American Medical News: “Doctors confront burst of mental health problems after disasters”

Disaster planning tends to focus on responding to the immediate physical needs and injuries of victims. But experts such as Pace’s Dr. Richard Shadick say more must be done to address the mental health impact in the aftermath of tornadoes, earthquakes, wildfires, floods, hurricanes and terrorism attacks.

In the first 24 hours, disaster survivors such as those in Joplin, Mo., often exhibit confusion, despair, disbelief and disorientation.  The emotional distress often is compounded by concerns about safety and finding shelter.

But mental health professionals urge doctors to be cautious about prescribing medication to ease symptoms. They say drugs sometimes can hinder a person’s ability to cope properly with a traumatic event.

“The goal is to help an individual make sense of their world being overturned. If one is overmedicated, that makes it much more difficult to do the psychological work of moving beyond the trauma,” said Richard Shadick, PhD, director of the Pace University Counseling Center in New York City, in a featured article in this week’s American Medical News.

In cases of terrorism — such as the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — fear is a common response among victims.  Some survivors develop acute stress disorder shortly after a traumatic incident, Shadick said. The condition can last up to a month and is characterized by anxiety, disorientation, and difficulty sleeping or eating.

NEWS ADVISORY: Pace Law School will host a roundtable discussion on the legality of the US killing of Osama bin Laden

WHO: The participants are international law scholars who have written extensively in this area.

Among the participants in the discussion are:

  • Jordan Paust, University of Houston School of Law, who was one of the first to condemn Justice Department attorneys writing the torture memos as constituting war crimes, but who has defended the US targeted killing in Pakistan
  • Former UN Ambassador Robert Van Lierop
  • Beth Simmons, Harvard University, the leading international law empiricist who has written extensively on human rights
  • Laura Dickinson, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, who has examined the legality of Iraq conflict on the ground
  • Thomas McDonnell, Pace University School of Law, author of The United States, International Law and the Struggle against Terrorism (Routledge, 2009)

WHEN: Friday, May 6, 12:15-1:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pace Law School, 78 North Broadway, White Plains NY in the Judicial Institute-Omni Room, 3rd floor

CONTACT: Lauren Rubenstein
Manager, Media Relations
(914) 422-4389
lrubenstein@law.pace.edu

PATCH.COM: In Poll, Pace Students Express Concern About Terrorist Attacks – Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor, NY Patch

Pace University political science professor David Caputo, Ph.D. polled his students on Monday following the news of Osama bin Laden’s death. “The results in my first class today were interesting,” Caputo said in a statement. “There is a lot of disbelief and lack of support for the president.”

Pace University political science professor David Caputo, Ph.D. polled his students on Monday following the news of Osama bin Laden’s death.

“The results in my first class today were interesting,” Caputo said in a statement. “There is a lot of disbelief and lack of support for the president.”

Read full article here:

In Poll, Pace Students Express Concern About Terrorist Attacks – Pleasantville-Briarcliff Manor, NY Patch.

Read media advisory here.

TheBlaze.com and Business Insider: “Congressman Wants Justice Department To Investigate ‘Terrorist Plans’ In Former Union Official’s Bank Plot”

At The Left Forum at Pace’s downtown campus earlier this month, one of the several thousand participants, Stephen Lerner, a former SEIU official, repeated earlier calls for “a new financial crisis,” according to coverage by Fox news and other media.

At the Left Forum earlier this month, Stephen Lerner, a former SEIU official no longer with the union, revealed what several media called a “secret” plan to “cause a new financial crisis.'” Fox News covered the story; so did the websites The Blaze and Business Insider, which reported on a letter from U.S. Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) to the US Attorney General requesting an investigation.

Stephen Lerner

 

Read the full letter in TheBlaze.com or Business Insider.

Expert in Homeland Security Available for Comment

This fall Pace University will launch an executive Masters in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals under the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) created by the federal Center for Homeland Defense and Security, a part of the US Navy’s Postgraduate Center. Information about the program is at www.pace.edu/homelandsecurity.

Pace Criminal Justice and Security Chair Joseph Ryan Available for Comment on Homeland Security

EXPERT IN HOMELAND SECURITY AVAILABLE FOR COMMENT
– Director of Masters in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals

PLEASANTVILLE, NY, May 5, 2010 – In an article in the New York Times, “Times Square Bomb Suspect Waives Rapid Court Hearing,” New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is reported to be making a case that New York needs a larger share of federal homeland security money.

Joseph Ryan, Ph.D., chair of criminal justice and security at Pace, agrees.

This fall Pace University will launch an executive Masters in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security Professionals under the University and Agency Partnership Initiative (UAPI) created by the federal Center for Homeland Defense and Security, a part of the US Navy’s Postgraduate Center. Information about the program is at www.pace.edu/homelandsecurity.

“The public’s concern regarding terrorism appears to depend on physical and temporal proximity to incidents,” said Ryan, director of the new master’s program. “The level of public interest is best characterized as episodic and ephemeral. Terrorism, homeland security, and weapons of mass destruction had not achieved top status for the American public before September 11, 2001.”

Ryan, a retired New York City police detective, is an expert in violent crimes and community policing as a tool in the war on terrorism. He has chaired a NYPD advisory group for the U.S. Department of Justice that developed security strategies for the 1996 summer Olympics and testified on risk management before the Congressional sub-committee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations.

“The attacks on 9/11 changed how Americans viewed their vulnerability to terrorism,” said Ryan. “Fear and confusion were dominant themes surrounding the attacks and arguably representatives of the government were unable to respond efficiently.”

“The upheaval after 9/11 produced predictable reactions, many of which represented personal and political opinions rather than measured conclusions based on data,” said Ryan. “Missing from these was an ‘educated’ response on how our government can respond to future incidents more efficiently using existing activities.”

“It is the goal of Pace University’s Executive Masters in Management for Public Safety and Homeland Security to provide a educational forum to develop an ‘all hazards’ approach to future catastrophic events and the ‘general defense and the welfare’ of Americans,” said Ryan. “The program will help answer two questions: First, how can we prevent future attacks? Second, if there is another major event, how do we ensure that we are prepared to respond with existing resources?”

Areas of expertise: community policing, violent crime, domestic violence, security strategy, homeland security, risk management, police training, criminal justice and curriculum innovations in teaching criminal justice and security programs.

To reach Ryan:

Phone: 914 773-3814 or 212 346-1839

E-mail: jryan@pace.edu

Media Contact:

Cara Cea, (914) 906-9680, ccea@pace.edu

Sept 17 – Constitution Day Lecture – “Civil Liberties, Surveillance and Terrorism” by Roger Newman

On Wed, Sept 17 the 2008 Constitution Day Celebration “Civil Liberties, Surveillance and Terrorism” Featuring Guest Lecturer Roger Newman will be held at Pace University’s New York City Campus.

Pace University – 2008 Constitution Day Celebration “Civil Liberties, Surveillance and Terrorism” Featuring Guest Lecturer Roger Newman, Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Scribes Book Award Winner Introduction by Pace President Stephen J. Friedman Free and Open to the Pace Community/General Public

When: Wednesday, September 17, 2008 at 12:30 pm

Where: Schimmel Lobby, Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts, Pace University’s Downtown New York City Campus just East of City Hall. Entrance on Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold.

Directions: http://www.pace.edu/page.cfm?doc_id=154 Why: The U.S. Constitution was signed September 17, 1787. In 2004, U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia successfully led an initiative to make September 17 a national holiday. Constitution Day was first celebrated in 2005.

Preview: Roger Newman will discuss freedom and technology in a time of fear against the commands of the Constitution … If the first casualty of war is truth, civil liberty is second. Panic leads the way, with such examples as the internment of American citizens of Japanese descent during World War II and McCarthyism purges during the Cold War. The reaction to 9/11 threatens to restrict civil liberties on a far greater scale and in ways we do not yet know. To an unparalleled extent, the government is monitoring and keeping records of our private communications. Wiretapping and other electronic surveillance of communication networks are now widespread. Even just walking on the street is often recorded. The dangers are obvious.

About Roger Newman: Newman’s biography of Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black won the Scribes Book Award and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. The New York Times called it “a giant book on a giant man” and President Clinton talked about it for years in the White House. PBS used it as the basis for one of the programs in its series last year on the history of the Supreme Court on which Newman also appeared several times. He is the editor-in-chief of a four-volume encyclopedia, The Constitution and Its Amendments, and co-author of Banned Films, a history of movie censorship. Supreme Court Justice William J. Brennan, Jr., called Newman a scholar of first rank. Newman has written more than one hundred articles and book reviews, and lectured extensively across the country. He has appeared on C-Span, National Public Radio and even Entertainment Tonight, which used Banned Films as the basis of a week-long series. He teaches at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and is editor of the Yale Biographical Dictionary of American Law, which will be published next year.

Currently he is working on a book on President Clinton’s Supreme Court appointments.

Media Relations Contact: Samuella Becker sbecker2@pace.edu 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost

“Aftershock: Rethinking the Future Since September 11, 2001”

Five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Pace University, four blocks from Ground Zero, will host a major conference to examine how those tragic events changed the world in which we live.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts:
Chris Cory, Pace University, 212-346-1117 / 917-608-8164, ccory@pace.edu
Frank Lentini, M. Booth and Associates, 212-481-7000 ext. 601

Note: photos are available on request of objects from the related exhibition of 9/11 artifacts, including a battered 1” x 3” plaque saying “78.” It denoted the sky lobby floor in the south tower, which took a direct impact while many people waited for their elevators.

PACE UNIVERSITY TO HOST
“AFTERSHOCK: RETHINKING THE FUTURE
SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001”

CONFERENCE TO EXAMINE
“THE DAY THAT CHANGED
EVERYTHING”

Speakers include Former White House Adviser David Gergen,
Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin,
9/11 commission co-chair Lee Hamilton, Editor William Kristol.
Event is Part of Pace University Centennial Celebration

NEW YORK, N.Y., July 24, 2006 – Five years after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, Pace University, four blocks from Ground Zero, will host a major conference to examine how those tragic events changed the world in which we live.

Taking place Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 6-8, at the University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Spruce Street, just East of City Hall in New York City, the conference is likely to be the most wide-ranging anniversary forum on the effects of 9/11. Many of the high-level participants have not spoken publicly about 9/11 before.

The conference is titled “Aftershock: Rethinking the Future Since September 11, 2001.”
Admission is free but registration is required. More information is at www.pace.edu/aftershock.

Officials and scholars. The nearly 40 speakers include the vice chair of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States, Lee Hamilton, a former Congressman who now is president and director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; David Gergen, White House adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton and editor-at-large of US News & World Report, who will deliver the opening address; Doris Kearns Goodwin, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Presidential historian; and Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, who will give the closing speech.

Their views will be juxtaposed with the practical experience of many of the key public officials involved in rebuilding and protecting the city’s downtown, including John Cahill, Secretary to Governor George Pataki and his downtown reconstruction coordinator; Stefan Pryor, President of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler. US Senator Charles E. Schumer, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, and New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly have been invited.

Topics: From Emotions to Economy. “This conference is about preparing for America’s future,” said Pace University President David A. Caputo, a political scientist who also is a conference participant. “We expect to help prioritize the steps that our nation, state, and city need to take to complete our emotional and political reaction to the aftershocks of 9/11. We hope for both contention and consensus on issues from port security and pandemics to local and national politics and foreign policy to reduce the threat of attacks.”

Nine panels will probe everything from the emotional impact on individuals to the economic effects on the global economy. One session examines how 9/11 has changed the preparedness of first responders; another looks at the environmental impact of the attacks; a third examines victims’ families and their influence on public policy.

Exhibitions. Accompanying the discussions will be an exhibition of artifacts from 9/11, many not seen since they went into storage after the attacks. Organized by the New York State Museum, “The First 24 Hours” will include a U.S. flag rescued from the rubble, a section of the chain link fence on Broadway hung with dried flowers and notes seeking missing persons, a firefighter’s air tank, and a seat belt from one of the hijacked airplanes. Also on display will be an evocative art installation recreating a World Trade Center office abandoned by a fleeing worker. The work was created a year ago as the senior project of a Pace undergraduate fine art major, Dan Daley. Both exhibitions will be open to the public at times posted on the website.

Pace students will participate in separate seminars with Gergen, Kristol, Godwin and Hamilton. At the public sessions, a bloc of seats will be reserved for students attending Pace High School, the new “small” public school on which Pace collaborates with the New York City Department of Education.

Education, Slavery, Environment. The conference is part of Pace’s Centennial celebration, which includes three other nationally-significant conferences — a Founders Day Symposium on higher education in a global society (Sept. 27-28); a conference on the Legacies of Slavery and Sisterhood: The Life and Work of Harriet Jacobs (Oct. 6-7) and a worldwide legal summit on Implementing Environmental Legislation (Oct. 16-20).

The Centennial also includes a yearlong volunteer initiative called “100 Opportunities for Service and Civic Engagement” and “Roll Back the Clock Day,” during which Pace cafeterias will offer representative 1906 food items at 1906 prices.

Pace frequently serves as a forum for major addresses by international figures. Starting July 25, Pace will be the location of a series of debates and town meetings involving candidates for New York State offices in this fall’s elections, presented by NY1. Former President Bill Clinton began the Centennial with a speech at Pace in March, a year after Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) hosted a town hall meeting on social security there. Millions of Americans tuned in to the 2003 Democratic Presidential candidates’ debate held at Pace and broadcast on MSNBC.

A private university in the New York metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement, international perspectives and measurable outcomes. It is one of the 10 founders of Project Pericles, developing education that encourages lifelong participation in democratic processes. Pace has campuses in downtown and midtown New York City and in Pleasantville, Briarcliff, and White Plains, New York (a graduate center and law school). The University enrolls approximately 14,000 students in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, Lubin School of Business, Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu.

Book Launch in Rememberance of 9/11

“On the Ground after September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained” will be launched at an event held at Pace University’s Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts on Sep 9.

Contact
Rosemary Mercedes, Pace University
212-346-1637, Cell: 914-424-3845
rmercedes@pace.edu

Margaret Tatich, The Haworth Press
607-722-5857, ext. 321
mtatich@HaworthPress.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – INVITATION TO ATTEND

BOOK LAUNCH “ON THE GROUND AFTER SEPTEMBER 11”

WHO: The editors and authors of On the Ground after September 11: Mental Health Responses and Practical Knowledge Gained being published by The Haworth Press – Yael Danieli, PhD, Chief Editor

WHEN: Friday, September 9, 2005
1 – 5 p.m.

WHERE: Michael Schimmel Center for the Arts at Pace University’s downtown campus, Spruce St. between Park Row and Gold Sts (across from City Hall)

The program will open with a brief commemorative performance by acclaimed violinist Timothy Fain. Authors selected from the books 108 contributors will briefly present distilled lessons they have learned during the four years sine 9/11. The contributors provide a range of perspectives – from policymakers to counselors, social workers and students. An open dialogue among all present will follow. Guest speakers include:

• Ambassador Javier Ruperez, Executive Director of the United Nations Counter Terrorism Directorate
• Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney
• Dr. Lloyd I. Sederer, New York City Executive Deputy Commissioner for Mental Hygiene
• Ken Curtin, Federal Emergency Management Agency Voluntary Agency Liaison
• Mary Fetchet, Mother of Brad Fetchet, 24, who dies in Tower 2 of the World Trade Center, and Founding Director and President of Voices of September 11th

After 9/11 Pace University played a central role in counseling not just for the Pace University community but for emergency respondents and many people in Lower Manhattan. Its Counseling Center provided training and research to people working with traumatized groups. Pace’s Center for Downtown New York (CDNY) has been a catalyst for numerous conferences on dealing with terrorism and rebuilding Lower Manhattan.

The event is Co Sponsored by the Pace University Counseling Center.

The event is open to media with press credentials, members of the Pace University community and individuals who RSVP in advance to YAELD@aol.com or (212)737-8524. Media admission by press card (strictly enforced).

Pace Heightens Security After London Attacks

Early this morning, in response to the terrorist attacks in London, the University heightened its level of security at our 1 Pace Plaza campus in lower Manhattan. This heightened level of security will remain in place until further notice.

For possible London terrorism reaction roundup stories.
Pace University response, from President David A. Caputo, sent at 3:00 pm to the campus community.

Contact:
Cara Halstead, 914 773 3312 or cell 914-906- 9680, or
Chris Cory, 212-346-1117 or 917-608-8164

University heightens security level in NYC

July 7, 2005

Early this morning, in response to the terrorist attacks in London, the University heightened its level of security at our 1 Pace Plaza campus in lower Manhattan. This heightened level of security will remain in place until further notice.

Earlier today, the federal government raised the security alert level to orange on mass transit systems across the country, including here in New York City. Please know, however, that University officials are in communication with city, state and federal officials who report no direct threats to New York City or the tri-state area.

I would like to join city and state officials in encouraging everybody to go about their business in a normal fashion, but to be extra vigilant of their surroundings. If you see something suspicious or out of the ordinary, please do not hesitate to report it to Pace Security at 212-346-1800 in New York City, 914-773-3400 in Pleasantville, 914-923-2700 in Briarcliff or 914-422-4300 in White Plains.

Please join me in extending the thoughts and prayers of the entire Pace University community to the people of London, the victims of the attacks, and their families and friends.

Thank you.

David A. Caputo
President

Pace experts available for media comment on London terrorism

Pace University has several experts who have insights into how New York City is prepared for potential terrorist attacks, how cities should prepare to prevent such attacks and what changes are likely in the aftermath of the terrorist activity in London. Below is information on two criminal justice experts and an expert in Middle Eastern culture.

MEDIA ADVISORY: London terrorism
Contact:
Cara Halstead, 914-906-9680, chalstead@pace.edu
Pace University has several experts who have insights into how New York City is prepared for potential terrorist attacks, how cities should prepare to prevent such attacks and what changes are likely in the aftermath of the terrorist activity in London. Below is information on two criminal justice experts and an expert in Middle Eastern culture.

Dr. Joseph F. Ryan
Chairperson, Department of Criminal Justice & Sociology
Professor of Criminal Justice
Office location: 41 Park Row, Room 1123, NYC or Choate House, Room 124N, PLV
Phone: 914-924-3191 Cell, 212-346-1832 NYC or 914-773-3674 Westchester
E-mail: jryan@pace.edu
Prof. Ryan is the Department Chair and Professor of Public Administration and Criminal Justice/Sociology at Pace University. Professor Ryan is an expert in Homeland Security and has done extensive research on terrorism. He was a consultant on security for the Atlanta Olympic Games and advised people on security worldwide. He is a 25 year veteran of the New York City Police Department and a national expert on community policing & police management. Prof. Ryan is a former Visiting Fellow of the National Institute of Justice, former member of the Center for Disease Control’s Violence Prevention Initiative and a member of the American Society of Criminology. He has served as NYPD’s representative on numerous task forces at both local & national level.

Benjamin B. Tucker, JD
Associate Professor of Criminal Justice
Office location: 41 Park Row, Room 1123, PNY
Phone: 917-779-4959
E-mail: btucker@pace.edu
Prof. Tucker, expert on policing and police management, is a lawyer with an extensive background in criminal justice. He served as a NYC policeman for several years and was Assistant Director for Law Enforcement Services in the New York City mayor’s office. He served as the Chief Executive of New York City’s Office of School Safety & Planning and is the former Deputy Director for Operations at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services as well as the former Executive Director of the New York City Human Rights Commission.

Prof. Tucker is an expert peer reviewer for the US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, a member of the Boards of the New York City Criminal Justice Agency and Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation as well as a consultant to National Center for Victims of Crime.

Prof. Michael Izady
Home: 212-362-6188
Preferred email: IzadyM@yahoo.com

Michael Izady, adjunct professor of Middle Eastern and Western history at Pace University, is an expert on the ethnic and social issues of both regions and on training U.S. special forces in these issues. Izady is the author of “Ethnic and Social Issues in the Persian Gulf and the Indian Ocean.” Michael Izady received his doctorate in Middle Eastern and Western studies from Columbia University. He has taught at various American and European universities, including Harvard University.

For a list of Pace experts on the Iraq war and reconstruction who have shared their knowledge in the media:
page.cfm?doc_id=9089

A private university in the New York Metropolitan area, Pace has a growing national reputation for offering students opportunity, teaching and learning based on research, civic involvement and measurable outcomes. Pace has seven campuses, including downtown and midtown New York City, Pleasantville, Briarcliff, White Plains (a graduate center and law school), and a Hudson Valley Center at Stewart International Airport near Newburgh, N.Y. Approximately 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, Lienhard School of Nursing and Pace Law School. www.pace.edu