graduate-level courses in emergency preparedness and response for health professionals. Dr. Beaton has served as a consultant to the CDC, the Associated Schools of Public Health, the Washington State Department of Health, the National Transportation Safety Board, and the International Association of Fire Fighters. Dr. Beaton also participated in TopOff 4 as an HSEEP exercise evaluator. Dr. Beaton has published his research findings widely and currently serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Stress Management and as an associate editor for the International Journal of Traumatology. Dr. Beaton is a licensed clinical psychologist and a volunteer emergency medical technician.
Col. Paul Bliese, Ph.D., began his professional career as a behavioral science researcher for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 1991. In 1992, he received a direct commission into the U.S. Army as a Medical Service Corps officer. During his first assignment at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR), Col. Bliese was the primary analyst for the Human Dimensions Research Team in Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. In 1999, he was appointed chief, Department of Operational Stress Research, at WRAIR. In this capacity, he led a series of studies on stress and performance and worked to advance statistical methods for analyzing complex applied data. From 2003 to 2007, Col. Bliese commanded the U.S. Army Medical Research Unit–Europe (USAMRU-E). During that time, USAMRU-E conducted research that was instrumental in the military’s decision to implement the Post-Deployment Mental Health ReAssessment (PHDRA) program. While at USAMRU-E he also served as the lead analyst for the third Mental Health Advisory Team to Iraq (MHAT III). Since 2007, he has been the Army’s lead for MHATs. In this capacity he has overseen MHAT V (OIF and OEF) and MHAT VI (OIF and OEF), and has led teams into Iraq for both MHAT V in 2007 and MHAT VI in 2009. In 2010, he led the first Joint MHAT into Afghanistan. Col. Bliese has more than 70 peer-reviewed publications and is an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology. He is currently serving as the director for the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at WRAIR.
Kathryn Brinsfield, M.D., M.P.H., is director of the Workforce Health and Medical Support Division and deputy chief medical officer (acting) within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) Office of Health Affairs. She began her service with DHS in July 2008. Prior to joining