Stefan E. Schulenberg received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with a specialization in clinical-disaster psychology, from the University of South Dakota in 2001. He is a licensed psychologist in the state of Mississippi, a professor in the University of Mississippi’s Psychology Department, and a Logotherapy Diplomate. Schulenberg is the director of the University of Mississippi’s Clinical-Disaster Research Center, an integrated research, teaching, and training center with emphases in disaster mental health and positive psychology.
Schulenberg has authored or co-authored over 75 publications, articles in peer-reviewed journals, or chapters in scholarly texts. His research interests include disaster mental health, perceived meaning/purpose in life, positive psychology, and psychological assessment. He served as a mental health consultant on a National Science Foundation research grant issued in response to Hurricane Katrina and conducted evaluation research funded by the Mississippi Department of Mental Health relating to the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He conducts workshops and provides training on disaster preparedness, psychological first aid, disaster response, meaning and purpose in life, resilience, and post-traumatic growth.
Schulenberg has served as a disaster mental health volunteer and supervisor in the American Red Cross, and has worked previously with various other volunteer organizations, such as Mississippi’s Disaster Response Network, United Way, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. He teaches the graduate cognitive assessment course for the University of Mississippi’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. At the undergraduate level, Schulenberg teaches courses in disaster mental health, positive psychology, psychology and law, and abnormal psychology. He is presently working toward the development of a multidisciplinary minor in disaster sciences, a joint effort involving many different constituents on campus.