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UW School of Nursing’s Randal Beaton tapped by Institute of Medicine of the National Academies as expert to present at a workforce resiliency workshop for the Department of Homeland Security

For immediate release
Date:    August 1, 2011
Contact:   Ashley Wiggin- Communications and Marketing Officer, aaw4@uw.edu, 206-221-2456

SEATTLE- At the invitation of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Randal D. Beaton, a Research Professor Emeritus with the University of Washington School of Nursing’s Psychosocial & Community Health Department, will present at a workshop on Workforce Resiliency Programs sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Health Affairs (OHA) on September 15 and 16, 2011 in Washington, DC.  He received this national level request to present information on resiliency training programs and related interventions and their affect on long-term resiliency as it applies to DHS operational and law enforcement personnel.  The goal of the two day workshop is to set priorities and identify next steps for the development of a workforce resiliency program.

 Beaton has studied the causes and effects of traumatic and occupational stress in firefighters and paramedics.  He has also developed and evaluated the benefits of organizational interventions designed to prevent or deter the harmful effects of stress for Fire Departments with funding from NIOSH and FEMA.  More recently Dr. Beaton's research efforts have focused on the psychosocial parameters of disasters, disaster behavioral health & disaster preparedness.  He is currently the Co-Director of the Disaster Nursing Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program offered by the University of Washington and is a member of the Nursing Emergency Preparedness Coalition.

 Beaton has been with the Psychosocial & Community Health Department since 1977.   He has a career total of 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, 20 PI/Co-PI funded grants and contracts, and taught/co-taught 19 courses in the School of Nursing.  After retiring on June 30, 2011 Dr. Beaton continues his affiliation with the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health through consulting, teaching, training and working with student on certificates.  “We are very proud of Dr. Beaton’s outstanding work for the School, the University and the greater community over his extensive career,” says Dr. Karen Schepp, Interim Department Chair.

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