Creators of STAIR

Marylene Cloitre, PhD
Marylene Cloitre is the Associate Director of Research at the National Center for PTSD – Dissemination & Training Division and a Clinical Professor (affiliate) of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is a research and clinical psychologist who has studied and treated the effects of trauma and interpersonal violence for the past 30 years. She is the lead developer of STAIR and webSTAIR. Dr. Cloitre is a recipient of several honors related to service in New York City following 9-11 and was an advisory committee member for the National September 11 Memorial Museum. She is lead author of the book Treating Survivors of Childhood Abuse: Psychotherapy for the Interrupted Life and co-author of Grief in Childhood: A Guide to Treatment in Clinical Practice.
Kile Ortigo, PhD
Kile Ortigo is a clinical psychologist at the National Center for PTSD – Dissemination & Training Division at VA Palo Alto and the Project Director of the national dissemination efforts for webSTAIR within the Office of Rural Health of VA Central Office. Dr. Ortigo was one of the clinical experts in the development of webSTAIR and also serves on other technology-related projects at the National Center for PTSD. He completed his PhD at Emory University and his clinical internship at VA Palo Alto. He also completed advanced fellowship training in both PTSD and Substance Use and in Interprofessional LGBT Health Care at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and as an affiliate of the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF).
Christie Jackson, PhD
Christie Jackson is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Jackson served as Director of the PTSD Clinics at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in Manhattan and Honolulu. She is the lead clinical trainer for webSTAIR implemention throughout VA. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in trauma and dissociative disorders at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and her clinical expertise with traumatized individuals spans across numerous populations, including military Veterans, law enforcement personnel, political refugees, survivors of the 9/11 World Trade Center Attacks, rape and assault survivors, and individuals affected by childhood trauma.
Brandon Weiss, PhD
Brandon Weiss is a clinical psychologist associated with the National Center for PTSD – Dissemination & Training Division at VA Palo Alto and Assistant Professor at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. Dr. Weiss was one of the clinical experts in the development of webSTAIR. He completed his PhD at University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his clinical internship at the Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, where his major rotation was in the National Center for PTSD – Behavioral Sciences Division at VA Boston. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in PTSD research and treatment at the National Center for PTSD – Dissemination & Training Division at VA Palo Alto and Stanford University School of Medicine. His research and clinical work focuses on PTSD and related disorders (particularly anxiety disorders), with a particular emphasis on telehealth-delivered treatment.
Janet Schmidt, PhD
Dr. Schmidt is a counseling psychologist associated with the National Center for PTSD—Dissemination & Training Division at the VA Palo Alto. Dr. Schmidt was one of the clinical experts in the development of webSTAIR and related STAIR products including research publications and grant proposals. Previously Dr. Schmidt was a Senior Scientist and Program Manager with the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Psychiatry Department at The Uniformed Services University, Health Sciences where she conducted research on the impact of PTSD and the military lifestyle on children and families. Dr. Schmidt’s clinical interests focus on PSTD, anxiety and mood disorders in the elderly.