Katherine McCarthy

Justice Resource Institute

Katherine McCarthy, Ph.D., is a clinician, project coordinator, consultant, trainer and researcher at the Trauma Center, Justice Resource Institute in Boston, MA. She specialized in the evaluation and treatment of complex trauma, PTSD and anxiety disorders in children and adolescents. Her research focuses on evaluating evidence-based treatments and clinical treatment outcomes for children and families affected by complex trauma. She is trained in trauma-informed treatment models such as Sensory Motor Arousal Regulation Therapy (SMART), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), neurofeedback, and biofeedback.


Dr. Katherine McCarthy’s presentation will be about the impact of trauma on child development. The presentation will provide an overview of the developmental impact of chronic childhood trauma, including the definition, prevalence and long-term consequences of complex trauma; key process issues such as developmental stage, attachment system, dysfunction areas, and alternative adaptations; and introduction titles to complex trauma treatment frameworks, Attachment, Regulation and Competence (ARC) and Sensory Motor Stimulation Regulation Treatment (SMART). Participants will learn how trauma at various points of development can shape developmental pathways. They will also expand their understanding of children’s needs and effective treatments for complex trauma.