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Richard Westphal, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC

Professor, Department of Family, Community, and Mental Health Systems, University of Virginia, School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia; Independent Consultant for Psychological Health and Wellness Interventions, Programs, and Health Policy, Gordonsville, Virginia

Richard Westphal, PhD, RN, PMHCNS-BC is a board certified advance practice mental health nurse. His clinical work has focused on traumatic stress, loss and grief, end of life care, and clinical staff support. Dr. Westphal’s research has focused on caregiver stress and the health care needs of sailors on small warships concerning access to care, mental illness stigma, and chronic health conditions.

Dr. Westphal’s naval career spans over 32 years and includes service as a Hospital Corpsmen, a mental health clinician serving Sailors and Marines, faculty in a joint Navy and Veterans Administration Clinical Pastoral Education program, Head of the Psychiatric Technician School, co-author of the Department of the Navy Maritime Center for Combat and Operational Stress (COSC) Doctrine, co-author of the Combat and Operational Stress First Aid (COSFA) program, and a psychological health programs and policy advisor to the Navy Surgeon General and the Marine Corps COSC program.

Currently, Dr. Westphal is a Professor at the University of Virginia School of Nursing and an independent consultant to the Department of Defense, as well as Federal and international agencies for implementing community-based psychological health strategies.

My Speakers Sessions

Saturday, September 12

2:45pm PDT