Who we are

We are a group of passionate professionals whose purpose is to improve the behavioral health of individuals.

Terrace Metrics was created by licensed psychologists, educators, and experts in behavioral health, social-emotional learning, and curriculum development. Our work covers k-12 and higher education students and educators, caregivers, and corporate environments.

Our services are all founded on the same belief: working together we can impact people’s lives for the better.

Our Co-Founders

Kathleen M. Chard, PhD.

CEO and Co-founder

Dr. Kathleen Chard is an international expert on trauma and adversity across the lifespan. She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Indiana and is the co-author of Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), one of the only two treatments recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense. Dr. Chard led the national roll out of CPT for the Veterans Administration and she has over 100 publications on the impact of adversity to adults, children, and families. She is highly sought after for her expertise in this area, with hundreds of presentations to American and international audiences.

Rich Gilman, PhD., MBA

President and Co-founder

Rich has seen firsthand how workers, students and teachers struggle with stress, pressure, long hours and how it takes its toll on their health; and ultimately negatively impacts the performance of the organization that they work for or the activities they are engaged in. Convinced there had to be a more effective way to assess and solve for these challenges, he interviewed hundreds of individuals and organizations to understand their unique needs, he received in-depth training on organizational systems science, and he continued his research in resilience science to better determine the most robust predictors of optimal functioning. He has degrees from the University of Minnesota, the University of South Carolina, and Oxford University.

Leadership Team

Dr. Craig Bertelsen

Director of Operations

25 years of proven business delivery and growth while building winning teams. Skilled in growing and leading teams domestically and abroad. MBA, Thomas More College. PhD, Materials Engineering, University of Cincinnati. Global Industry Manager, Lexmark International. Development Technology Manager, Lexmark International.

Dale Zdolshek

Director of Sales and Development

Former president, Joseph Edwards Company. 45 years Experience Product Development Experience. Director of North American Sales and Distribution for CP Petrochemical Group.

Dennis Deters

Legal Counsel

Former judge, Ohio First District Court of Appeals. Former Hamilton County (OH) Commissioner. Practicing Attorney

Scientific Advisory Team

Dr. Kenneth Rice

Ken and Mary Matheny Endowed Professorship
Georgia State University

PhD, University of Notre Dame. Faculty Appointments at Penn State, Michigan State, UFL. Fellow, American Psychological Association. Extensive experience in developing or evaluating measures used in schools, universities, and health-related settings. Expert in advanced statistical methods. Author of over 200 research papers, book chapters, and books.

Dr. Amanda Nickerson

Associate Professor and Director of the Alberti Center for Bullying Abuse Prevention SUNY-Buffalo

PhD, University of South Carolina. Fellow, American Psychological Association. Extensive research on bullying and school anti-violence policies. Author of over 100 research papers, book chapters, and books.

Dr. Eric Anderman

Professor of Quantitative Research, Evaluation and Measurement The Ohio State University

Ph.D. University of Michigan. Fellow, American Psychological Association. Fellow, American Educational Research Association. Expert in advanced statistical methods. Author of over 150 research papers, book chapters, and books on psychometric designs. Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Ecology (2009-2019).

Dr. Bruce Bracken

College of William and Mary

Fellow, American Psychological Association. Diplomat, American Board of Psychological Assessment. Creator of the Bracken Scales, one of the most  commonly used social-emotional measures for children. Past president, International Test Commission. Author of over 200 research papers, book chapters, and books.

Dr. E. Scott Huebner

University of South Carolina

Fellow, American Psychological Association. Fellow, International Quality of Life Studies. Fellow, International Positive Psychology Association. Creator of the Students’ Life Satisfaction Scale, one of the most  commonly used well-being measures for students, worldwide. Author of over 250 research papers, book chapters, and books.

Dr. Lea Theodore

Professor and Director Adelphi University

Fellow, American Psychological Association. Former President, American Psychological Association (School Psychology). Extensive research on emotional adjustment of children. Author of over 60 research papers, book chapters, and books.

Content Advisory Committee

Dr. David Schonfeld

Director, National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement

MD, Boston University. Faculty Appointments at Yale, University of Cincinnati, USC. Fellow, American Medical Association. Former President, Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Former Commissioner, National Commission on Children and Disasters. Author of over 100 research papers, book chapters, and books.

Dr. Kevin Jamison

Director of Student Services Princeton (OH) City Schools

20 years as educator and administrator in several urban school districts. Licensed mental health therapist. Ed.D. in Educational Development.

Lynne Switzer

Former Director of Student Services, Scott County Schools (KY)

27 years in education, 17 years educational leadership and administration. Trauma Informed Care district lead. School Mental Health and Wellness lead.

Dr. Randy Poe

Executive Director, National Center for Transformational Leadership

Kentucky superintendent of the year (2013). Board Member, National Center for Education Research and Technology. Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.

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