Dr. Jamie D. Aten

Dr. Jamie D. Aten, Founder and Executive Director of the Humanitarian Disaster Institute at Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL). Dr. Aten is a founding signer of the petition, disaster psychologist, and disaster ministry expert. His latest books include the “Disaster Ministry Handbook” (IVP) and “Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy for Trauma” (APA Books). In 2016 he received the FEMA Community Preparedness Champion award at the White House.

“I have dedicated my career to helping people prepare for and respond to disasters, including mass shootings, and over the past few years this has more and more frequently meant helping communities heal after mass shootings. Unlike natural disasters, these kinds of human-caused disasters are more preventable. As Christians we owe it to the victims and survivors of mass shootings, and to each other, to pray for all those impacted and also to do what we can to try and prevent this from happening again to more people and prioritizing that in our policies.” -Dr. Jamie D. Aten