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Karen C. Wells Lecture: Children and Firearms: Understanding Risk and Promoting Safety

Stephen J. Cozza, MD
Thursday, May 16, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Stephen J. Cozza, MD
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds

Karen C. Wells Lecture

Stephen J. Cozza, MD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Uniformed Services University, where he serves as Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) and Director of the CSTS Child and Family Program. He is a United States Military Academy graduate of West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Cozza is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is an American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Life Fellow and a Distinguished Fellow in the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Cozza served in a variety of leadership positions in the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, including Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program, and Chief of the Department of Psychiatry.

Dr. Cozza retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of military service. His professional interests have been in the areas of clinical and community response to trauma, including the impact of deployment and combat injury, illness, and death on military service members, their families, and their children. Dr. Cozza has served as principal investigator on multiple research grants examining the impact of trauma and stress on both military and civilian families. He has examined the risk for prolonged grief disorder, a unique grief-related clinical condition, in families affected by sudden and violent deaths, including those bereaved due to combat, suicide, homicide, accident, and terrorism. He is currently conducting a Department of Defense study of family-level attitudes and behaviors contributing to firearm storage practices in military and veteran households.

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