A Letter from Co-Founder Licia Sky


Dear Trauma Research Foundation Community,

At the close of 2023, I am filled with gratitude for the incredible journey and growth of the Trauma Research Foundation (TRF). Over five years ago, Bessel and I co-founded TRF with a mission to create a collaborative learning community focused on trauma research, bringing together clinicians, researchers, educators, and those impacted by traumatic experiences.

The pandemic revealed a worldwide need for virtual connection and led us to develop and grow our dynamic and innovative multi-versity of programming, resources, and community support.

I am proud to share that TRF continues to support impactful research projects, including a Touch Study, a Neurofeedback Study, and the MAPS MDMA Study. Our commitment also extends to our outstanding educational initiatives with certificate programs in Traumatic Stress Studies and Trauma Informed Neurofeedback.

Leading and fostering the expansion of the Trauma Research Foundation has been deeply meaningful, humbling, and inspiring. Serving as a member of this community has been both an honor and a privilege. I extend my thanks for the collaborative endeavors of our community, recognizing that your steadfast commitment and contributions have played a pivotal role in the success of TRF.

As the needs of our community have expanded, I recognized that another level of expertise, new leadership and fresh perspectives were essential to propel our mission forward. To that end, as many of you know, I have stepped down as CEO of TRF and we have hired my successor who, with our board of directors, will guide TRF into the next phase of its journey. With great joy and confidence, I introduce an individual whose passion, experience, and compassion align seamlessly with the values that have defined our foundation, Mr. Bruce A. Dixon. Bruce joined TRF as a consultant in January and has gradually transitioned to the full-time role of CEO.

Alongside CEO Bruce A. Dixon, we welcome Dr. Wendy D’Andrea as our Chief Science Officer and Ms. Carrie Steffensen as our Chief Program Officer. Their expertise and comprehensive experience in the field will ensure that TRF continues to thrive as it serves. Passing the torch to Bruce and the team, I am confident in their ability to lead TRF into its next chapter. Please join me in welcoming Bruce, Carrie, and Wendy, and let’s embrace the exciting future ahead.

I look forward to working with the new leadership team and will continue to support the organization in a variety of ways, including strategic planning, community building, and fund development.

Wishing you a joyous holiday season and a new year filled with hope, healing, and boundless possibilities.

Licia Sky
Co-Founder, Trauma Research Foundation

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