UW News

August 2, 2011

Nursings Randal Beaton to give workforce resiliency workshop at Homeland Security

UW Health Sciences/UW Medicine

Randal Beaton is an expert on occupational stress among first responders.

Randal Beaton is an expert on occupational stress among first responders.

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies invited Beaton to speak at the workshop. He will present information on resiliency training programs and related interventions. He will discuss the effect of the training on long-term resiliency as it applies to Department of Homeland Security’s  operational and law enforcement personnel. The two day workshop will  set priorities and identify next steps for the development of a workforce resiliency program.

Beaton's studies of resiliency in firefighters and paramedics has led to new training programs.

More recently Beaton’s research has focused on the psychosocial parameters of disasters, disaster behavioral health  and disaster preparedness. He currently co-directs the Disaster Nursing Emergency Preparedness Certificate Program offered by the UW. He is also member of the Nursing Emergency Preparedness Coalition.

Beaton has been with the Department  of Psychosocial & Community Health in the School of Nursing since 1977.  He has a career total of 60 publications in peer reviewed journals and book chapters, was the principle or co-principle investigator on 20 funded grants and contracts, and taught or helped teach 19 courses in the School of Nursing.

After retiring June 30,  Beaton continues his affiliation with the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health through consulting, teaching, training and working with student on certificates.

“We are very proud of Dr. Beatons outstanding work for the School, the University and the greater community over his extensive career,” said Dr. Karen Schepp, interim chair of  the Department of Psychosocial & Community Health..