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Eugene Griffin, Jd, PHD


Gene Griffin, J.D., Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and attorney who works in the fields of child trauma, child welfare, children’s mental health, education, and juvenile justice. He is the Senior Fellow for Policy and Practice for the ChildTrauma Academy.

Dr. Griffin retired in 2013 from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, where he was co-director of a project funded by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. He also worked with the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice as the lead developer of the MacArthur Foundation Models for Change Action Network on Mental Health and Juvenile Justice’s curriculum and was awarded the Network’s 2012 Champion for Change award.

In addition, Dr. Griffin has worked with Illinois’ Departments of Children and Family Services; Juvenile Justice; Board of Education; and Mental Health; and has served on the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and the Illinois Childhood Trauma Coalition. He chaired the Health Committee for the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. Dr. Griffin has worked as an assistant public defender in Juvenile Court in Chicago. He has also served as an expert witness in court and offered testimony to legislative bodies. As a clinician he was unit chief of adolescent, inpatient psychiatric units. As a researcher, he has published multiple articles on children’s mental health, juvenile justice and child trauma.

Dr. Griffin obtained his law degree and his doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University. He completed an internship in clinical and forensic psychology through Harvard Medical School.

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