Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP

Executive Vice President for Trauma and Grief Programs and Policy and Executive Director, Trauma and Grief Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health

Julie is a licensed clinical psychologist, board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She founded the SAMHSA-funded Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center in 2012 while on faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School and brought the Center to Texas in 2014. As the Executive Director of the TAG Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health, she develops, evaluates, and disseminates trauma- and bereavement-informed “best practices” to community providers in Greater Houston, across Texas and nationwide. Following Hurricane Harvey, Julie and her team provided evidence-based risk screening and interventions to children and families adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. She also helped to establish the Santa Fe Resiliency Center following the Santa Fe High School shooting, where Trauma and Grief Center staff have provided evidence-based assessment and treatment to families who were impacted by the shooting.

A strong proponent of a scientist-practitioner approach, Julie’s primary research interests focus on the biological, behavioral, and psychological consequences of childhood trauma and bereavement, with an emphasis on therapeutically modifiable factors that can be used to inform interventions. She has published widely on the topics of childhood trauma and grief, with over 75 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters. She is lead author of Multidimensional Grief Therapy, co-author of Collaborative Treatment of Traumatized Children and Teens: The Trauma Systems Therapy Approach, and co-author of Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents. Julie has served as a consultant to the DSM-5 Sub-Work Group on Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder, the ICD-11 Work Group on Disorders Associated with Stress (PTSD and Prolonged Grief), the National Academy of Medicine (Scientific Advisory Council on Child Death), and the Mass Violence and Children Working Group of the FBI.

Dr. Kaplow received her BA in Psychology from the University of Michigan and her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University. She completed her internship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School followed by specialized postdoctoral training in childhood trauma at the Center for Medical and Refugee Trauma at Boston Medical Center.