ACTS Training and Technical Assistance Team Members
Charles Wilson, MSSW
Charles Wilson, MSSW, is the Senior Director of the Chadwick Center for Children and Families and the Sam and Rose Stein Endowed Chair in Child Protection at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego where he oversees a large multi-service child and family maltreatment organization providing prevention, intervention, medical assessment, and trauma treatment services along with professional education and research. Mr. Wilson serves as the director of the California Evidenced-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC), under contract with the California Department of Social Services, and as project director of the Chadwick Trauma-Informed Systems Dissemination and Implementation Project for SAMHSA and the California Screening, Assessment, and Treatment Initiative, funded by the US/HHS Administration on Children, Youth and Families. The Senior Director also supports institutionwide efforts to improve the operations of the hospital, co-leads the Rady Children’s Hospital Centers for Developmental and Behavioral Sciences and provides administrative oversight to Rady Children’s Psychiatry and Medical Social Services departments. He co-chairs the Child Welfare Committee of the SAMHSA-funded National Child Traumatic Stress Network, and serves on the Board of the California Chapter of the National Children’s Alliance.
Brent Crandal, PhD
In his role at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Brent Crandal, PhD co-directs the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) Initiative. His research centers around measurement, trauma-informed care, and system-level change. He has contributed to advisory groups for the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network, California Department of Social Services, California Department of Health Care Services, and El Salvador Ministry of Education. As a child and family psychologist, he has offered evidence-based treatments to populations from diverse backgrounds and co-authored the book Modular CBT for Children and Adolescents with Depression: A Clinician’s Guide to Individualized Treatment.
Melissa Bernstein, PhD
In her role at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, Melissa Bernstein, PhD, serves as an Implementation Specialist on the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) initiative. She is a licensed psychologist and trained in providing evidence-based treatment for children who have experienced child abuse and neglect (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy). Her primary research interests include trauma informed care and systems-level change, treatment outcomes for youth who have experienced child maltreatment, and posttraumatic growth in children and adolescents.
Al Killen-Harvey, LCSW
Al Killen-Harvey is the co founder of The Harvey Institute, a training and consultation company whose mission is improving health care outcomes through integrating sexual health. For the past 24 years he has worked at the Chadwick Center where he has served in a variety of clinical and training positions. He has worked for several decades in the field of trauma treatment and is a past recipient of the San Diego County Child Abuse Coordinating Council’s “Unsung Hero” Award for his work with children who have been abused and/or neglected. He is a faculty member of the San Diego Public Child Welfare Training Academy.
Mr. Killen-Harvey is a frequent presenter, nationally and internationally, on a wide variety of topics related to children and adolescents as well as sexual identity and gender identity. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Children’s Advocacy Centers of California as well as The Courthouse Dog’s Foundation and is a past board member of CAPSAC (California Professional Society on the Abuse of Children). He has served as an expert witness for the United States Army and the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. He also is on the Clinical Advisory Board for the Trevor Project, a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.
Andrea L. Hazen, PhD
Andrea L. Hazen, PhD, Research Scientist at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego, is a consultant for the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) project. She has expertise in child maltreatment and intimate partner violence research and program evaluation. Dr. Hazen is a consultant and program rater for the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare and oversees the treatment outcome program for the Trauma Counseling Program and the KidSTART Mental Health Clinic at the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital. She is also the lead evaluator for Chadwick’s Center for Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Policies, Programs, and Practices funded through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and for Chadwick’s Western Regional Children’s Advocacy Center funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, US Department of Justice.
Megan Platt, as the Coordination and Design Specialist for the Advancing California’s Trauma-Informed Systems (ACTS) Project, performs graphic design, administrative, and coordination tasks related to the grant. She has been with the Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego since January 2014. Megan also uses her skills to support other Chadwick Center grant-funded projects, the Center for Child Welfare Trauma-Informed Policies, Programs, and Practices (TIPs Center), funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse (CEBC), funded by the Office of Child Abuse Prevention (OCAP). She graduated from California Lutheran University in 2009 with a BA in Graphic Design.