Meet Our Team
Dr. Brian Bride, M.P.H., M.S.W.
Brian Bride is Distinguished University Professor and Director of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. His research and teaching interests are in the areas of behavioral health care, primary and secondary traumatic stress, health services research, HIV/AIDS, and workforce well-being. Dr. Bride is the developer of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Scale and has received a number of honors as a result of his research on secondary traumatic stress, including the Creative Research Medal from the University of Georgia. From 2011-2018, Dr. Bride served as Editor-in-Chief of Traumatology: An International Journal, published by the American Psychological Association. He received his M.S.W. from Florida State University, his M.P.H. from Harvard School of Public Health, and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia.
Dr. Patricia Fisher, R.Psych (Retired)
Dr. Patricia Fisher is a clinical psychologist and specialist in organizational health and workplace wellness in trauma-exposed workplaces. As the founder of Fisher & Associates, over the past 25 years she has developed a host of research-based training programs, assessment tools and solutions for trauma-exposed workplaces and the staff and managers who work in them. Dr. Fisher is Co-Executive Director of TEND, with Françoise Mathieu, and in this role she continues to work with trauma-exposed organizations, and to develop new research-based training programs, resources, and evaluation tools for managers and staff working in these critical fields.
Her recent book Resilience, Balance & Meaning: Supporting Our Lives and Our Work in High Stress, Trauma-Exposed Workplaces and her previous volume titled Building Resilient Teams: Facilitating Workplace Wellness & Organizational Health in Trauma-Exposed Environments are now being used in a wide range of trauma-exposed workplaces.
Dr. Kyle Killian, LMFT
Kyle is an instructor at the Simmons College School of Social Work and faculty in Marriage and Family Therapy at Capella University. An individual, couple and family therapist with 30 years of experience, and a clinical supervisor, Dr. Killian has over 60 publications on trauma and loss, immigrant, refugee and multiracial families, resilience, and professional self-care. A developer of easy-to-use measures of vicarious resilience, emotional intelligence and family resilience, Dr. Killian has delivered over 80 presentations at national and international professional meetings on topics such as compassion fatigue, vicarious resilience and self-care in persons working with trauma survivors. He has also provided trainings for police officers, first responders, and victim advocates in the US and Canada. His books include Intercultural Couples: Exploring Diversity in Intimate Relationships (Routledge, 2008) and Interracial Couples, Intimacy and Therapy: Crossing Racial Borders (Columbia University Press, 2013).
Karen Hangartner, LMSW
Karen Hangartner is Project Director for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a project of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC). The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse victims in Huntsville/Madison County, AL. Ms. Hangartner holds a Masters in Social Work from The University of Alabama. She has been with the National Children’s Advocacy Center since 2003, spending four years in the Prevention department before beginning work with the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. As Project Director for SRCAC, Karen is responsible for developing and delivering training for Children’s Advocacy Centers and Multidisciplinary teams across 16 states and the District of Columbia. She has conducted more than 200 trainings for MDTs and CACs in the Southern region. She also presents at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics including Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma Informed Multidisciplinary Teams, Team Functioning, and Leading in a Multidisciplinary Environment.
Alison Hendricks, LCSW
Alison Hendricks is a trainer and consultant who specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trauma-informed systems, and Secondary Traumatic Stress. She is a National Trainer for TF-CBT and the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, a product of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) that she helped to revise in 2012. Alison is an Affiliate Member of the NCTSN. She worked with the Chadwick Center of Rady Children’s Hospital for nine years, first as a trauma therapist and then as Operations Manager of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project. She provides training and consultation on TF-CBT, trauma-informed care, and Secondary Traumatic Stress to programs across the country. Alison is the lead author on two workbooks on TF-CBT. She also specializes in Culturally Modified TF-CBT with a focus on Latino children and families. She has presented at numerous conferences and has published several journal articles on a wide variety of topics related to childhood trauma. Alison graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Psychology from Columbia University and completed her MSW at Hunter College School of Social Work. She lives in San Diego with her husband and daughter.
Françoise Mathieu, M.Ed., RP., CCC.
Françoise Mathieu is a Registered Psychotherapist and a compassion fatigue specialist. Her experience stems from over 20+ years as a mental health professional, working as a crisis counsellor and trauma specialist in university counselling, military, law enforcement and other community mental health environments. Françoise is co-executive director of TEND, whose aim is to offer consulting and training to helping professionals on topics related to secondary trauma, compassion fatigue, burnout, self-care, wellness and organizational health. Since 2001, Françoise has given hundreds of seminars on compassion fatigue and secondary trauma across North America to thousands of helping professionals in the fields of health care, child welfare, the criminal justice system and other similar high-stress, trauma-exposed professions. Françoise is the author of The Compassion Fatigue Workbook which was published by Routledge in 2012 as well as several articles and publications.
Dr. Brian Miller
Dr. Brian Miller provides training and consultation on topics of secondary trauma, trauma informed supervision, and implementation processes nationally and internationally. He is an individual member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and chaired the NCTSN Secondary Trauma Supervision Workgroup. He is the developer of the CE-CERT model for intervening with secondary trauma in service providers and the Shielding model of trauma-informed supervision, both of which have been published and disseminated across mental health and child welfare systems.
Dr. Miller’s experience includes tenure as Director of Children’s Behavioral Health at Primary Children’s Hospital, Director of Mental Health for Salt Lake County; Director of the Trauma Program for Families with Young Children at The Children’s Center in Salt Lake City; Clinical Director of Davis Behavioral Health, Associate Director of the Utah State Division of Mental Health; and as a psychotherapist in private practice. He holds a Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a Mandel Leadership Fellow. He is the past board president for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Utah Chapter, and serves on the editorial review boards for the journals Traumatology and Contemporary Psychotherapy.
Dr. Leslie Anne Ross
For more than fifteen years, Dr. Ross has overseen programs in research, evaluation, training, and implementation of evidence-based practices and trauma-informed care for children and families at Children’s Institute, Inc. in Los Angeles, CA. She was formerly the Vice President of the Child Trauma Center at CII and the PI for their National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) program. She is currently the Director at the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress of CCCT Implementation and training across the country and a Faculty Member for the NCTSN DoD Training Academy on CCCT training and the Academy Wellness Center focused on reducing the risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) for Military Family Advocacy Providers and New Parent Support Staff. Dr. Ross is the co-founder of the NCTSN STS National Collaborative Group which focused on prevention and intervention of Secondary Traumatic Stress associated with providers who work with children and families exposed to trauma. In addition, she is co-author of The Secondary Traumatic Stress Inventory (STSI-OA) and STS Organizational Change Framework and she facilitates local and national training and consultation on Trauma-Informed Care including reducing the risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress and building a resilient workforce.
Dr. Ginny Sprang
Ginny Sprang is a Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky and the Executive Director of the UK Center on Trauma and Children. Dr. Sprang is the Principal Investigator of multiple federal and state grants that examine child traumatic stress, treatment effectiveness, and best practices protocols for a wide range of trauma survivors. She serves as a Steering Committee member for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and is the co-chair of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. She served as a Special Interest Group Chair for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies for 13 years. Dr. Sprang currently serves as a consultant to the Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime. Dr. Sprang has published extensively in the area of child traumatic stress, commercial sexual exploitation of minors, victimization, and secondary traumatic stress.
Cambria Rose Walsh, LCSW
Cambria Walsh has worked for Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2001. She is currently the Project Co-Director of the Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Practices, Program and Policy Center, a Category II center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). She is an associate with TEND Academy and provides training to a wide range of audiences about Secondary Traumatic Stress and Compassion Fatigue. She previously managed the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project (CTISP-DI) which focused on implementing trauma informed practices in 5 different child welfare jurisdictions across the United States. Cambria has experience in working with counties and agencies on the implementation of SafeCare® and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She helped co-author Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Practice: Trauma Informed Guidelines for Organizations. Cambria currently leads the Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium and has been active with the group since its inception in 2015.