As part of his sabbatical leave, Krys Kaniasty was a visiting research fellow in the School of Psychology, Massey University–Wellington Campus in New Zealand.
During his time there, he was involved in a large project reviewing empirical literature concerning social-psychological aftermath of disasters in the Oceania region, and he presented seminars and consulted on student and faculty trauma-related research projects.
Additionally, the New Zealand Psychological Society sponsored a workshop that Kaniasty gave in Christchurch and Auckland. His presentation, "Individuals and communities sharing trauma: Social support as a keystone of coping and communal resilience," offered theoretical and empirical foundations for operationalizing the capacity of a collective to triumph over shared adversities. Workshop audiences consisted in large part of professional help providers who themselves were survivors of disasters, particularly in Christchurch, a city that is still coping with visible devastation and recovering from the 2010–11 earthquakes.
A description of the workshop is available online.
Department of Psychology