Tim Wind

Dr. Tim Wind (Clinical psychologist, ARQ Centrum '45)

The influence of ‘social capital’ on mental health after natural disasters

PhD study of Tim Wind (ARQ Centrum '45, formerly Equator Foundation), obtained his PhD in november 2013
Promotores: Prof. dr. Ivan Komproe (UU / HealthNet TPO) en Prof. dr. Rolf Kleber (UU / ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre).
Financing: HNOTPO, EU en ARQ National Psychotrauma Centre
Study completed in 2013

Goal: Natural disasters typically erode the social fabric of affected societies, and Tim Wind is specifically interested in modeling the effect of the social context on individual post-disaster mental health outcomes beyond the typical individual risk and protective factors such as coping behavior and social support. Further, he examines the methodological consequences for mental health outcomes of not taking into account the effect of the (social) context on mental health outcomes. He extrapolates implications of his findings to the current debate on whether to apply community interventions to bolster the social fabric of society or individual intervention practices in the aftermath of natural disasters.


  • Wind, T.R., Joshi, P.C., Kleber, R.J. & Komproe, I.H. (2013). The impact of recurrent disasters on mental health: A study on seasonal floods in northern India. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 28(3), 1-7. doi:10.1017/S1049023X13000290.
  • Wind, T., & Komproe, I. (2012). The mechanisms that associate community social capital with post-disaster mental health: A multilevel model. Social Science & Medicine, 75(9), 1715-1720.
  • Wind, T., Fordham, H. & Komproe, I. (2011). Social capital and post-disaster mental health. Global Health Action 4, 6351. Read the article
  • Wind, T.R., Joshi, P.C., Kleber, R.J. & Komproe, I.H. The Effect of the Postdisaster Context on the Assessment of Individual Mental Health Scores. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(2), 134-141.  Read the article