NC Academy for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience (NCA-STAR)

Mission & Vision


THE MISSION of NCA-STAR (North Carolina Academy for Stress, Trauma, and Resilience) is grounded in connecting as many people as possible to helpful trauma information. The team at NCA-STAR is leading innovation and discovery, promoting equity and diversity, and engaging our community in trauma-informed care.

THE VISION of NCA-STAR is to see a decrease in trauma and the impact of trauma on our campus, community, and world. We hope to see wisdom and strength grow after the experience of trauma. At NCA-STAR, we value curiosity, inclusion, compassion, creativity, and understanding rooted in research.


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NCA-STAR was created in 2019 to provide a place of safety, exploration and hope for those who experience trauma and life crisis. When we first began this initiative, who could have imagined how our need for trauma training and support would increase during this time in our communities and in the world?

NCA-STAR is proud to be housed within the Department of Counseling and Educational Development (ranked 4th in Student Counseling by the U.S. News & World Report), in the School of Education (ranked 5th among Graduate Schools of Education in Public High Research Institutions), at UNC Greensboro (certified by the Carnegie Foundation as a community-engaged institution).


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We provide trauma-informed skill building, access to health and wellness skills, and education about the experiences of trauma and life crisis.


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We are committed to sharing and applying knowledge through service. One of our team’s greatest strengths is offering consultation and clinical services.


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Our faculty and staff offer trauma-informed, culturally responsive, evidence-based training and service because of the research that has shaped our understanding.

Current Projects

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NCA-STAR is collaborating with community partners to promote health and wellness specific to trauma. We are developing and implementing programs, offering effective, culturally-responsive trainings, interventions, and outreach.


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Our Podcast

For those of you who learn through listening, our podcast features interviews with experts in the field of trauma research and treatment. Each episode is packed with helpful tips, useful tools, and important conversations. Join us in your car, on a walk, or even on your lunch hour. It’s easy to connect. Just click below.

Our E-Newsletter

Stay up-to-date on the latest helpful information from our team of experts and hear about our current projects. You can find links to information and free resources in each edition.

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Team of Experts

NCA-STAR is supported by a team of trauma experts drawing from a full range of specialties and disciplines. Meet these leaders in health and wellness education and research

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders
DiAnne Borders

Expertise in Trauma-informed Clinical Supervision -research, practice, and training

Dr. Christian Chan
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Coordinator of Multiculturalism and Health Equity in Counselor Education, Supervision, and Counseling Practice
Expertise in Intersectionality, Social Justice and Activism, Racial Trauma, and Relational Repair

Dr. Jennifer Deaton
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Coordinator of Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation
Expertise in program evaluation, instrument development, and trauma-informed care.

Anita Faulkner
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Director of NCA-STAR
Expertise in Educator, School Counselor, and School Staff Training
Skilled in Social-Emotional Learning for Adults and Children.
Specializing in Support for Helping Professionals
and Vicarious Trauma.

Dr. Connie Jones
NCA STAR Anita Faulkner

Coordinator of Addictions, Offender, Broaching
and Cultural Humility Training
Expertise in Diversity Training, Multiculturalism, Social Justice,
and Culturally Responsive Program Evaluation

Dr. Rebecca Mathews
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Coordinator of Suicide Prevention and Intervention Training
Skilled in Trauma-Informed Training
and Trauma Program Development for Educators

Dr. Carrie Wachter-Morris
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Coordinator of K-12 Schools Trauma-Informed Programming
Expertise in Trauma Interventions and Social-Emotional learning.
Skilled in Crisis Response/Training, School Counseling and Counselor Education

Dr. Kelly Wester
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Director of Trauma Research, Chair of the
Department of Counseling and Educational Development
Expertise in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury and Suicide Prevention

Dr. J. Scott Young
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Coordinator of Spirituality and Religion in Counseling
Expertise in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Clinical Supervision, Innovation, Leadership, Mindfulness and Contemplative Practice
Trauma Specialization in: Trauma-Informed Counseling, Trauma-Sensitive, Mindfulness Practice

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Phone: 336.334.5371

Fax: 336.334.4602


Location: 221 Curry Building

Mailing Address: PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

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