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Brian W. Flynn, EdD

Special Advisor to the Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Uniformed Services University

Brian W.Flynn, EdD is Associate Director of Health Systems in the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University. A major focus of his work is consulting, writing, training, and speaking on the topics of preparation for, response to, and recovery from, the psychosocial aspects of large-scale emergencies and disasters. In addition, he provides CSTS leadership in the areas of behavioral health policy and systems development and integration. Prior to joining USU, he served as a Rear Admiral/Assistant Surgeon General in the United States Public Health Service (USPHS).

He has directly operated, and supervised the operation of, the Federal Government’s domestic disaster mental health program (including terrorism), programs in suicide and youth violence prevention, child trauma, refugee mental health, women’s and minority mental health concerns, and rural mental health.

Dr. Flynn has served as an advisor to many federal departments and agencies, states, and national professional organizations. He is recognized internationally for his expertise in large-scale trauma and has served as an advisor to practitioners, academicians, and government officials in many nations. He received his BA from North Carolina Wesleyan College, his MA in Clinical Psychology from East Carolina University, and his EdD in Mental Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.