Rappe, Paula

Paula Rappe


Dr. Paula Rappe, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, majored in both Community Organization and Mental Health when she earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Rappe, who has been a consultant to the Department of Veteran Affairs and a private mental health counselor, teaches numerous courses in UWF’s accredited Bachelor in Social Work program. They include Families and Family Treatment, Adolescents in Crisis, Disaster: the Human Factor, and Social Justice and Human Diversity.

Rappe’s research has examined such topics as postnatal depression in Surabaya, India; survivors of the great Hanshin-Awaji earthquake; the impact of sibling status on Chinese students’ quality of life; and trauma of children in a residential wilderness treatment program.

Among the journals publishing her work: International Journal of Mental Health, Report of Research Center for Urban Safety and Security, Social Behavior and Personality: an International Journal; and Traumatology.

Rappe, a licensed clinical social worker, has helped in recovery efforts after hurricanes hit the Gulf Coast.

Keywords: disaster and the human factor, adolescents in crisis, Hanshi-Awaji earthquake survivors, postnatal depression in Surabaya, India, sibling impact on Chinese students’ quality of life