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Lark Eshleman, PhD

Lark Eshleman, PhD, is executive director of ACT – About Child Trauma – an educational non-profit teaching about the short and long term effects of early emotional trauma, particularly attachment-based developmental interruptions.

She is a former school librarian, elementary school principal, school psychologist, and holds a PhD in psychology, specializing in child development. Dr. Lark is an international expert in the field of child trauma and attachment, and is the author of Becoming a Family: Promoting healthy attachments with your adopted child, a well-received book on adoption.

She designed and teaches a program for helping children heal from community violence, and the STAT™ (Synergistic Trauma and Attachment Therapy) treatment model, and created and ran a multi-modal, integrative mental health clinic.

Frequently giving keynote addresses, she offers workshops and trainings for parents and professionals, returning with new insights from presenting in Singapore, India, and other international audiences. Dr. Lark writes for Fostering Families Magazine, among other magazines and journals. Learn more about her at, and


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Lark Eshleman is the executive director of ACT – About Child Trauma. She receives a consulting fee from AboutChildTrauma, Inc. She received an honorarium from Deep Roots of Clairvaus Farms. Dr. Eshleman receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Lark Eshleman has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.