Executive Committee

Carolyn Allard

President - 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. 

Tyson Bailey

President-Elect - Tyson D. Bailey

Tyson D Bailey, PsyD ABPP is a partner in a trauma-informed group practice in the Seattle area. He is a clinical and forensic psychologist who focused on treatment and assessment of complex posttraumatic reactions. He is currently an associate editor of Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Tyson has published several articles and book chapters on complex trauma, dissociation, and the harmful effects of therapist sexual abuse. He is also a special section editor for Psychological Injury and Law, focusing on complex trauma and dissociation in a legal context.

Sylvia Marotta-Walters

Past 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.

Barbara Niles

Treasurer - Barbara Niles

Dr. Barbara Niles is a Research Psychologist at the National Center for PTSD Behavioral Science Division at VA Boston Healthcare System and an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine. She has been involved in delivery of clinical services, training, and research in the area of post-trauma functioning and PTSD throughout her professional career. She has been a member of Division 56 since its inception and is pleased to serve the Division in leadership and administration in the position of Treasurer.

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.

Lisa Rocchio

Member at Large - 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.

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.

Katharine Lacefield

Early Career Psychologist Representative - Katharine Lacefield

Katharine Lacefield, Ph.D., ABPP, is is a clinical psychologist at the San Diego VA, where she also serves as a regional trainer and consultant for Cognitive Processing Therapy, and as a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and psychology lecturer at UC San Diego. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida after completing a predoctoral internship in clinical psychology at the Southwest Consortium, and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in traumatic stress at the Washington DC VA Medical Center. Dr. Lacefield is a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology,  and her research interests include examining correlates of and treatment outcomes for gender and sexual minorities diagnosed with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and comorbid conditions. She is thrilled to be working as the Div 56 Early Career Psychologist Representative to help excite and unite the next generation of trauma psychologists!

Ayli Carrero Pinedo

Student Representative - Ayli Carrero Pinedo

Ayli Carrero Pinedo, MA is a doctoral candidate in the Counseling Psychology program at the University of North Dakota (UND) and a pre-doctoral Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services fellow in the APA Minority Fellowship Program. Carrero Pinedo’s research, clinical and advocacy work are informed by her experiences as a formerly undocumented Peruvian immigrant and first-generation student. She merges public health and psychology to better understand health disparities and trauma experiences in Latinx and immigrant communities with different legal status experiences. Carrero Pinedo was also appointed to the APA’s Advocacy Coordinating Committee where she brings experience in working with government leaders. At Capitol Hill, she has addressed issues like diversifying the healthcare workforce, the need for culturally competent providers, and the role of trauma-informed care in ending health disparities for rural, vulnerable, and/or medically underserved communities. Carrero Pinedo is also completing her psychology internship at the El Paso VA and looks forward to being certified in Cognitive Processing Therapy and Prolonged Exposure Therapy after completing her degree.

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.

Constance Dalenberg

Representative to APA Council - Constance Dalenberg, Ph.D.

Dr. Constance Dalenberg is Distinguished Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology in Alliant International University San Diego.  At AIU-SD she teaches multivariate statistics, social psychology, and trauma psychology.  As Director of the Trauma Research Institute, she leads a group of talented graduate students and post-docs in trauma research and has published widely.  She has been awarded the William Friedrich Award for Child Sexual Abuse Research (IVAT) and the Morton Prince Award for Scientific Achievement (ISSTD), as well as winning the Annual Award for Clinical Contributions for her clinical writings on countertransference.  She has served on the board of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and holds the role of Chair of the Science Committee (and past president) of the American Psychological Association, Division 56.

Julia Seng

Professional Affiliate Representative - Julia Seng

Dr. Julia Seng is Professor of Nursing, Obstetrics, and Women’s and Gender Studies, and Research Professor at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan.  Her research focuses on the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on women’s health and childbearing. Her projects approach this topic from a variety of perspectives—all projects have in common an activist approach to improving the lifelong well-being of women who have experienced maltreatment in childhood.  She has used qualitative, participatory action research to understand women's experiences and to inform intervention development.  Epidemiological analyses have established that PTSD is associated with pregnancy complications and worse physical health across the lifespan for women.  Clinical studies have examined neuroendocrine pathways that link PTSD to preterm birth, lower birth weight, and pregnancy complications.  With collaborators, Dr. Seng has co-developed a trauma-specific intervention for pregnant women with a maltreatment—the “Survivor Moms’ Companion.”  Clinical and implementation research about this program for women with abuse-related PTSD is underway. 

Katesha Phillips

Executive Director - Katesha Phillips

Division 56 has contracted with IMI Association Executives Inc., an association management company (AMC), to provide staff support to Division 56 and its members. The Division currently has one contracted staff member, Katesha Phillips, who serves as the Executive Director. Katesha’s administration role includes working closely with the Presidential Trio on monthly projects and Division updates, Council meeting preparation, Financial reporting, facilitating the monthly webinars and HomeStudy on-demand content, as well as assisting with website upkeep.

Katesha brings to the table 16 years of experience in the AMC industry including but not limited to managing day to day association operations, meeting planning and administrative staff. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from North Carolina State University. Katesha currently resides in Raleigh, NC with her husband and children.