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Disaster Response

Develop the skills you need to respond to emergency situations effectively.

Why Study Disaster Response?

As a disaster response student at USD, you will develop an understanding of disaster preparedness and immediate disaster response. You will be trained to facilitate increased awareness of disaster plans, promote improved disaster management planning and, in the event of a disaster, provide additional response support in advance or in conjunction with disaster professionals.

Through this program, you'll gain knowledge of key areas of fundamental disaster response, including Red Cross first aid training, psychological first aid training, an understanding of causes and consequences of traumatic experiences. Whether you pursue a career in disaster management, mental health or another profession, you will bring a unique skill set that makes you a valued and resourceful member of any team.


Degrees & Offerings

Psychology: Disaster Response (B.A., B.S.)

Major with Specialization
  Vermillion Main Campus

Develop a specialized set of skills and experiences to complement your psychology major by specializing in disaster response. This program provides you with a background in fundamental disaster response, preparing you to assist with disaster management and offer invaluable support in the event of a disaster.

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Disaster Response

Minor
  Vermillion Main Campus

A minor in disaster response provides you with a background in fundamental disaster response, preparing you to assist with disaster management and offer invaluable support in the event of a disaster. (This minor is not available to psychology majors; please see the disaster response specialization).

Disaster Response

Certificate
  Vermillion Main Campus

A certificate in disaster response provides you with a background in fundamental disaster response, preparing you to assist with disaster management and offer invaluable support in the event of a disaster.

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Expand your understanding of the human mind and behavior as you develop strengths in research, critical thinking, advocacy and service.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know your professors in the Department of Psychology. Our faculty serve as experts in their fields and maintain active research involving laboratory-based research, survey studies and/or community-based field research.
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Douglas Peterson

Chair, Psychology
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Beth Boyd

Director, Clinical Psych Prog
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Jan Berkhout

Professor
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Jean Caraway

Professor
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BreAnne Danzi

Assistant Professor
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Michael Granaas

Director, Human Factors
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Logan Hale

Adjunct Instructor
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Timothy Ricker

Assistant Professor
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Raluca Simons

Professor/Dir DMHI
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Gemma Skillman

Senior Lecturer
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JongSung Yoon

Assistant Professor

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