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Live Webcast: Disaster Survivorship During the Ukraine War: Protecting mental health and fostering resilience after war, pandemics, and other disasters

10 Jun 2022 10:31 AM | John Chagnon (Administrator)

Wednesday, June 22, 2022, 10 to 11:30 a.m. ET

Theme: Protecting mental health and fostering resilience after war, pandemics, and other disasters

Overall Goal: Discuss the experience of the Ukraine War on cancer patients, families, and healthcare professionals. Outline the range of responses to disasters, aspects of risk and resilience, and a framework for lowering distress and protecting mental health through the essential elements of Psychological First Aid.

Methods: We have the pleasure of having an invited speaker, Dr. Joshua C. Morganstein, M.D., Captain, Public Health, who will talk about how to understand the impact of the Ukraine War and best practices in interventions. His presentation will be followed by a panel discussion by IPOS member and Director Dr. Csaba Degi and Dr. Erica SirrinePhD, LCSW, FT, followed by a general Q&A period from the audience.

Invited Speaker:  Dr. Joshua C. Morganstein, M.D.

Dr. Joshua C. Morganstein is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Psychiatry and Deputy Director and Senior Scientist at the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) in the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and a Captain in the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service. He is Chair of the Committee on the Psychiatric Dimensions of Disaster and Distinguished Fellow at the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Morganstein received his medical degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He completed a combined residency in Psychiatry and Family Medicine in the National Capital Consortium in Washington, DC. Dr. Morganstein leads the Disaster Mental Health and Public Health education and consultation services at CSTS and provides consultation and subject-matter guidance to local, state, national and international partners during dozens of disasters on actions to foster mental health and enhance sustainment for individuals, communities, and organizations. He is working with mental health professionals in Ukraine and non-governmental organizations to help support the well-being of military personnel, citizen soldiers, displaced citizens, and refugees impacted by the war in Ukraine. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Morganstein was invited by numerous state healthcare organizations, medical professional organizations, interagency teams, and global partners to inform healthcare system leaders and personnel on critical public mental health principles and the adaptation of practices and procedures from high-stress occupations to promote well-being and operational sustainment for the healthcare workforce. Dr. Morganstein was sought out to assist the New York City public health and first responder systems to develop the HERO-NY workforce resilience program. He has conducted research with the U.S. National Guard that provided actionable recommendations and knowledge products for leaders to protect health and sustain military readiness during COVID-19 and other operations. Dr. Morganstein is frequently sought out by NATO medical leadership to present on disaster mental health and crisis leadership as well as the development of global military doctrine to enhance force protection. He is a member of the 5Eyes Mental Health Research International Collaboration, senior medical leaders within the Defense and Veterans Affairs agencies across partner nations advising on policy, sharing research findings and best practices, and publishing scholarly works on global mental health and readiness for military service members and their families.

Dr. Morganstein has studied the effects of stress and trauma in organizational settings, including the military drone intelligence community as well as personnel impacted by the 2013 mass shootings at the Washington Navy Yard. He provided mental health subject-matter expertise to the United Nations’ development of the 2015 Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, co-authored the only Curriculum Recommendations for Disaster Behavioral Health Professionals as well as the Mental Health and Well-Being chapter for a landmark Presidential report on the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. Dr. Morganstein authored numerous articles, chapters, technical reports, and other scholarly work on the mental health impact of disasters, including climate-related disasters, mass violence, terrorism, nuclear exposure, and pandemics. He is Assistant Editor for the second edition of the Textbook of Disaster Psychiatry and Editor for the forthcoming textbook, PTSD.

Chairs: This event will be moderated by Dr. Tom Hack and Dr. Melissa Henry.


    • Free to current IPOS members
    • $10 USD for non-members

    Register online by going to  https://ipos-society.org/event-4860482

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