Dr. Evelyn J. Bromet is distinguished professor of psychiatry and preventive medicine at Stony Brook University. She did her undergraduate degree in history at Smith College and her PhD in epidemiology at Yale University. After post-doctoral training at Stanford University, she joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh from 1976-1986.
Dr. Bromet's research spans clinical and community mental health research on adolescent and adult psychiatric and general populations, focusing on 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 later collaborated with the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association in Kyiv on research examining the psychological impact of the Chornobyl nuclear power plant accident on evacuees in Kyiv. She also headed the first national epidemiologic survey of mental and physical disorders in Ukraine as part of the World Health Organization's World Mental Health Survey Consortium.
Her work has resulted in more than 200 papers, chapters, and reports, and two co-authored books, Toxic Turmoil: Psychological and Societal Consequences of Ecological Disasters (Plenum, 2002) and Psychiatric Epidemiology: Searching for the Causes of Mental Disorders (Oxford University Press, 2006). She received the Rema Lapouse mental health research award from the American Public Health Association (1989), the Brigitte Prusoff Memorial Prize from the Department of Epidemiology at Yale University (2007) and was named honorary fellow of the Ukrainian Psychiatric Association in 2005. Her research has been funded by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute.
Dr. Bromet serves on the Chernobyl Thyroid Advisory Group of the National Cancer Institute. She has been a member of committees such as the National Institute of Health Director's Council of Public Representatives, Institute of Medicine review panels, and advisory panels to the World Health Organization, UNESCO, and the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study. She reviews for several mental health journals and is on the editorial board of Psychological Medicine.