Natural Hazards Center
Courtney Welton-Mitchell is a research associate at the Natural Hazards Center and an assistant professor in the Public Health Preparedness and Disaster Response Certificate program at the Colorado School of Public Health at the Anschutz Medical Campus. As a researcher, academic, and practitioner, Welton-Mitchell has a strong record of developing research grants and humanitarian consultancies that result in evidence-based solutions to complex problems. Her experience is based in international disaster psychology, gender-based violence, forced migration/refugees, and food aid, especially in settings of natural hazards, civil conflict, and complex humanitarian crises.
Welton-Mitchell is co-founder and former director (2014-2018) of the Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group at the Korbel School of International Studies at University of Denver. She is a former Fulbright scholar at the Center for Women and Research (KANITA) at Universiti Sains Malaysia (2017-2018). She has taught graduate level courses on international disasters and global humanitarianism, refugee studies, gender-based violence, international disaster psychology, and research methods. Recent research projects include an ELRHA-funded mental health integrated disaster preparedness intervention for earthquake survivors and flood-prone communities in Nepal and Haiti and an intimate partner abuse intervention for Rohingya in Malaysia and Syrians in Lebanon funded by the U.S. State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Consultancy projects include a study of the International Rescue Committee mobile and remote gender-based violence programming in Myanmar, Burundi and Iraq, as well as a global staff welfare study for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees. Her current research interests include climate change, migration, food security and mental health; psychological factors influencing engagement in climate change-related messaging; socio-cultural psychological perspectives on community engagement in managing infectious diseases; and mental health integrated livelihoods initiatives for forced migrants.