Dr. Betty Morrow


Professor Emerita of Sociology

Laboratories: Laboratory for Social Science Research

Position Titles:
Laboratory for Social Science Research, Research Scientist

Department / Center: Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Building and Room Number: AHC5-220

University / Organization: Florida International University

Telephone Number: (305) 385-5953

Web site: http://gss.fiu.edu/people/faculty-emeriti/betty-morrow



  • BS, Ohio State University, Home Economics, 1960
  • MA, University of Miami, Guidance and Counseling, 1967
  • PhD, University of Miami, Educational Research, 1978
  • MS, Florida State University, Sociology, 1989

Research Interests:

  • Social resilience to hazards, particularly related to vulnerable or high risk groups
  • Community social vulnerability assessments
  • Interpretation of weather advisories and warnings
  • Dissemination, interpretation and use of warning messages by mid-level stakeholders, including emergency managers and public officials
  • Long-term disaster recovery of households, businesses and communities
  • Pre- and post-disaster behavioral studies, including evacuation decisions of households, emergency managers, public officials and the private sector
  • Social and economic factors affecting hazard vulnerability and response
  • Human and social impacts of disasters
  • Risk perception and response to hazards

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