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Old Dominion University experts in crisis communications/security, bereavement counseling and psychology have contributed to media news stories and commentaries about the shooting deaths at Virginia Tech.

John Broderick, vice president for institutional advancement and chief of staff, was a guest on the hour-long "HearSay" show with Cathy Lewis on WHRV (89.5) public radio on Tuesday, April 17. Broderick explained crisis communications/security challenges on university campuses and answered questions from viewers. Also on Tuesday, he was interviewed for news shows on WVEC (ABC Channel 13) WTKR (CBS Channel 3) and WAVY (NBC Channel 10).

Paul Clements, assistant professor of nursing and a psychiatric forensic specialist, was the guest on "HearSay" on Wednesday, April 18. He is a veteran bereavement specialist who has counseled more than 1,500 clients affected in some way by murder, violent accidents, suicide and assaults. His current research involves traumatic behavior of children exposed to the homicide of a family member.

Clements also was interviewed by a WVEC reporter and did a live interview with WTKR (CBS, Channel 3) on Tuesday. Pending on Wednesday was a follow-up appearance by Clements on Channel 3 and an interview with MSNBC national news, which contacted the professor seeking an interview.

A reporter for The Virginian-Pilot interviewed Clements as well as Janis Sanchez-Hucles, a clinical psychologist who is chair of the psychology department, about human reactions to grave danger. Another of the newspaper's reporters interviewed Valerian Derlega, professor of psychology, and attended a class taught by Derlega on Wednesday. Derlega's students had been studying death and dying in the health psychology class prior to the shootings at Virginia Tech.

This article was posted on: April 18, 2007

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