Managing Traumatic Stress: Evidence-Based Guidance for Organizational Leaders

Join Neil Greenberg, MD, FRCPsych, Professor of Defense Mental Health, King’s College London, and international expert on trauma risk management and prevention, as he shares what healthcare organizations need to know and do to manage traumatic stress. Dr. Greenberg draws on his more than 23 years of deployment as a psychiatrist and researcher to many hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. Following Dr. Greenberg’s presentation, Schwartz Center Chief Medical Officer Beth Lown hosts a brief Q&A.

Professor Neil Greenberg

BM, BSc, MMedSc, FHEA, MFMLM, DOccMed, MInstLM, MEWI, MFFLM, MD, FRCPsych

Professor of Defence Mental Health

Professor Neil Greenberg is a consultant occupational and forensic psychiatrist. Neil served in the United Kingdom Armed Forces for more than 23 years and has deployed, as a psychiatrist and researcher, to a number of hostile environments including Afghanistan and Iraq. Neil is an advisor to the Academic Department of Military Mental Health and also runs March on Stress (www.marchonstress.com) which is a psychological health consultancy.

Neil studied medicine at Southampton University and graduated in 1993. He then served as a general duties doctor in a variety of Warships, Submarines and with two Royal Marines Commando units. During his time with the Royal Marines he achieved his arctic warfare qualification and completed the all arms commando course, earning the coveted Green Beret.

Neil has specialized in Psychiatry and completed a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychiatry, a Doctorate in Mental Health and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. He is a specialist in General Adult, Forensic and Liaison Psychiatry and is a member of the faculty of forensic and legal medicine and the faculty of medical leadership and management.

Since 1997 Neil has been at the forefront of developing peer led traumatic stress support packages which is now in use by a wide variety of organizations. The use of Trauma Risk Management (TRiM) was initially led by the Royal Marines and has since been taken up by other organizations including the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, media organizations numerous UK police forces and the London Ambulance Service.

Neil provided psychological input for Foreign Office personnel after the events of September 11, 2001 and in Bali after the October 12, 2002 bombings. He has also assisted with the aftermath management of number of other significant incidents including assisting the London Ambulance Service in the wake of the London Bombings in 2005. He has also provided mental health input into the psychological repatriation of a number of hostages over the past ten years.

In 2008 he was awarded the Gilbert Blane Medal by the Royal Navy for his work in supporting the health of Naval personnel through his research work. He also led the team that won a military-civilian partnership award in 2013 for carrying out research into the psychological health of troops who were deployed and was shortlisted for the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Psychiatrist of the Year in 2015.

Neil has published more than 200 scientific papers, book chapters and has presented to national and international audiences on matters concerning the psychological health of the UK Armed Forces, organizational management of traumatic stress and occupational mental health. He has been the Secretary of the European Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the President of the UK Psychological Trauma Society. He is the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Lead for Military and Veterans Health. He is also a trustee with Walking for the Wounded and an independent director of the Forces in Mind Trust.