New MU center to study disasters

A University of Missouri disaster communication expert is using a $2.4 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to explore ways to help disaster victims. J. Brian Houston, co-director of the Terrorism and Disaster Center (TDC) and assistant professor in communication, said center staff will focus on mental and behavioral health preparedness. The center will examine the long-term emotional repercussions on victims of natural disasters and violent rampages, such as the Dec. 14 elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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