Disaster mental health in higher education: A review


  • Jenny Mincin, PhD, MPhil, MPA
  • Rebecca Hansen, LMSW




disaster mental health, emergency management, social work, disaster behavioral health, higher education, curriculum, training


Disaster mental health (DMH), also referred to as disaster behavioral health, and crisis intervention more broadly, is a significant, yet relatively nonstandardized response system in the United States. Higher education can play a critical role in shifting understanding of DMH, its place within emergency management, and skills building among students. With the increased need for qualified DMH practitioners growing, the academy is uniquely positioned to train students as they become our future responders. Movement toward standardized curriculum and certification programs within schools of social work and emergency management can alleviate lack of knowledge and training as well as better prepare emergency managers and behavioral health professionals to respond to the emotional and mental wellbeing of those impacted by disasters (natural or human-caused).

Author Biographies

Jenny Mincin, PhD, MPhil, MPA

Human Services, SUNY Empire State College, Staten Island, New York

Rebecca Hansen, LMSW

Emergency Management, EAD & Associates, LLC, Brooklyn, New York


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How to Cite

Mincin, PhD, MPhil, MPA, J., and R. Hansen, LMSW. “Disaster Mental Health in Higher Education: A Review”. Journal of Emergency Management, vol. 17, no. 3, May 2019, pp. 217-24, doi:10.5055/jem.2019.0421.