Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Perry is the Principal of the Neurosequential Network, Senior Fellow of The ChildTrauma Academy and a Professor (Adjunct) in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago and the School of Allied Health, College of Science, Health and Engineering, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria Australia.
Over the last thirty years, Dr. Perry has been an active teacher, clinician and researcher in children’s mental health and the neurosciences holding a variety of academic positions. His work on the impact of abuse, neglect and trauma on the developing brain has impacted clinical practice, programs and policy across the world. Dr. Perry is the author, with Maia Szalavitz, of The Boy Who Was Raised As A Dog, a bestselling book based on his work with maltreated children and Born For Love: Why Empathy is Essential and Endangered. Dr. Perry's most recent book, What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing, co-authored with Oprah Winfrey, was released in 2021.
Dr. Perry was on the faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology and Psychiatry at the University of Chicago School of Medicine from 1988 to 1991. From 1992 to 2001, Dr. Perry served as the Trammell Research Professor of Child Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. During this time, Dr. Perry was also Chief of Psychiatry for Texas Children's Hospital and Vice-Chairman for Research within the Department of Psychiatry. From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Perry served as the Medical Director for Provincial Programs in Children's Mental Health for the Alberta Mental Health Board. He continues to consult with the government of Alberta on children’s issues and serves as a founding member of the Premier’s Council of Alberta’s Promise.
Dr. Perry has conducted both basic neuroscience and clinical research. His neuroscience research has examined the effects of prenatal drug exposure on brain development, the neurobiology of human neuropsychiatric disorders, the neurophysiology of traumatic life events and basic mechanisms related to the development of neurotransmitter receptors in the brain. His clinical research and practice has focused on high-risk children. This work has examined the cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social, and physiological effects of neglect and trauma in children, adolescents and adults. This work has been instrumental in describing how childhood experiences, including neglect and traumatic stress, change the biology of the brain – and, thereby, the health of the child.
His clinical research over the last twenty years has been focused on integrating emerging principles of developmental neuroscience into clinical practice. This work has resulted in the development of innovative clinical practices and programs working with maltreated and traumatized children, most prominently the Neurosequential Model©, a developmentally sensitive, neurobiology-informed approach to clinical work (NMT), education (NME) and caregiving (NMC). This approach to clinical problem solving has been integrated into programs at dozens of large public and non-profit organizations serving at-risk children and their families.
His experience as a clinician and a researcher with traumatized children has led many community and governmental agencies to consult Dr. Perry following high-profile incidents involving traumatized children and youth including the Branch Davidian siege in Waco (1993), the Oklahoma City bombing (1995), the Columbine school shootings (1999), the September 11th terrorist attacks (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005), the FLDS polygamist sect (2008), the earthquake in Haiti (2010), the tsunami in Tohoku Japan (2011), the Sandy Hook Elementary school shootings (2012), and the Camp wildfire in California (2018) among many others.
Dr. Perry has published over 500 journal articles, book chapters and scientific proceedings and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors, including the T. Berry Brazelton Infant Mental Health Advocacy Award, the Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the 2014 Kohl Education Prize. He serves on the Board of Directors of multiple organizations including Prevent Child Abuse America and the Ana Grace Project.
He has presented about child maltreatment, children's mental health, neurodevelopment and youth violence in a variety of venues including policy-making bodies such as the White House Summit on Violence, the California Assembly and U.S. House Committee on Education. Dr. Perry has been featured in a wide range of media including 60 Minutes, National Public Radio, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC and CBS News and the Oprah Winfrey Show. His work has been featured in documentaries produced by Dateline NBC, 20/20, the BBC, Nightline, CBC, PBS, as well as dozen international documentaries. Many print media have highlighted the clinical and research activities of Dr. Perry including a Pulitzer-prize winning series in the Chicago Tribune, The Sun Magazine, US News and World Report, Time, Newsweek, Forbes ASAP, Washington Post, the New York Times and Rolling Stone.
Dr. Perry, a native of Bismarck, North Dakota, was an undergraduate at Stanford University and Amherst College. He attended medical and graduate school at Northwestern University, receiving both M.D. and Ph.D. degrees. Dr. Perry completed a residency in general psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at The University of Chicago.
Jana Rosenfelt, M.Ed.
Jana Rosenfelt is President of the Neurosequential Model Network, LLC and Executive Director of The ChildTrauma Academy. She is responsible for providing leadership and direction for all activities. At The ChildTrauma Academy, Ms. Rosenfelt leads her Administrative Team and works in collaboration with the Senior Fellow and the Director of Programs to organize and administer various programs and projects. Under her leadership, this innovative “Community of Practice” has allowed the group to have a pervasive and far-reaching positive impact on children and families across the world.
Ms. Rosenfelt has a wealth of clinical experience. She served as a member of the ChildTrauma Academy clinical team and managed the Burnett-Bayland research project, focused on exploring affect development of adjudicated adolescent males in the juvenile justice system. She also served as the director of CTA’s Living Laboratory, an innovative pilot program for at-risk children which included a range of unique community partners including many members of Houston's artistic community to provide enrichment activities for maltreated children. This pilot project was the precursor of many of the current CTA community building (KidZone, Philadelphia) and therapeutic projects (The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics). She is the co-author of many of the CTA’s special materials for parents, caregivers, educators and interdisciplinary teams.
Ms. Rosenfelt received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Texas: Austin and her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology: Counseling from the University of Houston. Upon graduation, she completed a fellowship at Houston Child Guidance Center, working with children and families in their Partial Hospital Program and Therapeutic Nursery. Ms. Rosenfelt also provided therapeutic services as a post-fellow clinician in their Partial Hospital Program.
Emily Perry, M.A.
Emily Perry is Director of Education and Training for the Neurosequential Model Network, LLC. In this role, she is responsible for managing all activities for the The Neurosequential Network’s training programs including NMT Training Certification and the NME Trainers Program. Further, she facilitates onsite and online speaking engagements for the organization’s network of Fellows and works with the NMN’s leadership to organize and administer various other programs and projects.
Ms. Perry has been instrumental in the growth and development of the NM community over the past thirteen years. She first served as the Training Coordinator for The ChildTrauma Academy before becoming their Director of Education and Training in 2012. During this time, she helped CTA expand their capacity and launch the NME, NMC and NM-Sport programs. She also played a pivotal role in organizing three international symposiums and multiple other onsite and virtual “Boot Camp” intensive training experiences.
Ms. Perry received her undergraduate degree in English from the University of the South (Sewanee) and her Master’s Degree from The University of Vermont. Prior to joining the CTA and NMN, she taught English at the high-school and college level, served as a dorm-parent, coached middle and high school cross-country and track.
Diane Vines, LMFT-S, LPC-S, RPT-S
Diane Vines serves as the NMT Program Coordinator. In this role, she provides both clinical and program-related development, administration and support for The Neurosequential Network's NMT Individual and Site Certification programs. Ms. Vines is also a long-time ChildTrauma Academy Fellow and a clinician in private practice. She received her Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Houston - Clear Lake in 1999. Ms. Vines is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor and a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas and is also a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor.
Ms. Vines provides individual and family therapy as well as clinical supervision. She has worked, trained, and specialized in the areas of child sexual abuse, incest, and childhood trauma since 1998, and she frequently provides community trainings and case consultations. Ms. Vines has formerly worked at the Houston Child Advocacy Center (Children’s Assessment Center). She has also served on Houston Association for Marriage and Family (HAMFT) board and the Kids & Youth Protecting Other Kids (KYPOK) board.
Steve Graner, M.A.
Steve Graner is the Neurosequential Networks' NME Project Director as well as a ChildTrauma Academy Fellow. Mr. Graner grew up in Bismarck, ND, received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Sioux Falls, and completed his Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction at Minnesota State University Mankato. With thirty-three years teaching English at Erik Ramstad Middle School in Minot, North Dakota, Mr. Graner has also coached cross country and track and field, receiving Coach of the Year honors in ND for both high school and middle school cross country. Mr. Graner is best known for his creative approaches to teaching and coaching and combines a love of the arts and sports with the passion for pedagogy.