Disaster Exposure and Mental and Physical Health

SSS health researcher John McGrath was the coauthor of the poster Cumulative Disaster Exposure Impacts Mental and Physical Health Symptoms in a Large Sample of Gulf Coast Residents presented at the Society for Epidemiologic Research 2018 Annual Meeting. The poster described an examination of the connection between disaster exposure and adverse mental and physical health outcomes—specifically whether effects of multiple exposures are cumulative. Data from a sample of participants from the Gulf Long-term Follow-up Study potentially exposed to Hurricane Katrina and/or the Deepwater Horizon oil spill suggested that effects of disaster exposures are cumulative, with long-term health consequences. The poster coauthors included researchers from Columbia University, Montclair State University, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Boston University.

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