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When: October 9, 2020
12:00 PM
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CAPA October Monthly Meeting

"EMDR in the Austin Police Department:  A Pilot Program and Research Study"

Presented by:  Carol Logan, PhD

October 9, 2020

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Online via ZOOM platform


In 2016 the City of Austin Texas, through its newly established ‘Office of Innovation’ offered a grant to test out the use of EMDR treatment for Austin police officers.

This project is not only a cutting edge, groundbreaking pilot program but also a carefully randomized control group research study involving 2 prestigious university collaborators.

Some of the questions motivating the project are as follows:

Q: Since police officers frequently deal with gruesome horrific scenes of violent death and injury, situations of heartbreaking human tragedy, and circumstances that expose themselves personally to danger and violent attack; could it be possible that certain cases of police excessive force, (sometimes called ‘police brutality’) might actually be caused by an underlying condition of PTSD in the police officer?

Q: Could recent new scientific findings in the neurobiology of trauma, be put to immediate and practical use on the street for the benefit of police officers?

Q: Could the highly dynamic, evidence-based treatment of EMDR be effective for treating police officers for their exposure to cumulative trauma?

Q: Could such an unorthodox treatment as EMDR be packaged and delivered in such a way that large numbers of police officers could be motivated to take the opportunity to experience it?

Collaborating with 2 of the nation’s top academic institutions, Vanderbilt University and the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs, this team of clinicians and researchers rolled up their sleeves and set to work.

This presentation describes the unique features of this groundbreaking pilot program, the design of the randomized control group research study, and the hope to find a possible preventive treatment for police excessive use of force.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Logan is a licensed psychologist who has served for the past 30 years as a police psychologist within 2 metropolitan police departments, first, the Colorado Springs Police Department, and currently the Austin Police Department.

In addition she has maintained active secondary employment as an executive coach and adjunct faculty member for the Center for Creative Leadership, an international leadership training organization that is listed in the Top 10 of Business Week Magazine. In this role she has been providing executive coaching to mid and top level corporate clients within Fortune 500 companies within a variety of industries.

In past years she has held a tenure track academic appointment as a professor and clinician at the University of Iowa, served as a Court Psychologist for the 23rd Judicial District in Salem Virginia, was the Chief Psychologist at Catawba State Psychiatric hospital in Catawba Virginia.

She has received grants from the National Institute of Justice, (NIJ) and more recently from the City of Austin to conduct research on the use of EMDR with police officers. The NIJ study was published in the International Journal of Stress Management in 2001.

She is the author of a chapter for the 4rd edition of the textbook Stress Management in Law Enforcement, edited by Leonard Territo and James D. Sewell, and she is also certified as a Sports Psychologist.




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Time: Oct 9, 2020 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
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