Original Release Date: November 26, 2018
In episode four of our Forensic Advancement season, Just Science interviews Dr. David Christiansen, a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado, about psychological survival in a violent career. Dr. Christiansen discusses what trauma is and how to be aware of those around you that have been affected by it. Listen along as Just Science learns what can aid in psychological wellness and how self-awareness is a major step in developing resiliency in the profession.
This episode of Just Science is funded by the National Institute of Justice’s Forensic Technology Center of Excellence [Award 2016-MU-BX-K110].
Dr. David Christiansen has been in private practice in Colorado for more than 29 years and for most of that time he has been engaged in the practice of helping first responders following traumatic incidents. He has conducted many crisis intervention/stress debriefings and worked with individuals following tragic accidents and life-altering situations. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of Colorado and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the International Association of Trauma Professionals, and other professional organizations that integrate professional psychology with law enforcement and first responders. He taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Colorado for twenty years and maintains an active practice consulting with many agencies across central and northern Colorado. Dr. Christiansen has been a climbing guide on Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and has guided whitewater rafts through many of the West’s biggest rivers.