On Tuesday, March 30, 2021 clinical psychologist, Dr. Debra Kaysen, a leading researcher on the effects of traumatic stress on mental health, presented a wonderful webinar. Dr. Kaysen’s webinar drew from her experiences with developing accessible and scalable strategies for improving mental health, including strategies for addressing COVID-19 related mental health concerns among healthcare workers. However, it is not just healthcare workers who are experiencing stressors in the face of an unprecedented pandemic. Dr. Kaysen discussed specific strategies to help mitigate stress associated with COVID-19, and to help build resilience.
Dr. Debra Kaysen is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. She is the immediate Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (www.istss.org). Her clinical and research specialty is in treatment for those who have experienced traumatic events including treatment of PTSD and related disorders. She has conducted critical studies on treatment of PTSD across various populations (sexual minority women, Native Americans, sexual assault survivors, torture survivors, and those in active duty military) internationally (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq) and settings (primary care, rural settings, telehealth). Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Department of Defense, PCORI and USAID. Dr. Kaysen’s clinical work has been featured on This American Life. (https://www.thisamericanlife.org/682/ten-sessions)
The free webinar was held on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 6:30 – 7:15 pm PST. The webinar included 15 minutes for questions and answers from the participants following Dr. Kaysen’s presentation.
The Alan Hu Foundation was created by Xiaofang Chen and Chih-Ching Hu in memory of their son, Alan. He passed away due to mental disorders in 2018 at the age of 15. Their mission is to promote mental health, raise awareness and remove stigma surrounding psychiatric disorders, and to support fundamental research for cures. For further information and to support the Alan Hu Foundation, please visit the website, https://alanhufoundation.org/helping