Daily Archives: January 22, 2014

Seminar: Thinking Beyond Medical Help: Psychological Implications Surrounding Physical Trauma

Dr. Robin Liles


This week’s Engineering Research Center-Bioengineering Joint Seminar, Friday January 24, 11 a.m., McNair Hall, Auditorium:

Topic: Thinking Beyond Medical Help: Psychological Implications Surrounding Physical Trauma

Speaker: Dr. Robin Guill Liles, Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Services, N.C. A&T, and Associate Director for Assessment, NSF Engineering Research Center for Revolutionizing Metallic Biomaterials. Dr. Liles is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor.

Abstract: A primary and aspirational goal for bioengineering is to develop life-sustaining, even life-saving devices.  This goal has significant implications for individuals living with physical impairment and disability.  However, medical science and its many supportive “arms” (e.g., bioengineering) can fall short in considering the psychological implications surrounding physical trauma.

Addressing certain mental health issues and concerns may exceed the professional purview of medical providers and their bioengineering counterparts. Nonetheless, possessing an enhanced understanding of trauma-related psychology could positively impact both medical care and related scientific and engineering conceptualizations and experimentation.

This seminar delivers an overview of post-traumatic stress disorder, a mental health disorder often associated with severe and sudden onset of physical injury, disease, and other life-threatening events.