Dr. Kagan provides training and consultation on traumatic stress and complex trauma treatment and serves as a consultant for the Family-Centered Treatment Foundation and as a trainer for the Complex Trauma Treatment Initiative at Adelphi University. He has had leadership experience in child and family services as the director of professional development, QI, research, and psychological services for Parsons Child and Family Center, a NCTSN community services site since 2002, and served as the principal investigator for two SAMHSA-funded NCTSN grants and as the Director of Research and Consultation for the Sidney Albert Training and Research Institute. Dr. Kagan co-led development of the NCTSN curriculum, Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Traumatic stress as co-chair and founder of the Resource Parent Committee and served on the NCTSN Steering Committee, the NCTSN Affiliate Advisory Group, the NCTSN Trauma-Informed Organizational Assessment Advisory Group, the NCTSN Child Welfare Steering Committee, the NCTSN Complex Trauma and Child Welfare Committees and the Complex Trauma Treatment Network Advisory Group. He is currently co-leading NCTSN’s Guiding Stars project to increase and sustain engagement and inclusion of hard-to-reach youths and parents/caregivers with complex trauma/DTD.
Dr. Kagan’s presentations, articles, and books highlight practical and innovative approaches that practitioners and organizations can utilize to help children and families strengthen resilience and reduce traumatic stress. Dr. Kagan’s publications include 50+ articles and papers on practice and research issues in trauma therapy, child welfare, foster care, adoption, training implementation, program evaluation, and quality improvement and 12 books including The Real Life Heroes Toolkit for Treating Traumatic Stress in Children and Families, The Real Life Heroes Life Storybook, Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children, Wounded Angels; Lessons from Children in Crisis, The Hero’s Mask and The Hero’s Mask Guidebook: Helping Children with Traumatic Stress.