Faculty

Consultation:

Elizabeth Thompson, Ph.D. is a child/adolescent mental health executive with an established track record of optimizing service delivery to traumatized children and families through organizational leadership, workforce development, policy & program development, grants management, regulatory compliance and building community relationships. In her current position, she serves as Director of the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Since 2003, Dr. Thompson has been a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and is recognized for her contributions to several national workgroups and “expert panels”, advancing key initiatives in the child traumatic stress field.

Recent professional presentations have included topics on child traumatic stress, organizational implementation of evidence based treatment, family informed trauma treatment, and cultural relevance in clinical service delivery.

Dr. Thompson is a member of several professional organizations including the American Psychological Association, the Society of Psychologists in Management and the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1987. Dr. Thompson has a faculty appointment in the department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Training:

Casey Anderson, LCPC, RPT, is a licensed clinical professional counselor treating children, adolescents, and families exposed to traumatic events at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. He received a combined Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Towson University in 2009, and his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2011. Casey is certified in an evidenced-based practice, Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), and is nationally credentialed as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT). Clinical areas of focus include trauma-informed treatment for children/adolescents with developmental delays, problematic sexual behaviors, and traumatic grief. Casey has experience presenting on topics including enhancing best practices in a trauma-informed workplace, and childhood traumatic stress.

Corey Beauford, LICSW, received his MSW from Howard University. He has years of experience in clinical supervision, HIV / AIDS, Co Occurring Disorders, and Domestic Violence. He is a Clinical Instructor at the University of Maryland-Baltimore School of Social Work, an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Science at Howard Community College and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Work at Coppin State University.  Beauford is the Founder and President of Inspired Consulting Group.

Vickie Beck, CNS, BC, is from Baltimore, Maryland.  Beck has been using TF-CBT for 17 years and has been a national TF-CBT trainer in the United States for over 10 years. She is a board certified clinical nurse specialist with a specialty in working with children and families, and has over 40 years of experience. She has trained hundreds of clinicians in effectively treating PTSD and trauma related symptoms in children.

Monica Beltran, LCSW-C, BC-DMT, received her master's degree in dance/movement therapy from Goucher College in 1981 and a master's degree in social work in 1994 from the University of Maryland. She has been treating trauma survivors for the past 27 years. Beltran has expertise working with children and youth who have been sexually abused, incorporating mind/body approaches in her work. As a social work manager at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, she provides clinical direction to the Sexual Abuse and Mind/Body Programs, supervises social work clinicians and is responsible for the training program for social work and psychology students. She and her mind/body colleagues developed a yoga-based movement therapy group protocol for boys eight to 12 years old designed to promote emotional and behavioral regulation and to increase self-esteem and social skills. She is an adjunct clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Abena Brown-Elhillali, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and has over five years of experience assessing and treating children, adolescents and adults with various mental health needs. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Howard University, where her studies focused primarily on the psychophysiological aspects of mental health. Dr. Brown-Elhillali completed post-doctoral training at the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services board, where she provided therapy and case management to children and adults with histories of complex trauma, substance abuse and psychotic disorders. Additionally, Dr. Brown-Elhillali completed pre-doctoral training at the New York Health and Hospitals Corporation, where she provided crisis intervention, therapy and case management to children and families affected by sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. Currently, Dr. Brown-Elhillali dedicates much of her clinical time to educating families about the long-term and intergenerational effects of trauma, in an effort to inhibit the cyclical nature of trauma and related mental health concerns.

Paul D. Brylske MSW, LCSW-C, is director of the Therapeutic Foster Care program at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He received his master's degree in social work from the University Of Maryland School Of Social Work in 1982. He was trained in family therapy at the Child Guidance Clinic in Philadelphia. Paul has worked the field of child welfare, children’s mental health and developmental disabilities for over 37 years. He has worked with youth and their families in a variety of settings including; group homes, psychiatric hospitals residential treatment center, emergency room, outpatient, and treatment foster care. Paul was in private practice for over 20 years as a child and family therapist.

Over the previous 27 years Paul has worked at the Kennedy Krieger Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress as a child and family therapist, supervisor, program manager, and administer. He has published in the field of treatment foster care as well as presented throughout the United States and Canada on a variety of topics including; treatment foster care, child welfare, respite, children’s mental health, childhood trauma, developmental disabilities, and outcomes. Paul has been a member of the Foster Family-based Treatment Association’s (FFTA) Research Committee for the over the past 10 years. He has served on a number of State committees and workgroups in mental health and child welfare. Paul is currently a member of Maryland Department of Human Resources’ Program Advisory Committee and Family Centered Practice Oversight Committee.

Laura Costa, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and has over five years of experience working with trauma populations and providing individual, family and group therapy. Costa employs empirically-based methods into her clinical work, including TF-CBT, SMART, SPARCS, SFCR and TST-SA. She received her master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from George Mason University in 2007, also earning a certificate of advance graduate study in school psychology. Costa completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, PA, which is a residential school for at-risk children coming from poverty. In this setting, she obtained additional training and experience providing therapy, consultation and assessment with abused and neglected children. Currently, she heads the diagnostic interview clinic and psychological assessment clinics, and provides supervision for psychology externs. She dedicates much of her time to educating staff, stakeholders and families about the long-term and intergenerational effects of childhood trauma.

Shondra Cowling, LCSW-C, is a 1991 graduate of Morgan State University, where she received a BA in Telecommunications. She completed a post graduate program at The University of Maryland Baltimore in 1997 and holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work.   In the spring of 2017, Shondra completed a certificate program in Early Childhood Mental Health, through the University of Maryland’s Child Psychiatry Department.  She has worked a number of years doing trauma work with young children, early childhood mental health consulting, school based counseling and training.

Emily Driscoll-Roe, LCSW-C, is a Social Work Manager at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. She received her undergraduate degree from Fordham University in 1993, and her master’s degree in Social Work from New York University in 1996. She has provided therapeutic services to children, adolescents and their families since 1996, and has practiced in New York City; Dayton, Ohio; and Baltimore. At the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress, she received extensive training in the field of trauma treatment, with particular expertise in the area of sexual abuse. Through her work at the Traumatic Stress Center, Driscoll-Roe became especially interested in the impact of vicarious trauma on clinicians working with traumatized families. She co-founded the Center’s Vicarious Trauma Processing Group and provides training on managing vicarious trauma and burn-out to mental health professionals.

Sarah Gardner, MSW, is the director of clinical services at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute  and the lead developer of FamilyLive, an intensive family therapy model that addresses the complex needs of parents/caregivers with histories of trauma and disrupted attachment. Gardner is a seasoned clinician, supervisor and presenter, and has co-authored articles on treatment interventions for children affected by traumatic exposures. She earned her master's degree at the National Catholic School of Social Services and completed post-graduate training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic. Her primary area of expertise is the intergenerational transmission of trauma effects in families.

Alyne Hall, LCSW-C, is the coordinator of the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress’s HOPE Clinic, which specializes in the treatment of adolescents with a history of complex trauma exposure and tension reduction behavior. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland in 2006 with a specialization in families and children. Throughout her career, she has worked extensively within the child welfare and mental health systems with children who have experienced abuse and neglect. At the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute, she provides individual, group, and family therapy to children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events using several evidence based treatment approaches, provides diagnostic evaluations as part of a diagnostic team, and provides clinical supervision to master’s level clinicians and advanced level graduate students. She provides trainings to other professionals on assessment and treatment of child sexual abuse, comorbid trauma and substance use disorders, and complex trauma in adolescents.

Daniel Hoover, PhD, ABPP, is a clinical child and adolescent psychologist at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute directing the center’s postgraduate psychology training program and coordinating the Horizon Clinic, which treats children with developmental disabilities and psychological trauma .  Dr. Hoover received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Kentucky in 1992. He then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychology at the Karl Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas. Remaining on the faculty of the Menninger Clinic for 15 years, he served as director of the child psychology department and director of psychology training, as well as team leader in the inpatient adolescent treatment program.   Before joining Kennedy Krieger Institute in 2011, Dr. Hoover served as psychology supervisor and director of wraparound services for the Delaware State Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health.  Dr. Hoover is board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology through the American Board of Professional Psychology and is licensed in Delaware and Maryland.  Dr. Hoover has a faculty appointment in the department of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

Daniel Kleiner, PhD, is the Director of Psychological Services, Psychiatry at Kennedy Krieger Institute. He is the former Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress coordinator of the New Start Clinic, which treats children and families who have been referred through the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office because of physical abuse. Dr. Kleiner received his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Hartford. He worked with homeless families in the District of Columbia before moving to Baltimore in 1994. In Baltimore, he has supervised the Mental Health Screening Unit within the Baltimore City Department of Social Services and has worked with children and families involved in the foster care system. He has participated in trainings and consultations with Dr. David Kolko on AF-CBT, as well as the train-the-trainer program to help broaden the implementation of the model. He provides intensive trainings, along with follow-up consultation on the AF-CBT model. Dr. Kleiner has received basic and advanced training in trauma-focused cognitive behavior therapy. Dr. Kleiner is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where he co-teaches a course on evidence-based mental health treatment of children and adolescents.

Teresa Loya, LCSW-C, graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999, with a bachelor’s of science in psychology. In 2001, she earned her master’s degree in clinic social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, with a specialization in family and children's services. Loya has been working with at-risk children since 1995. Her roles have included one-to-one behavioral aide, mentor, tutor, residential counselor, social worker and therapist. She has been a therapist at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute since 2001, where she specializes in family therapy and working with children ages 0-6. Loya coordinates the Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Clinic and facilitates a professional development group for master's level trainees.

Betsy Offermann, LCSW-C, is co-director of the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress Training. She received her bachelor's degree in social work in 1984, and her master's degree in 1985 from the University of Maryland. In 1988, she completed a post-master's certificate in marital and family therapy. She has more than 23 years of experience providing treatment services to sexually abused children and their families. The SMART Model (Safety, Mentoring, Advocacy, Recovery, and Treatment) was developed by Offermann to address problematic sexual behavior in young children with sexual abuse. Offermann also helped to develop a video now used state-wide to train child care workers, investigators, mental health providers and parents on the impact of sexual abuse. She has presented locally and nationally, and served as co-chair of the 2006 Governor's Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. Offermann has trained staff, mentors, investigators and child welfare workers to improve understanding of the impact of trauma and effective treatment strategies.

Cynthia Rollo, LCSW-C, has ten years of training and clinical experience focusing on treating traumatized children and adolescents at the Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress at Kennedy Krieger Institute. She utilizes evidence-based treatment with this trauma-based population, is a trainer for trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and has provided trauma training to clinicians' state-wide. She is currently a clinical faculty member for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network's 2010 TF-CBT Learning Collaborative. She has also specialized in working with children with problematic sexual behavior and utilizing group therapy. She is an instructor for the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where she teaches a course entitled, "Evidence-Based Mental Health Treatment with Children and Adolescents."

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