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Early-Career Research Fellow - Betty Lai

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Boston College


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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – Gulf Research Program (NASEM - GRP)

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NASEM Gulf Research Program Fellowships


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Education and Outreach

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Human and/or Institutional Capacity

Project Description

Dr. Lai is an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Developmental, and Educational Psychology at Boston College. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami and completed her clinical internship at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Lai’s research focuses on how children and families respond to disasters and other traumatic stressors. Her work also examines how advanced statistical modeling strategies may be applied to better understand how to minimize the effects of disasters on children’s functioning. She is the Principal Investigator on a project examining school recovery after disasters and a project to better understand how and why children differ in their distress responses following acute traumatic events. Dr. Lai was named a National Scholar for the Academy on Violence and Abuse and a Next Generation of Hazard and Disasters Researchers Fellow. Dr. Lai’s work has been recognized with Early Career Awards from the American Psychological Association.


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