These experts from the UW-Madison faculty and staff have agreed to comment on breaking news, ongoing developments and trends in their areas of expertise. If you need help arranging interviews, email University Communications.
Experts on today’s news…
Claudia Reardon on: PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games
As millions prepare to watch the world’s best athletes compete in the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Feb. 7 through Feb. 25, experts from UW–Madison can speak on a wide range of subjects relating to the competition. All that training doesn’t make elite athletes any more immune to mental illness than the rest of us. Dr. Claudia Reardon learned this anecdotally via her brother Andrew Rock, a professional sprinter who won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics. When his fellow runners found out that his little sister is a psychiatrist, they’d seek her out.
“I started to get all kinds of interesting curbside questions,’’ she recalled. “I think the general perception of their physical prowess does a disservice to athletes – they may not be asked during checkups about problems they have with mood and anxiety disorders.”
Reardon currently serves as co-chair of the International Olympic Committee’s Workgroup on Mental Illness in Elite and Olympic Athletes. An associate professor of psychiatry and UW consulting sports psychiatrist to Badger Athletics, she is available to address any topics of mental illness in elite athletes. This includes depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance use disorders, suicide, and others. Reardon can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 608-265-5481.
A list of other experts on subjects related to the Olympics can be found here.
Young Mie Kim on: New Russia Probe Indictments
Young Mie Kim is an expert on digital political campaigns with particular expertise on the microtargeting of campaign advertisements online. The data she gathered demonstrated foreign influence and the targeting of swing state voters with disinformation ahead of the presidential election in 2016. Young Mie Kim can talk about digital political campaign, disinformation in election 2016, and voter behavior.
Travis Wright on: Talking to children about school shootings
Travis Wright, an expert on teaching students who have experienced trauma, can discuss speaking about children’s fears and exposure to violence.