Trauma Research Foundation

Board Members

Chair

​Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.

is a clinician, researcher, and teacher in the arena of post-traumatic stress. His work integrates developmental, neurobiological, psychodynamic and interpersonal aspects of the impact of trauma and its treatment. Dr. van der Kolk and his various collaborators have published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development, memory, and the psychobiology of trauma. He has published over 150 peer reviewed scientific articles on such diverse topics as neuroimaging, self-injury, memory, neurofeedback, Developmental Trauma, yoga, theater and EMDR. Dr. van der Kolk is founder and Medical Director of the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts; past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Professor of Psychiatry and Boston University Medical School. Author of The Body Keeps The Score: Brain, Mind and Body in the Treatment of Trauma.

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J. Walter Freiberg, J.D., Ph.D

was formerly Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Departmnet of Sociology at Boston University, and simultaneously a member of the Centre d'Études des Mouvements Sociaux in Paris, where he taught Social Psychology at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales. Subsequently, Freiberg practiced law at Hale & Dorr, leaving to become Chairman of Weston Patrick. He is the author of five books: Surrounded By Others and Yet So Alone; Growing Up Lonely; Four Seasons of Loneliness; The French Press: Class, State and Ideology; and Critical Sociology: European Perspectives, as well as over thirty-five articles, book introductions, and other scholary works on social psychological and legal issues. He recent work has concentrated on the public health ramifications of chronic loneliness, and his story-based writing style has led to his having been described as "The Oliver Sacks of Law."

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Ruth Lanius, M.D.,Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry is the director of the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) research unit at the University of Western Ontario. She established the Traumatic Stress Service and the Traumatic Stress Service Workplace Program, services that specialize in the treatment and research of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and related comorbid disorders. She currently holds the Harris-Woodman Chair in Mind-Body Medicine at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests focus on studying the neurobiology of PTSD and treatment outcome research examining various pharmacological and psychotherapeutic methods. She has authored more than 100 published papers and chapters in the field of traumatic stress and is currently funded by several federal funding agencies. She regularly lectures on the topic of PTSD nationally and internationally. She has recently published a book ‘The Impact of Early Life Trauma on Health and Disease’ with Eric Vermetten and Clare Pain.

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Martin Teicher, ​MD, Ph.D.

has been director of the Developmental Biopsychiatry Research Program at McLean Hospital since 1988. He was director of the former Developmental Psychopharmacology Laboratory (now the Laboratory of Developmental Neuropharmacology), and is currently an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Teicher is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Child and AdolescentPsychopharmacology, Current Pediatric Reviews, and Current Psychosomatic Medicine. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council of the Juvenile Bipolar Research Foundation, and has been part of Harvard University's Brain Development Working Group. He has served on or chaired numerous review committees for the National Institutes of Health, published more than 150 articles, and has received numerous honors.

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Strategic Planning & Development, TRF

Mariah Rooney O'brien, LICSW, RYT

(uses she/her/hers pronouns) is a clinician who uses an integrative approach in her work with children, adolescents and adults with complex trauma histories. She is also an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas. Mariah is also Project Coordinator for the Center for Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders (CTDTD), University of Connecticut, supporting the National Child Traumatic Stress Network objectives of increasing national affiliate competency in assessing and treating complex developmental trauma through coordination of various projects. Additionally, she is part of the development team for the Structures Training Program for the Trauma Research Foundation and is co-founder of Trauma Informed Weightlifting. Mariah is deeply committed to examining the intersections of social justice, trauma and mental health and participating in efforts to decolonize mental healthcare and increase access to anti-oppressive healing spaces.

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Secretary, TRF

Licia Sky, ​C.M.O.H.

is a Boston based artist, singer-songwriter, and bodyworker who works with traumatized individuals and trains mental health professionals to use Embodied Self Experience in movement, theater exercises, writing and voice as tools for attunement, healing and connection.

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