Affiliated NCTSN Professionals

Below is a roster of affiliated NCTSN professionals. These individuals have previously been associated with a funded organizational NCTSN partner site and have expressed an interest in remaining connected to and active with the Network. As the status of organizational sites changes and as individuals make career moves, this list will change.
Address: 

Atlanta, GA 30349

Work: 
(334) 703-9063
Description: 

Funda Yilmaz previously worked as a children’s counselor for the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Here she gained extensive experience providing services to individuals of all ages, with diverse cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds and varying degrees of traumatic stress and comorbidities.

With the developmental understanding of traumatic stress granted by this clinical experience, Funda was able to write and illustrate My Big Book of Answers, a fully illustrated self-help workbook for three-to-nine-year-old survivors of violence. This workbook translates complex scientific information about traumatic stress into a language that even three-year-olds can understand and discuss with their adults. The workbook also assists therapists to effectively and efficiently discuss difficult topics with young kids such parental substance abuse, child maltreatment, illness, and death.

Funda currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and provides training, consulting, grant writing, and psychotherapy services. She is interested in application of the fine arts as a delivery modality for traumatic stress relief interventions in primary care and behavioral health services, in school communities, through the juvenile justice system, and in the child welfare services. Funda is an active member of NCTSN’s Complex Trauma, Child Traumatic Grief and Justice Consortium collaborative workgroups.

Funda is also a professional artist working through the media of painting, sculpture, and dance.
 

Address: 

Skokie, IL 60676

Description: 

Gene is a retired from Northwestern University, where, at the Center for Child Trauma Assessment and Service Planning (CCTASP) had a Category II grant that focused on the CANS assessment tool.  Presently Gene serves as the Director of Research for the ChildTrauma Academy and consults with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice on their MacArthur, Models for Change curriculum. Gene remains involved with NCTSN activities focused on public sector child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice issues.

Address: 
Santa Barbara, CA
Description: 

Gil Reyes, PhD is a clinical psychologist in Santa Barbara, California. At NCTSN he is involved with the Terrorism and Disaster Center at the University of Missouri and the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA, and is a longstanding member of the task force on the Core Curriculum in Childhood Trauma. He was the lead editor of the four-volume Handbook of International Disaster Psychology (2006) and The Encyclopedia of Psychological Trauma (2008), and his areas of expertise include psychological trauma, and the psychosocial effects of disasters, terrorism, torture, and mass violence. He has provided psychosocial disaster support in several national and local disasters throughout the past decade, including the September 2001 response to the destruction of the World Trade Center, and has worked in a consulting capacity with the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. He serves as the Disaster Relief Committee Chair for the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology, is the 2012 President of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Peace Psychology, and is the 2014 President-Elect of the Santa Barbara County Psychological Association. In all areas of life, Dr. Reyes emphasizes social support and attachments as the essential tools for resilient coping in the face of adversity.

Address: 

Heather Risk, PsyD and Associates
230 N Lime Stone, Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40507

Work: 
(859) 303-8041
Description: 

Heather Risk was the former Project Director of the Child and Adolescent Trauma Treatment and Training Institute at the University of Kentucky, Center on Trauma and Children. She now owns Heather Risk, PsyD & Associates, PLLC which is a private practice devoted to the treatment of children and adolescents who have experienced trauma. Training and consultation services regarding TF-CBT and various topics related to trauma are also provided to mental health professionals, foster parents, and the child welfare, judicial, and school systems. www.heatherriskandassociates.com

Address: 

The Village Family Services
6736 Laurel Canyon Boulevard, Suite 200
North Hollywood, CA 91606

Work: 
(818) 755-8786 x1008
Description: 

Irma Seilicovich is COO and co-founder of The Village Family Services, a nonprofit that works primarily with children exposed to trauma, in North Hollywood, CA.  Ms. Seilicovich has been actively working in the mental health field for over 20 years with a focus on children and families who have been victims of sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Formerly coordinator for the Trauma Center at Children’s Institute Inc. and a current member of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), Ms. Seilicovich continues her association with the NCTSN while implementing evidence-based trauma treatment for children at The Village Family Services.

Address: 
The Counseling Center of Wayne & Holmes Counties
2285 Benden Drive
Wooster, OH 44691
Work: 
(330) 264-9029
Fax: 
(330) 263-7251
Email: 
Description: 

Dr. Kraps was previously involved at The Cullen Center of Toledo Children's Hospital. She serves on the NCTSN Affiliate Advisory Group and specializes in early childhood trauma, developmental disabilities, and LGBTQ-related topics. She currently holds the position of Vice President/Chief Clinical Officer at The Counseling Center in Wayne County, Ohio. In prior years, she volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem in Lucas County and served as Trauma and Resiliency Program Coordinator in Stark County.

Jeffrey N. Wherry, Ph.D., ABPP

Address: 

5351 Samuell Blvd, Dallas, TX 75228

Work: 
214.818.2605
Fax: 
214.818.2645
Description: 

Jeff completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern Mississippi, and he earned the Diplomate in Clinical Psychology awarded by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has worked with residential populations, foster children, and with outpatients. Jeff was the CEO of Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis, where he also was involved in training, outpatient work with sexually abused children, and research. He has been a tenured professor at four universities. He directs the Research Institute of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. Jeff was named as an “Integrated Scholar” at Texas Tech University and received the “Outstanding Professional Award” in 2013 from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. His interests include sexual abuse, PTSD, assessment, and treatment. Jeff has published over 40 journal articles; has made over 250 presentations; and has received foundation and grant support in excess of $5.0 million. He and his wife of 38 years have one delightful daughter, a wonderful son-in-law, and two adorable granddaughters.

Jennifer M. Willoughby, LICSW

Address: 

El Paso, TX

Work: 
(915) 282-2788
Description: 

Jennifer Willoughby, LICSW was the former Clinical Administrator of the Children's Services Department at Family Service of Rhode Island. Spearheading TST in their Children's Services programs Jennifer is a TST Master Trainer and one of the founding members of the NCTSN Sex Trafficking task force. Jennifer has been trained in CPP, TF-CBT, AF-CBT, TST and is a Trainer of the NCTSN Think Trauma Curriculum.

Address: 

Sayreville, NJ 08872

Work: 
908-578-4889
Description: 

Dr. Jennifer R. Jones is a licensed psychologist in New York and New Jersey and a Licensed Professional Counselor in New Jersey. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Women & Gender Studies from The University of Virginia; a Master’s Degree in School and Community Counseling from Regent University; and a Doctorate Degree in School Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Jones completed a highly competitive, two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Traumatic Stress at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City where she administered evidence based treatment to youth in the juvenile justice system, coordinated staff trainings in evidence-based interventions and facilitated follow up consultation with state agencies (e.g., New York Department of Probation, Riker’s Island). Currently, Dr. Jones is the Associate Director of Mental health for the Adolescent and Young Adult populations at Riker’s Island. Additionally, she facilitates trainings and workshops for Juvenile Probation and Correction Officers and professionals around the country in order to spread knowledge about the impact of trauma and mental health issues on youth involved.

Address: 
Wilson-Sigrest

357 Towne Center Blvd, Suite 203
Ridgeland, MS 39056

Work: 
(601) 398-5436
Description: 

Jennifer Sigrest was the former Evaluation Coordinator for the Trauma Recovery for Youth Project with Catholic Charities in Jackson, MS. She is now co-owner of Wilson-Sigrest, LLC and specializes in working with adolescents and adults dealing with issues of traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, LGBT-related concerns, and other life stressors. She provides consultation and collaboration with organizations working to implement and sustain best practices or to change and improve existing systems. She remains involved with NCTSN through the affiliate program and has a special interest in working with the LGBT population.