Safe Is Strong

September 12, 2023

Episode 288

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Dr. Stephen Cozza and Dr. Christin Ogle talk about safety practices for young military families in and around the home and highlight resources available in the Safe is Strong toolkit, developed and designed to strengthen family health and safety.


This podcast is made possible by generous funding from the Mildenhall Spouses’ Association.  To learn more, visit


Audio mixing by Concentus Media, Inc., Temple, Texas.


Show Notes:




Stephen J. Cozza, MD, is Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the Uniformed Services University where he serves as Associate Director, Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS) and is responsible for the Child and Family Program. 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. Dr. Cozza’s professional interests have been in the areas of clinical and community response to trauma in both military and civilian communities, including the impact of deployment and combat injury, illness and death on military service members, their families and their children. Dr. Cozza has highlighted the impact of deployment, injury, illness and death on the children and families of military service members.

He has also examined the risk for prolonged grief disorder, a unique grief-related clinical condition, in families affected by sudden and violent deaths, including those bereaved due to combat, suicide, homicide, accident, and terrorism. He is published in the scientific literature and has presented on these topics at multiple national and international scientific meetings. Dr. Cozza serves as a scientific advisor to several national organizations that focus on the needs of military children and families.


Christin M. Ogle, Ph.D. is a Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences’ Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress (CSTS). Dr. Ogle’s research examines the impact of traumatic events and trauma-related psychopathology on health and development across the lifespan.

Dr. Ogle received undergraduate training at Reed College (Portland, Oregon); doctoral training in Developmental Psychology at the University of California, Davis; and post-doctoral training at Duke University Medical Center’s Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development as well as Duke University’s Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Prior to her position at CSTS, Dr. Ogle served as the American Psychological Association’s Executive Branch Science Fellow at the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Department of Justice where she provided subject-matter expertise and programmatic support for NIJ’s research portfolios on children’s exposure to violence and violence against women.

Dr. Ogle currently holds leadership positions within the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies and the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

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