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Heather Larkin, PhD
Director
Heather is an Associate Professor at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and directs the National Center. She also volunteers as a consultant on research and education for the Center for Post-Trauma Wellness. Heather has researched adverse childhood experience (ACE) prevalence and service use among homeless people, and co-developed the Restorative Integral Support (RIS) model with John Records. Heather leads ACE Think Tank and Action Team meetings and works closely with local service agency directors to strengthen ACE response.

Stephanie M. Duncan, LCSW, MSW
Project Coordinator

Stephanie serves as the National Center’s Project Coordinator. She has worked for several years in program evaluation and research, and as well as working as a clinician in homeless service agencies. Stephanie has experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, data analysis, leading trainings, and teaching. Stephanie received her undergraduate degree in Sociology/Psychology and Non-Profit Management at Wayne State University.  Stephanie completed her Master’s in Social Work at Loyola University of Chicago with a focus in Health, Mental Health and received a scholarship from the John Hartford Foundation in Gerontology. After completing her Master’s in 2011, Stephanie was a Post-Graduate Social Work Fellow in the Cognitive Neurology Unit of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

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Strategic Development Advisor
Katharine is Dean Emeritus at the University at Albany School of Social Welfare and previously served as the school’s dean for 15 years. She is a national expert on family-focused practice and child and family policy. She has co-authored or co-edited multiple books, including Family-Centered Policies and Practices: International Implications (2001), Innovative Practices with Vulnerable Children and Families (2001), Globalization, Social Justice and the Helping Professions (2011), and The Children’s Bureau: Shaping a Century of Child Welfare Practices, Programs, and Policies (2013). She is also the former president of the National Association for Deans and Directors.

Founding Co-Director and Senior Advisor
John is a Public Service Professor at the University at Albany and serves as Founding Co-Director and Senior Advisor at the National Center. He attended Cornell University and New York University School of Law, practiced law in New York and Oregon, and has taught at several universities. From 1992 to 2013, John served as Executive Director of Committee on the Shelterless (COTS), an award-winning nonprofit agency helping homeless children and adults in Northern California. John also serves as a hospice chaplain with HopeWest of Colorado.