Steve Hydon

Steve Hydon, EdD, MSW, is the Chair of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work (PPSC) program and a clinical professor in Field Education. His interests are in child welfare, policy and planning, and social work practice in schools. He is a regional representative for the American Council on School Social Work. Dr. Hydon developed a secondary traumatic stress survey for teachers and mental health practitioners in schools and has been trained by the U.S. Department of Education as an Educator Resilience Facilitator on secondary traumatic stress, compassion fatigue, and PFA—Listen, Protect, Connect, Model, and Teach curriculum for school personnel. He serves as the liaison to the NCTSN, Terrorism and Disaster Committee (TDC), and facilitates the media technologies/TDC committee.

Sheryl Kataoka

Sheryl Kataoka, MD, MSHA, is devoted to improving access to and quality of mental health care for ethnic minority children and their families through school-based services. As co-chairperson of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's Schools Committee, Dr. Kataoka helps expand and improve mental health services in schools across the U.S. She collaborated with colleagues at LAUSD and RAND in developing the Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program to be culturally sensitive for Los Angeles' multiethnic students. With NIMH funding, Dr. Kataoka is now studying how the Learning Collaborative model impacts the implementation effectiveness of evidence-based interventions in school settings.

Jim Caringi

James (Jim) Caringi, PhD, LCSW, is a Professor and Chair at the School of Social Work at the University of Montana. Dr. Caringi received his MSW from Boston University and his PhD in Social Welfare from the State University of New York at Albany. His interests are in the areas of primary and secondary traumatic stress (STS), trauma informed system development, and work with groups and teams, as well as action research. He brings over 20 years of practice experience in both clinical and macro settings and has worked in divrese environments, from the inner city housing projects of Boston to rural villages in Alaska. Dr. Caringi is a licensed clinical social worker, active national consultant, and has obtained over 4 million dollars in federal research grants.

Pamela Vona 

Pamela Vona, MA, MPH, is currently the Program Manager for the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools. She also serves as a liaison to the NCTSN School Committee. Ms. Vona's interests include understanding how to support the implementation of evidence-based mental health practices in community settings. Specifically, her work has focused on how web-based platforms can support training in and implementation of evidence-based practices in schools. 

Melissa Woolley 

Melissa Woolley, MA, serves as the Project Assistant for the Treatment and Services Adaptation Center for Resiliency, Hope, and Wellness in Schools. In addition to providing research support to the STAT program, Ms. Woolley has supported data collection for high school students exposed to trauma using web-based platforms.