Advanced Training Conference 2022 Speaker Bios

Saida M. Abdi, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She is trained clinician and an expert in refugee trauma and resilience. She earned her PhD from Boston University. She also holds a second Master’s degree in Communications from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada.  Dr. Abdi has worked for more than 20 with refugee and immigrant families.  Her area of focus is building individual, family and community resilience and improving system capacity to meet the needs of refugee and immigrant families. She is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She consults both nationally and internationally on issues related to refugee and immigrant mental health. Dr. Abdi is the co-author of recently published book, Mental Health Practice With Immigrant and Refugee Youth: A Socioecological Framework.


Ashley Butler, PhD, is a child psychologist at Texas Children’s Hospital and an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in the Texas Medical Center in Houston. Dr. Butler’s practice is geared towards early intervention and treatment with preschoolers and pediatric patients with mental health diagnoses including ADHD, anxiety, behavioral problems, and learning disorders. In addition to providing clinical services, Dr. Butler serves as Principal Investigator on National Institutes of Health sponsored research projects centered on community engagement and pediatric health disparities. She also leads a National Institutes of Health funded educational program to promote the diversity of the scientific workforce. Dr. Butler also leads diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives within the Section of Psychology at Baylor College of Medicine, and partners with medical school and hospital leaders to implement institutional and organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.


Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD, completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Duke University and her post-doctoral training at Harvard Medical Center’s Victims of Violence Program.  Upon graduating, she became the Coordinator of the Princeton University SHARE Program, which provides intervention and prevention programming to combat sexual assault, sexual harassment, and harassment based on sexual orientation.  She is currently a tenured professor of psychology in the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University, where she directs the Culture and Trauma Research Laboratory.  Her clinical and research interests center on interpersonal trauma and the societal trauma of oppression.  She is a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women and a past APA representative to the United Nations. Dr. Thema also served on the APA Committee on International Relations in Psychology and the Committee on Women in Psychology.  The American Psychological Association honored her for Distinguished Early Career Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest in 2013.  The Institute of Violence, Abuse and Trauma honored her with their media award for the film Psychology of Human Trafficking in 2016 and the Institute honored her with the Donald Fridley Memorial Award for excellence in mentoring in the field of trauma in 2018.  The California Psychological Association honored her for Distinguished Scientific Achievement in Psychology in 2015.  She is the editor of the APA text Multicultural Feminist Therapy: Heling Adolescent Girls of Color to Thrive.  She is one of the foundational scholars on the topic of the trauma of racism and in 2020, she gave an invited keynote address on the topic at APA.   In 2020, the International Division of APA honored her for her International Contributions to the Study of Gender and Women for her work in Africa and the Diaspora.  Dr. Thema has raised public awareness regarding mental health by extending the reach of psychology beyond the academy and private therapy office through community programming and media engagement, including but not limited to Headline News, National Public Radio, and CNN.


Danielle Busby, PhD, received her Psychology from the University of Michigan, and her master’s and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The George Washington University. Dr. Busby completed her pre-doctoral internship, with a child trauma specialization, at Duke University’s Medical Center. Additionally, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Michigan Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry, where she was an awarded recipient of the National Institute of Mental Health’s Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.  Dr. Busby is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Michigan and in the state of Texas, where she currently resides.  Dr. Busby is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), where she primarily serves youth and families experiencing depressive symptoms, suicide risk, and symptoms related to trauma and grief. Dr. Busby’s research is centered on examining barriers to mental health service use, specifically among Black college students who are at an elevated risk for suicide. Additionally, she has led and contributed to scholarly articles and research presentations on child trauma, youth suicide prevention, racial discrimination among Black youth, and the psychological effects of neighborhood stressors; such as, community violence exposure among African American adolescents. Dr. Busby also provides a range of speaking and training services related to mental health and wellness including consultations, presentations, workshops, wellness retreats, and trainings for corporations, schools, and community agencies. Dr. Busby is a co-founder and vice president of professional relations & liaison for Black Mental Wellness, Corp., where she works with a team of change makers ( dedicated to the mental health and wellness of the Black community.


Arlene M. Davis, JD,  is an attorney and Professor of Social Medicine, as well as Director of the UNC Center for Bioethics. She is also a member of the North Carolina State Bar. Davis’s work focuses on practical ethics in both clinical and research settings, drawing upon her prior experience in private practice and in pediatric, psychiatric, and public health nursing. Within the School of Medicine and elsewhere, Davis teaches on topics related to ethics and to health law. She is an active member of the UNC Academy of Educators and serves on educational committees within the School of Medicine. Davis is a member of the advisory board for the UNC Parr Center for Ethics. In UNC Hospitals, she co-chairs the Hospital Ethics Committee. As Director of UNC Hospitals’ Clinical Ethics Service, she conducts or supervises ethics consultation for patients throughout the quaternary hospital system, offers educational programs for GME and hospital staff, and helps develop policy guidance at the intersections of law and ethics.


Stephanie Fox, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with background in intervention and diagnosis of developmental disabilities and supporting family systems. Stephanie joined the UNC School of Medicine’s Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in August 2019. She earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh after which she served as project coordinator for the NIH-funded Pittsburgh Early Autism Study (PEAS). In 2012, Stephanie enrolled at the University at Albany, SUNY to obtain a Ph.D. in clinical psychology. Stephanie joined UNC as a psychology intern in 2016 and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the CIDD in 2017-2019. She became a licensed psychologist in North Carolina in 2018. Since earning her license, Stephanie has focused her clinical efforts on developmental disability evaluations for infants and toddlers, teaching parents and providers, and working with children with complex symptom presentations. In her role as clinical assistant professor, Stephanie serves as the lead psychologist on two interdisciplinary clinic teams, including the Early Childhood Clinic and the Interdisciplinary School Age Team. Stephanie’s recent clinical efforts have included a contract through the UNC Department of Pediatrics, which supports the provision of psychological services for high-risk babies and their families in the Newborn Critical Care Center and Special Infant Care Clinic.


Julia Grimm, LISW-CP, is a trainer and consultant with the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) on the topic of Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) for school aged children and adolescents. Julia has provided PSB-CBT for 12 years and has worked as a trainer and consultant for six years. In addition to her work with NCSBY, Julia is a Clinical and Forensic Services Team Supervisor at the Dee Norton Child Advocacy Center. In her role at Dee Norton, Julia supervises and provides evidence-based treatment for children, adolescents and their families, conducts forensic interviews, and oversees mental health assessment procedures within the clinical department. She is also a trainer in Risk Reduction through Family Therapy (RRFT), an evidence supported intervention for adolescents with co-occurring PTSD, substance use, sexual risk taking behaviors, and other high risk behaviors. Additionally, Julia has served as an Adjunct Faculty member for the USC College of Social Work Master of Social Work program, as a Field Instructor for MSW students, and on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She has spoken on topics relevant to her areas of expertise locally, regionally, and nationally.


Mandy Habib, Psy.D. is Co-Director of the Institute for Adolescent Trauma Training & Treatment at Adelphi University’s School of Social Work. The Institute, a SAMHSA-funded center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), is focused on improving the provision of trauma-informed services to children and adolescents through training and workforce development. Dr. Habib has many years of research, supervisory, and clinical experience working in the field of traumatic stress and serves as Co-Chair of the NCTSN’s Complex Trauma Work Group. In her role as a treatment developer and primary national trainer for Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS), Dr. Habib has provided in-depth trauma-focused training and supervision to more than 1,000 clinicians across the country and continues to provide local and national training and consultation on a range of topics, including the impact, assessment, and treatment of complex trauma in children and adults. She has additionally collaborated extensively with school systems and departments of juvenile justice in several states as they work toward implementing trauma-informed services for youth. Dr. Habib currently co-directs the Complex Trauma Training Consortium and the Complex Trauma Treatment Initiative, both of which are federally funded programs with partnerships in child-serving systems spanning the United States.


Laura Hiruma, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor and psychologist at the UNC CIDD.  She specializes in evaluating and treating individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions including autism, intellectual disability, and neurogenetic conditions across the lifespan.  Her scope of practice involves diagnostic evaluation, social communication skills training, and behavioral health consultation and intervention for individuals with complex developmental and behavioral needs.




Laura House, MD. MPH, is a Hospitalist at UNC Hillsborough and Chatham Hospitals and Clinical Assistant Professor at UNC Family Medicine. Dr. House completed medical school at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and went on to do a residency in Family Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. In practice for 12 years, she is a Hospitalist at UNC Hillsborough and Chatham Hospitals.




Benny L. Joyner, Jr., MD, MPH, is Chief of the Pediatric Critical Care Medicine Vice Chair of Quality and Safety, Department of Pediatrics Professor, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. Dr. Joyner is a pediatric intensivist whose research specializes in simulation training and innovative forms of medical education. He focuses on developing novel simulation strategies utilizing current high-fidelity technology to explore its use in novel situations as well as exploring how to better implement this technology given time and resource constraints in healthcare. Simulation training uses real world conditions to present rare but high-stakes events in patient care, or combines high-fidelity technology with telecommunications to deliver instruction and pediatric expertise in remote locations. The ultimate goal is to improve the training and comfort of providers that have limited exposure to critically ill pediatric patients. Dr. Joyner also works with other providers to build partnerships and to further explore simulation training as a method of novel medical education. His future research goals are to continue to explore simulation training in remotely-run simulation exercises, as well as to explore the impact of simulation on patient outcomes.


Sean Lare, LCSW-C (he/him/his) is a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about serving transgender and gender diverse communities. In addition to providing psychotherapy for individuals in the transgender communities, Mr. Lare also works as an educator and advocate in the Baltimore, Washington, DC and surrounding areas to help increase awareness about the unique needs of transgender, non-binary and gender diverse individuals.  His educational work has included providing introductory and specialized trainings on: engaging and retaining transgender talent in the workplace, supporting transgender and non-binary students in K-12 and college/university settings, and guidance for providing affirming services for transgender clients in clinical, behavioral health and medical settings. Mr. Lare has been a featured speaker at regional and local conferences, participated in numerous panel discussions and guest lecture presentations in undergraduate- and graduate-level classes, and is a sought-after contributor to community and policy planning efforts to increase services and rights for and to meet the diverse needs of transgender people. The focus of his psychotherapy practice in Columbia, MD is working with children, teens, and adults who are transgender or gender diverse and their families and providing supervision and consultation to other providers. Sean has been a member of the Transgender Training Institute Team since 2018.  More information can be found at


Abby Maitland, MSW, LCSW, LISW-S, is a licensed clinical social worker in New Jersey, New York and Ohio. She is the Lead Trauma Trainer with the CarePlus NJ. Additionally, she is an adjunct professor at the Schools of Social Work at Ramapo College and Hunter College.  She has been a certified clinician and trainer in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics for several years, mentoring clinicians in the USA and abroad. Ms. Maitland is the co-author of two case studies for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s Core Curriculum on Childhood Trauma (CCCT) and a member of the Evaluation Advisory Group of the National Child Trauma Workforce Institute (NCTWI). Ms. Maitland has extensive experience as a treatment provider for children and adolescents in residential treatment, foster care, school settings and the juvenile justice system. Ms. Maitland has been an invited presenter regarding Trauma Informed Care at numerous events over the years, including the Inter-court Conference of the Ohio Supreme Court, and the NMT Symposium in Banff Alberta Canada.


Jean Mankowski, PdD, is a psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the CIDD, is also the director of training for the North Carolina LEND grant. Clinical duties include psychological or interdisciplinary evaluations of individuals with or at risk for developmental disabilities.  She is the psychologist for the interdisciplinary Hearing and Development Team, specializing in children who are deaf and hard of hearing and for the Behavior Medicine Clinic, specializing in individuals with severe behavioral or psychiatric difficulties in the context of neurodevelopmental disability.  Dr. Mankowski also provides neuropsychological consultation and diagnostic evaluations for The Whitaker Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility in Butner, North Carolina and psychological consultation to the Wright School in Durham, NC. Her teaching responsibilities include clinical training of psychology graduate students, interns, and postdoctoral fellows, facilitating a graduate level course Developmental Disabilities Across the Lifespan: A Problem Based Learning Approach, and curriculum development and implementation for the Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Grant.


Daniel Moseley, PhD, is a Research Instructor in the UNC Department of Psychiatry. He serves as the faculty supervisor of the UNC Philosophy and Psychiatry Research Group and as a member of the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee and Clinical Ethics Consultation Service. His teaching and research focus on the intersection of Philosophy and Psychiatry. At the most general level, his current research focuses on conceptual, ethical, policy, and legal issues related to mental health. Some current research projects include: self-knowledge and ethical issues in the context of psychotherapy, developing an “internal reasons” framework for decision-making capacity evaluations, racial inequities in mental health care and services, identifying and reducing varieties of coercion in psychiatric services, and ethical considerations involved in using biomedical technologies to enhance our mental and moral capacities.


Kate Murray, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Director of the Post Adoption Support Services at the Center for Child & Family Health, where she oversees the provision of family support and mental health services to adoptive families. She draws her expertise in the provision of adoption-focused mental health from her years of experience serving families and supervising clinicians, as well as the completion of rigorous training through the Center for Adoption Support and Education (CASE) and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).  Dr. Murray is an experienced trainer involved with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), offering trainings in trauma-informed care for resource parents (foster, adoptive, and kinship caregivers), for trainees and mental health professionals, and other multidisciplinary professionals. Dr. Murray trains clinicians in and provides the early intervention model Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC). She is also experienced in providing evidence-based interventions to traumatized children and families, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She has published several research articles and other publications related to child welfare, adoption, clinical assessment, and the evaluation of trauma-informed interventions. She received her doctorate in school psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Areas of Focus: ABC, RPC, Secondary Traumatic Stress, post-adoption training, trauma-informed organizations, trauma assessment and screening, Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit.


Paul D. Ossman, MD, MPH, is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine, Lead Physician Advisor for Clinical Documentation Integrity, and Lead Consultant for the Hospital Ethics Committee. As a graduate of the UNC SOM and from the UNC Internal Medicine Residency program, Paul has been an active practicing hospitalist at UNC Chapel Hill since 2009. Dr. Ossman’s clinical interests include integrating geriatric medicine and palliative care into the continuing education of hospitalists as well as educating on caring for patients with comorbid personality disorders. As an educator, Dr. Ossman is a guest lecturer on communication to both undergraduates as well as new nursing graduates and has given talks about “difficult patients” to multiple medical groups and nursing cohorts.  He has also partnered with the internal medicine residents as the faculty advisor for a monthly M&M. He also is an active member in the UNC Hospital Ethics committee where he has been a lead consultant since 2009 and continues to educate clinicians and residents across departments in clinical bioethics.


Elena Reyes, PhD, is a Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine and a clinical psychologist with specialty in pediatric psychology, cross-cultural medicine, health disparities and integrated primary care. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University and completed Internship at the Baylor College of Medicine. She is a founding faculty of the Florida State University College of Medicine. Dr. Reyes is currently the Regional Director for the College of Medicine in Southwest Florida where she oversees the educational and research programs at the Isabel Collier Read Medical Campus. She is the Director of the Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and the Director of the FSU Center for Child Stress & Health, a partner in the SAMHSA funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. As an expert in Latino mental health, specifically the impact of immigration and acculturation on family functioning and children’s psychological development, Dr. Reyes has developed a clinical research site where patients can be provided culturally and linguistically appropriate care. She has worked with immigrant children and migrant farm working families for over 20 years. She and her team develop culturally and linguistically appropriate resources to work with Latino children and families in integrated primary care and provide national trainings for healthcare providers and early childhood educators around issues of trauma.


Maegan Rides At The Door, LCPC, has served as the Director of the National Native Children’s Trauma Center (NNCTC) since 2015. Dr. Rides At The Door is an enrolled member of the Assiniboine-Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation and a descendant of the Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma. She has been central to the design and implementation of a range of training and technical assistance initiatives in tribal communities, including projects focusing on the development of trauma-responsive systems of care with tribal, private, federal, and state partners; the implementation of cross-system youth suicide prevention programming; and the expansion of child advocacy centers’ capacity to meet the needs of tribal communities.


Renee Roman, LMSW, is a practicing New York State Licensed Social Worker with over thirty years of experience.  She is currently employed as a Consultant and Trainer. She attended Alfred University for her bachelor’s degree and obtained her master’s in social work from SUNY Albany with a concentration in children and families.  Ms. Roman practiced for several years in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland.  She relocated to New York in 1995.  Ms. Roman served as the Director of Clinical Services when the Child Advocacy Center, START Children’s Center opened in November 1998.  From 1999 until 2019 she served as the Executive Director of START.  Aside from her clinical and administrative experience, Ms. Roman functioned as the primary Forensic Interviewer for the agency.  She is one of the original authors of the New York State Forensic Interviewing Best Practice.  She was a contributor to and co-author of the NCA approved updated Forensic Interviewing Best Practices curriculum.  Ms. Roman also coauthored New York State Advanced Forensic Interviewing Best Practices.  Ms. Roman has trained Forensic Interviewers since 2003.  Ms. Roman is a trainer in Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Adolescents (PSB-CBT-A) and a within agency trainer for this model. She consults with the military on PSB.  She has been treating youth with problematic sexual behaviors and training on the topic for 6 years. She has presented locally, regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to her practice. Ms. Roman is an adjunct professor at SUNY Albany in the MSW Program.  She trains the Sexual Abuse Dynamic Training (SADIT) and Brief Interview Training for Foster Care and Prevention Workers for Fordham University.


Javier Rosado, PhD, is a Clinical Associate Professor at the Florida State University College of Medicine, Immokalee Health Education Site.  He is also a Psychologist primarily serving children of Latino migrant farm-working families and is the Clinical Director for the FSU Center for Child Stress & Health – a partner in SAMHSA’S National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Dr. Rosado holds a PhD degree from The Florida State University in Counseling Psychology and Human Systems. During his doctoral education, he interned at the Yale University Medical School, where he completed a pre-doctoral Internship training program in Clinical and Community Psychology. His work focuses on treatments to address toxic stress and early childhood trauma in children from migrant farm-working families.


Evan Vitiello, MD, is Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Vitiello completed his General Psychiatry residency training at UNC where he served as the first Chief Resident in Clinical Informatics, the culmination of the Clinical Informatics Track which he helped launch in the Department of Psychiatry. He was additionally in the inaugural cohort of the Clinician Educator Track at UNC, for which he was inducted to the UNC Academy of Educators. After completing residency at UNC, he completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at the Yale Division of Law and Psychiatry. Dr. Vitiello returned to the UNC Department of Psychiatry as the first Jeffrey Houpt Scholar to build and grow an academic Forensic Psychiatry Program at UNC with a scholarly focus. Dr. Vitiello has had manuscripts published in medical journals including Psychiatric Services, the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, Academic Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Dr. Vitiello has an interest in the intersection of ethical and legal issues pertaining to mental health, and he is an active member of the UNC Hospital Ethics Committee.

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