Kelly Kinnish, PhD
Kelly Kinnish is the Director of Project Intersect as well as the Clinical Director at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. She has been with the Georgia Center since 2007 and has been actively involved in the Georgia CSEC/DMST Statewide Task Force since 2010. Dr. Kinnish has worked with maltreated and at-risk children and families for over 20 years in clinical, research, and administrative capacities. Prior to moving to Atlanta and joining the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy she was the Clinical Director at the 212-bed Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Miami FL and staff psychologist with the University of Miami Child Protection Team. Kelly received her PhD in Psychology (Clinical-Child), from the University of Utah and completed her internship and post-doctoral training at the University of Miami (FL).
Shannon Self-Brown, PhD
Shannon Self-Brown is a Professor and the Doctoral Program Director in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She is the Associate Director for Research and Development in the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC), which is housed in the Mark Chaffin Center for Healthy Development in the School of Public Health, where she she runs several federally funded grants targeting prevention of child maltreatment and implementation of evidence-based practices in child welfare and public health. She also serves as the Director of the Ph.D Program in Public Health.
Prior to joining the staff at Georgia State University, Dr. Self-Brown received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Louisiana State University in 2004, with a specialization in child trauma and pediatric psychology. She completed post-doctoral training at the Medical University of South Carolina in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center in Charleston, SC as an NIMH-Sponsored Post-Doctoral Fellow. Dr. Self-Brown completed a Research Fellowship at the CDC in the Division of Violence Prevention from 2006-2008, where she served as a Behavioral Scientist for four cooperative agreements focused on developing and implementing child maltreatment prevention programs utilizing technology. Her research interests include examining risk and protective factors for youth exposed to community and family violence, child maltreatment, and disaster, as well as the evaluation of dissemination/implementation efforts for child maltreatment prevention programs.
Jennifer Hossler, MSW
Jennifer Hossler is the Project Manager for Project Intersect at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy. Jennifer has over 20 years of social work experience, with extensive expertise in child welfare practice, training and system change across the country. Jennifer has worked with traumatized children and their families in child advocacy centers, residential treatment centers and hospitals in Minnesota, California and most recently, in Atlanta, Georgia. Jennifer has been an active member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network since 2013, and has provided multiple trainings across the country on trauma-informed practices and secondary traumatic stress for child welfare workers, supervisors, and caregivers. Jennifer 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.
Camille Kramer, MPH
Camille Kramer is the Project Coordinator for Project Intersect and has been at the Georgia Center for Child Advocacy since January 2017. Her role is to assist in the organization and implementation of all Project Intersect trainings, events, and research. Camille graduated from Georgia State University School of Public Health with a concentration in Health Promotion and Behavior in 2017. Her focus was improving the fidelity monitoring and certification processes for Legacy for Children™, a CDC-developed evidence-based parent program for mothers affected by poverty. As an MPH candidate, Camille worked with Project Intersect’s program evaluation team under Dr. Shannon Self-Brown. Prior to studying public health, Camille earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Georgia.
Theresa Glasheen, MS
Theresa Glasheen leads the Program Evaluation Team for Project Intersect. Her role is to develop, coordinate, and analyze the data that is gathered from the agencies and therapists who participate in the grant. Theresa has been a Research Coordinator in The School of Public Health at Georgia State University since 2013. In this capacity she has coordinated statewide grants with The National SafeCare Training and Research Center. She has also assisted with other research projects and publications that have focused on home visitation, fatherhood, and toxic stress. Prior to joining GSU, Theresa graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Child and Family Development from The University of Georgia.
Graduate Research Assistant
Liz Perry is a first-year Master’s student in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a minor in Spanish from Kennesaw State University, where she also served as the Lab Coordinator for a Forensic Psychology Research Lab. Liz currently works as a graduate research assistant under Dr. Shannon Self-Brown on the project evaluation team for Project Intersect. Liz also works as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for Day League’s (DeKalb Rape Crisis Center) Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Liz is an active member of the Junior League of Atlanta and enjoys training show horses.
Mattew D. Kliethermes, PhD
Matthew Kliethermes is the Training Director at Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis (CASGSL) and Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). Dr. Kliethermes has over 15 years of experience working with traumatized youth and has received extensive training in this area, including exposure to multiple trauma-focused, evidence-based practices. Currently, Dr. Kliethermes provides direct clinical services to children exposed to trauma and their non-offending caregivers, supervises the clinical work of mental health trainees, and provides frequent training and consultation at local, state, and national levels. His primary professional interests include complex trauma, assessment and diagnosis of traumatized youth, effective trauma-focused engagement strategies, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Dr. Kliethermes is a nationally certified TF-CBT trainer and has authored multiple book chapters and articles pertaining to TF-CBT and childhood trauma.
Marcela Torres, PhD
Dr. Torres is on faculty as a Research Associate at the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She is a child clinical psychologist with expertise in child development, child trauma, early childhood mental health, family-focused evidence-based mental health treatments and school-based prevention and mental health programming. Prior to joining the staff at the University of Colorado at Boulder she was an Instructor of Pediatrics at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. Dr. Torres received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from The Pennsylvania State University in University Park, PA and completed post-doctoral training at the Yale Child Study Center in New Haven, CT. She regularly provides TF-CBT training and consultation as well as training in other evidence-based practices to clinicians across the country.