Falk College offers discussion series during National PTSD Awareness Month in June

To educate the local community about issues related to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Falk College will offer a discussion series during the month of June, which is designated as National PTSD Awareness Month to raise public awareness of PTSD and its effective treatments. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood.

These programs, which are free and open to the public, take place in conjunction with the Trauma Research Education for Undergraduates (REU) program, a joint effort by Syracuse University, SUNY Upstate Medical University and SUNY Oswego to improve access to research experiences for groups typically underrepresented in research. The speakers featured during this series include:
Thom deLara, professor of practice, Department of Marriage and Family Therapy, Syracuse University Falk College, “A contextual framework for understanding trauma,” June 8, 1:30 p.m., Hall of Languages, Room 201.

Kyle Posemmato, Ph.D., clinical research psychologist, acting associate director for research, Syracuse V.A. Center for Integrated Healthcare(CIH), “Clinical Research with Military Veterans with PTSD and Substance Abuse.” June 15, 1:30 p.m., Hall of Languages, Room 201.

Douglas Scaturo, Ph.D., private practice clinical psychologist who recently retired from Syracuse VA Medical Center, with academic appointments with SUNY Upstate Medical Center, Syracuse University and SUNY Oswego, “Combat Stress,” June 23, 1:30, Hall of Languages, Room 201.

Supported by the grant, “National Science Foundation Research Education for Undergraduates NSF REU Site: Training diverse teams of Veterans and non-Veterans to study trauma in Veterans,” the REU program spans one year. Students attend an intensive four-week summer program during June that includes coursework, mentored student-faculty interaction, and the development of a research project. Students conduct their research under the continued mentorship of REU faculty during the following Fall semester. Students, with their mentors, present research findings in the following Spring at a national or international conference. For undergraduates interested in pursuing a graduate education, it is sometimes difficult to find meaningful research experiences and mentoring. This program provides research training to increase skills in conducting trauma research while increasing a student’s ability to gain admission to competitive graduate programs. For more information about the speakers or REU program, contact Ivan Castro (iecastro@syr.edu).
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