Yasmine Awais, an assistant professor in Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, was in New York when a 29-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan mowed down bikers and pedestrians in a rented truck on Halloween, killing eight people. Meanwhile, a lone gunman shot and killed 26 people inside a church near San Antonio on Nov. 5, including eight members from one family.

Awais, a counselor and art therapist whose work focuses in part on the impact of trauma on children and adults spoke, with The Inquirer about how we are coping with the all-too-frequent mass killings in a recommended Q&A here.