Tara Powell received her B.A. from University of Iowa, MSW and MPH from Tulane University in New Orleans and her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin.
Dr. Powell’s research and practice experience is in post-disaster behavioral-health working as both a school social worker and researcher in disaster affected communities throughout the U.S. and abroad. Dr. Powell has also led multiple research projects focused on post-trauma recovery and evidence-based interventions, obtained organizational funding for her research, and has co-authored numerous articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters. She also specializes in curriculum development and co-created a school-based psycho-educational program to help children develop positive coping strategies in response to trauma and stress after a disaster. The program, Journey of Hope, is now being implemented throughout the United States in response to hurricanes Harvey and Maria and internationally.
Her current research focuses on trauma recovery and resilience in individuals affected by disasters and complex emergencies. She is studying on the impact of a mental health awareness intervention in Jordan with Syrian Refugees. She also is leading a study examining the longitudinal benefits of a tiered system of mental health services for healthcare providers affected by hurricanes Harvey and Maria.
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