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Learn & be inspired at the

Police Resilience Symposium

Have a look at the agenda that includes:

  • 3 days of presentations

  • More than 40 speakers

  • 5 plenary sessions

  • 9 panel sessions

  • 7 different countries represented  

All times are listed eastern standard time in the United States (New York City). For other time zones, click each session.

Day One

Sept. 22

8:45 am

Welcoming Remarks

Dermot Shea

Police Commissioner

New York City Police Department

Jeffrey Lieberman, MD

Lawrence C. Kolb Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Director, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Psychiatrist-in-Chief, Columbia University Medical Center of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital

9:00 - 9:45 am

Plenary Session 1:

Resilience & Positive Psychology

Martin Seligman, PhD

Zellerbach Professor of Psychology,
Director Positive Psychology Center,
University of Pennsylvania


10:00 - 10:50 am

Session 1:

Resilience Research



Jacqueline Drew, PhD

Griffith University



Pre-incident training to build resilience in first responders: Recommendations on what to and what not to do

Jennifer Wild, PhD

University of Oxford

Resilience training that can change the brain

Golnaz Tabibnia, PhD

University of California - Irvine

Bolstering Resilience with Mindfulness Training

Ekaterina Denkova, PhD

Miami University


[more on the session here]

11:00am - 11:50 am

Session 2:

Resilience Programs



Stephanie Conn, PhD



warr;or21 - a program to enhance resilience and positive mental health

Detective Jeff Thompson, PhD

NYPD; NYSPI; Columbia U. Medical Center


The Milwaukee Resilience Model

Sandra Ramey, PhD

University of Iowa

Road 2 Mental Readiness

Keith B. Dobson

University of Calgary (Canada)​

New Jersey Resiliency Program for Law Enforcement

Lt. Michael Wiltsey, PhD

Clinical Psychologist, Faculty at NJCU


[more on the session here]


12:00 - 12:50 pm

Session 3:

Peer Support, Resilience, & Mental Health



Lt. John Coppedge

Denver Police Department



Integrating Technology Into Peer Support

Lt. Janna Salisbury



Peer Support from Reactive to Proactive approaches

Sgt. Brent MacIntyre

Ottawa Police Service


Peer Support, resilience and online resources

Joe Gazis

Victoria Police


Building a Resilient Work Force Through the Power of Support

Denise Jabonski-Kaye, PhD


[more on the session here]

Day Two

Sept. 23

9:00 - 9:25 am

Plenary Session 2.a:

Science-Based Resilience Practices

Dennis Charney, MD

Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; President for Academic Affairs, Mount Sinai Health System;  Professor of Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Pharmacological Sciences


9:30 - 9:55 am

Plenary Session 2.b:

Suicide Prevention & Resilience

John Mann, MD

The Paul Janssen Professor of Translational Neuroscience at Columbia University Irving Medical Center; Director, Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology Division at the New York State Psychiatric Institute


10:00 - 10:50 am

Session 4:

Resilience & Mental Health Conditions



Monica Brooker, PhD



COVID-19 and Mental Health: Implications for Police Force

Yuval Neria, PhD

NYSPI; Columbia Psychiatry/Columbia U. Irving Medical Center

Building and Maintaining Reserve

Barbara Stanley, PhD

NYSPI; Columbia Psychiatry/Columbia U. Irving Medical Center


Resiliency: Organizational Strategies

John Violanti, PhD

SUNY Buffalo


[more on the session here]

11:00 - 11:50 am

Session 5:

Implementing Police Resilience Programs



Peter Collins, MD

Ontario Provincial Police; University of Toronto



UK National Police Wellbeing Service - Implementing Personal Resilience Programs

Ian Hesketh, PhD

National Police Wellbeing Service UK; College of Policing


The Power of POWER

Konstantinos Papazoglou, PhD

New Jersey City University (NJCU)

Tangible Resilience

Judith Andersen, PhD

University of Toronto

Resilience Among Police Officers: an Overview of the Used Concepts, Measures and Predictive Values of Resilience

Kim Janssens, MSc

Tilburg University 


[more on the session here]


12:00 - 12:50 pm

Session 6:

Stigma in Policing



Thomas Coghlan, PsyD

Psychologist, Blue Line Psychological Services, PLLC.; retired NYPD Detective



Effective Coping Mechanisms - How Mindset & Attitude Impact Resiliency and Create Perseverance

Tremaine Sayles, PsyD, LCSW



A Multi-faceted Approach to Resilience and Wellness

Deborah Richardson, PhD



The Greatest Battle: Mental Health Stigma in Policing

Sgt. Laura Gibson

Police Scotland


Officer Wellness: Wellness is NOT Weakness

David Kennington, MA, LPC

Metro Nashville Police Dept.

[more on the session here]

Day Three

Sept. 24

6:00 - 6:25 pm

Plenary Session 3.a:

Keeping Wellness a Top Priority

Sherri Martin

National Wellness Director, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)


6:30 - 6:55 pm

Plenary Session 3.b: The Science of Resilience

Emma Seppälä, PhD

Science Director of Stanford University’s Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education; Faculty Director of the Yale School of Management’s Women’s Leadership Program


7:00 - 7:25 pm

Session 7:

Positive Psychology & Policing



S.A. Eric Patterson




Positive Psychological Interventions:  Avoiding Pollyanna, Unicorns, and Rainbows

Judith Moskowitz, PhD

IPPA, Northwestern U.

VALOR Law Enforcement Resilience Training Program: The Penn Resilience Program

Judy Saltzberg PhD

University of Pennsylvania 


Building Mental Fitness: PERMAH-Based Wellbeing Workouts

Peggy Kern, PhD

University of Melbourne


[more on the session here]

8:00 - 8:50 pm

Session 8:

Australia/New Zealand Police Leadership & Resilience



Stuart Bartels,

Australian Institute of Police Management



Wendy Steendam

Deputy Commissioner Specialist Operations, Victoria Police


Kaye Ryan

Deputy Chief Executive: People & Capability, New Zealand Police

Philip Newitt

Assistant Commissioner Operation Support Service, South Australia Police

[more on the session here]


9:00 - 9:50 pm

Session 9:

Innovative Approaches to Resilience & Well-Being



John Bale

Fortem Australia



Oscar Kilo - The National Police Well Being Service of the U.K.

Ch. Const. Andrew Rhodes,

Oscar Kilo; National Police Chiefs Lead for Well Being


Officer Wellbeing in Long-term Crises

Katrina Sanders, MPH

Australian Federal Police


NZ Police - Prevention to our People

Insp. Melanie Aitken

New Zealand Police


Resilience Beyond Recovery

Annika Smit, PhD

Police Academy of Netherlands

[more on the session here]

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