LIU Post’s Demaria Honored for Trauma Care Education
Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
Brookville, N.Y. – Thomas Demaria, a professor in LIU Post’s doctoral program in clinical psychology, has won the Distinguished Mentorship Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) for the guidance he provides to students.
Demaria, who is also the director of LIU Post’s public mental health clinic, the Psychological Services Center, received the award Thursday, Nov. 7 at the society’s annual meeting in Philadelphia.
“To be selected among all the wonderful people out there is an honor, but it’s also a tribute to our students,” Demaria said. “They’ve been wonderful to work with, and it’s an honor to work with them every day.”
Demaria founded the LIU Post Trauma Response Team (TRT), made up of clinical psychology students who offer counseling and referrals to Long Island communities in the wake of events such as Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the racial slaying of Marcello Lucero in 2008.
In the past five years, the TRT has been deployed 58 times, worked with 11 national organizations and conducted 41 research presentations at professional conferences.
Demaria has counseled victims of traumas ranging from the 9/11 terror attacks to the Newtown shootings, including natural disasters, major accidents, crime and economic crisis. In February, he testified before Connecticut Gov. Dannell P. Malloy’s Sandy Hook Advisory Commission, an expert panel formed after the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
He also serves on the advisory board of the National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. He co-founded the World Trade Center Family Center to serve families of people who died in the attacks as well as first responders and their families. In addition, he has advised communities on establishing similar institutions along the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina.
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