Kelly Sullivan, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center. She has worked at CCFH for more than 10 years. Dr. Sullivan serves as CCFH’s Director of Mental Health Services. She directs their National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) project and a project to improve access and services to families impacted by domestic violence. She co-directs CCFH’s Post Adoption Support Services and a trauma-informed schools project.
Dr. Sullivan has also worked with Project Broadcast, an initiative to bring trauma-informed practices to NC’s child welfare system, since it began 2011 and is dedicated to assisting all types of agencies in becoming more trauma informed. She has served on training teams for evidence-based treatments for children, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and is a PCIT Level II Trainer with PCIT International. She facilitates NCTSN’s workshop Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma for foster, kinship, and adoptive caregivers and trains facilitators of this curriculum. She has also provided training to child welfare using NCTSN’s Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit.
Dr. Sullivan has conducted assessments and provided training and consultation to the North Carolina Division of Mental Health/DD/SA on trauma-informed care, Reactive Attachment Disorder, and children with severe behavior problems who have experienced chronic interpersonal trauma. Previously, she managed the implementation of a statewide project to educate caregivers on infant crying to prevent abusive head trauma; provided school-based mental health services; and worked with police officers to respond to children who have been victims or witnesses to violent crime.
Areas of Focus: trauma-informed organizations, trauma assessment and screening, disruptive behavior disorders, adoptive families, workforce resilience, PCIT, reactive attachment disorder, Child Welfare Trauma Training Toolkit, and Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma