Disaster Mental Health

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By the end of this module, you should be able to do the following:

Lesson 1: Background

  1. Describe specific mental health outcomes that may emerge in the aftermath of a disaster or emergency.
  2. Understand the conditions and risk factors that exist before, during, and after disaster that can influence mental health outcomes, with an emphasis on the United States.
  3. Identify potentially vulnerable populations that may be at greater risk for poor mental health outcomes in the aftermath of a disaster, with an emphasis on the United States.

Lesson 2: Methodological Approaches

  1. Explain the primary methodological approaches to studying disaster mental health.
  2. Understand the importance of the ethical conduct of research in disaster mental health.

Lesson 3: Knowledge to Action

  1. Recognize how studying disaster mental health improves hazards and disaster practice and policy.
  2. Understand how research on disaster mental health can positively improve population outcomes.

Lesson 4: Future Directions 

  1. Recognize future directions for disaster mental health research.
  2. Learn about additional resources that support disaster mental health research.


At the close of the module, you will have the opportunity to take a 10-question quiz. If you get 8 out of 10 questions correct, you will receive a certificate of completion for the CONVERGE Disaster Mental Health Training Module.