Col. Kathy Platoni (Psy.D.) ’74, a clinical psychologist with the U.S. Army and Army Reserves, will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in the Class of ’62 Auditorium at the University of Rochester Medical Center.
Her topic, “War Head: Survivorship and Coping with the Psychological Toll of War; Lessons Learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom,” will draw on her 27 years’ experience treating soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder during combat in Iraq.
Platoni was deployed to Ramadi, “the seat of the insurgency,” and lived in close quarters with U.S. forces, enduring constant mortar, IED and insurgent attacks. She was able to treat, on site, those who were experiencing unimaginable levels of stress and violence.
Since returning from Iraq, Platoni has been a vocal critic of the Army’s treatment of soldiers with PTSD, and she has been widely quoted in national publications.
A psychology and biology major at HWS, she maintained her private practice in Centerville, Ohio, until her third deployment. She has since resumed that practice, and writes and lectures on the treatment of combat stress in war zones.
Her talk is free and open to the public.