WSU Spokane was the setting this week for the TEAM Conference, a two-day event that brought first responders and mental health professionals together to discuss ways our community can work together on issues of mental health.
Research from our campus played a big role in having the conference on campus.
The latest episode of the Health Sciences Update – airing on Comcast channel 17 in the greater Spokane area – features discussions on two types of research.
The first segment features Georgina Lynch from our Speech and Hearing Sciences department talking about her research on autism. The second segment features Bryan Vila and Steve James, both in our Criminal Justice department, talking about their innovative research.
Research conducted in the Criminal Justice program at WSU Spokane has succeeded in changing practices and policies of local and national law enforcement agencies, as well as connected local law enforcement more strongly to the University.
Bryan Vila is a Criminal Justice professor and a researcher on our campus. His research on police work has received attention in a numberofmediaoutlets, including the New York Times, NPR and CNN.
Recently, Vila presented at TEDx Spokane, an event independent of TED Talks but with a similar mission: to share ideas.
Vila talked about the various factors that impact police officers’ decision making processes, including fatigue, too much work and too little sleep, distractions in the squad car and more. Vila attributes some of this to insufficient funding in many police departments around the country. Vila’s suggested solutions to these problems boil down to increasing staffing and improving how the challenges of shift work are managed.