A. Nuray Karancı (Professor)




Contact Info

Office: B214

Phone: +90 312 21 3127

E-mail: karanci@metu.edu.tr



Ph.D., University of Hull, 1980.

M.S., University of Liverpool, 1976

B.S., Middle East Technical University, 1973


Research Interests

Psychological impact of disasters. Psychosocial support for disaster survivors, resilience, and post-traumatic growth. Preparedness and mitigation behaviors for disaster management. Community awareness and training programs for disaster awareness and management. Expressed emotion in caregivers of schizophrenic patients and patients with physical illnesses. Various projects in disaster/earthquake preparedness and mitigation. Cross cultural research in psychopathology and vulnerability factors.


Representative Publications

Doğulu, C., Karanci, A.N., & Ikizer, G. (2016). How do survivors perceive community resilience? The case of the 2011 earthquakes in Van, Turkey. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2016.02.006

Ikizer, G., Karanci, A.N., & Doğulu, C. (2015). Exploring factors associated with psychological resilience among earthquake survivors from Turkey. Journal of Loss & Trauma. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2015.1108794

Ikizer, G., Karanci, A.N., & Doğulu, C. (2015). How does impact of objective and subjective disaster exposure relate to the three clusters of posttraumatic stress symptoms? Anatolian Journal of Psychiatry. Advance online publication. doi:    10.5455/apd201001.

Dirik, G., Karanci, A.N., & Yorulmaz, O. (2015). Assessment of Perceived Parenting Attitudes in Childhood: Turkish Form of the S-EMBU for Children. Turkish Journal of Psychiatry, 26(2), 123-130.

Arcan, K., & Karanci, A.N. (2015). Adaptation study of the Turkish version of the Gambling-Related Cognitions Scale (GRCS-T). Journal of Gambling Studies, 31(1), 211-224. doi: 10.1007/s10899-013-9414-5.

Erkan, B.B., Karanci, A.N., Kalaycioglu, S., Özden, T., & Özakşehir, G. (2015). From emergency response to recovery: Multiple impacts and lessons learned from 2011 Van earthqukaes. Earthquke Spectra, 31(1), 527-540. doi: 10.1193/060312EQS205M

Karanci, A.N., Isikli, S., Aker, A. T., Gul, E.I., Erkan, B.B., Özkol, H., & Güzel, H.Y. (2012). Personality, posttraumatic stress and trauma type: factors contributing to posttraumatic growth and its domains in a Turkish community sample. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 3. doi: 10.3402/ejpt.v3i0.17303.

Johal, S., Chambers,R., Collins, S., de Terte, I., Gardner, D., Glavovic, B., Johnston, L., Karanci, A.N., Mooney, M.F., Paton, D., & Johnston, D. (2011). Potential social and psychological consequences of the Rena incident: Lessons from an international perspective. New Zealand Medical Journal,124(1345), 86-89.

Mooney, M.F., Paton, D., De Terte,I., Johal, S., Karanci, A.N., Gardner, D., Collins,S., Glavovic, B., Huggins, T., Johston, L., Cahmbers,R., & Johnston, D.M.(2011). Psychosocial recovery from disasters: A framework informed by evidence. New Zealand Journal of Psychology: Psychology and Disasters, 40(4), 26-38.

Saari, S., Karanci, A.N., Yule, W. (2011). EFPA and work on disaster, crisis, and trauma psychology. European Psychologist, 16(2), 141-148.

Haque, C. E., Dominey-Howes, D., Karanci, N., Papadopoulos, G., & Yalciner, A. (2006). The need for an integrative scientific and societal approach to natural hazards. Natural Hazards, 39(2), 155-157.

Karanci, A.N., & Acarturk, C. (2005). Post-traumatic growth among Marmara Earthquake survivor involved in disaster preparedness as volunteers. Traumatology, 11(4), 307-323.

Sümer, N., Karanci, A.N., Kazak Berument, S., & Güneş, H. (2005).Personal resources, coping self-efficacy and quake exposure as predictors of psychological distress following the 1999 Earthquake in Turkey. Journal of Traumatic Stress18(4), 331-342.

Karanci, N.A., Aksit, B. & Dirik, G. (2005). Impact of a community disaster awareness training program in Turkey: Does it influence hazard related cognitions and preparedness behaviours. Social Behavior and Personality, 33(3), 243-258.

Karanci, N.A., & Aksit, B. (2000). Building disaster resistant communities: Lessons learned from past earthquakes in Turkey and suggestions for the future. International Journal of Mass Emergencies and Disasters, 18(3), 403-416.

Karanci, N.A., & Aksit, B. (1999). Strengthening community participation in disaster management by strengthening governmental and non-governmental organisations and networks: A case study from Dinar and Bursa (Turkey). The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 13(4), 35-39.

Rustemli, A., & Karanci, N.A. (1999). Correlates of earthquake cognitions and preparedness behaviour in victimised population. The Journal of Social Psychology, 139(1), 91-101.

Rustemli, A., & Karanci, N.A. (1996). Distress reactions and earthquake-related cognitions of parents and their adolescent children in a victimised population. Journal of Social Behaviour and Personality, 11(4), 767-780.

Courses Given Related to Disasters

Psy. 440 Psychology of Disasters (Undergraduate Course)

Psy. 567 Psychological and Social Aspects of Disasters (Graduate Course)


Current Projects

2014-2016 FP7, European Union (2014-2016; FP7-SEC-2013-1, Grant Agreement No. 608058) - TACTIC "Tools, Methods and Training for Communities and Society to Better Prepare for a Crisis"


Psychosocial Support in Disasters online course as part of the web-based Natural Disaster Risk Management Program by World Bank - GFDRR (Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery) and METU Disaster Management Center – (May 2014 – continued) –  Course developer/facilitator (with Dr. Gözde İkizer and Assoc. Prof. Banu Yılmaz) 



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