committees. She has been an adjunct faculty at Marymount College and Florida International University. Most recently November 2017-present Dr. Webster received training in the Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma Facilitator’s College, and is now conducting training workshops on the Core Curriculum as part of The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) initiative. December 2018 Collaborative Paper submitted: Journal of Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research on: Preaching to the choir? Predictors of engagement in a community-based learning collaborative.
Based in Nevada with programs in 19 states and three territories, WestCare Foundation will be responsible for bringing together trauma and capacity-building experts as well as faith-and community-based organizations to develop and implement TIMM. The population that WestCare Foundation is seeking to address is children and adolescents impacted by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). These experiences may include having divorced or separated parents, a deceased parent, living with someone with a substance use or mental health disorder, having a parent who served time in jail, or exposure to domestic or neighborhood violence. Our grant activities will address the SDOH domains of Health Care Access and Quality. TIMM specifically will address Healthy People 2030 objectives AH-D02(Increase the proportion of children and adolescents with symptoms of trauma who receive evidence-based treatment), MHMD-D01 (Increase the number of youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED) who are identified and receive treatment), and IVP-D03 (Reduce the number of young adults (aged 18 to 25 years) who report 3 or more Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). WestCare Foundation will increase the access to trauma-informed care and mental health services and improve outcomes of children and adolescents experiencing ACES by offering training to 620 unduplicated clergy and congregational leaders across the 5-year funding period. WestCare initially will implement the TIMM model in Milwaukee, WI and Atlanta, GA during the first two years of operation, using data and feedback to refine and perfect the model as needed. During the last three years of funding, WestCare will roll out the model throughout its regions, focusing on communities of color with the highest risk and the most need.
WestCare Pacific Islands
Master's Level, License eligible to provide counseling services. 15+ years of providing care coordination, case management, and individual/group counseling to children and youth with emotional disabilities through outpatient and residential treatment.
Westchester Jewish Community Services
Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) offers 86 programs, including WJCS Trager Lemp Center for Treating Trauma and Promoting Resilience (TLC). TLC provides comprehensive outpatient, evidence-based treatment programs to help trauma survivors. TLC also offers community education and trainings to teach about and foster a trauma-informed system of care in schools and child-serving and mental health agencies throughout Westchester.