News Tip: How to Discuss Orlando Tragedy With Children

Clinical psychologist Dr. Robin Gurwitch conducts research on theimpact of trauma and disaster on children

Clinical psychologist Dr. Robin Gurwitch,who conducts research on theimpact of trauma and disaster on children, has provided direct service and training in the aftermath of terrorism and disaster events nationally as well as internationally. She is available to comment for stories about the weekend shooting in Orlando.

  • Quotes: "Talking to children in the aftermath of terrorist attacks such as in Orlando can be a bit challenging and worrisome for parents. It’s often hard for adults to discuss,” says Dr. Robin Gurwitch, a clinical psychologist at Duke University who specializes in the impact of trauma and disaster on children, including ways to increase resilience. “Starting the conversation is the first and most important step. Knowing the signs of stress and how to help children cope increases our ability to help our children and teens navigate this horrific event.” 
  • Bio: Dr. Robin Gurwitch is a clinical psychologist and a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center and the Center for Child and Family Health. Since the terrorist bombing in Oklahoma City, Gurwitch devotes much of her time to understanding the impact of trauma and disaster on children, including ways to increase resilience. She has provided direct service and training in the aftermath of terrorism and disaster events nationally as well as internationally.  http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/legal/boards/naccd/bios/Pages/gurwitch.aspx
  • For additional comment, contact Gurwitch at:robin.gurwitch@duke.edu