The team of Senior Fellows regularly challenges The Meadows to excel and stay current in our treatment programs. This outstanding group of leaders, teachers, and thinkers currently includes Pia Mellody, Dr. Bessel van der Kolk, Dr. Peter Levine, Dr. Shelley Uram, Alexandra Katehakis and Dr. Patrick Carnes. Each Senior Fellow is involved in world-wide practice and research in their area of expertise - lecturing patients on clinical works, publishing works in numerous professional publications, and providing their teachings and expertise to the patients and therapeutic staff at The Meadows.
As a pioneer in the field of recovery, Pia Mellody’s theories on the effects of childhood trauma have become the foundation for The Meadows’ programs, and are a major reason for their success. Pia is widely known as one of the preeminent authorities in the fields of addiction and relationships. Her work on codependency, boundaries and the effects of childhood trauma on emotional development has profoundly influenced the treatment of addictions and the issues of forming and maintaining relationships. She is the author of several influential books, including Facing Codependence, Facing Love Addiction, Breaking Free, and The Intimacy Factor. At The Meadows, Pia trains our staff, counsels patients, and families and speaks at workshops on campus and lectures around the world. Pia Mellody developed the Developmental Model of Immaturity used by The Meadows.
Claudia Black, Ph.D., MSW
Claudia Black’s seminal work with children impacted by substance abuse in the late 1970s created the foundation for the adult child movement. Today Dr. Black is a renowned author and trainer internationally recognized for her pioneering and contemporary work with family systems and addictive disorders. She sits on the Advisory Board for the National Association of Children of Alcoholics, and the Advisory Council of the Moyer Foundation and also serves as an Addiction and Trauma Program Specialist for The Meadows. Dr. Black is the recipient of numerous national awards including the 2004 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Washington School of Social Work, the 2010 Conway Hunter Award for excellence in the field of addictions, the 2012 Robert Rehmar Addiction Professional Award, and the 2014 Father Joseph C. Martin Professional Excellence Award. Dr. Black has been a keynote speaker on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. and on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.
Bessel van der Kolk, MD
Dr. Bessel van der Kolk is one of the world’s foremost authorities on post-traumatic stress disorder and other related disorders. He has researched the psychobiology of trauma, traumatic memory, the effectiveness of EMDR and the effects of trauma on human development. He is a professor of psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine and founder of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute in Brookline, Mass. Dr. van der Kolk is the past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has taught at universities and hospitals across the United States and globally. Dr. van der Kolk has written extensively on the impact of trauma on development, borderline personalities, self-mutilation, cognitive development in traumatized children and adults, and the psychobiology of trauma. His books include Psychological Trauma, Traumatic Stress and The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma.
Peter Levine, PhD
Dr. Peter Levine holds doctorates in both medical biophysics and psychology. He is the developer of Somatic Experiencing® (SE), a naturalistic body-awareness approach to healing trauma, and teaches it all over the globe. He is the founder of the Foundation for Human Enrichment and was a stress consultant for NASA during the development of the space shuttle. Dr. Levine is the author of Healing Trauma, Sexual Healing and the best-selling book, Waking the Tiger; he co-authored, with Maggie Kline, Trauma Through a Child’s Eyes and Trauma-Proofing Your Kids. His newest book, In an Unspoken Voice: How the Body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness, is a testament to his lifelong investigation into the connection between evolutionary biology, neuroscience, animal behavior, and more than 40 years of clinical experience in the healing of trauma. He was honored in 2010 when he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy (USABP).
Shelley Uram, MD
Dr. Shelley Uram is a Harvard trained, triple board-certified psychiatrist and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.
She speaks around the country about psychological trauma and how it often interferes with our ability to thrive in life. She is best known for communicating very complex information in an engaging and easy to understand manner.
Dr. Uram is a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, where she conducts patient lectures, ongoing training and consultation to the treatment staff, and program development. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Arizona College of Medicine.
Dr. Uram has written numerous articles about psychological trauma and the brain, and her new book Essential Living is about to be released.
Alexandra Katehakis, MFT, CSAT-S, CST-S
Alexandra Katehakis, an expert in the treatment of sexual addiction and other sexual disorders, has incorporated interpersonal neurobiology into her Psycho-biological Approach to Sex Addiction Treatment (PASAT). She is the Clinical Director of Center for Healthy Sex in West Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Katehakis is co-author of Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence; contributing author to the Clark Vincent award-winning Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts, in M. Feree (Ed.); author of Erotic Intelligence: Igniting Hot Healthy Sex After Recovery From Sex Addiction, and contributing author to Making Advances: A Comprehensive Guide for Treating Female Sex and Love Addicts, in M. Feree (Ed.). She has published in the Journal of Sexual Addiction & Compulsivity and the Psychotherapy Networker. Ms. Katehakis is currently writing a book for the prestigious W.W. Norton Interpersonal Neurobiology Series edited by Allan Schore and Daniel Siegel titled, Sex Addiction As Affect Dysregulation: A Holistic Healing Model. She is the 2012 recipient of the Carnes Award, a distinguished acknowledgment for her significant contributions to the field of sex addiction.
Patrick Carnes, Ph.D., CAS
Dr. Patrick Carnes has over 30 years in the addiction field. He is in high demand as a speaker, presenter, and interview subject and continues to be the leading voice in the area of sex addiction. Dr. Carnes’ assessment tools related to sex addiction and trauma offer therapists a proven means to begin the treatment process with clients. Dr. Carnes is the primary architect of the Gentle Path treatment program for the treatment of sexual and multiple addictive disorders. He pioneered the founding of the International Institute for Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP) and Gentle Path Press. From 1996 until 2004, Dr. Carnes was Clinical Director for Sexual Disorder Services at The Meadows. His achievements include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH), where they present an annual “Carnes Award” to researchers and clinicians who have made exceptional contributions to the field of sexual health. Dr. Carnes is the author of Out of the Shadows: Understanding Sexual Addiction, Contrary to Love: Helping the Sexual Addict, The Betrayal Bond: Breaking Free of Exploitive Relationships, Open Hearts, Facing the Shadow, In the Shadows of the Net, and The Clinical Management of Sex Addiction, Recovery Zone, and A Gentle Path Through the Twelve Principles. Dr. Carnes’ article, “18.4 Sexual Addiction,” appears in Kaplan & Sadock’s Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry.
Dan Griffin, M.A.
Dan’s work and life are dedicated to exploring and redefining what it means to be a man in the 21st century. Dan is dedicated to helping men be better men by understanding the impact of the Man Rules on their lives and finding the success in their personal lives they are striving for in the professional lives. Griffin’s newest book, A Man's Way through Relationships, is the first book written specifically to help men create healthy relationships while navigating the challenges of the "Man Rules™," those ideas men internalize at very young ages about how to be real boys and men.
Griffin has worked in the mental health and addictions field for more than 20 years. He is the author of A Man’s Way through the Twelve Steps, the first trauma-informed book to take a holistic look at men’s sobriety. He also co-authored Helping Men Recover, the first comprehensive gender-responsive and trauma-informed curriculum for addiction and mental health professionals. He earned a Master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Kansas where his graduate work was the first qualitative study centered on the social construction of masculinity in the culture of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Terry V. Eagan, M.D.
Terry V. Eagan, M.D. is a prominent Beverly Hills psychiatrist, founder, and CEO of Eagan Medical Group, LLC., a thriving mental health practice treating over 2000 patients annually. His private patients have included leaders in industry, politics, and performers from television, music, and film, many of whom have been at the extremes of celebrity. Dr. Eagan is an expert in the complexities of mental health and addiction treatment, and he specializes in effective treatment regimens for all types of emotional distress that often can arise from being in positions of responsibility and public attention.
His range of specialties includes primary psychiatric conditions, eating disorders, substance-abuse disorders, impulse control disorders, trauma & abuse, human sexuality and spiritual therapy. Dr. Eagan's treatment approach incorporates pharmacologic interventions with evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapies, adjunctive modalities, and traditional spiritual practices. Dr. Eagan is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology and Medical Board of California as a physician and surgeon, and he is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Vicki Berkus, MD, Ph.D., CEDS,
Medical Services Advisor
Vicki Berkus, MD, PhD, CEDS is a Senior Fellow for Remuda Ranch at The Meadows. In her previous role as Medical Services Advisor at Remuda Ranch, Dr. Berkus served as a consultant, supervisor, program developer, speaker, and general advocate for continued excellence in the treatment of eating disorders. She specializes in adolescent and adult psychiatry, eating disorders full spectrum, and sports psychiatry. Dr. Berkus has also served as president of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (iaedp), holds eating disorders certification (CEDS) through iaedp, and is a current board member and head of the iaedp education committee. She is active in promoting certification and education in the field of eating disorders for professionals. Her memberships include the Academy for Eating Disorders (AED), The American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), The American Society of Bariatric Medicine (ASBP) and the International Society for Sports Psychiatry (ISSP). Dr. Berkus has authored numerous articles, as well as the highly acclaimed book 10 Commitments to Mental Fitness.
Kevin McCauley, MD
Dr. Kevin McCauley is a graduate of Drexel University College of Medicine and was a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon for HMH-363 Red Lions Marine Heavy Helicopter squadron and VMFAT-101 Sharpshooters fighter/attack training squadron. He has also served as the Director of Le Mont Michel, a sober living/recovery management program in Sandy, Utah from 2009-2013, and is a co-founder of the Institute for Addiction Study. His film “Pleasure Unwoven” won the 2010 NAATP Michael Q. Ford journalism award.
Dr. McCauley became interested in the problem of addiction after witnessing the success of the Navy’s program for treating pilots with alcohol problems. He advocates strongly for the rights of recovering persons as patients and as valued members of society. Today, in addition to being a Senior Fellow at The Meadows, Dr. McCauley is the Director of Program Services at New Roads Treatment facility in Sandy, Utah and is also a graduate student in Public Health at the University of Utah.
In Memorium: John Bradshaw, MA
John Bradshaw was a world renowned educator, counselor, motivational speaker and author. He was one of the leading figures in the fields of addiction, recovery, family systems and the concept of toxic shame. John was chosen by his peers as one of the 100 most influential writers on emotional health in the 20th century. His best-selling books and sold-out lectures and seminars changed the lives of millions of people around the globe. Over the years, John wrote several New York Times bestselling books, including Homecoming: Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child, Creating Love, and Healing the Shame That Binds You. John had a long and extensive association with The Meadows, teaching staff and patients, speaking at alumni retreats, and lecturing mental health professionals at our workshops and seminars.
He passed away on May 8, 2016. He will always hold a special place in our hearts at The Meadows. In recognition of his many contributions to the fields of addiction and recovery, an on-campus lecture hall is named in his honor.