As officials along the Gulf Coast continue to assess the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, West Virginia University has experts available who can comment and offer expertise to the media on various aspects of the storm and its impact.

They include:

  • Dr. J. Steven Kite, associate professor, geology and geography; areas of expertise include floods, landslides and debris flows; 304-293-5603, ext. 4330
  • * WVU s Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services* has several psychologists who can comment on distress and trauma recovery in the aftermath of disasters like Hurricane Katrina; 304-293-4431
  • Dr. Joy Faini Saab , associate professor, educational theory and practice, who is internationally known for her research on children and trauma, stemming from wars and natural disasters. While Dr. Saab is on sabbatical this semester, she’s still available to talk to reporters at 304-599-9184 (home); 304-692-6101 (cell); joy.saab@mail.wvu.edu
  • Dr. Daniel Della-Giustina , professor, idustrial and management safety engineering whose work in public safety is known worldwide; 304-293-2742, ext. 3749; dellag@cemr.wvu.edu