The SUNY Board of Trustees has appointed Evelyn Bromet, a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, to the rank of Distinguished Professor, the University’s highest faculty designation.
Bromet’s research spans a range of psychiatric problems including alcoholism, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and schizophrenia. Her research on disaster mental health started with a groundbreaking study of the psychological impact of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant accident on mothers of young children, workers at the plant, and psychiatric patients in the public treatment sector. She also collaborated with the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association in Kyiv on the first psychiatric epidemiologic research on the psychological impact of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident on evacuees in Kiev.
Bromet spearheaded the first national epidemiologic survey on mental and physical disorders in Ukraine as part of the World Health Organization’s World Mental Health Survey Consortium. She also collaborates with colleagues at Stony Brook and throughout Suffolk County on research documenting the lives and treatments of people entering the mental health system with a range of psychiatric problems.
“I feel extremely honored,” said Bromet. “This recognition is a tribute not only to my work, but also to my superb colleagues at Stony Brook and to the enthusiastic support from the Suffolk County mental health community.”
Appointment to the rank of Distinguished Professor is conferred upon individuals who have achieved national or international prominence and a distinguished reputation within a chosen field. This distinction is attained through significant contributions to the research literature or through artistic performance or achievement in the arts.
“The SUNY distinguished professors are nationally and internationally recognized scholars and scientists of the highest academic distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Each of these faculty members has met or exceeded the rigorous requirements for this promotion.”