Lawrence A. Palinkas

Expert in mental health aspects of extreme environments and situations

Professor of Social Work, Anthropology and Preventive Medicine


  • living and working in extreme environments
  • psychological effects of disasters
  • astronauts in space
  • mental health of immigrants and refugees
  • use of health services by immigrants
  • obesity as a global health problem
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • depression and diabetes
  • polar expeditions
  • winter blues
  • hurricanes
  • terrorism
  • earthquakes
  • oil spills
  • school shootings

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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