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Researchers at Colorado State University’s Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis played a key role in a landmark national study issued this summer on the lingering effects of Superstorm Sandy, which struck the northeast coast of the U.S. in October 2012.
Lori Peek, co-director of the center and associate professor of sociology at CSU, was a co-investigator on the Sandy Child and Family Health Study. The study found that Superstorm Sandy continues to affect the lives of tens of thousands of New Jersey residents, in the form of unfinished housing repairs, disputed claims and recurrent mold. Other after-effects for residents include mental health distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression.
Peek was one of five principal investigators from universities around the country who led an interview team that surveyed 1,000 New Jersey residents to learn more about the lingering impacts of the storm. Three of her graduate students, Jennifer Tobin-Gurley, Meghan Mordy and Alyssa Stephens, contributed to the effort.
Peek is an expert on children and long-term recovery from disasters. She is co-author of the new book Children of Katrina and has conducted fieldwork along the Gulf Coast for a decade, in addition to studying many other disaster-affected communities.