Becky Haas is an international advocate and trainer on using a trauma-informed approach, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study and Positive Childhood Experiences (PCEs) study. She is a pioneer in creating trauma informed communities.
The work she led while working for the Johnson City Police Department in Northeast Tennessee was recognized by SAMHSA in 2018 as a model for other cities to follow. In 2019 she co-authored the “Building a Trauma Informed System of Care” toolkit for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services, detailing a blueprint for creating community resilience. This toolkit has been recommended as a “practical tool” in John’s Hopkins, Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action.
Becky is the author of several sector-specific professional development trainings with two receiving statewide accreditation in Tennessee as evidence-based training. She has been certified by the SAMHSA Gains Center as a Trauma Informed Care Trainer, earned her professional certification in Trauma and Resilience from Florida State University, and has completed additional certifications from Texas Christian University and Starr Commonwealth.
In 2020, Becky co-founded the Global Resiliency Accelerator which meets quarterly and has grown to include participants from 14 countries.
In March 2022, she received the Friends of Children award from the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth for her work as a local, state, and national leader in implementation and support of trauma informed services and communities.
Becky has a deep understanding of the importance for every professional sector to have intimate knowledge of healthy early childhood development and the potential for early adversity to disrupt that healthy development. She is a founding member of the East Tennessee State University Ballad Health Strong Brain Institute and serves as Co-Chair of Curriculum Development. She also serves as a member of the CTIPP National Trauma Campaign strategy team and as a Strategic Partner for the Pathways to Resilience Program.