National Press Club

Presidential Mental Health & Nuclear Weapons

Presidential Mental Health & Nuclear Weapons

February 12, 2018 7:00 PM

Location: Murrow Room

“Presidential Mental Health & Nuclear Weapons – What Standards Should We Have?”

Leading mental health experts have continued to express serious concerns over the issue of presidential mental fitness and the lack of standards for routinely testing presidential mental health. Donald Trump’s physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, administered only a basic screening for advanced dementia during the President’s physical. The President has bragged about his perfect score on the exam, which includes telling a lion from a camel and drawing a clock.

On Monday, February 12 at 7:00 PM, Tom Steyer will be joined by Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), four leading mental health professionals, and a nuclear weapons expert to discuss presidential mental health, nuclear weapons safeguards, and new protocols that can limit the consequences of impulsive decisions made by the Executive Branch.
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Steven Buser, M.D.
Dr. Buser is a psychiatrist in private practice in Asheville, NC. He trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the U.S. Air Force. He spent his final year with the military in the Republic of Panama. In 2008, he completed a two-year clinical training program at the CG Jung Institute of Chicago and subsequently founded the Asheville Jung Center. He has been utilizing advanced neurostimulation technologies in psychiatry, particularly with Vagus Nerve Stimulation.

He is a co-author and editor of, “A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of President Trump.” He has been published in The New York Times and has appeared on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC to discuss the issue of Donald Trump’s behavior and the Department of Defense’s Personnel Reliability Program (PRP) to oversee personnel working in the vicinity of nuclear weapons.

John D. Gartner, Ph.D.
John Gartner is a psychologist living and working in Baltimore and New York. He is the founder of Duty to Warn, an association of mental health professionals who advocate President Trump's removal from office on the grounds that he is dangerously and psychologically disordered and unfit.

Dr. Gartner served as a part-time assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Medical School for 28 years. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University, received his Ph.D in clinical psychology from the University of Massachusetts, and completed his post-doctoral training in treatment of personality disorders at New York Hospital-Cornell Medical School. His work has been published in The Washington Post, Chicago-Sun Times, Baltimore Sun, New York Daily News, USA Today, Salon, and Worth, as well as numerous scholarly journals. He is a contributor to the “Dangerous Case of Donald Trump,” and the author of "In Search of Bill Clinton: A Psychological Biography" and "The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (a Little) Craziness and (a Lot of) Success in America." He has made appearances on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and has talked extensively about the danger of President Trump’s behavior.

David M. Reiss, M.D.
David M. Reiss, M.D. has been a practicing psychiatrist for more than 25 years, specializing in “front-line” adult psychiatry. Dr. Reiss has evaluated and treated more than 12,000 persons of diverse social and cultural backgrounds, from every occupational field. Dr. Reiss served as Interim Medical Director of Providence Hospital (Holyoke, MA), a 126-bed psychiatric facility (2011-2012). He has continued to be associated with multiple psychiatric hospitals. Dr. Reiss has been recognized internationally for expertise in character and personality dynamics. He is often interviewed and quoted in print, Internet and radio/TV media, nationally and internationally. Dr. Reiss is an authority on issues including mental health treatment, PTSD, violence in society, sports psychiatry, social and political phenomena, and the functioning of the current mental health/medical system. Dr. Reiss is co-author of The New York Times Best Seller, "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump".

Jacqueline J. West, Ph.D
Jacqueline J. West, Ph.D. is a Jungian Analyst practicing in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Stanford University in 1966 and a Ph.D in Psychology from the University of California in 1982. She is a member and Training Analyst in the New Mexico Society of Jungian Analysts as well as in the Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts. She has served as both President and Training Director of the New Mexico Society and as President of the Council of North American Societies of Jungian Analysts (CNASJA). She also serves on committees for the Inter-Regional Association of Jungian Analysts.

She is co-author, along with Jungian Analyst Nancy Dougherty, of "The Matrix and Meaning of Character: An Archetypal and Developmental Perspective – Searching for the Wellsprings of Spirit." She contributed the Chapter, “America in the Grips of Alpha Narcissism,” to the book “A Clear and Present Danger: Narcissism in the Era of President Trump” and is preparing a Chapter for the up-coming book edited by Dr. Thomas Singer on “The Psychological Complexes of America.” She lectures and teaches widely on the dynamics of archetypally informed character structures and their interplay with art and politics.

James E. Doyle, Ph.D
James E. Doyle was a specialist in the Nuclear Nonproliferation Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1997 to July 2014. His professional focus is on systems analysis, strategic planning and policy development. Dr. Doyle holds a PhD in International Security Studies from the University of Virginia. At Los Alamos he managed projects with Russia’s nuclear weapons institutes on the joint development of technologies and procedures for verifying the dismantlement and storage of nuclear warheads and fissile materials. He has been focusing on this topic again, speaking and publishing on the prospects for another round of U.S.-Russian nuclear arms reductions following the New START Treaty. He’s the author of “Renewing America’s Nuclear Arsenal: Options for the 21st Century,” published in 2017 by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.