Karla Siu

Title Director of Programs
Education M.S.W., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C.
B.S.W., James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Va.
Inspiration “I'm most inspired and moved by transformation and growth. I especially love to catch glimpses of individuals and communities successfully partnering across their deepest differences.”

Karla Siu is director of programs at Greenleaf. She leads the development and implementation of tailored programs utilizing trauma-informed approaches for Greenleaf clients who are impacted by the effects of trauma in their daily work.

She brings experience working with leading trauma practitioners, evidence-based treatment developers, and implementation science experts at The Center for Child and Family and RTI’s Center on Social Determinants, Risk Behaviors, and Prevention Science. Karla has also partnered with top national health service researchers at University of North Carolina’s Cecil G. Sheps Center to conduct stakeholder-engaged research funded by Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

Karla has worked on issues of community mental health, biculturalism, welfare reform, and provision of services to domestic violence offenders. In 2009, Karla co-authored an article in the Journal of Family Violence, and in 2019, she contributed to the Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused curriculum.

Karla is an actively licensed clinical social worker with over 17 years of experience serving families and children recovering from trauma. Recently, Karla provided consultation to the NC Office of Rural Health’s Farmworker Health Program and El Futuro, a community mental health clinic, to implement bilingual video-counseling services in select primary care clinics in rural North Carolina. Formerly, Karla served as a bilingual outpatient therapist at El Futuro for 11 years, and additionally for seven of those years as El Futuro’s clinical program director. At El Futuro, Karla managed a growing team of 15 licensed clinicians, led clinical program design and implementation, and chaired El Futuro’s quality improvement committee.

Karla earned her Master of Social Work degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, N.C., and her Bachelor of Social Work degree at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

What Inspires Karla? “I’m most inspired and moved by transformation and growth. I especially love to catch glimpses of individuals and communities successfully partnering across their deepest differences.”

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