National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

Ruth Mazelis

Ruta Mazelis joined the nationally renowned Sidran Institute in 2004 while continuing her role as editor of The Cutting Edge newsletter, which she founded in 1990.  She is a popular speaker and trainer who presents nationally on behalf of Sidran on issues surrounding self-inflicted violence, trauma, and trauma-informed care.  She frequently consults to the Center for Mental Health Services on topics related to trauma, including trauma-informed care, co-occurring disorders, retraumatization in systems of care, self-injury, and criminal-justice involved survivors.  She provided extensive technical assistance to the SAMHSA Women, Co-occurring Disorders and Violence Study, served as a program manager for the National Center for Trauma Informed Care, and is currently on the board of the National Trauma Consortium.

Ms. Mazelis, herself a trauma survivor, has worked as a substance abuse and mental health care provider in inpatient and outpatient settings.  In addition to The Cutting Edge newsletter, and editing the web site,, she has published numerous articles and contributed to research studies about self-inflicted injury, the impact of trauma, and transforming mental health care.