Capella University Faculty Member Authors 'The Elements of Disaster Psychology'

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Dr. James L. Greenstone is an adjunct faculty member in the online university's Harold Abel School of Psychology.

The lists, procedures, suggestions, and guidelines are field-tested and directly related to field situations.

Dr. James L. Greenstone, an adjunct faculty member in the Harold Abel School of Psychology at Capella University (, an accredited,* fully online university, has authored The Elements of Disaster Psychology: Managing Psychosocial Trauma -An Integrated Approach to Force Protection and Acute Care. The book, which is being published by Charles C Thomas - Publishers, will be available in February 2008. It is designed to aid in practical, day-to-day, on-the-scene disaster response, intervener survival, and crisis intervention.

"The Elements of Disaster Psychology: Managing Psychosocial Trauma focuses on those basics that are needed by crisis and disaster responders in the field," Dr. Greenstone said. "The lists, procedures, suggestions, and guidelines are field-tested and directly related to field situations."

According to Dr. Greenstone, the book is designed for use in the field by both first and second responders to disasters. He also said it is appropriate for disaster psychology training classes, police training, Medical Reserve Corps training, as a text in emergency management courses, and as a supplemental text in theory courses.

Dr. Greenstone has taught forensic psychology, ethics, clinical interventions, theories of psychotherapy, clinical supervision, psychology and the law, social psychology, psychopathology, crisis intervention, and other courses at Capella University for the past seven years. He also served as the police psychologist for the Fort Worth, Texas, police department for 11 years. In total, he has 40 years clinical practice experience, 30 years experience in law enforcement, and is currently a deputy constable with the Tarrant County Precinct #4 Constable's Office in Fort Worth. He also provides expert testimony and consultation through Greenstone & Leviton and Associates ( Dr. Greenstone has authored numerous books, chapters, and papers on crisis intervention, mediation, tactical emergency medicine, psychology, police hostage and crisis negotiations, and other related topics.

Capella University is the first and currently only online university to receive accreditation from CACREP (the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) for two master's degree specializations.

Capella has also been named a Center for Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security.

About Capella University:
Founded in 1993, Capella University is an accredited*, fully online university that offers graduate degree programs in business, information technology, education, human services, psychology, public health, and public safety, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, and public safety. Within those areas, Capella currently offers 104 graduate and undergraduate specializations and 15 certificate programs. The online university currently serves more than 20,000 students from all 50 states and 56 countries. It is committed to providing high-caliber academic excellence and pursuing balanced business growth. Capella University is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Capella Education Company headquartered in Minneapolis. For more information, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA),
Capella University, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),


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