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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

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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Heather L. Cartwright
Director, Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism
National Security Division
U.S. Department of Justice

Ms. Cartwright currently serves as the Director of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) in the National Security Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She was appointed to this position in June 2007.

OVT was created by Congress and established by the Attorney General in May of 2005 to provide victims' rights advocacy and assistance during the investigation and prosecution of terrorist attacks against Americans abroad when those cases are addressed in foreign criminal justice systems. From August of 2010 to August of 2011, Ms. Cartwright served a one year detail as the Coordinator of the Deputy Attorney General's Victims of Crime Working Group. In this capacity she oversaw the revision of the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance, which is the Justice Department=s basic policy manual on the treatment of crime victims and witnesses.


From 2002 through 2007, Heather Cartwright was the Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit at the U.S. Attorney=s Office for the District of Columbia managing the largest prosecution-based victim assistance program in the federal system, serving victims and witnesses in cases before the D.C. Superior Court and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Responsibilities included victim assistance for a wide variety of victims focusing on child abuse, sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide, terrorism and other violent crime victims; witness security; witness logistical support (travel, interpreters, and child care); and victim notification. In 2004, Ms. Cartwright and several of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit staff received the Executive Office for United States Attorneys Director=s Award for Superior Performance in Victim Witness Assistance for their support of the victims of Pan Am 73 hijacking during the guilty plea and sentencing of the lead hijacker in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.


Prior to her appointment as Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit, Ms. Cartwright spent five years at the United States Department of Justice=s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). From 1998 to 2000, Ms. Cartwright was the Attorney Advisor to the Director of OVC where she oversaw the redrafting of the Attorney General Guidelines for Victim and Witness Assistance (2000 ed.) and provided legal advice in connection with victim services for the victims of the Pan Am 103 bombing during the trial in the Netherlands. In 2000, she was appointed the Director of the Federal Crime Victims Division at OVC where she administered Crime Victims Fund monies to support programs to assist victims of Federal crimes.


Ms. Cartwright received both Undergraduate and Law Degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Illinois. After three years in private practice, Ms. Cartwright was appointed law clerk to the Honorable George M. Marovich, U.S. District Judge, Northern District of Illinois. When her clerkship concluded, Ms. Cartwright spent several months as a staff attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, Chicago Regional Office, before being appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia in 1990. Ms. Cartwright served as an Assistant United States Attorney for eight years during which time she prosecuted criminal cases in both D.C. Superior and U.S. District Court, spending several years in the Violent Crime Section prosecuting serious firearms cases.


Through the Justice Department's international rule of law programs, Ms. Cartwright has worked extensively with foreign governments advocating for the inclusion of victims' rights and services as part of the criminal justice process. Countries assisted include: Japan, Kosovo, Romania, Poland, Latvia, Kenya, Albania, and Colombia.


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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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Deb Del Vecchio-Scully
Former Clinical Recovery Leader
Newtown Recovery and Resiliency

Deb Del Vecchio-Scully, LPC, NCC, DCMHS is a licensed professional and nationally-certified counselor. She holds American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) diplomat status as a Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Trauma Counseling. Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully has a Master's from Southern Connecticut State University and was appointed to serve on the American Counseling Association Anti- Bullying/Interpersonal Violence Task Force in 2015.

She is nationally known as a stress and trauma expert, having worked with survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as well as adults and children impacted by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully previously served as Clinical Recovery Leader and Trauma Specialist of the Newtown Recovery and Resiliency Team. She is currently embedded in the Sandy Hook Elementary School as a staff support clinician.


Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully uses a trauma-informed approach with clients coping with psychological issues utilizing evidenced-based and practice-informed mindfulness, mind-body, and somatic release approaches including Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Brainspotting, Biofeedback Therapeutic Aromatherapy and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).


In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Del Vecchio-Scully is a clinical supervisor and consultant on all aspects of mental health and wellness, trauma, communal mass tragedy, resilience and well-being. She is faculty for the American Counseling Association's Disaster Mental Health Learning Institute, and has presented on various aspects of PTSD, Traumatic grief and loss and communal mass tragedy at mental health and law enforcement conferences.


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Mary Fetchet, LCSW
Founding Director, Voices of September 11th (VOICES)

Mary Fetchet is the driving force behind Voices of September 11th (VOICES), an 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 20 years of expertise as a clinical social worker, shaped VOICES creation of 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 and survivors. As a family member, she was instrumental in campaigning for the creation of the 9/11 Commission and the implementation of reforms based on their recommendations. Under her leadership, VOICES also created the Living Memorial project, an online digital archive of 70,000 photos and personal keepsakes, which is also a core component of the In Memoriam exhibit at the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City.


Today, Ms. Fetchet is dedicated to establishing VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience to help communities heal after other acts of mass violence or natural disasters. An expert on the long-term needs of victims and survivors, mental health care, preparedness, and national security reforms, she has made hundreds of appearances on national television and at conferences in the U.S. and abroad, and contributes regularly to print and radio.


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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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Joseph C. Napoli, MD
Psychiatrist and Co-Director, Resiliency LLC
Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Joseph C. Napoli, MD is a physician/psychiatrist, advocate, author, clinician, educator, executive, professional leader, media consultant, and public speaker. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Board Certified in Psychiatry, and a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (APA).

In addition to being a former volunteer firefighter, he is a certified Disaster Response Crisis Counselor (DRCC) for the State of New Jersey and a former Disaster Mental Health Services volunteer for the American Red Cross of Northern New Jersey. He has responded to various crises and disasters including aviation crashes, bank robberies, fires, floods, hurricanes and motor vehicle crashes.


In 2003, he received the APA Bruno Lima Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the care and understanding of the victims of disasters. He is Past President of the New Jersey Psychiatric Association (NJPA), a district branch of the APA. From 1998 to 2006, as the Chairperson of its Disaster Preparedness Committee, he led the development of a statewide disaster psychiatry program. The Assembly of the APA commended NJPA for "exemplary service rendered in response to the attack on America September 11, 2001." As a community volunteer, he served on the Fort Lee School System Community Crisis Response Team from 1994 to 1999 and was a member of its Security and Crisis Response Council from 2005 to June 2007. The New Jersey Emergency Management Association honored him with its Humanitarian Award for his dedicated service and volunteerism. In 2004-2005, he served on the Emergency Preparedness/Trauma Advisory Committee for the New Jersey Mental Health Task force commissioned by Governor Richard J. Codey.


He received a Department of Psychiatry Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, where he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. In addition, he is the recipient of the APA Nancy C. A. Roeske, M.D. Certificate of Excellence, "in recognition of outstanding and sustained contributions to medical student education."


He authored a chapter for Conquering Chronic Pain After Injury: An Integrative Approach to Treating Post-Traumatic Pain and for Disaster Psychiatry: Intervening When Nightmares Come True. He has given over 110 lectures on the topics of posttraumatic stress, disaster and threat behavior, resiliency, and disaster mental health; designed and taught many courses, and organized and directed conferences including "Disasters and Traumatic Stress, To Debrief or Not To Debrief: A CME Symposium on Early Interventions," a full day educational activity for disaster mental health professionals in the NJ-NY region on May 19, 2001. Dr Napoli has been quoted in print media includingMen's Health, Real Simple, Self, and various newspapers, and interviewed on CBS-TV, CNBC, WOR-TV, WPVI-TV, by numerous radios stations, and MSNBC including a live studio interview by Contessa Brewer, Anchor/Host, Caught on Camera during the rescue of the 33 Chilean miners on the mental health aspects of their being trapped.


Dr. Napoli received his bachelors from Fordham College in New York and his medical degree from Georgetown Medical School in Washington, DC. He trained in pediatrics at Babies Hospital and in psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital and New York State Psychiatric Institute where he was Chief Resident (all at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center). He has done post-graduate training in trauma psychiatry, emergency management, disaster mental health, group therapy and psychoanalysis.


He has an adult private psychiatric practice in Fort Lee, NJ and specializes in trauma psychiatry (posttraumatic stress disorders and other trauma-related disorders). He is recognized as one ofAmerica's Top Physicians and America's Top Psychiatrists, as a Top Doctor, New York Metro Area by Castle-Connelly, and as a New Jersey Top Doctor by Inside Jersey Magazine.


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April Naturale, Ph.D. Traumatic Stress Specialist
Senior Technical Specialist
ICF International

Dr. Naturale is a traumatic stress specialist who directed the mental health response to the 9/11 terrorist attacks in NY, and then spent several years states providing management consultation and training in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Wilma and Ike.

She directed the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Distress Helpline and the 9-11 10th Anniversary program. Dr. Naturale helped launch SAMHSA's National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and an international not-for-profit, Psychology Beyond Borders. She developed training of trainers and capacity building activities in Uganda and Yogyakarta, Indonesia, was a curriculum developer of FEMA's Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program and the Boston Medical Center for Multicultural Mental Health's curriculum on Responder Resiliency.


Dr. Naturale received her doctorate from New York University where she studied Post traumatic and Secondary traumatic stress responses in the clinicians who responded to 9/11. She is currently the lead architect of the Boston Marathon bombings behavioral health response and is training emergency response clinicians in Kiev, Ukraine. Dr. Naturale continues to provide disaster and terrorism preparedness and response consultation and training throughout the U.S. and internationally.


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Sue O'Sullivan
Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime

Throughout her career, Sue O'Sullivan has been an advocate for safe and healthy communities and for increased services to victims. Ms. O'Sullivan began her distinguished career in policing in 1981, holding numerous leadership positions throughout her 30 years of service until retiring as Deputy Chief of Police (Ottawa).

Continuing forward with her work, and drawing on her background and interest in assisting those affected by crime, Ms. O'Sullivan began an appointed term as Canada's Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime on August 16, 2010. She was renewed for a second three-year mandate in July 2013.


During her time as Ombudsman, Ms. O'Sullivan has continually placed a strong emphasis on ensuring that victims' voices are heard at the federal level and has pushed for positive change for victims of crime in Canada, including making recommendations to the Government of Canada on legislative and policy amendments.


Ms. O'Sullivan's passion for change and dedication to those she serves has been recognized on numerous occasions, including as recipient of the Queen's Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, the Police Exemplary Service Medal, la médaille "Vigilance et Loyauté – échelon Chene d'argent- Sureté du Quebec", the 110th Anniversary of Scouts Canada Commemorative Centennial Medal and the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Award. Ms. O'Sullivan was also appointed, by her Excellency the Governor General of Canada, as an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces (2006).


Sue has a Bachelor of Arts in Law and Sociology with a subtitle in Criminology and Corrections (Carleton University) and is a graduate of the Police Leadership Program (OACP and the University of Toronto) and the Leadership in Counter Terrorism Program.


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Catherine Owen
National Homicide Service Manager
Victim Support UK

Catherine Owen (Cathy) completed 30 years with the Metropolitan Police, retiring in June 2013. During her police career she was involved in many aspects of the investigation of serious crime including the introduction of the dedicated sexual offence investigation teams and the introduction of the National Sexual Assault Referral Centres.

Other areas included robbery investigation, drug squads and drug trafficking, domestic violence, homophobic and hate crime and murder. She became the lead Family Liaison advisor for the MPS.


She has experience of responding to a number of notable incidents such as the police response to the shooting of Yvonne Fletcher in 1984, the Tsunami in 2004, the 7/7 terrorist attacks in London in 2009, and the Mumbai terror attack in 2008.


Building on her experience as lead Family Liaison Adviser for the Metropolitan Police, in early 2010 Catherine was seconded to Victim Support to manage Victim Support's Homicide Service. Working together, police and Victim Support created a new and effective way of working with statutory and voluntary agencies to deliver essential support to those bereaved by Homicide.


Since that time, Cathy has led the Homicide service in responding to the needs of the bereaved in the aftermath of the following, Cumbria shootings in June 2010, Algeria terror attacks in January 2013, incidents involving Malaysian Airline MH17 and German Wings and most recently the terror attacks in Sousse, Tunisia and Paris.


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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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Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.,
The Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC)

Mary L. Pulido, PhD, currently serves as the Executive Director of The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the first child protective agency in the world. The NYSPCC provides mental health, legal and educational services for children, families and professionals involved in the child protection arena.

She developed the crisis debriefing protocol used to support NYC child protective service workers following critical incidents. She has held senior management positions at the Child Protection Center of Montefiore Medical Center, a certified Child Advocacy Center; The Children's Village, a long-term residential treatment facility for abused children; and at Covenant House/Under 21, a crisis shelter for homeless children.


She is also a Medical Reserve Corp "first responder" to disaster trauma through the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and served as a member of the New York City Child Fatality Review Advisory Team from 2006 to 2015. She currently serves as President of the New York State Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC-NY).


She has a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the City University of New York, a Master's Degree in Social Work from Hunter College and a Master's Degree in Teaching from Sacred Heart University. Dr. Pulido holds the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor at The Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has published in the areas of crisis debriefing, prevention of child sexual abuse, trauma recovery, supervised visitation and managing and preventing secondary traumatic stress. She is a blogger for Huffington Post on child protection issues.


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Kathleen Hubbs Ulman, Ph.D.

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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