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Dana Rose Garfin

Assistant Professor-in-Residence

Departments

DepartmentsType of Faculty
Community Health SciencesFull Time
Contact Information
Phone: 
415.407.9498

36-071 CHS

Areas of Interest: 

Trauma, stress, disaster, mental health, collective trauma, early life adversity, and stress and coping across the lifespan; health disparities; psychological (including affective and cognitive) responses to climate change and related hazards; survey design and sampling techniques, mixed-methods research, and community-based interventions; mindfulness-based approaches.

Dr. Dana Rose Garfin, PhD is an Assistant Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. Her work explores 1) how negative life events and collective traumas (including natural disasters, climate-related hazards, epidemics/pandemics, and terrorist attacks) impact individuals and communities across the lifespan; 2) how community-based interventions can help alleviate the harmful effects of trauma exposure, particularly in populations with high health disparities; and 3) how psychological responses (including affective responses and threat perceptions) guide protective behaviors in the face of community disasters. Dr. Garfin uses a biopsychosocial, multi-methodological approach to examining these issues, which includes longitudinal, epidemiological surveys; qualitative focus groups; biological indicators of the stress response; and community-based clinical trials.

Dr. Garfin is dedicated to ensuring research findings are translated into public discourse and policy. She has received early career awards from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and the American Public Health Association.

Education: 
PhD, Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California, Irvine
MA, Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine
B.A., Sociology, University of Colorado, Boulder
This faculty member is available to serve as: 
Doctoral Advisor
Masters Advisor
PhD Committee Member
DrPH Committee Member
MS Thesis Committee Member
MS Report Committee Member

Please check with the faculty member or their office about availability to serve during current academic period.

Selected Publications: 

Garfin, D. R., Thompson, R. R., Holman E. A., Wong-Parodi, G., & Silver, R. C. (2022). A longitudinal study of Floridians responses to repeated hurricane exposure. JAMA Network Open, 5(6), e2217251. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.17251

Garfin, D. R., Thompson, R. R., & Wong-Parodi, G. (2022). Media exposure, threat processing, and mitigation behaviors in Gulf Coast residents facing the compounding threats of COVID-19 and hurricanes. Risk Analysis.

Garfin, D. R., Holman E. A., Fischhoff, B., & Silver, R. C. (2022). Media exposure, risk perceptions, and fear: Americans’ behavioral responses to the Ebola public health crisis. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 77, 103059. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2022.103059

Wong-Parodi, G., & Garfin, D. R. (2022). Hurricane adaptation behaviors in Texas and Florida: Exploring the role of negative personal experience and subjective attribution to climate change. Environmental Research Letters, 17, 034033. https://doi.org/10.1088/1748-9326/ac4858

Garfin, D. R., Fischhoff, B., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (2021). Risk perceptions and health behaviors during the emergence of COVID-19 in the United States: Results from a probability-based nationally representative sample. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 27(4), 584–598. http://doi.org/10.1037/xap0000374

Garfin, D. R., Osorio, J., Amador, A., Ruivivar, K, & Nyamathi, A. M. (2022). A multi-method exploration of mindfulness as a coping tool: perspectives from trauma-exposed, unhoused women residing at a drug treatment facility. Stress and Health. doi: 10.1002/smi.3188

Silver, R. C., Holman, E. A., & Garfin, D. R. (2021). Coping with cascading collective traumas in the United States. Nature Human Behaviour, 5, 4-6. http://doi:10.1038/s41562-020-00981-x

Garfin, D. R., Silver, R. C., & Holman, E. A. (2020). The novel Coronavirus (COVID-2019) outbreak: Amplification of public health consequences by media exposure. Health Psychology, 39(5), 355- 357. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/hea0000875

Garfin, D. R., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (2020). Exposure to prior negative life events and responses to the Boston Marathon bombings. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12, 320-329. http://doi: 10.1037/tra0000486

Holman, E. A., Thompson, R. R., Garfin, D. R., & Silver, R. C. (2020). The unfolding COVID-19 pandemic: A probability-based, nationally representative study of mental health in the United States. Science Advances, 6, eabd5390. http:// doi.org/10.1126/sciadv.abd5390

Garfin, D. R., Thompson, R., & Holman, E. A. (2018). Acute stress and subsequent health outcomes: A systematic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 112, 107-113. http://doi:10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.05.017

Garfin, D. R., Holman, E. A., & Silver, R. C. (2015). Cumulative exposure to prior collective trauma and acute stress responses to the Boston Marathon bombings. Psychological Science, 26, 675-683. http://doi: 10.1177/0956797614561043

Garfin, D. R., Silver, R. C., Ugalde, F. J., Linn, H., & Inostroza, M. (2014). Exposure to rapid succession disasters: A study of residents at the epicenter of the Chilean Bio-Bio earthquake. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 545-556. http://doi.org/10.1037/a0037374

Garfin, D. R., Silver, R. C., Gil-Rivas, V., Guzmán, J., Murphy, J. M., Cova, F., Rincon, P. P., Squicciarini, A. M., George, M., & Guzmán, M. P. (2014). Children’s reactions to the 2010 Chilean earthquake: The role of trauma exposure, family context, and school-based mental health programming. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6, 563-573. http://doi:10.1037/a0036584

Holman, E. A., Garfin, D. R., & Silver, R. C. (2014). Media’s role in broadcasting acute stress following the Boston Marathon bombings. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA, 111, 93-98. http:// doi/10.1073/pnas.1316265110