Dr. Sattler has worked in Thailand helping lessen the psychological impact of the 2006 tsunami and inform citizens about preparedness activities. Dr. Sattler’s Mission Award allowed him to produce an educational video in English and Thai about tsunami threats. Designed for use in schools and community organizations, the 25-minute video details the new tsunami warning system and explains the warning signs of a tsunami and how to evacuate if a tsunami descends upon land. By providing information about the warning signs of tsunamis and the support that Thailand received from the international community, this video was designed to reduce fear and increase feelings of support in Thai children. Upon the video’s completion in September 2008, Dr. Sattler conducted a study in Thailand looking at the efficacy of the video when viewed by community members along the Indian Ocean, which found that this video did increase feelings of pride and information about tsunami threats. Dr. Sattler is currently completing an article about his findings for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. Visit the International Tsunami Museum for more information.
Dr. Cohon has worked in Cambodia with people suffering psychological trauma as a result of the wars in the region. This project involves the development of culturally appropriate therapeutic interventions based on Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy to address the psychosocial needs of Cambodians. Dr. Cohon’s work found that rural Cambodians were deeply focused on practical issues surrounding survival—food, water and healthcare access—and did not uncover deep focus on the lasting trauma from the Khmer Rouge and Cambodian history.