"Stress is an integral part of life, and consists of the internal and external demands on us.  These demands are necessary and essential aspects of living.  Stresses are not the problem, but rather our inability to handle and modulate stress so as to make it an adaptive force.  The failure to handle stress appropriately leads to anxiety—the state of fearfulness.  Today, the standard of living and life expectancy in the developed world are all time highs, yet it is referred to as the age of anxiety.  We do not know why this is so. We can speculate that evolution has prepared us to deal satisfactorily with famine and disease but not for the complexities of modern life.  Yet, we do not have to know the cause of the fire to put it out." Robert Cancro, MD

ROBERT CANCRO, MD
MED. D SC

Received his M.D. degree in 1955 from the State University at Brooklyn. IN 1962, he obtained his Med. D. Science from the same institution. Following a straight medical internship, he completed his residency training at King's County Hospital.

Between 1959-1966, He was on faculty of the State University of New York and developed and ran the first alcohol rehabilitation unit in New York City. In 1966, he went to the Menninger Foundation, where he was Director of Research Training. He spent a sabbatical year in 1969, At the University in Illinois at their Center for Advanced Study, and as a Professor of Computer Science. He returned to the East in1970, As Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut, and joined the faculty at NYU, as Professor and Chairman in 1976. IN 1982, He added the Directorship of the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research (NKI) to his other responsibilities. Dr. Cancro retired as a Chairman of the Psychiatry Department and as Director of NKI in 2005. He continues as a Professor of Psychiatry at NYU.

Doctor Cancro;s major academic interest has been in the psychoses and, in particular schizophrenia. He has worked on a number of different  aspects of schizophrenia psychoses, but focusing on the interface between the nervous system and behavior. He has over two hundred publications including a dozen books.

In addition to his academic record, he has been active in the World Psychiatric Association, Chairing their section on Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and has served as Consultant to the World Health Organization for a number of years. At the national level, he has served as a consultant for the U.S. Secret Service, The Department of Justice, and The New York Yankees.

LORRAINE C. SILVETZ, MSW
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Lorraine is a trained Psychotherapist with a Master’s Degree of Social Work from New York University (4.0 GPA) specializing in the treatment of returning veterans suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS).

 

Ms. Cancro-Silvetz collaborated with scientists in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center in research and treatment related to TBI and PTS impacting military member and their families.  Ms. Cancro served as Mental Health Editor launching several series for Exceptional Parent (EP) Magazine, a 40-year-old award winning disability magazine. Series topics included returning veterans who suffer from PTS and TBI as well as chronic pain, autism, among others. Her PTS/TBI series inspired her to found the Global Stress Initiative (GSI) to research non-invasive treatments for military members and their families in 2010.

 

GSI is a program under the auspices of ICAMI, Inc. which is led by Medical Director, Robert Cancro, MD. They advocate for further research and treatment for returning military members and their families who are survivors of trauma. GSI promotes alternative techniques for the alleviation of stress including its latest finding, Magnetic Resonance Therapies (MRT) offered exclusively at the Brain Treatment Center (BTC). GSI launched a series of awareness raisers to educate the public on several non-invasive techniques including cranial stimulation by Fisher Wallace Labs and Transcendental Meditation (TM) taught by the David Lynch Foundation.

 

Earning a film degree from NYU Tisch School of the Arts helped contribute to a creative approach to advocacy in the world of mental health. Previously, GSI created a partnership with the acclaimed Hollywood Director David Lynch’s Foundation in advocacy and helped introduce their foundation into the United Nations.

RITA COSBY, EMMY AWARD-WINNING TV HOST AND BEST SELLING AUTHOR

Rita Cosby is one of the most recognized and respected broadcasters in America and has been quoted and profiled by hundreds of media outlets across the country and overseas.

 

Born in Brooklyn, she is a renowned Emmy-winning TV host, veteran correspondent and multiple best selling author, who anchored highly rated primetime shows on Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She is currently a special correspondent for the top-rated CBS syndicated newsmagazine, Inside Edition, does frequent hosting and reporting for CNN/HLN, and hosts “The Rita Cosby Show” on the legendary WABC Radio, the most listened to talk station in America. 

 

She was the youngest senior correspondent in the country for a national TV news organization when she extensively covered the White House, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon, breaking many major stories in Washington, DC. In 2015, she was also named WABC’s Political Editor and Host of Election Central with Rita Cosby,” which consistently features interviews with top political newsmakers that are shared with all Cumulus/Westwood One stations across the nation. Heralded as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio in both 2014 and 2015 by Radio Ink Magazine, she was also honored in 2015, and again in 2016, with two prestigious Gracie Awards for “Outstanding Host” and“Outstanding Talk Show.”

 

Throughout her illustrious TV career, Rita has secured some of the biggest interviews, including exclusives with more than twenty world leaders, including five U.S. Presidents. She conducted historic back-to-back interviews with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, met with Fidel Castro in Cuba, and was one of the last American journalists to meet with Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Rita was also granted rare meetings with Pope Benedict XVI, and years earlier with Pope John Paul II to discuss death penalty issues after receiving an exclusive letter from Timothy McVeigh explaining why he carried out the Oklahoma City Bombing. In June 2014, she made international headlines when she interviewed Pope Francis at the Vatican about his historic Mideast Peace Summit.

 

The first reporter to see prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay and witness an actual interrogation, she also interviewed Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic who called her from his prison cell at the Hague where he stood trial for war crimes. While broadcasting live from Belgrade during the NATO bombing, she broke the news that three American POWs were going to be released. During Hurricane Katrina, she provided extensive, live coverage, hosting shows from New Orleans, revealing the widespread devastation, and soon after reported live from the war zone in Afghanistan and then along the US – Mexico border.

 

Additionally, she has conducted exclusive interviews with Erik Menendez and Dr. Jack Kevorkian, both behind bars. She’s also interviewed numerous celebrities and sports stars including Michael Jackson, Simon Cowell, Tom Hanks, Mike Tyson, Bruce Willis, Matt Damon, Stevie Wonder, Jon Bon Jovi, Hank Aaron, Mariano Rivera and Dennis Rodman.

 

Honors for the three-time Emmy winner include the Matrix AwardHeadliner Award and Jack Anderson Award for journalism excellence. She was also selected by Cosmopolitan Magazine as a“Fun and Fearless Female.”  A recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Lech Walesa Freedom Award, she annually hosts the National Memorial Day Parade broadcast to all US military installations around the world.

 

She has written back-to-back New York Times Best Sellers. Her recent one, “QUIET HERO: Secrets From My Father’s Past,” details her fascinating discovery about her own father, a Nazi prisoner of war, who was saved by American troops. Having spoken at the United Nations, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon, her critically acclaimed book has become required reading at major US universities and used as a centerpiece for discussions on those dealing with Post Traumatic Stress and their families. A highly sought-after and gifted public speaker, she has traveled to six continents and captivated audiences with her powerful and deeply personal stories.

 

Because of Rita’s “extraordinary journalism and exemplary service on behalf of her community,” October 11th, 2010 was officially named “Rita Cosby Day” in the State of New York. In 2011, she was recognized by the US Congress for her professional and charitable achievements.

 

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