“Rhodes recently spoke with Health about her research on Hurricane Katrina survivors, and about the field of post-traumatic grief in general. Here’s how she thinks it can inform our response to natural disasters and the support we provide to victims, as well as what survivors can do to increase their likelihood of recovery and resilience.”
Matt plans to build on this growing body of work to collect his own data in an effort to better understand the long-term influence of high school teacher support and the factors that lead to the acquisition of mentors at the college level.
Natural disasters and other traumatic events could be engines of growth.
Ten years after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, forcing more than half a million residents to flee, psychologists are investigating the mental and emotional fallout of the natural disaster.
A series of longitudinal studies of Katrina survivors, featured this week in the journal Nature, paint a complicated picture of the storm’s repercussions for mental health.
Mental health worsened in the disaster’s aftermath, but survivors also showed resilience. Professor Jean Rhodes was interviewed for this article. Click here to read more.
This award is based on the scholarly work that Professor Rhodes has presented to the public during the period of her association with UMass Boston. The Award recognizes the candidate’s work, as evidenced by peer recognition of its import and impact. Comparing scholarship and creative activity in the social science is a complex task. For this reason, the assessment of peers both internal and external to the campus carried particular weight in the award process, as was acknowledgments from her discipline, e.g., grant funding, impact. In addition to being an excellent scholar, Rhodes has demonstrated an ability to engage with others in her work, including undergraduate and graduate students.