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Richard Kagan, Ph.D.

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Parsons Center 60 Academy Rd. Albany, New York 12208


Dr. Richard Kagan is director of Psychological Services at the Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany, New York and served as Clinical Director/Principal Investigator for Parsons Trauma Center, a community services site for the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  He is the author and co-author of six books about child and family services, with the most relevant to this interview being, Rebuilding Attachments with Traumatized Children; Healing from Losses, Violence, Abuse and Neglect (Haworth) and its accompanying manual, The Real Life Heroes Practitioners Manual (Haworth).  He has also published over 25 articles, chapters, and papers on practice and research issues in trauma therapy, child welfare, foster care, adoption, professional development, program evaluation, and quality improvement in family service agencies. Dr. Kagan has worked as a consulting psychologist for county departments of social services, child protection services, and several child and family service agencies.  Professional honors include two awards for distinguished achievement in child and family services.  Dr. Kagan has been a workshop leader and keynote speaker at national and international conferences sponsored by family therapy, psychology, family violence, trauma research, and child welfare associations in the United States, Europe, and Asia, at annual conferences sponsored by family service agencies in the United States and Canada, and at state and regional conferences of trauma therapy, family violence, and home-based family service associations.  Dr. Kagan''s presentations, articles, and books highlight practical and innovative approaches that practitioners can utilize to help children and families overcome traumatic stress.

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