Disaster Resource Network

The Disaster Resource Network (DRN) committee is comprised of psychologists with an interest in being trained to respond to the mental health needs of community members post-disaster. Disasters may include home fires, natural disasters (e.g., wildfires, hurricanes, or tornadoes), mass violence events (e.g., mass shootings), large-scale accidents (e.g., multi-car or airplane accidents), and more. Psychologists who wish to respond and offer expertise post-disaster may actually end up being liabilities without appropriate training and without affiliation with a responding organization.

Heidi Ardern, Ph.D., is the chair of DRN, and you can contact her at [email protected].


For more information regarding disaster mental health:

APA Practice Directorate - Disaster Mental Health Information/Overview

Disaster Mental Health Links/Resources from theDepartment of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control - Coping with Disaster or a Traumatic Event

Resilience in the Age of Devastating Storms - from APA Monitor Nov/Dec 2020



Continuing Education and Other Training Opportunities in Disaster Mental Health:

Desire to Help in Trying Times: Ethically Responding to Disasters

National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) - Disaster- Related Trainings




Locally, one of the primary ways mental health practitioners become involved as disaster mental health responders is through the American Red Cross. Find out more about becoming a volunteer here: