Understanding and Addressing the Needs of Bereaved Military Family Members

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Dr. Cozza will discuss unique challenges of bereavement in the military. He will review findings from the landmark National Military Family Bereavement Study, including the range of grief severity, grief-related impairment, and post-traumatic growth. He’ll discuss how maladaptive coping strategies contribute to impairment in functioning and adaptive strategies promote post-traumatic growth.

Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize some unique challenges to bereaved military family survivors
  • Understand the challenges that can undermine adaptation to loss in military family survivors
  • Identify maladaptive thinking that contributes to greater grief-related impairment and less post-traumatic growth, which serve as targets for interventions such as CGT.


Stephen J. Cozza, MD is Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University where he serves as Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. He received his medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. He completed his residency in General Psychiatry and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, DC. Dr. Cozza is a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialties of General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has served in a variety of positions of responsibility in the Department of Psychiatry at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to include Chief, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Service, Program Director of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Program and Chief, Department of Psychiatry. He retired from the U.S. Army in 2006 after 25 years of military service.

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