Planetary Health Colloquium – February

The Departments of Environmental Health, Global Health and Population, Immunology and Infectious Diseases, and Nutrition, along with Harvard University Center for the Environment, the Harvard Global Health Institute, Planetary Health Alliance, and the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils Network (EEAC) warmly welcome Frederick Stoddard, Caroline Hickman and Ashlee Cunsolo as the fifth speakers of the Planetary Health Colloquium Series, Lise Van Susteren will be the discussant  The event will be streamed live from Zoom, please register at::// 

Frederick J Stoddard Jr, M.D

Frederick J Stoddard Jr, M.D., Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital, is active in its Divisions of Child Psychiatry, Consultation Liaison, and Global Health. He is Chief of Psychiatry, Emeritus, at the Shriners Hospital for Children. He lectures widely on PTSD, Disaster and Resilience Psychiatry, psychiatric care of burned children and adults, pain management, and body image. He has three books, and over 100 scientific publications. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Life Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, a Member of the American College of Psychiatrists, and the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry

Caroline Hickman

Caroline Hickman is a psychotherapist and lecturer at the University of Bath researching children and young people’s emotional responses to climate change in the UK, Brazil, The Maldives, Nigeria and USA for 10 years examining eco-anxiety and distress, eco-empathy, trauma, moral injury and the impact of climate anxiety on family relationships. She is co-lead author on a 2021 quantitative global study into 10,000 children and young people’s emotions and thoughts about climate change published in The Lancet Planetary Health

A practicing psychotherapist and board member of the Climate Psychology Alliance she has been developing a range of therapeutic services for ecological distress including a psychological assessment model for eco-anxiety, and delivered workshops in climate psychology, emotional resilience and mental health internationally.  

Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD

Ashlee Cunsolo, PhD, is the founding Dean of the School of Arctic and Subarctic Studies of the Labrador Institute of Memorial University, a former Canada Research Chair, and a Member Emeritus of the Royal Society of Canada College of New Artists, Scholars, and Scientists. She is a leading voice internationally on climate change, mental health, and ecological grief, a regular contributor to media and policy, and editor of Mourning Nature: Hope at the Heart of Ecological Grief and Loss.

Lise Van Susteren, MD

Dr. Lise Van Susteren is a general and forensic psychiatrist in Washington, DC, and an expert on the physical and mental health effects of climate change. In 2011 she co-authored “The Psychological Effects of Global Warming on the U.S. – Why the US Mental Health System Is Not Prepared”. In addition to community organizing on climate issues, Van Susteren serves on the Boards of Earth Day Network, Physicians for Social Responsibility and is a co-founder of “Climate Psychiatry Alliance,” a group dedicated to promoting awareness and action on climate from a mental health perspective. She is the expert witness on the psychological damages to young people from climate disruption in Juliana v US.  In 2006 Dr. Van Susteren sought the Democratic nomination to the US Senate from Maryland. She is a frequent contributor on television, radio and in the print media. Her book, “Emotional Inflammation – Discover Your Triggers and Reclaim Your Equilibrium During Anxious Times” was published in April 2020.



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