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Disaster Psychiatry: From Individual to Community

Dr. Ursano gave a talk in April 2024 as part of the Nuvance Health Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds. The presentation is titled "Disaster Psychiatry: From Individual to Community" and touches on different types of disasters including natural disasters, COVID-19, and war in the Ukraine.

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CSTS 2023 Annual Report

Immediately available for viewing is the 2023 CSTS Annual Report. In this comprehensive report, you can read summaries of the Center's work to enhance psychological health, speed the recovery from, and help prevent the negative consequences of trauma on individuals, families, communities, and the nation. 

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Baltimore's Francis Scott Key Bridge Collapse

The Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore, MD, and other disasters that result in loss of life, physical harm, and extreme damage to infrastructure, create prolonged uncertainty, social and economic hardships, and have adverse impacts on community functioning. Actions that promote the five essential elements of Psychological First Aid (safety, calming, connectedness, efficacy, and hope) can reduce individual distress and foster community sustainment through this event, as well as other disasters.  Members of the community can help reduce adversity and chronic stressors by helping friends and neighbors impacted by the loss of their job, experiencing increased stress from daily commutes and other disruptions at home, school, and work. Below are brief and easy-to-use education fact sheets with recommended actions to protect the mental health and well-being of individuals and communities impacted by the bridge collapse.

Please click HERE for brief and easy-to-read education fact sheets.

Faculty members provide support and training for Ukrainian psychiatrists

On March 12, PSY Chair COL Vincent Capaldi and Vice Chair for Research Dr. Curt West traveled to Warsaw, Poland to present at the Warfighter Brain Health Symposium. Presenters, in addition to COL Capaldi and Dr. West, include CDP Director Dr. William Brim and School of Medicine faculty members Lt Col Thomas Bayuk, Maj Eric Meyer, Dr. Warren Dorlac, and Dr. John Holcomb. This was the second such effort in recent weeks. In mid-February, the Center for Deployment Psychology  (CDP) and Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) attended the Ukraine Research Needs and Capabilities Symposium (Warsaw, Poland), which welcomed over 40 U.S. and Ukrainian combat casualty care experts to discuss ethical considerations and operational and regulatory controls related to medical research in Ukraine. During the Warsaw trip, Dr. Brim and Psychiatry Professor and CSTS Associate Director Dr. David Benedek presented on current and future mental health training and research in Ukraine. 

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Army STARRS: Volume 8 Issue 2, Updated April 04, 2024

This document is an ongoing continuous summary of Army STARRS and STARRS-LS publications. STARRS/STARRS LS (2009 - present) is the largest and most comprehensive research project of mental health among U.S. Army Soldiers ever conducted. The project was designed to examine a broad range of risk and resilience (protective) factors across a complex set of outcomes including suicidal behaviors and associated mental health issues. Army STARRS scientists created a series of large and extensive databases with the potential to achieve groundbreaking results. These databases allow scientists to investigate a diverse combination of factors from demographic, psychological, biological, neurological, behavioral, and social domains with the goal of generating actionable findings for the Army. The project was designed using an adaptive approach which means it evolved as new information became available over the course of the project. The research team shared preliminary findings, as they became available, with senior Army leadership so the Army could apply them to its ongoing health promotion, risk reduction, and suicide prevention efforts. The work is continuing under the STARRS Longitudinal Study (STARRS-LS) which runs from 2015 to 2025.