ZEF Public Lecture: Putting Resilience into Actions and Words

June 6, 2024 | 14:30 h - 15:30 h

We'd like to invite you to our upcoming ZEF Public Lecture!

Topic: Putting Resilience into Actions and Words

Speaker: Prof. Dr. Craig L. Katz (Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City)

How to join

The lecture will be held in hybrid mode (zoom and in-person at ZEF). 
You can join us in-person at ZEF, first floor, ZEF Conference Room, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn,
or online via Zoom: https://uni-bonn.zoom-x.de/j/68314880345?pwd=SHQ5emVhU0t4YUtkYm5YQ0wxeERxZz09


This presentation will describe the different ways to think about and define and measure resilience, as well as how to appraise and describe the related concept of post-traumatic growth. Issues in the definition of resilience include whether and to what extent it is context dependent and how much it is a trait, a capacity, a behavior, or an outcome. Comparison of two different evidence-based scales for measuring resilience will be shown in order to highlight some of these differences- the Connors Davidson Resilience Scale and the Mount Sinai Resilience Scale. Risk factors for post-traumatic mental health problems in opposition to resilience will also be discussed. 
A significant portion of the presentation will  elaborate on ten evidence-based resilience factors and discuss some potential pathways for nurturing our resilience, focusing on them as resilience promoting behaviors. The factors are as follows: realistic optimism, meaning and purpose, cognitive fitness, self-care, spirituality, moral compass, social support, resilient role models, facing fear, and cognitive and emotional flexibility.


Dr. Craig Katz is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Education, and System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, where he has served in various clinical and administrative roles since joining the faculty in 2000. Dr. Katz is currently a Faculty Advisor in the Department of Medical Education and is involved in a range of educational activities involving medical and public health students. He is the founding Faculty Director for the Mental Health Clinic in Mount Sinai’s student-run, faculty facilitated clinic for the uninsured of East Harlem, the East Harlem Health Outreach Partnership (EHHOP). He also serves as one of the faculty co-directors of the Mount Sinai Human Rights Program with a current focus on its remote evaluation network and serves as faculty in global health in the Graduate Program in Public Health. Dr. Katz founded and directs Mount Sinai’s Program in Global Mental Health, an interest that grew out of his experience in organizing and providing psychiatric services to disaster affected communities since 1998 through an organization Dr. Katz co-founded and led, Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. Those efforts included organizing the psychiatric response to 9/11 in New York City, including starting and for many years directing the World Trade Center Mental Health Screening and Treatment Program for 9/11 responders. He is currently the special advisor to the Center for Stress, Resilience, and Personal Growth, Mount Sinai’s system-wide program for addressing healthcare worker mental health issues arising from COVID-19. Dr. Katz’s honors include the Medical Society of the State of New York’s 2022 David B. L. Meza, III, MD Award for Excellence in Emergency Preparedness and Disaster/Terrorism Response. To know more about Prof. Katz, please visit https://profiles.mountsinai.org/craig-l-katz.


Fazlullah Akhtar

Dr. Fazlullah Akhtar


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