UA Sociology professor Brian Mayer and Lynn Grattan from the University of Maryland have received two grants for their research on individual and community resiliency following disasters
The first grant, from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA), provides $500,000 in supplemental funding to expand their joint efforts to collect individual, social network, and community-level data on the recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico region. The SAMHSA project expands the current sampling frame by focusing on individuals living in communities in Alabama and Florida impacted by the disaster and allowing for the creation of a cohort that will participate in individual, family, and social network-level surveys.
The second grant, “Modeling the Interplay of Individual and Community Resilience for Recovery from Hurricane Sandy,” provides $300,000 from the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS) to determine how social capital interacts with individual behavioral factors to predict recovery in 200 Maryland watermen after Hurricane Sandy. The project creates a second opportunity to link individual and community resilience attributes in a multi-level model predicting mental health outcomes. Results from the project will aid local community organizations and policymakers in addressing the needs and vulnerabilities of Maryland’s coastal communities.
Together, the two projects will allow Mayer and Grattan to assess the comparative effects of individual and social resilience on recovery, as well as compare and contrast the impacts of natural and technological disasters on individuals and their communities.