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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Psychiatry Grand Rounds Speaker


        Robert J. Ursano, MD


Robert J. Ursano, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland and founding Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS).  He is widely published in the areas of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and public health planning for the psychological effects of terrorism, bioterrorism, traumatic events and disasters including war. Dr. Ursano has over 300 publications, is the co-author or editor of eight books and is Editor of Psychiatry: Interpersonal and Biological Processes and senior editor of the first Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry (Cambridge University Press), which was published in 2007.  He was the first Chairman of the American Psychiatric Association’s Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster.  Dr. Ursano chaired the development of the first American Psychiatric Association’s Treatment Guidelines for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Acute Stress Disorder.  He has received the Department of Defense Humanitarian Service Award and the highest award of the International Traumatic Stress Society, The Lifetime Achievement Award, for “outstanding and fundamental contributions to understanding traumatic stress”.  He is the recipient of the William C. Porter Award from the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States.

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Identify models of PTSD.
2.  Narrow risk factors for PTSD.
3.  Specify trauma related disorders and care.


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