Dr. Elana Newman awarded the 2009 Frank Ochberg Award

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

"...what makes Newman such a unique figure is her tireless commitment to bridge the gap between journalists and clinicians..."

On November 5th, Elana Newman, Ph.D. and McFarlin Associate Professor of Psychology was bestowed the 2009 Frank Ochberg Award for Media and Trauma study from the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS). This award recognizes significant contributions by clinicans and researchers on the relationship of media and trauma.

At the awards ceremony, ISTSS President Resick stated, "Elana would deserve the Ochberg Award for her research contributions alone. She was the author of the two pioneering peer-reviewed studies of the mental health impact of trauma exposure in newsrooms. However, what makes Newman such a unique figure is her tireless commitment to bridge the gap between journalists and clinicians, two professions often skeptical and ill-informed about the other. Following the attacks of September 11 she took academic leave to manage Dart Center Ground Zero, an unprecedented support program for journalists in New York City, many of whom had directly witnessed the attacks and many more of whom were assigned full-time to the aftermath. Since then Newman has made herself at home in newsrooms around the globe, as well as in professional conferences, journalism training programs and media schools, providing crucial background to news professionals covering everything from childhood sexual abuse to the aftermath of civil wars in Bosnia and Northern Ireland. Finally, I must mention something that will never be fully documented: Newman’s quiet clinical dedication to individual journalists. She is in effect an unpaid, unadvertised, 24/7 one-woman hotline for journalists in crisis, fielding calls from around the world and linking journalists with clinical colleagues."

Contact:
Cindy Tissue
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