Joann is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in positive youth development, sexual health, trauma, violence prevention, problem sexual behavior, teen pregnancy prevention, and Motivational Interviewing.
She is the developer of the innovative and promising intervention, Practice Self-Regulation™ being studied through multi-year federal grants around the country. She co-authored Stop It! A Practical Guide for Youth Violence Prevention, (2012) and has written three workbooks for youth: Practice Self-Regulation (2018), The T.O.P.* Workbook for Sexual Health (2016, 2nd Edition), and The T.O.P. Workbook for Taming Violence and Sexual Aggression (2002). In addition to numerous book chapters she authored A Trauma-Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual Health (2013).
As founder and Executive Director of Resources for Resolving Violence, Inc., a licensed, trauma-informed mental health agency providing in-home services, Joann provides extensive consultation, program development, and training promoting health and well-being. She works closely with public and private organizations throughout the United States on trauma-informed services, and teaches a variety of courses to prevent violence, sexual abuse, and teen pregnancy.
She is the 2018 recipient of the Gail Burns-Smith award for significant contributions to preventing sexual violence through partnerships between victim/survivor advocates and professionals working with those who have caused sexual violence. She has made hundreds of presentations throughout North America, Europe, and Africa.