Guy Sapirstein, PhD

With a PhD in psychology, Guy Sapirstein has been on the cutting edge of applied social science for the past 20 years. His doctoral dissertation received worldwide attention as the first scholarly research demonstrating that commonly prescribed antidepressants essentially owe most of their efficacy to the placebo effect. 

Following the events of September 11, 2001 he began collaborating on the development of models for enhancing resilience through individual, community and organizational preparedness and response.  Those models have been successfully implemented across the United States and internationally.  In 2009 he designed and implemented a model for preparedness in small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations for the Jewish community in the Boston area. 

Guy has had extensive experience responding to and managing crisis situations in organizations and communities.  Some of the notable events he was involved in included: a long-term project which began in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, earthquake response in Pakistan, and other smaller situations in nonprofit organizations and for profit companies.

Guy’s interest in the field of resilience has translated into applications in personal/individual resilience (mind/body techniques, hypnosis, and placebo); team resilience (high performance team development); organizational resilience (Organizational Culture, Strategic Planning, Contingency Planning); and finally, community and social resilience.  

An experienced speaker, Guy has presented at numerous conferences including the first UN sponsored International Strategy for Disaster Reduction conference in Davos, Switzerland.  His articles have appeared in academic journals, trade publications and textbooks. Additionally, he co-authored several manuals (on crisis response and interventions) that have been translated into several languages and widely distributed by IBM Corporation as part of their crisis response following disasters in the USA, Pakistan, China, the Philippines, Peru, Haiti, and Japan.

Guy is an experienced trainer who has trained professionals, volunteers and students. His workshops combine didactic and experiential techniques, and routinely receive high evaluation scores.

Guy holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Connecticut, an MA in Clinical Rehabilitation Psychology from Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and a BA in Social Studies from Bar-Ilan University in Israel.  

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