Earthquake/disaster-related research

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As a result of a large number of earthquakes in Christchurch and the Canterbury area since September 2010, and Japan's March 2011 massive earthquake, staff and students from the Psychology Department have undertaken numerous earthquake/disaster related studies such as: 

  • The psychological effects of experiencing earthquakes such as cognitive impairment, stress, sleeplessness and many other behavioural effects
  • Implications of disasters for human performances
  • Promoting recovery and building resilience for individuals and communities
In Press

Nilakant, V., Walker B., Kuntz, J., de Vries, H., Malinen, S., Näswall K., & van Heugten, S. (in press). Dynamics of Organizational Response to a Disaster: A Study of Organizations Impacted by Earthquakes. In C. Michael Hall, Sanna Malinen, Russell Wordsworth and Rob Vosslamber (Eds), Business and Disaster Management: Business, organisational and consumer resilience and the Christchurch Earthquakes. Routledge.


Kuntz, J.C. (2015). The protracted effect: Exploring the relationship between organisational disaster responsiveness and employee burnout. Natural Hazards Review.

Conference Papers:
Malinen, S., Nӓswall, K., and Kuntz, J.C. September (2015). Paper: Organisations’ role in post-disaster recovery – FIOH2015 - Finland.

Malinen, S., Nӓswall, K., and Kuntz, J.C. 19-21 August (2015). Paper: Enhancing organizational resilience through focusing on employee wellbeing – International Interdisciplinary Conference on Research on Work, WORK2015 - New Meanings of Work, Turku, Finland.

Kuntz, J.C., Näswall, K., Malinen, S., August 7-11 (2015). Employee Resilience: Development of a Measure. King, D. and Van Dyne, L. Symposium: “Worker Collective Resilience: Advancing Theories, Methods, and Applications of Resilience Research", Academy of Management Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Kuntz, J.C., May 20-23 (2015). Employee Resilience Defined. Näswall, K., Kuntz, J. & Malinen, S. (2015) Symposium: Resilience in the workplace: Leading through change and challenges – EAWOP, Oslo, Norway.

Näswall, K., Malinen, S., Kuntz, J., May (2015). Paper: “Change from the inside: Research-informed but organization-driven intervention to promote worker wellbeing” – Work, Stress and Health Conference, Atlanta, USA.

Technical Report:
Näswall, K., Kuntz, J., Hodliffe, M., and Malinen, S. (2015). Employee Resilience Scale (EmpRes): Technical Report. Resilient Organisations Research Report (2015/09).


Conference Papers:
Kuntz, J.C., July 8-13 (2014). Facilitating disaster recovery and wellbeing in the Education Sector: Evidence from two studies. Malinen, S., Kuntz, J., Näswall, K., Kemp, S., Rucklidge, J., Symposium: Wellbeing and recovery in a post-disaster context – International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Paris, France.

Kuntz, J.C., Näswall, K., Malinen, S. and Hodliffe, M. June 29-July 2 (2014). Paper: Resilience revisited: An employee-centred approach – 14th Biennial International Society for the Study of Work and Organisational Values (ISSWOV) Conference, Riga, Latvia.

Malinen, S., Kuntz, J., Näswall, K. June (2014). Paper: Employee wellbeing and attitudes in a post-disaster environment: A case study – Institute of Work Psychology International Conference (IWP), Sheffield, United Kingdom.

Näswall, K., Kuntz, J., Malinen, S., April 14-16 (2014). Paper: Employee Resilience and Work-Related Factors: Scale Development and Some Interesting Associations – European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, London, UK.

Journal Article:
Rucklidge, J.J., Blampied, N.M., Gorman, B., Gordon, H.A. and Sole, E. (2014). Psychological functioning 1 year after a brief intervention using micronutrients to treat stress and anxiety related to the 2011 Christchurch earthquakes: A naturalistic follow-up. Human Psychopharmacology Clinical and Experimental, 29(3): 230-243.

Kuntz, J.C., Näswall, K., and Bockett, A. (2013). Keep Calm and Carry On? An Investigation of Teacher Burnout in a Post-disaster Context. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 42(2), 57-68.

McKay, K., Kuntz, J.R.C., & Näswall, K. (2013). The effect of affective commitment, communication and participation on resistance to change: The role of change readiness. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 4(2), 29-40.


Dorahy, M.J., & Kannis-Dymand, L. (2012). Psychological distress following the 2010 Christchurch Earthquake: A community assessment of two differentially affected suburbs. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 17, 1-15.

Helton, W.S., & Head, J. (2012). Earthquakes on the mind: Implications of disasters for human performance. Human Factors: The Journal of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. (recent online version)

Kuijer, R.G., & Boyce, J.A. (2012). Emotional eating and its effect on eating behaviour after a natural disaster. Appetite, 58, 936-939.

Rucklidge, J.J., Andridge, R., Gorman, B., Blampied, N.B., Gordon, H., & Boggis, A. (2012). Shaken but unstirred? Effects of micronutrients on stress and trauma after an earthquake: RCT evidence comparing formulas and doses. Human Psychopharmacology Clinical and Experimental, DOI: 10.1002/hup.2246


Britt, E., Dorahy, M., Carter, J., Hoggath, P., Coates, A., Meyer, M., & Naswall, K. (2011). Promoting recovery and building resilience for individuals and communities. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40(4), 76-82. (pdf)

Helton, W.S., Head, J., & Kemp, S. (2011). Natural disaster-induced cognitive disruption: Impacts on action slips. Consciousness and Cognition, 20, 1732-1737.

Kemp, S., Helton, W.S., Richardson, J.J., Blampied, N.M., & Grimshare, M. (2011). Sleeplessness, stress, cognitive disruption and academic performance following the September 4, 2010, Christchurch Earthquake. Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies, 2, 11-18.

Rucklidge, J.J., & Blampied, N.M. (2011). Post-earthquake psychological functioning in adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Positive effects of micronutrients on resilience. New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 40(4), 51-57. (pdf, 118KB)

Rucklidge, J.J., & Johnstone, J., Harrison, R., & Boggis, A. (2011). Micronutrients reduce stress and anxiety in adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder following a 7.1 earthquake. Psychiatry Research, 189, 281-287.


Helton, W.S., Kemp, S., & Walton, D. Individual differences in movements in response to natural disasters: Tsunami and earthquake case studies. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society 57th Annual Meeting. (2013)

Kuntz, J.C., Näswall, K., & Malinen, S. Discussion Paper: Building resilience to promote engagement. New Zealand Industrial Organisational Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. December 2 (2013).
Malinen, S., Kuntz, J.C., & Nӓswall, K. Discussion Paper: Employee attitudes and wellbeing in a post-disaster environment: A case study from the financial sector. New Zealand Industrial Organisational Psychology Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. December 2 (2013)
Näswall, K., Kuntz, J.C., & Malinen, S. Discussion Paper: Employee resilience and work-related outcomes: A study of Canterbury employees. – New Zealand Psychological Society Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. September 6-9 (2013)

Kuntz, J.C. Näswall, K., & Rae, S. Oral Presentation: UC Students Post-Earthquake: Burnout, Academic Performance and Employability. New Zealand Tertiary Community Engagement Summit, Christchurch, New Zealand. August 29-30 (2013)


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