Trauma, Health & Hazards Center


Trauma, Health & Hazards Center

The mission of thr Trauma Health & Hazards center's (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) universtiy 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.

THHC News and Events

Disaster Mental Health Class offered by THHC MORE
Dr. Benight elected to the Board of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.
Ms. Yeager selected for the Outstanding Student Advocacy and Service Award of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.
Ms. Yeager presents research on a web-based intervention for burnout at the ISTSS in Valencia Spain . MORE
THHC awarded a new grant: A Call for Participants.MORE

Faculty Publications

Cultivating Secondary Traumatic Growth Among Healthcare Workers: The Role of Social Support and Self-EfficacyMORE
A Meta-Analysis of the Relationship Between Job Burnout and Secondary Traumatic Stress Among Workers with Indirect Exposure to TraumaMORE
Longitudinal Relationships between Self‐efficacy, Post‐traumatic Distress and Salivary Cortisol among Motor Vehicle Accident SurvivorsMORE