Research Activities

Founding Director, Hathaway Children’s Clinical Research Institute, 1999-2004

Research Projects


National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Data collection via USC Child Trauma Clinic, collaborating with Children’s Institute, Inc, in data collection, project development and data analysis related to ethnicity and trauma exposure/use of services

Rapid Assessment of Pediatric Psychological Trauma: pilot project submitted for funding for an emergency room study of this instrument, developed with Julian Ford, PhD, that will provide a rapid screening of all forms of child psychological trauma including bullying.

Justina: A Virtual Adolescent Trauma Patient: Continuing to develop this tool for training mental health students and professionals about PTSD


Developed a comprehensive database documenting trauma histories, symptoms, and functioning in multiple domains for a longitudinal outcomes project focusing on consequences of severe interpersonal trauma in a population of ethnically diverse youth in residential treatment.

Examined Best Practices across the spectrum of services provided by Hathaway’s major sites including two community-based outpatient clinics, all residential, foster care, family preservation and substance abuse services (total agency budget: $18 Million).

Initiated Collaborative projects to explore improved treatment models for chronically traumatized children in residential treatment as well as examining alternatives to residential treatment.


The BC McCabe Foundation. $750,000, 2001-2004.
This grant funded the Hathaway Children’s Clinical Research Institute. It paid for the development of Institute infrastructure and the first three years of data collection.

Renewal of the BC McCabe Foundation Grant. $ 650,000, 2004
This renewal grant focused on Best Practice evaluation across the agency. This led to a plan for Continuous Quality Improvement. These grants resulted in the development of a comprehensive database on over 100 traumatized youth.