Interfaith Lecture Series: Dr. Robert J. Wicks
Hall of Philosophy
For over thirty-five years, Dr. Robert J. Wicks, has been called upon to speak calm into chaos by individuals and groups experiencing great stress, anxiety, and confusion.
Holder of a doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) from Hahnemann Medical College and Hospital, he is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, nursing, theology, education, business, and social work, and has been honored as the Commencement Speaker for Wright State School of Medicine in Dayton, Ohio, and was both Visiting Scholar and Commencement Speaker at Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from Georgian Court University, Caldwell College, and Marywood University.
Over the past several years he has spoken on his major areas of expertise—resilience, self-care, maintaining a healthy perspective and the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures encountered in reaching out to others) on Capitol Hill to Members of Congress and their Chiefs of Staff, at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Mayo Clinic, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and the Defense Intelligence Agency, as well as at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, Harvard Divinity School, Yale School of Nursing, Princeton Theological Seminary, and to members of the NATO Intelligence Fusion Center in England.
He has spoken at the Boston Public Library’s commemoration of the Boston Marathon bombing, addressed 10,000 educators in the Air Canada Arena in Toronto, and was the opening keynote speaker to 1,500 physicians for the American Medical Directors Association. He has also spoken at the FBI and New York City Police Academies, led a course on resilience in Beirut for caregivers from Aleppo, Syria, and addressed helping professionals in China, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Haiti, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Hungary, Guatemala, Malta, New Zealand, Australia, France, England, and South Africa.
He was responsible for the psychological debriefing of NGOs/relief workers evacuated from Rwanda during their genocide, and worked in Cambodia with professionals from the English-speaking community who were present to help the Khmer people rebuild their nation following years of terror and torture.
In 2006, he also delivered presentations on self-care at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland and Walter Reed Army Hospital to those health care professionals responsible for Iraq and Afghan war veterans evacuated to the U. S. with multiple amputations and severe head injuries. More recently, during the Ebola crisis, he addressed U.S. Army health care professionals returning from helping in Africa.
Author of over 50 books for both professionals and the general public, including the bestselling Riding the Dragon, among his latest books for the general public are: The Tao of Ordinariness: Humility and Simplicity in a Narcissistic Age; Perspective: The Calm within the Storm; and Bounce: Living the Resilient Life.
In 2006, Dr. Wicks received the first annual Alumni Award for Excellence in Professional Psychology from Widener University and is the recipient of the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Counseling Association’s Division on Spirituality, Ethics, and Religious Values in Counseling. In the military, he was as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps.
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