Our Team

The work conducted throughout The Trauma and Grief Center at Texas Children’s Hospital would not be possible without our collaborative team of talented and passionate researchers and clinicians who are dedicated to relieving the suffering of traumatized and grieving youth.

Core Team

Dr. Kaplow serves as Director of the Trauma and Grief Center, a SAMHSA-funded Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. In this role, she oversees evidence-based assessment, treatment, and research with youth and families exposed to traumas and/or... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Avenue Suite C.0235.05 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-826-4884
Stephanie is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in assessing and treating traumatized and bereaved youth. She joined the Trauma and Grief Center as the first and only social worker/clinician when it was established in Houston in fall, 2014. Since this time she has received... Read more

Address: Wallace Tower 6701 Fannin Street • Suite D.1630.08 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-826-4868
Iris Padilla-Beshara is a bilingual licensed clinical social worker who specializes in assessing and treating traumatized and bereaved youth. Iris’ passion about trauma and grief stems from her own professional experiences as a clinician working in the community, where she was exposed first-hand... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite D-1630.83 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-824-4036
Luana M. Da Silva, LMSW is a multilingual (Spanish, Portuguese, French) immigrant Latina social worker who specializes in working with children and families who have experienced trauma and bereavement. She has practiced across various settings such as in a domestic and sexual violence shelter, a... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite D1630.83 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-826-4869
Megan A. Mooney, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in working with children and families who have experienced trauma and bereavement. She has been part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network for 14 years and has been trained in a variety of evidence-based models of treatment... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite D1630.51 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832.822.4910
As the Program Coordinator for the Trauma and Grief Center, I manage many of the administrative and support duties that sustain our center. These duties span across all three of the grants that sponsor our work at the Trauma and Grief Center. In addition to the administrative and operational... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite D.1630.08 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-826-4866
Dr. Oosterhoff is a developmental psychologist specializing in promoting positive youth development among children and adolescents, particularly those who have experienced adversity or trauma. His research interests include understanding how both positive and negative community contexts and... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Avenue Suite C.0235.05 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-822-3829
My research focuses on the prevention of suicide-related behaviors among adolescent and emerging adult populations. In particular, I focus on prevention among bereaved youth and youth in the LGBTQ+ community. My work places a special emphasis on the efficient use of limited mental health resources... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave Suite C.0235.05 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-826-4885
Trust and Respect are not earned but given!  My interests, both clinical and research, revolve around quality. It is important that clients have access to and receive the highest quality of care when visiting a local clinic, hospital, community center, or facility from which they are seeking... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite D.1630.08 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 601-983-6943
My primary research interests focus on the causes and consequences of attention and disruptive behavior disorders in children. I am also interested in early interventions for young children, parenting, and diversity factors. I am currently extending my research training in assessment tool... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Avenue Suite C.0235.05 Houston, TX 77030 See map: Google Maps
Phone: 832-824-7633