Seton Hall Professor Works with 9/11 Families and the Media
Donna Gaffney is an
advisory board member for Families of September 11th.
offers his expertise to media regarding 9/11 films.
Since September 12, 2001, Donna Gaffney, professor of nursing, has
been working with families directly affected by Sept. 11. As an
advisory board member for Families of September 11th, Gaffney speaks
weekly with Sept. 11 families, even recently accompanying them to a
family members-only screening of Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.
Besides sharing her compassion with these families, Gaffney also shares
her unique expertise in psychiatric-mental health nursing and trauma in
children’s lives with media outlets across the nation. Gaffney was
recently interviewed about the impact of Sept. 11 five years later by
Star-Ledger, Poughkeepsie Journal, Arizona
Republic, and NJN.
On Monday, Gaffney will discuss Sept. 11 and its impact in a live
interview on Channel 9 at approximately 12:45 p.m. You can also see
Gaffney interviewed on WNBC-TV Channel 4 and WCBS-TV Channel 2 that
Gaffney has long addressed the issues of trauma in children's lives,
working with schools following the Challenger explosion and with
families following the Pan Am 103 crash in Scotland. Besides her direct
work with Sept. 11 families, Gaffney has also provided training for
schools, communities, and professionals in the aftermath of the events
of September 11.
In addition to numerous academic publications, Dr. Gaffney is the
author of The Seasons of Grief: Helping Children Grow Through Loss.
Media-savvy, Gaffney has been interviewed in the past by Nightline,
TODAY Show, Court TV and WNBC-TV.
9/11 Films and Pop Culture
Donna Gaffney isn’t the only Seton Hall faculty expert in the news.
Christopher Sharrett, professor of film and communication, has been
offering his expertise to media interested in the pop culture and film
angle of Sept. 11.
On Sept. 11, Sharrett will join Channel 9 anchor Brenda Blackmon for a
live in-studio interview immediately after the end of the ceremony at
Ground Zero. Sharrett will discuss the cultural impact of the films
United 93 and World Trade Center with Blackmon.
Earlier this year, Sharrett gave numerous media interviews on Sept.
11-related films, including an interview with the Baltimore Sun on
whether it was too soon for a film like United 93. Sharrett frequently
works with media and has been interviewed by such widely known national
news media as The History Channel, USA Today, Dallas Morning News and
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