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East Tennessee Hosts Lecture on Health Impacts of War, Political Conflict

The second talk in this academic year’s Leading Voices in Public Health Lecture Series through East Tennessee State University’s College of Public Health will take place Thursday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Millennium Center in Johnson City.

Dr. Allen Dyer, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at George Washington University School of Medicine, will present “It’s Not Over When It’s Over: The Health Impact of War and Political Conflict.”

Much of Dyer’s work involves global health and mental health. Since 2001, he has been working with Iraqi health professionals and the Minister of Health there to develop education programs and policy, and he has worked in disaster affected communities in China, Haiti, Japan, Greece and elsewhere.

Dyer received his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his medical degree and Ph.D. (in religion/biomedical ethics) at Duke University, where he also did his residency and chief residency in psychiatry, psychoanalytic training and served on the Duke faculty for many years.

He joined GW Medical Faculty Associates in 2012. Prior to that, Dyer was a professor at ETSU, where he also served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He moved to Washington in 2009 to serve as the Senior Health Advisor for the International Medical Corps with offices in Washington and Baghdad.  Additionally, his career includes time as interim chair of the psychiatry department at Albany Medical College and as psychiatrist-in-chief at the Albany Medical Center Hospital as well as serving as the Chief Medical Officer of the Capital District Psychiatric Center and Professor of Health Policy and Management at the State University of New York.

He is the author of several books, including “Ethics and Psychiatry: Toward Professional Definition” and “One More Mountain to Climb: What My Illness Taught me about Health.”

Prior to the lecture, a meet-and-greet reception with Dyer will run from 5:15-5:45 p.m.

The event, sponsored by the College of Public Health is free and open to the public. It will also be available via livestream at www.etsu.edu/cph/livestream.php

For more information, call 423-439-4243 or visit www.etsu.edu/cph/speakersseries.aspx. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346