Philip D. Beidler, Ph.D.

Philip Beidler is Professor of English at the University of Alabama, where he has taught American literature since receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1974. He is a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Fellow and a winner of the Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award, the university’s highest honor for research. His most recent books are Late Thoughts on an Old War: the Legacy of Vietnam (2004), and American Wars, American Peace: Notes from a Son of the Empire (2007). Forthcoming is The Victory Album: Reflections on the Good Life after the Good War, a personal and social history of growing up in post-World War II America.

Philip served as an armored cavalry platoon leader in Vietnam and is considered one of the leaders in Vietnam War studies who has set forth what are sure to be lasting insights into the American literary response to Vietnam in his seminal work, American Literature and the Experience of Vietnam (University of Georgia Press, 1982).

 

Harold Kudler, M.D.

Dr. Kudler trained at Yale and is Associate Clinical Professor at Duke. He has received teaching awards from the Duke Department of Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, and the American Psychoanalytic Association. Dr Kudler coordinates mental health services for a three state region of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and co-chairs VA's Special Committee on PTSD, which reports to Congress. He founded the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies' (ISTSS) PTSD Practice Guidelines task force and serves on the ISTSS Board of Directors. He helped lead development of a joint VA/Department of Defense guideline for the management of posttraumatic stress. Dr. Kudler recently co-chaired the Joint DoD/VA Conference on Post Deployment Mental Health and is a member of the DoD/VA Deployment Mental Health Subcommittee.

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Charles Albert Coleman, Jr., Ph.D.

Son of Pacific Theater WWII recon and Naval Aviator and fighter pilot C.A. “Bud” Coleman (Coral Sea, Guadalcanal, Truk), Charles Jr. grew up a paperboy—and, a bit later, as a neurosurgical OR technician at Hartford Hospital under the direction of Drs. Scoville, Whitcomb, Reilly, and Dunsmore—in suburban West Hartford, Connecticut. He joined the U.S. Army as a medical corpsman during the Vietnam War (where he lost his Big ФΔΘ Brother, pilot 1LT Robert Charles “Pete” Kimmel, in a VC hit on his Huey helicopter 154761 during night recon maneuvers in Quang Tri on April 25, 1968). Years later , Charles returned to graduate school at the State University of New York (Binghamton) under the direction of Distinguished Professor W. B. Stein, Chair and Dissertation Director, and received his Ph.D. in 1977 for his Distinguished Dissertation.

Shortly after receiving his Ph.D., Charles was appointed Director and PI for the Federal Title XX Psychiatric De-Institutionalization Program for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts while at Southeastern Massachusetts University (SMU, now UMASS Dartmouth). He later formed a counseling practice on Cape Cod focused on working with geriatric patients with “dementia” (and what now would appear to be early Alzheimer’s) and related neurological disorders, including early CAT analysis of trauma to the brain among patient populations in hospitals and nursing facilities while teaching at SMU and (re)writing what was to become Sergeant Back Again, published by Harper & Row (now HarperCollins) in 1980, portions of which (e.g. “In Loco Parentis”) were originally published in War Stories, Northwestern University Press, 1979.

Charles is the founder of one of the earliest of the “database marketing” companies utilizing neural/social networking theory, Response Technologies, Inc., located in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and later at IDG/Computerworld in Framingham and has remained in the technology field for thirty years, notably in clinical data management and master data management environments (specialty: oncology and diabetes) for the U.S. Navy, and later as Senior Director for Global IT and Grid Computing for Open Source vanguard Red Hat (Raleigh, NC). He is a Managing Director and Practice Strategist for Higher Education at SAS Institute (Cary, NC) by day, and a writer by night.

Charles is also Adjunct Professor, College of Engineering and Computer Science, North Carolina State University; Founding Member and Board of Directors, Institute for Advanced Analytics, North Carolina State University; Research Fellow, Visiting Scholar and Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he is also a Candidate in Field Epidemiology in the School of Public Health and is a member of ONC-HIT’s Health Information Technology Standards Panel and the North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance. He is a lecturer in evidenced-based healthcare and clinical analytics in medicine.

His latest novel, Do No Harm: The Co-ed Conspiracy and Why They Died (also about PTSD survivors), has just been completed and is in the final editing stages.