California Psychological Association

Disaster Response Network


Assessing and managing mental health after a disaster is a key focus of UC Irvine's Center for Disaster Medical Sciences. Increasing evidence suggests that one of the most enduring health effects following disasters, including terrorism events, are mental health consequences.

Under the direction of Merritt Schreiber, Ph.D., the Disaster Mental Health Program at CDMS is focused on exploring the continuum of risk and resilience and on developing programs at the population and individual level to enhance resilience and mitigate long-term risk.

Current CDMS projects and products of Disaster Mental Health include:

  • PsySTART
  • National Children's Disaster Mental Health Concept of Operations
  • Listen, Protect and Connect
  • Anticipate, Plan and Deter