The Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) seeks to address the diversity of disaster mental health demands in the region, state, nation, and the global community so that all those impacted by disaster and trauma have access to the mental health support they need. To accomplish this goal, IDMH provides leadership to advance the field of disaster mental health and trauma response through training, research, consultation, and service.  IDMH works to establish and disseminate best practices in order to ensure that all disaster mental health services are evidence-supported and culturally sensitive.




16th Annual IDMH Conference
Supporting Children after Disaster and Trauma: Protecting New York’s Future
Registration is now open for our 2019 conference! Please click here to access registration.


Disaster Studies Speaker Series

Tuesday, March 26th — Old Main 1907 Room
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | SUNY New Paltz

Dr. James Halpern, IDMH Founding Director
Dr. Halpern is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Counseling at SUNY New Paltz and Founding Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health. Dr. Halpern will be discussing his newly co-edited book, Disaster Mental Health Case Studies: Lessons Learned from Counseling in Chaos (Halpern, Nitza, & Vermeulen, 2019), as well as his experiences working in several high-profile disaster settings.

Dr. Cornelia Walther, UNICEF

Dr. Cornelia Walther is the Chief of Communications at UNICEF Haiti. Dr. Walther’s expertise is in the field of humanitarian aid, having worked in countries including Mali, Chad, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Haiti. Dr. Walther will be discussing her experiences within these countries, as well as careers in the humanitarian response field.


Tuesday, April 16th — Old Main 1907 Room
5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. | SUNY New Paltz

Ashley Saulcy, All Hands and Hearts
Ashley Saulcy is the Partnership Manager for All Hands and Hearts in Texas. Ashley started as a volunteer for All Hands and Hearts in January 2018 following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in the summer of 2017, later becoming site supervisor during the recovery. Ashley then transitioned to project management, becoming the program’s project manager, and later, the program director. Ashley will be discussing her field experience and unique perspectives working with All Hands and Hearts in disaster recovery.