Maureen serves as the Program Director & Lead Trainer for Together Facing the Challenge (TFTC). She began her career as a social worker and later a therapist for children & adolescents (both individual and group-therapy sessions) before joining the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Duke University in 1991. Before leading the current dissemination program, Mrs. Murray served as both the Clinical Director & Principal Investigator for the control trial research studies which led to TFTC’s creation & evidence-based status. She has numerous publications in the field of therapeutic foster care, in both research & practice settings. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst & a Masters of Social Work from Smith College. Maureen is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University.
Don received his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University and his Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy from East Carolina University. For the last 20 years, he has been active in all levels of public mental health service delivery in NC, from providing direct care as a licensed therapist & case manager, to delivering agency-wide clinical & operational oversight as Clinical Director, Quality Assurance Director & Director of Operations. Don joined the TFTC team in the Summer of 2015 as one of the program’s Certified Trainers & Consultants.
Tom attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for both undergraduate and graduate studies, where he received a B.A. in Psychology & Recreation Administration followed by an M.Ed. in Special Education. Since then, he has worked with children with behavioral & emotional challenges and their families, as well as provided clinical supervision & training to staff in public school systems, residential treatment facilities, and therapeutic foster care settings. Tom has collaborated with the Together Facing the Challenge team as a Certified Trainer since 2014, and we were pleased to welcome him to the staff full-time in January of 2016.
Riley attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received her Bachelor’s Degrees in Psychology and Sociology in 2014. Since graduating, she’s worked predominantly in child development research, investigating such topics as elementary reading comprehension, inhibitory control in adolescents, and childhood obesity prevention. After gaining valuable experience as a research assistant, data collector, and project coordinator, Riley joined the TFTC team in the Summer of 2015, and serves as the program’s Staff Specialist.
Crucial to the development of Together Facing the Challenge was the work of Barbara J. Burns, Ph.D. of Duke University, and Elizabeth Farmer, Ph.D. of Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly of Duke University). Their work and research in the field of therapeutic foster care formed the basis of TFTC.
Together Facing the Challenge
Attn: Maureen Murray
Box 3454 DUMC
Durham, North Carolina 27710
Maureen Murray, Curriculum Developer & Principal Investigator
Riley Craven, Staff Specialist
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