Advanced Training Conference Speaker Bios

John-Paul Abner, Ph.D., graduated from the University of Florida with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Child and Adolescent emphasis) in 1996, where he had the honor of studying under Dr. Sheila Eyberg, creator of PCIT.  A professor in psychology at Milligan College, he is one of 21 people in the world who has been designated as a Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Global Trainer by PCIT International.  He has conducted research on the application of PCIT to children with autism spectrum disorders and is currently an active promoter of PCIT to the autism community.  He has served for nine years on the Training Issues committee for PCIT International and is currently helping coordinating PCIT certification efforts.   He is the Director of PCIT Training for the North-East Tennessee Center of Excellence for Children in State Custody where he helps coordinate a statewide PCIT dissemination effort.  Dr. Abner is a frequent speaker at PCIT conferences where he focuses primarily on clinical issues.  He is passionate about PCIT and this passion often comes out at relatively high speed and volume.   He favors a highly interactive style of presentation and his presentations often feature storytelling, games, unintentional physical humor, pirate yarrghs, and prizes of minimal value.

George (Tripp) Ake, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over 20 years of experience in the field of child trauma treatment. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Ake is also the program director for the UCLA-Duke National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, the coordinating center for the SAMSHA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He serves as the Director of Training at the Center for Child & Family Health.

Dr. Ake provides trauma treatment services at CCFH and supervises many of the psychology postdoctoral fellows and interns from Duke and UNC who provide services in the mental health clinic. He has extensive experience in providing trauma focused mental health treatment to children and adults and is becoming more well known for his work in using implementation science to guide selection, onboarding, and sustaining evidence-based treatments typically used to target symptoms secondary to trauma exposure in children. Dr. Ake’s research and training interests currently focus on implementation science, interpersonal violence, and trauma-informed child welfare practice. Areas of Focus: Trauma-Informed Organization/Practice, Trauma Screening and Assessment, Parent- Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Resource Parenting Curriculum (RPC), Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit.

Lisa Amaya-Jackson, MD, MPH, is a child and adolescent psychiatrist with more than 25 years of experience in the field of child trauma treatment. She is a tenured professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and co-director of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Dr. Amaya-Jackson is a co-founder of CCFH and serves as Director Emeritus of the NC Child Treatment Program. She is known for her research in assessment and cognitive-behavioral treatment, and for her experience in effectively implementing child trauma-informed, evidence-based treatments (EBTs) in community practice. Dr. Amaya-Jackson’s research and training interests currently focus on implementation science and decision-making guidance in the use of EBTs to create a trauma-informed mental health workforce. She has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and co-edited Enhancing Early Attachments: Theory, Research, Intervention, and Policy. Areas of Focus: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, 12 Core Concepts of Childhood Trauma, trauma screening and assessment, trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), implementation science, trauma-specific evidence-based treatments.

Nichole Appleby, LCSW, graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and from the University of Maryland, Baltimore with a Master of Social Work (MSW). Nichole has worked in assisted living facilities, in the school system, and with children who have experienced trauma. She owns a private practice in Lincolnton, NC which services families and children with trauma, Live N Joy Counseling Services. Additionally, Nichole is a Nationally Certified TF-CBT clinician and is a rostered clinician with the NC Child Treatment Program in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and has worked extensively with children who have experienced trauma, as well as being rostered in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and trained in Alternative for Families- A Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). Nichole works in collaboration with the NC Child Treatment Program to provide consultation to new trainees in TF-CBT.

Mellicent O’Brien Blythe, LCSW, joined CCFH in 2016 as an Implementation Specialist. She provides training and consultation to agency leaders on implementing and sustaining evidence-based treatments. Before coming to CCFH, Ms. Blythe spent 10 years as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work where she provided training, consultation, and publications for North Carolina’s child welfare system. She previously worked in New York and Virginia in a variety of direct practice settings, including juvenile detention, pediatric AIDS and oncology, and early intervention. She received her Master’s in Social Work from New York University. Areas of focus: Implementation Science; Leadership Development; Stakeholder Engagement; Child Welfare.

Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist with over 25 years of experience in the fields of child maltreatment and child traumatic stress. Dr. Briggs-King is the Director of Research at the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH), Director of the Data and Evaluation Program at the UCLA-Duke University National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and an Associate Professor and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University School of Medicine. She is a clinical/community psychologist with a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As part of her current work, she is involved in the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of evidence-based practices aimed at reducing the sequelae associated with maltreatment and child traumatic stress. Dr. Briggs-King is also a co-investigator on several multisite, longitudinal studies examining the developmental and psychosocial impact of trauma and violence. She also has expertise in the area of cultural, gender, community, and systemic issues. Prior to coming to Duke, she was a research fellow at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center and the Medical University of South Carolina, where she studied the impact of family violence, child maltreatment, and other traumatic events on youth. Dr. Briggs-King has extensive experience in providing, developing, disseminating, and evaluating several trauma-focused mental health treatments delivered to children, adolescents, and their families. Dr. Briggs-King has developed a national reputation for her clinical, research, and implementation efforts and has received several awards and honors for her work in diverse communities. Dr. Briggs-King is a master trainer in several evidence-based treatments. Her clinical and research interests include minority mental health; implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of interventions; assessment and screening; resiliency; reducing disparities; chronic adversity; PTSD; and traumatic stress. Areas of Focus:  Trauma Screening and Assessment; Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS); Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Trauma Informed Organizational Assessment and Practice.

Jessica Burch, MSW, received her master’s degree in social work at Case Western Reserve University in 2010 and has been working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2012. She served as an outpatient clinician in the Urbaniak Clinic, providing comprehensive assessments and evidenced-based treatment to families who have been impacted by adverse traumatic experiences, from 2015 to 2020, and is now a mental health clinician with Post Adoption Support Services. Ms. Burch has received extensive training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and has received additional training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and the Attachment, Regulation, and Competency Framework. Ms. Burch also co-facilitates the Learning and Empowerment for Adoptive Families group, as well the Resource Parenting Curriculum group. Prior to joining the Post Adoption team, she served as a keynote speaker and workshop presenter at past Post Adoption conferences. Ms. Burch allocates some of her time to training and consultation through the North Carolina Child Treatment Program, where she provides ongoing consultation to licensed clinicians completing the TF-CBT learning collaborative. Ms. Burch is also a certified trainer in the Community Resiliency Model, which is a skills-based stabilization program with the goal of creating trauma-informed and resiliency-focused communities. In addition to clinical work, Ms. Burch has received a supervision certification from the National Association of Social Workers, and provides clinical supervision to master’s level graduate students. Ms. Burch’s areas of interest include transracial-adoption, trauma and behavior modification in young children, and building resilience in under-privileged populations.

Angela Cano-Johnson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Director of Cano Family Services, in Charlotte, North Carolina. Cano Family Services is a mental health outpatient agency with trauma informed treatment programs that serve children, adults and families.  The organization also provides school-based mental health services across four school districts in North Carolina.  Angela has worked as a social worker for 20 years and has been the Clinical Director of Cano Family Services for over 6 years. She is a contributing panelist for the annual Latinx Mental Health Summit hosted by UNCC as well as an ambassador for Latinx Mental Health through her work with El Futuro in Durham, NC.  Angela is currently trained in TFCBT, SPARCS and Advanced SPARCS.  She has also served in the Senior Leader role for a TFCBT Cohort.

Karen Appleyard Carmody, PhD, serves as the Director of Early Childhood Prevention Programs for the Center for Child and Family Health (CCFH). She is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Appleyard Carmody received her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota. Her post-doctoral training was completed at the University of North Carolina’s Center for Developmental Science. For over 20 years, Dr. Appleyard Carmody’s clinical and research expertise have focused on infant mental health, child-parent attachment, early childhood trauma and maltreatment, and evidence-based practices to address these issues. She also has significant experience providing trauma treatment (e.g., TFCBT, CPP, ABC) to children and families. Dr. Appleyard Carmody currently is the co-PI for CCFH’s SAMHSA-funded READY project, guiding early childhood systems development in Durham, and directs three evidence-based home visiting programs: Family Connects Durham, Healthy Families Durham, and the Durham Early Head Start Home-Based Program. Dr. Appleyard Carmody leads the dissemination efforts in NC for Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC). Dr. Appleyard Carmody also is engaged at the state and national level, serving as President of the American Psychological Association Division 37’s Section on Child Maltreatment, as vice-President of the North Carolina Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Association Board of Directors, and as a member of the Home Visiting Applied Research Collaborative research council.

Janet Cherry, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in North Carolina and NC certified School Social Worker.  Janet has over 30 years of experience in a variety of clinical and educational settings where she has held positions as a clinician and served in leadership positions.  Janet graduated from the University of Dayton, Ohio with an undergraduate degree in Social Work. She went on to attend Howard University in Washington, D.C. where she graduated with a master degree in Social Work.  Currently, Janet is the Director of System of Care, Student Services Department for Chapel Hill Carrboro City Schools where she oversees programming for school social workers, Section 504, Co-Located Mental Health Outpatient Services and is the Senior Leader for the Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents with Chronic Stress (SPARCS)-Cohort 8 for CHCCS.  One of Janet’s favorite quotes that describe her work approach is by Maya Angelou: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

Melinda Clontz, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker at LiveNJoy Counseling Services in Lincolnton, NC. She has served as clinical faculty for the NC Child Treatment Program since 2013 and offers individual consultation with clinicians as they learn Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Melinda has worked in the social work field for over 27 years, in a variety of practice settings including inpatient mental health, community hospital settings, hospice care, public mental health, child advocacy centers, residential foster care and private mental health practice.  Melinda’s desire to help children and families comes from her own family values of supporting and loving others.  When she is not at work, Melinda enjoys spending time with her own family, riding bikes, cooking and spending lots of time on her back porch. Melinda has a son and daughter, one of whom is transracially adopted.

Melinda has provided mental health treatment for 19 years and has specialized in treating children and their families for over 10 years.  Melinda is a co-founder with her partners, of LiveNJoy Counseling as well as Therapy Tools for You, an online marketplace for therapists to buy and sell resources to enhance their mental health practice and interventions.

Cheri Coleman, MSW, is a Clinical Supervisor and Family Support Worker with the Healthy Families Durham program at CCFH. As a home visitor, she provides support to families of young children utilizing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families America models in her work. She is a certified Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up (ABC) practitioner and a certified ABC supervisor. Areas of Focus: ABC.


Courtney (Ana) Crawford, MSW, LCSW, is the Director of Outpatient Clinical Services at El Futuro. Originally from California, Courtney began learning Spanish during her time pursuing her undergraduate degree at UCLA. Upon graduation, Courtney moved to Argentina, where she spent seven years working with university students and helping to develop projects to benefit rural Andean communities. During her time in Argentina, Courtney’s interest in mental health and social advocacy grew. Relocating from South America to the American South, Courtney obtained a Masters degree in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill. She has been part of the El Futuro team since 2013, and is grateful for the time that she is able to spend with clients and colleagues as a therapist​, ​​a clinical supervisor​, and the Director of Outpatient Clinical Services​​. With advanced training in treating trauma in children and adults, she serves clients who are facing many different difficulties. She has described her time with clients (and the trust that they give her) as a unique gift, one that impacts and influences her every day. Courtney’s favorite hobby is exploring, particularly when mountains are involved.

Peter J. D’Amico, PhD, ABPP, is a Clinical Child and Family Psychologist licensed since 1996. He has served as Director of Child and Adolescent Psychology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center of Northwell Health since 2005 where he has supervised multiple milieu based programs, school consultation and grant efforts related to childhood trauma. He is Principal Investigator for the SAMHSA supported NCTSN Category II site for Supporting Trauma Recovery for Youth with Developmental Disabilities (STRYDD Center). Dr. D’Amico has been boarded in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology since 2004, and he is a certified TF-CBT therapist and trainer. His research interests are in dissemination & implementation of evidence based practices for youth, disaster recovery, childhood trauma, staff training and development in positive behavioral supports and the reduced utilization of seclusion and restraints in milieu programming.

Sara DePasquale is an associate professor at the School of Government at UNC-Chapel Hill. She specializes in child welfare law in North Carolina and teaches and consults with judicial officials, social services attorneys, parent attorneys, and other professionals. She has written numerous publications including Abuse, Neglect, Dependency, and Termination of Parental Rights Proceedings in North Carolina; Fathers and Paternity: Applying the Law in North Carolina Child Welfare Cases (2016); regular posts to the School’s On the Civil Side blog and other School of Government publications. Her primer Stages of Abuse, Neglect, and Dependency Cases in North Carolina: From Report to Final Disposition earned the School’s Margaret Taylor Writing Award in 2016. DePasquale was named Albert and Gladys Hall Coates Distinguished Term Associate Professor for 2020-2022.

Prior to joining the School of Government, DePasquale practiced as a civil legal services attorney in Maine, starting as a Skadden Fellow. She is a member of the North Carolina and Maine state bars. DePasquale received a BA with honors in history and sociology from Binghamton University, is a magna cum laude graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Law, and also earned a dual degree with an MSW in child welfare/family systems from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.

Sophia Durant, MSW, MPH, is a Quality Improvement Specialist at SHIFT NC. She received her MSW and MPH from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. Sophia is a life-long advocate of comprehensive sexual health education; she has been a health educator for over eight years in a variety of settings including a college campus, an addiction recovery center, a health clinic, and a church basement. Prior to graduate school, Sophia spent time working as a mental health crisis counselor and a lead health care associate at Planned Parenthood. During graduate school, Sophia’s roles as a research assistant and an advocacy intern at NARAL Pro-Choice North Carolina intensified her commitment to accessible health care, while honing her ability to connect and communicate with a variety of audiences. These experiences, coupled with her formal training in her MSW and MPH programs, fostered a unique skillset that combines measurement, training and evaluation expertise with a deep understanding of structural oppression. She strongly believes that health care access is an inherent human right and plans on continuing to spend her career to increasing health care access and fighting to remove structural barriers to access.

Ashley Fiore, MSW, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years of experience treating childhood trauma in Children’s Advocacy Centers and Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault agencies. She provides evidence-based mental health trauma treatment to children and their families and disseminates evidence-based treatment practices. Ms. Fiore is endorsed as a master trainer by the developers of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and serves as clinical faculty for the NC Child Treatment Program at Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Health. Ms. Fiore is also certified in Alternatives for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT). She has developed successful TF-CBT programs in several agencies, provides training and clinical consultation on trauma-informed comprehensive clinical assessments and trauma-related sexual behavior problems, and has provided clinical supervision and implementation support of evidence-based treatment models to agencies in NC as well as other states. Areas of Focus: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternatives for Family Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), Trauma Screening and Assessment, Evidence-Based Treatment Supervision and Implementation, Trauma- Informed Organizations, Trauma-related Sexual Behavior Problems in children.

Janet Fuller-Holden is the Operations Director with Family Centered Treatment Foundation. In this role, Janet manages a team providing all aspects of Family Centered Treatment ( FCT) model implementation, including training, consultation and model innovations.  Janet is also the Project Director on a SAMHSA/NCTSN Category 2 Trauma grant in year 2.

A native of Virginia and graduate of Old Dominion University, Janet has over 29 years’ experience working in the children’s behavioral health field. Having spent 20 years with the Institute for Family Centered Services; providing leadership while supporting operations, service delivery, public relations, business development and marketing aspects for the purpose of maintaining excellence in service delivery and efficient operations.

Passionate about Family Centered Treatment (FCT) and working for a nonprofit that focuses on keeping children in the community and with their family system, Janet provides oversight and monitoring that assists in model development, and creating new opportunities for FCT model adoption within agencies and states.

Chelsea Gailey is the Quality Improvement and Evaluation Specialist for the Healthy Teen Access project in Greensboro, where she leads program evaluation and data collection efforts with healthcare clinics. She also assists providers with adoption of best practices that empowers staff to offer quality sexual and reproductive health services to teens. Prior to joining SHIFT NC, Chelsea spent many years working with Community Care of North Carolina, partnering with Medicaid to improve the quality of patient care while decreasing unnecessary expenditures.  She worked one-on-one with patients and primary care providers in a variety of health educator and quality improvement roles implementing programs for healthy lifestyle choices, health literacy, basic Spanish for care management, and creation and implementation of interagency coordinating councils.  Chelsea’s background in quality improvement and program creation and implementation continued with the implementation of a peer auditing tool to decrease central line associated blood stream infections at UNC Medical Center as well as the creation and implementation of online learning platforms for early childhood educators with the NC Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center.  Chelsea holds a Master’s of Public Health with a concentration in Leadership from UNC Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s of Science with a concentration in Community Health from UNC Wilmington.

Elizabeth Gaylord, LCMHCS, LCAS, CCS, has worked for EasterSeals UCP since 2010, and currently manages the Outpatient therapy, Medication Management, School Based Outpatient Therapy, Community Support Team, and Transition Management Services in the Raleigh office.  Elizabeth has supported clinicians in the implementation of quality care, including the use of evidenced based models, such as Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), 7 challenges, MATCH-ADTC (Modular Approach to Therapy for Children-Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, Conduct), and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Elizabeth received a Master of Arts in Psychology from The Citadel, Charleston, S.C., and also received a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Bachelor of Science in Psychology in December, 2005 from The College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C. Elizabeth is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor, #S8598, in North Carolina.

Chandra Ghosh Ippen, Ph.D., is a child psychologist and children’s book author. She is Associate Director of the Child Trauma Research Program at the University of California, San Francisco and Director of Dissemination and Implementation for Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Chandra is a member of the board of directors of Zero to Three and has spent the last 28 years conducting research, clinical work, and training in the area of childhood trauma. Her children’s books include Once I Was Very Very Scared, Holdin Pott, and the Trinka and Sam disaster series, which has reached over 300,000 families across the world.

Stephanie Glickman, LCSW, is the Clinical Director for the Family Centered Treatment Foundation with 16 years of direct involvement with FCT.  She has experience working with a wide variety of populations, has extensive training in leadership development, and frequently presents at local and national conferences. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Northeastern University and her Masters of Social Work from Simmons University. She additionally has been an LCSW Clinical Supervisor for over 10 years.


Robin Gurwitch, PhD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with close to 30 years of experience in evidence-based treatments and the impact of trauma/disaster/terrorism on children. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and the Director of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE) training at the Center for Child and Family Health. Dr. Gurwitch has been involved in research, training, and clinical services involving PCIT; she is one of 22 PCIT Global Trainers worldwide, certified by PCIT International. She has studied the application and adaptation of PCIT to many populations, including children with a history of trauma, maltreatment, military children, children with prenatal substance exposure and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Native American children, and children in foster care settings. Dr. Gurwitch is a co-developer of CARE, a program for use by any adult interacting with children and teens and has been involved in its implementation and dissemination across the United States. Since the 1995 bombing in Oklahoma City, Dr. Gurwitch has concentrated professional efforts on the impact of trauma and disasters on children and their families, including materials development, training, research, and clinical services. She has responded to numerous events in the United States and internationally. Dr. Gurwitch is a member of the APA Disaster Response Network and served on the National Commission on Children and Disasters, Subcommittee on Human Services Recovery. Among other appointments, Dr. Gurwitch is a subject matter expert regarding at-risk populations for the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration and served on the HHS National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters. She has been an active member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) since 2001; she is a Senior Advisor to the Terrorism and Disaster Program of the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress. Since the pandemic, Dr. Gurwitch has been involved in efforts to reduce stress in children and families as well as professionals as they cope with COVID-19. Areas of Focus: PCIT; CARE; Trauma and Disasters/Terrorism; Secondary Traumatic Stress; Military/Veterans; and NCTSN’s 12 Core Concepts of Childhood Trauma.   

Dorothy Hairston Mitchell is a Clinical Associate Professor of Law at North Carolina Central University School of Law and she is the supervising attorney for the Juvenile Law Clinic.  She also serves as the Director of the Social Justice and Racial Equality Initiative and the Legal Director at the Center for Child & Family Health.  She is admitted to the North Carolina State Bar and the United States Middle District of North Carolina.  Dorothy graduated in 1999 from North Carolina Central University with a bachelor’s degree in English and Political Science.  She went on to graduate from North Carolina Central University School of Law in 2002.  She has primarily focused her legal work in the areas of juvenile and criminal law, as she loves working with children and families.  Dorothy serves on many boards and commissions and is committed to community service and advocacy.

Daniel Hoover, Ph.D., ABPP is a board certified clinical child and adolescent psychologist at Kennedy Krieger Institute and Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has 25 years of experience as a service provider, trainer, and clinical supervisor. He directs psychology internship and postdoctoral training at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress. Dr. Hoover founded and directs the Horizons Clinic, treating children with developmental disabilities who are exposed to trauma; one of the few such treatment clinics nationwide. Dr. Hoover consults on a SAMSHA National Child Traumatic Stress Network grant entitled: Supporting Trauma Recovery for Youth with Developmental Disabilities. He has published numerous papers and chapters on the assessment and treatment of children with autism and intellectual disabilities exposed to abuse and trauma.  He is the original developer of the Interactive Trauma Scale, a web-based graphic touchscreen measure of traumatic exposures and symptoms in children.

Evette Horton, Ph.D., NCC, LCMHC-S, RPT-S, is a Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine. She is the Director of Child Clinical Services at the UNC Horizons program, a substance abuse treatment program for pregnant or parenting women with substance use disorders and their children. She’s currently Past-President of the Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling (ACAC). She serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling. She is also a founding board member of the North Carolina Infant Mental Health Association (NCIMHA).

Dallas Johnson, MS, LCMHC, NCC is a lead pastor and church planter ordained through the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel.  Dallas currently serves as the lead pastor at LifePoint Community Church in Elkin, NC.  Throughout his more than 20 years of ministry experience he has been a strong advocate for mental health awareness within the faith community.  In additional to his ministry role, Dallas is the owner and clinical director of Aspen Mental Health, where he has worked to implement evidenced based treatments like TF-CBT, CPP, and PCIT into the small rural communities surrounding the Yadkin Valley.  Dallas is a graduate of Walden University and holds an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, a BS in Psychology from UNCC and a Biblical Studies degree from Lee University.

Leila Keen, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) clinical faculty member with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program at the Center for Child and Family Health. She has specialized in addressing and treating childhood trauma since 2001. Prior to this, Leila directed a mentoring program for court referred girls. Leila is endorsed as a master trainer by the developers of TF-CBT. She disseminates TF-CBT throughout North Carolina and the country, providing in-person trainings and clinical consultation. Areas of Focus: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS); Trauma Screening and Assessment; Evidence Based Treatment Implementation; Trauma Informed Organizations.

Eboni Lanier, LCSW, has worked with children who have experienced multiple forms of trauma and abuse since 2004. She provides mental health treatment in many evidence-based treatments including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS). Ms. Lanier is also a certified Incredible Years Parent Group Facilitator and a Master Trainer in SPARCS. She has worked extensively in the public school setting providing mental health consultation and support for students and staff. Areas of Focus: SPARCS.

Summer Mack, LCSW, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Moore County Schools.  She is a North Carolina native but has lived and worked 10 years overseas with her military spouse and two daughters.   She obtained her Master’s degree in Social Work at North Carolina State University. Go Pack! She has over 20 years of experience working with children, families, and individuals providing support and therapy.  Summer uses a number of therapeutic modalities including but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help the process of healing to those who are in need. Summer believes in supporting the student where they’re at in life and helping them grow from there.

Rachel Maid, MSW, LCSW, is an Improvement Advisor and PSB-CBT clinician with the North Carolina Child Treatment Program (NC CTP) at the Center for Child and Family Health. She assists agency leadership with implementing and sustaining evidence-based treatments. She also provides Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (PSB-CBT) to school-age children and their caregivers in group and family settings. Additionally, she is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT).

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.

Donna Newberne, MA, LCMHCS, serves as the Mental Health Clinic Director, Quality Assurance Manager, and clinical faculty with the NC Child Treatment Program. She has more than 15 years of clinical experience working with traumatized families. In 2004, she graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Master of Arts degree in Counselor Education. Ms. Newberne is a Master Trainer in Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress (SPARCS) and enjoys training other professionals in and outside of North Carolina. She conducts in-depth trauma-informed mental health assessments, and provides evidence-based mental health treatments including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Alternative for Families Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (AF-CBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and SPARCS. Ms. Newberne has worked in various Durham County elementary and high schools linking families to community resources and helping adolescents learn more effective ways to cope, problem-solve, and communicate. Areas of Focus: SPARCS; Clinical Supervision and Consultation; Cultural Sensitivity, Awareness, and Competence; Training and Evidence-Based Practice Dissemination/Implementation.

William ‘Bill’ Painter, MS, has become known throughout his 40 year plus career as a national pioneer in the field of family preservation. He has facilitated over 500 training workshops for public and private agencies on topics including; parenting the sexually traumatized child, reunification with parents after the termination of parental rights, parenting the child of multiple rejections, attachment issues, and performance based mentality / anonymous personality. He has guided the development of the practitioner developed home based trauma model of Family Centered Treatment®. This included co-authorship of the initial corresponding training curricula; “Wheels of Change©” and subsequent electronic versions. Bill’s work in developing programs for residential treatment that integrated EFT and the need to recognize the function of behaviors was at a time when the norm was emphasis on behavior modification. His experience in approaching treatment from the “function of behavior” perspective has been instrumental in the bringing to the FCT model the “Valuing our Changes” phase that emphasizes and enables personal accountability and sustainable change. Recent development work includes materials and training for clinicians in guiding the family caregiver as the change agent in trauma healing. National attention is being given to Bill’s development of training and materials that provide practical approach for successful reunion for members that have been placed out of home. Currently, Bill serves as the Senior Director of Clinical Practice for National Mentor Network’s Children and Family Services Center of Excellence. As FCTF Board member Bill provides leadership for the national recognition and expansion of Family Centered Treatment® and engaging independent evaluations of FCT; an evidence-based and best practice model of home-based family preservation services proved effective with sustainable outcomes and cost savings.

Heather Pane Seifert, PhD, has collaborated on multiple training and research projects to promote the effectiveness, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based assessment and treatment, and trauma-informed care for children and families who have experienced traumatic events. She has also provided evidence-based assessment and treatment for children and adults experiencing diverse emotional and behavioral difficulties, including those related to traumatic experiences. Dr. Pane Seifert’s research interests are focused on children who have been exposed to trauma or chronic stress, including those children in or at-risk for out-of-home placements such as group homes and juvenile detention centers. She studies risk and protective factors for psychiatric disorders and functional outcomes, and effectiveness, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based, trauma-informed treatments for children and families. Areas of Focus: Trauma Screening and Assessment, Trauma-Informed Evidence-Based Treatment, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Informed Care/Organizations/Practice, Implementation Science.

Donna Potter, LCSW, has worked with traumatized children and families since 1992 and has been an instructor for Duke University’s Department of Psychiatry since 2000. She is endorsed as a trainer by the developers of both Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). She currently serves as the lead trainer and senior clinical faculty consultant for these two models for the North Carolina Child Treatment Program. Throughout her more than 20 years at the Center for Child and Family Health, Donna has conducted forensic evaluations of child physical and sexual abuse and neglect, and has acted as an expert witness for the courts. She has provided consultation to North Carolina’s Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse on issues of diagnosis and treatment of Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD), including having co-written the clinical guidelines for assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of RAD. She has provided training to child welfare using NCTSN’s Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit and to community clinicians providing military-informed treatment to members of the military and their families through the Welcome Back Veterans Project. Donna spent 2 decades providing trauma treatment to children and their families, more than 10 years of which was evidence-based trauma treatment, before shifting her focus completely to the dissemination of evidence-based treatment practices throughout North Carolina and the country. Areas of Focus: Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP); Early Childhood Attachment and Trauma; Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD); Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit; Assessment and Case Conceptualization.

Susan R. Schmidt, PhD, is a licensed Counseling psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center –  Department of Pediatrics, Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Her professional interests include dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for trauma-impacted youth, youth with problematic sexual behavior and their families. Dr. Schmidt is a national trainer and consultant in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and in the provider wellness model, Components for Enhancing Clinician Experience and Reducing Trauma (CE-CERT). She co-directs the OUHSC Child Trauma Services Program, which provides training and treatment in TF-CBT and child trauma assessment. Dr. Schmidt also directs the Problematic-Sexual Behavior – Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Adolescents (PSB-CBT-A) Treatment Program and the PSB-CBT-A Treatment Model Training Program.

Jane F. Silovsky, PhD, Professor, is a clinical child psychologist and the Director of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect and the National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (, a training and technical assistance center.  Dr. Silovsky received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Alabama. Currently, she is the Jean Gumerson Chair and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  Since 1997, she has been the Director of the Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior program, an assessment, treatment, and research program for preschool and school age children with problematic sexual behavior.  Her research is in problematic sexual behavior of youth, systems change, culturally congruent services, and implementation of prevention and treatment programs.

Kelly Sullivan, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. She has worked at Center for Child & Family Health (CCFH) for more than 10 years. Dr. Sullivan serves as CCFH’s Director of Mental Health Services. She directs their National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) project and a project to improve access and services to families impacted by domestic violence and co-directs a post-adoption support services project and a trauma-informed schools project. She has also worked with Project Broadcast, an initiative to bring trauma-informed practices to NC’s child welfare system, since it began 2011 and is dedicated to assisting all types of agencies to be more trauma informed. She has served on the training teams for evidence-based treatments for children, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and is a PCIT Level II Trainer with PCIT International. She facilitates the NCTSN’s workshop, Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma, for foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers and trains facilitators of this curriculum. She also has provided training to child welfare using NCTSN’s Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit. Dr. Sullivan has also conducted assessments and provided training and consultation to the North Carolina Division of Mental Health/DD/SA on trauma-informed care, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and children with severe behavior problems who have experienced chronic interpersonal trauma. She formerly managed the implementation of a statewide project to educate caregivers on infant crying to prevent abusive head trauma, has provided school-based mental health services, and worked with police officers to respond to children who have been victims or witnesses to violent crime. Areas of Focus: Trauma-Informed Organizations; Trauma Assessment and Screening; Disruptive Behavior Disorders; Adoptive Families; Workforce Resilience; Parent-Child Interactive Therapy; Reactive Attachment Disorder; Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit; and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma.

Angela M. Tunno, PhD, is an assistant professor and a licensed clinical psychologist at Duke University Medical Center, the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, and the Center for Child & Family Health. She received her doctorate in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas and completed her clinical internship at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Tunno received her master’s degree in Applied Clinical Psychology at the University of South Carolina-Aiken. Prior to attending KU, she completed a one-year fellowship at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Violence Prevention (DVP), Prevention Development and Evaluation Branch (PDEB) where she helped develop and disseminate prevention efforts for child maltreatment and community violence. Dr. Tunno specializes in clinical interventions for adolescents, children, and families presenting with an array of behavioral and emotional difficulties, including traumatic exposure and chronic emotion dysregulation. Her research interests include public policy and advocacy for children, youth, and families; prevention of child maltreatment; resiliency factors post-traumatic experiences; the intersection between trauma exposure and high-risk behavior (e.g., suicidal thoughts/behaviors, self-harm); and the dissemination/implementation of evidence-based therapeutic interventions. Areas of Focus: Trauma-Informed Evidence-Based Treatment, Trauma-Informed Organization/Practice, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Resource Parent Curriculum (RPC).

Karyetta L. Walker, EdD, LCMHC, joined Crossroads CAC in 2009, as a child therapist. She also began her private practice, New Season, PLLC in 2013, as she continues to provide contracted direct care services to individuals and their families, who have been impacted by significant trauma exposures. Ms. Walker provides training and consultation to clinicians and agency administrators on implementing and sustaining evidenced treatments, along with peer supervision in the utilization of TFCBT, PCIT, and CPT. She provides training in the child welfare systems in the areas of fostering traumatized children. She has been involved in providing mental health services since 2001 in various direct service systems, and continues to expand her expertise to individual, family, and group; adult and child services. Ms. Walker received her master’s from North Carolina Agricultural and State University, and her doctorate from Argosy University. Areas of focus: Trauma treatment and Trauma-specific trainings, Group and Individual treatments, Adoption (Domestic and International), Science of the impact of trauma in neurobiology, and Child Welfare.

Darden White, MEd, LPC, is a licensed clinician and trainer at the Center for Child and Family Health. She obtained her MEd in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma in 2011. Ms. White specializes in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral concerns. Currently, Ms. White is the Associate Director of the PCIT Training Program as an endorsed Level I Trainer, by PCIT International, and a CARE Trainer. She is highly active in the PCIT community, including participating on a task force for PCIT International, research, service, training and consultation for PCIT, specializing in work with children and families considered to be at-risk. Additional interests lie in providing therapeutic interventions to children who have experienced trauma, children with sexualized behaviors, and applying PCIT to children on the autism spectrum.

Tommy White, MPH, BA (they/them), is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and researcher working to facilitate social and systems change. They currently serve as SHIFT NC’s LGBTQ+ Capacity Manager and Youth Leadership Co-Coordinator for Alamance Youth Connected (AYC). In these roles, White develops programs and delivers trainings to create safer and more affirming schools, health centers, and other environments serving LGBTQ+ young people. They also conduct primary research to inform program development; promote the integration of multiply marginalized LGBTQ+ experiences and priorities across programs; and collaborate with community partners to support young people in developing and leading their own sexual health campaigns. White’s peer-reviewed research publications examine social support and mental health services utilization among LGBQ youth and sexual minority women. They hold a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University.

Jan Williams, MSW, LCSW, has worked with children and families for 30 years. After being instrumental in the formation of Healthy Families Durham at CCFH in 1996, she served as Program Director for 15 years and now serves as Clinical Supervisor. She has a strong interest in evidence-based programming for the prevention of child abuse and promotion of school readiness in young children, and has experience working in the Healthy Families, Parents as Teachers, and Early Head Start home-based models. She has devoted much time to understanding the impact of trauma and secondary traumatic stress on home visitors and home visiting programs, and is becoming known as a national speaker on these issues. Ms. Williams is the recipient of the Donna Stone Award from Prevent Child Abuse North Carolina and two Champion for Children awards from Durham’s Partnership for Children. Areas of Focus: Secondary Traumatic Stress, reflective supervision, safety and ethics for home visitors.

Mary Wise-Kriplani, LCSW, is clinical faculty with the NC Child Treatment Program and part of the Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) training team. She is on the DC:0-5™ Expert Faculty Roster, endorsed to facilitate trainings on its use as a diagnostic classification for the assessment of mental health disorders in infancy and early childhood. Her work focuses on developing a state work force skilled at assessing and treating mental health disorders experienced in early childhood, and she has particular interests in trauma, grief, and bereavement. Areas of Focus: Trauma screening and assessment, infant and early childhood mental health (IECMH), trauma-specific evidence-based treatments, reflective supervision, grief and bereavement.

Erika Wray, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and a Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training faculty member at the Center for Child & Family Health. She is a Regional Trainer endorsed by PCIT International. Ms. Wray obtained her MSW from the University of South Carolina in 2000 and has worked with children and families since that time. Prior to joining the team at CCFH in 2005, Ms. Wray was part of the Foster Care Unit at the Durham County Department of Social Services. Her interests include serving families with young children, children in the foster care system, and children on the autism spectrum.

Kiricka Yarbough Smith, BASoc, MSW, has over 18 years of combined experience working in the areas of mental health, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, and human trafficking. Kiricka has provided outreach, direct services, resources, and referrals to survivors of violence. She currently serves as the Program Director for the NC Council for Women and Youth Involvement Office under the North Carolina Department of Administration. Kiricka is also a consultant on human trafficking and taskforce development for the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). Kiricka has also provided training to law enforcement, prosecutors, and service providers through her work with the NC Conference of District Attorneys, US Attorney’s Office, International Chiefs of Police Institute, and the Children Advocacy Centers of North Carolina. Kiricka also managed the human trafficking program for the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault on their (OVC) grant for over 6 years. Active in her community, she served as the Chair of The NC Coalition Against Human Trafficking (NCCAHT). Kiricka is an investigator on the UNC-Chapel Hill’s Administration for Children and Families grant to address child trafficking in the child welfare system and is also a member of the Partners Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATHNC). As a faculty member of the Futures Without Violence project since 2010, she fosters collaboration to address human trafficking within DV and SA cases. Kiricka also serves a consultant for the DHHS’s Administration for Children, Youth and Families newly created Trafficking in Person Office.

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