Local Psychologist To Security Seminar
Thomas Woodruff, Ph.D., staff psychologist at St. Mary’s University, will
participate in a week-long National Security Seminar sponsored by the U.S.
Army War College in Carlise, Pa..
Woodruff is among only 160 leaders from business, government, media and
academe who were invited to the national Seminar from Monday, June 2 to
Friday, June 6. The annual National Security Seminar is the capstone of the
10-month curriculum at the Army War College, the Army’s senior educational
The War College’s student body, which includes 270 officers from the Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, will hear a “civilian
viewpoint” on defense matters, while participants will be able to meet and
exchange views with the nation’s future military leaders. During the week
participants are assigned to one of 20 student seminar groups to discuss
national security issues.
“In the group discussions, I will talk about the role of positive
psychology and how important it is to build on positive attributes and
resources,” said Woodruff of the Counseling and Testing Center, whose
dissertation at the University of Kansas focused on positive psychology and
The U.S. Army War College, established in 1901 “not to promote war, but to
preserve peace,” moved to Carlisle, Pa., from Washington, D.C., in 1951.
As the Army’s senior service college, the War College’s mission is to
prepare senior officers to serve in the highest command and staff positions
in the U.S. armed services. Annually, it provides educational outreach to
some 7,000 students, program participants and senior visitors.
For more information on the U.S. Army War College, visit the Web site