Hector A. Garcia, Psy.D., assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will deliver a Centennial Lecture titled “A Century of Transformation: UTEP, the Border Experience, and the Science of PTSD.”
Garcia is the author of the groundbreaking book “Alpha God: The Psychology of Religious Violence and Oppression.” He has published extensively on the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in combat veterans, masculine identity in the aftermath of war, stress and rank in organizations, and the interplay between religious practice and psychopathology.
The clinical psychologist’s success did not come without setbacks. Initially, Garcia dropped out of high school and described his life as “bleak and boring.” However, his intellectual curiosity drove him to pursue a higher education, and he enrolled at The University of Texas at El Paso.
Garcia’s bachelor’s degree from UTEP was the first step on his path to become a psychologist. In fall 2016, he took part in a special TED Talks series on Broadway called “TED Talks Live – War and Peace” in New York City.
UTEP’s Centennial Lecture Series invites noteworthy speakers to the UTEP campus to share their perspectives on a broad range of contemporary issues that are likely to impact our society, culture and lives in the years ahead. The lectures are free and open to the public.