In Katrina’s Aftermath, Psychologists Find Trauma As Well As Resilience

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.

Jean Rhodes’ interviewed for this article in the Huffington Post.

Hurricane Katrina’s psychological scars revealed

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.

Professor Jean Rhodes receives 2015 Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship Award

UMass-Boston-2015-Cancellors-Award-for-Distinguished-ScholarshipThis 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.

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Jean Rhodes and her colleagues receive Department of Justice Award to improve mentoring services for children of incarcerated parents.

news_oct2014University of Massachusetts Boston psychology professor Jean Rhodes, a nationally recognized expert on youth mentoring, has received a $2.5 million grant from the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to develop and evaluate efforts designed to bolster the effectiveness of mentors working with children of incarcerated parents.

Rhodes, the Director of the MENTOR/UMass Boston’s Center for Evidence-based Mentoring, will lead a team of practitioners and researchers in youth mentoring as they develop and evaluate a demonstration program to increase the effectiveness of these mentors.

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