A clinical psychologist and colonel with the Medical Service Corps and U.S. Army Reserve, Dr. Kathy Platoni ’74 has co-edited a book to be released in August titled, “War Trauma and Its Wake: Expanding the Circle of Healing.”
The publisher, Routledge Taylor and Francis Group, describes the book, “Decades after Charles Figley’s landmark Trauma and Its Wake was published, our understanding of trauma has grown and deepened, but we still face considerable challenges when treating trauma survivors. This is especially the case for professionals who work with veterans and active-duty military personnel. War Trauma and Its Wake, then, is a vital book. The editors-one a contributor to Trauma and Its Wake, the other an army reserve psychologist with four deployments-have produced a book that addresses both the specific needs of particular warrior communities as well as wider issues such as battlemind, guilt, suicide, and much, much more. The editors’ and contributors’ deep understanding of the issues that warriors face makes War Trauma and Its Wake a crucial book for understanding the military experience, and the lessons contained in its pages are essential for anyone committed to healing war trauma.”
Figley, who is also the Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair in Disaster Mental Health at Tulane University, wrote, “Drs. Scurfield and Platoni, veterans of both past and current wars respectively, bring together an extraordinary collection of chapters that address the full spectrum of traumatic stressors and stress reactions associated with war. War Trauma and Its Wake should become required reading for practitioners who care about caring for warriors, their families, and civilian survivors.”
David Wood, of the Huffington Post and Pulitzer Prize winning author of “Beyond the Battlefield,” will be reviewing the book.
A psychology major at the Colleges, it was at William Smith that Platoni says she learned to commit herself to a higher purpose. She went on to earn a master’s in education in 1975 from the University of Miami-Coral Gables and a doctorate in clinical psychology in 1985 from Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla.
In recognition of her work as a humanitarian, on March 28, 2008, she was presented with the William Smith Alumnae Association’s Achievement Award, William Smith College Alumnae Association’s highest honor. It is awarded to an alumna who, by reason of outstanding accomplishments in her particular business, profession or community service, has brought honor and distinction to her alma mater.