Meet Our Team

Dr. Brian Bride, M.P.H., M.S.W.

Brian Bride is Distinguished University Professor 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.

Georgia State University


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.

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Southern Regional Children's Advocacy Center


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.

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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.

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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. 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.

University of Kentucky


Cambria Rose Walsh, LCSW 


Cambria Walsh is a Trauma-Informed Trainer and Consultant. She is a co-investigator on the University of Kentucky’s Secondary Traumatic Stress Innovations and Solutions Center, which is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She has been an associate with TEND Academy since 2016 and provides training to a wide range of audiences about Secondary Traumatic Stress. She previously worked for Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital where she was the Project Director of the Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Practices, Program and Policy Center, a Category II center in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA). She helped co-author the Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Practice: Trauma Informed Guidelines for Organizations. Cambria is a member of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Consortium and has been with the group since its inception in 2015.

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