Three Experts Join ATN’s Advisory Council

Three Experts Join ATN’s Advisory Council

April 2016. The Attachment & Trauma Network (ATN), the voice for traumatized children and their families since 1995,  has added three Advisors to their newly formed Advisory Council.  The Advisory Council is a group of experts in the areas of Child Development, Early Childhood Trauma, Attachment/Trauma Disorders, Adoption, Trauma-Sensitive Education, At-Risk Youth and other Child Welfare fields related to ATN’s mission.  These advisors support ATN’s mission and lend their wisdom and insight to ATN’s Board of Directors.  ATN’s new Advisors include:

RossGreenePhDRoss W. Greene, Ph.D.  Dr. Greene is the originator of the innovative, research-based approach now known as Collaborative & Proactive Solutions (CPS), as described in his influential books The Explosive Child and Lost at School, and in the forthcoming books Lost & Found and Raising Human Beings. Dr. Greene served on the teaching faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 20 years, and is currently adjunct associate professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Tech. He is also the Founding Director of the non-profit Lives in the Balance (, which provides a vast array of free, web-based resources on his model and advocates on behalf of behaviorally challenging kids and their parents, teachers, and other caregivers.

SusanCraigPhDSusan Craig, Ph.D.  Dr. Craig, Ph.D. is the founder and president of SEC Enterprises, Inc. A career educator, author, and public speaker, she is nationally recognized as an expert in addressing the educational needs of at-risk children and youth. Teachers and administrators rely on her professional development training and materials to create trauma-sensitive school and childcare environments. Her ability to create “school friendly” interventions for traumatized students is an asset to any program or organization struggling to include this difficult to serve population.  Dr. Craig’s books are Reaching and Teaching Children Who Hurt and the newly published Trauma-Sensitive Schools: Learning Communities Transforming Children’s Lives, K-5.  Dr. Craig can be reached through her blog, Meltdowns to Mastery.

AdamPertmanAdam Pertman.  Mr. Pertman is president of the National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP) a national non-profit focused on shifting child welfare policy and practice from the traditional “child placement” model to a “family success” paradigm. For the past decade, he established himself as one of the most respected and effective thought leaders in the child welfare world as the head of the Donaldson Adoption Institute, a national non-profit that he built into the pre-eminent research, policy and advocacy think tank in its field.  He is also a sought-after keynote speaker and widely published author, including his important book Adoption Nation.  Mr. Pertman previously was a senior journalist for over 20 years with the Boston Globe, where he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his writing about adoption.  He and his wife are the parents of two children by adoption.

Julie has been ATN's Executive Director since 2009. She joined the organization in 2004 after finding incredible support from fellow ATNers when she was searching for answers about her own daughter's early childhood trauma and attachment disorders. Julie leads a staff of passionate professionals and acts as spokesperson for the organization. Prior to ATN, Julie was the president of a marketing and communications consultancy, The Epiphany Group, and has over two decades of experience in professional services marketing, strategic planning and communication strategies. As a graduate of Partners in Policymaking and through personal experience, Julie has garnered a great deal of experience in the areas of special education, school issues, and disabilities advocacy. A published author, Julie wrote a chapter in the EMK Press Adoption Parenting book and was the special needs blogger at for two years. She frequently presents workshops on attachment and trauma to local and national groups. Email Julie. Julie holds an MBA from Avila College in Kansas City and was a Certified Professional Services Marketer. Julie, and her husband Dave, are parents to four (bio, step and adoptive), including their youngest daughter, adopted from China. This daughter’s attachment difficulties and developmental trauma disorder have changed their lives significantly…in amazing ways.