Aron Steward

Aron Steward, PhD, MBA, RYT 500, is a forensic psychologist with expertise in violence prevention, health and wellness, alternative therapies, burnout prevention, and organizational change. While assistant director of the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center, Aron carved a path for staff to be trained in the Kripalu RISE™ program, creating a significant culture shift at the center toward mindful self-regulation, as evidenced by a measurable decrease in aggressive incidents and high-level interventions, including restraint and isolation/seclusion of youth, alongside an increase in staff's perceived feelings of safety. Aron has served on multidisciplinary emergency response teams to prevent psychiatric crisis, organizational critical incidents, and school violence. She is currently the chief of psychology for Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, an affiliate of the University of Vermont Health Network, and co-chair of the Vermont Human Trafficking Taskforce. She speaks regularly on vicarious trauma prevention, human trafficking intervention, systemic self-care for organizations, and occupational resiliency. Aron was so inspired by the positive impact of RISE that she became a trained RISE Facilitator for Kripalu, delivering RISE programming to other social services organizations.