Project Director, Bronx Child Trauma Support
Kristen Slesar is the project director of the Bronx Child Trauma Support Program a program located in the Bronx District Attorney’s Office that provides trauma-informed psychotherapy and advocacy to child and adolescent victims of violent crime. She is also a psychotherapist, consultant, and trainer specializing in intimate partner violence, sexual abuse, rape, combat, and other forms of trauma. From 2014-2015, Kristen served as the lead researcher and author for the Domestic Violence Initiative of the District Attorney of Manhattan. For six years, she coordinated the Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia, and previously worked with homeless and at-risk LGBTQ teenagers and young adults. As an associate faculty member for the Program in Narrative Medicine at the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Kristen lectures on vicarious trauma and working with victims of violence to medical providers and students; facilitates Narrative Medicine workshops; and teaches an annual interdisciplinary course on Health Care Justice and Care for the Underserved at Columbia University. Kristen has a bachelor degree from Stanford University, a master of social work from NYU, and a master of science in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University.