Bradley E. Belsher, MSW, received a master of social work degree with a specialization in health care from the Catholic University of America and a bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University. Mr. Belsher has provided mental health counseling to a wide array of populations, including early intervention therapy to trauma survivors. Additionally, he has served as program coordinator for the Palo Alto Medical Reserve Corps, an organization that provides training in disaster mental health and psychological first aid. His research interests include disaster mental health, early intervention for trauma survivors, health psychology, and neuropsychology.
Jennifer Housley, MS, PhD, received her master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (now Palo Alto University) in Palo Alto, California. She currently works for the Veterans Administration Sierra Nevada Health Care System, where she supervises the Integrated Behavioral Health Care program. As a former fellow of the National Center on the Psychology of Terrorism, Dr. Housley has provided program development services for national organizations and served as program director and lead instructor for the Palo Alto Medical Reserve Corps. Dr. Housley has published on topics including mass-casualty disasters, trauma response, health psychology, and performance psychology. Dr. Housley’s research interests include investigating key psychological factors contributing to an individual’s ability to withstand physical and psychological discomfort in the service of goal achievement. She has received national awards and commendations for her contributions to public service psychology through research, practice, program development, training, and advocacy.
Patricia Watson, PhD, is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Catholic University of America. She served as assistant director of terrorism and disaster programs for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress from 2007 to 2010 and as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School from 1999 to 2010. She has collaborated with federal working groups to create publications for public and mental health interventions following terrorism, disaster, and pandemic flu. In collaboration with authors from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and National Center for PTSD, she has coauthored the Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Guide and the Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Manual. In collaboration with authors from the Department of Defense and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, she has coauthored the Combat Operational Stress First Aid (COSFA) Field Guide and Curbside Manner and Stress First Aid for Firefighters and Emergency Services Personnel, as well as created versions for law enforcement professionals and rail workers. She has coedited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions and numerous articles, guidance documents, and chapters on disaster mental health, combat and operational stress, early intervention, and resilience.