Nick Kanas, MD - Contact Information

Title: Professor In Residence

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For more than 30 years, Dr. Kanas has studied the psychological interactions of people under stress and ways they can cope better with stressors in their environment. His earlier work involved groups of veteran patients suffering from alcoholism, PTSD, and schizophrenia. For over 12 years, he has studied astronauts living and working in space. He has been the Principal Investigator of two large NASA-funded international studies involving the Mir and International Space Stations, and he currently is the Principal Investigator of a NASA-funded study aimed at training astronauts to deal with psychological stressors in space. In 1999, Dr. Kanas received the Aerospace Medical Association Raymond F. Longacre Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in the Psychological and Psychiatric Aspects of Aerospace Medicine. In 2003, Dr. Kanas received the J. Elliott Royer Award for excellence in Academic Psychiatry. Dr. Kanas is the co-author of a book entitled Space Psychology and Psychiatry, which was the recipient of the 2004 International Academy of Astronautics Life Sciences Book Award.

Campus Location: VAMC

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