Dealing with Stress in Disasters

Building Psychological Resilience


Subject Matter Experts

  • Office of Preparedness and Emergency Management, MA Department of Public Health (MDPH)

Special Acknowledgements

  • Advisory Committee members for their many contributions to the Local Public Health Institute of Massachusetts
  • Ashley Pearson, formerly of MA Department of Mental Health, for developing the original online training this is based on

Other collaborating partners of the original training included:

  • MDPH represented by Lisa Gurland, R.N., Psy.D, Director of Behavioral Health Planning & Development
  • MA Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) represented by Lisa Jackson, Coordinator, MA Region 4a MRC
  • Regional (MA) Salvation Army represented by Chris Farrand, M.Div, Director of Emergency Disaster Services, MA Division
  • Emergency Preparedness/Behavioral Health Consultant Lisa C. Kaufman, ATR-BC, LADC1


The section on Psychological First Aid used information from trainings developed by:

  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network
  • Medical Reserve Corps (MRC)
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Training Models from the Multi-State Disaster Behavioral Health Consortium


Funding Attribution and Disclaimer

This training was supported by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) with funds made available by the Cooperative Agreement Number TP921913, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Department of Health and Human Services.

This project is/was supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP20150 "Public Health Training Center". This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.