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PROF. ROXANE COHEN SILVER, Ph.D. (Chair & Co-Founder)


Department of Psychology & Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine

Dr. Silver is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Social Behavior and the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. She is an international expert in the field of stress and coping and a leading researcher on the physical and psychological effects of fear and terror. For over 30 years, Dr. Silver has investigated the acute and long-term psychological, physical and social impact of traumatic life experiences, including personal losses such as physical disability, loss, and childhood sexual victimization, as well as larger collective events such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, and other community disasters. She has also examined physical and psychological responses to traumatic events among refugees and immigrant populations. Dr. Silver was principal investigator of the only three-year national longitudinal study of psychological responses to the September 11th terrorist attacks against the U.S. Since 2003 she has served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, providing guidance on the psychological impact of terrorism and disasters.  In 2007, Dr. Silver received the American Psychological Association’s Award for Distinguished Service to Psychological Science and in 2011 she will receive APA’s Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology in the Public Interest (Senior Career).  In 2010 she received the Public Advocacy Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. For more information on Dr. Silver, please click here .