Alexis Merdjanoff’s recent work examines the mental health patterns of individuals highly affected by Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to establish trajectories of mental health recovery. Her research tells a comprehensive story of the disaster recovery process and how it is deeply connected to displacement, mobility, and social support. By establishing sociodemographic, household, and social explanatory frameworks, she identifies various stressors and support mechanisms used by disaster victims during their recovery. Her work reveals important contextual factors that can help propel affected residents on different paths of post-disaster mental health recovery, which can contribute to increased resilience, more efficient recovery, and help shape better post-disaster health interventions.
Alexis Merdjanoff is a Research Assistant Professor at New York University’s College of Global Public Health and an Associate Research Scientist in the Program on Population Impact, Recovery, and Resiliency (PiR2). As a scholar working at the intersection of public health and sociology, Dr. Merdjanoff’s research explores how social inequities shape the impact of disaster on health, recovery, and resiliency, particularly for vulnerable populations.