Veterans & First Responders

Based on over two decades of research and clinical experience, I have written extensively on the unique issues impacting veterans and first responders and am regularly called upon to speak to military and law enforcement organizations and those who serve them.

Research

I have developed, directed and consulted on numerous private and federally funded research studies of veterans and first responders with a particular emphasis on developing and evaluating effective treatments for combat and duty-related PTSD. The focus of these studies includes:

  • Risk and Resilience Factors for the Development of PTSD
  • PTSD Prevention
  • Group Psychotherapy for PTSD
  • Individual Psychotherapy for PTSD
  • Medication Treatment for PTSD
  • Impact of PTSD on Biological & Brain Functioning
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Substance Use
  • Spouse/Partner Functioning
  • Impact of Warzone Deployment on Parents of Military Service Members
  • Impact of Critical Incident Exposure on Law Enforcement Personnel

Writing

In addition to writing dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts on findings from the studies outlined above, I have co-written two books for Veterans and their families, a chapter in a resource guide for attorneys defending Veterans facing criminal charges, and a chapter on Critical Incident Stress in policing:

 See CV for full citations and list of manuscripts

 

Clinical and Training Services

 The primary focus of my clinical practice is on the treatment of Veterans and First Responders and I conduct trainings for Veterans’ organizations, law enforcement agencies, and those who assist them.

See Workshops and Trainings for a list of training topics

Veterans

While at the San Francisco VAMC, I evaluated and treated Veterans from WW II to the War on Terror and trained and supervised numerous mental health practitioners in providing specialized treatments for combat-related PTSD. I continue to collaborate with colleagues at the San Francisco and Palo Alto VA’s in developing preventive interventions and treatments for military personnel and veterans.

In Oregon, I am proud to have served as one of the original providers for The Returning Veterans Project and have been frequently called upon to provide consultation and training services to this non-profit organization providing pro bono services to veterans and their families. https://returningveterans.org/  In addition, I have provided consultation and training services to the Oregon National Guard, the Military Child Education Coalition, and the Portland VA Spouse Caregiver Program.

First Responders

I provide post-incident psychological debriefings to over 50 First Responder agencies across Oregon and Washington. In addition, I am regularly referred First Responders and Corrections Officers in need of consultation or treatment by union reps and attorneys, human resource departments, and concerned supervisors.