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Rachel has been a part of the JRI team since January, 2000. For over 20 years, Rachel has been working in the field of human services assisting families with accessing and navigating services. Rachel received her Bachelors degree in psychology and Masters Degree in Public Administration from Bridgewater State University. She was promoted in July 2005 to Family Networks Program Director where she closely worked with the Department of Children Families for 10 years ensuring that children and families received the highest quality of individualized services ranging from community based through residential care. Rachel is very dedicated to helping the individuals she works with and is committed to improving the lives of children and families. Rachel’s passion for creative service programming inspires her in her role as JRI Service Navigator.

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Center for Trauma and Embodiment

Experiences of psychological trauma profoundly change our relationship to our body. The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is dedicated to researching, developing and training providers in effective, trauma-informed practices that help survivors safely re-connect to their body so that they may engage more fully with their life.

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Focus: We are a resource for innovators with trauma-informed, body-first ideas for new trauma treatments. We are also a resource for those seeking innovative care for complex trauma and PTSD.
The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI is committed to gender and racial equity.
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Karen Schwartz
Operations Coordinator
The Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI
160 Gould Street Suite 301
Needham, MA 02494



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Our Staff

David Emerson, YACEP, TCTSY-F, Director

Dave is the founder of Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) for the Justice Resource Institute in Massachusetts, where he coined the term “trauma-sensitive yoga”. From 2009-2011 he was responsible for curriculum development, supervision and oversight of the yoga intervention component of the first of its kind, NIH-funded study to assess the utility of yoga for survivors of trauma. Mr. Emerson has developed, conducted, and supervised TCTSY groups for rape crisis centers, domestic violence programs, residential programs for youth, active duty military personnel, survivors of terrorism, and Veterans Administration centers and clinics and more. He is the co-author of Overcoming Trauma through Yoga, released in 2011 by North Atlantic Books and Author of, Trauma-Sensitive Yoga in Therapy (Norton, 2015). In 2018, Dave Emerson co-founded the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI.

Jennifer Turner, RYT, LMHC, TCTSY-F, Director of Training

Jenn has had the honor of working with survivors of trauma for over a decade. Along with working in private practice as a trauma-informed therapist, Jenn has been leading TCTSY classes for women at the Trauma Center since 2008 where she also oversees the teaching team. She taught the yoga classes and developed the protocol for the NIH-funded research study that examined the effects of TCTSY on treatment-resistant PTSD (results can be accessed by clicking here). Jenn is a lead TCTSY trainer and supervises students in our certification program.

Karen Schwartz, LMSW, TCTSY-F, C-IAYT, Operations Coordinator

Karen is a licensed social worker, certified TCTSY facilitator, yoga teacher, yoga therapist and health coach with more than 25 years of experience helping people achieve better physical, mental and emotional health.  She has provided both direct service and program management in a variety of private and nonprofit settings, and has worked with people of all ages dealing with a wide range of issues, including trauma, addiction, eating disorders, domestic violence, depression and anxiety, as well as with people seeking personal growth, greater well-being and a deeper expression of their spirituality. 

In addition to her role at CFTE, Karen maintains a private TCTSY and yoga therapy practice in New York City.  She is also a freelance writer whose work has appeared in a variety of online and print publications. 

Dominique A. Malebranche, PhD. TCTSY- F, Consultant on cross-cultural competence

Dominique is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Trauma Center in Brookline, MA where she specializes in mind-body interventions for individuals with complex trauma exposure, including gender-based violence and exploitation through Project REACH. Counseling psychologist by training, she is a graduate of University of Missouri where she studied multicultural psychology and education and works to develop cultural competencies in clinical and organizational systems. She utilizes mindfulness and compassion-based approaches to address trauma response and mental health for cross-cultural populations as well as to promote social justice initiatives. Dr. Malebranche has contributed to compassion-based intervention research for Veterans with PTSD, facilitated mindfulness groups on race-based stress, and most recently, is working to develop a program to implement Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY) for special populations such as survivors of human trafficking and youth with histories of commercial sexual exploitation. Her work strives to enhance social consciousness and provide access to mental health services for disenfranchised populations and global mental health efforts.

Lisa Boldin, MBA, TCTSY-F, RYT, TCTSY Certificiation Program Coordinator

Lisa is a Facilitator of TCTSY and a Supervisor of students in the TCTSY Certification program. She currently coordinates educational opportunities for the certified facilitators. In 2017 Lisa completed the Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies through the Trauma Center. Prior to training in yoga, Lisa received over 1,000 hours of education in the science of Ayurveda. Lisa offers TCTSY in small group settings and individual sessions. She works alongside clinicians in medical facilities, hospitals and group practices throughout NH and MA and offers services in a private location in North Hampton, NH. Lisa’s client base includes those whose lives have been affected by sexual assault, domestic violence, childhood trauma and traumatic loss. Additional information may be found at samatalcenter.com 
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Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga (TCTSY)

TCTSY is an evidence based treatment, grounded in both trauma theory and yoga philosophy, for complex trauma and chronic  Posttraumatic Stress Disorder that is utilized with children, youth, and adults across the globe. We conduct international trainings and an annual certification program in the model.

For more information, please see the Trauma Center Trauma Sensitive Yoga website.

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Trauma Informed Weight Lifting (TIWL)

TIWL the first new program from the Center for Trauma and Embodiment at JRI. The mission of TIWL is to explore the power of weight lifting to heal, establish an evidence base for weight lifting as an adjunctive treatment for trauma, and to provide education and support to the weight lifting community around how to make this modality trauma informed.​

For more information please visit the Trauma Informed Weight Lifting website.



This is a new trauma-informed intervention anchored in embodiment practices that utilizes the power of play, theater and movement to promote the development of a whole healthy self focused on children and teens. ReScripted will be guided by the tagline, act. embody. and empower., which will be brought to life by inviting students to remain connected to their embodied experience as they explore the  choices they are making in the scenes that are developed. In addition there will be a focus on some specific skill modules including problem solving, identity development, and perspective taking.

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