Laura Vega is the Clinical Director for the CHOP’s Violence Intervention Program (VIP). She has more than 20 years of experience working with children and adolescents in community and hospital-based settings. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received her Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy and Practice. She has provided on-going leadership in establishing the CHOP VIP policies and practices. She provides supervision, training, and consultation to hospital staff and students. Dr. Vega is trained in the Sanctuary Model, the Child and Family Traumatic Stress Intervention (CFTSI) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). She developed the Stress-Less Initiative©, a trauma-informed group model to address secondary traumatic stress (STS). Her research interests are in building personal and team resilience to mitigate STS.