Sandra J. Dixon, PMHCNS-BC


Sandra J. Dixon, PMHCNS-BC

Mental health correspondent, specializing in child abuse and trauma issues.

Sandra J. Dixon practiced as an Advance Practice Nurse/Clinical Nurse Specialist in psychiatry for 20 years at Carle Physicians Group in Illinois. She recently retired and has dedicated herself to helping abused children and increasing the awareness of officials like police officers to their plight.

Prior to Carle, Sandra worked in a psychiatric hospital inpatient unit. She is dual certified in Adult and in Child/Adolescent Psychiatric & Mental Health Nursing.

Sandra is the author of the acclaimed book, "The Invisible Girl: Uncovering Repressed Memories of Childhood Sexual Abuse," a true story based on her own childhood trauma and recovery. Her articles have been published in Trauma Response, a professional journal by the National Center for Crisis Management, as well as in other publications.

She is Board Certified by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) and the National Center for Crisis Management NC-CM) in three areas: Expert in Traumatic Stress, Expert in Sexual Abuse, and Fellow, Acute Traumatic Stress.

She serves on the boards of the Child Advocacy Centers of Illinois (CACI), and the East Central Regional Human Rights Authority (ECRHRA). She volunteers her services at a free psychiatric clinic for people with no insurance and is a member of the National Association to Protect Children. 

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