Coping with Family Trauma

Nadine Kaslow
Atlanta, GA

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Nadine Kaslow, PhD, ABPP
Professor, Vice-Chair and Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory University School of Medicine
Kaslow is a practicing family psychologist who can readily discuss topics related to child and adolescent behavior, family violence, couples and family therapy, grief, coping with trauma, mental health and suicidal behavior in both adults and children. Exuding warmth, confidence and grace, she is a frequent guest on radio and TV, and often is called upon to comment for newspapers, magazines and digital media on a broad array of mental health topics.
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Nadine J. Kaslow, Ph.D., ABPP is a professor with tenure at Emory University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences; Chief Psychologist, Grady Health System; Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program in Professional Psychology at Emory University School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Psychology, Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine and the Emory Rollins School of Public Health. She is Past-President of the University Senate, Past-Chair of the Faculty Council and former Special Assistant to the Provost.

Dr. Kaslow received her doctorate at the University of Houston and completed her internship and postdoctoral fellowship training at the University of Wisconsin. Prior to joining the faculty at Emory University in 1990, Dr. Kaslow was an assistant professor in the Departments of Psychiatry, Child Study Center, and Pediatrics at Yale University School of Medicine.

Currently, Dr. Kaslow is the recipient of grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Mental Health focused on the treatment of intimate partner violence and suicidal behavior in African American women, as well as a grant from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention focused on helping families cope with the loss of a loved one to suicide. She is also the recipient of a grant from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration for a campus-wide suicide prevention program. Kaslow has been a member of the National Institute of Mental Health Interventions and Treatment and Child Psychopathology and Treatment Institutional Review Groups.

Dr. Kaslow has over 240 publications on the assessment and treatment of family violence (intimate partner violence, child maltreatment), assessment and treatment of depression and suicide in youth and adults, couples and family therapy, women’s mental health, pediatric psychology, and a competency-based approach to psychology education and supervision.

She is a member of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Board of Trustees, the Editor of the Journal of Family Psychology, and President of the American Board of Professional Psychology, Family Process Institute, and the Wynne Center for Family Research. She is Past President of APA’s Society of Clinical Psychology (Division 12), Society of Family Psychology (Division 43), and Division of Psychotherapy (Division 29), as well as the American Board of Clinical Psychology. From 1998-2002, Dr Kaslow was the Chair of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers and she is now a board member Emeritus of this organization. In 2002, she chaired the multinational 2002 Competencies Conference: Future Directions in Education and Credentialing in Professional Psychology. Dr. Kaslow was a Fellow in the 2003-2004 Class of the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) Program for Women and she currently is core faculty for the program. She also was a Fellow in the 2004 Woodruff Leadership Academy.

Dr. Kaslow has received a number of awards including American Psychological Association (APA) Division 29 Krasner Award for Distinguished Early Career Contribution to Psychotherapy (1994), APA’s Division 43 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Family Psychology (1999), Spielberger Empathy Award (2003), APA’s Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training Award (2004), Association of Psychologists in Academic Health Centers Outstanding Teacher Award (2005), Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Training (2007), the Florence Halpern Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology (2009), and the Mentoring for Leadership Award (2009) . In 2006, she received a Presidential Citation from the APA for her efforts to assist displaced interns and postdoctoral fellows in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In 2000, she was a Primary Care Public Policy Fellow through the United States Public Health Service under the auspices of the Department of Health and Human Services and she received the APA Hesier Award for her efforts in legislative advocacy and public policy.

A member of Rosalynn Carter’s Mental Health Advisory Board, she serves on a number of community boards, including the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence.

She is a frequent guest on local and national radio and television programs, and is often called upon to comment by newspaper and magazine reporters on a broad array of mental health topics relevant to children, women, families, and stress and coping during times of tragedy.

 Dr. Kaslow remains passionately involved in taking ballet classes and teaching ballet, and serves as the psychologist for the Atlanta Ballet.   


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