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Lucy Bruell is a Clinical Instructor in the Division of Medical Humanities and the Associate Director of the Humanistic Aspects of Medical Education program at the NYU School of Medicine. She is also President of L.A. Bruell, Inc., an interactive media company founded in 1986 that develops film and interactive programs about the fine arts and medicine. Her documentary work includes a trilogy on young classical pianists that aired on public television stations nationwide. “On a Personal Note,” the final film of the trilogy (2011), was awarded a Gold Medal of Excellence at the Park City Film Music Festival.  In the area of medical education, Ms. Bruell developed “Feelings Need Check Ups Too,” an interactive program for pediatricians to prepare them for the surge in PTSD, grief, and depression among children exposed to the events of 9/11.
Most recently, Ms. Bruell and Dr. Danielle Laraque were awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop “Stop, Look, and Listen,” an on-line teaching tool for pediatricians on recognizing child abuse. She is also producing a documentary on palliative care in rural Uganda.  

Lucy Bruell graduated from the University of California at Berkeley where she studied existentialism with Professor Hubert Dreyfus and film history with Bertrand Augst in the Comparative Literature department. After receiving her degree, she wrote film reviews for the cable television program “In Review,” and worked on several independent films, including Errol Morris’ “Gates of Heaven.” In 1981, Ms. Bruell earned a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University where she was the William Wood Fellow in Broadcast Journalism. Before starting her media company, she was a reporter at Newsweek Television where she covered a broad range of subjects, including the Navajo-Hopi land dispute, twin plants along the US-Mexican borders, and teenage runaways. She has worked abroad in Uganda, Egypt, Greece, France and East Germany.

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