Charles Wilson, MSSW, as Project Director, is the Senior Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Sam and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego where he oversees a large multi-service child and family maltreatment organization providing prevention, intervention, medical assessment, and trauma treatment services along with professional education and research. Mr. Wilson serves as the director of the California Evidenced-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare, under contract with the California Department of Social Services, as project co-director of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project for SAMHSA, and the California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiative, funded by the US/HHS Administration on Children, Youth and Families. The Senior Director also supports institution-wide efforts to improve the operations of the hospital, co-leads the Rady Children’s Hospital Centers for Developmental and Behavioral Sciences and provides administrative oversight to Rady Children’s Psychiatry and Medical Social Services departments. He co-chairs the Child Welfare Committee of the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and serves on the Board of the California Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance. Mr. Wilson was formerly the Executive Director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville, AL. Mr. Wilson previously served in a variety of roles in public child protection, from a front line worker in Florida and Tennessee in the 1970s, to the State Child Welfare Director in Tennessee (1982-1995). He is past President of the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children and past Vice President of the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators and a former ex-officio member of the National Children’s Alliance Board of Directors. Mr. Wilson is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and seminars and the author or co-author of numerous publications, articles, book chapters on trauma-informed child welfare, evidence-based practices, team investigation of child abuse, and forensic interviewing, as well as, the book The Uneasy Alliance; the Team Investigation of Child Sexual Abuse.
Cambria Rose Walsh, LCSW, has worked for Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital since 2001. She is currently the Project Manager of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project (CTISP-DI) and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), overseeing the day to day operations of both projects. Cambria has experience in working with counties and agencies on the implementation of SafeCare® and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). In addition, she has an extensive history working with families involved with the child welfare system. She has a background in mental health and has worked as a therapist for children who were impacted by abuse and their families. She developed a training program that focused on educating child welfare workers about domestic violence and its impact on families and provided direct support to the workers during home visits.
Lorena Avitea, LCSW, as a Trauma-Informed Systems Specialist, is the liaison for the Volusia County, FL and Orange County, CA Supercommunities. Ms. Avitea has 14 years of experience in working with children and families who have contact with the child welfare system. She uses her experience in guiding the implementation of trauma-informed policies and practices for the child welfare agencies and community partners within each Supercommunity. Ms. Avitea is a practicing licensed clinician who is trained in evidence-based practices for treatment of children who have experienced trauma, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. She is also trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and received a Certificate in Play Therapy through the University of California, San Diego. Ms. Avitea received both her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.
Jennifer Hossler, MSW, as Child Welfare Systems Change Specialist, is the liaison for the Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island Supercommunities. Ms. Hossler has 7 years of child welfare experience in Minnesota and California and utilizes her experiences in both states to serve as a consultant and child welfare expert. She assists in the implementation of trauma-informed policies and practices for the child welfare agencies and community partners within each Supercommunity. In addition, she provides training for child welfare workers and cross-system partners on the Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit (CWTTT), and also serves as co-chair of the CWTTT Training and Implementation committee of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Ms. Hossler is a Master’s level social worker at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. In addition to her work as a child welfare worker, Ms. Hossler has 8 years of experience working with traumatized children in residential treatment centers and 2 years of experience working as a hospital social worker. Ms. Hossler received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Social Work from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.
Andrea L. Hazen, PhD, is a Research Scientist at Rady Children’s Hospital and the lead evaluator on the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)-funded Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project (CTISP-DI). Dr. Hazen also oversees the treatment outcome program for the Trauma Counseling Program and for the KidSTART Mental Health Clinic at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and is the lead evaluator on another federally funded grant awarded to the Chadwick Center. Her work focuses on mental health and trauma screening, assessment, and treatment for children and families involved with child welfare services. She has published on maltreatment experiences and mental health service use of children involved with public service systems, intimate partner violence experienced by families involved with child welfare services, intimate partner violence among Latina women, and screening for depression, intimate partner violence, and substance use in the perinatal period.
Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW, as Senior Trainer, provides his expertise in training and presenting to both the staff and communities involved in two Chadwick Center grant projects: the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project (CTISP-DI) funded by SAMHSA and the California Screening and Assessment (CASAT) funded by ACYF. As part of a previous SAMHSA grant, Mr. Killen-Harvey trained many agencies on the Assessment-Based Treatment for Traumatized Children and Adolescents: A Trauma Assessment Pathway (TAP) model. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, he has worked for over two decades in the field of trauma treatment at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital and served in a supervisory role during 10 of those years. Mr. Killen-Harvey is also the co-founder of the Harvey Institute, a training and consultation organization whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health principles. He is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He serves as a trainer and curriculum developer at California State University, Long Beach and as a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy. Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as trauma, sexual identity, and gender identity. Currently serving as an expert witness in sexual assault cases for the United States Army, he is also a consultant and trainer for UCLA’s Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica, California. A past board member of CAPSAC (California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children), Mr. Killen-Harvey gave the first ever presentation on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues to a Pan American child abuse conference in Bogota, Colombia. He currently serves on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. He is the current President of the Board of Directors of Step Up Theater, a non-profit teen theater company in San Diego. Additionally, he currently volunteers as a Mentor with the Scholar Program of the Point Foundation, that aims to empower promising LGBTQ students to achieve their full academic and leadership potential. Mr. Killen-Harvey received his undergraduate degree in Accounting from Bryant University and his graduate degree in Social Work from San Diego State University.
Jennifer Demaree, MS, as a Content and Design Specialist, works on three separate grants for the Chadwick Center. For CTISP-DI, she designs the grant marketing and products, and is the copy editor for all CTISP-DI products, as she was for the original Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Project (CTISP). Ms. Demaree is familiar with the child welfare system through her communications work on the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC) where she edits the program information and all of the CEBC website content, with a concentration on gearing it towards the child welfare audience. She also takes the lead on marketing the CEBC by overseeing the design of all marketing materials. For the California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiative (CASAT) project, Ms. Demaree edits and designs reports and products. Since August 2004, she has worked on numerous grant-funded projects; she designed and edited the Trauma-Informed Child Welfare Practice Toolkit and other products for previous NCTSN grants. In addition, for over four years, Ms. Demaree played a key role in the Chadwick Center’s Treatment Outcomes Office and has a working knowledge of child trauma and outcome measures. She has over 13 years of experience in marketing and market research with a BS in Business Administration/Marketing and a MS in Advertising from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Megan Platt, as the part-time Project Coordinator, performs administrative and coordination tasks related to the grant. She has been with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego since January 2014. Ms. Platt also uses her skills to support another Chadwick Center grant-funded project, the California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiative (CASAT) which is funded by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. She graduated from California Lutheran University with a BA in Graphic Design.