The Institute on Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care collaborates with faculty from other universities primarily through research and publication.
Travis Hales, PhD, is a social work scholar committed to advancing the responsiveness of behavioral health organizations, particularly through the integration of trauma-informed approaches. Travis is dedicated to preparing future social workers for impactful careers, focusing on teaching best organizational practices, trauma-informed approaches and research methodology. He is also dedicated to community impact, and has collaborated with over a dozen human service agencies in the adoption and assimilation of trauma-informed approaches within their agencies. Hales joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as an assistant professor in fall 2018, and looks forward to continuing his work with community based behavioral health organizations and trauma-informed approaches in North Carolina.
Nancy Kusmaul, PhD, LMSW, is an assistant professor in the Baccalaureate Social Work program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She received her PhD from the University at Buffalo School of Social Work in 2013. Kusmaul worked in health care settings for more than a decade in nursing homes, hospitals, home care and adult day care. Her research has focused on organizational culture, trauma-informed care and the impact of trauma experiences in the workforce. She has and is focused on the experience of direct care workers in organizations, particularly the Certified Nursing Assistant within the nursing home environment. She is a member of the Baltimore County Elder Abuse Coalition and the Maryland Nursing Home Culture Change Coalition. She will be collaborating with the research team of ITTIC on various projects.
Molly is an assistant professor at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and does research about trauma and trauma-informed care. She is also a master's level social worker who enjoys working with trauma survivors. Her passion is adult survivors of child sexual abuse, and the ways they can be helped through research, teaching, public policy and clinical work.