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Faculty and Staff at the Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center

Faculty

Stan Rosenberg, PhD, Director, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine

Stan Rosenberg, PhD, has, for over 46 years, studied many aspects of severe mental illness, including issues of language production, assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Rosenberg has developed interventions to diagnose and treat prominent and disabling comorbidities in this population, including substance use disorders, blood-borne diseases, and most particularly posttraumatic disorders.

Rosenberg's work on severe mental illness (SMI) has included descriptive studies, psychometric studies, intervention development studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs). His work has also included studies of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in multiple populations, including combat veterans, cancer patients, primary care patients and children and adolescents.

For over 20 years, Rosenberg has pursued work in the interface between trauma, PTSD, and psychosis, and the treatment of trauma-related disorders. He has worked to outline the multiple and complex problems associated with PTSD in public sector mental health clientele, and to propose a program of research to deal with these issues (Rosenberg et. al., 2001). He has also conducted studies to establish that trauma and PTSD could be reliably measured in clients with SMI (Mueser et al., 2001), and that there was a high prevalence of undetected PTSD in SMI (Mueser et al., 1998, 2004). He co-authored a paper that proposed a model for how PTSD mediates the relationship between trauma exposure and a worse course of SMI. He also served as a co-investigator and led the evaluation of a large, urban, NIMH funded RCT of an alternative model designed to treat PTSD in women with SMI (McHugo, PI). He also collaborated in the development of a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program to treat PTSD in people with SMI or other vulnerable populations including adolescents, and has co-authored two books on the topic (Mueser et al., Treatment of PTSD in Special Populations: A Cognitive Restructuring Program. APA, 2009; Jankowski et al., Coping with Stress: A CBT Program for Teens with Trauma. Hazelden, 2011). He also was a co-investigator on the first controlled research to establish that PTSD could be effectively treated in SMI, in one RCT showing that the CBT program improved PTSD and other outcomes more than usual services (Mueser et al., 2008), and in a second RCT showing the program was more effective than a brief educational and breathing retraining program (parent R01 renewal). The CBT program remains today the only intervention empirically supported by RCTs for treating PTSD in the SMI.

Kay Jankowski, PhD, Associate Director, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Kay Jankowski, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Department of Psychiatry and Associate Director of Dartmouth Trauma Interventions Research Center, where she conducts research, teaches and provides clinical and consultative services. Jankowski has managed many research projects over the years in the area of child and adolescent trauma, including developing and testing new treatment interventions, disseminating evidence-based practices into "real world settings", and transforming child serving systems to bring a more trauma-informed approach to care and services for children, youth and their families. Most recently she is the Principal Investigator for the New Hampshire Partners for Change Project, a federally funded (ACF, DHHS) demonstration project to improve the social and emotional well-being of children and youth in child welfare and juvenile justice. She is also the Co-Principal Investigator for the New Hampshire Adoption Preparation and Preservation Project, also funded by ACF, with a goal of promoting successful adoption after trauma by creating a trauma-informed, evidence-based and adoption competent child welfare system.

Jankowski is a certified trainer for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT), and has trained clinicians across northern New England, from diverse settings including outpatient, residential and intensive home-based. She has particular experience and interest in using TF-CBT with adolescents, and especially adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system. She was a Co-Investigator on a Randomized Controlled Trial (Cohen, J, P.I.) to examine the feasibility of delivering TF-CBT to juvenile justice involved youth in residential treatment facilities. As an experienced child and adolescent psychologist, Jankowski also maintains a small practice through the Department of Psychiatry, treating traumatized children, adolescents and adults.

Erin Barnett, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Erin Barnett, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and clinical psychologist who provides, disseminates, and evaluates evidence-based practices for traumatized children and families. Barnett has a particular interest in helping to better the lives of children and families involved with the child welfare system and has worked closely with the New Hampshire Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) on several grants and projects, including a national learning collaborative on creating a more trauma-informed child welfare system. Barnett is part of a state committee tasked to provide oversight of psychotropic medications to the children they serve. Through this work, she has developed a passion for involving children and families in decisions related to their mental health care, particularly psychotropic medications.

Barnett also provides trainings on trauma, PTSD, and evidenced based treatments to the community and has developed educational products for mental health providers, public audiences, and consumers. She is a certified TF-CBT therapist and rostered Child-Parent Psychotherapy clinician.

Becky Parton, MSW, LICSW, Project Coordinator

Becky Parton is a licensed clinical social worker and most recently practiced in a community mental health setting as a child and family therapist. She provided home and office based services, using evidenced based practices and a family systems perspective. She is trained in both Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and provided both in the community mental health setting. Parton specializes in attachment focused therapy, working with high risk, suicidal teens, and providing parenting support and education. For some of her time in community mental health Parton provided intense home based services specifically aimed at preventing hospitalization and placement for children with mental and behavioral health difficulties. Previous to her work in mental health, Parton was a child protective service worker for the NH Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Parton worked on a variety of cases, including reunification and adoption work.

Parton is currently the Administrative Director for the New Hampshire Adoption Preparation and Preservation Project (NHAPP) a federally funded (ACF, DHHS) project with the goal of promoting successful adoption after trauma by creating a trauma-informed, evidence-based and adoption competent child welfare system. Parton works closely with partners at DCYF and in the community to improve the child welfare system and available mental and behavioral health services available to families.

Staff

Affiliated staff

  • Martha Robb, PhD, Psychologist, West-Central Behavioral Health
  • Sarah Stearns, PhD, Psychologist, Deer Creek Psychological Associates
  • William "Burl" Daviss, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry
  • Harriet Rosenberg, MA, Honorary Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Robert Racusin, MD, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry
  • George Wolford, PhD, Chair of the Education Department, Lincoln Filene Emeritus Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences
  • Kim Mueser, PhD, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry; Executive Director of the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University

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