Faculty Directory

Betty Lai

Associate Professor


CDEP Counseling, Developmental & Educational Psychology

  • Collaborations with the International Consortium to Predict PTSD
  • Collaborating to examine data from the CDC's Violence Against Children Survey in Haiti

Select Publications

  • Lai, B.S., La Greca, A.M., Brincks, A., Colgan, C., D’Amico, M., Lowe, S., & Kelley, M.L. (2021). Trajectories of posttraumatic stress in youths after natural disasters. JAMA Open Network, 4(2): e2036682. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.36682 
  • Lai, B.S., La Greca, A.M., Colgan, C., Herge, W., Chan, S., Medzhitova, J., Short, M., & Auslander, B. (2020). Sleep Problems and Posttraumatic Stress: Children Exposed to a Natural Disaster. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 1 - 12. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsaa061 
  • Lai, B.S., Osborne, M., De Veauuse-Brown, N., Swedo, E., Self-Brown, S., & Massetti, G. (2020). Violence victimization and negative health correlates of youth in post-earthquake Haiti: Findings from the cross-sectional Violence Against Children Survey. Journal of Affective Disorders, 59 - 64. 
  • Lai, B.S., La Greca, A.M. (2020, August). Understanding the impacts of natural disasters on children. Child Evidence Brief for the Society for Research on Child Development. https://www.srcd.org/research/understanding-impacts-natural-disasters-children 
  • Lai, B.S. (2020, November 13). More school counselors needed to boost students’ future. The Boston Herald.

Select Grants

  • College Students and the COVID-19 Crisis: Evaluating Psychological Impacts and the Formation of Purpose and Meaning During a Disaster. Quick Response Grant, Natural Hazards Center. This program is supported by the National Science Foundation (Award #1635593). Role: Principal Investigator, Co-PI: Belle Liang, Ph.D.
  • COVID-19 and Mental Health Working Group. This COVID-19 Working Group effort is supported by the National Science Foundation-funded Social Science Extreme Events Research (SSEER) Network and the CONVERGE facility at the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Boulder (NSF Award #1841338). Role: Co-Leader with Drs. Daniel Cooper and Kate Guastaferro.
  • Early Career Research Fellowship, Gulf Research Program National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Role: Fellow and Grantee.
  • Child Trajectories of Posttraumatic Stress After Natural Disasters. National Institute of Mental Health. Role: Principal Investigator