More information about Members of the Leadership Council

David Clohessy

David Clohessy is a victim advocate and media consultant. He was the first Missourian to sue a cleric for childhood sexual abuse and is the Director of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), a national support group for those victimized by clergy. He has appeared on numerous TV shows, including CNN, Sixty Minutes, Oprah, Jerry Springer, Jenny Jones and Phil Donahue. Mr. Clohessy has also quoted in newspapers across the country, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Boston Globe.

Christine A. Courtois, Ph.D.

Dr. Courtois is a psychologist in private practice and co-founder and former clinical and training director of The CENTER: Post-traumatic Disorders Program, part of the Psychiatric Institute of Washington. Dr. Courtois served as an appointed member to the American Psychological Association Working Group on the Investigation of Memories of Childhood Abuse (1993-1996) and the APA Presidential Task Force on Family Violence (1994-1996). Dr. Courtois was recently a faculty member at a NATO Advanced Study Institute on Recollections of Trauma in France.

Dr. Courtois has been the recipient of a number of national awards, including American Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Psychology as a Professional Practice (1996), The American Psychological Association Division 17 John D. Black Practitioner Award (1995), and the Division 17 Committee on Women “Woman of the Year” Award (1994). In 1998, she was elected a distinguished practitioner in the National Academies of Practice in Psychology.

Dr. Courtois is the author of three books: Healing the Incest Wound: Adult Survivors in Therapy (W.W. Norton, 1988), Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse: A Workshop Model (1993), and Recollections of Sexual Abuse: Treatment Principles and Guidelines (W.W. Norton, 1999). She is the co-editor of Treating Complex Traumatic Stress Disorders: An Evidence-Based Guide (2009). She was co-editor of a special issue of The Counseling Psychologist on the topic of victimization and its aftermath, and has published numerous articles and book chapters on related topics. Dr. Courtois conducts workshops nationally and internationally on the treatment of incest and other forms of sexual assault and has given numerous professional presentations and keynote addresses.

Stephanie Dallam, R.N., Ph.D.

Dr. Dallam currently works as a Research Associate for the Leadership Council. She formerly worked as Nurse Practitioner in Pediatric Surgery and Trauma at the University of Missouri-Columbia, and before this was a member of the faculty at the University of Missouri where she taught nurse practitioner students at the graduate level. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. She has written numerous articles and book chapters on issues related to the welfare of children and presents regularly at national conferences.

Jean-Michel Darves-Bornoz, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Darves-Bornoz is France’s leading researcher on the sequelae of child and adolescent sexual abuse. Dr. Darves-Bornoz is also a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, International Society for the Study of Dissociation, Association EuropĂ©enne de Psychiatrie, and the American Psychiatric Association among others. He is also a reviewer for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation and the European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology .

Richard Ducote, J.D.

Mr. Ducote is an attorney at law, residing in and licensed to practice in Louisiana. He is considered a national expert on child abuse, domestic violence and child custody, and has trained judges, advocates, and court administrators all over the country.

Mr. Ducote has also helped draft state legislation and shape Federal case law. His Post-Separation Family Violence Relief Act (R.S. 9:361-369), passed unanimously by the Louisiana legislature in 1992, has been widely praised by the National Center on Women and Family Law, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Journal, and the Harvard Law Review. This legislation prohibits sexual abusers and violent parents from obtaining custody of children, and sets up tight controls over visitation. On his first attempt to take a case to the United States Supreme Court he won a unanimous reversal of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in Ankenbrandt v. Richards , 504 U.S. 689, 112 S.Ct. 2206 (1992). In that decision he obtained the right of abused children to sue their parents in federal court and eliminated the hundred year old “domestic relations exception” to federal diversity jurisdiction.

In addition to serving as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Louisiana State University Medical Center, Mr. Ducote has authored articles for publications of the American Bar Association’s National Legal Resource Center for Child Advocacy and Protection, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the Florida State Courts Legal Affairs and Education Division. Mr. Ducote has also lectured across the country to foster care review boards, national and state child welfare conferences, and adoption advocacy organizations.

Mr. Ducote has been the recipient of a number of awards. In 1989, he was named Citizen of the Year by both the Louisiana and New Orleans Chapters of the National Association of Social Workers. In 1997, he was awarded the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s Child Advocacy National Certificate of Recognition for “significant legal contributions advancing the welfare of our nation’s children.” In March, 1998, he was invited by Florida Governor Lawton Chiles to be the keynote speaker at the Governor’s Peace at Home Awards, which recognizes successful domestic violence prevention initiatives. In January 2001, he was honored by the national child advocacy organization Justice for Children for “Pro Bono Service With Sincere Appreciation for Commitment to the Abused Children of Our Nation.” On May 10, 2001, he received the Louisiana State University School of Social Work Alumni Recognition Award for his contributions to the prevention of family violence through the legal system.

Nancy S. Erickson, Esq., J.D. Brooklyn Law School, LL.M. Yale Law School, M.A. Forensic Psychology

Ms. Erickson is an author and consultant on family law and matrimonial issues, including. custody evaluations involving abused children and children of abuse victims. She was a Senior Attorney at Legal Services for New York City, Brooklyn Branch, representing low income clients – primarily battered women – in divorce and other family cases for eight years. For over ten years, she was a professor of law, teaching at New York Law School, Cornell, Ohio State, New York University, and Seton Hall Law School. She has also had positions in government and has been in private practice. She has written books and articles on family law, including domestic violence, child support, custody, marital property, attorneys for children, custody evaluations, and adoption.

Paul Jay Fink, M.D.

Dr. Fink, was a prominent psychiatrist, psychoanalyst. and speaker. He was a past-president of the American Psychiatric Association and the founder and former president of the Leadership Council.

Dr. Fink was a Professor of Psychiatry at Temple University School of Medicine and Chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Task Force on Psychiatric Aspects of Violence. He had extensive leadership experience and was considered an expert in program development and enhancement. Dr. Fink served as the president of numerous organizations including the American Psychiatric Association (APA), the American College of Psychiatrists, the National Association for Psychiatric Healthcare Systems, the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and the American Association of Chairmen of Departments of Psychiatry. He served as both Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center and Associate Vice President of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. He founded and directed the Einstein Center for the Study of Violence and is a co-founder and past president of the Greater Philadelphia Health Care Congress.

Dr. Fink also served on a variety of committees having to do with issues of youth violence. He helped found the Children’s Emotional Response Team in Philadelphia and chairs the Youth Homicide Subcommittee of the Philadelphia Youth Fatality Review Team. He chaired the Philadelphia County Medical Society Subcommittee on Youth, and served on the Board of the Philadelphia Health Management Corporation, and the Philadelphia Board of Health.

Dr. Fink was co-editor of the books, The Stigma of Mental Illness (American Psychiatric Press, 1992) and Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors (Haworth Press, 2002), and has authored of over 190 articles. He has been the recipient of a number of national awards including the APA’s Vestermark Award and the Francis J. Braceland Award for Public Service. In 1999, the Philadelphia County Medical Society selected Dr. Fink as Physician of the Year.

Lisa Fischel-Wolovick,JD, MSW

City University of New York Law School (JD) Hunter College, School of Social Work (MSW). Family law attorney. Assistant Professor John Jay College of the City University of New York, Graduate School of Psychology, former Assistant Professor Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, and Albany Law Schoo

Richard Gartner, Ph.D.

Dr. Richard Gartner has a doctorate in clinical psychology from Columbia University and he specializes in the treatment of sexually abused men. He is a psychoanalyst on the teaching faculty and supervises at the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Institute in New York City . He is also a consultant and supervisor at the Trauma Treatment Center of the Manhattan Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Gartner taught and supervised in the clinical psychology program at Columbia University for twenty years. He was the Founding Director of the White Institute’s Sexual Abuse Program, and for six years was Director of its Center for the Study of Psychological Trauma.

From 2002-2004, Dr. Gartner was President of MaleSurvivor: National Organization against Sexual Victimization ( and continues to serve on its Board of Directors. He was Program Chair for its 2001 conference in New York, “Healing Sexual Victimization of Boys and Men.”

Dr. Gartner is a member of the American Psychological Association, the New York State Psychological Association, the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, and MaleSurvivor. He is a licensed psychologist in New York State . He serves on the editorial boards of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and the American Journal of Psychoanalysis.

Dr. Gartner has authored numerous articles, chapters and books. His books include: Beyond Betrayal: Taking Charge of Your Life After Boyhood Sexual Abuse; Betrayed as Boys: Psychodynamic Treatment of Sexually Abused Men; and Memories of Sexual Betrayal: Truth, Fantasy, Repression and Dissociation. (Several of Dr. Gartner’s articles are reprinted on the “Writings” page of his website

Robert Geffner, Ph.D.

Robert Geffner, Ph.D., is: Founding President of the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Institute in San Diego, CA; Founding President of Alliant International University’s (AIU) Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma (IVAT); Clinical Research Professor of Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology, AIU, San Diego; Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California and Texas; Editor of three internationally disseminated journals (Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma; Journal of Child Sexual Abuse; Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma), and former clinical director of a large private practice mental health clinic in East Texas for over 15 years. He has a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology and in Family Psychology. Dr. Geffner is the Immediate Past President of the Trauma Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, and Co-Chair of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence. He has been a researcher, trainer, practitioner, and consultant for more than 30 years.

Publications include treatment manuals (e.g., Treatment of Women Arrested for Domestic Violence, 2002; Ending Spouse/Partner Abuse, 2000), co-edited books concerning family violence and child maltreatment (e.g., Children Exposed to Violence, 2009; Identifying & Treating Youth Who Sexually Offend, 2005; Identifying & Treating Sex Offenders, 2004; Effects of Intimate Partner Violence on Children, 2003; Domestic Violence Offenders , 2002; Bullying Behavior, 2001; The Cost of Child Maltreatment, 2001; and Children Exposed to Domestic Violence, 2000), and numerous book chapters, journal articles and research papers concerning family violence, trauma, sexual assault, child abuse, family and child psychology, custody issues, forensic psychology, neuropsychology, and diagnostic assessment. He has also served on several national and state committees dealing with various aspects of family psychology, family violence, child abuse, and family law. He has presented over 450 keynote addresses, plenaries, workshops, and seminars at international, national, regional, and state conferences or meetings.

Steven N. Gold, Ph.D.

Dr. Gold is Professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) Center for Psychological Studies and founded and serves as Director of the Trauma Resolution and Integration Program (TRIP) at NSU’s Psychological Services Center. He is a past president and fellow of the International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD). He has published and presented extensively on abuse, trauma, and dissociation.

Dr. Gold’s book, Not Trauma Alone: Therapy for Child Abuse Survivors in Family and Social Context, delineates the treatment model employed at TRIP. He is co-editior with Dr. Jon Elhai of the Journal of Trauma Practice, co-edited the book Trauma Practice in the Wake of September 11 th, 2001 with Dr. Jan Faust, and guest-edited a recent issue of the journal Psychotherapy on trauma-related disorders. He also is on the editorial board of the journals Psychotherapy; Journal of Family Violence; Journal of Trauma & Dissociation; Journal of Child Sexual Abuse; and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Dr. Gold is a Liaison of American Psychological Association (APA) Division 30 to the APA Trauma Interest Group, and a member of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the National Council on Sexual Addiction and Compulsivity. He holds American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Certification in Clinical Hypnosis and is a Certified Traumatologist through Florida State University’s Traumatology Institute. Dr. Gold earned his doctoral degree at Michigan State University in 1981, and his bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis in 1975.

Seth Goldstein, J.D.

Mr. Goldstein is the Executive Director of the Child Abuse Forensic Institute, which he founded in 1992. As private counsel, he represents parents in Family Law, Juvenile, and Personal Injury matters wherein child abuse allegations have arisen.

Prior to founding the Child Abuse Forensic Institute he was the investigator and Project Director for the Child Abuse Vertical Prosecution Unit of the Napa County District Attorney, Napa , California . He also worked as an investigator with the Santa Clara County District Attorney, San Jose , California , and was a special prosecutor for the San Benito County District Attorney, Hollister , California .

Prior to obtaining his law degree from the Oakland College of Law, Mr. Goldstein was a police officer. He worked for the Berkeley, California, Police Department for thirteen years. He served in the Patrol, Service, and Detective Divisions of the police department, including two years as a Juvenile Officer. During this time he served as the Chairman of the Northern California Juvenile Officers Association Committee on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Children and also has served as the Association’s President and editor of its newsletter.

Mr. Goldstein has presented at seminars and workshops throughout the country and in Europe, including the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va. He is certified as a Criminal Investigation Instructor by the Robert Presley Institute for Criminal Investigation, and has testified as an expert witness in court, including a branch of the Florida Supreme Court, as well as numerous California and Federal legislative commissions and committees.

Mr. Goldstein is a former consultant to National Resource Center on Sexual Abuse of Children and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). He sat on the California Attorney General’s Violent Crime Information Systems Advisory Group and was a founding Member of the Board of Directors of the National Center For Missing and Exploited Children. He also sat on the California and United States Department of Justice Committees that created investigative and academy curriculum for investigations of sexual abuse and exploitation of children.

Mr. Goldstein has written several articles on the subject of sexual abuse and exploitation of children which have been published nationally. He is the author of the textbook The Sexual Exploitation of Children: A Practical Guide to Assessment, Investigation, and Intervention, 2nd Edition, published by CRC Press (

Mr. Goldstein has received numerous awards for his work, including the American Bar Association’s Gavel Award in 1980, the California State Juvenile Officer’s Dan Pursuit Award (Officer of the Year) in 1990, and the American Bar Association Child Advocacy Division’s National Certificate of Recognition for Significant Legal Contributions Advancing the Welfare of Our Nation’s Children in 1997.

Judge Sol Gothard, JD, MSW, ACSW

Sol Gothard was elected to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal for the State of Louisiana in 1986 where he served as Senior Judge, until his retirement in 2005 .He was formerly Chief Judge of the Juvenile Court, Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana, having served there for fourteen years. Before being elected Judge in 1972, he was engaged in the private practice of law for over ten years. Prior to that, he was a social worker for sixteen years in a variety of settings. He has a Masters degree in social work from Case Western Reserve University, and a JD from Loyola University in New Orleans. He is Past President of the Louisiana Council of Juvenile Court Judges.

Mr. Gothard has published numerous articles in professional journals and participated as lecturer, workshop leader and keynote speaker for numerous international, national and regional conferences and workshops.

Toby Kleinman, Esq.

Toby Kleinman is a NJ attorney and a partner in the law firm of Adler & Kleinman and has limited her practice to cases involving family violence and child abuse, and has consulted in legal cases in over 25 states.

Ms. Kleinman is an associate editor of The Journal of Child Custody, has published articles in The New Jersey Law Journal and written editorials on the problems with child protective services and domestic violence in the courts. Ms Kleinman co-teaches a class at the Harvard School of Public Health, entitled Social Policy and Legal Dilemma’s; Child Custody/Visitation in the Context of Domestic Violence. She is a director of the advisory board to the Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence (LC), served as the Professional Liaison to the American Psychological Association, Division on Trauma (Div 56), and has been voted a New Jersey Super Lawyer.

Ms. Kleinman has presented at IVAT (formally FVSAI), and Battered Mothers Custody Conferences as an invited Keynote speaker and trained family court judges on issues involving child sexual abuse in the context of child custody litigation, and other domestic violence issues, as well as at the American Psychological Association. She has lectured at several colleges and most recently founded The Center for Child Protection, Inc. Ms. Kleinman is also called as a guest expert on network television, including Good Morning America on issues of child protection and child custody.

Richard J. Loewenstein, M.D.

Richard J. Loewenstein M.D. is a Senior Psychiatrist and the founder and Medical Director of The Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt Health Systems, Baltimore, MD, ranked by U.S. News and World Report as among America ‘s 10 top psychiatric facilities. He is also Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Dr. Loewenstein is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and Yale University School of Medicine where he did his residency. After a research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, MD, he spent 5 years at UCLA and the West LA VA Medical Center.

Dr. Loewenstein is the author of many papers and book chapters on sleep disorders, consultation-liaison psychiatry, dissociation, dissociative disorders, and trauma disorders. He has written chapters on Treatment of Dissociative Amnesia and Fugue for the American Psychiatric Association’s book, Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders and is co-author with Richard Kluft, MD of a chapter on Treatment of Dissociative Disorders and Depersonalization in the 2007 edition of Gabbard’s Treatment of Psychiatric Disorders. He is co-author of the section on Dissociative Disorders in Sadock & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, Eight and Ninth Editions. He lectures frequently on dissociation and trauma to regional, national, and international groups.

Dr. Loewenstein is the founder and director of the Trauma Disorders Program at Sheppard Pratt Hospital including a 20-bed inpatient unit, an outpatient program, a postdoctoral fellowship program, and research, consultation and teaching components.

Dr. Loewenstein was co-chair of the American Psychiatric Association President’s Task Force on the Biopsychosocial Consequences of Childhood Trauma. In 2008, he was awarded the Cornelia Wilbur award for his contributions to clinical studies of trauma and dissociation by the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation. He also presented the Pierre Janet annual award lecture to the same organization at their annual meeting in 2008.

Eli Newberger, M.D.

Dr. Newberger is a pediatrician and author of many influential works on child abuse, he teaches at Harvard Medical School and founded the Child Protection Team and the Family Development Program at Children’s Hospital in Boston . He is the author of The Men They Will Become: The Nature and Nurture of Male Character, and is recognized as is a leading figure in the movement to improve the protection and care of children. From his research and practice he has derived a philosophy that focuses on the strength and resilience of parent-child relationships, and a practice oriented to compassion and understanding, rather than blame and punishment.

Frank W. Putnam, M.D.

Following his training in adult psychiatry at Yale University, Frank W. Putnam, M.D., joined the National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program (NIMH) in Bethesda, Md., studying biological rhythms and neuroendocrine systems in rapid cycling bipolar patients. There he encountered a large number of psychiatric patients who reported histories of child maltreatment.

Dr. Putnam began working with patients who suffered from trauma-related disorders, pioneering studies of brain electrical activity mapping and other techniques in this area. Working with adult victims of child abuse, Dr. Putnam became convinced that research with abused children was critical to understanding and reversing the negative psychological and biological effects of maltreatment.

In 1986, Dr. Putnam started a longitudinal research study of sexually abused girls with Penelope Trickett, Ph.D., a developmental psychologist at the University of Southern California. This study continues under the direction of Jennie Noll, Ph.D., and has produced a great deal of new information about the effects of maltreatment on child development.

Convinced many of the lessons learned in this research can be applied to treatment of child abuse, Dr. Putnam left the NIMH to head the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and to be scientific director of “Every Child Succeeds”, a community-based child abuse prevention program.

The mission of the Center for Safe and Healthy Children is to develop a national child abuse prevention, evaluation and treatment center that develops and disseminates evidence-based interventions for the many negative effects of child abuse and neglect.

Dr. Putnam is a Professor of Pediatrics and Child Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He is also the developer (with E. B. Carlson) of the Dissociative Experiences Scale (DES) and author of Dissociation in Children and Adolescents: A Developmental Perspective (Guilford Press, 1997). His earlier book, Diagnosis and Treatment of Multiple Personality Disorder (Guilford Press, 1989), is considered a classic in the field. Dr. Putnam has published over 100 articles and book chapters. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Morton Prince Scientific Achievement Award in 1985, the United States Public Health Service Medal of Commendation in 1992, and the Pierre Janet Scientific Writing Award in 1993.

Anna Salter, Ph.D.

Dr. Salter received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice from Harvard University and obtained a Masters Degree in Child Study from Tufts. Dr. Salter is the 1997 winner of the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Before moving to Madison, WI, Dr. Salter was on the faculty of Dartmouth Medical School where Dr. Salter had a joint appointment in both Psychiatry and Pediatrics. While at Dartmouth , she was Director of Psychosocial Training for the Pediatric Residency Program, Director of Child Psychiatry Consultation to the Pediatric Ward, Co-Director of the Parenting Clinic, Assistant Director of the Children-at-Risk Program and Director of the Parents in Distress Program. She also won the Saul Blatman Teaching Award in the Department of Pediatrics and Maternal and Child Health.

In 1996, Dr. Salter moved to Madison Wisconsin where she is in private practice and consults to the Wisconsin Department of Corrections on sex offenders. In addition, Dr. Salter lectures and consults on sex offenders and victims through the US and abroad. She has keynoted conferences on sexual abuse in Australia, New Zealand, Scotland and England and has conducted trainings in 43 states and 8 countries.

Dr. Salter is the author of two academic books: Treating Child Sex Offenders and Victims: A Practical Guide, and Transforming Trauma: A Guide to Understanding and Treating Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse . In addition she has produced two educational video tapes: “Truth, Lies and Sex Offenders” and “Sadistic Offenders: How They Think, What They Do.” She has also published four forensic mysteries: Shiny Water, Fault Lines, White Lies, and Prison Blue s. Her most recent book is an educational book for the lay public titled, Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists and Other Sex Offenders. Who They Are, How They Operate and How We Can Protect Ourselves and Our Children.

Alan W. Scheflin, J.D., LL.M, M.A.

Alan W. Scheflin holds a B.A. with High Honors in Philosophy from the University of Virginia . a J.D. with Honors from the George Washington University Law School, an LL.M. from the Harvard Law School, and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. He has taught in the Law School and the Philosophy Department at Georgetown University , and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Southern California Law School.

Professor Scheflin’s second book, The Mind Manipulators (1978), was published in several countries. Trance on Trial (1989), his third book, received the American Psychiatric Association’s 1991 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award as the year’s most outstanding publication on forensic psychiatry. His fourth book, Clinical Hypnosis and Memory: Guidelines for Clinicians and for Forensic Hypnosis (1995), received the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis Arthur Shapiro Award for “Book of the Year” for 1995. Professor Scheflin’s fifth book, Memory,Trauma Treatment, and the Law (1998) received the American Psychiatric Association’s 1999 Manfred S. Guttmacher Award, the Arthur Shapiro Award from the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and the International Society for the Study of Dissociation’s 1998 Distinguished Merit Award. Law and Mental Disorder, his sixth book, was published in 1998. He has authored more than fifty articles, book chapters and book reviews on psychological, psychiatric and legal issues.

Professor Scheflin provided testimony to Congress and the California legislature, and has been judicially recognized in federal and state court as an expert on mind and behavior control, suggestion and suggestibility, memory, hypnosis, and legal ethics. He has delivered more than 100 invited addresses and workshops at all of the major American professional hypnosis organizations, at many international hypnosis organizations, at the American Psychiatric Association, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Family Foundation, and other professional mental health and legal organizations. In 1999 Professor Scheflin was voted a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. Professor Scheflin is an Advisory Editor of the Cultic Studies Journal, and has been a Guest Co-Editor for the Journal of Psychiatry & Law, and a Forensic Editor of the Journal of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. He is the recipient of:

2002. Santa Clara University , Sustained Excellence in Scholarship Award.

2001. The American Psychological Association, Division 30 (hypnosis), Distinguished Contribution to Professional Hypnosis Award.

2001. The American Board of Psychological Hypnosis, Professional Recognition Award.

2000. Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Arthur Shapiro Award.

1999. American Psychiatric Association, Manfred S. Guttmacher Award.

1998. International Society for the Study of Dissociation. Distinguished Achievement Award.

1998. American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Award of Merit.

1998. American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Presidential Award.

1996. Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, Arthur Shapiro Award.

1993. American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, Irving I. Secter Award.

1991. American Psychiatric Association, Manfred S. Guttmacher Award.

Karen Shore, Ph.D.

Dr. Shore is a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, is Past-President and co-founder of the National Coalition of Mental Health Professionals and Consumers, headquartered in Commack, LI, New York. She is a leading voice in speaking for consumer empowerment, ethical healthcare and alternatives to Managed Care.

Dr. Shore has written extensively on managed care including a chapter for a book on ethics, values, and morality in managed care, which was published by the American Psychological Association in 1998. Dr. Shore is regularly quoted in such publications as in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Newsweek, and Newsday. She has also appeared in programs such as “State of Mind ” and “60 Minutes.”

In addition to her work with the National Coalition, Dr. Shore also works on managed care issues through committees within the American Psychological Association and the New York State Psychological Association. In 1997, for her work in exposing, regulating, and replacing managed care, she received the Distinguished Psychologist Award from Suffolk County Psychological Association and she was named “1997 Distinguished Psychologist of the Year” by the American Psychological Association’s Division of Independent Practice. She received the Beacon Award for Advocacy from the New York State Psychological Association in Oct 1999 and was voted an Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association in May, 2000 for her advocacy on behalf of psychoanalytic treatment.

Nancy Siegel, M.S.W.

Ms. Siegel serves as both Membership Chair and Chair for the Leadership Council’s Media Award Program. As a private consultant, Ms. Siegel has worked with the Jewish Family Services Agency in Baltimore, Maryland in their outreach department, where she helped design and led an after school group program to promote positive youth development for at-risk elementary school students. She has worked as a therapist with children, adolescents and families in education, community mental health and family service settings. She served as Chair of the Howard County Council for Children and Youth and as Board Member of the Howard County Sexual Assault Center, both in Columbia, Maryland.

Working in the business community, Ms. Siegel was President and Owner of NBS Associates, Inc., a personnel consulting firm, for fourteen years. She provided consultation to Fortune 500 and regional corporations, as well as career counseling and placement.

Joyanna Silberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Silberg is the Coordinator of Trauma Disorder Services for Children at Sheppard Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and past president for the International Society for the Study of Dissociation. In addition to her role as a clinician, Dr. Silberg is an Associate Editor for The Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Trauma Practice.

Dr. Silberg is the recipient of the Walter P. Klopfer Award, 1992, for outstanding research contribution and the Cornelia Wilbur Award, 1997, for clinical excellence. She is the author of The Child Survivor: Healing Developmental Trauma and Dissociation (Routledge, 2012); the editor of The Dissociative Child (Sidran Press, 1996/1998) and co-editor of the book Misinformation Concerning Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Survivors (Haworth Press, 2002). She has presented at 100s of professional conferences and conducts training workshops around the world on the treatment of traumatized and dissociative children.

Her website is

David Spiegel, M.D.

Dr. David Spiegel is Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975 and is Director of the Psychosocial Research Laboratory. He received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy at Yale and his medical and psychiatric training at Harvard prior to coming to Stanford.

Dr. Spiegel is the author of over 280 research papers, chapters in scientific journals and books, including the landmark study, “Effect of psychosocial treatment on survival of patients with metastatic breast cancer,” The Lancet (October 14, 1989). He co-authored the classic textbook on the clinical uses of hypnosis, Trance and Treatment (Basic Books, 1978/American Psychiatric Press, 1987) and edited Dissociation: Culture, Mind and Body (APA, 1994) and Dissociative Disorders: A Clinical Review (Sidran Press, 1993). His book, Living Beyond Limits: New Hope and Help for Facing Life-Threatening Illness (Ballantine/Fawcett, 1994) describes his fifteen years of experience in helping patients with advanced cancer cope with their illness.

Dr. Spiegel has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 1997, Dr. Spiegel was the Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professor, Royal Society of Medicine, United Kingdom , and a Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Scholar at the Bellagio Study and Conference Center in Bellagio , Italy . In 1995, Dr. Spiegel was the recipient of the Edward A. Strecker, M.D. Award, given annually by the Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania Health System to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of clinical psychiatry in the United States . In 1993 he received the Treya Killam Wilber Award from the Cancer Support Community. He was given the Kaiser Award and the Academic Faculty Member Residency Program Award for Excellence in Teaching at Stanford University School of Medicine in 1986. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists and the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Spiegel is a member of the editorial boards of 11 journals including: the Columbia University School of Public Health Newsletter, The Breast, Consciousness and Cognition, Dissociation, Journal of Traumatic Stress, the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, The Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, Psycho-Oncology, American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, Health Psychology, and The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. In addition he is a Series Editor for Progress in Psychiatry Series, published by American Psychiatric Press, Inc., a new series of books reporting research advances in psychiatry. Fifty volumes have been published in this series to date.

Dr. Spiegel is past president of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and is considered a leader in the field of psychosomatic research, treatment and development. Dr. Spiegel’s work has received widespread attention in the media, with articles appearing in major newspapers, magazines, and national television and radio programs.

Geraldine Butts Stahly, Ph.D.

Geraldine Butts Stahly received her doctorate in Psychology from the University of California , Riverside , in 1983 and is currently a Professor in the Psychology Department of California State University , San Bernardino . Dr. Stahly is an applied social psychologist with research and numerous publications on the topics of victimology and family violence. She has worked extensively in the criminal justice system conducting training on domestic violence for prosecutors and judges, and giving expert testimony in criminal and civil trials.

Over the years, Dr. Stahly has presented training on victim dynamics for the National College of District Attorneys, the California District Attorney’s Association, the California State Department of Parole, the California State Bar Association, and the California Judicial Council. Dr. Stahly has also provided consultation on family violence to the a number of State and Local agencies as well as providing policy consultation to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Defense Department and testimony to committees of the U.S. House of Representative and the California State Legislature.

A current research focus is post-separation abuse and custody issues in violent families, including a study of protective parents. Dr. Stahly chaired a national task force on child custody issues for Division 35 of the American Psychological Association and was member of the American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Violence in the Family. Dr. Stahly is currently a member of the executive committee of the Family Court Reform Coalition, a national group of professionals in law and psychology addressing concerns regarding the handling of domestic violence and child maltreatment in family courts and she continues to serve as a member of the APA Cadre of experts on domestic violence.

Phyllis Stien, RN, MSN

Ms. Stien is an infant mental health specialist with over 30 years of experience working as a child and family therapist. She currently works as a supervising therapist and mental health consultant to early childhood education programs in Marquette, MI. She is the author of the book Psychological Trauma and the Developing Brain (2004, with Joshua Kendall) and is a frequent presenter on childhood disorders and the effects of traumatic stress on the brain.

Bessel A. van der Kolk, M.D.

Dr. van der Kolk is a Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University Medical School, and Clinical Director of the Trauma Center at HRI Hospital in Brookline, Massachusetts . He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and around the world, including Europe, Africa, Russia , Australia , Israel , and China , and has been active as a clinician, researcher and teacher in the area of posttraumatic stress and related phenomena since the 1970s.

Dr. van der Kolk has published extensively on the impact of trauma on development, such as dissociative problems, borderline personality and self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. He was co-principal investigator of the DSM IV Field Trials for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Dr. van der Kolk is past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. His book Psychological Trauma was the first integrative text on the subject, and is considered a classic in the field. His latest book, Traumatic Stress: The Effects of Overwhelming Experience on Mind, Body, and Society (1996 Guilford Press) co-edited with Alexander McFarlane and Lars Weisaeth, explores what we have learned during the past twenty years about the role of trauma in psychiatric illness.

Articles by Dr. van der Kolk available on-line.

Fran S. Waters, LMSW, DCSW, LMFT

Frances S. Waters, LMSW, DCSW, LMFT, a clinical social worker and licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice in Marquette, MI., has specialized in the field of child abuse for over 30 years. She is an internationally recognized educator, trainer, consultant, and clinician in the area of childhood trauma and dissociation, and has conducted training programs nationally and internationally in this field, including Europe, Africa, South American, and North America . She conducts forensic evaluations and is an expert witness in child abuse cases.

Ms. Waters served as President of The International Society for the Study of Dissociation (ISSD), and on many committees with ISSD, including Child & Adolescent Committee. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. She serves on the American Psychological Association-Trauma Division as the liaison representing the National Association of Social workers. She also served on numerous other boards, including the Marquette Dioceses Review Board for Safe and Healthy Children and National Association of Social Workers-Michigan Chapter. She has published four chapters in The Dissociative Child: Diagnosis, Treatment & Case Management , and several articles on childhood dissociation and forensic evaluation of children. She has produced and participated in a number of training videotapes on abuse, trauma and dissociation of children geared for mental health practitioners, forensic evaluators, prosecutors, parents and teachers.

Charles L. Whitfield, M.D.

Dr. Whitfield is a pioneer in trauma recovery, including the way we remember childhood and other trauma and abuse. A physician and front line therapist who assists trauma survivors in their healing, he is the author of over 50 published articles and 6 best selling books on trauma psychology and recovery; three of these books have been translated and published in ten foreign languages.

Since 1995 Dr. Whitfield has been voted by his peers as being one of the best doctors in America. For over twenty-four years he has taught at Rutgers University ‘s Institute on Alcohol and Drug Studies. He has been a consultant and research collaborator at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta since 1998. He has a private practice in Atlanta, where he provides individual and group therapy for trauma survivors and people with addictions and other problems in living.

More information about Dr. Whitfield can be found at his website