College of Arts & Sciences Disaster Mental Health Institute


The mission of the Disaster Mental Health Institute (DMHI) is the promotion, development, and application of both practice and research in disaster mental health. The Institute was founded in 1993.

We Offer:

  • An undergraduate minor in Disaster Response for students in majors other than psychology.
  • A specialization in Disaster Response for psychology majors.  These programs are intended to help students learn how to serve their communities in times of disaster. The undergraduate programs include practicum experiences with the American Red Cross.
  • A Doctoral Specialty Track in Clinical/Disaster Psychology through USD's doctoral Clinical Psychology Program, available to students enrolled in the Clinical Program.
  • A Graduate Certificate in Disaster Mental Health is available completely through online courses.
  • A Graduate Certificate in Disaster Psychology - Asia.

Disaster Psychology Training

Email for training tailored to your needs. We have conducted Community-Based Psychological Support Training for trainers in India, Indonesia, the Maldives, and Sri Lanka, and regional training in Thailand.

DMHI Faculty are engaged both nationally and internationally in disaster preparedness and response, crisis intervention, refugee mental health, service to Native American communities and research.

ContactUs  Disaster Mental Health Institute Director
Gerard A. (Jerry) Jacobs, Ph.D.
(605) 677-6579