Peter Killeen, Ed.D.
Peter J. Killeen, Ed.D. , knows firsthand the serious toll that emotional and physical stress can take on the individual. As a recent police academy graduate, Dr. Killeen was among the first officers to respond to the 1975 bombing at La Guardia Airport that killed 11 people and injured 74. The events of that day left an indelible mark on Dr. Killeen. It was only after he had left the police force to pursue a career as a counselor, that he realized he had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In 1992, Dr. Killeen began working as a police psychotherapist with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Unions. It was in this role that he found himself involved extensively with the rescue and recovery efforts following the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. Over the ensuing weeks, Dr. Killeen began experiencing the same tell-tale symptoms of PTSD, “but this time I realized that I had something many of my law enforcement colleagues did not: the training to navigate the emotional challenges thrown at me that day.”
Then and there he made it his mission to share his knowledge for the benefit of these men, women and their families. Operation Longevity™ is the fruit of that commitment.
In addition to providing Operation Longevity training to law enforcement agencies and academies across the country, Dr. Killeen has authored four books on ways that these professionals can personally integrate mindfulness, resilience, and meditation into daily life to achieve a more sustainable and healthier lifestyle. These include the “Operation Longevity Textbook” which works together with the “Operation Longevity Personal Journal,” and is supplemented by the “Operation Longevity Personal Stories and Meditations,” and “Operation Longevity 21 Day ‘Call to Action’ Coin Challenge.”
A recognized expert in the area of law enforcement stress and its effects, Dr. Killeen has presented extensively on the physiology of stress on the body, the integration and importance of the recognition of the mind-body connection, and the benefits of living a more balanced life through wellness and resilience.
Throughout his career, Dr. Killeen has also served as Employee Equal Opportunity mediator and Wellness Counselor for The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Dr. Killeen received his doctorate in counseling psychology from Argosy University, Arlington, VA. He holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Loyola College, Baltimore, MD, and a master’s degree in theological studies from The Washington Theological Union, Silver Spring, MD.
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Mr. Adler served as the presidential-appointed Director of the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (DOJ-BJA) from December 2017 through September 2019. In this capacity, Mr. Adler oversaw the largest federal grant funding component in the DOJ that included programs directed towards Officer Safety and Wellness.
Mr. Adler spear-headed the initiation of the national suicide prevention consortium and continues to serve as a lead advocate to smash stigma associated with officers seeking treatment.
As a volunteer law enforcement leader, Mr. Adler has served as the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (F.L.E.O.A.) Foundation’s National President for the past ten years. The F.L.E.O.A. Foundation is a charitable organization that supports federal law enforcement officers and their families, and serves on national campaigns such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Take 25 program and the suicide prevention initiative, Smash Stigma, Save Lives. Mr. Adler also served as the Vice Chair of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).
Mr. Adler previously served on the Board of Directors of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (F.L.E.O.A.) for 13 years, seven of which he served as National President. In this capacity, Mr. Adler directed the largest national, non-profit, non-partisan professional association that exclusively represents federal law enforcement officers. Mr. Adler drafted the legislative proposal that lead to the passing of the Congressional Badge of Bravery Act in 2008, and also served as the first Chair of the Congressional Badge of Bravery Federal Review Board. He chartered and served on the Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Advisory Board, and served on the Executive Board of the International Council of Police Represented Associations.
Mr. Adler has been an active-duty federal law enforcement officer since 1991 and most recently worked for the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. In his capacity as a Criminal Investigator and Chief Firearms Training Officer, Mr. Adler oversaw the district’s Use of Force training program.
Mr. Adler is also a proud member of Beta Gamma Sigma (National Business Honor Society), Kappa Delta Pi (International Honor Society in Education), and a charter member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. In the course of his 25 years of service in law enforcement, Mr. Adler was proud to serve as a First Responder at Ground “Hero” on September 11th, 2001. He has his undergraduate degree in Business Administration (graduated Magna Cum Laude) and his Master’s degree in Human Resource Administration and Training, with an emphasis in law enforcement (graduated Magna Cum Laude).
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Anastasia (Stacy) Pytal, PsyD
Dr. Anastasia Pytal is a licensed psychologist and former law enforcement officer. She was awarded her Diplomate in Police Psychology by the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology. Her area of professional interest and expertise is working with police officers and their loved ones on issues pertaining to trauma, depression, anxiety, and officer wellness.
She is currently in private practice in Little Falls, New Jersey. In addition to acting as the Area Clinician for the Drug Enforcement Administration’s New Jersey Division Employee Assistance Program, Dr. Pytal works with law enforcement officers from over thirty departments across New Jersey. She presents nationally at law enforcement conferences.
She holds a PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) degree from The American School of Professional Psychology/ Washington, D.C. at Argosy University. She completed a one-year doctoral internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital in Morris Plains, NJ. Her post-doctoral work was completed at the Metropolitan Police Employee Assistance Program in Washington, D.C. where she worked with police officers, police officials, and family members.
Dr. Pytal has advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE), Complex Trauma, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Internal Family Systems (IFS).
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Tom Coghlan, PsyD
Thomas Coghlan is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, a retired NYPD Detective, and a past Visiting Law Enforcement Fellow with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He operates a private practice in Great Neck, NY where 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 conducts both psychological pre-employment and fitness-for-duty evaluations for a variety of public safety agencies in New York and New Jersey.
Dr. Coghlan received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Yeshiva University in 2010, his Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from John Jay CUNY in 2003, and his B.A. in Psychology from Queens College in 1993. He retired from the NYPD in 2018, after twenty-one years of service. From 2010 through 2018, Dr. Coghlan was assigned with responsibilities as a Psychologist in the NYPD. During that time, he performed psychological fitness-for-duty evaluations, pre-employment psychological evaluations, military deployment debriefings, disciplinary stress-triage debriefings, and trauma response. He served as liaison to the Department’s peer support program.
He is licensed in the states of New York and New Jersey. Dr. Coghlan is credentialed with the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
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Patrick Fitzgibbons is a retired Police Commander from Colorado with over two decades of experience in many different roles. He is also an adjunct college professor and enjoys teaching the next generation of criminal justice professionals.
Patrick holds advanced degrees in Business and Organizational Leadership. A former Army Paratrooper with the elite 82nd Airborne Division, Patrick is an avid supporter of active military members and veterans.
Patrick is also personal coach, speaker and is the host and creator of CJEvolution. A top ranked criminal justice podcast, personal coach, and author of EVOLVE – A collection of Routines, Habits and Advice to Take Charge of your Life and Be your Best Self.
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Susan Nolan, LCSW
Susan Nolan has always been drawn to a life of service to others. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 20 years’ experience and, has been part of the FDNY family for just as long.
Susan has worked as a therapist for Hoffmann – LaRoche Pharmaceuticals, Nyack Hospital, and The NY Times.
As Manager of the Employee Assistance Program for The NY Times, Susan coached senior managers on effective tools for improving workplace performance and productivity, as well as Critical Incident Stress Debriefings for the delivery and circulation departments.
Susan designed wellness programs and facilitated relaxation workshops, using visualization and meditation techniques for employees of the company’s unions and guilds.
She has been featured as a guest expert on the radio call-in, “Dr. Michael Carey Show.”
Susan currently works in private practice where she focuses on grief, depression, relationship issues, and parenting concerns.
Elyse Sharp, LCSW
Elyse Sharpe received her Master’s in Social Work, Occupational and Clinical Concentration from University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD.
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-C) and a Certified Employee Assistance Program Professional (CEAP).
She has a concentration within the law enforcement federal community working as a mental health advisor and Employee Assistance Program Director.
A former federal employee with the Department of Justice, Department of Treasury and Department of Homeland Security, Elyse has worked with federal law enforcement agencies including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Customs and Border Patrol, Citizenship and Immigration Services where she developed, directed and provided oversight for national trauma response and peer support programs.
She was involved extensively with the recovery efforts following the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City (1995), the attack on the World Trade Center (2001), Hurricane Katrina (2005) followed by years of trauma counseling provided to survivors, first responders and trauma responders. In addition, she has responded and directed oversight of response to line of duty deaths, shootings, suicides, acts of terrorism and natural caused disasters.
She has presented extensively throughout the country to law enforcement agencies and academies on topics dealing with the impact of law enforcement stress, the long-range effects of post-traumatic stress, suicide prevention, developing peer support networks, effective communication, difficult conversations, grief and loss, and recognizing the benefits if building resilience through wellness and mindfulness.
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Alisa has been in law enforcement for 25 years. She was hired on with the Tucson Police Department in 1995. Early in her career, she worked patrol, undercover operations, was a field training officer, and a lead patrol officer. She became interested in officer wellness and resiliency early in her career and served as a peer counselor and was a member of the Hostage Negotiation Team for several years. She also began teaching as a general instructor in 2000.
In 2005, she was promoted to sergeant and served in several assignments including patrol, narcotics and violent crime and field training sergeant. The exposure to the various assignments and incidents gave her operational, training, managerial and strategic experience. In 2015, she tested to be a commander and was promoted to lieutenant. As a lieutenant, she has worked as a patrol commander, force commander, audit and best practices and currently serves as the Deputy Commander for the Counter Narcotic Alliance- AZHIDTA.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from the University of San Diego. She has attended the DEA Drug Unit Commander Academy, National Tactical Officer’s Association SWAT Commander School, University of Arizona Eller Executive Education Foundations of Public Sector Leadership, AZ Post Executive Leadership Program, and University of Arizona Women in Government Leadership program. She is also a certified FBINA Officer Wellness and Resiliency Instructor.
She is a committee member for the Arizona Women’s Initiative Network and served as vice president of NOBLE in Southern Arizona. She has developed, created and taught courses for women in law enforcement throughout Arizona, as well as leadership classes.
She has served as a member on development teams for promotional processes and been involved in assessment centers for agencies throughout the country. She was a member of the Critical Incident Review Board and served as the chair for the Force Review Board for the Tucson Police Department. She trains and instructs in undercover narcotic operations, driving, furthering patrol investigations, leadership, career development, women in law enforcement and officer wellness and resiliency.
She is married and enjoys spending time with her family, scuba diving, sports, traveling and weight lifting.
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