Informed Consent Form
Journey to Disaster Recovery
(IRB #10-133, expires 6/13/2013)

You are invited to participate in a research study on disaster recovery conducted by Dr. Lori James from the Psychology Department at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

This study will evaluate the utility of the web-site Journey to Disaster RecoveryTM for helping survivors of the Waldo Canyon Fire disaster learn tools to help them manage and cope with their experiences.

If you agree to participate, you will first be asked to complete an online survey that will take approximately 30 minutes of your time. You will be asked questions about psychological difficulties (e.g., anxiety, depression), coping abilities, and general demographic information. You will then be assigned to one of two groups. One group will be invited to begin using the Journey to Disaster RecoveryTM website right away, and the second group will have access to the website 30 days after completing the initial survey.

When you are given access the website, you can utilize the site at your own pace for a 30-day period. We ask that you look through the website thoroughly and use it as often as possible. We will email you reminders once a week about accessing the website, the time of your next assessment, and asking if you have questions for us. If you are assigned to get access to the website 30 days after completing the initial survey, we will email you reminders once a week reminding you of the time of your next assessment and asking if you have questions for us. After 30 days, we will email you a request to complete an additional online survey. We will also email you 30 days after that, 60 days after your initial assessment, and ask you to complete a final follow-up survey. Participants will be compensated with $25 for each assessment that they complete.

If you decide to participate in this project, please understand that your participation is voluntary and that you have the right to withdraw your consent or discontinue participation at any time with no penalty. It is possible that you may experience some psychological distress when answering survey questions and working through sections of the website. You have the right to refuse to answer or to skip any question(s) for any reason with no penalty. You will also be provided with referral information for local mental health providers if you are interest in seeking professional help. We anticipate that the website will be helpful in managing difficulties associated with surviving a disaster.

Your individual privacy will be maintained in all publications or presentations resulting from this study. You will be asked to provide your email address, so that we are able to match responses to surveys completed before and after reviewing the website and so that we can make arrangements to contact you with reminders and to compensate you for your participation. No personally identifying information will be linked to your survey responses. Additionally, all information will be stored electronically on a secured server.

If you have any questions regarding this project, you may contact Dr. James at (719) 255-4172. If you have questions regarding your rights as a research participant or any concerns regarding this project, you may report them -- confidentially, if you wish – to the Research Compliance Coordinator at (719) 255-3903 or via email at