Featured Speaker: Rumi Kato Price, Ph.D., MPE, Professor of Psychiatry and Director, NIDA Post/Predoctoral Training Program, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine; Interim Director, Health Services Research and Development, Veterans Administration St. Louis Health Care System, Research Service
Photo credit: Washington University School of Medicine
Every major war in modern history spurs technological and scientific developments. The Vietnam War signifies a beginning shift in the investment of science capital to emphasize the psychological injuries of deployment. Washington University psychiatry professor Rumi Price traces the scientific history of treating and preventing war’s “signature injuries,” from the early 1970s to today’s conflict in Afghanistan. She covers current understanding of both the negative and positive impacts of soldiers’ war experiences, talks about best practices for prevention and treatment of war injuries, and based on her research, pays particular attention to the experiences of Missouri’s National Guard soldiers and families.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Between Two Worlds: Veterans Journey Home on display at the Missouri History Museum from April 13 - October 20, 2013. Between Two Worlds explores the 20th century soldier's struggles to stay connected to home and to transition back to home life upon return from service.