Dilwar Hussain, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, India
Dr Dilwar Hussain is an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Assam, India. His research focus on the psychology of stress, trauma, health, and well-being, and positive psychology.
Dr Hussain has published in many renowned national and international journals and has contributed to influential book chapters. Moreover, Dr Hussain has been serving as an editorial board member for prominent journals such as Journal of Loss and Trauma (Taylor and Francis), BMC Psychology (Springer Nature), and Journal of Social and Political Psychology.
Amy Nitza, PhD, Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz, United States
Amy Nitza, PhD, is the Executive Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at SUNY New Paltz, where she also directs the Advanced Certificate in Trauma and Disaster Mental Health. She specializes in providing mental health training nationally and internationally, with an emphasis on disaster mental health and trauma recovery. As a Fulbright Scholar, she trained counselors and studied the use of group counseling interventions in HIV/AIDS prevention in Botswana. She collaborated with the University of Notre Dame in Haiti to develop trauma-related interventions for children in domestic servitude. She also recently collaborated with UNICEF USA on a program of mental health support for children and teachers impacted by the recent disasters in Puerto Rico. Amy has also provided direct service to survivors of numerous disasters including Hurricanes Sally, Dorian, Harvey, and Maria, the Creek Fire in California, the grocery store shooting in Colorado. She is an editor of the recent book Disaster Mental Health Case Studies: Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos. She holds a PhD in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University.
Tara Powell, PhD, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, United States
Dr Powell is an Associate Professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s School of Social Work. Dr Powell has worked in the field of disaster response and recovery for 20 years with communities across the globe. She has conducted research on the efficacy and implementation of behavioral health interventions for children, families, and communities impacted by conflict (e.g., Syrian Crisis) and climate-induced disasters (e.g., hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes).
Karla Vermeulen, PhD, State University of New York at New Paltz, United States
Karla Vermeulen, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she also serves as the Deputy Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health. In addition to training disaster responders and trauma workers from diverse backgrounds, she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on disaster mental health, grief counseling, and lifespan developmental psychology. Her research on the impact of multiple stressors on emerging adults is the subject of her third book, Generation Disaster: Coming of Age Post-9/11, published in 2021 as part of the Oxford University Press Emerging Adulthood series.