Lawrence A. Palinkas

Expert in mental health aspects of extreme environments and situations

Albert G and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health

USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work


  • Mental health services research
  • Living and working in extreme environments
  • Psychological effects of disasters and traumatic events
  • Climate change, migration and health
  • Astronauts in space
  • Polar expeditions
  • Psychological effects of isolation and confinement
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder and winter blues
  • Mental health of children and adolescents
  • Global health
  • Hurricanes
  • Earthquakes
  • Terrorism

Additional Information

  • Member of the American Public Health Association, the American Anthropological Association (fellow), the Society for Medical Anthropology, the Society for Applied Anthropology (fellow), the American Psychological Association, the Society for Behavioral Medicine and the American Psychosomatic Society
  • Recipient of the Antarctic Service Medal (National Science Foundation/U.S. Navy)
  • Visiting professor, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China
  • U.S. representative and deputy chief officer, Life Sciences Standing Scientific Committee, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (2002-06)
  • Visiting professor of Arctic Medicine, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
  • Urban fellow, University of Southern California
  • Chair of External Advisory Council, National Space Biomedical Research Institute (2003-05)

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