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A Year After Sandy Hook

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Trauma and tragedy have become all too familiar to US citizens.  In recent times there were 25 deadly mass shootings (since 1966 - University of Texas - a former U.S. Marine kills 16 and wounds at least 30 to September 2013 - shots are fired inside Washington Navy Yard killing 12). In between these two dates there have been a number of school shootings culminating in the Sandy Hook elementary school tragedy, killing 20 children and 6 adults.  The final count was 28, including the shooter’s mother and himself. Dr. Robin Gurwitch will help us understand how this tragedy has impacted security issues and parental fears.

Dr. Robin Gurwitch, a Clinical Psychologist, is a faculty member at Duke University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Child and Family Health. Dr. Gurwitch specializes in work with children, particularly those considered at-risk. Since the bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995, she has devoted much time to understanding the impact of trauma and disaster on children and ways to increase resilience, including stressors related to military deployment.