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Lost & Found Grief Center Adds Chief Clinical Officer


Upon the retirement of Lost & Found Grief Center co-founder Dr. Karen Scott, the organization began a nationwide search for a Chief Clinical Officer. At Lost & Found, the Chief Clinical Officer leads the overall vision and direction for the organization’s key Program Initiatives: grief support groups and individual counseling, training and education, and the development of new programs. Responsibilities include collaborating on the strategic development and implementation of innovative clinical programs and tools, as well as collaboration with strategic partners to further the mission of the organization.

“We are extremely blessed to have a professional like Dr. Christians overseeing Lost & Found’s grief support programming. She is a quality person who is not only a wonderful colleague but someone who will work hard to support the vast number of bereaved individuals throughout southwest Missouri with her thoughtful approach. I’m beyond thrilled to have her join our team, and am excited for the community to get to know her.”

  • Emily Givens, Executive Director

Iman Williams Christians, Ph. D

“Dr. Iman” is the new Chief Clinical Officer at Lost & Found Grief Center. She comes with several years’ experience as the clinic director of two Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinics in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Killeen, Texas. Dr. Iman is a clinical psychologist with over 13 years of experience; she earned her doctorate from Jackson State University. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with STRONG STAR, the world’s largest research consortium for the detection, prevention and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to military combat trauma. She is certified in Prolonged Exposure (PE) and completed the Prolonged Exposure Consultant Program with Emory University. Dr. Iman also specializes in cognitive processing therapy, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR), and suicide prevention.

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Dr. Iman was drawn to Springfield, Missouri for an opportunity to infuse her passion in trauma work and expertise in managing large growing clinics into a comprehensive grief center that does so much good for the community. Dr. Iman is married with two children, enjoys hiking, mindful gardening, and is looking forward to adding goats, chickens, and pigs to her small farm.

“I will bring my expertise in running and growing a mental health center. I grew up in a family where mental health was embraced. I understand how important it is for those services to be accessible and affordable, which is why I am so drawn to the grief support services that Lost & Found offers to the community.”

  • Iman Williams Christians, Ph. D, Chief Clinical Officer

“We could not be more excited to have Iman join our organization. Her combination of education, experience, and commitment to grief counseling will serve Lost & Found and our community for many years to come.”

  • Jason Smith, Lost & Found Grief Center Board Chairman

About Lost & Found Grief Center: 

Since 2000, Lost & Found Grief Center has offered help, hope, and healing to children, adults and families who have lost a loved one. Thanks to the support of our generous donors, we are able to provide therapeutic support groups at no cost to participants. We also offer fee-based grief counseling on an individual basis.

Lost & Found Grief Center’s Mission: 

We strive to improve lives in our community by providing help, hope, and healing through professional grief support services.


Families and individuals interested in learning more can call 417.865.9998 or visit


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