The global coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc not only on our physical health, but quite significantly on our mental health as well. As many employers have partially or totally shuttered their offices, employees have had to transition to a remote work environment. This has often resulted in feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety to name a few.
Join the WCA as we explore the implications of a virtual work world, coupled with economic recession and health concerns, on your employees’ mental health. Learn about available resources and suggestions to accessing mental health or substance use services that you can give to your employees.
– Signs that employers can look for if employees are struggling
– Tools that employers can use to help employees
– Substance abuse trends
Expert speakers from NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester Behavioral Health Center and Grassi’s HR & Organizational Development services will be featured.
JoAnn Difede, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at Weill Medicine, an Attending Psychologist at the New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Director of the Program for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Studies (PATSS). She is internationally recognized for her pioneering work using virtual reality technology in the treatment of PTSD consequent to the WTC attack of September 11, 2001, and more recently in the treatment of combat-related PTSD. Dr. JoAnn Difede is currently serving as the lead PI of a large multi-site Department of Defense funded clinical trial contract entitled, “Enhancing Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Virtual Reality and Imaginal Exposure with a Cognitive Enhancer,” which is investigating how the use of virtual reality and the pharmacologic agent, D-Cycloserine, may help accelerate recovery from combat-related PTSD among U.S. service members deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Difede has served as the PI of several NIH-funded treatment studies concerning the development of innovative treatments for PTSD. She is also the recipient of many grants and corporate medical contracts for projects concerning the delivery of optimal care for trauma survivors and their families, both from private foundations and publicly held Fortune 500 corporations. Her treatment research spans survivors of burn injuries, terrorism, and occupations at-risk for PTSD, including U.S. soldiers deployed to OIF/OEF/OND, firefighters, police officers, and disaster rescue and recovery workers.
Dr. Difede has advised many corporations, non-profit organizations, and governmental agencies in the U.S. and internationally regarding the implementation of best practices for the screening, evaluation, and treatment of trauma and PTSD. Dr. Difede has served on NIH special emphasis review panels on occupations at-risk for trauma and PTSD and CDMRP review panels, among others. She currently serves on the scientific advisory board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and the advisory board of the Jericho Project, a non-profit foundation serving homeless veterans. She recently completed a four-year term on the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Traumatic Stress.
Dr. Difede received the 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma. In addition to her scholarly endeavors, her work has been featured in many popular media venues including the New Yorker, the NY Times, Newsweek, the Washington Post, Scientific American, and many television programs, including a recent appearance on Charlie Rose: The Brain Series’ episode on PTSD, CNN, NBC, and ABC’s World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Notably, she was featured in New York magazine’s Best Doctors issue in 2005 for her work developing a virtual reality-based treatment for WTC related-PTSD, and was profiled in The Lancet in September 2011, for the tenth anniversary of the WTC attacks, for her work developing innovative treatments for PTSD.
Arianna Georgiadis brings over five years of public accounting experience to Grassi. She began her career working in Taxation where she was involved in corporate and high net worth tax
compliance, income tax provisions, and tax audits. Arianna recently had a career change and thus joined the Human Resources team. In her new position, she deals heavily with internal HR matters, HR consulting with clients and prospects, along with various projects in taxation.
Prior to her career with Grassi, Arianna worked at the big four firm, Ernst & Young, along with the large mid-sized firm, Mazars USA. In both roles, she prepared various state and federal tax returns for corporate and high-net worth individuals.
Upon arrival to Grassi, Arianna used her previous knowledge with learning and professional development to assist in the enhancement of Grassi’s training program. This involved providing “Train the Trainer” sessions, which push our professionals to become powerful instructors for
internal staff. Along with training, Arianna also has proven strengths with internal programs. She most recently spearheaded the revival of the Grassi Women’s Council initiative.
Arianna is a member of various professional organizations, including the NYSSCPA and the AICPA. She is also the Long Island Committee Co-Chair for the Financial Women’s Association and works frequently with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Arianna received her Master’s in Accounting from Adelphi University. She is a nationally certified
SHRM professional and a certified public accountant licensed in New York.