Our Team

NYU Child Study Center Team:

Glenn Saxe, M.D.

Glenn Saxe

Dr. Saxe is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine. Prior to his current tenure at NYU, he served as Director of the Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience (CHCRTR) and was appointed Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. The CHCRTR is a Treatment and Services Adaptation center of the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Dr. Saxe’s primary research and clinical interests are the psychological consequences of traumatic events in children. Dr. Saxe and his team are the principal developers of TST. He is the lead author of the TST manual, published in book form by Guilford Press (2006). Dr. Saxe is also the developer of Youth Centered Suicide Prevention, a high school-based suicide prevention program. In addition, he is Principal Investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) funded study to apply the methods of Complex Systems/Computational Biology to understand the nature of traumatic stress in children. When he is not developing interventions or crunching numbers, he is most likely to be found on any river fly-fishing, canoeing, and/or blasting music from his iPod.

Adam Brown, Psy.D.


Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist licensed and practicing in the state of New York for fifteen years. In addition to private practice, Dr. Brown has overseen programs for youth in inpatient, day treatment and residential settings. He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Child Study Center, where he provides training, consultation and technical assistance to organizations implementing TST. Dr. Brown was previously the coordinator of Trauma Systems Therapy and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports at The Children’s Village, a residential center in Westchester County, N.Y. Dr. Brown has extensive training and expertise in the area of assessing and treating interpersonal trauma in children and adolescents. Specialized training and expertise include evidenced-based, trauma-informed practices, including Trauma Systems Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, the Sanctuary Model, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy.

Omar Gudino, Ph.D.

Omar Gudino

Dr. Gudino is an NIMH T32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the NYU Child Study Center, where he conducts research under the mentorship of Glenn Saxe, M.D. Dr. Gudino's research interests include patterns of risk and resilience in youth exposed to trauma, the development and dissemination of evidence-based treatments for maltreated youth, and the unmet need for mental health services. Dr. Gudino is also a clinical psychologist, providing diagnostic evaluations and treatment to children and families at the NYU Child Study Center. He specializes in the treatment of childhood traumatic stress, anxiety disorders, depression, and has experience working with issues related to adoption. Dr. Gudino also provides Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for the treatment of disruptive behavior problems.Dr. Gudino earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with minors in developmental and quantitative psychology, at the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his clinical internship in the Child & Adolescent Track co-sponsored by NYU Child Study Center and Bellevue Hospital Center.Previously, Dr. Gudino served as a Senior Psychologist and Director of Trauma Treatment Services, Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital Center.Dr. Gudino was the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and his research has been published in book chapters as well as in the Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, Child & Youth Care Forum, Journal of Community Psychology, and Behavior Therapy. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation, the National Latina/o Psychological Association, and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Gudino is a registrant of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology.

Children’s Hospital Boston Team:

Heidi Ellis, Ph.D.

Heidi Ellis

Dr. Ellis is the Director of the Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience (CHCRTR) and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School. She previously directed a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to adapt and implement TST in a school setting with Somali refugees, and was Principal Investigator of an NIMH grant examining trauma, stress, and service use among Somali adolescents. Dr. Ellis’ research and clinical work focus on how the social context-discrimination, culture, and social environmental stressors-affects the health and development of traumatized youth. Dr. Ellis co-developed Trauma Systems Therapy with Dr. Saxe, and is the co-author of the TST manual. When she is not developing interventions for traumatized youth she is likely to be found hunting slugs and snails in her vegetable garden or playing a riotous game of peek-a-boo with her young daughters.

Additional members of the TST Development Team:

Carryl P. Navalta, Ph.D.

Carryl P. Navalta

Dr. Navalta is a research psychologist and faculty member of the Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine Program at the Boston University School of Medicine. He is a Massachusetts-licensed clinical psychologist with specialties in Trauma Systems Therapy, behavior therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and applied behavior analysis. His primary research areas are 1) the assessment of children and youth exposed to traumatic events, especially the clinical neuroscience of childhood maltreatment; and 2) the development of effective treatments for the psychological consequences of early trauma exposure. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals as well as several book chapters. Dr. Navalta was formerly on staff at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute & Hospital, the Institute for Child Development (SUNY), the May Institute, Tufts-New England Medical Center, Cambridge Hospital, McLean Hospital, and the Children’s Hospital Center for Refugee Trauma and Resilience at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Liza Suárez, Ph.D.

Liza Suárez

Dr. Suárez is the co-principal investigator and co-director of the Urban Youth Trauma Center (UYTC) at the University of Illinois, Chicago. UYTC is a SAMHSA-funded Treatment and Services Adaptation Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). In collaboration with other partner sites from the NCTSN, Dr. Suárez she has adapted TST to address the needs of adolescents with traumatic stress and substance abuse, Trauma Systems Therapy for Adolescent Substance Abuse (TST-SA). Dr. Suárez is also the Co-Chair of the Trauma and Substance Abuse Committee, a nationally represented group of clinicians and researchers in the fields of trauma and substance abuse and sponsored by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. As part of her efforts within this committee, Dr. Suárez has led the development and dissemination of a comprehensive guide and training program targeting the adoption of evidence-based practices among mental health and substance abuse treatment providers. She also develops research and treatment programs for urban children within the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at the Institute for Juvenile Research, University of Illinois, Chicago.

Kelly McCauley, MSW

Kelly McCauleyMs. McCauley is Director of Evidence Based Initiatives at KVC Health Systems. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and served as Clinical Director on two adolescent dual diagnosis units and with a large psychiatric home health agency in urban Las Vegas and surrounding counties. In Kansas, Ms. McCauley served as Director of Foster Care for the Kansas Children’s Service League. She is published in the Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal on effective interventions in foster care and in the Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma on integrating trauma informed care in residential facilities (in press.)