Professor assists in Newtown, Conn.

January 14, 2013
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James Halpern

James Halpern

Professor James Halpern (Psychology) was deployed by the American Red Cross Mid-Hudson Valley Chapter to volunteer in Newtown, Conn., in the weeks following the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

While in Newtown, Halpern provided emotional support and grief counseling to first responders, members of the community, family members and classmates of the victims. He was stationed in the Family Assistance Center, was present at President Obama’s visit with victim’s family members, and supported the interfaith vigil at Newtown High School.

Halpern, who is the director of the Institute of Disaster Mental Health (IDMH), has been a Red Cross volunteer since 2000 and provided assistance at major events such as the 2007 Nor’easter, Pennsylvania floods of 2004, and Tropical Storm Allison (LA) in 2001.

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