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Dr. Jana Pressley Joins the Foundation Trust

The Foundation Trust is delighted to welcome Jana Pressley, Psy.D. as Senior Training Associate for the Foundation Trust.

Dr. Pressley is the Director of Training and Professional Development for Justice Resource Institute’s Trauma Center in Brookline, MA, and Adjunct Associate Professor at Richmont Graduate University. Previously, Dr. Pressley was on the faculty in the Department of Clinical Psychology at Wheaton College in Illinois. Prior to that, she developed one of the country’s first graduate school trauma tracks and trauma specialty community clinics for indigent families and communities of color in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Dr. Pressley is a nationally-recognized trainer, organizational consultant, qualitative researcher, graduate and postdoctoral mentor in the areas of complex and systemic trauma.

Dr. Pressley will enhance the educational offerings of the Foundation Trust through her particular interests and expertise in the intersection of complex trauma with racial oppression, community violence, poverty and spirituality. Joining us on a part-time basis this fall, Dr. Pressley will assist our private operation foundation with development and dissemination of psychoeducational resources through the complextrauma.org website. She will also provide pro bono outreach on trauma to local churches, community centers and municipal programs. Finally, this position will enable Dr. Pressley to resume data analyses and scholarly manuscript preparation for her important qualitative research in the areas of complex trauma, social justice and spirituality.

Comments Dr. Joseph Spinazzola, Executive Director of the Foundation Trust:

“Dr. Pressley [Jana] is a highly accomplished person who wears many hats. In addition to being a talented psychotherapist with an active private practice in Melrose, she oversees an academic year trauma certificate program for multidisciplinary professionals coming from all over Massachusetts. Jana teaches graduate level trauma courses in Tennessee and Georgia. She trains therapists, frontline workers, educators, child welfare, law enforcement, hospital, juvenile detention, and foster care personnel and programs throughout the United States and Canada to understand and respond compassionately and effectively to children, adults, families and communities impacted by developmental trauma. Naturally, we were thrilled to learn that one day per week had opened up in Jana’s schedule, and we jumped at the chance to bring her on board to help advance the philanthropic operations of the Foundation Trust.”

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jana Pressley to the Foundation Trust. To learn more about who we are and what we do, visit www.foundationtrust.org. To learn more about Dr. Pressley and her work, visit https://complextrauma.org/about-us/.

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