An Army Vet, keynote speaker, and expert in military social work and psychology with issues related to military mental health is the author of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, a children’s book that explains the aftermath of war, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and why it can occur in family members, all from a child’s perspective. There are many changes to service members and veterans returning from war. The entire family must adjust as well. This book is a valuable age-appropriate resource that can encourage open and honest communication to help families deal with mental illness, and remove the stigma of seeking help through therapy.
Dr. Gatson has spent a decade utilizing his training in psychology and social work to assist individuals with functioning at an optimal level as they transcend their challenging situations. He is currently working as a Director of an outpatient mental health agency in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Gatson also provides clinical supervision to counselors and social workers to help improve their clinical abilities. He also serves as an Officer in the United States Army Medical Reserve and is a certified volunteer trainer for the American Psychological Association’s (APA’s) HIV Office for Psychology Education (HOPE).
Dr. Gatson is a contributing professor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., University of Maryland University College, and Walden University. Before joining the VA System, he worked as the Trauma and Injury Prevention Program Director for Louisiana State University Health Science Center School of Medicine in Shreveport, Louisiana. He received his B.S. from Northwestern State University, where he majored in psychology and minored in Finance and Nonprofit Leadership. Dr. Gatson received his Master’s Degree in Social Work from Grambling State University. He completed his Ph.D. in psychology from Walden University. Dr. Gatson completed his graduate practicums at the Shreveport Vet Center and Overton Brooks VA Medical Center.
Dr. Gatson is also the founder of G&E Associates, LLC, a motivational and consulting firm; providing clinical consultation, workshops, and training to other behavioral health-care providers. He has published in several professional journals on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and LGBTQ military families. Providing numerous training exercises focusing on PTSD, Suicide Prevention, and HIV/AIDS at the local, state, and national level, Dr. Gatson has presented more than 100 workshops. He presently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Consortium for African American Children, Inc (NCAAC). In his spare time, Dr. Gatson enjoys writing, reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.