Executive Committee

Sylvia Marotta-Walters

President - Sylvia A. Marotta-Walters

Sylvia A. Marotta-Walters is a Professor of Counseling, Department of Counseling and Human Development, Graduate School of Education and Human Development (GSEHD), at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Marotta-Walters’ research focus is on the spectrum of trauma and stress disorders, with a particular emphasis on the developmental consequences of trauma exposure and on diversity issues. A charter member of Division 56, Dr. Marotta-Walters publishes and presents on both trauma and resilience among adult survivors of interpersonal trauma of various types as well as combat trauma and more recently on survivors of international terrorism.  Her most recent publication is on the use of mental health applications to facilitate EMDR treatment. Marotta-Walters is an associate editor for Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, Policy, and was on the editorial board and associate editor for the Journal of Counseling & Development prior to that.

Carolyn Allard

President Elect - Carolyn Allard 

Dr. Carolyn Allard is a proud Charter Member, President-Elect (2020), and Editorial Board member for the journal of APA Division 56. She is Program Director and Associate Professor for PhD Program at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University. She also has appointments with the University of California San Diego as Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, and with the Veterans Affairs (VA) San Diego Healthcare System as Research Psychologist. Dr. Allard is a licensed psychologist in the state of California and has her Board Certification in Clinical Psychology. Prior to her current position at CSPP, she served as Program Director of the Military Sexual Trauma & Interpersonal Trauma Clinic and San Diego Advanced Fellowship in Women's Health at the Veteran's Affairs San Diego Healthcare System for over 10 years. Dr. Allard has extensive experience in clinical practice, training and consultation with all levels of trainees and professionals; public education and advocacy; clinical research; program development and evaluation; and administration and leadership. She is a certified trainer and consultant for Cognitive Processing Therapy and consultant for Prolonged Exposure. Dr. Allard is also an active researcher, serving as principal investigator or coinvestigator on several past and ongoing university, VA, and Department of Defense funded studies, including multi-site clinical trials, with a special focus on the identification of individual, socio-cultural, and contextual intervention targets to improve outcomes. One area of particular interest is trauma related guilt and shame. 

Diane Castillo

Past President - Diane Castillo

Dr. Diane Castillo is the President of APA’s Trauma Division (56) and is an Associate Editor for the APA journal Psychological Trauma. She is a trainer and consultant in Prolonged Exposure (PE) therapy and group treatments with evidence-based treatments for PTSD. She has worked in the field of PTSD for over 30 years as a clinician, researcher, educator, and administrator, primarily in the VA. She has developed evidence-based assessments and treatments for Veterans with PTSD. She has served on the Board of Directors for ISTSS.  Dr. Castillo has served on faculty at Texas A&M University and the University of New Mexico. She has published on PTSD, Hispanic veterans, and ethics. 


Lisa Rocchio

Treasurer - Lisa Rocchio

Dr. Lisa 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.

Loren Post

Secretary - Loren Post

Dr. Loren Post is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine. She serves as the Associate Research Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and is a member of several Wounded Warrior Project’s Warrior Care Network committees. Dr. Post specializes in the evidence-based treatment of PTSD and trauma-related disorders. She has research interests and publications focusing on transdiagnostic processes between PTSD and co-occurring disorders and biopsychosocial and treatment factors influencing the effectiveness of evidence-based PTSD treatment.

Carlos A. Cuevas

Member at Large - Carlos Cuevas

Dr. Carlos A. Cuevas is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory at Northeastern University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Dr. Cuevas’s research interests are in the area of victimization and trauma, sexual violence and sexual offending, family violence, and the overlap between victimization and delinquency. Specifically, his work focuses examining victimization among understudied/underserved groups and how it relates to psychological distress and service utilization, as well as the role cultural factors play on victimization. In addition, he is studying the impact of psychological factors on the revictimization of children and how it helps explain the connection between victimization and delinquency. His most recent research will examine the scope and impact of bias crime against Latinos. Dr. Cuevas also continues to engage in clinical work, providing assessment and treatment to victims of abuse and trauma as well as sex offenders.

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.

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Jack Tsai

Member at Large - Jack Tsai

Dr. Jack Tsai has dual appointments with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office and Yale University School of Medicine. He serves as Research Director for the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans and is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Yale where he is also Director of the Division of Mental Health Services Research. Dr. Tsai has served on the Yale faculty since 2010. He has received federally funded grants and published over 150 peer-reviewed articles on topics related to homelessness, severe mental illness, trauma, and health disparities. He has been a grant reviewer for the VA, PCORI, Social Security Administration, and several foundations. He holds leadership positions in the American Psychological Association and the American Public Health Association, and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. He teaches and supervises interns, residents, and fellows in the VA, Yale, and surrounding universities. In his spare time, he enjoys scuba diving, climbing, Brazilian jiu jitsu, basketball, and international travel.

Christine Valdez

Early Career Psychologist Representative - Christine Valdez

Dr. Christine 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.

Leah Kaylor

Student Representative - Leah Kaylor

Leah Kaylor is in her third year of training at Saint Louis University in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She has a Master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Forensic Mental Health Counseling. Leah enjoys learning and putting into practice trauma-focused interventions such as Cognitive Processing Therapy and Imagery Rehearsal Therapy. Her research interests include many forms of sexual offending, online sexual grooming, and attitudes towards sex offenders. She will defend her dissertation on Military Sexual Trauma in April of 2018. Leah will be attending the Memphis VA Medical Center for her pre-doctoral internship year.

Dawn Hughes

Representative to APA Council - Dawn Hughes

Dawn M. Hughes, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical and forensic psychologist in New York City who specializes in the assessment and treatment of interpersonal violence and traumatic stress.  Dr. Hughes is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical Center - New York Presbyterian Hospital and is Board Certified in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Her forensic work comprises comprehensive psychological evaluations, attorney consultations, and expert witness testimony in the area of forensic psychology, interpersonal violence, and traumatic stress.  Her expertise has been sought in hundreds of criminal and civil cases of involving the multiple and varied psychological and traumatic effects of intimate partner violence, rape and sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, clergy abuse, Boy Scout abuse, sexual harassment, among others. Dr. Hughes is a founding member of Division 56 and has served as Program Chair, Awards Chair, and Member-at-Large. She currently serves as the Division 56 Council Representative to APA.



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.