Piracy Study

In conjunction with the Disaster Psychiatry Outreach (DPO) at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, the Seamen's Church Institute has developed a multi-year project exploring the clinical assessment and treatment of piracy attack survivors. SCI’s study of the impact of piracy on seafarers and their families is the first of its kind in the maritime industry.

SCI’s program seeks to identify unique stressors of piracy hostage situations, along with immediate and ongoing medical evaluation strategies for crewmembers and their families. Study outcomes include plans for clinically assessing seafarers after piracy incidents, assisting families during prolonged piracy episodes, and triaging short- and long-term mental health treatment.


The success of SCI's study depends on information gathered from the maritime industry. All responses held in the strictest confidence.

To contact SCI's Clinical Researcher, Dr. Michael Stuart Garfinkle,
telephone: +1 212-349-9090
email: [email protected]
Skype: drgarfinkle

or write the Center for Seafarers' Rights at
The Seamen's Church Institute
118 Export Street
Port Newark, NJ 07114

For general Piracy Study inquiries, email [email protected]