Trauma Treatment with Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities


Nora J. Baladerian, PhD

Nora J. Baladerian PhD, holds licenses in California both as a psychologist and Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC19380). Her primary focus is upon crime victims with both developmental disabilities and physical disabilities (pre-existing or resulting from the crime). She works with individuals who have experienced traumas including sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and homicide and attempted homicide victims. She was the recipient in April 2008 of the U.S. Attorney General’s award for excellence in service to victims, receiving the National Crime Victim Services Award in Washington D.C., through the Office of Victims of Crime. She provides training to law enforcement officers locally and nationally on working with crime victims with cognitive and/or communication disabilities, and is the Executive Producer of the OVC Training DVDs, “Victims With Disabilities: The Forensic Interview” As Well As “Victims With Disabilities: The First Response” which was published late 2008. She is a national trainer for forensic interviewers, focusing on adapting basic interviewing skills for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She works with attorneys who represent children and adults with developmental disabilities, to assess damages in their cases. She is a Certified Trauma and Crisis Provider. She has worked closely with local Victim Assistance programs and provided Advanced Training programs through CVSTI, the training agency for Victim Compensation programs (Crime Victim Services Training Institute). She is the 2018 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Division 56, Rehabilitation and Disability for Distinguished Contribution to the field. She is the author of “How to Reduce the Risk of Abuse for Those with Developmental Disabilities,” a guide that has been successful in reducing both the incidence and impact of sexual assault, among other books for and about abuse. She has a private practice in Palm Springs, CA where she provides psychological services. Email: Websites:,

Karyn Harvey, PhD

Karyn Harvey, PhD, has worked as a clinician in the field of intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. She has a master’s degree in Clinical psychology and a doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Maryland. She has published articles about therapeutic interventions with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), workbooks for individuals with IDD and two books. Her first book, Positive Identity Development was published in 2009 and Trauma –Informed Behavioral Interventions, published in 2011. She is currently a consulting psychologist with The Arc Baltimore. She is the Director of Program Development and training for the Park Ave Group. She also consults with various state and individual agencies as well as trains staff, administrators and clinicians on trauma-informed care throughout the country. In 2016 she received the Earl Loschen Award from NADD for Excellence in Clinical Practice.