Psychology’s Kaniasty Lectures in Mexico About Coping With Disasters

Posted on 11/6/2017 2:48:02 PM

In September 2017, Mexico experienced two major earthquakes, with the second event striking on the anniversary of the most deadly 1985 Mexico quake. Krys Kaniasty, an expert in psychological research on coping with collective trauma, was invited to lecture at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla (Ibero-American University Puebla).

During his four-day visit (October 23–26), Kaniasty’s workshop and presentations offered theoretical, empirical, and practical foundations for operationalizing the capacity of a collective to triumph over shared adversities. Kaniasty’s “take-home message” was that one way of preventing lasting negative psychological consequences of disasters should be through protecting and maintaining communal resilience, defined as the ability to deter insidious erosion of communal connections in the aftermath of collective upheavals.

Department of Psychology