The Impact of Disasters on Youth: Risk, Resilience, and Interventions
Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D.
University of Miami
In this overview, Dr. Annette LaGreca discusses the impact of natural disasters on youth, risk and resilience factors related to post-traumatic stress outcomes, and clinical implications for the assessment and treatment of exposed youth.
Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D., ABPP is a Cooper Fellow and Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics at the University of Miami. She directs the Clinical Training Program and Co-Directs an NICHD training grant on “Health Behavior Research in Minority Pediatric Populations.” Her research focuses on youths’ peer relations and their role in mental and physical health and on the effects of disasters on children. She has published over 250 articles and written or edited 12 books. Her work has been supported by NIMH and the Bellsouth and United Way Foundations. La Greca is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and International Society of Affective disorders. She has received multiple awards, including a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association for her Outstanding Contribution to Clinical-Child Psychology. After Hurricane Andrew (1992), and continuing with Hurricane Charley (2004) and Ike (2208), La Greca conducted multiple prospective studies of children’s risk and resilience. She edited a book on Helping Children Cope with Disasters and Terrorism and developed evidence-based intervention manuals, including After the Storm. This manual has been disseminated nationally and internationally, including a Japanese translation.