portrait of Schenike Massie-LambertSchenike Massie-Lambert, Ph.D.

Schenike Massie-Lambert, Ph.D. Program Coordinator is currently the Principal Investigator of the Rutgers Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery. Dr. Massie-Lambert is also the Co-chair of Rutgers UBHC’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and has extensive clinical training working with adults, children, and families impacted by trauma. Dr. Massie-Lambert is a member of the Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Psychology Doctoral Internship Training Committee and is the primary supervisor of the doctoral intern each year rotating in the Children’s Center for Resilience & Trauma Recovery.

As Program Coordinator for the Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery, Dr. Massie-Lambert leads a program aimed to infuse trauma-informed care into clinical practice for New Jersey providers serving families of children ages 0-11 that are impacted by complex trauma and coordinates the delivery of evidence-informed prevention interventions to community partners via the center’s current SAMHSA funded Mental Health Awareness Training award. Dr. Massie-Lambert also coordinates the provision of training in evidence-based and evidence-informed screening, assessment, and treatment for trauma and related issues to New Jersey providers contracted with the New Jersey Children’s System of Care- the nation’s premier model of a statewide children’s behavioral healthcare system.

In 2013 Dr. Massie-Lambert was a doctoral level intern at NJ’s Veteran’s Healthcare System where she received extensive training and supervision in implementing prolonged exposure therapy and cognitive processing therapy. She then completed her graduate studies at Adelphi University’s Derner Institute where she was trained in relational and interpersonal therapies, and earned a doctorate in clinical psychology in May 2014. In 2014, Dr. Massie-Lambert received a certificate in post-traumatic stress management and psychological first aid. In 2019, Dr. Massie-Lambert became a certified National Trainer for both Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) suicide prevention program and Youth Mental Health First Aid. Also, worth noting is that she recently became a National Trainer in Psychological First Aid in December 2020. Over the course of her training and career Dr. Massie-Lambert has worked in various settings including schools, hospitals, and foster care settings both providing direct care and serving as an advocate for equitable mental health supports. She is passionate about increasing mental health awareness and working with historically underrepresented populations.

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Michelle H. Pigott, Psy.D.

Michelle H. Pigott, Psy.D. is a Training & Consultation Specialist at Rutgers Children’s Center for Resilience and Trauma Recovery (CCRTR) under the Behavioral Research and Training Institute. In her role, Dr. Pigott provides training and consultation in gatekeeper training such as Question Persuade and Refer (QPR), Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA), ARC, ARC Grow as well as strategies for creating trauma informed systems. Dr. Pigott recently completed training in Skills for Psychological Recovery and ACE Interface.

Dr. Pigott earned her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in child and adolescent psychology from Adler University. At Adler University, she received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Family Systems Theory. Dr. Pigott completed her doctoral internship in health service psychology at Rutgers Biomedical & Health Services- University Behavioral Health Care in August 2020.  During her internship she provided clinical services to adolescents and families through the Edison School Based Program which included individual, family, and group therapy. In her role as intern at CCRTR, she was provided with additional training in evidence informed approaches to trauma including Attachment, Self- Regulation, and Competency (ARC), ARC- Grow- A Caregiver Skill Building Intervention, as well as Youth Mental Health First Aid. Dr. Pigott also developed and presented on specialized topics impacting children and families along with writing monthly articles for the CCRTR website.

Having received a Master of Arts degree from Adelphi University’s Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies, and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hampton University, Dr. Pigott has over a decade of experience in the Health Services Field. She has worked in the non-profit sector as a program coordinator, program supervisor, and case manager. In addition to her career in the non-profit sector, Dr. Pigott was also an adjunct instructor at The College of New Rochelle teaching courses on the undergraduate level in abnormal, educational, and child psychology. Her clinical experience includes working with individuals, children, and families with a variety of pervasive behavioral and emotional needs. She has engaged with research that explores the importance of mentoring, accessing health care, racial socialization, as well as child and maternal health. Dr. Pigott is passionate about advocacy and social justice as well as the impact that psychological research has on communities of color, and in particular children, education, and the healthcare system.