Psychology

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Rural Appalachia seminar visiting faculty members, April 3

March 27, 2013

Steven M. Southwick, M.D., will speak with the Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia seminar on Wednesday, April 3, about the medical challenges of childhood, particularly stress-sensitive and stress-resilient individuals. 

Southwick is Glenn H. Greenberg Professor of Psychiatry and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale School of Medicine. He received a M.D. in psychiatry from George Washington University Medical School in 1980, following a B.A. at Yale.  Internship at the John Hopkins Hospital and a psychiatric residency at the Yale University School of Medicine.

In Psychiatry, he is Deputy Director of the Clinical Neurosciences Division of the Department of Veterans Affairs National Center for PTSD at Yale.  In the Child Study Center, he is part of the NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders.  He is Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Southwick is a recognized expert on the psychological and neurobiological effects of extreme psychological trauma (posttraumatic stress disorder or PTSD).  He has published extensively on the phenomenology and neurobiology of PTSD, the longitudinal course of trauma-related psychological symptoms, memory for traumatic events, and on the neurobiological and psychological factors associated with resilience to stress.  He has worked with combat veterans with PTSD, civilian children and adults with PTSD, and very high functioning stress-resilient prisoners of war and active Special Forces soldiers.

He has received the Outstanding Yale Psychiatry Faculty Teacher award from the Resident’s Association on three occasions along with numerous recognitions for teaching, clinical, and research work.

Resilience:  The Science of Mastering Life’s Greatest Challenges (Cambridge University Press, 2013) was coauthored with Dennis S. Charney, M.D., Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean and Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Dr. Southwick will give a public presentation “Promoting Resilience Skills in Stressful Times” at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 3 in Blackman Auditorium (Woods Laboratories).

Psychology 430: Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia is a new Spring 2013 course being taught collaboratively by Sewanee- and Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. It is the latest development in a growing partnership between Sewanee and the Yale Child Study Center, Yale Medical School. Among the Center faculty is Linda Mayes, M.D. … Sewanee alumna … Arnold Gesell Professor of Child Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine … and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Psychology at Sewanee.

For many years, Dr. Mayes has offered summer internships to Sewanee students. More recently, she initiated the Sewanee-At-Yale Directed Research Program that affords Sewanee students the opportunity to spend a semester plus a summer at the Yale Child Study Center. This new course venture will offer students the combined expertise and energy of Sewanee faculty and visiting Yale-affiliated faculty and guest speakers. In addition to leading one or more course sessions, most of the visiting faculty and guest speakers will give a more public presentation open to the general community and have the opportunity to interact with various members of the Sewanee faculty and the broader community during their time in Sewanee. Thus, the course will also help to foster community-based collaborations among Sewanee and Yale faculty, University students, and local community organizations and partners.

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