Stress in Humanitarian Aid Workers: CDC and Antares Foundation Collaboration

Principal Fuller Investigator: Cynthia Eriksson, PhD
Student Investigator: Melissa Beth Huston

Project Description

Research projects identify how stress affects national and expatriate aid humanitarian aid workers. National staff in Jordan, Sri Lanka, and Uganda participated in cross-sectional survey research, and expatriate aid workers completed longitudinal surveys to examine which factors contribute to stress during pre-deployment, post-deployment, and 3 to 6 months following return from deployment. Project was funded by the CDC, Atlanta. Secondary analyses on data sets continue.


Ager, A., Pasha, E., Yu, G., Duke, T., Eriksson, C., & Lopes Cardozo, B. (2012). Stress, mental health and burnout in national humanitarian aid workers in Gulu, northern Uganda. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 713-720.

Eriksson, C. B., Holland, J. M., Currier, J. M., Snider, L. M., Ager, A. K., Kaiser, R. R., & Simon, W. S. (2015). Trajectories of spiritual change among expatriate humanitarian aid workers: A prospective longitudinal study. Psychology Of Religion And Spirituality, 7(1), 13-23. doi:10.1037/a0037703

Eriksson, C. B., Lopes Cardozo, B., Foy, D., Sabin, M., Ager, A., Snider, L., Scholte, W.F., Kaiser, R., Olff, M., Rijnen, B., Gotway Crawford, C., Zhu, J. & Simon, W. (2012). Pre-deployment mental health and trauma exposure of expatriate humanitarian aid workers: Risk and resilience factors. Traumatology, Published online before print April 16, 2012, doi: 10.1177/1534765612441978.

Lopes Cardozo, B., Gotway Crawford, C., Eriksson, C., Zhu, J., Sabin, M., Ager, A., … Simon, W. (2012). Psychological distress, depression, anxiety, and burnout among international humanitarian aid workers: A longitudinal study. PLoS ONE 7(9): e44948. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0044948

Lopes Cardozo, B., Sivilli, T. I., Crawford, C., Scholte, W. F., Petit, P., Ghitis, F., Ager, A., & Eriksson, C. (2013). Factors Affecting Mental Health of Local Staff Working in the Vanni Region, Sri Lanka. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0030969

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