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Leadership Team

 

Catherine Classen, PhD – Director, Division of Trauma Recovery Services

Catherine Classen, PhD, is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the UCSF Division of Trauma Recovery Services, Director of the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center (TRC) and Director of Child and Adolescent Support Advocacy and Resource Center (CASARC). Previously she was a professor at the University of Toronto, the Academic Leader of the Trauma Therapy Program at Women’s College Hospital in Toronto and a senior scientist in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford School of Medicine. She is both a researcher and clinician who has been working in the field of psychological trauma for over 25 years. A primary focus of her research has been investigating psychotherapeutic interventions for survivors of chronic traumatization. She has numerous publications on interventions for complex trauma, the long-term effects of chronic traumatization, and on the principles and techniques for providing trauma-informed care. She is a past-president of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, among other distinctions. Throughout her career, she has maintained a clinical practice and has continued to develop her clinical expertise through both her practice and ongoing clinical training. She is a certified sensorimotor psychotherapist, which is a somatosensory approach to working with trauma survivors.

Alicia Boccellari, PhD – Director of Special Programs

Alicia Boccellari, PhD is a Clinical Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and the Chief Psychologist in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG).  Dr. Boccellari is the founder of the UCSF Trauma Recovery Center (TRC), which she launched in 2001. She is also the former Director of TRC.  The TRC is designed to provide comprehensive mental health, case management and psychosocial services to survivors of violent crime.  The TRC also oversees the Survivors International Program (SI), a program designed to treat survivors of political torture.  SI has been designated a National Center for the Treatment of Torture.  The TRC evidence-based model of care is being replicated in other cities in California, as well as elsewhere in the US.  In addition, Dr. Boccellari has conducted longitudinal research and randomized clinical trials on a variety of topics including: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, traumatic brain injury and homelessness.  An overarching goal of this research is to not only contribute to evidence-based clinical practices, but to potentially influence public policy and to improve healthcare services for underserved populations in the public sector.

Jon Dean Green, MBA, MPH – Division Administrator

Jon Dean Green is the Division Administrator for Trauma Recovery Services and has been with the Division since 2001. Mr. Green previously worked for the Indian Health Service, San Francisco Department of Public Health, Marin County Health Department and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. Mr. Green holds a Masters in Public Health and a Masters in Business Administration. His area of interest is health care for rural and underserved populations.

Cristina Biasetto, MSW – Clinical Social Worker, Program Coordinator of Survivors International

Cristina Biasetto obtained her Master’s in Social Welfare at UC Berkeley and completed her clinical training at the Trauma Recovery Center in 2014.  As a staff clinical social worker, Ms. Biasetto provides individual therapy and case management to adult survivors of trauma. As a part of the Survivors International team, Ms. Biasetto supports the assessment and referral of asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees to the TRC.  Prior to joining TRC, Ms. Biasetto worked in the design, implementation and direct provision of psychosocial assistance to asylum seekers, refugees, and torture survivors across Europe, in the Middle East and in East Africa. Ms. Biasetto provides services in Spanish and English.

Jessica T. Dodge, MMSc, PA-C – Physician Assistant, Clinical Forensic Manager of the Rape Treatment Center

Sarah Metz, PsyD – Clinical Coordinator

Dr. Metz joined the TRC after having worked at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System’s Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation Program (HVRP).  She earned her doctorate degree from Pepperdine University in 2009.  She provides short-term cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic care to adult survivors of trauma.  Dr. Metz specializes in evidenced-based practices to assist with healing after trauma. She also specializes in helping clients that struggle with substance use, mood dysregulation, and anxiety. She utilizes a strengths-based approach and believes in healing and growth after trauma.

Laurie Richer, DO – Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine; Medical Director, Trauma Recovery Center; Attending Psychiatrist, San Francisco General Hospital

Dr. Laurie Richer has been the Medical Director of the TRC since 2006 and is a Diplomate of American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with subspecialty certification in forensic psychiatry. Dr. Richer specializes in the assessment and treatment of Acute and Post Traumatic Stress Disorders and has published research specifically addressing the phenomenon of drug-facilitated sexual assault. She has over twenty-five years of experience working in an emergency psychiatric setting, at both San Francisco General Hospital and USC/LA County General Hospital. As a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, she is also highly dedicated to the training and education of future providers in the field. Dr. Richer received her medical training at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and went on to complete a four-year psychiatry residence at the University of Southern California School of Medicine/Los Angeles County Medical Center followed by a fellowship year at the USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law and Behavioral Science.

Stacey Wiggall, LCSW – TRC Technical Assistance Coordinator

Stacey Wiggall, LCSW worked on the UCSF pilot program that used assertive outreach to engage crime survivors in mental health services and evolved into the first Trauma Recovery Center. She has previously served as the Clinical Coordinator of the UCSF TRC, and as an appointed member of the San Francisco Mayor’s Office Safer Schools Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault.  As the TRC Technical Assistance Coordinator, she supports new and developing TRCs in strengthening their human, institutional and community resources.