Meet the Team

Colleen Cicchetti, PhD

Executive Director, Center for Childhood Resilience

Colleen Cicchetti, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who has worked at Lurie Children’s for more than 25 years, specializing in the areas of program development, evaluation, community outreach, parent education, therapeutic summer camp programming, and treatment for children who have been exposed to trauma or victimization. She founded the Community-Linked Mental Health Services Program (CLMHSP) in 2004, for which she served as the Director. This program focused upon model development and implementation to deliver mental health services to children and families in school and community recreational settings. In 2015, through increased philanthropic support, Dr. Cicchetti had the opportunity to expand the CLMHSP into a regional center, the Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR), focusing on comprehensive mental health reform and building a trauma-informed city and state.

She has been the recipient of awards from multiple agencies and philanthropic organizations throughout her tenure with Lurie Children’s. She represents the department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on the hospital Advocacy Board and the Injury Prevention and Research Center, as well as in several local and state interagency initiatives that address children’s mental health and trauma treatment: The Illinois Children’s Mental Health Partnership, for which she serves as Co-Chair of the School-Age Practices and Policies Committee; and The Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition, for which she recently was appointed the Clinical Director.

Dr. Cicchetti received her BS degree from Duke University, a Master’s degree in Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a PhD in clinical psychology from Northwestern University Medical School.

​Tali Raviv, Ph.D.

Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience

Tali Raviv, PhD, is a psychologist who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in 2009. Her work in the CCR focuses on helping increase knowledge and awareness about the impact of childhood trauma on children’s development and well-being, and translating evidence-based interventions for traumatized youth to school and community settings. In addition to her role with the CCR, Dr. Raviv also provides clinical mental health services to children and adolescents through the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, with a specific focus on youth exposed to stress and trauma. Dr. Raviv is also member of the Steering Committee of the PATHH Collaborative, a group of community agencies convened by the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center working to increase access to quality mental health services for children who have experienced sexual abuse.

Dr. Raviv received her BA degree from Emory University, a Master’s degree in Child Clinical Psychology from University of Denver and a PhD in clinical psychology from University of Denver.

Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD

Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience

Rebecca Ford-Paz, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in 2014. Her work with the CCR focuses on the reduction of health disparities through increasing access to evidence-based and culturally competent prevention/treatment interventions by building capacity of community-based providers and conducting community-based participatory research. She has a long-standing interest in Latino mental health and has partnered with community agencies to develop culturally responsive trainings on depression/suicide in Latino youth. She also works with community-based agencies to incorporate evidence-based practices and develop an evidence base for culturally relevant interventions developed by community members for underserved youth and families. She is the founding co-chair of the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition’s Ad-Hoc Committee for Refugee and Immigrant Children and Trauma.

Dr. Ford-Paz received a BA and BM from Northwestern University, a Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology, Child Track, from DePaul University.

Tara Gill, PhD

Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience

Tara Gill, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience as a Mental Health Consultant in August 2014. Her clinical work has focused on addressing childhood trauma, externalizing and internalizing behaviors, and at-risk youth in diverse urban settings. Her work has focused on community and school partnerships, family engagement, and child advocacy. Addressing diversity and African American and Latino mental health has been a focus of research, training and intervention.

Dr. Gill received her B.S. degree from Jackson State University and a Master’s degree and PhD in clinical psychology (child track) from DePaul University. She completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Chicago/LaRabida Children’s Hospital and a postdoctoral fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital in child and adolescent behavioral health.

Karen R. Gouze, PhD

Psychologist, Center for Childhood Resilience

Karen R. Gouze, PhD, is a clinical psychologist who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in 2015. Dr. Gouze has been with Lurie Children’s for 30 years and has served as the Training Director in Psychology for most of that time. She brings this experience in training mental health professionals to the CCR in an effort to enhance the opportunities for training psychologists from the graduate level to the post-graduate level in implementation-dissemination research and community work. Dr. Gouze has published in the areas of developmental psychopathology, family therapy and training, and school based mental health services.

Dr. Gouze graduated from the doctoral program in developmental psychology at the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota in 1980 and completed an internship in clinical child psychology at Judge Baker Guidance Center, Harvard School of Medicine, the following year. She was a faculty member at the University of Delaware prior to joining Lurie Children’s in 1984.

Claire Coyne, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Center for Childhood Resilience

Claire Coyne, PhD, is a mental health consultant who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in 2015. She collaborates with community organizations and schools to promote the use of evidence-based interventions and trauma-informed practices. Her clinical training and work has focused broadly on providing evidence-based treatment for at-risk youth and their families, including youth exposed to childhood trauma, and gender-nonconforming and transgender youth.

Dr. Coyne graduated from the Clinical Science Program in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University in 2014. She completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Sybil Baker, LCSW

Social Worker, Center for Childhood Resilience

Sybil Baker, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in August 2014. Ms. Baker provides coaching and on-site support to schools as part of the expansion of Behavioral Health Teams in Chicago Public Schools. She is also the Tier II training coordinator for the team, organizing and facilitating trainings and on-going supported implementation for school-based clinicians on a variety of topics, including best practices for treating trauma and aggression in youth. Most recently, In 2016, Ms. Baker was presented with the Social Work Exemplar Award from Lurie Children's Hospital for excellence in her field.

Ms. Baker graduated from University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration in 2006. She then served as a Type 73 school social worker, ACES Counselor and Behavior Intervention Specialist in both public and charter schools in Chicago for nine years. She obtained a post-master’s Certificate in Advanced Practice in Schools from Loyola University Chicago, Family & School Partnership Program in 2009. Prior to officially joining the Center Childhood Resilience, Ms. Baker partnered with the team for five years as an implementation trainer for school-based group counseling interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) and Anger Coping.

Claudio Rivera, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Childhood Resilience
Claudio Rivera, PhD, is a two-year post-doctoral fellow who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in July 2016. He has been granted several awards in recognition of his work with underserved communities.  These include the Albert Schweitzer Fellow Award, Health and Medicine Policy Research Group and the Richard J. Meister Scholarship Community Service Award.  He has worked extensively in the Chicago community to bring empirically supported treatments to community and school settings and to disseminate Spanish language trauma-informed interventions to the Hispanic community in Chicago. His research has focused on the needs of Spanish immigrant and other underserved communities in Chicago with an emphasis on understanding protective factors and interventions that lead to more positive outcomes for these underserved youth.
Dr. Rivera received his B.A in Psychology from DePaul University, a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from DePaul University.
Nell McKitrick, MBA
Director of Operations, Center for Childhood Resilience

Nell McKitrick, MBA is a business manager who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in November 2015 as the Director of Operations. She has over twenty years of leadership and management experience. Ms. McKitrick has extensive experience in program management, relationship management, and business solutions. She has worked across multiple industries including; consulting, education, and insurance in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. In her role with CCR, she manages all financial and operational aspects of the Center, and serves as a key liaison to internal and external partners. Prior to joining Lurie Children’s, she was a Director with Chicago Public Schools.

Ms. McKitrick obtained her BS from Indiana University and her MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management.​

​Angie Krausfeldt, MA

Communications Specialist, Center for Childhood Resilience

Angie Krausfeldt, MA, is a communications and marketing specialist who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in January 2014. Ms. Krausfeldt oversees all aspects of the Center's marketing, communications, and administrative functions. She also acts as the communications lead for the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition​ which is managed by CCR and housed within Lurie Children's. Ms. Krausfeldt has over ten years of experience in marketing, management, and business operations. Prior to her position with CCR, she worked in program management at Northwestern University on a multi-million dollar, five year, federal grant focusing on women’s reproductive health. 

Ms. Krausfeldt received her BA from the University of Iowa, and a Master's degree in Gender and Women's Studies from Loyola University.

Hayley Goldenthal, MA

Graduate Research Assistant, Center for Childhood Resilience​

Hayley Goldenthal, MA, is a PhD student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine who joined the Center for Childhood Resilience in 2016.  Ms. Goldenthal previously worked as the project coordinator at a NCTSN site focusing on the assessment and treatment of youth who have experienced trauma and/or bereavement. Her research interests lie in the development and implementation of interventions for underserved youth who may experience significant life stressors and/or trauma.  Specifically, she is interested in reducing risk and promoting resilience pathways for these youth through the application of evidence-based, sustainable, and ecologically valid interventions to society’s most formative institutions (schools, communities, hospitals). 

Ms. Goldenthal received her BA from the University of Michigan, and her Master’s degree in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.


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