Episode 2: Stress First Aid
Patricia Watson, Ph.D.
Patricia Watson, Ph.D. is a senior educational specialist for the National Center for PTSD and assistant professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, in the Department of Psychiatry.
She is co-author of the Psychological First Aid (PFA) Field Guide and the Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Manual, produced by the National Center for PTSD and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.
She is also a co-author of the Stress First Aid (SFA) self-care and peer support model, originally named Combat Operational Stress First Aid (COSFA)—produced by the Department of Defense and the Defense Centers for Excellence—and since then adapted for fire and rescue personnel, rail workers, public safety personnel, health care personnel, and pre-trial and probation personnel.
Dr. Watson has additionally co-edited three books on disaster behavioral health interventions, numerous articles on resilience and early intervention, SAMHSA guidance documents, and articles and chapters on disaster mental health, public mental health, resilience, combat and operational stress, and pandemic flu.