Our Team

Joyce Dorado, Ph.D.

Joyce Dorado is 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 is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, UCSF-Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. She has worked with children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma for 27 years, has provided presentations and trainings on addressing complex trauma in children and adolescents for 18 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. 

Martha Merchant, Psy.D.

Martha Merchant is a licensed clinical psychologist, and currently a consultant with UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments And Response to Trauma in Schools) in a variety of schools. She provides trainings and consultations with school staff, teachers an administrators in order to create in order to create more trauma-sensitive, safe and supportive school environments. She recently provided the keynote at San Mateo's 24/4 Respect Conference and at WestEd's Understanding School Mental Health Practices and Trauma-Informed Approaches: A Central Valley Convening Conference. She also spoke at the California PBIS conference this year. Dr. Merchant has partnered with a wide variety of other agencies, including Education Outside in San Francisco, Math For America in Berkeley, and Sonoma County Juvenile Justice.

Dr. Merchant started in the San Francisco Unified School District as the UCSF HEARTS clinician embedded at El Dorado Elementary School for two years. There she provided direct services, training and consultation to parents, teachers, staff and administration around trauma-sensitive practices, lending a trauma informed lens to their expertise as educators. Following this project, she was the main consultant under a Department of Education Project Prevent grant for three years in the San Francisco Unified School District, providing training and consultation in seven schools in the Bayview area in San Francisco. In that role she provided trainings to school social workers, wellness coordinators, administrators, physical education instructors and a number of other schools.

She has worked with children, youth, and families who have experienced trauma for the past 14 years. She has a passion for working with people typically viewed as being on the down-side of power, including children, under-resourced families, poly families as well as LGBTQ folk. She is also committed to working with interns/postdocs.

Lindsey Cordova, LMFT

Lindsey Cordova is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and is currently a UCSF HEARTS consultant working with schools in the San Francisco Unified School District. With the HEARTS program she provides trauma-informed training, consultation, and direct services for students, staff, and families in the school community. Lindsey also recently worked on a collaborative project between UCSF HEARTS and Washington State University's CLEAR program (Collaborative Learning for Educational Achievement and Resilience), partnering with schools to develop and sustain trauma-informed models of practice.

Before joining UCSF, Lindsey worked at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, providing trauma support as part of the Recovery Project in response to the tragedy that occurred in December 2012. She also spent several years as a school and community-based therapist in South Central Los Angeles.