The International Trauma Center is a small, highly versatile company that provides training and consultancy to humanitarian aid and social justice enterprises seeking to evolve their mission and organizational development into a trauma informed care Center of Excellence.
Robert D. Macy, PhD:
ITC – Director and President
Dr. Robert Macy is trained as a theatre artist, Taoist martial artist, dance movement therapist, traumatologist, disaster resilience response manager, and neuroscience researcher with 34 years practice in the field of body-based psychological trauma interventions, disaster medicine and the design, development, dissemination and implementation of trauma informed care assessment and intervention service delivery systems in the United States and overseas focusing on schools, child serving agencies, and community engagement.Dr Macy is the Founder and President of the International Trauma Center-Boston, as well as the Founder and Executive Director of The Boston Children’s Foundation, also in Boston (bostoncf.org). He is also a Founder and Director of the Midwestern Trauma Services Network operating in numerous states in the Midwest.
Dr. Macy is a consultant and special liaison to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTS)-Terrorism and Disaster Branch. He is also a member of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)–Disaster Technical Assistance Center(DTAC)and works nationally to assist SAMHSA in violence exposure response and recovery. Dr. Macy is one of only 12 subject matter experts nationally to be selected to sit on the Barack Obama commissioned Attorney General’s National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence as part of the Attorney General’s broader Defending Childhood Initiative.
Dr. Macy, The International Trauma Center, and its strategic partners remain tireless pioneers in the field of community stabilization-community building and community disaster resilience specializing in psychological trauma, psychosocial recovery and resiliency in research, interventions and violence prevention initiatives for children, youth, their families, and adults and their communities exposed to traumatic events and transgenerational poly-victimization including large-scale violence exposures, terrorist events, and political, school based, community and armed conflict violence, impoverishment and enslavement.
Dr. Macy designs, implements and evaluates community building, trauma focused, psychosocial resiliency initiatives, violence prevention programs, and Trauma Informed Care initiatives in the United States, and internationally.
Dr. Macy has worked on multiple projects over the last 11 years with Dr. Gil Noam at the Laboratory for Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology at McLean Hospital. Dr. Macy holds appointments at Harvard Medical School as a Research Fellow in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and at McLean Hospital as a Research Associate in Psychology in the Department of Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology Program and the PEAR Institute.
Joop de Jong, MD, PhD:
ITC – Senior Vice President, Global Public Health Programs
Joop de Jong is Professor of Cultural and International Psychiatry at University of Amsterdam, adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University, and visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa. Dr. de Jong and Dr. Macy have been working collaboratively I the field of transcultural psychiatry, community building and psychosocial intervention development for the past 12 years producing the most in depth studies to date on children exposed to war and evidence based recovery interventions. Dr. de Jong is an expert in public mental health and cultural and international psychiatry, advisor to WHO and other UN agencies, and NATO, with over 40 years of experience as a physician, researcher and public health specialist. Joop de Jong was trained in tropical medicine, public health, psychiatry, psychotherapy and epidemiology. He established TPO (Transcultural Psychosocial Organization), one of the largest relief organizations in mental health and psychosocial care of (post-) conflict and post-violence exposure populations in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America.
In 2004 he merged TPO with HealthNet, a NGO implementing public health programs. Over the past decades Joop de Jong worked part-time with immigrants and refugees in Amsterdam. His current interest is prevention of (the consequences of) armed conflict and violence exposures, child mental health, public mental health and transitional justice. He has conducted research in post-conflict and in multicultural settings, and (co)authored 245 chapters and papers in the field of transcultural psychiatry, epidemiology, public mental health, medical anthropology and mental health of populations torn by violence and violence exposure. He currently supervises 12 PhD students.
Dicki Johnson Macy, BC-DMT, M.Ed., L.M.H.C.:
ITC – Senior Vice President, Early Childhood Initiatives
Dicki Johnson Macy is the Creative Director for the Center for Trauma Psychology, the Director of the Boston Children’s Foundation, the Founder of “Rainbowdance Attunement Intervention, which targets children with severed attachment, as well as developmental and neurological disorders. She is also the Co-Founder of the CBI an intervention which addresses the post-acute trauma psycho social needs of children. Dicki is a tireless pioneer in the field of dance movement and music therapy and has adapted a unique set of protocols based upon the Art & Technique of Isadora Duncan as well as archetypal healing circles to provide non-verbal stress reduction interventions for children and their mothers exposed to armed conflict and community violence. Dicki has designed and implemented psychosocial intervention projects with the Center for Trauma Psychology in the United States, Turkey, Palestine, Jordan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Sudan and Nepal, Taiwan and Haiti. Rainbowdance has been implemented in Mississippi for post Katrina surviving children
Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., J.D., Esq.:
ITC – Senior Vice President, Juvenile Justice/Behavioral Health Initiatives
Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., Esq. is a clinical/forensic psychologist and attorney. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1988 from the City University of New York and his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1992. He is licensed in psychology in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Texas and licensed in law in Massachusetts.
He currently serves at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP) as the Director of Forensic Studies (Office of the Provost) and the Director of the Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR). With Dr. Robin Deutsch, Dr. Kinscherff is currently implementing the Center of Excellence for Children, Families and the Law based through MSPP. He is also Senior Associate at the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice where his focus is on innovative approaches funded by the MacArthur Foundation, SAMHSA, the Council of State Governments and others to reform juvenile justice policy and practice, including addressing the mental health needs (especially those arising from trauma) of youth involved in juvenile justice. Dr. Kinscherff continues to provide oversight and other services to the statewide Juvenile Court Clinics for the Administrative Office of the Juvenile Court (Massachusetts Trial Court) and is currently involved in a project to approve routine collection of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) data for youth and families referred for Juvenile Court Clinic services. He has previously served as the Director of Clinical Services for Easter Seals of New Hampshire, Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health (Massachusetts Department of Mental Health), Director of Juvenile Court Clinic Services (Massachusetts Trial Court), and Director of Forensic Services and Director of Forensic Training at the Children and the Law Program at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Kinscherff’s activities for the American Psychological Association have included serving as two-term Chair of the Ethics Committee EC), Chair of the Committee on Legal Issues (COLI), and member of the Committee on Professional Practices and Standards (COPPS). Related activities included assisting in the writing of the science amicus brief submitted by APA in the case of Roper v. Simmonsin which the U.S. Supreme Court found the execution of juveniles unconstitutional, and participation in drafting the revised Guidelines for Psychological Evaluations in Child Protection Matters. He has also consulted to national security projects for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Rand Corporation, and from 2006-2010 served on the Board of the Society for Terrorism Research.
He has served on multiple working groups, advisory groups and commissions organized by governmental organizations, judicial authorities, professional organizations, or advocacy groups that focus upon issues arising at the intersection of law and mental health practice including intimate partner violence, child protection, disproportionate involvement of youth and adults with mental disorders in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems, and broad policy and practice issues. For example, as Assistant Commissioner for Forensic Mental Health he chaired a Commissioner’s Task Force focusing upon safety, risk management, and minimizing stigma for youth and adults with significant mental illnesses and potential for violence, and he served on a Working Group of the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court tasked with reducing the disproportionate contact of persons with mental illnesses and the criminal justice system. Since 2003, Dr. Kinscherff has been a member of the Massachusetts Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and currently is a member of the Children, Youth and Families Advisory Committee which reviews policy proposals for the Secretary of the Executive Office of Human Services.
He has published some 50 papers, chapters and articles on trauma, child maltreatment and child protection, delinquency, risk assessment and management in violence and sexual misconduct, and legal and ethical issues in clinical and forensic mental health practice. He is a co-author of a recent book on professional ethics and psychology published by the American Psychological Association, and an article invited by SAMHSA and the American Institutes for Research on mental health needs among justice involved youth (with specific attention to trauma) is “in press” as of the beginning of February 2012. Dr. Kinscherff teaches and consults nationally and internationally on these and other topics.
Frank Grijalva, MSPH:
ITC – Senior Vice President, Programing
As a senior vice president for the International Trauma Center Frank currently works with clinicians, front line staff and administrations in Haiti, Florida and Iowa. As a representative of ITC, Frank has deployed to numerous violence exposures around the world as a security, logistics and behavioral specialist to help stabilize child populations in ongoing war settings, in the aftermath of natural violence exposures and other traumatic events.
Frank served in the United States Navy as a combat diver assigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 1 Marine Mammal division for nearly 8 years. As a behaviorist and handler of Marine Mammals Frank was cross trained in Basic Explosive Ordnance Disposal as well as Basic Underwater Demolitions.
Frank managed safety and logistics for clinicians and federal employees working at ground zero in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and trained clinicians in evidence based curriculum in and around New Orleans in the after math of hurricane Katrina. He has spent the last several years introducing and training selected trauma informed evidence based practices as well as designing and implementing innovations specific to at risk children in residential treatment, group homes and emergency shelters as the Trauma Informed Care Coordinator for Boys and Girls Home of Iowa, Alaska and Nebraska. Frank has a BS in violence exposure psychology with an emphasis on mental health and an MS in Public Health with a focus on child mental health. His mission is to create a world that understands the impact of trauma and abuse on children, families and communities by teaching and implementing multi-disciplinary evidence based practice.
Donna Amundson, LCSW:
ITC – Senior Program Manager, Trauma Recovery and Suicide Prevention Initiatives
As an ITC Senior Program Manager Donna provides technical expertise on trauma informed care implementation and dissemination in the United States and abroad. She continues to lead our efforts in offering clinical supervision for traumatic grief recovery protocols and suicide postvention to prevention protocols. Amundson, is the Cofounder and Executive Director of the Genesis Training Institute and has over 30 years of field experience as a clinical social worker. She specializes in psychological trauma interventions, traumatic grief, and suicidology. She is also a Master Trainer for the Training Institute for Suicide Assessment and Clinical Interviewing (TISA) for which she provides national and international certification trainings for clinicians in the Chronological Assessment of Suicide Events (CASE) Approach.
Ms. Amundson was employed for 28 years at the University of Medicine and Dentistry, University Behavioral HealthCare (now Rutgers University). She worked for 14 of those years as a direct care clinician and clinical supervisor. For the last 14 years she was the Program Manager for UBHC’s Traumatic Loss Coalitions for Youth Program. During that time, she developed and implemented suicide prevention, intervention and postvention programming statewide. She also collaborated with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in developing two national, best practice suicide awareness training programs for school personnel and other youth-serving individuals. As TLC Program Manager, she also created a statewide trauma response network that continues to provide posttraumatic stabilization for youth in schools and communities in the aftermath of suicide, homicide, accidents, and larger disasters.
Ms. Amundson was the principle investigator for the SAMHSA State and Tribal Youth Suicide Prevention Grant awarded to NJ in 2012. This three year grant enabled UBHC to exponentially expand suicide prevention and postvention programming in five NJ counties with the sustainability to continue these efforts statewide. She also provided post trauma care in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy and was instrumental in obtaining federal funding through the NJ Department of Children and Families in 2013 for youth affected by the storm. This grant enabled UBHC to expand training for trauma responders and community providers and continue post trauma intervention services for youth in five of the most affected counties in the state.
Ms. Amundson is a past member of the NJ Youth Suicide Prevention Advisory Council convened by the Governor, and is certified as a NJ Disaster Response Crisis Counselor. She is also certified in EMDR and Clinical Hypnosis. In addition to her statewide and national work, Ms. Amundson was a member of the ITC team that was called in to provide psychological assessment and stabilization for youth in orphanages in Haiti in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake.
Christopher Gandin Le, MA:
President, Emotion Technology
ITC – Senior Program Manager, Social Media Innovation and Dissemination
Mr. Le is Senior Vice President for ITC and directs and sustains social media innovation projects and telemedicine initiatives that aim to serve youth and adults living in extreme stress environments with no access to psychosocial supports or acute intervention technologies. ITC remains extremely fortunate that in partnership with Mr. Le’s company, EmotionTechnology, ITC is at the leading edge of knowledge and practice in disseminating trauma informed care to underserved communities utilizing innovative dissemination protocols. Mr. Le received his MA from Teachers College at Columbia University in 2003, and has since dedicated himself to harnessing the power of technology to save and improve lives.
Chris brings an activist’s sensibility to public health, specifically suicide prevention. During his tenure at the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, he established protocol for online suicide prevention and partnerships with all of the major social networking websites. With a donation from producer James L. Brooks, Chris co-created the Lifeline Gallery, a powerful virtual space where suicide survivors, attempt survivors, and suicide prevention supporters share their stories. He sits on the board of Connect Safely, an organization which is also on the Facebook Safety Board.
Chris recently wrote a white paper titled “Using New Media for Suicide Prevention” for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the first inquiry by the national government into online activity around suicide and suicide prevention.
Naomi Wolf wrote the New York Times bestselling book “The End of America: A Letter of Warning to a Young Patriot” for, and dedicated the book to, Chris, whom she calls “a born activist, a natural grassroots leader and teacher.”
Christopher Gandin Le is working to make sure every single new media user has access to the life-saving tools they need.