Psychological impact of natural disaster

A new study is underway to explore the psychological impact of floods, wildfires and other natural disasters that result from climate change. Leading this study are UBC Okanagan researchers Dr. Carolyn Szostak, Associate Professor in Psychology, and Dr. Nelly Oelke, Associate Professor in the School Nursing and IHLCDP Associate. The researchers are interested in talking with people living in the Okanagan-Similkameen area — an area hit hard by wildfires and floods last year to learn more about the long-term impacts. Working with the research team are Brandy Lynch and Ali Caldwell, UBCO undergraduate students in psychology who are completing their honours thesis on the topic. Residents and service/support providers whose work-related responsibilities were impacted by the wildfires and/or floods in the region are invited to contact the study team for more information by email: or or by telephone 250-807-8736.