Research Counts

The Research Counts series serves as a platform for hazards and disaster scholars to provide insights about research findings and the enduring lessons of disaster, as well as to raise new questions that are worthy of exploration. The pieces in the series are brief, drawn from a variety of disciplines, and intended for a broad audience.

If you are interested in contributing to this series, please contact Natural Hazards Center Director Lori Peek directly at

By Betty Pfefferbaum and Carol S. North

When it comes to mental health impacts after disaster, children can take their cues from a suffering parent—meaning services need to assess and address the entire family.

By Betty Lai, Ann-Margaret Esnard and Annette La Greca

Many children are amazingly resilient after experiencing disaster. But for those who aren't, early screening can help identify who will need resources the most.

By Sarah DeYoung

Small steps and a change of perspective about infant feeding in evacuation shelters could have big impacts on the well-being of mothers and children alike.

By Nicole Hutton and Michael Allen

Legislation that ensures eldercare facilities keep the power on during disasters—preventing needless deaths from heat or equipment failure—are necessary, but they need to be thoughtfully implemented.

By Richard Olson

Mexico's incoming administrations, who ran on the platform that they were "not them," will have a lot to prove when it comes to the politics of disaster mitigation and response.

By Yared Abayneh Abebe, Neiler Medina Peña and Zoran Vojinovic

In areas rich with cultural diversity, resilience isn't a one-size-fits-all prospect. A research team from PEARL shares lessons they learned about building back better after Hurricane Irma hit Sint Maarten.

By Sherri Brokopp Binder and Alex Greer

Are home buyout programs a mitigation effort or a recovery effort? The answer can vary—and that ambiguity topic can impact the programs' effectiveness.

By Sara Hamideh

Tourism-based coastal economies have different recovery needs following disaster. Learn more about what these communities need and resources available to restore them to their pre-disaster status.

By Liesel Ritchie, Carolyn Kousky, Kathleen Tierney and Simone Domingue

Quantifying the return on investment in disaster mitigation was a powerful tool for sparking action. Now a recent FEMA project outlines how the same might be done for broader preparedness efforts.

By Ian Burton

Disaster scholars often ruminate over why—when we have so much knowledge—we seem to make frustratingly little headway in stanching disaster impacts. In this Research Counts, longtime researcher Ian Burton puts forth a few thoughts as to why that's the case.