With a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling, Rev. Roxanne Pendleton spent over two decades addressing trauma in diverse settings, including churches, schools, hospitals, hospice, and community organizations. She also has lived experience of trauma, mental illness, and recovery in her own life and family. These experiences and the resulting, hard-won wisdom give Roxanne an important perspective to share. Her book, Laughing Again: A Survivor’s Guide to Healing Depression (2010), tells the story of Roxanne’s recovery from suicidal depression and key lifestyle practices that have kept her well to this day.
In 2014, Roxanne’s expertise led her to a job at Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health Acute Care units where she developed trauma-sensitive training and trauma-responsive projects to support resiliency. In 2017, Roxanne moved into her current position at the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation where she serves as a consultant for those seeking to cultivate trauma sensitivity, embodied compassion, and overall well-being through innovation as well as evidence-based and best practices.