Measuring Mental Aftershocks

November 2011

The massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake that struck Chile in February 2010 left thousands homeless, caused billions of dollars in damages and triggered a deadly tsunami. The psychological impact of such traumatic events over time is the focus of an ongoing research collaboration between UC Irvine psychologists and Chilean academic and government officials.

Dana Garfin, a doctoral student in Psychology and Social Behavior, is studying the mental health effects of the disaster on people in the hard-hit city of Concepcion and surrounding areas.

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