Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Coast
After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the states of Louisiana and Mississippi, Dr. Jones was deployed to the area for the SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) mental health consultant group. Reaching the area less than three weeks after the disaster, Dr. Jones traveled to both Louisiana and later to Gulfport, Mississippi where he served as a team leader. Since then Dr. Jones has traveled to the area on five occasions. His work in the area has included visits to schools, disaster recovery centers, and state offices.
Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group
Dr. Jones had also been appointed to the Hurricane Katrina Community Advisory Group administered by the Department of Health Care Policy at the Harvard Medical School. This group conducted a random national survey of 250,000 homes (funded by the National Institute on Mental Health) to ascertain the mental health consequences of the hurricanes. The researchers identified a cohort of approximately 2000 individuals directly affected and displaced by the hurricanes and followed them for 2 years to assess their level of coping with physical and mental health issues, as well as the logistical difficulties associated with relocating or returning to some sense of a normal routine.
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Galea S, Brewin CR, Gruber M, Jones RT, King DW, King LA, et al. (2007). Exposure to hurricane-related stressors and mental illness after Hurricane Katrina. Archives of General Psychiatry. 64(12), 1427-1434.
Jones, R. T., Immel, C., Moore, R. M., & Hadder, J. (2008). Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Experiences of psychologists and implications for future disaster response. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 39 (1): 100-106.
McLaughlin, K.A., Fairbank, J.A., Gruber, M.J., Jones, R.T.,Lakoma, M.D., Pfefferbaum, B.,Sampson, N.A., Kessler, R.C. (2009). Serious emotional disturbance among youth exposed to hurricane katrina two years post-disaster. The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 11 48 (11), 1069-1078.
McLaughlin, K.A., Fairbank, J.A., Gruber, M.J., Jones, R.T., Osofsky, J.D.,Pfefferbaum, B., Samson, N.A., Kessler, R.C. (2009). Trends in Serious Emotional Disturbance among Youths Exposed to Hurricane Katrina. The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 49, 10, 990-1000.
Jones, R.T., Dugan-Burns, K., Immel, C. S., Moore, R. M., Schwartz, K., Culpepper, B. (2009). Impact of Hurricane Katrina on children and adolescents: Conceptual and methodological implications for assessment and intervention. In K. E. Cherry (Eds.). Lifespan Perspective on Natural Disasters. Springer: New York. 65-94.