May 21, 2013
Media Advisory: Experts Available to Discuss Psychological Impacts of Oklahoma Tornado Disaster
Psychologists are available to discuss mental health impacts following the Oklahoma tornado on May 20 that leveled communities and killed dozens of people, including young children. As victims face the loss of loved ones and homes and the search continues for survivors, these experts can discuss various psychological issues related to immediate and long-term trauma caused by such disasters.
Elana Newman, PhD
Work: (918) 631-2836
Cell: (918) 633-2258
Expertise: McFarlin professor of psychology, University of Tulsa, and research director, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, she can discuss disaster mental health with a focus on children. She has written about journalists’ trauma when covering disasters, best practices for journalists reporting on victims and effects of disaster news coverage on the public.
Robert Hayes, EdD (will be onsite in Oklahoma beginning 5/22/2013)
Cell: (765) 208-0362
Expertise: Retired professor of counseling psychology at Ball State University, disaster mental health officer with American Red Cross and member of APA Disaster Response Network, he is an expert in crisis and disaster mental health. He has responded to major disasters, including the 9/11 Pentagon attack and 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
Donald Freedheim, PhD
Cell: (216) 406-2800
Expertise: Professor emeritus of psychology, Case Western Reserve University, chair of Cleveland chapter of Red Cross mental health and disaster response team, he has worked in several trauma situations with individuals and families.
Jacqueline Lapidus, PsyD
Chevy Chase, Md.
Work: (202) 364-4687
Expertise: Clinical psychologist, volunteer with the American Red Cross and the National Association of Victim Assistance and member of APA Disaster Response Network, she can discuss crisis response, disasters, death, dying and bereavement.
Ellin Bloch, PhD
Cell: (626) 270-3337
Expertise: Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, she can discuss psychology of disasters, recovery from trauma (individuals, groups, communities, nations), effects of media on victims, bystanders and general public during and after traumatic events.
Nora Baladerian, PhD
Home: (310) 925-4488
Work: (310) 754-2388 x1
Expertise: Director, Counseling Center of West Los Angeles, she headed three trauma teams in New Orleans following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She can discuss depression and anxiety in trauma victims and family reactions to trauma of a family member.
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