Expertise: Disaster Relief Therapy
Extensive study and practice of delivering disaster relief therapy to victims of tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, and disease. Has formed a volunteer team, Disaster Shakti, to conduct psychoeducation programs, counsel for disaster trauma, provide culture-centered response skills to specific community disaster, and teach resilience self-care.
Dr. Roysircar-Sodowsky received her doctorate in educational and counseling psychology from Texas Tech University in 1988 and a master's degree in comparative literature from the University of Jadavpur, Calcutta, India. She has worked to support recovery efforts in Southern India after the tsunami, in the gulf coast of the United States in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, in South Africa HIV/AIDS orphanages, and in the flooded city of Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico. Disaster Shakti's Gulf Coast work earned Antioch University New England in 2007 the United States President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for Hurricane Relief Services. Dr. Roysircar-Sodowsky was awarded in 2008 a one-year grant of $50,000 to develop and conduct a series of self-care and resilience workshops for Hurricane Katrina first responders and caregivers in Mississippi. This grant was awarded by the Foundation of the Mid South in partnership with the American Red Cross.