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Helping The Helpless: Ann Arbor Doctor Recalls 9/11 Tragedy, Going To New York To Help People Cope

Sep 11, 2018

Dr. Robert Pasick
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Many people remember where they were 17 years ago on September 11th.  The anniversary of the terrorist tragedy has prompted many tributes and tears and reminders to "never forget."  89.1 WEMU's Lisa Barry talks with a local psychologist and University of Michigan professor Dr. Robert Pasick, who was among those searching for family members and offering help in the aftermath of the attacks.


Soon after the terrorist attacks, Reuters contacted Dr. Pasick to be a psychological advisor at Ground Zero.  So, he and his wife made a two-day drive to Manhattan.  As his wife volunteered with the Red Cross, Pasick was providing advice on how to deal with lost loved ones.

The biggest problem he found was that most victims could not be identified.  In fact, that remains true today.  Also, Pasick had to counsel those who feared of further attacks.

The situation was also personal for Dr. Pasick.  His son and his son's wife both worked at the World Trade Center.  Fortunately, they both survived and were reunited with the rest of the family.

World Trade Center Memorial
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Pasick later published a case study co-authored by Jane Dutton and Ryan Quinn.  You can learn more about that study here.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu