Dr. Shannon Wagner
Dr. Shannon Wagner is a Professor in the School of Health Sciences, and the Interim Dean for the College of Arts, Social and Health Sciences at the University of Northern British Columbia. Her research focus is occupational mental health, especially as it relates to disability management, occupational stress, trauma and family-work interface. She is particularly interested in work with first responders and has completed work with firefighters that spans more than two decades.
Dr. Wagner is also a registered psychologist and maintains a small clinical practice. Her practice provides general psychological assessment for both children and adults and provides specific local expertise for issues of occupational mental health, especially workplace related traumatic stress.
Session: Emergency Responders and Workplace Mental Health: Does society protect its protectors?
Description: Many occupations inherently include significant risk of workplace traumatic exposure, with fire, ambulance and police workers often considered to be among those most at risk. Current research indicates that this workplace exposure may subsequently lead to increased risk of psychopathology such as PTSD, depression, anxiety and substance disorders. This presentation will review literature on mental health and first responders, and then will present a selection of related projects from UNBC previously completed or currently underway.