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Center for Disaster and Community Resilience

The vision of the JSU Center for Disaster and Community Resilience (CDCR) is to harness the collaborative power and collective wisdom of our interdisciplinary team to produce high quality research and policy analyses that advance the state of theory and practice for disaster management and resilience.

The JSU CDCR is dedicated to:

  • Supporting and engaging in innovative, interdisciplinary research and applications for understanding and improving disaster and community resilience.
  • Exploring collaborations with other research centers in pursuit of a more resilient nation.
  • Proposing policy initiatives and implementation strategies to promote disaster and community resilience.
  • Educating the next generation of scholars, policy experts, and advocates.
  • Disseminating information, research and policy positions.
  • Engaging important stakeholders to promote resilience in their organizations and communities.
  • Providing leadership and support to the Eastern Alabama Emergency Management Coalition and other regional, state and/or local organizations to help transform resilience concepts into practice and build disaster resilient communities.

CENTER STAFF

Jane Kushma, Ph.D., Center Director
Department of Emergency Management
Research Interests/Specialization: Long Term Recovery, Disaster Case Management, Policy Implementation, Collaborative Practices, Community Engagement
jkushma@jsu.edu

Sonny Francia, Ph.D., Research Associate
Department of Mathematical, Computing and Information Sciences
Research Interests/Specialization: Data Mining, Visualization, Information Security, Risk Management, Critical Infrastructure Protection
gfrancia@jsu.edu

Tanveer Islam, Ph.D., Research Associate
Department of Emergency Management
Research Interests/Specialization: GIS Applications, Hazard Mitigation, Risk and Vulnerability Assessment, Social Media
tislam@jsu.edu

Erin Rider, Ph.D., Research Associate
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Research Interests/Specialization: Faith-based Sheltering Operations, Non-profit Community Response, Social Capital
erider@jsu.edu

Jeff Ryan, Ph.D., Research Associate
Department of Emergency Management
Research Interests/Specialization: Food Security Systems, Healthcare Facility Preparedness, Public Health Infrastructure
jryan@jsu.edu


For Further Information Contact:

Dr. Jane Kushma
Director
Center for Disaster and Community Resilience
(256) 782-8432
jkushma@jsu.edu
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