Associate Executive Director

Michael Sapp, Ph.D.

Dr. Michael Sapp is the Associate Executive Director of the Trauma Resource Institute. Dr. Sapp received his M.A. in General Psychology and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The New School (formerly The New School for Social Research) in New York, NY. After earning his degree, Dr. Sapp worked as a supervising psychologist at the Child and Family Guidance Center in Northridge, CA, for three years before going into private practice and teaching as an adjunct professor at a nearby university.

Dr. Sapp has worked with TRI since 2010 and is now a TRM and CRM Master Trainer.   As a TRM and CRM Master Trainer, Dr. Sapp has helped train clinicians and non-clinician community leaders both locally and internationally. He has helped provide trainings throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles, Claremont, San Bernardino, Oxnard, and San Diego. In January 2014, he was part of the TRI team that traveled to Cebu City where leaders from various NGOs throughout the Philippines were trained as CRM Skills Trainers to help communities impacted by Typhoon Yolanda. The following year, he was part of a training team that traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, to introduce CRM to various community leaders working with Syrian refugees. He returned to Turkey later that year to provide follow-up trainings for some of the members of that original training. That same year, he helped Ms. Miller-Karas provide TRM Level 1 training to clinicians and non-clinicians in London, England, who work with victims of trauma. In 2016, Dr. Sapp was team leader for two follow-up enhancement CRM trainings in Kathmandu, Nepal, for community leaders who continue to work with those impacted by the 7.8 earthquake in April, 2015.

Dr. Sapp co-authored a chapter with Dr. Geoff Goodman entitled, “Maternal Depression, Preschool Children’s Representations of Attachment Disorganization, and the Development of Aggression and Depression: A Mediational Model” in C. Yoon (Ed.) Focus on Family Relations in the 21st Century published in 2007. He also recently co-authored a chapter with Elaine Miller-Karas entitled, “The Nervous System, Memory, and Trauma” in Ms. Miller-Karas’ book Building Resilience to Trauma: The Trauma and Community Resiliency Models published in 2015.

He currently resides in Upland, CA, with his wife, Shannon, and two sons, Christian and Caleb.


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