Book Event: Resilience, with Dr Dennis Charney and Dr Jonathan DePierro

October 5, 2023
5:30 - 7:30pm
Columbia Journalism School, Brown Institute
2950 Broadway
New York, 10027, United States
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Please join the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma on Thursday, October 5 at 5:30pm E.S.T. for a discussion about the 3rd edition ofResilience: The Science of Mastering Life's Greatest Challenges (3rd Edition).” Co-authored by Dennis Charney M.D., Steven Southwick, M.D., and Jonathan M. DePierro, M.D., the book looks at how resilience factors help us to adapt and grow — now revised and updated in its third edition for a post-pandemic world. In conversation with the Dart Center's executive director, Bruce Shapiro, Dr. Charney and Dr. DePierro will discuss how to apply the principles in today's world.

About the book: In "Resilience," three experts in trauma and resilience answer key questions: What helps people adapt to life's most challenging situations? How can you build up your own resilience? What do we know about the science of resilience? Combining cutting-edge scientific research with the personal experiences of individuals who have survived some of the most traumatic events imaginable, including the COVID-19 pandemic, this book provides a practical resource that can be used time and time again. The experts describe ten key resilience factors, including facing fear, optimism, and relying on role models, through the experiences and personal reflections of highly resilient survivors.

Reception: 5:30pm | Conversation: 6:00-7:00pm | Book signing: 7:00-7:30pm

Books will be available for purchase on site. You can also purchase a copy in advance here.


Dennis S. Charney, MD, is Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Dean of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and President for Academic Affairs for the Mount Sinai Health System. Dr. Charney is a world expert in the neurobiology of mood and anxiety disorders. He has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of the causes of anxiety, fear, and depression, and among his discoveries is use of ketamine for the treatment of depression – a major advance in the past fifty years of clinical care. He also focuses on understanding the psychology and biology of human resilience, which has included work with natural disaster survivors, combat veterans, and COVID-19 frontline healthcare workers. He has over 600 publications to his name, including books, chapters, and academic articles. In 2016 he was the victim of a violent crime that tested his personal resilience.

Jonathan M. DePierro, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is Associate Director of the Center for Stress, Resilience and Personal Growth (CSRPG), which provides comprehensive programming to support the resilience and mental health of Mount Sinai faculty, staff, and trainees. Prior to assuming this role, he served as a supervising psychologist at the Mount Sinai World Trade Center (WTC) Mental Health Program. Dr. DePierro holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the NYU School of Medicine WTC Health Program. His clinical expertise is in the treatment of trauma-related mental health conditions, and the development and delivery of flexible resilience-building interventions. He has published on novel treatment approaches to Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), mental health service needs in WTC and COVID-19 responders, and the physiological impact of trauma exposure. He currently serves as Co-Investigator on grants funded by NIH/NCATS and HRSA. As of January 2023, Dr. DePierro also serves as the Editor in Chief of Psychiatric Quarterly.

Bruce Shapiro is Executive Director of the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, a project of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism encouraging innovative reporting on violence, conflict and tragedy worldwide. An award-winning reporter on human rights, criminal justice and politics, Shapiro is a contributing editor at The Nation and U.S. correspondent for Late Night Live on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Radio National. He is Adjunct Professor and Senior Advisor for Academic Affairs at Columbia, where he teaches journalism ethics. His books include Shaking the Foundations: 200 Years of Investigative Journalism in America and Legal Lynching: The Death Penalty and America's Future. Shapiro is recipient of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Public Advocacy Award for "outstanding and fundamental contributions to the social understanding of trauma." He is a founding board member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network.


Praise for “Resilience”

"The 'Resilience' book is an extraordinary manual that combines theory and practice, biology psychology, spirituality, social sciences to offer the complete science and knowledge of not just survival in times of suffering and tragedy but learning to thrive and find higher purpose. Our brains are created by genes but sculpted by experiences. This book covers both the science of epigenetics and neuroplasticity to show that our biological organism can be redesigned for joy and optimal integration of body, mind and spirit." Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, FRCP

"There is no resilience without adversity. Unfortunately, we live in a dangerous world. This book, written by world leaders on the science of resilience, is a must read for everyone. Certainly professionals who help others through stressful or traumatic experiences would profit from the knowledge shared, but every single person will learn how to manage challenges better. The authors include very easy-to-read clear suggestions backed by decades of neuroscience research and from the stories of multitudes of resilient survivors. Every clinician from novices to experienced clinicians has something to learn from this gem. The lessons in this book are what we should teach our children." Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, Ph.D., ABPP, Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program and Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology. Department of Psychiatry, Emory University School of Medicine


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