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Team Bios

 John Rich, Director
 Ted Corbin, Co-Director
 Sandy Bloom, Co-Director
 Linda Rich, Director of Education and Consultation
 Evan Weiner, Assistant Director, Healing Hurt People, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children
 Rachel Compton, Healing Hurt People Program Manager
 Hugh "Tony" Thompson, Community Intervention Specialist
 Jonathan Purtle, Research Director
 Susanna Kramer, Center Program Manager
 Richard Baccare, Community Intervention Specialist                                                                           Erica Harris, Injury and Public Health Research Fellow                                                               Nadine Schwartz, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
 Jazzmin Cooper, Healing Hurt People Replication Field Manager

John Rich, Co-Director

John A. Rich, MD, MPH is a Professor of Health Management and Policy at the Drexel University School of Public Health. He is also the Director of the Center for Nonviolence and Justice at Drexel and recently served as Interim Dean of the School of Public Health. Dr. Rich's work has focused on issues of urban violence and trauma, health disparities, and on the health of men of color. In 2006, Dr. Rich was granted a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. In awarding this distinction, the Foundation cited his work to design “new models of health care that stretch across the boundaries of public health, education, social service, and justice systems to engage young men in caring for themselves and their peers.”

Prior to joining Drexel University, Dr. Rich served as the Medical Director of the Boston Public Health Commission where he led the city’s Crusade Against Cancer and Cardiovascular Health Initiative. As a primary care doctor at Boston Medical Center, he created the Young Men’s Health Clinic and initiated the Boston HealthCREW, a program to train inner city young men as peer health educators. His book about urban violence titled Wrong Place, Wrong Time: Trauma and Violence in the Lives of Young Black Men (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2009) has drawn critical acclaim. Dr. Rich is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He earned his A.B. degree in English from Dartmouth College, his M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine, and his M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health. 


Ted Corbin, Co-Director

Ted Corbin, MD, MPP, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Drexel University College of Medicine and Director of Drexel's MD/MPH program. He also serves as the Medical Director of the “Healing Hurt People” Program, an emergency department based trauma-informed intervention strategy that identifies victims of intentional injury. Dr. Corbin received his Master’s in Public Policy from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. In 2006, Dr. Corbin was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the “Forty Under Forty” for his work in youth violence. In 2005, he was awarded a Soros Physician Advocacy Fellowship, and in 2011, he was awarded a Stoneleigh Foundation Fellowship. Dr Corbin is a graduate of Lincoln University in Lincoln, PA. He taught Biology at a New York Public High School for two years. He completed his medical degree at the Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA and then completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Corbin is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine.


Sandy Bloom, Co-Director

Dr. Sandra L. Bloom is a Board-Certified psychiatrist and renowned author who speaks nationally and internationally about the impact of traumatic experience on individuals, families, organizations, and cultures. In addition to the three books she has authored, she has edited another book on violence, has edited or co-edited and contributed to two issues of Psychiatric Quarterly and two issues of Therapeutic Communities as well as authoring fifteen chapters and more than thirty journal articles. She and her colleagues recently completed an S.E.L.F. Psychoeducational curriculum that is being utilized in a number of different settings. She recently completed a book that focuses on the impact of organizational stress on social service and mental health environments and the Sanctuary Model as an antidote to recurrent stress and systemic dysfunction. In 2007, Dr. Bloom and her colleagues created a certificate program in trauma studies for the Bryn Mawr School of Social Work and for the last three years, Dr. Bloom as taught an elective in trauma theory and the creation of safe environments for the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. She maintains a website at


Linda Rich, Director, Education and Consultation

Linda Rich, MA is the Education and Consultation Director at the Center for Nonviolence and Social Justice and the Healing Hurt People program at Drexel’s College of Medicine. She has over 25 years of experience in psychotherapy, research, health policy analysis and program planning. Her previous work at the Best Practices Institute (BPI) focused on: the creation of a training/professional development institute for a large-scale community-based parenting network; guiding a grant-request and funding process; and establishing a standardized evaluation system for parenting education and support programs using performance measures as evaluation tools. Linda has worked in a range of non-profit organizations in the human services field as a direct service provider (psychologist) in women’s health and mental health settings, at the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Children’s Policy, in the National Health and Human Services Program at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and as a consultant for The Ford Foundation and the United Way of Southeastern PA. Ms. Rich holds a Master’s degree in Community Psychology from Temple University and a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.


Evan Weiner, Assistant Director, Healing Hurt People, 

St. Christopher's Hospital for Children

Evan J. Weiner, MD, FAAP, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. He serves as the Assistant Director of the Healing Hurt People violence intervention program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in North Philadelphia. Dr. Weiner is a board-certified pediatric emergency medicine attending physician and maintains an interest in pediatric injury prevention. Dr. Weiner completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and his medical education at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed his general pediatrics residency at Thomas Jefferson University/duPont Hospital for Children and his pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the University of Florida.


Rachel Compton

Rachel Compton, Healing Hurt People Program Manager

Rachel Compton is the Program Manager for Healing Hurt People. Previously, she was the Social Worker for the Healing Hurt People program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and, prior to that, was an intern with Healing Hurt People as part of her MSW program at the University of Pennsylania School of Social Policy and Practice.  Rachel also holds a BA degree in Sociology, Child and Youth Studies, and Ethnography from Hampshire College.



Hugh "Tony" Thompson, Community Intervention Specialist

Hugh Thompson (a.k.a., “Tony”) is the Community Intervention Specialist for the Healing Hurt People program at Hahnemann University Hospital.  Tony holds a BSW degree from Temple University. Tony brings to HHP a broad range of youth development skills with a focus on at-risk youth living in urban environments. Previously, Tony worked at the Callen-Lorde Community Health Center for LGBT communities and persons living with HIV/AIDS in New York City, and the East Side House Settlement social service organization in the South Bronx. 


Jonathan Purtle, Research Director

Jonathan.Purtle@drexel.eduJonathan Purtle

Jonathan Purtle, DrPH, MSc is the Research Director for the Center. He oversees research and evaluation activities for Healing Hurt People. Prior to serving in this capacity, Jonathan worked as a Program Manager and Health Policy Analyst at the Drexel School of Public Health where he worked on a range of research projects relating to health disparities, health care reform, and public health preparedness. Jonathan received his DrPH degree from the Drexel University School of Public Health. He holds a Masters Degree in Sociology from the De Universiteit van Amsterdam and received his MPH from Drexel as well.


Susanna Kramer, Center Program Manager  

Susanna Kramer, MA is the Program Manager for the Center, where she oversees activities for the Center and the Healing Hurt People program.  Susanna received her M.A. degree in Clinical Psychology from West Chester University and her B.A. degree in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania.  She has a background in developmental psychology, federal grant management, and behavioral health research. Prior to coming to the Center, she worked as a Project Manager at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research (CMHPSR).  Her work at CMHPSR focused on using data from treatment outcomes to improve services for clients in public behavioral health systems in Pennsylvania and Delaware. 

Richard Baccare, Community Intervention Specialist

Rich Baccare, MSS, LSW works as the Community Intervention Specialist for the Healing Hurt People program at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. He is a licensed social worker who brings experience working with adults and youth as a family unit to overcome obstacles resulting from behavioral difficulties and trauma. He has previously worked as an outpatient clinician with a program serving individuals and families struggling with sexually problematic behavior, using a strengths-based model and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. He also previously served as a social work intern with the Healing Hurt People program before graduating with his Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College. Rich received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminal Justice from Villanova University.


Erica J. Harris, Injury and Public Health Research Fellow

Erica Harris, MD is Healing Hurt People's first Injury and Public Health Research Fellow and an Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Harris engages in HHP's ongoing research activities, educates residents and students, and is pursuing a Masters of Public Health through Drexel University's School of Public Health. Prior to joining HHP, Dr. Harris authored a policy brief as an intern with the Justice Policy Institute on the burden of trauma among youth in the juvenile justice system. Dr. Harris received her B.S. in Biology from American University and her medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine/Hahnemann University Hospital.

Jazzmin Cooper, Healing Hurt People Replication Field Manager

Jazzmin Cooper, MPH is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and received her MPH in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University. Jazzmin is leading the replication of Healing Hurt People at other Level 1 Trauma Centers in Philadelphia. Jazzmin also serves as Healing Hurt People's Client Intern Supervisor.  



Nadine Schwartz, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Nadine Schwartz, MD is a Board Certified Pediatrician, Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.  

She is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry for Drexel University College of Medicine and has served as Chief of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia for over 9 years. While faculty at DUCOM, Dr. Schwartz has won once and been nominated several times for the Golden Apple award for medical student teaching.  Dr. Schwartz has also been named by SJ Magazine as a Top Doc for Kids in Child Psychiatry. Dr. Schwartz completed her “Triple Board” combined residency and fellowship training in Pediatrics, General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City in 2003.  She served as Chief Resident of that program during her final year of training.  Dr. Schwartz serves currently as the national Chairperson of the Triple Board Alumni Database and Association. Dr. Schwartz graduated in 1997 from Temple University College of Medicine where she was awarded the O. Spurgeon English award for outstanding performance in the field of Psychiatry.