Meet Our Team
The Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services and Interventions (CCTASI) is based out of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. We are housed within the Mental Health Services and Policy Program on the 12th floor of Abbott Hall (710 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL 60611). Our Center is made up of a team of talented and passionate faculty and staff with experience and training in a variety of fields including trauma-informed interventions, trauma informed systems including child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice, and policy related initiatives. Our staff includes the following leadership, staff, and volunteers:
Cassandra Kisiel, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator & Director
Tracy Fehrenbach, Ph.D.
Dr. Tracy Fehrenbach is a clinical psychologist and assistant professor with the Mental Health Services and Policy Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine and the Co-Director of the Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services and Interventions. Dr. Fehrenbach leads the Center’s activities within the areas of juvenile justice and health disparities. She has dedicated her career to clinical work and research that promote healing for people impacted by trauma. She is currently the principal investigator of one national and one international intervention program for justice-involved youth. She is also a co-developer of the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS)-Trauma version and is passionate about the culturally sensitive and meaningful application of both trauma-informed assessment and intervention. Dr. Fehrenbach also enjoys teaching and training on these topics and is always eager to learn from others in the field.
Nicole St. Jean, Psy.D.
Dr. Nicole St. Jean is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Research Associate at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She has specialized in providing on trauma-informed therapeutic services and developing and delivering training and resources to support youth and families who have experienced complex trauma, the majority of whom are from historically underserved communities. At Northwestern University, she serves as the Clinical Director for the Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services, and Interventions where she provides clinical oversight and leadership to the Center’s activities in the areas of Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and culturally responsive practice. She also offers clinical consultation and training to the Illinois Department of Child and Family Services. Additionally, Dr. St. Jean the Director of the Kovler Child Trauma Center (a Category III NCTSN Center), which provides therapeutic and social support services to immigrant and refugee youth and families who have experienced trauma as a result of war, torture, forced migration, family separation, and/or resettlement, and she has her own private practice.
Nadia Laniyan M.S.
Nadia Laniyan is a project coordinator at the Mental Health Services and Policy Program at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine within the Center for Child Trauma Assessment, Services and Interventions. As a project coordinator, Nadia supports the full portfolio of the centers work by coordinating federal grant reporting, logistics, project timelines and work plans. Nadia’s background is in public health with a specific focus on health equity and maternal and child health. Nadia has a Masters in Health Communications from Northwestern University.
Tawny Spinelli, B.A.
Graduate Research Assistant
Allie Morford, M.S.
Graduate Research Assistant