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Keynote Speakers

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Charles R. Figley, Ph.D.
The Paul Henry Kurzweg, MD Distinguished Chair and Professorship, Tulane University
School of Social Work and Associate Dean for Research and Traumatology Institute Director

Charles R. Figley, Ph.D., Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health and founding member of the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy was recruited to Tulane to help organize and participate in new doctoral and research programs.

Such programs would reflect the knowledge gained from Katrina to help Tulane become a world leader in disaster mental health and focus attention on the psychosocial rebuilding of New Orleans. This is the culmination of a career that has spanned more than 35 years as a trauma scholar whose work has led to many innovations in psychology, psychiatry, and social work. These include the development of the diagnosis of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), the treatment of war veterans, traumatized families, and the secondary trauma of mental health professionals and other caregivers (i.e., compassion fatigue), traumatology, and the traumatology of grieving.


Professor Figley has been editor of a number of journals (e.g., the Founding editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress) and book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology book series with Taylor & Francis). Dr. Figley's current editorships include Editor (founder), Traumatology, the International Journal, 1995-present and Editor (founder), Routledge (formerly Brunner/Mazel ) Psychosocial Stress Book Series , 1983-present. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including twenty books and 114 refereed journal articles that reported on more than 35 research projects focusing primarily on stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities. He is currently at work on three books: (1) Everson, R. B & Figley, C. R. (due in 2009). FAMILIES UNDER FIRE: A Handbook for Systemic Therapy with Military Families; (2) Figley, C. R, Huggard, P. & Charlotte Rees (Editors) (due in 2010). First Do No Self-Harm: Understanding and Promoting Physician Stress Resilience. NY: Oxford University Press; (3) Figley, C. R. & Roop, R. (due in 2009). First Strike: Preventing Human Abuse by First Documenting Animal Abuse. Washington, DC: Humane Society Press. He just received a contract from Sage Publications to produce the first Encyclopedia of Trauma.


Dr. Figley is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and is the recipient of numerous lectureships throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, Finland, and universities through the United States received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship. Among his many awards is a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates. In 2006 he received the Humanitarian of the Year Award by the University of Missouri International Psychosocial Trauma Center (2006). In 2009 he will receive two additional awards 2009 American Family Therapy Award for distinguished Contribution to Family therapy Theory and Practice by the American Family Therapy Academy and the American Psychological Association's Award for Life Time Achievement in Trauma Psychology.


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Dr. Kathleen Regan Figley
Master Traumatologist
Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work
Tulane University

Dr. Kathleen (Kathy) Regan Figley has been active in the disaster services profession since 1991, specializing in human services programs and disaster trauma/stress management. Dr. Figley specializes in trauma affecting the general public, first responders, and the military; compassion stress management; and crisis intervention services at the local level through EAP providers.

Dr. Figley is the President and Founder of Figley Institute, which offers traumatologist certification courses and workshops/presentations. Since the early 90's served for extended periods with the State of Florida Emergency Management (1991-1995; 1999-2001), FEMA (1995-1998) and CEO of Green Cross Academy of Traumatology (2001-2007), a non-profit corporation specializing in trauma-related humanitarian efforts. She serves as Adjunct Faculty at St Petersburg College's National Terrorism Preparedness Institute and Florida Regional Community Policing Institute; and Duquesne University School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. Starting in the Fall 2009, she will serve as Adjunct Faculty with Tulane University, School of Social Work. Dr. Figley has served as a volunteer member of the Florida Crisis Consortium since 2006. She is certified as a Field Traumatologist, Compassion Fatigue Educator, Certified Traumatologist and Compassion Fatigue Therapist. She received Master Traumatologist certification in 1999. In 1998 Dr. Figley was recognized as Green Cross Projects' Traumatologist of the Year.


Dr. Figley's catastrophic disaster deployments number more than 30, the first of which was Hurricane Andrew. Other major disasters include the Hurricane Katrina (Louisiana -2006), December 2004 Asian Tsunami (Sri Lanka), the September 11 World Trade Center attack (2001), Northridge Earthquake (1994), and the Mid-West Floods (Iowa - 1993). For her work she received recognition from the SEIU Local 32BJ President, Governor Bush, and awards from the National Council on Family Relations "Distinguished Services to Families Award" (2001), the American Society for Public Administration North Florida Chapter "Exemplary Service Award" (2002), Spirit of Women "Small Business Winner" (2003), and theTallahassee Association of Marriage and Family Therapy "Heart for Family" Award (2005). In 2006, Dr. Figley was regognized an an honored member of Cambridge Who's Who.


In 1981 Dr. Figley received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor is Business from the University of Alabama in Birminghamand she received her M.S. in Counseling and Human Systems in 1983 at Florida State University. She received her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling from Graduate Theological Foundation, South Bend, Indiana in 2008.


Dr. Figley is a member of Florida Emergency Preparedness Association, American Society for Training and Development, Tallahassee Chapter of American Society for Training and Development (Vice President of Finance 2007-2008), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, Tallahassee Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (Board Member 2006-2008), International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and Association of Thought Field Therapy.


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The Reverend Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr., DMin., DH
Dean of the Seminary - Associate Professor of Practical Theology
New Brunswick Theological Seminary

Dr. Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr. is the Dean of the Seminary and Tenured Associate Professor of Practical Theology at New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

He is currently the Vice President of Disaster Chaplaincy Services; board member at Andover Newton Theological School, Newton, Massachusetts; Board Chair of the North Jersey American Red Cross; Commissioner, Bergen County Human Relations and on the Chief Academic Officer Advisory Board for the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). His two books address Clergy Self Care.


Since 1996, Dr. Ashley has served as the founder and senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey. He was the Project Director for the Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Program, Council of Churches of the City of New York. Will was the director of the Blanton Peale Pastoral Studies Program in East Orange, New Jersey. He was also the director of pastoral care at Barnert Hospital Paterson, New Jersey. Ashley was the chair of The Instituto Latino de Cuidado Pastoral, Inc., and a former Board Member of Christ Hospital, Jersey City, New Jersey. Reverend Ashley was a staff psychotherapist at The Riverside Church, New York City and the Montclair Counseling Center, Upper Montclair, New Jersey.


The Rev. Dr. Willard Ashley has served as the senior pastor at churches in New Hampshire and New Jersey, since 1982. Dr. Ashley hosted a half hour program on Black Entertainment Television (BET). He was on the radio in New York City for six years. He worked with senior level executives and major law firm partners as an executive coach.


Dr Ashley is a native of New York City. He is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Theory at Montclair State University. Ashley has a master's degree in theology and an earned doctorate in leadership development from the Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts. Will holds an honorary Doctor of Humanities from Natchez College, Natchez, Mississippi. He completed the residency program in Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as Psychotherapy at the Blanton Peale Graduate Institute, New York City. Dr. Willard Ashley taught at, Drew University, Andover Newton Theological School, and The New York Theological Seminary.


He holds associate membership in The American Association of Marriage Family Therapists and the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Dr. Ashley is the recipient of numerous awards. He is in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He is the proud father of an adult son "Chris" and married to Tanya Pagan Raggio-Ashley, MD, FAAP, MPH, who is board certified in pediatrics and preventive medicine.


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Rupa Bhattacharyya
Special Master, Victim Compensation Fund

Rupa Bhattacharyya has a distinguished career in public service. Rupa joined the Department of Justice in 1996 through the Attorney General's Honors Program as a Trial Attorney in the Civil Division.

She was awarded the Attorney General's John Marshall Award for Outstanding Legal Achievement for Trial Litigation, as well as three Special Commendations from the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division for Outstanding Service. In August 2008, Rupa accepted a Senior Executive Service position as the Deputy Assistant General Counsel for International Affairs at the Department of the Treasury. In that capacity, Rupa supervised a team of attorneys handling legal activities relating to a broad range of international economic, financial, and regulatory matters, and in 2012, she received an Exceptional Service Award from the Secretary of the Treasury.


In April 2012, Rupa returned to DOJ as a Director in the Torts Branch, with oversight over the Office of Constitutional and Specialized Tort Litigation. In that capacity, she managed three offices: the Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, which has paid in excess of $3.4 billion to more than 4,700 people since the Program's 1988 inception under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act; the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act program, which has awarded more than $2 billion in compassionate compensation to eligible claimants under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act; and the Constitutional Torts staff, which defends constitutional tort claims brought against federal officials sued in their individual capacities in federal district courts and reviews and makes determinations on requests for individual capacity representation from federal employees.


Prior to her legal professional career, Rupa served as a law clerk for the Honorable Julia Smith Gibbons, then of the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and now of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Rupa graduated from Harvard Law School and has a Master's degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Her undergraduate degree is from Tulane University in her hometown of New Orleans.


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Stephen J. Cozza, M.D.
Col(Ret) U.S. Army
Professor of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University

Stephen J. Cozza, M.D. is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC.

Dr. Cozza is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served in a variety of positions of responsibility in the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to include Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Chief, Department of Psychiatry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 after 25 years of military service. He currently serves as the Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Uniformed Services University, as well as the Director of the Center's Child and Family Program.


Dr. Cozza's professional interests have been in the areas of clinical and community response to trauma, and the impact of deployment and combat injury, illness and death on military service members, their families and their children. He was instrumental in organizing and executing the initial mental health response to the September 11th 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Under his leadership, the Walter Reed Department of Psychiatry spearheaded the initiative to provide mental health services, support and follow up to the many injured service members, their families and their children who receive medical treatment.


As the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Child and Family Programs, Dr. Cozza has highlighted the impact of deployment, injury, illness and death on the children and families of military service members. He is principal investigator on several congressionally funded grants examining the characteristics of child neglect in military communities, the impact of parental combat injury on children and families, the effectiveness of a family based intervention with combat injured families (FOCUS-CI), as well as the impact of military family bereavement. Dr. Cozza serves as a scientific advisor to several national organizations that focus on military children and families, as well as the broader experiences of traumatized or bereaved children.


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John Feal
Founder and President
The FealGood Foundation and Director of the Zadroga Bill

John Feal founded the Fealgood Foundation was founded in the wake of 9/11. The foundation assists First Responders and other people who have been physically or mentally injured as a result of their rescue, recovery and clean up efforts at the WTC site after 9/11. FealGood Foundation (FGF) advocates for First Responder rights. John Feal and FGF provide financial assistance, medical and legal contacts, and other advocacy needs.

On September, 12, 2001, John and his team of Construction Demolition experts were called to Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan to aid in the cleanup and recovery mission. While supervising his team, roughly 8,000 pounds of steel came loose from the huge pile and crushed his left foot. After 11 weeks in the hospital, doctors amputated half of John's left foot. John went through years of surgeries and innumerable hours of therapy; as well as extensive hospital stays and mounting medical expenses.


Once out of the hospital, John made it his mission to alleviate the Heroes of 9/11 from the burdens he experienced and created the FealGood Foundation. John's team at the foundation made it their mission to ensure that every United States Senator, Congressman and Congresswoman knew the FealGood Foundation's name, their determination and their inflexibility to never accept "No" for an answer.


On December 22rd, 2010, just three days before Christmas and while holding the US Senate & Congress from starting their holiday break, John and his team of Responders and Volunteers watched the proud moment of a unanimous vote by the entire Senate to pass HR 847.


John and The FealGood Foundation have now made it their mission to assure transparency in the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation law. John spreads himself between fund-raising for important causes directly related to the responders and all those affected by 9/11 and its aftermath, to lobbying the many sub-committees involving the Zadroga law and holding forums to ensure that responders know their rights as they pertain to the law. John has now been influential in the passing of two bills since 2004, and continues to strive with his grass roots activism.


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Mary A. Fetchet, LCSW
Founding Director | Voices of September 11th

Mary Fetchet is the driving force behind VOICES, a non-profit organization she co-founded in 2001 following the death of her 24 year old son Brad at the World Trade Center. Her unique background as a mother of a victim, along with over 20 years of expertise as a clinical social worker, influenced VOICES innovative approach to creating a new paradigm in providing long-term support services.

Using social work practices, she guided the development of programs that provide continuity of care and promote resiliency in the lives of victims' families, responders and survivors. Today, Ms. Fetchet is also helping communities heal after other traumatic events through VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, an initiative that she launched in 2014.


Under her leadership, VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial Project in advance of the 5th anniversary to document the nearly 3,000 lives lost and stories of survivors. As a clinician, she recognized the importance of commemoration and supporting families through the emotional but therapeutic process of honoring their loved ones in a meaningful way. The 9/11 Living Memorial Project is now an extensive digital collection of over 70,000 photographs and personal keepsakes contributed by thousands of family members. The collection is located on VOICES website and is also a core component of the In Memoriam exhibit at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.


A strong advocate for the rights of victim's families and survivors, and public policy reforms to make the country safer, Ms. Fetchet advocated for an appropriate process for the notification of human remains, the Victim's Compensation Fund and the creation of the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site. She was also instrumental in campaigning for the 9/11 Commission and the implementation of reforms based on their recommendations. She testified before the 9/11 Commission and the U.S. Congress on five occasions.


Ms. Fetchet's work through the VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience includes establishing public-private partnerships, educational initiatives and research projects to document best practices in preparing communities to more effectively respond to the long-term needs of victims' families, responders and survivors. Through a U.S. Department of Justice grant, VOICES produced a publication, Preparing for After, a resource kit of best practices based on interviews conducted with those who responded to the 9/11 attacks; the Oklahoma City bombing; and the shootings at Virginia Tech, Northern Illinois University and Tucson, Arizona. Currently, she is leading several research projects that are examining the long-term needs of families and communities impacted by traumatic events.


An expert on the long-term needs of victims and survivors, mental health care, preparedness, and national security reforms, she has personally advised organizations and federal agencies both nationally and internationally. Ms. Fetchet has made hundreds of appearances on national television and at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and contributes regularly to print and radio. Her awards include induction into the Hall of Fame at Columbia School of Social Work in NYC, the Social Work Managers Award, Hometown Heroes on DIRECTTV, ABC News Person of the Year, Moffly Media Light A Fire Award and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams Making a Difference.


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Anthony Gardner
Vice President of Community Affairs, National September 11 Memorial & Museum

In April 2015, Mr. Gardner joined the National September 11 Memorial & Museum as Vice President of Community Affairs and through this role he develops and manages a broad range of partnerships and initiatives that advance the 9/11 Memorial & Museum's relations with members of the 9/11 community and government officials/entities, furthers its educational mission, and facilitates the general public's understanding of, and appreciation for, the institution.

Mr. Gardner is a museum/nonprofit professional who has worked on 9/11 related issues since 2001. In honor of his brother, Harvey, who was killed in the attacks, he founded a 9/11 organization and became active as an advisor on the Memorial and Memorial Museum planning efforts and as a consulting party in the World Trade Center Section 106 process. Mr. Gardner was a vocal advocate for the preservation of the box columns and other in situ archeological assets of the World Trade Center site, which now serve as the setting for the 9/11 Memorial Museum's primary exhibitions.


Most recently, he served as the Executive Director of the New Jersey State Museum/New Jersey Department of State where he focused on visitor engagement and building key strategic partnerships to increase the institution's visibility and impact. Mr. Gardner holds an M.A. in Museum Studies and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management both from Seton Hall University and a Master's in Public Administration (MPA) from the Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration.


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Peter B. Gudaitis, M.DIV.

Mr. Gudaitis currently serves as the Executive Vice President & Chief Response Officer of New York Disaster Interfaith Services (NYDIS) and President of the National Disaster Interfaiths Network (NDIN).

NYDIS is a 501(c)(3) federation of faith-based human service providers, charitable organizations and faith communities that work in partnership to provide disaster readiness, response, and recovery services for New York City. NYDIS collaborates with local, state, and national agencies to facilitate the delivery of non-sectarian spiritual care, secular disaster human services planning and as well as providing mitigation education, preparedness training and risk communication to New York City religious communities, underserved victims and impacted neighborhoods. NYDIS members representing over 60 faith communities and faith-based organizations.


He has over 25 years of experience in chaplaincy, disaster emergency management, faith-based philanthropy, program management, and social services administration – including almost a decade in Emergency Medical Services.


Mr. Gudaitis is a member of the Faith-based Caucus of the International Association of Emergency Managers; Guest Lecturer and Advisory Board member for the Metropolitan College of New York, Emergency and Disaster Management Program; Contributing Fellow at the Center for Religion and Civic Culture at the University of Southern California; the Mass Fatality Preparedness Advisory Board at the University of California, San Francisco; Adjunct Professor at Hartford Seminary; In 2012, he was appointed to the New York State Respond Commission by Governor Andrew Cuomo. He serves on the Board of Directors of NYC Voluntary Organization Active in Disaster. And, in 2015 he was appointed to the New York City Charitable Organization & House of Worship Recovery Task Force by New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito.


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Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT,
Private Practice, White Plains, NY
Adjunct Faculty, New York University & Lesley University
Co-Chair, Community Outreach, American Group Psychotherapy Association

Dr. Haen has been working clinically with people impacted by interpersonal, developmental, and familial trauma for 15 years. He provides acute crisis intervention following acts of violence and atrocity, trains crisis teams and schools in responding to mass trauma events, and has consulted with organizations on the implementation of trauma-informed care.

He was particularly active in the treatment of children, families, and service professionals in the New York area following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Haen is a graduate adjunct faculty member at NYU and Lesley University. He has published widely, and is contributing editor of the 2011 book Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process and contributing co-editor of Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment. He has a full-time private practice in White Plains, New York where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families.


For 15 years, he worked as a clinician and supervisor in mental health agencies and hospitals, most recently serving as Clinical Director of Adolescent Services for Kids in Crisis and Assistant Clinical Director at ANDRUS. He serves on the Editorial Boards of The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy and The Arts in Psychotherapy. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, where he co-chairs the Child & Adolescent Special Interest Group and the Community Outreach Task Force, a group that responds to trauma events in diverse communities.


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Robert H. Klein, Ph.D, ABPP, FAPA, DLFAGPA, CGP

Robert H. Klein, Ph.D, ABPP, FAPA, DLFAGPA, CGP is a clinical faculty member at the Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Diplomate in Group Psychology, he is Past President and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), member Board of Directors of the Group Psychotherapy Foundation, and founding member of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists.

Following 9/11, he served as the Co-Chair of the AGPA Disaster Outreach Task Force and has since been extensively involved with providing and teaching post-disaster group interventions. A recognized expert in the area of group psychotherapy, he lectures, consults and supervises both nationally and internationally. He is the author of numerous publications, including co-author of Termination in Psychotherapy, and co-editor of Group Psychotherapy for Psychological Trauma, Handbook of Contemporary Group Psychotherapy, Public Mental Health Service Delivery Protocols: Group Interventions for Disaster Preparedness and Response, and Leadership in a Changing World. His latest book, co-edited with Harold Bernard and Victor Schermer, is entitled: On Becoming a Psychotherapist: The Personal and Professional Journey. Dr. Klein maintains a private clinical practice with offices in Westport and Milford, CT.


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Jacqueline Moline
Associate Professor
Chair of Population Health | Hofstra University

Jacqueline M. Moline, M.D., M.Sc. is an Occupational Medicine specialist. Dr. Moline's research in the past has focused on the health effects of lead exposure, the health effects of theatrical smoke and fog on Actors, and the effect of creosote on exposed workers.

For the past decade, Dr. Moline's endeavors have been centered on the medical evaluation and treatment of World Trade Center (WTC) responders. She began seeing individuals whose health was affected by the WTC disaster in October 2001, and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the federally-funded medical programs for WTC responders. She has published over 29 articles on the physical and mental health effects of WTC exposure. In July 2011, Dr. Moline was awarded a 5-year, $3.85M contract to be the Director of the Queens World Trade Center Clinical Center of Excellence at Long Island Jewish Medical Center/Queens College. She has received numerous awards for her service to WTC responders.


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Suzanne B. Phillips Psy.D.,ABPP,CGP,FAGPA

Suzanne B. Phillips Psy.D.,ABPP,CGP,FAGPA is a licensed Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Diplomate in Group Psychology, Certified Group Therapist, Fellow and Board Member and Co-chair of Community Outreach for the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).

She is Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology in the psychology doctoral program at LIU Post, N.Y. and on the faculty of the Suffolk Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is the Trauma/Disaster Chair for the Suffolk County Psychological Association. She is a clinician for The Soldiers Project Long Island.


Dr. Phillips has provided services and training nationally and internationally on trauma and disaster. In February 2008, as Community Outreach Chair of AGPA, she gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military and their families. On a yearly basis she runs the weekly AGPA's Camp Galaxy for military children at the 106th Rescue Squad, Westhampton, NY. She is presently engaged in a research study on the Barriers and Pathways to Healthcare for Military Women.


She has written and presented on many topics including couples, marriages, uniformed services, bereavement, divorce, depression, happiness, the psychological impact of medical illness and injury, couples coping with cancer, homecoming, healing and recovery in the aftermath of suicide, etc. She is the co-author of three books, and over 40 articles and chapters. Most recently she co-authored, Healing Together: A Couple's Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She is a weekly blogger for Psych Central and has also blogged for This Emotional Life and .She has appeared on national TV – Fox 5 Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She has been a frequent radio guest and hosts her own weekly radio show and podcast " Psych Up" on CoSozo and on live Radio at WMIQ 1450 AM in Michigan.


She has a private practice in Northport, N.Y. 11768.


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Terry Strada

Mother, 9/11 widow, Activist and National Chair, 9/11 Victims' Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. In this role, Terry serves as a liason between the 9/11 families & survivors and Congress. Terry travels to Washington, D.C. to meet with Senators, Representatives, both House and Senate leadership offices, as well as the Legislative Directors who are responsible for H.R.3815/S.2040.

H.R.3815/S.2040, the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act – "JASTA" and H.R.14, legislation urging the President to declassify the redacted 28 pages from the Joint Congressional Inquiry Into Intelligence Activities Before and After the Terrorist Attack of September 11, 2001.


Along with a dedicated committee, Terry lobbies, writes letters, emails and makes phone calls urging Congress to pass JASTA and H.R. 14. She manages the website:, an informational hub for JASTA and coordinates "lobby days" in Washington, DC with family members. Terry works closely with the sponsors and their staffs for both pieces of legislation.


Terry writes on the Huffington Post and has written on CNN's OpEd section of their online news outlet. Terry has frequently been interviewed on CNN and appeared on Fox Business, BBC International, the Today Show, Full Measure and CNN International discussing the importance of both JASTA and declassification of the 28 pages, as well as numerous radio and various online and print news outlets both domestic and international. Terry also speaks at press conferences in Washington, DC and at various events in NYC.


The 9/11 Victims' Victims' Families & Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism is comprised of over 9,000 victims' family members and survivors seeking justice, accountability and the truth regarding all perpetrators of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation.


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The Reverend Storm Swain, Ph.D.

The Rev. Dr. Storm Swain is a the Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. She is an Episcopal priest who served with the American Red Cross 9/11 Chaplaincy at the Family Assistance Centers at the Armory, Pier 94, Respite 2, and at the Disaster Mortuary at the Medical Examiners Office.

She is the author of Trauma and Transformation at Ground Zero: A Pastoral Theology (Fortress Press, 2011), and is currently working on her second book Resurrecting Resilience: Case Studies in Disaster Spiritual Care. She is married to the Rev. Stephen Harding, an FDNY Chaplain, and lives in both Philadelphia and New York.


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Kathleen Hubbs Ulman, Ph.D.
Past President of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Co-Chair of the Pubic Affairs Committee of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and Board Member ot the International Certification Board of Group Pyschotherapy

Kathleen Hubbs Ulman, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry (Psychology) Part- time at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, A Clinical Assistant in Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital, The Director of the Center for Group Psychotherapy at MGH,

Past President of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy. She is on the staff of the Women's Health Associates, a Primary Care Practice at MGH where she leads a health related groups, co- leads with a primary care physician group medical appointments for women with diabetes. She also leads Balint Groups for the clinical staff at Women's Health Associates to explore their feelings about their relationship with their patients with the goal of increasing their empathy. Along with two psychology colleagues she founded the Boston Threshold Group that organized thirteen group psychotherapy conferences in Belfast, Northern Ireland and provided opportunities for clinicians in Belfast to learn about group therapy and discuss their reactions to the trauma of the violence known as "The Troubles ". She has private practices in Boxford and Boston, MA. She has published and presented nationally and internationally on group therapy including several chapters and presentations on group therapy for trauma.







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