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Day 2 - Session 4
Sept. 23, 10:00 - 10:50 am (EST/USA)
3:00 - 3:55 pm (London)
Sept. 24, 12:00 - 12:55 am (Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane)
Sept. 24, 2:30 - 2:55 am (New Zealand)
Resilience & Mental Health Conditions


Monica Brooker, PhD

Clinical Psychologist; Assistant Commissioner, Equity and Inclusion, New York City Police Department (USA)


COVID-19 and Mental Health: Implications for Police Force

Yuval Neria, PhD

Director of Trauma and PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute; Professor of Medical Psychology (in Psychiatry and Epidemiology) at Columbia University Irving Medical Center; (USA)

Building and Maintaining Reserve

Barbara Stanley, PhD

Professor Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University Irving Medical Center
and Molecular Imaging and Neuropathology and Center for Practice Innovations
New York State Psychiatric Institute  (USA)

This presentation will discuss research-backed, practical tips on building and maintaining emotional reserve and the rationale for doing so. The ways in which maintaining reserve helps weather stressful events will be described.


Resiliency: Organizational Strategies

John Violanti, PhD

Research Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, University at Buffalo School of Public Health and Health Professions (USA)

There are three aspects of organizations that can help to increase resistance to stress: (1) trust between the organization and individual, (2) organizational openness, and (3) cohesion. First, trust between the organization and individual is essential. Second, organizational openness- leaders who "close the office door" are ineffective in stress reduction. Third, cohesion among leaders and the officers is an important factor for stress amelioration. It brings a sense of empowerment to the officer, a sense that the officers perceive that the organization is part of their ability to deal with stress and trauma.









Monica Brooker, PhD

Dr. Monica Brooker is the Assistant Commissioner of Equity and Inclusion at the New York City Police Department, where she provides leadership and oversight of  data analyses tools and strategies to examine workplace and work life issues in the context of equity and inclusion.  She has spearheaded multiple workplace culture assessments and research projects focused on inclusive leadership, behaviors that intersect mental health and belonging, and the role of identity in law enforcement.   Dr. Brooker is also a licensed clinical psychologist trained in psychological assessment, trauma-informed care, treatment of psychotic disorders in minority populations.  She taught in the Psychology Department at John Jay College prior to her current role, and has published and presented research on mental health empowerment and early interventions for severe mental illness.  Dr. Brooker holds a MA in the Psychology of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University.

Email: Monica.Brooker@nypd.org

















Yuval Neria, PhD

Yuval Neria, PhD is Professor of Medical Psychology at Columbia University, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, and Director of PTSD at the New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI). Dr. Neria has conducted large-scale studies among prisoners of war, war veterans, and victims of terrorism and disasters, was involved in large scale training programs mental health professionals after the 9/11 attacks. Currently his team have focused on integrating innovative neuroimaging methods into clinical research, aiming to clarify highly needed biomarkers of PTSD, and is currently involved in developing research programs to address the unique mental health consequences of COVID-19 pandemic.

Email: ny126@cumc.columbia.edu

Twitter: @yuvalneria


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Barbara Stanley, PhD

Barbara Stanley, PhD is a Professor of Medical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University and Director of the Suicide Prevention Training, Implementation and Evaluation (SP-TIE) program in the Center for Practice Innovations at New York State Psychiatric Institute. She is also a Research Scientist at New York State Psychiatric Institute. Her research focuses on all aspects of suicidal behavior, non-suicidal self-injury and borderline personality disorder including assessment and intervention with suicidal individuals, clinical factors and neurobiological and biobehavioral influences on suicidal behavior. Dr. Stanley oversees the development of suicide prevention training for clinicians throughout New York State.

Email: bhs2@cumc.columbia.edu

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John Violanti, PhD

John M. Violanti, PhD served with the New York State Police for 23 years as a trooper and criminal investigator. Dr. Violanti has authored over 140 peer-reviewed articles and 18 books on suicide, shift work, stress, and PTSD. His latest project involves a 16-year longitudinal study on stress and cardiovascular disease among police. Other ongoing studies include adaptation to shift work and mortality among police involved in the World Trade Center 911 terrorist attack. Dr. Violanti has been nominated seven times for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health's Charles C. Shepard award.

Email: violanti@buffalo.edu

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