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Charles R. Figley

Professor, Paul Henry Kurzweg Distinguished Chair

Director, Tulane Traumatology Institute

Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Dr. Figley came to Tulane from Florida State University in July 2008. At FSU he was a full professor in the College of Social Work. He reached full professor status in 1983 at Purdue University, moved to FSU in 1989 and became director of the oldest Interdivisional Ph.D. Program in Marriage and Family (established in 1950). While there, Dr. Figley established the FSU Traumatology Institute in 1998 to focus on traumatic stress resilience. In 2000, the Institute was recognized as the best program of its kind by the University Continuing Education Association.

Dr. Figley received both graduate degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii (all in the interdisciplinary field of human development). He has been editor of a number of journals (e.g., the Founding editor of the Journal of Traumatic Stress) and book series (e.g., the Innovations in Psychology book series with Taylor & Francis). Dr. Figley's current editorships include Editor (founder), Traumatology, the International Journal, 1995-present and Editor (founder), Routledge (formerly Brunner/Mazel ) Psychosocial Stress Book Series , 1983-present. He has published more than 200 scholarly works including twenty books and 114 refereed journal articles that reported on more than 35 research projects focusing primarily on stress and resiliency of individuals, families, and communities.

He is an elected fellow of five of the leading national professional associations and received many other honors in recognition for his scholarship. Dr. Figley is the recipient of numerous lectureships throughout the world including Northern Ireland, South Africa, England, Australia, Canada, and universities through the United States. He was awarded a senior Fulbright Research Fellowship to conduct research in Kuwait in 2004 and follow-up on work that was started in 1992, shortly after the liberation from and end of the occupation by Iraq. In 2004, Dr. Figley was named lifetime Alumni Fellow by the Pennsylvania State University, the highest honor awarded to its graduates.


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