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Memorial to host multidisciplinary conference on PTSD

special feature: Commemoration

Part of a special feature marking the centenary of the First World War and highlighting Memorial’s status as a living memorial that in freedom of learning their cause and sacrifice might not be forgotten.” This feature supports WW100, Memorial’s Commemoration Program.    


Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is gaining increasing attention in diverse organizations whose employees, clients, or members are exposed to risk and threats to their physical, emotional or legal safety.

However, despite the number of persons it affects, this disorder continues to receive limited attention in scholarly and scientific literature and, most importantly, in the development of clinical practice for those suffering from it.

WW100 commemoration

From July 31-Aug. 2, Memorial University will host a multidisciplinary conference on PTSD as part of the WW100 Commemoration Program in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the First World War.

Organized by the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health and Safety Research, researchers from a variety of universities and disciplines and a range of community partners, the conference will bring together experts, stakeholders and members of the public with expertise and interest in issues related to the complex realities of PTSD.

Conference features

With a focus on the history, epidemiology, causation, cultural reflections, personal and societal impacts, treatment and prevention of PTSD, the conference will feature distinguished keynote and plenary speakers, panels on key issues, workshops and poster sessions.

Confirmed speakers follow below:

  • Amanda Lindhout, kidnap survivor, bestselling author and humanitarian
  • Rachel Yehuda – Traumatic Stress Studies Division, Mount Sinai Hospital School of Medicine
  • David Diamond – Director, Center for Preclinical and Clinical Research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Neuroscience Collaborative Program, University of South Florida
  • Allan Young – Professor, Division of Social and Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University
  • Terry Copp – Professor emeritus, History, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Terri Aversa – Health and Safety Officer, Ontario Public Service Employees’ Union


Questions about the conference may be addressed here.

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