Bounce Back Now

Bounce Back Now (BBN) is a free app designed to improve the emotional health of adults and families affected by a disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, or mass violence incident.

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About BBN

The Bounce Back Now (BBN) team is committed to supporting the emotional recovery of people affected by a disaster, such as a hurricane, tornado, flood, earthquake, or mass violence incident. Many people experience stress, anxiety, low mood, or sleep problems after a disaster, but don’t know where to turn for help. This app will help you track your emotional recovery and will provide you with coping tools to help you manage stress, anxiety, mood, and sleep. If you want to talk to or text a disaster crisis counseling and support specialist, the BBN app will help to connect you. BBN was developed by healthcare professionals at the Medical University of South Carolina, Boston University, and University of Nebraska and was rigorously tested in research to provide an effective recovery tool for disaster survivors worldwide. BBN is available in English and Spanish.

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Research and Development:

BBN was developed by experts in clinical psychology, psychiatry, computer science, and public health and tested in two large studies with over 2,500 adults and teenagers affected by the 2011 tornadoes in Joplin and Alabama as well as Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, Florence, and Michael. These studies were funded by the National Institutes of Health. The app modules are based on best practice strategies and guidelines for reducing post-disaster mental and behavioral health symptoms.

Here is a list of research publications from our team:

  • Ruggiero, K. J., Price, M., Adams, Z., Stauffacher, K., McCauley, J., Danielson, C. K., ... & Resnick, H. S. (2015). Web intervention for adolescents affected by disaster: Population-based randomized controlled trial. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 54(9), 709-717.
  • Davidson, T. M., Yuen, E. K., Felton, J. W., McCauley, J., Gros, K. S., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2014). Feasibility assessment of a brief, web-based behavioral activation intervention for adolescents with depressed mood. The International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 48(1), 69-82.
  • Yuen, E. K., Gros, K., Welsh, K. E., McCauley, J., Resnick, H. S., Danielson, C. K., ... & Ruggiero, K. J. (2016). Development and preliminary testing of a web-based, self-help application for disaster-affected families. Health informatics journal, 22(3), 659-675.
  • Ruggiero, K. J., Davidson, T. M., McCauley, J., Gros, K. S., Welsh, K., Price, M., ... & Amstadter, A. B. (2015). Bounce Back Now! Protocol of a population-based randomized controlled trial to examine the efficacy of a Web-based intervention with disaster-affected families. Contemporary clinical trials, 40, 138-149.
  • Gilmore, A. K., Price, M., Bountress, K. E., Zuromski, K. L., Ruggiero, K., & Resnick, H. (2021). A longitudinal examination of interpersonal violence exposure, concern for loved ones during a disaster, and web-based intervention effects on posttraumatic stress disorder among adolescent victims of the spring 2011 tornadoes. Journal of interpersonal violence, 36(9-10), NP4611-NP4625.
  • Cohen, J. R., Danielson, C. K., Adams, Z. W., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2016). Distress tolerance and social support in adolescence: Predicting risk for internalizing and externalizing symptoms following a natural disaster. Journal of psychopathology and behavioral assessment, 38(4), 538-546.
  • Adams, Z. W., Sumner, J. A., Danielson, C. K., McCauley, J. L., Resnick, H. S., Grös, K., ... & Ruggiero, K. J. (2014). Prevalence and predictors of PTSD and depression among adolescent victims of the Spring 2011 tornado outbreak. Journal of child psychology and psychiatry, 55(9), 1047-1055.
  • Paul, L. A., Felton, J. W., Adams, Z. W., Welsh, K., Miller, S., & Ruggiero, K. J. (2015). Mental health among adolescents exposed to a tornado: The influence of social support and its interactions with sociodemographic characteristics and disaster exposure. Journal of traumatic stress, 28(3), 232-239.