Humanitarian Disaster Institute (HDI)

HDI is the first social science research center in the country devoted to the study of faith and disasters. The Institute is housed in the Wheaton College Psy.D. program.


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Our Mission

To equip churches and faith-based organizations to prepare for the unthinkable, care for the vulnerable, and cultivate resilience in times of disaster.

Our Work

Our mission is carried out both domestically and internationally through psychological research, training, and resource development. We focus on:

  • psychology of religion/spirituality disaster research,
  • disaster ministry,
  • disaster spiritual and emotional care, and
  • refugee and trauma care.

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