Laurel Hughes, Psy. D., is a licensed psychologist in Oregon. In addition to teaching and clinical practice, her career includes participation in over 50 disaster operations with the American Red Cross. Her experiences range from major catastrophes, such as the Events of September 11th, to minor local flooding.

Her publishing history includes books on parenting, undergraduate psychology textbooks, and professional journal articles. She has also engaged in substantial disaster mental health program development and technical writing. Among such efforts are the Behavioral Health Emergency Response Plan and Field Guide for the Oregon Department of Human Services, and numerous materials for the American Red Cross—including joint efforts with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the U.S. Department of Defense.