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UGA School of Social Work professor named editor of Traumatology

Athens, Ga. – University of Georgia School of Social Work Associate Professor Brian Bride has been named editor of Traumatology, the official publication of the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology. He will serve as editor-elect until his five-year term begins October 6, 2011.

“Many of the leading researchers in trauma are now publishing in Traumatology, said Bride. “So to be asked to serve at the helm of an emerging leader in the field of traumatology is truly exciting.”

Bride will develop a new vision for the journal to keep pace with the emerging and evolving field. The international, interdisciplinary journal attracts submissions from social work, psychology, psychiatry, economics, nursing and other humanitarian focused fields. Bride has served on the editorial board of Traumatology for more than 10 years.

“Brian Bride was selected because of his extraordinary breadth and depth as a scholar who effectively balances being a scholar and being a practitioner, while conceptualizing issues as a social work educator,” said Charles Figley, founder of the journal. “If ever we need someone like Professor Bride to provide leadership during these tumultuous times, it is now.”

Figley founded the journal in 1995 to showcase work in the expanding field of traumatology. The web-based format was the first of its kind, and the articles cover numerous branches of the field, including psychosocial, systemic and behavioral trauma. The journal also circulates cutting-edge special issues related to current events, such as the Virginia Tech shootings, the Tulane University faculty experiences with Hurricane Katrina and the levee system failures, military deployment, and international conceptualization of trauma. Future issues will feature culture and trauma and the trauma of sexual orientation minorities.

Bride was a research assistant for Figley at Florida State University while he was working on his master’s degree. Bride and Figley coedited a book, Death and Trauma: The Traumatology of Grieving.

“It’s pretty humbling,” Bride said. “Charles was a mentor of mine, he’s been a mentor to many people, and he’s one of the founders of the field. He could have selected anyone.”

Traumatology is published by Sage Publications, one of the oldest, privately-owned companies focusing on social and medical sciences.The Green Cross Academy of Traumatology is an international, humanitarian assistance, nonprofit corporation comprised of trained traumatologists and compassion fatigue service providers trained to help people in crisis following a traumatic event. For further information about the publication, see

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