Damion J. Grasso, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Academic Office Location:
Psychiatry
University of Connecticut Health Center
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-1410
Phone: 860-679-6708
Fax: 860-679-1296
Email: dgrasso@uchc.edu

Education
DegreeInstitutionMajor
Ph.D.University of DelawareClinical Psychology
M.A.Wesleyan UniversityGeneral Psychology
B.A.Skidmore CollegePsychology

Post-Graduate Training
TrainingInstitutionSpecialty
OtherTrauma Affect Regulation Guidance and Education Training (TARGET): Certified Trainer: Judy Ford
OtherCognitive Processing Therapy: 10-hour Web-based Training
OtherProlonged Exposure for PTSD: PE Certified Trainers: Drs. Sheila Rauch and Peter Tuerk
OtherStress, Depression, and Wellness Program. Certified Trainer: Dr. Adele Hayes
OtherTrauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: 10-hour Wweb-based Training, Follow-up Consultation. Certified Trainer: Dr. Esther Deblinger
InternshipFour Winds Psychiatric HospitalStudent Clinical Intern, Mentor(s): Oswalt, R., Ph.D. Undergraduate Clinical Internship. Assisted in Psychodrama, Art, Family, Group, and Individual Therapy Sessions in Child, Pre-adolescent, and Adolescent Units. Developed Therapeutic Activity Worksheets. Assisted with Academic Tutoring. Facilitated Therapeutic Recreation.
InternshipYale University School of MedicineResearch Internship, Mentor: Joan Kaufman, Ph.D.
InternshipMedical University of South CarolinaPredoctoral Internship, Mentor: Benjamin Saunders, Ph.D.
FellowshipUniversity of Connecticut School of MedicinePostdoctoral Fellow, Mentor: Julian Ford, Ph.D.

Awards
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Fellowship HealthEmotions Research Institute Symposium
Pro-Humanitate AwardNorth American Resource Center for Child Welfare
Edward Zigler Research ScholarshipNational Head Start Association
Drake Community Service AwardSkidmore College

Journal Articles

Books

  • Grasso, D. Trauma-Informed Treatment for Children: A Workbook/or Clinicians 2013 Jan;
  • Grasso, D, Joselow, B., Webb, C & Derr, G. Clinical workbook to facilitate Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents. 2009 Jan;

Book Chapters

  • Designing, implementing, and interpreting the randomized controlled trial
    Grasso, D. CME to Go: Psychiatry Series II. 2012 Jan;
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents
    Grasso, D. & Kaufman, J. Pediatric Anxiety Disorders: A Clinical Guide, Current Clincal Psychiatry Series. 2012 Jan;
  • Update on pharmacological and behavioral treatment of acute stress and posttraummic stress disorders
    Grasso, D. CME to Go: Psychiarty Series. 2011 Jan;
  • The roll of caregiver commitment in foster care: Insights from the This is My Baby Interview.
    Dozier, M., Grasso, D., & Lindhiem, O. Attachment Theory in Clinical Work with Children 2007 Jan;90-108

Other

  • Computer-Assisted Structured Trauma-Related Experiences and Symptoms Screener (CASTRESS). Charleston, SC. (Computer software program)
    Grasso, D. 2012 Jan;
  • Likelihood of Diagnosis Index (LODI) software program. Pittsburgh, PA.
    Lindhiem, O. & Grasso, D. 2012 Jan;
  • Computer-Assisted UCLA PTSD Reaction Index (CA-UCLA) beta. Newark, DE. Computer software progam)
    Grasso, D. 2009 Jan;
Title or AbstractTypeSponsor/EventDate/YearLocation
Violence Exposure and Associated Temper Loss in a Diverse Sample of Preschool Children. PosterAmerican Academy of Childhood Complex Trauma and Adult Dissociation2012
Association of Childhood Complex Trauma and Adult Dissociation with Complex PTSD Symptoms in an Adult Psychiatric Inpatient Sample.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies, 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Early trauma exposure and stress sensitization in young children. Abstract for platform presentation.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (lSTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Empirical identification of poly-victims among justice-detained youth. TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Randomized clinical trial of AITect Regulation versus Relational Therapy lor girls with PTSD involved in delinquency: daily self-report outcomesTalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (lSTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Trauma, dissociation and somatization in psychiatrically impaired youth.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
Empirical identification of poly-victims among justice-detained youth.TalkInternational Traumatic Stress Studies (lSTSS) 28th Annual Meeting2012Los Angeles, CA
The relationship of depression risk and past trauma to the supportive behavior of caregivers co-participating in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral TherapyTalk24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference2011Tampa, FL
Delaware's TF-CBT effectiveness studyTalk24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference2011Tampa, FL
Electrophysiological and neurobiological correlates of foster mother infant bondingPosterSociety tor Psychophysiological Research2011Boston, MA
Changes in heart rate and non-specific skin conductance responses over the course of exposure therapy for childhood PTSDPosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2011Boston, MA
Response monitoring in individuals with trauma-related stress symptomatology.PosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2011Boston, MA
Electrophysiological correlates of childhood PTSD and Treatment outcomePosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2011Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Building a consumer base for TF-CBT in a state system-or-careTalk24th Annual Children's Mental Health Research and Policy Conference2011Tampa, FL
Parents' engagement in trauma-related discussion with their childrenPosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2009Denver, CO
Computer-assisted screening of child trauma and PTSDTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2009Delaware, Dover
Using data to improve outcomes. TalkNational Child Traumatic Stress Network Annual meeting2009Orlando, FL
Therapeutic change processes in Trauma-Focused CBTTalkAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 43rd Annual Convention2009New York, NY
Examining the effectiveness of Trauma-Focused CBT with children exposed to nonsexual trauma.TalkAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 43rd Annual Convention2009New York, NY
Interpersonal correlates of avoidance, an inhibitor of change in youth with PTSD related to interpersonal traumaTalkAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 43rd Annual Convention2009New York. NY
Electrophysiological abnonnalities in traumatized children with PTSDPosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2009Berlin Germany
The relation between electrophysiological arousal and cognitive-emotional processing in children receiving Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral TherapyPosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research2009Berlin, Germany
Parental support predicts enhanced ERP positivity and attenuated startle ref1exes in college students viewing parent pictures. PosterSociety for Psychophysiological Research Annual Meeting2008Austin, TX
Tracking them down: Retention in longitudinal effectiveness researchTalkNational Child Traumatic Stress Network Regional Meeting2008Santa Fe, NM
Screening for child traumatic stress in children and adolescentsTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2008Wilmington. DE
Integrating Trauma-Focused CBT into a state system of care: Breaking groundPosterAssociation for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 41st annual convention2007Philadelphia, PA
Commitment in kinship caregivers. PosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2007Boston, MA
Neural mechanisms of matemal motivation in humans: an ERP studyPosterBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2007Boston, MA
Identifying child traumatic stress in childrcn and adolescentsTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2007Wilmington. DE
Toward a trauma-informed juvenile justice system:practices and plans,developing a trauma-informed system in DelawareTalkDelaware Conference on Child Traumatic Stress2007Wilmington, DE
Social supports and serotonin transporter gene moderate depression in maltreated childrenTalkBiennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development2005Atlanta, GA
Olfactory sensitivity and transient mood in depressed and non-depressed men and womenPosterSociety for Bright Light Treatment Conference2002San Diego, CA
Testing alternative explanations for the misattribution biasPosterEastem Psychological Association Meetings2001Washington. DC.