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Call for papers - Mental health response to community disasters

Guest Editors

Dilwar Hussain, PhD, Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati, Guwahati, India
Amy Nitza, PhD, Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz, United States
Tara Powell, PhD, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, United States

Submission Status: Open   |   Submission Deadline: 10 August 2024

BMC Emergency Medicine is calling for submissions to our Collection, Mental health responses to community disasters. We encourage submissions that address psychological first aid, crisis intervention, trauma-informed care, resilience and coping mechanisms, and psychosocial support for vulnerable populations.

Meet the Guest Editors

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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). 

About the Collection

Community disasters, ranging from natural calamities to human-made crises, have a profound impact on the mental well-being of affected individuals and communities. This Collection, Mental health response to community disasters, aims to explore the critical role of mental health support and interventions in the aftermath of community disasters, shedding light on approaches, challenges, and strategies to promote resilience and recovery. We invite researchers, clinicians, and experts to submit their original research to BMC Emergency Medicine that include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Psychological first aid and crisis intervention
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and trauma-informed care
  • Resilience and coping mechanisms
  • Disaster-related grief and bereavement
  • Psychosocial support for vulnerable populations
  • Mental health preparedness and training for disaster responders
  • Community-based mental health interventions

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There are currently no articles in this collection.

Submission Guidelines

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This Collection welcomes submission of original Research Articles. Should you wish to submit a different article type, please read our submission guidelines to confirm that type is accepted by the journal. Articles for this Collection should be submitted via our submission system, Snapp. During the submission process you will be asked whether you are submitting to a Collection, please select Mental health response to community disasters from the dropdown menu.

Articles will undergo the journal’s standard peer-review process and are subject to all of the journal’s standard policies. Articles will be added to the Collection as they are published.

The Editors have no competing interests with the submissions which they handle through the peer review process. The peer review of any submissions for which the Editors have competing interests is handled by another Editorial Board Member who has no competing interests.