Suicide epidemic among police is subject of talk at SUNY Orange

Middletown. Thomas Coghlan, a former NYPD officer and psychologist, will explain the stressors of police work, the solutions being put in place, and the services available to help officers and their families.

13 Nov 2019 | 05:52

There is an epidemic of police suicides. What is the cause? What can be done to prevent this situation that not only affects individual families, but colleagues and communities.

Thomas Coghlan, will present a program on police and suicide at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Gilman Center for International Education (library room 130), 14 East Conkling Avenue, Middletown. The program is a collaborative efforts of the SUNY Orange Criminal Justice Department, the Police Chiefs Association of Orange County, and SUNY Orange Cultural Affairs.

Coghlan will give an overview of the circumstances surrounding this crisis, the solutions being put in place, and the services that are readily available. He will explain the recent epidemic, the stressors of police work, policy implications, programming and services, and recent research.

He served as a member of the New York Police Department for 21 years as a policeman, detective, and psychologist. For the last eight years in the NYPD, he performed psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations, pre-employment psychological evaluations, military deployment debriefings, disciplinary stress-triage debriefings, and trauma response.

Now, as the owner of Blue Line Psychological Services PLLC, he exclusively treats police officers and their families, and also conducts appeal evaluations for psychological disqualifications. He is the New York Area Clinician for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Employee Assistance Program, as well as an adjunct professor of psychology at John Jay College. He is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey.

Coghlan is credentialed with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. He received a B.A. in psychology from Queens College, an M.A. in forensic psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University.

For more information call 845-341-4891, email cultural@sunyorange.edu, or visit sunyorange.edu/culturalaffairs.