Meet The Author Is Back!

An item from one of our fellow veterans organizations in the Bay Area.

Marines' Memorial: 75 Year Anniversary

After a hiatus, Marines’ Memorial is proud to restart our popular “Meet the Author” series.  Although we would have preferred to host her in-person, we are honored to have Shauna “Doc” Springer, Ph.D, author of WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us, as our virtual guest for the relaunch.


Dr. Springer, licensed psychologist, is one of the world’s leading experts on PTSD, trauma, and moral injury among veterans.  In this Meet the Author, Marine Veteran and Marines’ Memorial Board Member Susannah Rose Stokes talks with Dr. Springer about the unique challenges and opportunities of working with our nation’s warfighters.

Dr. Shauna Springer

About the Author:


Dr. Shauna Springer is one of the nation’s leading authorities on trauma, close relationships, suicide prevention, and initiatives that impact the military and veteran community. She is the Chief Psychologist for Stella Center, where she helps advance innovative treatments for psychological trauma.


Known as “Doc Springer”, she is a trusted advisor for a vast network of veterans, military families and fellow thought leaders. Her uniquely perceptive insights have helped thousands of patients reconnect to hope, strengthen their relationships, and build lives driven by their values. Dr. Springer’s work has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS Radio, Forbes, Psychology Today, and Military Times. She is co-author of the best-selling book, Beyond the Military, which explores the psychological, cultural and relational aspects of military transition. Her book, WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us brings the worlds of the warrior and those they protect together to shine new light on things that many of us thought we understood: Trust, Stigma, Firearms, The Imploding Mind, and Connection.


Between 2017-2020, Dr. Springer served as the Suicide Prevention Senior Advisor at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a non-profit that serves all who grieve the loss of a military loved one. Prior to that, within the VA Healthcare System, between 2009-2017, she was the lead clinician for the VA Northern California Relationship Seminar Series.


Dr. Springer is also the owner of Hidden Ivy Psychology Consulting. Launched in 2015, Hidden Ivy is her private consulting platform for offering seminars, community based lectures, training events, public speaking engagements, and consultation related to her areas of expertise.



About the Moderator:


At an early age, Susannah Rose Stokes discovered her drive to serve and decided to become a US Marine, graduating from the US Naval Academy as a Second Lieutenant in 2011. During her service, she completed two deployments to Afghanistan supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, advocated against sexual assault as a Uniformed Victim Advocate, and provided care to Marines and their families as a Family Readiness Officer. In 2016, Susannah made the exciting transition to Facebook, where she spent three years working on culture, internal communications and operations. There, she was also the Global Lead for the Facebook Veterans and Allies Employee Resource Group, growing it from 200 to 1800 members worldwide. She then became the Chief of Staff at a startup in San Francisco, where she served as the right-hand leader to the CEO through a Series B fundraise. Now, Susannah is founder and CEO of a leadership development company, DoUnto, Inc., which seeks to grow conscious and compassionate leaders for a better future. She is the Secretary of the Marines’ Memorial Association Board of Directors, is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, and is passionate about promoting equalism around the world.


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