Emanuela Taioli, MD, PhD, and Rebecca Schwartz, PhD, will lead the research project, in conjunction with Lisa Murphy, commissioner of the Nassau County Department of Human Services. Using various psychological health measures, as well as analyzing health system Emergency Department data, investigators hope to both quantify the psychological impact of the hurricane and develop a profile to identify vulnerable populations and address their needs.
Drs. Taioli, Schwartz, and their research team will conduct a two-year epidemiologic study that includes administering mental health measures to consenting participants more than 18 years old across New York City and Long Island. The team will also analyze changes in emergency department mental health admissions prior to, during and after the hurricane. The combined results will enable the team to develop an understanding of populations most vulnerable to mental health difficulties due to natural disasters.
The research team is looking to recruit participants to complete study questionnaires throughout Suffolk County, in particular. Study recruitment can take place at community centers, health centers, health fairs, community fairs or any other similar type of venue. All participants will be reimbursed $15 for completion of the questionnaires. If you or anyone you know is interested in participating or having an organization in their village participate in this important study, please contact:
Rebecca Schwartz, PhD
Department of Population Health
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine