Dr. Tom Demaria: Helping Communities When Disaster Strikes
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. -- Thomas P. Demaria Ph.D. is the director of LIU Post’s public clinic, the Psychological Services Center. At the clinic, students in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program provide diverse psychological services to the community. He is an expert in psychological trauma response and an adjunct professor in the clinical psychology doctoral program, specializing in behavioral medicine; child, adolescent and family psychology; cross-cultural psychology; religion; stress management, and trauma and disaster.
Dr. Demaria founded the Trauma Response Team at LIU Post in 2007 as a way for clinical psychology students to provide free, on-site counseling in schools and community organizations following small and large disasters. The all-volunteer Trauma Response Team provides a variety of interventions which support recovery and foster resiliency. Services include psychological first aid, coping strategies, organizational trauma consultation, psychoeducation and crisis counseling.
Dr. Demaria is a two-time recipient of the prestigious New York State Liberty Award for community service in New York following the World Trade Center terrorist attacks and in Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina. In 2004, he was presented a Humanitarian Award by the Center for Christian & Jewish studies for his work with holocaust survivors.
He received his Ph.D. in Clinical/School Psychology from Hofstra University in 1986 and has been a New York State licensed Psychologist since 1987. Dr. Demaria has over 20 years of hospital behavioral healthcare leadership experience, including the management of inpatient psychiatric and behavioral medicine consultation services and outpatient mental health and substance abuse programs.
An editorial reviewer for several professional journals, Dr. Demaria has also been a faculty member at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for School Crisis & Bereavement.
Dr. Demaria was selected as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in 2011 and is a disaster volunteer for the Salvation Army. He is a member of the strategy group on Mental Health & Trauma Affecting Women & Children for the United States Department of Health & Human Services and has been involved in the leadership development task force of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. He has earned numerous awards for leading several hundred community disaster counseling responses during the past 20 years and is a volunteer for Greater New York and Nassau County Red Cross. In 2005, Dr. Demaria was co-recipient of International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ Sarah Haley Award for Clinical Excellence for his clinical work with World Trade Center families and first responders.
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