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Biographical sketch:
Cheryl Lanktree, Ph.D.

Cheryl Lanktree, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the Miller Children’s Hospital Abuse and Violence Intervention Center (MCAVIC), a multidisciplinary outpatient center in Long Beach, California providing evaluation and treatment services for children, adolescents, and their families traumatized by child abuse and neglect, family and community violence, medical illness, and family loss. She has successfully obtained numerous grants for the past ten years, to support the services of MCAVIC including federal grant funding (SAMHSA) since 2001, expanding services to the community as a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN). She is Project Director and Principal Investigator for the SAMHSAfunded MCAVIC-USC Child and Adolescent Trauma Program, a Treatment and Service Adaptation Center (Category II) Center of the NCTSN.

Dr. Lanktree graduated from the University of Manitoba, Canada with a PhD in Clinical Psychology following a predoctoral internship in Clinical Psychology at Yale University. Dr. Lanktree also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Medicine at UCLA School of Medicine, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. From 1988 to 1996, she was the Clinical Director at Stuart House, Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Lanktree is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice and presents extensively on the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma in children and adolescents. She has presented workshops world-wide including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Russia, and Scotland, as well as throughout the United States.

Dr. Lanktree has published a number of papers on the assessment and treatment of child trauma. She is currently Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern California and previously held a faculty appointment at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Lanktree previously served as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Children’s Alliance, on the Steering Committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and as member of the Board of Directors for the California Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers.