82:252 Psychological Foundations of Disaster Management

This course will examine research findings regarding the psychological factors associated with the four phases (preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation) of disaster management.  Each year the course will cover a range of topics that will typically include a subset of the following content areas:  how best to communicate with individuals prior to, during, and following a disaster, emotional and stress responses to disaster, memory for highly traumatic events, altruism and helping in disaster situations, the role of leadership in dealing with disasters, and learning and disasters (e.g., development of phobias, avoidance conditioning and stimulus discrimination training.  Additional topics that may be offered including developmental differences in dealing with disaster, cultural differences and their impact on disaster management, and the psychology of conflict and peace-making.