Program Director – Kathryn Garcia, Psy.D.
Dr. Garcia is a NJ licensed psychologist and the director of the CHAT clinic, Children (and Families) Healing After Trauma at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP). Prior to coming to GSAPP, Dr. Garcia worked as a non-traditional School Psychologist. In her role, Dr. Garcia developed school-wide programs focused on building a sense of community centered on respect and diversity. She functioned as the Anti-bullying Specialist, through which she led counseling groups, conducted conflict resolution meetings, and created grade-level interventions to prevent and combat issues related to bullying and interpersonal dynamics. Dr. Garcia led numerous professional development trainings for teachers and staff in the areas of student behavior, trauma in schools, and self-care. In addition, Dr. Garcia worked alongside a variety of community agencies to support students in the areas of mental health and academics. For the past two decades, Dr. Garcia has invested in the community, volunteering at local non-profits, servicing children and families in need.
Program Supervisor – Nancy Harrison, Psy.D.
Clinic Coordinator – Gjon Tinaj, Doctoral Student
The clinicians at CHAT are doctoral students in the Rutgers Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology training to be psychologists. These individuals are dedicated to serving at-risk populations. While providing treatment, student clinicians offer training and consultation to caregivers, DCP&P caseworkers, community organizations, school personnel, and other professions. They also complete thorough intakes and post-treatment assessments at the beginning and end of treatment, respectively, and make recommendations based on findings to optimize each child’s functioning.
Mentorship to all children and adolescents is provided by Rutgers undergraduate students. These students are enrolled in a full-year field experience course taught by Dr. Nancy Harrison. The goals of the course are to provide the students with a deep understanding of the effects of trauma on children and methods of recovery as well as an opportunity to participate in the healing process through reinforcement of evidence-based coping skills.