The mission of the Trauma Health & Hazards center (THHC) is to reduce the impact of extreme human events. This will be accomplished through social science cross-disciplinary scholarship, scientifically informed policy directives, and select educational initiatives across the spectrum of extreme human adversity (i.e., terrorist attacks, natural disasters, mass violence). The Center is uniquely positioned to provide cutting edge research, decision support, and innovation to an array of critical concerns important to both individual and collective adaptation.
The Center's faculty provide a unique combination of scientists from a variety of disciplines including Psychology, Geography, Climatography, Public Health, Political Science, Sociology, and Information Technology focused on the human behavioral dimension related to prevention, mitigation, and recovery from adversities that test the limits of human adaptation. Through these collaborative efforts the Center strives to reduce the effects of traumatic stress exposure, improve health, and enhance overall approaches to human hazards.
The THHC will work in collaboration with a variety of both private and public constituents dedicated to improving homeland and human security following extreme events. These constituents include but are not limited to: a) university departments, b) university centers, c) military, d) industry, e) homeland security and homeland defense government agencies, and f) non-governmental organizations. The Center will work with these and other entities to generate research agendas, conduct research, share information collected to increase application implementation, and provide expertise in human behavioral response as needed.