Jessica Gahr provides trauma-informed clinical services as a member of the S.A.F.E. project at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center which provides therapeutic services to children adjudicated of a sexual offense and their families. In addition, she works with Glade Run Lutheran Services in Western Pennsylvania providing trauma-informed, community-based care. Jessica is interested in bridging the gap between science and practice to ensure youth receive evidence-based treatment across settings.
This listing of NCTSN members includes current grantees as well as NCTSN Affiliates, former grantees who have maintained their ties to the Network.
Gahr, Jessica, MA
Garst, Lynn, MEd
Lynn Garst, M.Ed. has joined the Office of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment as a disaster behavior health specialist. He recently retired from the Mental Health Center of Denver as the Director of Community Services for the Child and Family Department. He also served as the Disaster Response Coordinator for MHCD. He established and managed the Intensive Psychiatric Day Treatment Program at MHCD and also managed school-based, community-based and outpatient programs. He has worked closely with a number of community, state, and national agencies and organizations to improve mental health and disaster behavioral health services to children, youth, and families. Mr. Garst is active in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where he co-chairs the School Committee and serves on the Terrorism and Disaster Committee and Affiliate Advisory Group. He worked as the Principal Investigator and Project Director for a SAMHSA HIV Targeted Capacity Expansion Grant focusing on homeless and high risk emerging adults and for a SAMHSA National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative Grant serving gang-involved and at-risk youth. He is a nationally recognized expert in child trauma, has authored several publications and served as a keynote speaker and presenter on child trauma at state and national conferences. Prior to joining MHCD in 2001, Mr. Garst spent 12 years at The Children’s Hospital in Denver and previously worked in public school and private industry settings.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy, Inc., Project lnterCSECT
Project Intersect is focused on improving the well-being of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) through the provision of high quality trauma-focused evidence-based treatment to exploited children and their families and the training of professionals across child-serving systems to better recognize and respond to the needs of exploited children. A primary goal of the project involves building and sustaining a network of skilled therapists providing trauma-focused treatment (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) to children and families. Additionally, Project Intersect is actively engaged with systems, community organizations and caregivers who provide services and ongoing care and support to youth who have been commercially sexually exploited, or who are at risk of exploitation. The project works with professionals in juvenile justice, child welfare/foster care, and homeless/runaway and LGBTQ youth-serving organizations to create more trauma-informed systems through training, ongoing support and consultation and promoting culture change within families and organizations.
Gomez, Evelin, PhD
Dr. Gomez is faculty at UC Denver School of Medicine with the Kempe Center. She is bilingual, Spanish speaking and bicultural; and works with children and families who have experienced trauma. She also works with community agencies, the child welfare system, and other systems bringing trauma informed services and training. In addition, she has a broad and extensive background on diversity issues and disparity with minority populations. Her expertise includes child trauma, community mental health and child welfare issues.
Goodman, Robin F., PhD, ATR-BC
Robin Goodman is Executive Director of A Caring Hand, the Billy Esposito Foundation in New York, New York, and consultant to St. John’s University. As consultant to the Allegheny General Hospital Center for Traumatic Stress in Children and Adolescents, she focuses on childhood traumatic grief-related activities and NCTSN projects. Dr. Goodman has also been a consultant for the Department of Defense Educational Opportunities Directorate and for the NCTSN. Previously, as director of bereavement programs at the NYU Child Study Center, an NCTSN grantee, she co-directed a clinical and research program for bereaved 9/11 families.
Graham, Meghan, LCSW
Meghan Graham is currently a school social worker for Fairfax County Public Schools and works in a high needs middle school serving approximately 1150 7th and 8th graders. One of her primary roles is to conduct Socio-Cultural History Assessments in order to gather pertinent family information and a comprehensive trauma history. These assessments are then used to give clinical recommendations to the Local Screening Committee in creating trauma-informed accommodations and IEP's. Previously, Meghan served as the Assistant Director for Project Fleur de-lis, an NCSTN site in New Orleans that serves the greater New Orleans community and their schools through trauma informed EBP's, suicide prevention and education, restorative practices, and supportive programming for the Louisiana National Guard. Her primary role was to support program directors in creating innovative programming to support healing and growth after adversity and to guide schools in creating a trauma informed and restorative school culture that is equipped with the knowledge and skills to best support students in suicidal crisis or following a traumatic event.
Griffin, Gene, JD, PhD
Gene is a retired from Northwestern University, where, at the Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning (CCTASP) had a Category II grant that focused on the CANS assessment tool. Presently Gene serves as the Director of Research for the ChildTrauma Academy and consults with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice on their MacArthur, Models for Change curriculum. Gene remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on public sector child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice issues.
Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress
The Harborview Child Traumatic Stress Program is located at the Harborview Center for Sexual Assault and Traumatic Stress (HCSATS), a specialty program of the Harborview Medical Center, a University of Washington teaching hospital. The center serves children and adults affected by child maltreatment, rape and other violent crime, and other traumatic events.
Among its accomplishments as part of the NCTSN, the center: 1) increased its capacity to deliver evidence-based interventions at HCSATS; 2) improved mechanisms for identifying and linking affected children served within the medical center to other services; 3) created a collaboration with specialized community providers serving victims in diverse settings to increase identification, access, and availability of culturally specific treatments; and 4) constructed and managed a website for distance learning that also serves as a clinical resource for practitioners across the state.
Heartland Alliance International
The Kovler Center at Heartland Alliance International is dedicated to implementing and evaluating high quality, trauma-informed and culturally and linguistically responsive treatment practice to immigrant, refugee, and asylee youth and families. The populations of focus are multi-ethnic groups of immigrant and refugee youth and families who have been traumatized by war, displacement, state sponsored torture, family separation, and resettlement. The main goals of this project are to: improve and expand upon trauma informed mental health services to youth whom have been impacted by war, torture, displacement, and/or family separation and to decrease disparities in ethnic minorities access to mental health care both through the center’s direct service work as well as developing collaborative community partnerships with community organizations and schools who serve immigrant and refugee populations. The Kovler Center uses the International Family Adult and Child Enhancement Services (IFACES) model, which is culturally and linguistically responsive approach to working with immigrant populations. Services will include case management, group therapies, and individual treatment. Due to Chicago being one of the main cities where immigrants are relocated, we anticipate serving youth and families from over 30 different countries annually.
Hendricks, Alison, LCSW
Alison Hendricks is a National Trainer on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, which she helped to revise. She is a co-chair of the NCTSN Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit Training and Implementation Sub-Committee. She has worked for the Chadwick Center for Children and Families, a Category II site, most recently as Operations Manager of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project. Alison now has her own consulting business, focusing on trauma training and consultation for a variety of professionals and systems.