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Disaster Mental Health Survey

Disaster mental health remains an area of much clinical interest to mental health professionals but also one where an adequate scientific evidence base to guide interventions is greatly lacking due to pragmatic and ethical obstacles.

Much of disaster mental health practice, especially in the acute stage days to weeks later, is therefore evidence-informed and guided by accumulated experience and expertise. This is certainly the case in the area of disaster mental health needs of the elderly, and the IPA now seeks to help fill this void by gauging the professional disaster experience and aspirations of its colleagues.

IPA leaders invite you to submit 1-2 paragraph responses to one or both of the following two questions about geriatric mental health needs and practice in the acute (days to weeks) and /or long term (months to years) aftermath of disasters, whether man-made or natural:

  1. Please describe your experience responding to the mental health needs of the elderly after a disaster, whether in your own community or another?
  2. Please describe what you wish you could do, and why, to respond to the mental health needs of the elderly in the aftermath of disaster?

Please submit your experiences/ responses via this web portal.

Submissions will all serve to initiate a dialogue on the topic of disaster mental health. In addition, they will be reviewed and given the following considerations:

  1. Several may be invited to expand on their submission and present their experience at a future IPA conference.
  2. Submissions may also be considered for publication, in expanded form, in a compendium of essays on the topic of post-disaster geriatric mental health.

If you have questions or complications with submitting via the web portal, please contact the IPA Secretariat at


Dr. Craig Katz is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Medical Education, and System Design and Global Health at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He founded and directs Mount Sinai's Program in Global Mental Health, an interest that grew out of his experience in organizing and providing psychiatric services to disaster affected communities since 1998 through an organization Dr. Katz co-founded and led, Disaster Psychiatry Outreach. Those efforts included organizing the psychiatric response to 9/11 in New York City - starting, and for many years directing, the World Trade Center Mental Health Screening and Treatment Program for 9/11 responders. He also serves as Faculty Director for Advocacy of Mount Sinai’s Human Rights Program. Dr. Katz has written and co-edited a number of books and papers in the fields of disaster psychiatry and global psychiatry, including A Guide to Global Mental Health Practice: Seeing the Unseen (Routledge). 

Amy Aloysi MD MPH is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As an integral part of the Mount Sinai Program in Global Mental Health since 2011, Dr. Aloysi has collaborated on educational and clinical projects in Liberia, Belize, Costa Rica, and India. Dr. Aloysi is board-certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, as well as Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. She serves as a faculty member of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and Psychiatric Neuromodulation Program, as well as ECT Service Director. Dr. Aloysi has authored multiple publications on issues relevant to geriatric mental health.


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