News Releases

November 2, 2011
For Immediate Release
For additional information: 
Barbara Kerr, APR
Executive Director of Communications and Marketing
Telephone: 360-992-2921


PTSD and America’s Veterans

On Monday, Nov. 7, in honor of Veterans Day 2011, Clark College’s Mental Health
Mondays series will focus on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)


VANCOUVER, Wash. – In honor of Veterans Day 2011, Clark College’s Mental Health Mondays series will focus on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and America’s veterans.

Lynn Van Male, Ph.D. will be the guest speaker. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Penguin Student Lounge, located in the college’s Penguin Union Building.

Clark College’s main campus is located at 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver.  Driving directions and parking maps are available at

The “Mental Health Mondays” sessions are sponsored by the Clark College Counseling Center.  Additional information can be found at and by calling 360-992-2614.

About Lynn Van Male, Ph.D.

Dr. Lynn Van Male is the Director of the Behavioral Threat Management Program, US Veterans Health Administration (VHA).  In that role she also chairs the VHA National Patient Record Flag Advisory Board.  Most recently she was manager of the VHA Prevention and Management of Disruptive Behavior (PMDB) program.  In her two years of strong PMDB leadership, she redeveloped the program in major ways.  She strengthened the core process of Master Trainer identification, selection, and training; reformed the curriculum; and established a broader evaluation program for PMDB, including safety for patients and employees, effectiveness, and comparison with other similar tools.  She served for more than nine years as a psychologist on the Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team at the Portland VA Medical Center. 

Dr. Lynn Van Male earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Davis, in 1993, graduating Cum Laude.  She holds a Master of Arts degree (1997) and a Doctorate in Philosophy (2000), both awarded in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri–Columbia.  She completed her accredited American Psychological Association Clinical Psychology Internship at the Portland VA Medical Center in 2000 and holds an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Oregon Health and Sciences University.  She is the Vice President of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals (ATAP) Northwest Chapter. 

Dr. Van Male has an extensive history of working to prevent violence in healthcare settings.  She has served on the Disruptive Behavior Committee addressing patient on employee violence at the Portland VA Medical Center since 1999, and on the Threat Assessment Teams addressing employee on employee violence at both the Portland VA Medical Center and Oregon Health and Sciences University.  Over the course of her twelve-year career with VHA, she has received several awards for service in the areas of Violence Risk and Threat Assessment and service to Returning Soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan.  Dr. Van Male is widely sought after as an educator and speaker at the national, regional, and local levels.