Our Mission


The mission of the Risk and Resiilence Research Lab at Palo Alto University is to reach those who have experienced trauma with evidence-based strategies to improve resilience, mental health  and well-being in the face of life stressors and traumatic events.
We do this by:


  • Addressing  the mental health needs of underserved populations--refugees, homeless, older adults, nursing home residents, ethnic minorities--with evidence-based interventions and treatments.


  • Developing and implementing programs for people who have experienced disaster, terrorism, suicide, relocation, violence, and other traumatic events.

  • Investigating the determinants of resilience and risk in response to life stressors and traumatic events.


  • Using social marketing and community participatory research strategies to facilitate engagement in healthcare and social services.


  • Refining and evaluating public health initiatives and interventions to enhance disaster planning, response, and recovery.

Recent Risk and Resilience Research Lab studies have examined behavioral health and disasters, late-life suicide, homelessness, mental health assessment and intervention, palliative care, and end-of-life issues.

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Recent Events


RRRL Director Dr. Lisa Brown recently returned from the International Federation on Ageing (IFA) 13th Global Conference on Ageing, which took place in Brisbane, Australia, June 21-23. The conference brought together decision makers, practitioners, researchers, service providers, and community members to share experiences supporting ageing populations worldwide.


The central theme of the Conference was natural and human-induced disasters and health emergencies in an ageing world, in addition to other age-related issues. The program explored approaches to risk reduction, readiness, resilience, response and recovery with the goal of understanding how to establish and design more age-friendly, disaster-prepared communities.  Learn more about this important work on the IFA website.

Palo Alto University. Engaging Minds, Improving Lives.

Risk and Resilience Research Lab

Palo Alto University

1761 Arastradero Road

Palo Alto, CA 94034

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