Caregiver Substance Use and Trauma
Michelle Staton-Tindall, Ph.D., MSW, Faculty Associate
Michele Staton-Tindall, Ph.D., MSW, is a faculty associate of the Center on Trauma and Children. She is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work and also serves as a faculty associate with the UK Center on Drug and Alcohol Research. Dr. Staton-Tindall has collaborated with CTAC researchers on the Drug Endangered Child study, a pilot project to investigate the consequences of caregiver substance use and related criminal justice involvement on children and families.
She is the chair of the CTAC Research Workgroup and is working with the team to develop new Center initiatives, grants and seminal publications. Dr. Staton-Tindall is currently the Principal Investigator for a SAMHSA funded CSAT TCE evaluation project focused on enhancing substance abuse services for women who are pregnant, parenting, or post-partum and their children. She is also the PI on the Criminal Justice Kentucky Substance Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (CJKTOS). Her research interests include substance use, criminal justice treatment, and the impact of substance abuse on children and families.
Ginny Sprang, Ph.D, Executive Director
Ginny Sprang, Ph.D., is a Professor in the College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Sprang served as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, Irving Harris Program in Child Development and Infant Mental Health during her sabbatical. Dr. Sprang is a Principal Investigator and Executive Director of the Center on Trauma and Children, a center whose mission is dedicated to the enhancement of the health and well-being of children and their families through research, service and dissemination of information about child trauma.
Dr. Sprang serves as Principal Investigator for many of CTAC’s state and federal grants and contracts. She served as a member of the National Steering Committee for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), is the current Co-Chair of the Secondary Traumatic Stress Committee for the NCTSN, and is the Chair of the Terrorism and Disaster Special Interest Group of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her scholarship focuses on the clinical, forensic and empirical aspects of traumatic stress and the efficacy and effectiveness of treatments to address the biopsychosocial impact of violence against children. Dr. Sprang has published extensively in the leading journals focusing on trauma, maltreatment, and treatment efficacy in adults and children.