Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans

February 25, 2013

Military social work expert Jeffrey Yarvis, Ph.D., a published scholar in the field of traumatic stress, will provide a free, public lecture titled “Understanding Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Veterans: History and Explanatory Models” on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at Saint Leo’s University Campus.

Yarvis has conducted research on mental health issues of military beneficiaries and presented worldwide for more than 25 years.

Sponsored by the university’s office of Veteran Student Services, the School of Education and Social Services, and the 40th Military Anniversary committee, the lecture will take place from 5:30-6:30 pm in TECO Hall in the School of Business building.

The presentation will also be available online by clicking here.

Yarvis is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army. He currently serves as the deputy commander for Behavioral Health at the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and as an assistant professor of family medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Md. He also serves as an adjunct professor of social work at George Mason University, the University of Windsor (Canada), and the Institute of Clinical Social Work.

During his two years at Fort Belvoir, Yarvis has increased services and research by over 300 percent. He was honored as the 2008 U.S. Army and Uniformed Services Social Worker of the Year.

A published scholar in the field of traumatic stress, Yarvis recently published a book on subthreshold PTSD in veterans. He is one of the authors of the Council of Social Work Educations’ standards for military social work curricula and a contributing author of the Handbook of Military Social Work.

Yarvis’s new addictions and traumatic brain injury programs are the gold standard in the Department of Defense. As a result, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital received $13 million to develop the National Intrepid Center of Excellence: Satellites for Traumatic Brain Injury Centers.

University Campus is located at 33701 State Road 52 in the east Pasco County town of Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (exit 285). Free parking is available.

Contact Jose.coll@saintleo.edu with any questions regarding the presentation.

Saint Leo University is commemorating four decades of providing educational opportunities to servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Further information and public events related to this yearlong anniversary celebration can be found here.