M. Kay Jankowski, PhD
Director, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Dr. Kay Jankowski is Director of the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center and Director of Psychology Services at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She has focused her career on trying to improve the lives of at-risk and trauma-affected children, teens and families. Kay is currently principal investigator on a 5-year SAMHSA sponsored grant Project LAUNCH Upper Valley. She is also the co-principal investigator (with Barnett) on a 5-year Federal DHHS Administration for Children and Families Regional Partnership Grant.
Kay has led many research projects over the years, including developing and testing new treatment interventions, disseminating evidence-based treatments for traumatized children and youth into “real world settings”, and transforming child serving systems, including NH Division for Children, Youth and Families to bring a more trauma-informed approach to care and services for children and families. Jankowski is also a certified trainer in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She provides clinical consultation and training in trauma-informed care across diverse settings, supervises psychology and psychiatry trainees, and maintains a clinical practice within the Department of Psychiatry. Kay has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters related to her interests and expertise.
Erin R. Barnett, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Erin R. Barnett, PhD, is a faculty member at the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center and Vulnerable Children’s Research Group. Erin’s expertise and interests lie in child trauma and adversity and the psychosocial and pharmacological services provided to this population. Her projects aim to understand and influence mental health and social services for children and families who carry extra vulnerabilities, such as those in foster care and those with severe mental illness.
Erin is currently the principal investigator on two 3-year sponsored projects funded by SAMHSA and the DOJ aiming to increase knowledge and skills among personnel and providers serving young children and their families affected by trauma and parental substance use disorders . Erin is also co-Principal Investigator on the 5-year LAUNCH grant, and is the co-investigator on a 5-year SAMHSA Regional Partnership Grant P2P. Additionally, Erin is the principal investigator on a project called Moving Upstream which focuses on building a trauma-informed community responsible for the youngest victims of the opioid crisis, and Upstream, a project which aims to increase early childhood mental health and trauma awareness among community health and service providers.
Erin co-led a state-wide train-the-trainer program aiming to improve trauma-informed knowledge and skills among early childhood care providers, and she co-led a state committee providing oversight around the use of psychotropics among NH foster children (NH SafeRx). Erin is certified in two evidence-based psychotherapies for children, Child Parent Psychotherapy and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She has provided clinical supervision to numerous mental health clinicians across New Hampshire, and she continues to provide clinical services in a local community mental health center. Erin has authored numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and chapters related to her interests and expertise.
Rebecca Parton, MSW, LICSW
Project Coordinator, Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center
Becky Parton is an experienced clinical Social Worker who previously provided child and family therapy at a Community Mental Health Center. Her current role at Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center combines her background of mental health practice, child protection work, and grants management.
She is the Co-Director of Upper Valley Project Launch, supports Upstream Upper Valley and is a training consultant on the Pediatric Improvement Project through the UNH Institute on Health Policy and Practice.
Holly Gaspar, MED, MPH
Community Health Partnership Coordinator, Community Health Improvement, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Holly currently works in Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center as a Community Health Partnership Coordinator. She is the Co-Director of Upper Valley Project Launch.
Holly spent almost a decade in the field of Child Life at the Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth, providing direct psychosocial care to children and families in a variety of in-patient and out-patient settings.
Logan Seely, MED, MPH
Project Coodinator, Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center
Logan is a former elementary school teacher with additional experience in community health coordination and collective impact initiatives. She is the project coordinator for P2P and OVC- Upstream (Cheshire).
Katie McDonnell, MSW
Public Awareness and Outreach Coordinator
Katie has worked in the mental health system for over 25 years. She teaches public education course about mental health challenges and is working with the team on public awareness initiatives.