Identification and Treatment of Long-Term Needs
Mickie Brown, RN, HN-BC
Deputy Nurse Manager, Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health
Mickie Brown, RN, HN-BC, is Deputy Nurse Manager at the Manhattan clinic for the Mount Sinai Selikoff Centers for Occupational Health, a World Trade Center Health Program Clinical Center of Excellence. Ms. Brown has provided care to 9/11 workers and volunteers since she joined Mount Sinai in 2005 and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of her patients through health education and innovative direct patient care.
She specializes in stress reduction and mindfulness techniques and is board certified in holistic nursing. In addition to her clinical work, Ms. Brown participates in research initiatives at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, including as principal investigator of a 2008 study to improve health outcomes of asthmatic World Trade Center Health Program patients using stress reduction strategies.
Ms. Brown's interest in developing health programs to support specific worker populations began in the early 2000s when she coordinated a research study evaluating the health effects of occupational exposures to environmental hazards experienced by dock builders. Ms. Brown is a member of the medical advisory board for the Manhattan chapter of the American Heart Association and a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association. She holds a nursing degree from the Edmonton General Hospital School of Nursing in Alberta, Canada.
Richard Edwards, PhD
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Chancellor, Rutgers University—New Brunswick
Professor, Rutgers School of Social Work
Richard L. Edwards joined the Rutgers community in August 2005, when he assumed the position of dean of the School of Social Work. Since then, he has served as interim president of Rutgers University from July 1, 2012–August 31, 2012 and as Interim Chancellor–New Brunswick from 2012–2014. As a well-known scholar, educator, and administrator, he was appointed Chancellor of Rutgers–New Brunswick in 2014. Edwards also serves as executive vice president for academic affairs since September 21, 2012.
In a career spanning 40 years, Edwards has held deanships at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences and the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he served as interim provost and where he recently was named Alumni Distinguished Professor of Social Work. He is a past president of the National Association of Social Workers and has written extensively and consulted widely on issues related to social work education and nonprofit and public management. As a scholar, Edwards has studied the management and organizational effectiveness of public-sector and nonprofit organizations. He has been a visiting professor at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and Memorial University in Newfoundland, Canada, and served as a consultant for the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute on the development of gerontology education for professionals in 18 central and eastern European countries. In 2008, Edwards spent several weeks at Ben Gurion University in Israel as a Fulbright Senior Specialist.
Edwards is the author of numerous articles and book chapters and served as editor-in-chief of the 19th edition of the Encyclopedia of Social Work, published in 1996. He serves on the editorial boards of several professional journals and served for several years as associate editor for North America for Social Work Education: The International Journal. He is currently the editor-in-chief of Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership and Governance, where under his leadership the journal has undergone strategic re-branding.
Edwards has been honored as a distinguished alumnus by the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, where he received his master's degree, and the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the State University of New York at Albany, where he earned his doctorate. He holds a bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Illinois.
Mary Fetchet, LCSW
Founding Director, Voices of September 11th
Mary Fetchet co-founded Voices of September 11th in 2001 following the death of her 24 year old son Brad at the World Trade Center. Ms. Fetchet's 20 years of experience as a clinical social worker has influenced VOICES' innovative approach to creating a new paradigm in providing long-term support services. Using social work practices, she guided the development of programs that provide continuity of care and promote resiliency in the lives of victims' families, responders and survivors. Under her leadership, VOICES launched the 9/11 Living Memorial Project, an extensive digital archive of over 70,000 photographs and personal mementos documenting the nearly 3,000 lives lost. The collection is located on VOICES website and is a key component of the In Memoriam exhibit at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.
Ms. Fetchet is also helping communities heal after other traumatic events through VOICES Center of Excellence for Community Resilience, launched in 2014. The VOICES Center of Excellence is establishing public-private partnerships, educational initiatives and research projects to document best practices and help communities effectively plan for the long-term needs of those impacted.
A strong advocate for victims' families and survivors and public policy reforms to make the country safer, Ms. Fetchet testified before the 9/11 Commission and US Congress on five occasions. Her work has received national recognition, including the 'Connecticut Hero' award by Senator Joseph Lieberman, ABC News Person of the Year, and NBC News Making a Difference. Ms. Fetchet was also inducted into the Hall of Fame at Columbia University School of Social Work.
Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA
Private Practice, White Plains, NY
Adjunct Faculty, New York University
Adjunct Faculty, Lesley University
Fellow and Co-Chair of Community Outreach, American Group Psychotherapy Association
Craig Haen has been working clinically with people impacted by interpersonal, developmental, and familial trauma for 15 years. He provides acute crisis intervention following acts of violence and atrocity, trains crisis teams and schools in responding to mass trauma events, and has consulted with organizations on the implementation of trauma-informed care. He was particularly active in the treatment of children, families, and service professionals in the New York area following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Dr. Haen is a graduate adjunct faculty member at NYU and Lesley University. He has published widely, and is contributing editor of the 2011 book Engaging Boys in Treatment: Creative Approaches to the Therapy Process and contributing co-editor of Clinical Applications of Drama Therapy in Child and Adolescent Treatment. He has a full-time private practice in White Plains, New York where he treats children, adolescents, adults, and families.
For 15 years, he worked as a clinician and supervisor in mental health agencies and hospitals, most recently serving as Clinical Director of Adolescent Services for Kids in Crisis and Assistant Clinical Director at ANDRUS. He serves on the Editorial Boards of The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy and The Arts in Psychotherapy. In addition, he is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, where he co-chairs the Child & Adolescent Special Interest Group and the Community Outreach Task Force, a group that responds to trauma events in diverse communities.
V. Alex Kehayan, Ed.D.
Clinical Psychologist and Co-Director, Resiliency LLC
V. Alex Kehayan is an educator, clinical psychologist, and author of three books, numerous articles, and professional training manuals. He maintains a private practice in Ridgewood, New Jersey specializing in anxiety, trauma, and depression. Dr. Kehayan is the founding Co-Director of Resiliency LLC a partnership for mental health disaster consultation and training. He coauthored Resiliency in the Face of Disaster and Terrorism: 10 Things to Do to Survive. Dr. Kehayan provides leadership and training for educators, mental health professionals, peer leaders, and clergy, promoting skill sets that enhance resiliency. He is also the coordinator a crisis response team which performs outreaches to serve the needs of bank robbery victims.
Dr. Kehayan provides didactic and experiential training for professionals, clergy and peer leaders. An active member and committee chair of the National Association of Peer Program Professionals, Dr. Kehayan has received a numerous awards for his professional and volunteer contributions.
Clifton R. Lacy, M.D., F.A.C.C., F.A.C.P.
Director, Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Clifton R. Lacy, M.D. is Director of the Institute for Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security (IEPHS) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. The Institute is a university-wide multidisciplinary center of excellence that combines the expertise and experience in research, education, community outreach, and practice from all statewide campuses of Rutgers University to address emergency preparedness, disaster response, public safety, and homeland security. (www.iephs.rutgers.edu)
Dr. Lacy is also Director of the University Center for Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Response (UCDPER).
UCDPER is a collaborative initiative of Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital that integrates the strengths and assets of the three institutions in a unique partnership to address all-hazards emergencies, disasters, and terrorism. (www.ucdper.org)
Dr. Lacy is immediate past President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Health System. Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital is a 965 bed tertiary and quaternary health care institution located in central New Jersey. It is the principal teaching hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and the core hospital of the Robert Wood Johnson Health System and Network.
Prior to that, Dr. Lacy served as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services (NJ-DHSS), leading a department with a $3 billion budget responsible for public health protection and services, health planning and regulation, hospital financing, public health and environmental laboratory services, senior services, health care policy and research, minority and multicultural health, and health emergency and terrorism preparedness and response. In this role, he directed modernization of the department's emergency preparedness capabilities and the development and implementation of the health emergency and terrorism preparedness and response plan for the State of New Jersey (referenced in the 9-11 Commission Hearings).
Active at state and national levels in health emergency and disaster preparedness and response, Dr. Lacy serves as a member of the New Jersey Domestic Security Preparedness Task Force and its Infrastructure Advisory Committee and Public Sector Advisory Council, and Vice Chair of its Science and Technology Project Management Committee; a medical advisor to the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services and the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness; and Director of the New Jersey Office of the International Center for Terror Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, which is affiliated with Hadassah Medical Organization in Israel. He just completed his term as Health Scientist on the federal Department of Homeland Security–FEMA National Advisory Council and a member of its Preparedness and Protection Subcommittee and Interdisciplinary Collaboration Working Group. He also chaired the Advisory Board of the New Jersey Center for Public Health Preparedness at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ). He has provided testimony for the United States Congress on the state of national preparedness.
Dr. Lacy is Research Professor in the School of Engineering and Adjunct Professor in the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
Dr. Lacy also served as Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief of Staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; and Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Cardiovascular Diseases and Hypertension and Director of the Center for Disease Management and Clinical Outcomes at UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Dr. Lacy earned his medical degree from UMDNJ-Rutgers Medical School (later named UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and now named Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School), where he also completed a residency in internal medicine, served as chief resident in internal medicine, and completed a fellowship in cardiovascular diseases.
Dr. Lacy is board certified in internal medicine and cardiovascular diseases. He has practiced the subspecialty of cardiovascular medicine for almost 30 years.
Dr. Lacy is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, and a fellow of the American College of Physicians. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and an inductee into the Rutgers University Hall of Distinguished Alumni. He has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America, named to Modern Physician magazine's list of the nation's 50 most powerful physician-executives, and selected by Modern Healthcare magazine as one of the 100 most powerful people in healthcare.
He has served on national, regional, and local clinical and scientific committees and advisory boards including those of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers.
Joseph Napoli, M.D., DABPN, DLFAPA
Psychiatrist and Co-Director, Resiliency LLC
Joseph C. Napoli, MD is a founding partner and Co-Director of Resiliency LLC that provides consultation and training on the human dimension and mental health aspects of crisis and disaster and co-authored the book Resiliency in the Face of Disaster and Terrorism: 10 Things to Do to Survive. A former volunteer firefighter, he has responded to many crises and disasters including aviation crashes, bank robberies, fires, floods, hurricanes, motor vehicle crashes and 9/11 via various affiliations.
He has designed and conducted trainings, developed crisis counselor teams, and planned and participated in numerous disaster exercises. A number of organizations have honored Dr. Napoli for his volunteer disaster mental health work. He maintains a medical practice specializing in psychiatry in Fort Lee, NJ that focuses on the clinical and forensic aspects of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and other trauma and stress related disorders.
Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology, Long Island University
Faculty, Suffolk Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
Fellow, Board Member and Co-Chair of Community Outreach of the American Group Psychotherapy Association
Suzanne Phillips is a licensed Psychologist, Psychoanalyst, Diplomate in Group Psychology, Certified Group Therapist, Fellow and Board Member and Co-chair of Community Outreach for the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).
She is Adjunct Full Professor of Clinical Psychology in the psychology doctoral program at LIU Post, N.Y. and on the faculty of the Suffolk Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. She is the Trauma/Disaster Chair for the Suffolk County Psychological Association. She is a clinician for The Soldiers Project Long Island.
Dr. Phillips has provided services and training nationally and internationally on trauma and disaster. In February 2008, as Community Outreach Chair of AGPA, she gave testimony before Congress for the needs of military and their families. On a yearly basis she runs the weekly AGPA's Camp Galaxy for military children at the 106th Rescue Squad, Westhampton, NY. She is presently engaged in a research study on the Barriers and Pathways to Healthcare for Military Women.
She has written and presented on many topics including couples, marriages, uniformed services, bereavement, divorce, depression, happiness, the psychological impact of medical illness and injury, couples coping with cancer, homecoming, healing and recovery in the aftermath of suicide, etc. She is the co-author of three books, and over 40 articles and chapters. Most recently she co-authored, Healing Together: A Couple's Guide to Coping with Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress. She is a weekly blogger for Psych Central and has also blogged for This Emotional Life and HealthyWomen.org .She has appeared on national TV – Fox 5 Good Day New York and Good Day Street Talk. She has been a frequent radio guest and hosts her own weekly radio show and podcast " Psych Up" on CoSozo and on live Radio at WMIQ 1450 AM in Michigan.
She has a private practice in Northport, N.Y.
Ronald Quincy, PhD
Professor of Professional Practice
School of Social Work, Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
Ronald Quincy earned his Ph.D. from the College of Social Sciences at Michigan State University. He served as a cabinet member for two Michigan Governors, as Director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, and Director of the Michigan Office of Human Resources Policy and Special Projects.
His other previous positions include the following: Associate Vice President, and Assistant to the President, of Harvard University; Executive Director, of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change; Executive Director/President of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc.; President of the White House Fellows Association and Chairman, White House Fellows Foundation; and Foreign Policy Advisor, U.S. State Department, Africa Bureau. Currently, Dr. Quincy is a Professor of Professional Practice, Rutgers School of Social Work, and Academic Director, Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (which is a personally envisioned initiative of President Barak Obama). Ron is the Principal Investigator, and works in close collaboration with the Rutgers Office of Global Affairs.
Steven Stellman, Ph.D., MPH
Research Director, The World Trade Center Health Registry
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University
Dr. Steven Stellman is Research Director for the World Trade Center Health Registry at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health. In his eight years with the Registry he has overseen publication of more than fifty research reports on physical health outcomes, including asthma, heart disease, GERD, diabetes, and cancer, as well as mental health such as PTSD and depression. Dr. Stellman is a former NYC Assistant Commissioner of Health, and has previously served on the national staff of the American Cancer Society where he was co-founder of Cancer Prevention Study 2, a thirty-year study of over one million Americans. He and his wife, Dr. Jeanne Stellman, also a Columbia professor, have studied PTSD in Vietnam veterans for many years, for which they received the Distinguished Service medal from the American Legion. He has an MPH degree in Health Policy and Management from Columbia University, and a doctorate in physical chemistry from New York University.
Iris Udasin, M.D.
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Medical Director, EOHSI Clinical Center
Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine Division
EOHSI, Rutgers – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Iris Udasin currently serves as a Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine and Medical Director of the EOHSI Clinical Center within the Clinical Research and Occupational Medicine Division. This Division is within the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.
Her chief area of interest is the health effects of World Trade Center exposures, including both the aerodigestive medical effects as well as the interaction of both physical and mental health effects and exposure to toxins. She is also interested in health issues in health care workers, laboratory workers, teachers, police officers, and fire fighters. In addition, Dr. Udasin has examined occupational and environmental asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Dr. Udasin serves as Principal Investigator and steering committee member of the World Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program. Her other research highlights include influenza vaccine decisions and the effect of training to prevent workplace violence.
Maureen Underwood, MSW, LCSW, CGP
Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide
Maureen Underwood is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist with over 40 years of experience in mental health and crisis intervention. With a practice specialty in grief, trauma and crisis resolution for children and families, she has developed numerous programs and published extensively on these and other related topics. Actively involved in providing community-based psychosocial support to 9/11 families for over 10 years, she is the primary author of the "Going On After Loss" curriculum which provides a manualized model for addressing the needs of children and families impacted by traumatic loss events.
She is currently the clinical director of the Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide, a national organization dedicated to public awareness about youth suicide for parents, educators, and students.