Across the country and around the world, an increasing number of people are being evaluated and treated online, both physically and emotionally, to help keep them healthy and safe, and stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As words like telehealth and telecounseling become a bigger part of our collective vernacular, find out what Stony Brook University is doing to lead the charge in supporting faculty, staff, students, patients and even healthcare providers with online services. This latest in our ongoing series of podcasts, “The Coronavirus Effect: Telehealth Response,” will look at all that’s happening in this critical realm, who’s benefiting and the challenges ahead.
Cathrine Duffy, Healthier U Director: Cathrine Duffy is newly appointed Director of Stony Brook University’s Healthier U initiative -- a health and wellness program that focuses on improving the total well-being of employees, which is a major strategic priority for the University. Cathrine is responsible for development of the Healthier U initiative and implementing a full suite of programs designed to support a healthy work environment, and to provide opportunities for staff and faculty to enhance their physical, fiscal and mental health. She will talk about how Healthier U is now offering daily online support to help ease anxieties in these days of pandemic crisis, the issues being expressed, as well as the telecounseling services available to students.
Kristie Golden, PhD, LMHC, CRC, Associate Director of Operations for Stony Brook Medicine: In her role as Associate Director of Operations for Stony Brook Medicine and a member of the Hospital Administration Executive Staff, Kristie Golden oversees all operating aspects of psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery, telehealth and other program areas. She specializes in fostering collaboration between the hospital, ambulatory services/physician practices and the community. She also plays a key role in shaping hospital policy, strategic and operating plans, community interface and budgets. Kristie is spearheading the advancement of telehealth initiatives in the face of addressing COVID-19 safety concerns and personal protection protocol. She’ll share what all that looks like today, the reaction and the results.
Adam Gonzalez, PhD, Director of Behavioral Health and Founding Director of the Mind-Body Clinical Research Center, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health, Renaissance School of Medicine: Dr. Adam Gonzalez is a licensed clinical psychologist, the Director of Behavioral Health and the Founding Director of the Stony Brook University Mind-Body Clinical Research Center in the Renaissance School of Medicine. He is an expert in cognitive behavioral treatment for mood and anxiety disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, relaxation/mindfulness-based treatments and behavioral medicine. Dr. Gonzalez is deeply involved in the advancements Stony Brook University is making in the area of telecounseling services. He’ll also talk about steps he and others are taking to help our ‘frontline’ healthcare providers cope and recharge.
Guest Host: Michael Bernstein
Executive Producer: Nicholas Scibetta
Producer: Lauren Sheprow
Art Director: Karen Leibowitz
Assistant producer: Ellen Cooke
Assistant producer: Joan Behan-Duncan
Facebook Live and Social Media: Meryl Altuch, Casey Borchick, Veronica Brown
YouTube Technician: Dennis Murray
Podcast Director: Jan Diskin-Zimmerman
Engineer/Technical Director: Phil Altiere
Production Manager: Tony Fabrizio
Original score: “Mutti Bug” provided by Professor Tom Manuel
Thanks to the SBU School of Journalism for use of its studio.