College of Arts & Sciences Disaster Mental Health Institute

Faculty

DMHI Faculty

 

RandyQuevillon_115   Randal P. Quevillon, Ph.D., is a specialist in rural community interventions and the stress of agricultural life. He is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources (the national disaster team) and the American Red Cross Critical Response Team (formerly the Aviation Incident Response [AIR] Team).
Randy.Quevillon@usd.edu

Involvement:
  • Community consultant for the Red Cross in the New Orleans area after Hurricane Katrina.
  • Sent as a Disaster Mental Health Services volunteer to the World Trade Center disaster response three days after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, where he served in a trouble-shooting capacity as a Red Cross volunteer.
  • Supervised mental health services for the survivors and the families of the victims of the crash of Flight 232.
  • Served recovery workers in the aftermath of Flight 427.
  • Served both families and recovery workers following the crash of Flight 800.
  • Was an Assistant Officer in the response to the crash of flight 801.
  • Worked on the national hotline to assist children affected by the bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.
  • Was part of the team that responded to the devastation of Spencer, SD by a tornado.

 

Jerry Jacobs   Gerard A. (Jerry) Jacobs, Ph.D., is the Director of the DMHI. He is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources (the national disaster team) and the American Red Cross Critical Response Team (formerly the Aviation Incident Response or AIR Team), but is medically inactive.
Gerard.Jacobs@usd.edu

Involvement:
  • Served as American Red Cross National Consultant for Disaster Mental Health from 1992 to 2000.
  • Part of the disaster responses for (a partial list):
    • The terrible impact of an oil fire in a remote rural community
    • The massive loss of life and chaos of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center September 11, 2001 
    • The crashes of Flights 232, 427, 592, 800, 1420 and 587
    • The widespread devastation of Hurricanes Andrew, Luis, Floyd, Frances and Katrina
    • The 1999 Oklahoma tornados
    • The Gujarat India earthquake
  • Received the 2007 American Psychological Association (APA) International Humanitarian Award.
  • Received the 2006 Distinguished International Psychologist Award from APA's Division on International Psychology.
  • Was a member of APA's Advisory Committee for the national Disaster Response Network from its inception in 1991 until 2000.
  • Served as a member of APA's national task force to study the responses to the Oklahoma City bombing, and the APA national Task Force on Resilience in Response to Terrorism.
  • Has received two APA presidential citations for his work in disaster psychology.
  • Served as APA's consultant on the response to the December 26, 2004 tsunami and conducted training in the aftermath of the tsunami for both the APA and the American Red Cross.
  • Serves as a consultant to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).
  • Has served as an IFRC representative to four national Red Cross societies.
  • Served as a consultant to the World Health Organization (WHO) on psychosocial aspects of disaster from 1999-2002.
  • Is an author of WHO's Tool for the Rapid Assessment of Mental Health Needs of Refugees, Displaced and Other Populations Affected by Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations: A community-oriented assessment (Petevi, Revel, & Jacobs, 2001).
  • Served on the Institute of Medicine's Committee on Responding to the Psychological Consequences of Terrorism.

 

Elizabeth Boyd   Elizabeth Boyd, Ph.D., is a specialist in cross-cultural issues and interventions for families and children. Dr. Boyd is past-president of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Division 45, the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues.
Beth.Boyd@usd.edu

Involvement:
  • Served as a FEMA mental health worker in Southern Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
  • A member of the American Red Cross Disaster Services Human Resources (the national disaster team).
  • Was the leader of the DMHI team requested by the tribe following the Red Lake, MN school shooting.
  • Served as a Disaster Mental Health Services volunteer in the response to the World Trade Center terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
  • Worked on the national hotline to assist children affected by the bombing of the Murrah Federal Office Building in Oklahoma City.
  • Served as a consultant for South Dakota's Project Recovery in 1993-1994.
  • Was a member of an Indian Health Service team which responded to a crisis situation on the Seneca Indian reservations of western New York in 1995.
  • Was a member of a response team formed by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to serve a Dakota reservation in North Dakota in 1997.
  • Was the 1998 recipient of the Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Professional Clinical Psychology presented by the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association.
  • Was honored with the Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues) 1999 Distinguished Career Contributions to Service Award.