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The Psychology of Disaster

  • By AMS Staff
  • Sep 16, 2022

There are common patterns and challenges that play out again and again for those hit by disaster. In this webinar, Jolie Wills discusses the link between stress and performance, the factors that influence the making of life-alternating decisions under pressure, and how the nature of the long haul of recovery can get in the way of building to be more resilient to future threats.

 Jolie is a leading psychosocial expert in disaster and disruption. Jolie has studied how the mind works under prolonged pressure, how we make decisions and how our reactions and behaviors are impacted by stress. Jolie is a survivor of the Christchurch earthquake and has lived disaster recovery with her family first-hand. She led the psychosocial recovery program for New Zealand Red Cross in response to the earthquakes and has supported those working in disasters around the world. Jolie is a Winston Churchill fellowship recipient, a Leadership New Zealand alumna, an Edmund Hillary Fellow, a co-author of Leading in Disaster Recovery: A Companion through the Chaos and is an advising member to the global Counter Terrorism Prevention Network.

Moderator Dr. Susan Jasko is currently a Senior Research Social Scientist at the Center for Advanced Public Safety (CAPS) at Alabama University. She leads social science efforts in research about the intersection of weather and society, warning communication, and inter-organizational and cross expert communication. She currently leads the human focused and social science aspects for several grants for CAPS. In addition, she works with NOAA/NWS and the broader weather enterprise in addressing both organizational and external communication challenges through serving on assessment teams, in formal and informal meetings, and by serving in a range of capacities in the American Meteorological Society (currently as the Planning Commissioner) and the National Weather Association, and by making presentations at a range of weather-related conferences.


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