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Joyce Dorado, PhD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone628-206-3278
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Joyce Dorado is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, and the Co-Founder and Director of UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS). Dr. Dorado is a nationally recognized expert in partnering with schools and other youth-serving systems to create trauma-informed, equitable, and healing organizations. She serves as an appointed member of the California State Supreme Court Justice’s statewide steering committee for the Keeping Kids in School and Out of Courts initiative. She is also the Lead Curriculum Developer, a Master Trainer, and a member of the founding workgroup for the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) Trauma-Informed Systems Initiative, and provides training and consultation across the Bay Area in collaboration with Trauma Transformed: Bay Area Regional Trauma-Informed Systems Center. Additionally, she has served as a lead consultant in CLEAR California, a partnership between the Washington State University CLEAR program and UCSF HEARTS.
    Dr. Dorado has worked with children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma for 29 years, has provided presentations and trainings on addressing complex trauma in children and adolescents for 20 years, has been invited to speak about addressing trauma in schools at numerous regional, national, and international conferences and events, and is a published author.

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    1. UCSF Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS). In V. Carrion (Ed.), Assessing and Treating Youth Exposed to Traumatic Stress. 2018; 157-183.
    2. Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools (HEARTS): A whole-school, multi-level, prevention and intervention program for creating trauma-informed, safe and supportive schools. School Mental Health. 2016; 8(1):163-176.
    3. Kiser LJ, Stover CS, Navalta CP, Dorado J, Vogel JM, Abdul-Adil JK, Kim S, Lee RC, Vivrette R, Briggs EC. Effects of the child-perpetrator relationship on mental health outcomes of child abuse: it's (not) all relative. Child Abuse Negl. 2014 Jun; 38(6):1083-93. PMID: 24661693.
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    4. Kiser LJ, Baumgardner B, Dorado J. Who Are We, But for the Stories We Tell: Family Stories and Healing. Psychol Trauma. 2010 Sep 01; 2(3):243-249. PMID: 21197420.
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    5. Lyon TD, Dorado JS. Truth induction in young maltreated children: the effects of oath-taking and reassurance on true and false disclosures. Child Abuse Negl. 2008 Jul; 32(7):738-48. PMID: 18599119.
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    6. Dorado JS, Saywitz KJ. Interviewing preschoolers from low- and middle-SES communities: a test of the narrative elaboration recall improvement technique. J Clin Child Psychol. 2001 Dec; 30(4):568-80. PMID: 11708243.
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