Executive Committee

Elizabeth Carll

President - Elizabeth Carll

Dr. Elizabeth Carll is the president-elect of the APA Trauma Psychology Division.  She is a founding member and Fellow of the Division and also chairs the International Committee.  Dr. Carll is a past chair of the United Nations NGO Committee on Mental Health and currently serves on its executive committee and also serves on the boards of national and international organizations. Her publications, advocacy, and practice focus on trauma, stress, and health; crisis and disaster intervention; and the use of media and technology to promote social change.

Diane Castillo

President Elect - Diane Castillo

Dr. Diane Castillo is the Treatment Core Chief at the Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans and Associate Professor at Texas A&M University. She has been a clinician, administrator, and researcher in the area of PTSD for 28 years in the VA. She has developed evidence-based group treatments for women Veterans with PTSD and is funded for group PTSD research. She is an Associate Editor for Psychological Trauma and on the Board of Directors for ISTSS.  She is a national trainer and consultant in Prolonged Exposure therapy in the VA through the NCPTSD. 

Joan Cook

Past President - Joan Cook

Dr. Joan Cook is an Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She has numerous publications in the traumatic stress and geriatric fields, including scientific papers on the phenomenology, assessment, and treatment of older adult trauma survivors. She is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health to study the dissemination and implementation of effective mental health services in the community. Dr. Cook is a member of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Guideline Development Panel for PTSD and is on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.

Lisa Rocchio

Treasurer - Lisa Rocchio

Dr. Rocchio is a clinical and forensic psychologist with expertise in the areas of interpersonal violence, traumatic stress, and ethics. She has been a strong advocate both locally and nationally on critical issues for the practice of psychology, including mental health parity and the integration of behavioral health with primary care.   She is a founding member of Division 56, serving as both the Treasurer and the liaison to APA's Committee on Women in Psychology, and is a Fellow of the APA's Division 42 (Division of Independent Practice).  She also serves as the Rhode Island Psychological Association's Council Representative to the APA.

Amber Douglas

Secretary - Amber Douglas

Amber Douglas has been involved with Division 56 for over 5 years and has served as secretary since 2013. She is an associate professor at Mount Holyoke College with appointments in the Psychology departments and the Africana Studies program. She holds a degree in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut.  Amber's scholarship focuses on understanding the underlying cognitive processes, beliefs, and expectations that are impacted by traumatic events.  Her work also examines ethnic and racial differences in adverse experiences and related coping processes. She also has a small private practice in Western Massachusetts.  

Robyn Gobin

Member at Large - Robyn Gobin

Dr. Gobin is a licensed clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Her research focuses on the impact of interpersonal trauma; interventions to improve PTSD treatment outcomes; and using technology to increase treatment engagement. Specializing in veterans' and women's health, Dr. Gobin's clinical practice focuses on survivors of interpersonal violence, particularly sexual assault. She is an APA Minority Fellowship Program alumna who has served in the leadership of APA (Divisions 35 & 56), the Association of Black Psychologists, and the Illinois Psychological Association.

Heather Littleton

Member at Large - Heather Littleton

Dr. Heather Littleton is an associate professor in the department of Psychology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina.  Her research focuses on the role of social cognitive variables in post-trauma adjustment, particularly following sexual assault. In addition, she is interested in the development of online, therapist-facilitated interventions for survivors of trauma.  Dr. Littleton has authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications and her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. She is honored to serve as Division 56's Member at Large and on the Membership Committee. 

Divya Kannan

Member at Large - Divya Kannan

Dr. Divya Kannan, is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She leads the trauma team at the Vanderbilt Psychological & Counseling Center and has a primary clinical interest in working with complex trauma, sexual assault, and PTSD. She has expertise in using qualitative methods of inquiry and has focused her research interests on the investigation of factors that impact psychotherapy process and outcome.

Christine Valdez

Early Career Psychologist Representative - Christine Valdez

Dr. Valdez completed her doctoratal training at Northern Illinois University with a specialization in trauma psychology. Currently, she is a Fellow in the Clinical Psychology Training Program at UCSF and based at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Trauma Recovery Center, where she conducts research and provides psychotherapy for victims of violent crime. Dr. Valdez is currently researching interpersonal trauma, focusing on uncovering factors that increase risk for interpersonal violence and the development and maintenance of post-traumatic stress reactions, including distress and growth.

Christopher DeCou

Student Representative - Christopher DeCou

Christopher is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology at Idaho State University. He is also the student representative for Division 56 and look forward to serving the division and representing the needs of students during his two year term. His research and clinical interests center on the study and prevention of suicide, including the association between trauma exposure, trauma-related distress, and suicidality. 

Charles Figley

Representative to APA Council - Charles Figley

Dr. Figley is serving the second of a three-year term as Division 56's Representative to the APA Council of Representatives. In this role, along with Steve Gold, he has worked to help APA make a course correction away from the wrong doings discovered by the Independent Report (Hoffman Commission). He is also part of a group working on behalf of the victims of torture facilitated by psychologists, as well as starting a fund for the victims of torture. Additionally, he is working closely with the ACLU in their case against two perpetrators who designed the program that included the torture of suspects by the US CIA and/or US military.

Steve Gold

Representative to APA Council - Steve Gold

Steven N Gold, PhD, a Fellow of Division 56, served as inaugural editor of Division's journal, was president in 2009, and in 2014 received the Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology, and along with Charles Figley is a Division 56 rep to APA Council. He is currently working on a two volume APA Handbook of Trauma Psychology along with Associate Editors Constance Dalenberg and Joan Cook. He has been a professor at Nova Southeastern University (NSU) since 1982, where in 1990 he founded NSU's Trauma Resolution & Integration Program (TRIP), a trauma training clinic staffed by trainees and residents.

Sherrie Wilcox

Professional Affiliate Representative - Sherrie Wilcox

Sherrie L. Wilcox, PhD, CHES, is a Senior Research Advisor at Blue Star Families (BSF) and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. She has been involved in military research for nearly a decade and is integral to expanding BSF research and policy initiatives. She aims to enhance research collaborations focused on helping strengthen military families. Dr. Wilcox in Principal Investigator on the Blue Star Cares: Caregiver Training Program, which is focused on improving the health of military-connected caregivers and wounded warriors.