The Catholic University of America

Sept. 18, 2009

CUA Experts Available to Discuss H1N1

The Catholic University of America offers faculty experts as resources on H1N1 (aka swine flu). The experts from the School of Nursing and the National Catholic School of Social Service are available to discuss the flu, prevention and response. For assistance in reaching sources, contact public affairs staffers Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

THE FLU, IMMUNIZATION AND CHILDREN: Elizabeth Hawkins-Walsh, pediatric nurse practitioner and clinical associate professor, oversees CUA's program of school-based health clinics in Montgomery County, Md. Hawkins-Walsh can answer questions about immunization, ways to minimize the risk of flu in children and when parents should consult with their health-care provider.

Contact Hawkins-Walsh at 202-319-6482 or by e-mail at:

FEAR AND ANXIETY IN TIMES OF CRISIS: Cathleen Gray, associate professor at the National Catholic School of Social Service, can discuss fear and anxiety stemming from the spread of the flu and threat of a pandemic. She also can address ways for people to cope with their anxiety. Gray has a private practice focusing on family and women's issues and frequently has commented on mental-health issues in times of crisis for the media. She was named among the top therapists in Washington in 2009 by Washingtonian Magazine and received the lifetime achievement award from the Washington chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

Contact Gray at 202-537-5922 or by e-mail at:

To search for other CUA faculty who serve as experts for the media, visit the online Faculty Experts Guide at: or contact the Office of Public Affairs for more assistance at 202-319-5600.