About Doc Springer
Relationship Expert. Trauma Expert. Trusted Doc.
Contributor to Psychology Today, NPR, NBC, CBC, CBS Radio, and Military Times.
Shauna "Doc" Springer is known for pop-culture and mainstream insights in psychology and interpersonal relationships, affecting all people, originating from what she has gleaned from two decades of work at the extremes.
Dr. Shauna Springer is a graduate of Harvard University and is one of the world's leading experts on PTSD, Trauma, and Moral Injury among veterans. She co-hosts a weekly podcast on these topics in collaboration with MilitaryTimes. Her work has been featured on CNN, VICE, Dr. Oz, NPR, NBC, CBS Radio, Forbes, The Philadelphia Tribune, Washington Post, and Military Times. She is a regular contributor to Psychology Today.
My Two Newest Books
Beyond the Military is a comprehensive, interactive resource that addresses the deeper psychological, cultural, and relational aspects of modern warrior reintegration. The purpose of this handbook is to create an integrative strategy for civilian reintegration, continued growth, and lifelong success as a veteran leader in civilian society. Integral to this is guidance to help service members and veterans forge stronger, healthier bonds with the people they care most about through transition and reintegration. Learn more…
In WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us, Doc Shauna Springer offers us a window into how our bravest citizens may struggle and draws from the experiences of our warfighters to help us understand true courage and the bonds of love that keep all of us in the fight. WARRIOR has been endorsed by Academy Award Winner and Author of the books Tribe and War, Sebastian Junger. WARRIOR will be published in Spring 2020. Learn more here…
My Newest Podcast
Seeking the Military Suicide Solution is a new weekly podcast from Military Times that examines military and veteran suicide, offering new insights based on research and effective clinical and peer support practices in suicide prevention. Hosted by Duane France, a retired Army combat veteran, author and mental health counselor, and Shauna Springer, a psychologist, author and nationally recognized expert on initiatives to benefit the military community, the podcast aims to move beyond awareness to identify actionable strategies that can impact the rising suicide rate among service members, veterans, and their families.
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Marriage, for Equals
Marriage for Equals shares the stories of more than 1200 women, mostly Harvard graduates and their equally capable friends, who are working to create truly equal partnerships.
Through her seminars, groups and writing, Shauna Springer, Ph.D., offers a blunt, bold, and refreshingly truthful approach about what it takes to create and sustain an exceptional partnership.
Doc Springer has been there for us since day one. She has been a part of our “sacred circle.” She has heard and seen our souls cry.
“Shauna’s creative and ingenious approach is a welcome addition to the national dialogue on suicide prevention. She effectively cuts across disciplines and breaks down prohibitive silos to bring through a new way of understanding a complex issue to both military/veteran and civilian populations. The field of suicide prevention and our communities are much better off thanks to Shauna and her work.”
“Dr. Shauna Springer has proven to be an asset to leadership within both the military and veteran community. Her dedication to Veterans and their families is very clear and she has uniquely perceptive abilities that are greatly valued within the suicide prevention community. Fortunately for us – she has always been available to consult and share her expertise with our staff, veterans and family members. A true treasure.”
Over 19 years as an infantry Marine and I have never met someone like Shauna "Doc" Springer. She was able to empathize with me, become a part of the pack, and translate my inner thoughts into constructive interactions. I think of her as one of the corpsmen embedded into my platoon.
Dr. Springer understands how and when to ask bold questions and make necessary blunt statements in order to heal or guide.
Shauna is someone I deeply trust, and that doesn't come easy between combat Veterans and (former) VA psychologists. She isn't afraid to enter, what can often be, the lion's den of peoples' minds. She joins people where they're at, and literally and figuratively, enters their wilderness alongside them. Dr. Springer did not self-appoint herself the nickname, "Doc Springer" -- rather that coveted term, given only to those we truly respect, was given to her by Veterans, born out of countless hours of listening to, caring for, and cultivating understanding for Veterans' experiences.
Doc Springer is one of us... she understands a warrior’s worth beyond war. She is a key member of my tribe and I know she's always got our six!
As a three-time combat veteran and former battalion commander, I don't see Doc Springer as a practitioner that supports the military community, I see her as standing within our ranks to tackle those unspeakable issues shoulder to shoulder with the men and women who endure invisible wounds from otherwise forgotten wars.
As a Marine Corps combat veteran and licensed clinical social worker in the VA, I recognize her impact in the veteran community and ability to earn the trust of a population that can be very guarded. More than any other civilian, Shauna “gets it.” Her continued work and writing will fundamentally change the way we work with veterans experiencing grief, loss, and trauma.