Sandra L. Bloom, MD
BOARD CHAIR

Sandra is a Board-Certified psychiatrist, a graduate of Temple University School of Medicine, and currently an Associate Professor of Health Management and Policy at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University. For the past forty years, Dr. Bloom has done pioneering work in the field of traumatic stress studies. From 1980 to 2001, Dr. Bloom served as Founder and Executive Director of the Sanctuary programs, inpatient psychiatric programs for treating trauma-related emotional disorders. During those years, she was also President of the Alliance for Creative Development, a multidisciplinary outpatient practice group. Dr. Bloom is recognized nationally and internationally as the founder of the Sanctuary Model. Since 2012, Dr. Bloom has also served as Co-chair for the Philadelphia ACEs Task Force.

In 2020, Dr. Bloom introduced a new online organizational and clinical approach, Creating PRESENCE, to help create trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, and trauma-resilient organizations.

Dr. Bloom is a past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Dr. Bloom originated and has written a series of books on trauma-informed care: Creating Sanctuary: Toward the Evolution of Sane Societies, published in 1997, with the second edition in 2013; Destroying Sanctuary: The Crisis in Human Delivery Service Systems, published by Oxford University Press in 2010 and Restoring Sanctuary: A New Operating System for Trauma-Informed Systems of Care, published by Oxford University Press in 2013. Dr. Bloom has authored and published dozens of chapters and articles and S.E.L.F.: a Trauma-Informed Group Psychoeducational Curriculum.