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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Care for Rural Veterans and Their Families



Geisinger Rural Health Policy Institute (RHPI)
RHPI is under the aegis of the Center for Health Research, Geisinger Health Systems. RHPI assists legislators and policymakers in understanding health policy as it relates to the health status of rural residents. The Institute brings together a diverse, multidisciplinary group of professionals to conduct research focused on finding workable solutions to rural health issues.

Florida State University Traumatology Institute
The Traumatology Institute at Florida State University is established through the College of Social Work by the Florida Board of Regents. The Mission of the Institute is to study, provide training and to offer educational programs in the area of Traumatology.


Featuring national experts on:

  • Returning veterans and their families: scope of challenge
  • Screening and referral for combat stress injuries
  • Mental health in primary care
  • Fostering resiliency
  • Current research challenges

Glenn Steele Jr. MD, PhD
President & Chief Executive Officer
Geisinger Health System
Danville, PA
Combat Stress Injuries, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Care for Rural Veterans and Their Families” (.ppt)

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
Joseph Boscarino PhD, MPH
Senior Investigator
Center for Health Research
Danville, PA

Charles Figley BS, MS, PhD
Professor and Director Traumatology Institute
Florida State University
Tulane University’s Paul Henry Kerzweg MD
Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health
“Scope of Problem: Returning Veterans and the Rural Setting”

 William Nash MD
Researcher and Senior Consultant, Combat Stress and Resilience
Captain, Medical Corps – United States Navy (Ret.)
Marine Corps Combat Stress Control Tools for Rural Healthcare Settings” (.ppt)

Diane Godorov DO
Geisinger Medical Group
Pottsville, PA
Challenges: Locating and Assisting Rural Veterans and Families” (.ppt)

David Hall
Greater Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce
Commander, U.S. Air Force (Ret.)
Shamokin Dam, PA
A Commander’s Experience: Impact of War Zone Stress” (.ppt)

Steven Silver PhD
PA Army National Guard
Former Director, PTSD Treatment Program
VA Medical Center, Coatesville, PA
Post-Combat Resiliency and Well-Being” (.ppt)

Evelyn Llewellyn Psy.D
Executive Director
Director of Family and Youth Programs
Life Matters
New York, NY

Michael Lonski PhD
Chief of Mental Health Clinical Services
244th Medical Services
New York State Division of Military and Naval Affairs
Captain, New York State Guard
New York, NY

Douglas Etter Executive Director
Bureau of Veterans Affairs
Dept of Military and Veterans Affairs
Fort Indiantown Gap, PA
“The Transition Home”