Senior Advisor and Lead for Behavioral Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response
I am a clinical social worker and currently serve as Senior Advisor and Lead for Behavioral Health in the Office of Emergency Management and Medical Operations at the Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity I provide guidance to the public health and emergency management community throughout the country in promoting expansion and improvement of disaster behavioral health services into response and recovery to foster individual and community resilience. I have also served as a Federal Project Officer responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating mental health crisis counseling services to survivors of Presidentially-declared disasters. Prior to joining Federal service, I was a responder for community and workplace crisis teams and a disaster mental health responder with the American Red Cross. I was the Coordinator of Crisis Response Services with the Employee Assistance Program at the Pentagon for two years after the 9/11 attack. I have published articles and book chapters on disaster mental health and emergency response, death notification, stress management and crisis intervention.
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM EDT
Thursday, August 27, 2020
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM EDT