Patrice Keats, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Counselling Psychology Program in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. She conducts research, publishes, and presents scholarly papers both nationally and internationally in the field of traumatic stress studies including secondary traumatic stress, vicarious witnessing, acute and post-traumatic stress responses, and trauma treatment. She has been the principle investigator on several studies looking at the impact of trauma on photojournalists and journalists, including a national project focused on the experiences of Canadian photojournalists and journalists assigned to trauma, disaster, and conflict events. A number of articles are currently published that report the findings of these projects.
She is also a Contributing Editor of the “Media Matters” column of "Traumatic StressPoints” a monthly publication for the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and was previously a Co-Chair of the Media Special Interest Group of ISTSS.
In addition to her academic work, Dr. Keats is a registered therapist and practises as a counsellor in British Columbia with trauma survivors using both group and individual therapy.