August 27, 2010

Chilean Mine Disaster: Experts Available to Discuss Psychological Issues Facing Miners, Mine Safety

Psychologists and mine safety researchers help explain how those underground and on the surface are coping


Miners in Chile will be facing numerous mental challenges as a result of being trapped 2,300 feet below the earth for weeks, possibly months. Psychologists and mine safety researchers can help explain how those underground and on the surface are coping. The following experts are available for interviews on topics such as leadership, resilience, stress management and mine safety during and after the mine collapse.

Experts and topics

Col. Tom Kolditz, PhD, Chairman, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership, West Point. Col. Kolditz studies human behavior and leadership in dangerous and extreme contexts and can talk about how best to organize and stabilize the group trapped in the mine, as well as some of the possible actions to be taken by Chilean officials outside the mine.
Phone: (845) 938-3206

George Bonanno, PhD, Professor, Department of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Bonanno is an expert on resilience in the face of extreme adversity and can speak about how the miners and their loved ones may be coping with the stress and trauma of this disaster.
Phone: (212) 678-3468

Ellin Bloch, PhD, Professor, Clinical PhD Program and Division of Professional Field Training, Alliant International University. Dr. Bloch is an expert in psychological trauma and crisis.
Phone: (626) 270-3337

Robert Hogan, PhD, President, Hogan Assessment Systems. Dr. Hogan has worked with the Navy to develop personality tests for people being stationed in isolated environments. He can address what psychological challenges the miners may be facing after being trapped for months and how they can cope.
Phone: (904) 310-6471

Steven Shope, PhD, President, Sandia Research Associates Inc. Dr. Shope is a physicist and researcher who has been working on mine safety issues for the last 30 years. He can address what has been done and can still be done to improve mine safety.
Phone: (480) 988-1000
Cell: (575) 571-3000

Scott Shappell, PhD, Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Clemson University. Dr. Shappell’s research interests include human error, human factors safety management systems, fatigue effects on performance, and crew resource management. He can talk about mine safety.
Phone: (405) 640-5479

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