Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD is a licensed psychologist and trauma survivor who has worked for twenty-five years with the complex issues of trauma, integration and behavior change across every level of system from individuals, to groups, to large systems and countries. She is the author of Journey Through Trauma published in 2018 by Penguin Random House. Since 2002 Dr. Schmelzer has worked as a senior associate with Teleos Leadership Institute in transformational leadership development, executive coaching and management consulting- working with individuals, groups, organizations and countries to help them achieve the change they want to make. A two-time National Champion in Rowing, Gretchen also has extensive experience in performance enhancement for individuals and teams working with Olympic, Master’s and Collegiate level coaches and athletes.
Dr. Schmelzer received her PhD in Counseling Psychology at Northeastern. She completed her psychology training internship as a Harvard Medical School Fellow at the Cambridge Health Alliance, and completed her post-doctoral training with adults in Behavioral Medicine at UMASS Medical Center, specializing in health psychology and mindfulness-based treatment completing a fellowship at the Center for Mindfulness started by Jon-Kabat Zinn. Her expertise in long term trauma was used to inform the design and delivery of a four year large scale intervention for the UN in Cambodia. More recently she has taken this program to Rural Alaska, working with Alaska Native Leaders to strengthen their response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.
Dr. Schmelzer has been faculty and adjunct faculty in the department of Counseling Psychology at Northeastern University from 2002 to 2007, and adjunct Faculty at the University of South Florida Medical School through their SELECT program- from 2011-2015. She is currently a lecturer in the Medical Education Masters Program in Penn’s Graduate School of Education. She was recently featured on CNN with Anderson Cooper and Working from Home with Richard Quest. She is the founder and editor of The Trail Guide, a web-mag featured on www.gretchenschmelzer.com dedicated to healing repeated trauma, and since the beginning of the pandemic she has focused more of her work on intersection of leadership and trauma, working with hospitals teams, first responders, city governments, corporate teams and government agencies.
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- Gretchen Schmelzer, PhD
This seminar was delivered as a Pediatric Grand Rounds Lecture at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, on September 28, 2022.
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